Park Slope

Support needed for car-wash workers on strike in Park Slope

Update (12/10/14): This Sunday, December 14, the workers will be marching through the community to kick off a rally for their rights. 

March in Support of Striking Carwasheros

Sunday, December 14 at 11am

Start: F/G station at 7th Ave and 9th Street

End: Las Vegas Auto Spa (555 Seventh Ave) 

I will be taking part in Sunday’s march to show solidarity and support for these workers, and I hope that you will join me. Together, we will show this owner that our community will not stand for abusive and unjust labor practices. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Seniors, Electeds & Community Stand Up Against Deplorable Conditions at Prospect Park Residence

BROOKLYN, NY -- Senior citizens, their families, elected officials and outraged community members gathered in front of the Prospect Park Residence on Saturday morning to protest unlivable conditions designed to drive the elderly residents from their homes.

Protesters including NYC Council Member Brad Lander, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer decried the owner’s cruelty, as well as the inaction of Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health, accusing the State of failing to protect the health and safety of residents in the building, as required by law.

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Street Safety Changes PS/IS 282

I’m pleased to report an important street safety improvement at PS/IS 282 in Park Slope which will hopefully alleviate a dangerous situation at student drop-off and pick-up times.  With many buses and family vehicles converging on narrow streets at the school, Principal Hoke raised with me his concern about students crossing between parked cars and having to board buses from the street side rather than the curb. Read more »

Statement on Board of Standard and Appeals Vote to Approve the New York Methodist Hospital Expansion

Earlier this week the Board of Standards and Appeals voted to approve New York Methodist Hospital’s plan to create a new outpatient care center. While I know some neighbors of the hospital remain strongly opposed to the expansion, I support the BSA’s decision. I have been persuaded that NYMH needs to expand outpatient services on its Park Slope campus to remain a strong community hospital. Read more »

Compost collection is coming to Park Slope

Big news: this month, the NYC Department of Sanitation will expand the curbside compost collection pilot program to large parts of Park Slope and Gowanus (south of Union Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park West—click here to see a map). 

Compost collection has been so popular and effective for our neighbors in Windsor Terrace (as well as on Staten Island and in the Bronx) that it is now expanding to several new neighborhoods, including Park Slope and Gowanus. Participation is totally voluntary—and easy. Composting will divert our City’s waste from landfills and save millions of dollars in taxpayer money, so I hope you will consider taking part. Read more »

Next steps in the fight for seniors at Prospect Park Residence: a lawsuit, and letters to the governor

We’re standing up for our elderly neighbors today – and I hope you’ll join us in speaking up for them again. Read more »

Press Release from the Legal Aid Society announces lawsuit on behalf of Prospect Park Residence seniors

Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Closing of  Brooklyn Assisted-Living Home Leaving 120 Seniors At Risk of Homelessness

New York-(May 2, 2014) A lawsuit will be filed today in State Supreme Court in Kings County to prevent the closing of the Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility in Brooklyn which is home to 120 Seniors. Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society, MFY Legal Services, Inc.; and the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto are representing the residents.  Plaintiffs are seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. Read more »

This Tuesday: Help break down a divide (and watch some great student videos at John Jay HS Campus)

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Although it’s located right in the middle of Park Slope, there has too long been a divide between the public schools in the John Jay Educational Campus and the surrounding community.

Next Tuesday, we’ve got a chance to help break down that divide. Read more »

Elected Officials Call for a Halt to Senior Home Eviction

BROOKLYN, NY – Councilmember Brad Lander, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and Assemblymember James Brennan released the following statement today in response to a plan to close the Prospect Park Residence, an assisted living facility in Park Slope with over 100 elderly residents:

“To throw our elderly neighbors out on the street is cruel, heartless, and unacceptable. The owner, Haysha Deitsch, must withdraw his plan and allow these seniors to stay in their homes.

“There is already a shortage of senior housing in our city—where does he expect them to go? Read more »

Locals and Officials to Brainstorm Improvements for Gritty Fourth Avenue

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01/14/2014

Fourth Avenue is an "unwelcoming" thoroughfare with a lifeless streetscape, and new luxury highrises aren't doing much to improve it.

Those are a few of the gripes local residents shared in a recent survey about Fourth Avenue, the gritty, industrial stretch on the western edge of tree-lined Park Slope where several residential towers have sprung up in recent years.

The Park Slope Civic Council will present the survey results at a Tuesday meeting where locals and elected officials will brainstorm an action plan for improving Fourth Avenue.

City Council members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin are scheduled to present their visions for the avenue's future, and residents, business owners and community groups will share their top priorities for the busy street. Read more »