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Statement on Citi Bike/Bike-share in Community Board 6

The expansion of Citi Bike to Community Board 6 has brought passionate responses. In my office, we’ve heard a lot: both from people who are thrilled, and have become regular users – and from people who are deeply unhappy (either with a particular station near them, or with bike-share as a whole).

It’s no secret that I’m a supporter of Citi Bike, and worked hard to make sure that bike-share expanded to our neighborhoods this year. I believe it is a valuable piece of public infrastructure that gives people a useful and convenient new transit option.   Read more »

Preparing for the Yom Kippur fast -- some public t'shuvah

Like every year, I’m preparing for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur by focusing on t’shuvah – seeking forgiveness for the things I’ve done wrong over the past year, and also redemption and return to my better, truer, less damaged self.

Like every year, I will focus on my personal wrongdoings, as there are certainly many of those. Over the next 36 hours, I’ll be scrutinizing my own shortcomings, and seeking forgiveness from family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and others whom I have harmed – knowingly or inadvertently – over the past year.

But this year, I’m feeling the need to engage in some public t’shuvah as well. Our political dialogue have been so badly warped in this election season, that it feels like the public sphere itself has been poisoned. I can’t think of any place where t’shuvah is so badly needed right now.

So, in that spirit, I want to seek your forgiveness for my shortcomings and wrongdoings in public office this past year. Read more »

Prospect Park is going to the dogs…

For pups across Brooklyn, this summer was a “ruff” one, when their popular swimming spot at Dog Beach was closed for renovations. But thanks to the fantastic in-house design team at the Prospect Park Alliance, Dog Beach is back ahead of schedule and, looking quite “fetching.”

This Saturday morning, we’re joining dog lovers from all over our neighborhoods to “unleash” Prospect Park’s newly renovated Dog Beach. Read more »

Save the Date: Kick-Off of Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Process

Over the past three years, neighborhood leaders, community groups, elected officials, and hundreds of you have come together to envision a sustainable, livable, and inclusive future for the area around the Gowanus Canal. The "Bridging Gowanus" community planning process has laid a solid foundation of thoughtful, community-led planning and strong public action to shape our neighborhood.

Now, beginning this fall, the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) will convene a series of conversations in our community—to build upon our work together though Bridging Gowanus, and develop plans for the future of the area. On Thursday October 27, DCP will host a kick-off meeting for the Gowanus neighborhood planning study: 

Kick-Off Meeting: Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study
with the NYC Department of City Planning
Thursday October 27th at 6:30 pm
PS 32 – 317 Hoyt St, at Union St
More information here  (under “How can I get involved?”) Read more »

Testimony from Jennifer DeLuca submitted to the City Council Hearing on Small Businesses (Zoning and Incentives)

The following is testimony submitted from Jennifer DeLuca to the New York City Council's Committee on Small Business regarding "City Hall Oversight - Zoning and incentives for promoting retail diversity and preserving neighborhood character":

Your favorite small businesses

Our small businesses are a real treasure of our communities. They are a big part of our daily lives, the places where we see our neighbors, and so much of what make our neighborhoods feel like home.

More than 130 people took the time to tell us about thier favorite “mom and pops” -- including long-time favorites like the Community Bookstore, Brancaccio’s Foodshop, Clay Pot, D’Amico’s Coffee, Leopoldi’s Hardware, Lion in the Sun, and so many more.

We’ve put them all on the map below.

Happy local shopping!

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Keeping our favorite small businesses on the map

Thanks to all of you who responded to my email last week about your favorite small businesses in our community and what we can do to help them continue to thrive -- in advance of our City Council hearing on the topic last Friday.

More than 130 of you took the time to tell us about your favorite “mom and pops” -- including long-time favorites like the Community Bookstore, Brancaccio’s Foodshop, Clay Pot, D’Amico’s Coffee, Leopoldi’s Hardware, Lion in the Sun, and so many more. We’ve put them all on this map. Happy local shopping!

We’re lucky to live in a community with such a thriving, diverse, and unique retail scene. But we know these businesses face daunting challenges, especially during a time of rising rents and online shopping.

So we also really appreciated the ideas you sent for preserving retail diversity and supporting small businesses. Read more »

Supporting our small businesses

Our small businesses are a real treasure of our communities. They are a big part of our daily lives, the places where we see our neighbors, so much of what make our neighborhoods feel like home.

We all know what a difference it makes to be able to find the things we want and need, from small businesses, owned by real human beings, located a short walk from home – rather than having to rely on chain stores and strip malls. Read more »

Why I’m Sitting for the Pledge of Allegiance Today: With Liberty And Justice For All?

For every New York City Council meeting over the past seven years, I’ve stood, placed my right hand over my heart, and said the Pledge of Allegiance.  

Today, I’ll remain seated, in an act of solidarity and patriotism. Read more »

Supporting our small businesses

Our small businesses are a real treasure of our communities. They are a big part of our daily lives, the places where we see our neighbors, so much of what make our neighborhoods feel like home.

We all know what a difference it makes to be able to find the things we want and need, from small businesses, owned by real human beings, located a short walk from home – rather than having to rely on chain stores and strip malls.

But our “Mom and Pops” face many challenges. It’s never easy to start or run a small business. And today – with rising rents, and competition from big-box stores and online retailers – it's harder than ever. As our much-loved local businesses get priced out, our communities suffer, with long-vacant storefronts (even in thriving neighborhoods), and the loss of supermarkets, laundromats, and stores we’ve come to rely on. Read more »

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