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The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) assesses and represents the needs and concerns of the Prospect Heights community in terms of housing, economic development, physical environment, safety and security, and social services.
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Starting this month, two projects that have been anticipated for quite some time are hitting the streets in Prospect Heights.
Signage and speed humps for Prospect Heights' Neighborhood Slow Zone (NSZ) are now being installed (like the signs pictured above at the corner of Park Place and Carlton Avenue). Prospect Heights was one of 15 communities chosen for a NSZ by the Department of Transportation in October 2013. PHNDC's application was among 74 received by DOT, and received the strong support of location elected officials and more than 1,300 residents. DOT's plan for the Prospect Heights NSZ was approved by Community Board 8 in June 2015.
On Monday, October 12, the web site DNAinfo reported that the City’s Department of Buildings has granted permits for the demolition of the Green Point Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue. Its owner intends to replace the building with a 14-story condominium. The new tower is allowed under the lot's current R8X zoning, which wraps around Washington Avenue from Eastern Parkway.
The Green Point Savings Bank building was designed by architect Francis George Hasselman (1877-1932) and completed in 1928. Hasselman is known for designing Rosemary Hall, ca. 1904, Old Westbury, NY; Anderson Park, ca. 1910, Montclair, NJ; In-the-Oaks, 1923, Asheville, NC; and the Spring Brook House, 1904, Morristown, NJ. The latter two buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Intersection | Prospect Heights draws on oral histories and photographs from past and present to explore the impact of rapid change on a community’s identity and sense of place
The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), Brooklyn Public Library, and urbanist studio Buscada announce the opening of Intersection | Prospect Heights, a multidisciplinary public art project that uses photographs and oral histories to start a dialogue on the social, psychological, and physical impacts of rapid change in this Brooklyn neighborhood.
BROOKLYN, NY, July 7, 2015: Today, a coalition including Community Education Council 13; Brooklyn Community Board 8; the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC); leaders of the parent-teacher organizations of Brooklyn public schools P.S. 9, P.S. 11, P.S. 20, P.S. 133, and P.S. 282; and elected officials announced M.S. OneBrooklyn, a community vision for a new public middle school to serve District 13. M.S. OneBrooklyn would be located in the school facility being created at the Atlantic Yards project expected to open in September 2018, and would help meet a significant local need for a dedicated intermediate school accessible to all District 13 students.
M.S. OneBrooklyn’s unique location within Brooklyn’s cultural district will enable it to offer a curriculum that recognizes the intrinsic value of the arts and culture while also using them as a critical lens through which students learn to see themselves, the communities around them, and the role of the arts and culture in society. Reflecting the many technology start-ups that now call this part of Brooklyn home, M.S. OneBrooklyn will offer a comprehensive science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”) curriculum. Subjects like software engineering and robotics will complement a rigorous math and science foundation, preparing students for the challenges of high school, college and future careers. M.S. OneBrooklyn will offer dual language studies, in order to provide continuity in the bilingual and bicultural educations of the students in six District 13 dual language elementary school programs while providing deep support for English language learning students.
Sign a petition calling on Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina to dedicate the Atlantic Yards facility for use as a middle school.
On May 15, 2015, the New York City School Construction Authority issued a notice for the development of a 616-seat primary and intermediate school to be housed in building B15 at the Atlantic Yards site. The building is slated to begin construction in July of 2016.
Citing the longstanding need for a middle school to serve students from Prospect Heights and its environs, in comments to the notice submitted to the SCA today, PHNDC called for the proposed facility to instead be a dedicated middle school for District 13 students. "The SCA and DOE should issue direction that the developer design the facility as a dedicated middle school as soon as possible so to take advantage of these opportunities without risking its projected September 2018 opening," wrote PHNDC Chair Gib Veconi. In separate comments submitted to SCA, Community Education Council 13 and Community Board 8 also called for the facility to be dedicated as a middle school.
On Tuesday, May 26, the Transportation Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 8 approved a plan by the New York City Department of Transportation to implement a Neighborhood Slow Zone (NSZ) in Prospect Heights. In October 2013, Prospect Heights was one of 15 neighborhoods selected from among 74 applicants to receive a NSZ. PHNDC applied to the program on behalf of Prospect Heights, gathering support from more than 1,300 individuals through an online petition.