The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) brings Prospect Heights community members together to build a safer, more just and sustainable neighborhood. is a portal for the exchange of news, events and information among Prospect Heights community members interested in the development of this unique and historic neighborhood.

A victory for tenants in Prospect Heights

Posted: June 19, 2019 - 10:41am

Recently, the New York State legislature passed amendments to the rent regulation laws, which will alter or eliminate many common elements of the landlord/rent regulated tenant relationship. These new laws include:

  • Limits on decontrol. Currently, rent regulated apartments whose rent increases beyond a certain point or whose tenants make more than $200,000 a year may become market rate apartments. The new laws abolish or limit this practice.
  • Rent step-ups.  Currently, landlords may raise rents more than the annual amount due to vacancy or major capital improvements, or due to the difference between the maximum legal rent and a lower 'preferential' rent. The new laws abolish or limit these step-ups.
  • Conversion. Currently, landlords may convert a rental building to a co-op or condominium (without evicting existing tenants) if 15% of the units have bona fide purchasers.  The new laws require 51%, and the purchasers must be existing tenants, not investors. 
  • Permanence.  Currently, the rent regulation laws must be periodically reauthorized. These new laws are intended to be permanent. 

The new laws represent, in our opinion, a shift in the balance of power from the landlord of the rent regulated building to the rent regulated tenant: the laws remove many tools and incentives for landlords to vacate and decontrol regulated apartments and turn them into market rate units. Prospect Heights has seen significant displacement of residents by income over the last fifteen years. In PHNDC’s 2016 neighborhood survey, residents identified social and economic diversity as being one of the characteristics most important for a good quality of life. Residents also most frequently cited housing as the area in need of greatest improvement in Prospect Heights. We believe these new laws will make it easier for Prospect Heights tenants in rent stabilized housing to remain in the neighborhood as housing cost continues to increase, so consider their passage a win for our community.

More information about the rights of tenants, and services available to assist them, is available at

PS9 renaming honors suffragist and educator Sarah Smith Garnet

Posted: April 12, 2019 - 10:38am

In February, PS9’s parent-teacher organization voted to rename itself in honor of Sarah Smith Garnet. On April 4, the Department of Education approved the change. At the time when slavery was legal, Garnet became the first African American woman principal in New York. She also co-founded the first African American women's suffrage club. which met locally at 405 Carlton Avenue. Beginning July 1, PS9 will be known as the Sarah Smith Garnet School.

More information about Sarah Smith Garnet is available here.

Cable Training and Employment Program accepting applications

Posted: March 13, 2019 - 9:34am

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations is accepting applications for its Brooklyn Networks Cable Training and Employment program. Learn a skilled trade and find employment in the field of cable installation. Students receive an OSHA 30 Credential and an international cable certification BICSI. Classes are FREE and held at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Support available for English Language Learners. 

The next dates to apply are:

  • Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday March 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

BWI staff are available to meet one on one to discuss the program in more depth.

For more information, see

Campaign to landmark Prospect Heights Apartment House District gains more than 1,000 supporters

Posted: August 7, 2018 - 2:24pm

But neighborhood faces a race against time as landlords alter historic buildings to add extra floors

BROOKLYN, NY, August 7, 2018: The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), and The Cultural Row Block Association on Eastern Parkway (CuRBA) today announced that their campaign to designate the Prospect Heights Apartment House District as a New York City landmark has so far received the support of more than 1,000 residents and stakeholders.

The Prospect Heights Apartment House District is a six-block area of southeastern Prospect Heights containing 107 buildings constructed between 1909 and 1929. The district documents the change in urban living from row houses to apartments in early 20th century Brooklyn.

“Exceeding one thousand supporters after just a few months demonstrates the breadth and depth of support for this idea,” said PHNDC chair Robert Witherwax, The petition has received more than twice the number of signatures that were collected for the 2009 designation of the brownstone streets of Prospect Heights as the neighborhood’s first historic district.  Mr. Witherwax added, “It’s very telling that nearly half of the supporters – tenants and owners alike – actually live in the apartment buildings within the proposed historic district.  This shows deep grass roots support among all residents for this preservation.”

Lotteries open for affordable apartments in and around Prospect Heights

Posted: June 3, 2018 - 11:02am

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development has announced the following lotteries for affordable apartments:

564 St. John's Place


Lottery registration is now open for 40 newly constructed one- and two-bedroom apartments at The Olmstead, 564 St. John's Place, between Classon Avenue and Franklin Avenue. Interested individuals may register for the lottery online using HPD's Housing Connect web site. Applicants must have household income between $37,029 and $62,580, and must register before July 24, 2018.

Amenities include a part-time attended lobby, rooftop terrace, playroom, and pet room. Indoor parking, storage, bicycle storage, a business lounge, library, private party room, fitness center, and yoga room are available at additional charge.

Residents of Brooklyn community district 8, which includes all of Prospect Heights, receive preference for 50% iof the building's affordable apartments.

See HPD's information sheet for complete information on the 564 St. John's Place lottery.

802 and 840 Washington Avenue, and other sites

16 renovated 1-, 2- and 4-bedroom units are available at 802 and 840 Washington Avenue, as well as other HPD properties in Clinton Hill, Flatbush, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Registration is available through Housing Connect. Applicants must have household income between $29,143 and $82,620, and must register before June 22, 2018. See HPD's information sheet for more information.


Prospect Heights Apartment House District chosen by Historic Districts Council as one of “Six to Celebrate”

Posted: January 19, 2018 - 11:06am

BROOKLYN, NY, January 19 2018: The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), The Cultural Row Block Association on Eastern Parkway (CuRBA) and the Historic Districts Council (HDC) have announced that HDC has selected the Prospect Heights Apartment House District as one of its “Six to Celebrate” preservation initiatives for 2018. “Six to Celebrate” is a designation that the advocacy organization uses to set preservation priorities and channel resources to historic communities in need of recognition across the city.