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The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

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.


phndc.org 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.


Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council launches drive to assist rent-stabilized tenants

Posted: June 7, 2017 - 12:48pm

BROOKLYN, NY, June 7, 2017: Today, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) announced a new campaign to address displacement pressure experienced by tenants of the neighborhood’s rent-stabilized apartments. Executed in partnership with IMPACCT Brooklyn and JustFix.nyc, the Know Your Rights, Keep Your Apartment initiative will educate residents of multifamily housing on protecting their rights as tenants, offer web and mobile tools for documenting instances of harassment, and provide referrals for assistance to tenants threatened with displacement.

PHNDC’s research has shown that, over the past fifteen years, as much as twenty percent of the residents of Prospect Heights have been directly displaced from the neighborhood. “We know that Prospect Heights residents believe social and economic diversity is key to maintaining the quality of life in our community,” said PHNDC Chair Rob Witherwax. “This initiative is a response to gentrification and development pressure that ultimately affects everyone living and working in this neighborhood.”

“With our partners IMPACCT Brooklyn and JustFix.nyc, we’re rolling out a full-lifecycle campaign that prepares tenants with strategies to counter harassment, assistance for when they experience it, and ongoing organizing support,” said Gib Veconi of PHNDC’s Housing Committee.

Lottery open for affordable apartments on St. Marks Avenue

Posted: May 31, 2017 - 3:27pm

Fifteen affordable apartments at 313 St. Marks Avenue are being offered through New York City's Housing Connect lottery. The three studio, four one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments are being targeted at tenants earning between $29, 349 and $57,240. Residents of Brooklyn community district 8 receive preference for 50% of the units. The deadline to submit an application is June 21, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit www.nyc.gov/housingconnect.

DOT announces Citi Bike locations for Prospect Heights

Posted: April 26, 2017 - 4:58pm

On Tuesday, April 25th, representatives from the NYC DOT and Motivate attended the CB8 Transportation Committee, and presented proposed locations for Citi Bike stations in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights.

Several hundred participants at two community workshops held in the fall of 2016 analyzed 175 possible locations for Citi Bike stations in the portion of CB8 bounded by Atlantic, Rogers, Eastern Parkway, and Flatbush Avenue, producing a wealth of community input for DOT's decision-making.

After analyzing this input and reviewing other site-specific logistics, NYC DOT has proposed 17 stations in community district 8, each with approximately 23-27 docks per station. 9 stations will be located on sidewalks, and 8 will be located on street beds.

Prospect Heights CSA brings fresh, locally-grown produce June through November

Posted: April 3, 2017 - 12:22pm

Prospect Heights Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) connects a farmer in upstate New York to people like us in Brooklyn who want to buy his fresh organic vegetables. CSA members pay him at the beginning of the growing season so he can buy seeds and equipment and pay his workers, and for 22 weeks (June to November) each member brings home their “share” of what he grows from a weekly pickup at P.S. 9. The CSA also offers eggs, fruit, flowers, meat, and more.

Brooklyn oak trees in danger: Fungus alert

Posted: March 20, 2017 - 9:01am

With spring starting, there is unfortunately some bad news for Brooklyn oak trees: a fast-moving and deadly fungal disease that afflicts oak trees has been identified in Green-Wood Cemetery. It's Oak Wilt and can kill an oak tree within a couple of months of infection. The Red Oak group (whose leaves have lobes with pointy tips) are especially vulnerable.

Intersection | Prospect Heights report highlights community reaction to neighborhood gentrification

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 2:47pm

How has gentrification affected the way community members feel about Prospect Heights, and what do they want for the neighborhood's future?

To answer these questions, Intersection | Prospect Heights collected oral histories and survey responses from over 500 current and former residents of Prospect Heights. The results are discussed in a new paper, "We're All Part of the Neighborhood," available for download from the Intersection | Prospect Heights web site.

The report describes how a surge in development since 2000 coincided with a sharp increase in housing cost. In the process, a large segment of Prospect Heights' population was displaced as more affluent residents moved in. While residents' perceptions of public education and security from crime have improved, the sense of community that many cherish may be threatened.