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.

Christmas tree-cycling to begin January 2

Posted: December 29, 2017 - 11:56am

As the holiday season draws to a close, environmentally-conscious neighbors may be interested in two City programs to help residents dispose of their Christmas trees.


The New York City Department of Sanitation will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection on Tuesday, January 2 and will run through Saturday, January 13, 2018, weather permitting.

City residents should remove all stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before putting trees out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between Tuesday, January 2 and Saturday, January 13, will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens.

Those wishing to dispose of mostly plastic and metal imitation Christmas trees should remove all ornaments and put them out next to your recycling on regular recycling days.


NYC Parks provides additional options for tree-cycling via their annual MulchFest event which will be held on Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 locations across the city. (The location closest to Prospect Heights will be at 3rd Street and Prospect Park West.) Participants may bring a bag to take home mulch for use in personal gardens.

Those not able to attend MulchFest can use NYC Parks’ drop-off sites, which are accepting trees Sunday, December 31 through Sunday, January 7. (The drop-off location in Prospect Heights is the Prospect Heights Community Farm, St. Marks Avenue between Vanderbilt Avenue and Underhill Avenue.)

To see all chipping and drop-off sites, click here.  Remember to remove all lights, ornaments, decorations and netting from trees before attending the events.

Brooklyn Public Library hosts October 15 event on history of southern Prospect Heights

Posted: October 2, 2017 - 9:51am

Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood may be known for its nineteenth century row houses, but it’s also home to one of Brooklyn’s first higher-density residential districts along Eastern Parkway. This collection of over 80 apartment houses represents a unique period in Brooklyn history when building patterns shifted and a new type of urban dwelling was built for a rising middle class. Built on land that had remained vacant for decades, these apartment houses attracted people who wanted to live near Brooklyn’s cultural center and Prospect Park, sought the advantages of apartment dwelling, and wanted rapid access to downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Civic organizations host 35th City Council District Candidate Forum September 6 (Livestream added)

Posted: August 23, 2017 - 3:48pm

On Wednesday, September 6, candidates vying to represent the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Brooklyn Heights will answer questions posed by community members. The forum will be held at P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Avenue, beginning at 7:00PM.

Candidates Jabari Brisport, Laurie Cumbo, Ede Fox and Scott Hutchins have confirmed their participation. The event will be moderated by Rachel Holliday Smith of DNAinfo.

Community members may post questions for the candidates online, and vote on the submitted questions they would like to hear answered. A Facebook event page is here.

This event will also be available through livestream at PHNDC's Facebook page.

Free help for you and your neighbors facing displacement pressure

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 11:14am

For tenants, being prepared can mean the difference between staying in Prospect Heights and getting displaced. Let’s talk about what you can do now.

The cost of a new lease for some apartments in Prospect Heights has nearly doubled over the last fifteen years. Thousands of residents have been displaced during that time. And more apartment buildings are changing hands--often with the expectation by the new owners that new tenants will be willing to pay much higher rent.

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) was founded in 2004 to advocate for neighborhood-wide issues on behalf of the Prospect Heights community. PHNDC wants to help community members better understand their rights as tenants. By learning about strategies to address displacement pressure now, tenants have a better chance of keeping their apartments and staying in the neighborhood, no matter what the future may bring. And if building residents are already experiencing tenant harassment, there are resources in the community that can help them organize and fight back.

Is Prospect Heights ready for an emergency? PHNDC volunteers and interns want to find out

Posted: August 15, 2017 - 5:06pm

The PHNDC Emergency Disaster Management (EDM) Committee has been actively building its outreach and knowledge of community preparedness since its establishment in May. Committee members believe that our community needed to know what resources and needs exist in Prospect Heights with respect to disaster preparedness. So, they started with the basics.

In partnership with the Brooklyn Neighborhood Improvement Association, the committee launched its first activity in July, conducting a door-to-door survey of commerical enterprises and many multifamily residential buildings in Prospect Heights. Through the BNIA, 12 Summer Youth Employment Program interns worked with PHNDC to conduct one of the largest disaster preparedness surveys done by community-based groups in NYC. The survey was drafted and designed by members of the EDM committee and continuously improved by the interns as they went door to door. The survey was also extended to selected commercial avenues in Crown Heights later in the summer. The initiative drew upon the elements of Community Assessment/Preparedness Planning toolkit offered by the City of New York Office of Emergency Management.

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