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.

Prospect Heights wins Slow Zone from NYC Department of Transportation

Posted: October 16, 2013 - 5:59pm

On October 10, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commission Janet Sadik-Khan announced that Prospect Heights would be among the 15 New York City neighborhoods chosen for the expansion of the Neighborhood Slow Zone (NSZ) program. 74 communities had applied to be included in the NSZ expansion, under which speeds on local streets are reduced from 30 mph to 20 mph in conjunction with other traffic calming measures. Slow Zones also seek to enhance quality of life by reducing cut-through traffic and traffic noise in residential neighborhoods.


Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force salvages tree guards for Vanderbilt Avenue

Posted: April 27, 2013 - 1:52pm

When the Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force heard that Forest City Ratner Companies would cut twenty trees from the northern sidewalk of Pacific Street between Sixth Avenue and Carlton Avenue to make room for construction in the Vanderbilt rail yard, its members joined a chorus of other community members and elected officials in protest. 

Ellen Fishman elected as PHNDC Chair

Posted: March 26, 2013 - 3:19pm

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council is pleased to announce that Ellen Fishman has been elected as Chair of the organization. She succeeds Danae Oratowski, who served as PHNDC Chair since 2007. 

Ms. Fishman, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Brooklyn Law School. She has been a resident of Prospect Heights with her family for 13 years. During that time she transitioned from working as an attorney in private practice to operating with her husband Albano Ballerini the authentic pizza and pasta restaurant Amorina Cucina Rustica, on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights. Ms. Fishman is also the President of the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District and continues to represent it on the PHNDC board. As both as both a resident and merchant she brings a unique perspective to our organization. 

Heart of Brooklyn launches survey to improve Washington Avenue

Posted: March 19, 2013 - 6:09pm

Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), A Cultural Partnership is launching a survey focused on retail attraction for the Washington Avenue district between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway. The findings will be shared publicly with property owners, business owners, and community stakeholders.

The survey is available now at

In addition to online surveys, volunteers will be conducting surveys with residents in the area and visitors at locations surrounding Washington Avenue starting Wednesday, April 3rd. Merchants who would like a survey display at a business or a hard copy, please contact Rebeca Ramirez at

Arts to End Violence festival promotes peace through art

Posted: February 16, 2013 - 5:32pm

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is pleased to announce its third annual Arts to End Violence festival and contest.  CHCMC is a neighborhood problem-solving center that aims to strengthen the Crown Heights neighborhood through youth programming, neighbor services, and the community-based anti-gun violence program, Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights. Last year the Arts to End Violence show brought artists together to share their messages of peace and feelings about violence. Some of the participants were established in their field and others were new to the creative process. CHCMC is calling on artists of all ages to submit art for this project in three categories: 2-dimensional art, video and performance. Artists 24 and under are eligible for cash prizes and all are eligible to be displayed in a local gallery. 

Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School now accepting applications

Posted: February 13, 2013 - 6:43pm

Brooklyn East Collegiate, an Uncommon middle school located at 80 Underhill Avenue and serving grades 5-8, is now accepting new student applications for students entering the 5th grade in the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are due Tuesday, April 2nd at 5:00 pm. Parents can visit the website at to apply or call 718-250-5760 for any questions.