The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Posted: May 22, 2015 - 12:06pm

Where is Prospect Heights?

Prospect Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, bounded by Flatbush Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Washington Avenue to the east, and Eastern Parkway to the south. Prospect Heights includes parts of Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8. It is home to approximately 19,000 residents, who are represented by elected officials from the 35th New York City Council district, the 20th and 25th New York State Senate districts, and the 52nd and 57th New York State Assembly districts. Prospect Heights is policed by the NYPD’s 77th and 78th Precincts.

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What is the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council?

Since its founding in 2004, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) has been the leading civic organization providing advocacy for neighborhood-wide issues on behalf of the residents and businesses of Prospect Heights. Its programs have engaged and received the support of thousands of community members in Prospect Heights and its environs. Some examples of PHNDC’s successful advocacy campaigns include:

In addition, PHNDC holds public meetings on subjects of interest to residents of Prospect Heights, including historic preservation, transportation policy, and local development. PHNDC sponsors non-partisan public forums for candidates for local elected offices. PHNDC also provides technical and operational support to block associations and community organizations within Prospect Heights.

Structure and governance

PHNDC is a New York State not-for-profit corporation with tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Membership in PHNDC is open to all persons 18 years of age or more. (To become a member of PHNDC, click here.) PHNDC is governed by a board of directors elected by its members. 

The current PHNDC board members and officers are:

  • Gib Veconi, Chair
  • Saskia Haegens, Vice Chair
  • Richard Roth, Treasurer
  • Emily Liu, Secretary
  • Al Bass
  • Raphael Myrthil
  • Racquel White


Members of PHNDC work together in neighborhood advocacy on issues relating to housing, economic development, physical environment, safety and security, and social services. Members may participate in the following committees of PHNDC:

    The Emergency Preparedness Committee explores how to make our community more resilient in the event of an unexpected disaster. For more information, email [Joyce Yu, Chair; Raphael Myrthil, Co-chair]

    The Housing Committee works to inform and educate community members about housing issues and potential strategies to address displacement and housing pressure. For more information, email [Gib Veconi, Chair; Lee Warshavsky, Co-chair]

    The Landmarks Committee plans and executes programs and activities intended to preserve the historic character of Prospect Heights, as well as drafts testimony to agencies of government regarding the impact of proposed construction on the historic character of Prospect Heights. For more information, email [Mary Shuford, Chair; Gib Veconi, Co-chair]

    The Livable Streets Committee works to improve the safety of the streets in Prospect Heights for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and to enhance the cleanliness and visual appearance of neighborhood streetscapes. For more information, email [Michael Lazar, Saskia Haegens, Matt Schabas, Co-chairs]

    The Vanderbilt Avenue Committee plans, manages and executes the open street program on Vanderbilt Avenue, including fundraising, communications, street operations and programming. For more information, email [Megan Moustafa and Katherine Pangaro, Co-chairs]

By-Laws of PHNDC

Standing Rules

Conflict of Interest Policy

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Sexual Harassment Policy