The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

"It was not about money": An Intersection | Prospect Heights discussion
Start Date: 
June 15, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sponsored By: 
Brooklyn Public Library, Buscada, PHNDC
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch
Grand Army Plaza
United States

In Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, the conversion of a few former industrial buildings to loft apartments that began in 1999 was followed by the announcement of the massive Atlantic Yards project in 2003, which in turn fueled an increase in commercial and residential rents and accelerated displacement of residents and businesses.

Now, just as the first affordable apartments at Atlantic Yards have begun to be offered through New York City’s lottery system, and residents ponder the future impact of the more than 13,000 residents expected to occupy the market and affordable apartment to be completed by 2025, the Intersection | Prospect Heights project returns with a panel discussion and series of walking tours launching “Our Places,” a new publication presenting stories and concerns of current and former neighbors, tracking development and demographic change, and looking at how it plays out on our streets. What is the future of Prospect Heights and our city?

On June 15th at 7PM at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch, a panel of experts in affordable housing, economic development, public policy, community activism, and urban planning will discuss how Prospect Heights has been reshaped, and what implications the experiences of its residents and businesses hold for other communities facing redevelopment. Their discussion is informed by stories, photographs, and research collected as part of Intersection | Prospect Heights, a public art and dialogue collaboration between the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC), Buscada, and Brooklyn Public Library.

Panelists include:

  • Thomas Angotti, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College
  • Regina Cahill, Chair, North Flatbush Business Improvement District
  • Catherine M. Green, Director, ARTs East New York
  • Deb Howard, Executive Director, IMPACCT Brooklyn
  • Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate

The discussion will be moderated by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani of Buscada and Gib Veconi of PHNDC.


Open to: 
General public