Community Board 2 Update: May 20, 2023
News & Events – 05.19.23
Fort Greene Park: Lawn Pilot Survey
Online Now – As many regular Fort Greene Park users observed, the lawns degraded quickly once re-opened to active use after the first year of the Lawn Pilot project. NYC Parks and Fort Greene Park Conservancy have proposed options for the 2023 summer season to help maintain the Central Lawn to the standard that was achieved during the Lawn Pilot. Residents are encouraged to take the survey to help decide the best temporary strategy for lawn maintenance.
IMPACCT: Free Virtual Financial Capabilities Workshops
Wed 05.24 & 06.07 @ 6-8pm – Learn how to save money and transform your financial future with free Financial Capabilities workshops. Topics: Increase Your Wealth (05.24), and Understanding Housing Connect & the Lottery Process (06.07).
CM Hudson: Land Use Framework Resident Survey
Ends Fri 05.26 – Council Member Crystal Hudson (City Council District 35), is undertaking a project in partnership with Hester Street to create a land use framework created by neighbors, for neighbors. Residents are invited to complete a short survey to help inform a Land Use Vision & Prioritization Framework of community-informed parameters for development.
FGPC: Fort Greene Park Volunteer Day
Sat 05.27 @ 10am-12pm – Join the Conservancy for an afternoon of gardening and beautifying Fort Greene Park. Projects vary according to much-needed park maintenance tasks, but include everything from mulching garden beds, cleaning the running trail, weeding, and more.
MTA: High Street A/C Station Escalator Replacement Project
Tue 05.30 – Wed 06.14 – The escalator replacement project at the High Street A/C station is continuing on schedule, and the next phase will be similar to the construction barricade plan completed in Nov 2022. Signage will be posted in the station notifying customers to utilize the Cadman Plaza West side of the station from May 30-June 14. This part of the project is scheduled for completion in early Summer 2023. After the Adams Street escalators have been installed, escalator replacement will begin on the on the Cadman Plaza West side.
CEC15: Diversity Plan Evaluation & Assessment Survey
Participate by Wed 05.31 – The Community Education Council of School District 15 (CEC15)invites the community to participate in a reflection survey on the D15 Diversity Plan for 5th-11th grade students and their parents. This survey is part of a larger reflection process that has been underway since Nov 2022 funded by the NY State Integration Project.
Pratt: DICE Program Pre-Registration
Apply by Wed 06.07 – The Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) program is a free, scholarship-based, after-school program that introduces high school students to the challenges of creative thinking and problem-solving through studio classes in design. Students investigate their communities through various programs such as Graphic Design, Architecture, Design Entrepreneurship, and more. DICE classes are developed in collaboration with the Schools of Art, Design, and Architecture, and are taught by Pratt faculty members. Classes meet on Wednesdays from 4:30–6:30pm beginning in September.
BKCB2: “Better Health, Better Living” Health Fair
Sat 06.10 @ 11am-4pm – Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 2 and Friends of Commodore Barry Park present an all-ages, family-friendly afternoon of community and learning featuring free COVID testing, yoga, healthy eating tips, blood pressure testing, on-site medical professionals, general health planning, music, giveaways, children’s story time, and more.
BKCD2 Public Comment Period: Liquor License Renewals
Ongoing – Current liquor license renewal applications open for public comment.
CM Restler: Hiring FT Constituent Advocate
Apply Now – The Office of Council Member Lincoln Restler (City Council District 33) is hiring a FT Constituent Advocate to join their constituent services team.
BKCB1: Hiring FT Community Associate
Apply Now – Our northern neighboring Community District, Brooklyn Community District 01(Williamsburg and Greenpoint), is hiring a FT Community Associate.
BNY: Employment at The Navy Yard
Apply Now – The Albert C. Wiltshire Employment Center connects local residents to jobs and careers available in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre industrial park housing over 500 businesses within the manufacturing, food, media, technology, and creative fields.
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LPC: Public Hearing – Proposed Rules Amendments
Tue 05.23 @ 9:30am – The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has voted to propose amendments to existing Rules of the City of New York, including amendments concerning storefronts, signage, sidewalks, HVAC and solar panels, expedited Certificates of No Effect, master plans and district master plans, and the Historic Preservation Grant Program, and a new proposed Chapter 14 concerning public petition for rule-making.
MTA: Spring 2023 All-Agency Customer Satisfaction Survey
Submit by Sun 05.28 – The MTA has launched its Spring 2023 Customers Count Survey for NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and Access-A-Ride Paratransit customers. Take the survey to help the MTA identify key attributes of service that are important to customers, provide the MTA with a better understanding of how customers currently rate the service, and where to direct future resources to improve the transit system. Survey available in English, Spanish, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bangla, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and a telephone option. Results of the survey will be published in July.
HOPE: Free 12-Week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training
Apply by Wed 05.31 – The HOPE Program now offers Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training. The 12-week program offers 7wks of job readiness training, including cover letter and resume writing assistance, digital literacy skills, interview prep, financial literacy, and mindfulness workshops, plus 5wks (125 hours) of in-person CNA training and exam preparation. Books, materials, uniform, and state exam board fees are provided at no cost.
DEP: Water Bill Amnesty Period Extended
Apply by Wed 05.31 – As NYC continues to recover from the pandemic, DEP is offering a limited one-time amnesty with up to 100% interest forgiveness for all delinquent water and wastewater bills. This 90-day program has been extended to provide relief to more customers.
OEM: “Share Your Space” Survey
Online Now – NYC Emergency Management runs a program called “Share Your Space” that allows private entities to offer their properties voluntarily for emergency management-related activities. To support emergency sheltering for arriving asylum seekers, NYC is looking for facilities to be used as Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers (HERRCs) as well as for short-term, smaller congregate sheltering. If you own or operate a space of at least 25,000 square feet, please fill out the survey.
BPL: Free Tech Help Appointments
Tuesdays & Wednesdays – Have a question about your phone, computer, or other tech? Book an appointment with a library staff member to receive free, one-on-one instruction. Appointments available at the Adams branch and the Clinton Hill branch on Tuesdays from 2-3pm, and the Brooklyn Heights branch on Tuesdays from 2-3pm and Wednesdays from 11am-12pm.
Brooklyn Borough Hall: Walk-In Constituent Services
Wednesdays @ 9am-3pm – Do you need assistance with contacting a City agency or resolving a municipal issue? Brooklyn Borough Hall offers Walk-In Constituent Services on Wednesdays at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Thursdays at Brooklyn Central Library.
Sen. Gounardes: Mobile Office Hours
Alternating Wednesdays @ 2-5pm – NY State Senator Andrew Gounardes, representing the 26th District, is offering walk-in office hours at the Brooklyn Heights Library.
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