Category: Quality of life issues

Woman attacked on 23rd St. 10/25

Been a while since we have posted. Unfortunately this is not a happy post. From the CCGH newsgroup:

An update from the sister of the our neighbor who was attacked this morning on her way to work:

I wanted to make all of you aware that one of our neighbors was attacked Tuesday, 10/25 at 5:20am. This attack took place on 23rd street between 6 & 7th avenue (closer to 6th avenue). Please be aware of your surroundings at all times.

If anyone has a camera installed on their  property that is facing the street, please speak up. The police are hoping that they can apprehend this man. A police report has been filed. Suspect was Caucasian/White Latino, approximately 5’8, medium built & was wearing a black hoodie. He owns a dark colored car, no visual on license plate or type of car.
The suspect was sitting in his car then came out to attack.

They are looking for any home that has video surveillance from this morning so police can try and get a plate number or footage. She’s a long standing resident of this block and we need to help her and her family out if we can!

Please email us or post with any intel.

And please be aware of your surroundings. We have a wonderful block and community, however violence can occur anywhere. This is still NYC. Hopefully this is an (unfortunate) isolated instance.

More when we learn more.

MTA to close Prospect Ave stop for up to 12 months!

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Well happy 2016!

From a repost of a longer article on Gothamist, the long and the short of it is the MTA will be closing 30 stations for repairs in the next few years. Not sure of any exact schedule, but the announcement was accompanied by the statement:

“re-envision” 30 subway stations by 2020. The MTA plans to make these stations “cleaner, brighter… easier to navigate, with better and more intuitive wayfinding, as well as a modernized look and feel.”

While there will be wifi upgrades and e-ticketing (like that makes up for the closure) what do folks think about the closing of a busy stop in the heart of two neighborhoods that are growing by leaps and bounds…Greenwood Hts. and South Park Slope? Folks are already calling for increased train service…

We’re skeptical and torn  on this as the station does need an upgrade, majorly (hell, the whole line does). But the loss of that station without increased train service is going to be a nightmare for commuters. Here’s the full map.

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West Nile Spraying in Greenwood Hts. and other 11215 zip code areas 09/09/15

Thanks to the poster to the CCGH, South Slope and WTA newsgroups for the info we knew would never come from DOH. Spraying will commence on Wednesday night, 9/09 starting at 8:30pm thru 6AM.

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New development for 695-705 6th Avenue

First reported by the NYDN, Brownstoner and then South Slope News, looks like the corner of 21st Street and 6th Avenue, 695-705 6th Avenue, is up for some change. Seems the former yeshiva was recently sold to the development company RNS Holdings for $9.9M.

So, redevelopment of an underutilized site (and former glass factory), good! Overdevelopment of the neighborhood, not so good…though no where near as bad pre-2006 rezoning (TBD due to Mayor’s and CPC’s newest plans, but that’s for another post). Development by a controversial developer (who has been banned from selling condos in NYC for the past 16 months, VERY BAD!

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West Nile Disease found in 15 Bklyn Neighborhoods

Including ours! DOH released a report outlining the affected areas and spraying schedule. Currently 11215 and 11232 are not on the list. Bust as in the past, DOH basically gives zero warning before a spray date. So let’s keep our eyes peeled for any spray updates.Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 2.32.29 PMYou can read a very extensive post on Patch.com. Anyone have intel?

Sidewalk repair for street tree damage underway in CB7

Happy summer CCGH folks! We were informed by a subcontractor for the City, who has been managing a project on our block, that CB7 is having over 60 sidewalk repairs made due to street tree damage by NYC Parks.

About time! We know of at least four blocks where 311 calls were made, in some cases starting 8 years ago, for repair.

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Sidewalk being broken up on 23rd Street

If an owner can show that a street tree has damaged their sidewalk, in most cases it’s on the City’s dime (well, really us taxpayers) to fix the sidewalk. So if you are in Greenwood Heights, Sunset Park or Windsor terrace and have filed, you may get repaired this summer. Need to file? The call 311 or Community Board 7 for help. Anyone else out there seeing repairs?

Meeting to discuss proposed, and needed, stop sign and speed bump on 22nd st.

Fresh from the 23rd St Neighbors Assoc., there will be a transportation committee meeting is Tuesday 3/24, 6:30pm at Community Board 7 to discuss a proposed, and as per the Association poster’s email “This is a very dangerous corner at which there have already been a number of accidents. Something need to be done ASAP,” corner of 7th Avenue and 22nd Street, along with a speed bump on the same block.

To find out more, and sign the ipetition, you can go here (for the entire email, see below). 

 Hi All,


I’ve been working with Molly to get Stop Sign placed on the corner of 22nd and 7th. There is a Community Board committee meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 to discuss the matter (see the flyer attached for info) Feel free to come out if you’d like your voice to be heard. Some of you have already signed the petition asking for a stop sign. If you have not please follow the link below and add your name.


This is a very dangerous corner at which there have already been a number of accidents. Something need to be done ASAP.

It also seems that some of our neighbors on 22nd street between 6th and 7th) have requested a speed bump. That will also be brought up at the meeting, so it’s  a good two for one chance to make our community safer. As 23rd and 22nd are often used as a cut through for people heading to and from the Expressway and eager to avoid the lights on 5th Ave our neighborhood needs to do as much as possible to create safer streets for all our residents.

Lets get this done! (And then try again for the stop sign on 23rd and 6th!) Hope to see you there.

Mayor’s Proposed Zoning Plans: Will they set us back 10 years?

The City has recently released “Housing New York: Zoning For Quality and Affordability.” While at face value it plans some interesting solutions to senior housing and affordability, Andrew Bergman of the GVSHP has warned New Yorker’s of one of the perils of the plan: change in zoning laws that could change the downzoning we fought so hard for and were granted as part of the South Park Slope rezoning in 2006!

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This plan identifies ways that the

Zoning Resolution can be updated to

better promote the creation of

affordable housing and foster diverse,

livable neighborhoods.

The proposed changes would

modernize the Zoning Resolution to

better promote housing affordability

and higher-quality buildings.

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SNOW: How did you make it through?

Look like our neck of Brooklyn got about 6+ inches yesterday from our good buddy Storm Thor (what a name!). We shoveled out last night and ice this morning. How did everyone else do in Greenwood Heights?

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REPOST: Finding A Safer Traffic Solution For 20th Street

Posted today on South Slope News, the take away from CB7’s and DOT’s presentation of additional plans to give relief to residents along the 20th Street truck route.

Discussions have been going on for years, an we’re not really sure any solutions will completely work (past or present). Ultimately some part of Greenwood Heights, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace will be affected. Just feeling the best mix may not be there yet.

What do you think?

Here’s more from South Slope News:

“We don’t have any agenda except to make our street safer,” said 20th Street resident Miriam at a meeting on Tuesday night with the Department of Transportation, Community Board 7, and Community Board 14 — and it was a sentiment echoed by everyone in attendance.

With sleet falling outside, it was a fairly small turnout for the meeting at the Windsor Terrace Library, which is right around the midpoint of the areas the 20th Street Truck Route Area Study is looking at. Following a petition signed by more that 200 20th Street residents in 2010 citing property damage, congestion, and additional safety issues, the DOT launched the study to see if the truck route along that road might be altered to improve the situation.

“The issue on 20th Street is no so much that vehicles are being hit — it’s a safety issue for pedestrians,” said Miriam, her young son in tow. “For instance if you’re getting into your car, people’s doors have come off, people have been nudged into their cars. Because it’s a bit wild, people drive with a lot of bravado and crossing the street is quite difficult and scary.”

The study — which so far has involved analyzing land use and traffic and crash data, interviews with truck drivers on the street, arial surveys, and more — continues, and this meeting will be just one of more to come throughout the affected communities, because the issue is a fairly complicated one.

“We don’t have a solution yet that jumps out and says, ‘That’s the answer,’” said Stacey Hodge, director of the Office of Freight Mobility at the DOT. MORE>