Announcements

Brooklyn Community Board Ten is now on Facebook and Instagram

CB10 Brooklyn recently launched a Facebook and Instagram page to become better connected to the people and businesses of our community.
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @communityboard10bk for updates and local news.

We can also be reached via email at [email protected]

Sign up to receive the Community Board 10 newsletter via email. Please send your request to: [email protected] or contact us under the “About” tab on the homepage.

Neighborhood Loading Zone Information Tab

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Age Friendly Bay Ridge Walkable Sidewalks
A Community Conversation
May 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Did you know? Seniors 65+ in Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights rate of fall related hospitalizations is higher than citywide average. (NYC Dept. Health Profiles)

The New York Academy of Medicine predicts this demography of 65+ will grow in the next decade. Therefore, we must work together to advance safe, accessible, and walkable sidewalk corridors for our seniors!

On May 18th at 2pm Age Friendly Bay Ridge will host – Age Friendly Bay Ridge Walkable Sidewalks: A Community Conversation. This will take place in person at the Bay Ridge Center located at 6935 4th Avenue and via Zoom.

The Bay Ridge Age Friendly Committee has collaborated with the Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian safety along identified senior corridors and successfully advocated for additional seating areas with the help of the DOT CityBench program. This forum on walkable sidewalks is a great way to continue to work together to encourage pedestrian safety, active mobility and healthy aging in place.

Please see flyer for details.

MTA Virtual Town Hall
May 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm

At this Town Hall, the MTA will discuss the findings of the Interborough Express feasibility study, next steps in the environmental process, and take feedback and questions from the public.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will hold a virtual public town hall meeting on May 19th at 6pm on plans for an Interborough Express service linking Brooklyn and Queens using land along existing freight railroad infrastructure.

Members of the public will hear an overview of the project and have the opportunity to ask questions of subject matter experts.

We’re interested in hearing your thoughts on:

  • Where possible IBX stations should be located.
  • Which mode (Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail or Conventional Rail) you think works best, and why.

Zoom Link: https://mta.zoom.us/j/81961952299?pwd=WEFXUVRLRTg0QWc2RTZmekUwNksrZz09Passcode: Ad8&5vTj#G

Telephone: 929-436-2866
Webinar ID: 819 6195 2299Passcode: 4465129343

Alternate: 646-518-9805
877-853-5247 (Toll Free)

Submit questions and comments in advance here:
https://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/app/interborough-express

For more information on additional ways to comment, request information, or to view more details about the project, the public is encouraged to visit the project website.

The Mammogram Bus is back!
Friday May 20th

Early detection of Breast Cancer saves lives.

Schedule a No-cost Mammogram today ay 718-238-6044 or 877-628-9090

Hosted by:
State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Council Member Justin Brannan
8018 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11209
Friday, May 20, 2022
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Eligibility:
Women age 40-79
Currently living in New York City
No Mammogram in the past 12 months

No co-pays required and deductibles are waived.  Uninsured patients also welcomed.
Medical Services provided by Multi-Diagnostic Services.

More information in English and Spanish could be found here.

NIA Community Services Network Presents
The 2nd Annual NIA 5K Community Run & Walk

Date: May 21, 2022
Time: Check-in at 8:00 am – Run begins at 9:00 am
Location: American Veteran’s Memorial Pier, Bay Ridge Avenue & Shore Road

To register or make a donation visit:
BIT.LY/NIA5K-2022

More information could be found here.

Cash & iPads for Guns Buyback
Saturday, May 21st, 279 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will host a community gun buyback event in Clinton Hill on Saturday May 21st from 10 am – 4 pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

NYC Water Board Public Hearing

New York City Water Board Public Meeting Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT in accordance with Section 1045-j (3) of New York Public Authorities Law, the New York City Water Board (the Board) will hold public hearings concerning certain amendments to the Board’s Rate Schedule that first took effect on July 1, 2021, and that would first become effective on July 1, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as authorized by New York State law, the hearings will be held via teleconference on May 25 and 26.

The Board will consider the following rate and policy modifications, to take effect as of July 1, 2022:

An increase of up to 4.90% to the metered and unmetered water rates and rate-based billing programs described in the Rate Schedule that was first effective July 1, 2021.

For properties that were automatically enrolled in the Multiple-Family Conservation Program, the Board will consider amending the Rate Schedule so as to not assess the 10% surcharge prior to July 1, 2023 on enrolled properties that did not administratively demonstrate compliance with the program’s terms.

Clarification of the terms of the inspection requirements necessary to obtain the billing provisions available under the Cap on Metered Charges.

Clarification of the availability of unmetered water rates.

Additional clarifications of an administrative nature to existing policies and procedures.

An audio recording and written transcript of the hearing will be posted on the Board’s website following the hearing. Anyone may attend or register to speak. Those who wish to testify at the hearing must contact the Board by email: [email protected], telephone: (718) 595-3594, or mail: New York City Water Board, 59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor, Flushing, NY 11373, to register no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the day of the hearing. Oral testimony will be limited to five (5) minutes duration. In order for testimony to be assured of consideration at a hearing, a copy of any prepared or written statement must be submitted for the Board’s consideration at the above email or mailing address by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the day of the hearing.

There is a meeting accessibility option for members of the public who have difficulty in hearing, or who would otherwise like to access the meeting using real-time text captioning. To access this accessibility option, please visit this link using your internet browser: https://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=CFI-NYCWaterBoard. This is a text only access option, so for audio access please use the phone number and passcode listed above.

Please find additional information about the hearings and the Board, as well as information on accessibility options, at nyc.gov/waterboard.

Department of Parks McKinley Park Playground Scoping Meeting
May 26th, 6:30 pm

The Department of Parks will host a virtual community input meeting on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 pm to seek public ideas for McKinley Park Playground Reconstruction.

Please register in advance to participate at the following link:

https://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/community-input-meetings/12704

Brooklyn’s 155th Memorial Day Parade

Date: May 30, 2022
Time:
11:00 am

Parade steps off at 11:00 am on 3rd Avenue and 78th Street.  Parade route along 3rd Avenue to Marine Avenue up to 4th Avenue and over 101st Street for a memorial service in John Paul Jones Park.

Details could be found here.

Dept. of Buildings Customer Service Hours

All DOB Customer Service locations are open to the public from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm for in-person an drop-off transactions. All online services are still in effect.

Click here for Department of Buildings info

AHC Home Repair Grant Applications Now Open

NHS Brooklyn has opened the AHC Grant application process. Residents, if eligible, can receive up to $20,000 for home repairs. See brochure for complete details.

The grant is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis and is based on household size and income .

National Council on Aging Mastery Program

May 10th and June 14th

The National Council on Aging in Collaboration with Kingsborough College and in partnership with the Bay Ridge Center is hosting an inspiration online with Zoom program for adults ages 50 years of age or older on May 10th and June 14th from 3:30 to 5pm. Learn about healthy eating, medication management, fall prevention, community engagement and more.
Free for residents in Brooklyn City Council District 43 who are 50 years of age and older. Aging Mastery Program has been funded by Council Member Justin Brannan, Council District 43.
To learn more about the program and to register please click here for flyer.

#FunOn5th Festival

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: 5th Avenue between 69 and 85 Streets

Verrazzano Narrows Bridge Dahlgren Place Exit Beautification Project

Community Board 10 was advised by TBTA of planned upcoming beautification work scheduled to begin within a few weeks.

Work to trim the overgrowth and vegetation, expand the sidewalk, replace the current fencing, clean and paint the cement wall, and plant new trees will take place along Dahlgren Place. There will be a period of approximately three weeks when about fifteen parking spaces will be restricted while the new sidewalk is being constructed. Residents will be notified in advance of parking restrictions.

This work is expected to be completed by mid summer.

Social Security Offices Resume In-Person Services on April 7th

The Social Security Offices will restore in-person services, including for people without an appointment on April 7, 2022.
Throughout the pandemic, millions of people have used the Social Security Administration’s secure and convenient online services and help by phone. Residents who have access to the internet should first try the online services.
For more information visit the Social Security Administration website here.

America’s SBDC New York

Small Business One-On-One Consultations

Start up and existing business owners:

Hosted by State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Council Member Justin Brannan, the SI Small Business Development Center services will be available in person by appointment only.  All sessions are free of charge.  Meet with an expert business advisor to discuss the following topics:

  • Business Plan Writing
  • Market Research
  • Financial projections
  • Cost Analysis
  • Choosing a Legal Entity
  • Disaster Recovery
  • MWBE Certification
  • Procurement Opportunities

Beginning Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  Offered every 1st Tuesday of the month.
Alternating locations | Availability from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Appointments Required: www.sisbdc.org/brooklynoutreach 

Office of State Senator Andrew Gounardes
8018 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11209
[email protected] | 718-238-6044

Office of Council Member Justin Brannan
8203 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11209
[email protected] | 718-748-5200

More information could be found here.

Important Information About National Grid Service Line Inspections

Have you been contacted by Precision Pipeline Solutions requesting an inspection?
Natural gas customers in New York State are currently undergoing natural gas service line inspections. These inspections are in accordance with the mandated New York State Public Service Commission Order in Case 15-G0244, “Order Establishing Statewide Inspection Schedules and Procedural Requirements” making sure that all natural gas services are working properly and that there are no safety issues. In New York City, these inspections are carried out by National Grid’s hired contractor, Precision Pipeline Solutions.
These contractors carry identification notifying the customer that they are working on behalf of National Grid to complete this important safety work. Because these inspections are performed on inside meter services, the contractor is required to gain access to the customer’s home/business.
If you have not responded to a request for an inspection for your property, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Ignoring this request may lead to fines or eventual gas service interruptions. Read more here.

Cancer Won’t Win

Relay For Life of Brooklyn

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Parkville Youth Organization Ballfield – 854 65th Street, Brooklyn

Fighting cancer takes many things like research, free rides to chemo and lodging near hospitals, and our 24/7 helpline.  But we can’t do any of that without you.  Join Relay For Life, the largest, most inspiring, and supportive cancer fundraising event on the planet.

Help attack cancer in our community.

Register here.

Community Board Member Spotlight


Community Board 10 Member Carmen Feliciano joined women from the Home League, at the Brooklyn Salvation Army HQ to organize a supply drive to help the people of the Ukraine.

With outreach and community support, they filled 15 boxes within two weeks with medical supplies blankets, and toiletries. Many of these women experienced the horrors of war in their lifetime.

Donated items were made by members of the Bay Ridge Senior Center, First Evangelical Free Church and Carmen’s knitting group ‘Woven Hearts’ who donated 20 beautiful handmade scarfs and 11 blankets.

Carmen was pleased to share news of this community drive and shared, “I worked on a lot of outreach efforts, this is the first time the ages ranged from 15 to 92 years old participated, I hope it’s not the last.”

Aid for Ukraine

Please help in supporting Ukraine refugees.

Sotiria from Girl Scout Troop #2873 is collecting items for the Ukrainian refugees as part of her Gold Award project.

The following items below can be donated:

  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Towels
  • Flashlights
  • Power Banks
  • Solar Chargers
  • Baby Products: Dry Formula, Baby Wipes, Diapers
  • Personal Care: Soap, Feminine Products, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Wet Wipes, Hygiene Kits
  • Medical Supplies: Bandages, Antiseptic, Wound Care, First Aid Kits, Pain & Fever Relief Medicine

Drop Box location:
6022 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11220
Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Contact information: [email protected]

More details could be found here.

MTA R-Line Overnight and Weekend Service Changes beginning March 28th

In addition to the weekend work starting the weekend of April 16th, there will also be weekday overnight work beginning March 28th and going through Memorial Day weekend.

To accommodate the switch work, free shuttle buses make all R train stops between 59 St and Bay Ridge-95 St on weekday overnights and weekends. Customers transfer to/from the N train at 59th Street.

Starting week of March 28 through week ending May 27th:

  • Weekday overnights: 12:01 to 5 AM
  • R suspended. No service between 95 St and Whitehall St.
  • Free shuttle buses make all stops between 95 St and 59 St R stations.
  • N service will operate between 59 St and Whitehall St.
  • Customers transfer to/from N train at 59th St.

Weekends starting April 16-17th through Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30th (7 weekends):

  • Midnight Saturday to 5:00 AM Monday. (Work will continue to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday over Memorial Day weekend.)
  • R trains will not run between 36 St in Brooklyn and Bay Ridge-95 St
  • On the weekend overnights, no R service between Whitehall & 95th St.
  • Free shuttle buses make all R train stops between 59 St and Bay Ridge-95 St.
  • Customers transfer to/from N trains at 59th St

Visit MTA.info for bus and subway information.

NYC DSNY Project Master Composter Certificate Course is Back!

This advanced compost education and outreach program is offered year-round throughout the 5 boroughs, and is designed to build a citywide network of educators, advocates and community composters to support NYC Department of Sanitation composting initiatives.
Those enrolled in the program will gain an understanding of the various organic waste diversion programs in NYC, as well as learn basic compost science, urban compost system design, and outreach techniques through classroom instruction, field trips, and hands-on activities. Participants will receive ongoing support to complete the coursework and required volunteer hours according to their interests and community needs. To learn more about certification requirements and eligibility see here.
New Location –

The People’s Pantry – Provisions of Solidarity

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Corner of 4th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11209

The People’s Pantry, an initiative where folks can give food and provisions if they are able, and those in need can take what they wish.  FREE food and provisions for anyone who needs them, no questions asked.  The community pantry remains accessible 24/7.

To donate:
Simply drop off non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, or other household necessities OR donate funds using Venmo app @thepeoplepantry_nyc

Questions?
Please dial 718-745-8520

Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School

Are you looking for a new school to earn your high school diploma?

Apply to NYC’s largest and only transfer high school with both day and night classes for students 17-21 years of age.

Apply online and you will receive an invite to their next Open House – www.mcndhs.com

More information could be found here.

Department of Sanitation

SAFE Disposal Event

DSNY hosts SAFE Disposal Events (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) for residents to get rid of harmful household products safely.

SAFE Disposal Events Spring 2022 could be found here.

If you would like the information in additional languages, visit on.nyc.gov/SpringSAFEflyer.

Learn more at nyc.gov/safeevents

National Grid Launches Project C

What is Project C?
Project C is a program designed to transcend convention and create a more equitable future … for every Customer, in every Community they serve. In Collaboration with the people of New York State, Project C will inspire positive Change — from neighborhood beautification to workforce development — now and for generations to come.

Learn more about the Project C program here.

PSA from FDNY

FDNY is reminding New Yorkers that it is important to use 911 only for emergencies. Allow first responders to assist those most in need. Only call 911 if you need help right away. If you need help finding a health care provider, call 311. Ambulances do not provide testing for COVID-19, and patients are not transported to a hospital to be tested upon request. Transport decisions are made based on medical needs. Please only call 911 during a real emergency. For non-emergencies, or if you need help finding a healthcare provider, call 311. For more information about COVID, visit nyc.gov/coronavirus and text COVID to 692-692 for updates.
view the FDNY announcement here.

NYC Department of Transportation – NYC Open Streets



Temporary Limited Local Access:  Temporary Full Closure:

Overview
NYC’s Open Streets program allows communities to embrace new public space and support small businesses. Open Streets prioritize pedestrians and cyclists by transforming streets into public space. These transformations allow for a range of activities, support local businesses, and create opportunities for New Yorkers to gather together safely. Open Streets are coordinated in partnership with local community organizations. There are two types of Open Streets:

Please visit nyc.gov/openstreets for more information.

Citi Bike Service Area Expansion

Phase 3 (2020 thru 2024) of Citi Bike Service Area Expansion includes portions of Southwest Brooklyn. Citi Bike is a Private – Public partnership. The NYC Department of Transportation is responsible for system planning and outreach and Lyft is responsible for day to day operations.

Community Board 10 was notified by NYC Department of Transportation that while only a few blocks within Community District 10 (referenced as 310 in map) are included in the next phase of implementation, anyone can recommend possible site locations.

To view the interactive station planning map
please visit the Citi Bike feedback portal where public comments can be submitted.

Take The Survey

The NYS Department of Public Service and ECC Technologies invite you to take the Internet Access survey online. This survey will help determine where there is greater need for broadband and internet service within New York State.

Access the survey at https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/

To request a paper survey, please call
1-855-692-2627

Brooklyn SUNY UCAWD – EOC
Apply Now – Spring 2022

Tuition-Free Short Term Training

  • OSHA 40 Certification
  • Security Guard Training

Tuition-Free Academic Programs

  • College Preparation
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • High School Equivalency

Tuition-Free Career Programs

  • Direct Support Professional
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Office Administrative Professional w/ Microsoft Office

All programs online (subject to change)

*Limited in-person instruction

Visit www.sunybeoc.org for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Contact Information:

Email – [email protected]
Phone – 718-802-3344

More information could be found here.

NYC Open Restaurants Program

Permanent Open Restaurants Program
Due to the success of the emergency Open Restaurants Program during COVID-19, New York City is working to create a permanent Open Restaurants program. This program will be managed by NYC DOT and allow restaurants to use the sidewalk adjacent and curbside roadway space in front of their businesses for outdoor dining. In order to make this program permanent, the laws that control outdoor dining in non-emergency situations must be changed.

NYC Permanent Open Restaurants Program Brochure (pdf)

Vision for Permanent Program

  • NYC DOT will administer both the sidewalk and roadway café programs through a streamlined application process
  • Allow for outdoor dining on the sidewalk and in the curbside roadway space
  • Available citywide
  • Detailed, upfront design guidance based on the design guidelines outreach process
  • Both sidewalk and roadway seating require license agreement
  • Full NYC DOT enforcement unit to enforce roadway structures, ADA Compliance, clear path, and amplified noise devices
  • Continued coordination with other city agencies on enforcement and rules

Timeline
There are many legal changes required to making this program permanent.

Estimated Timeframe   
Fall 2021 to Fall 2022
Milestones
Legal Actions Take Place (i.e. amendment to zoning text, changes to local law, rulemaking, design, and application details)

Estimated Timeframe   
Winter 2022
Milestones
Permanent Program Application Opens

Estimated Timeframe 
2023
Milestones
Permanent Program Launches

NYC Permanent Open Restaurant Program
Take The Survey

The Department of Transportation and Department of City Planning are co-leading a design process to engage with New Yorkers to help shape the Permanent Open Restaurants Program.

Take the Open Restaurant Survey by scanning the QR Code above.  For more information check out the brochure here. For more information, please visit DOT Website here.

Crime Prevention Tips to Help Deter Package Theft

Package theft is on the rise. Click here for some tips and ideas to help prevent your packages from being stolen.

Rat Sightings – How to Prevent – How to Report Important Information

Several residents alerted the District Office about rat sightings at various locations in the District.

There are lots of reasons for rats to surface – the most notable culprit is street excavation. As you know, there is regular digging taking place around town for one reason or another.
We encourage all to report rat sightings directly to 311 and share the locations with our office and we will share with the Department of Health. The good news is inspectors can often identify the source and put an immediate abatement treatment plan together to address the condition.

We need your help to keep them at bay and prevent them from coming back. The New York City Department of Health has produced a helpful pamphlet entitled “Preventing Rats on Your Property. It can be found online and provides helpful information. Below is a quick summary but we encourage you visit DOH website and check it out!

Department of Health Rat Prevention Tips

Look for Evidence Most rats live in nests or burrows. Burrows are holes in dirt or concrete. They can also be found under brushes and plants

Clean Up – Rats mostly come out at night to look for food. Make sure all garbage receptacles are tightly secured.

Starve Them – Please manage your garbage. Bring cans and bags to the curb as close to pick up. Use hard plastic cans with tight fitting lids.

Shut Them Out Rats chew holes into buildings and can squeeze through building cracks. Seal all holes and cracks in foundations, walls, floors, underneath doors and windows.

Wipe Them Out – Rodent bait is effective way to wipe out rats. If you live in your own home without tenants, the law allows you to place rodent bait yourself. But commercial and multi-unit property owners must hire a pest control company.

For more information please see here.

Home Help for Heroes Program

Home Help for Heroes program
Financial Assistance for Brooklyn’s Disabled Veterans

Open to disabled Brooklyn veterans who own a home that needs modification in order for them to continue living independently.

Eligible projects include wheelchair ramps, lifts, roll-in showers, and doorway widening.

Total household income limit is 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) for the Metro NYC area.  Disabled veterans impacted by COVID-19 will be given special consideration.

Applications processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact
Angella Cummings
Director of Operations
[email protected]
718-469-4679

Department of Sanitation

Special Waste Drop-Off Brooklyn and Staten Island Location:

Special Waste Drop-Off Sites are now open.  Special Waste Drop-Off Sites are locations where New York City residents can drop-off certain harmful products. The sites are open from 10 AM to 5 PM every Saturday and the last Friday of the month. Sites are closed on legal holidays and may be closed during severe weather.

Where to find them

Brooklyn: 459 North Henry Street in Greenpoint
Staten Island: Located off the Muldoon Avenue exit of the southbound West Shore Expressway (440), past the DSNY security booth.

What to Bring

The following items are accepted at DSNY Special Waste Drop-Off Sites:

  • Batteries, including automotive, rechargeable (such as small sealed lead acid batteries, Li-Ion, Ni-MH, Ni-ZN, Ni-Cd) and single-use (such as alkaline and lithium primary). Follow instructions below to prepare batteries before arrival.
  • Motor oil and transmission fluid (up to 10 quarts per visit)
  • Motor oil filters (up to two filters per visit)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs & CFLs
  • Latex paint (up to five gallons per visit)
  • Mercury-containing devices (up to two per visit)
  • Passenger car tires (up to four per visit)
  • Electronics (covered by the NYS disposal ban)

Download the checklist for future reference here.

Rules & Procedures

DSNY drop-off sites are only for non-commercial materials from NYC residents. Anyone with a commercial license plate will not be allowed to enter the site.

When you arrive at the drop-off site, you’ll be required to show proof of residency, such as a valid NYS driver’s license. If you aren’t arriving by car, you can provide a picture ID and proof of residency, such as a phone or utility bill.

The drop-off location may not be immediately visible. If you have trouble finding the location, ask a DSNY garage foreman or supervisor at the site. DSNY officials will be there to instruct you, but the sites are do-it-yourself style. Wearing casual clothes and work gloves is strongly recommended.

Special Instructions for Batteries

To prevent the risk of fire, individually bag each non-alkaline battery or use CLEAR tape to cover the terminals. Do not use opaque tape and do not bag or tape alkaline batteries.

At the drop-off site, place each battery into its designated collection container: alkaline, small sealed lead acid, auto, and “other”.

Please note: Alkaline batteries are collected here but can be discarded in the garbage. Since they no longer contain mercury, they’re not hazardous.

More information could be found here.

Department of Sanitation

DSNY Organics Collection

One third of what New Yorkers throw away is food scraps and yard waste. Instead of sending it to landfills, we can use this waste to create compost and renewable energy.

Residents:

Learn about the ways that you can make compost in NYC.

Curbside Composting

Drop-off Composting

Host a Food Scrap Drop-Off Site

Sign Up for Curbside Composting

Leaf Collection

Schools:

Find out if your school qualifies to receive curbside compost collection including both private and public schools.

Overview

Guidelines and Tips

Decals, Signage and Resources 

Businesses:

Get more details on your responsibilities as a NYC business handling food and yard waste.

Commercial Organics Requirements

On-site Processing Registration 

Commercial Landscapers 

Nonprofits and Agencies:

Agency representatives can request service for their building in designated opt-in areas.  See map for locations.

Brooklyn Public Library is going fine free!

Brooklyn Public Library, along with NYPL and QPL is excited to announce the elimination of late fines! We are no longer charging late fines on overdue materials, and we have erased existing overdue fines from all BPL accounts.

Additional information can be found here.

For all National Grid planned construction please see information below.

What to expect during construction:
• Typically, work performed by National Grid will begin with the installation of new gas pipe either in the street or sidewalk. The
excavation required will be backfilled at the end of each day. Steel plates will be used to cover any excavations left open to allow
vehicular traffic and provide access to driveways, steps, and walkways.

• The entire work area will be kept clean and orderly. Attempts will be made to keep noise, dust, and debris to a minimum. All material
required on site will be stored neatly in designated areas.

• All or part of your gas service may have to be replaced. In order to complete this work, we must gain access to your home at the point
where the service enters the building (basement, crawlspace, etc.). If this is the case, you will be contacted by a National Grid
representative to make an appointment.

Restoration:
• Some excavations may need to remain open until all gas services have been transferred, at which point the old main will be retired and
the openings will be backfilled.

• All street and sidewalk surfaces affected by the construction will be repaved to ensure a smooth surface. Temporary asphalt pavement
will be used until all National Grid work is complete and permanent restoration can be performed.

• Concrete openings should be restored within 21 days with the exception of work done in mid-winter. Some delays may occur due to
inclement weather or when the temperature is too cold to pour concrete.

Construction Notification as of 3/25/2022

Notification Details:
In the coming weeks, National Grid has planned construction in your district and this notification will provide information on the project.  This work is required to improve the reliability of our gas system. If you seek additional information, please reference the following:

Construction due to: New Main Install
Borough: Brooklyn
Reference Number: T102465633
Billing Unit: 203
Community Board: 10

Construction Details:
Scope: Main Install
Typical Trench Width: 3′
Approx. Duration: 90 Days

Locations:

On Street: 11th Avenue
Cross Street: 86th Street
Cross Street: 85th Street

Construction Notification as of 2/6/2022


Notification Details:
In the coming weeks, National Grid has planned construction in your district and this notification will provide information on the project.  This work is required to improve the reliability of our gas system. If you seek additional information, please reference the following:

Construction due to: New Main Install
Borough: Brooklyn
Reference Number: T102452774
Billing Unit: 203
Community Board: 10

Construction Details:
Scope: Main Install
Typical Trench Width: 3′

Locations:

On Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 11th Avenue
Cross Street: 12th Avenue

On Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 12th Avenue
Cross Street: 13th Avenue

On Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 13th Avenue
Cross Street: 14th Avenue

On Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 12th Avenue
Cross Street: Intersection

On Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 13th Avenue
Cross Street: Intersection

On Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 14th Avenue
Cross Street: Intersection

On Street: 12th Avenue
Cross Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 79th Street

On Street: 13th Avenue
Cross Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 79th Street

On Street: 14th Avenue
Cross Street: 78th Street
Cross Street: 79th Street

More information could be found here.

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Verrazzano Narrows Bridge Construction – New Traffic Pattern Begins

A new traffic pattern will be implemented, with associated overnight lane and level closures to accommodate the transition to the next stage of upper level roadway reconstruction. The bridge remains open to traffic in both directions at all times. The resulting new pattern will shift the closed lane from the current work-zone on the left side of the eastbound side of the bridge, one lane southward, to the center lane. This upcoming stage should improve traffic flow for motorists and bus commuters in terms of the traffic pattern; however, motorists may expect a period of adjustment as with any such shift.

This is the sixth stage of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Upper Level reconstruction of the Approaches and Anchorage Deck, and the project is progressing well ahead of schedule. This stage of work will continue.

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Hotline: 718-556-8010

DOT Milling and Paving within Community Board Ten

Please follow signs that will be posted in advance of scheduled work.

Click here for NYC DOT Weekly Resurfacing Schedule.

Recovery: Tropical Storm Ida

NYC Department of Buildings

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is conducting home safety inspections upon request, to provide help and guidance to New Yorkers dealing with flood damage. DOB is not issuing violations or penalties during these assessments.

DOB has put together an information guide which can be accessed here or available at www.nyc.gov/Ida.

Narrows Botanical Gardens (NBG)
Can You Help Be A Garden Greeter?

Garden greeters are an integral part of the NBG. Greeters will work at a table in front of the Native Plant Garden (just inside the NBG entrance located across the street from 6917 Shore Road). Duties include greeting people that walk through the NBG, answering their questions, encouraging them to become involved, and whatever else comes up that day.
Volunteers sign up for two hour slots via our Sign Up Genius page which is accessible on NBG’s website.

Brooklyn Public Library – Fort Hamilton Branch

Hours of operation:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday – 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

You may use the public computers for 30 minutes, two times a day.
Please be advised that the public computers will shut off automatically 15 minutes before the library closes.

PSA – From A Local Student About Dog Waste

A local 6th Grader, John C. from Bay Ridge Catholic Academy has decided to tackle the pet waste problem in Bay Ridge and started an education campaign which he shared with our office. He built pet waste bag holders for the area. There are bag holders at the 97th Street/Shore Road entrance and at Owls Park Dog Run for pet owners.

View flyer here.

Bay Ridge Center Volunteer Program:
Helping Our Neighbors, Together

Bay Ridge Center’s volunteer program to combat the effects of the pandemic needs your help to help our neighbors in need! Calling both volunteers and those in need: your issue is neither too big nor too small.

Need a hand with your computer skills? Driveway buried in snow? Want to learn to crochet? Interested in learning a new language? Let’s make it all happen, together!

Please reach out to Michael Schumer, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at [email protected] to get rolling.

NYC Department of Transportation
FREE Virtual Car Seat Program

The New York City Department of Transportation is launching a FREE virtual car seat program in your area. Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for American children and the correct use of child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent. Unfortunately, almost 60 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly.

DOT is pleased to announce that FREE Virtual Car Seat checks are being offered to all the constituents in your district. The car seat checks will be conducted via zoom or any other platform the constituents uses.

DOT would love to collaborate with you to promote this program. It is important to keep our children safe and be champions of child injury prevention; helping us to reach and engage parents, caregivers and kids will be great for the community.

DOT also have brand new car seats to give away for FREE, If you have any parents whom is in need for a car seat.

Below you will find the FREE Virtual Car Seat flyer.  This will make a big difference for kids in your community.

FREE Virtual Car Seat flyer in English
FREE Virtual Car Seat flyer in Chinese
FREE Virtual Car Seat flyer in Spanish

Attorney General James Warns New Yorkers to Remain Alert Against COVID-19 Vaccine and Stimulus Scams

New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued an alert to New Yorkers to remain vigilant against potential scams related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis. As more New Yorkers become eligible for the vaccine that will help prevent the spread of the disease and a new round of stimulus payments are sent out to combat the economic fallout of the pandemic.

See following tips for New Yorkers to follow in an effort to protect themselves from these scams.

  • Don’t be fooled by familiar logos and branding.
  • Look for misspellings and poor grammar.
  • Never open attachments or click links from those claiming to be from the government unless you have specifically signed up for a notification or an email.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any unsolicited/unexpected email before interacting with it, especially if the IRS or COVID-19 is mentioned in any way.

New Yorkers who believe they have been a victim of a scam should
contact the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to file a complaint
.
New Yorkers can 
learn more about COVID-19 scams on the OAG website.

PSA: Commercial Ads/Posters Are Not Permitted on Public Property

The District Office often receives calls about commercial ad posters affixed to public property including street lights and street signs.

Recently red commercial advertising signs (pictured here) were tied on dozens of street light poles within Community District 10. Many locations were reported and most removed by the Department of Sanitation, neighbors and Community Board staff.

Residents can reach out to the District Office at [email protected] or to report posters affixed to public property via 311 online directly to the Department of Sanitation here.

The Department of Sanitation will not accept complaints about posters attached to private buildings or those put up by government agencies on public property. Sanitation will respond within 3 to 7 business days to remove illegal postings.

MTA Metro Card Mobile Sales Buses and Vans updated 11/30/2021

Customers are advised to check the schedule for updates.

We are committed to keeping everyone safe, and ask that customers maintain a safe social distance when waiting on line.

MetroCard Mobile Vans Accepting Cash Starting June 21st

Services offered at the Mobiles Sales Vans

  • Get help with a Reduced-Fare application
  • Transfer MetroCard balances (Full fare and Reduced-Fare)
  • Exchange a damaged Reduced-Fare MetroCard for a temporary replacement
  • Report a lost/stolen Reduced-Fare MetroCard
  • Ask our team about any MetroCard-related issues

Schedules are subject to change, so check back before you visit. Please call 511 for specific dates.

Please note: MetroCard Mobile Sales does not operate on the observed day for the following federal holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

Location: Bay Ridge at 86 St & Fourth Ave
Day: 2nd & 4th Friday
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

More information could be found here.

MTA OMNY Payment System Roll Out

The MTA new OMNY fare payment system is nearing completion. The new payment system accepts contactless cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover as well as digital payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Fitbit Pay. The OMNY payment system will replace the MetroCard payment system in 2023.
Read more about the MTA OMNY Payment System. Watch the Welcome to OMNY Video.

68th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) Program

Neighborhood Coordination Officers, or NCOs, are your local problem solvers. They spend all their working hours within the confines of their assigned sectors, actively engaging with local community members and residents. They get to know the neighborhood, its people, and its problems extremely well.
View information on NCO Officer Program

Updates from the Department of Buildings

The Department continues the expansion of e-filing to include many more transactions, which will add convenience and efficiency while protecting public health.
View DOB e-filing information.

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce – Bring Back Brooklyn Fund Campaign

Brooklyn’s economy has taken a hard hit during these troubling times. It is predicted that 35% of 63,000 small businesses are unlikely to reopen. That’s why the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce created Bring Back Brooklyn Fund. This is a community-driven, small business, no-interest loan program. Loans will help small businesses pay their bills, clean and sanitize their shops, hire staff, pay vendors, and more. These resources will help our small businesses survive the pandemic and sustain our neighborhoods.
Learn more about the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. 

Online Marriage Licenses

All couples who want to get married in New York State must obtain a Marriage License. Prior to Executive Order No. 202.20, signed by the former Governor, the law required that New Yorkers complete the process of obtaining a marriage license in person. This requirement was waived. The new system will allow couples to virtually schedule and attend an appointment with the City Clerk’s office, securely upload required documents for the marriage license to the City Clerk’s office, and upload the signed license for submission to the City Clerk once the ceremony is complete.

The system is expected to go live in the first week of May. New Yorkers who would like to obtain a marriage license will soon be able to do so by visiting nyc.gov/Cupid or cityclerk.nyc.gov.

Kings County DA Office – Important Resource Information

View important resource information on Kings County DA office website

Animal Care Centers of NY

The Animal Care Centers of NYC provides valuable information for anyone who may be concerned about pet safety during this time and great resource information if you are looking to adopt. Please click on link provided below for information.  COVID-19 and Animals FAQs

NYC Parks Tree Risk Management Policy

In 2017, NYC Parks tree risk management program established priorities for street trees based on inspection results.  The goal of the program is to help NYC Parks Department address immediately hazardous trees in danger of falling or large branches and lower priority smaller branches that may be falling or have fallen can longer about 90 to 180 days to remove.

The service request policy consists of 3 steps:
Service Request to 311
NYC Parks will inspect tree (work order is formed based on they type of work needed and priority level)
Priority is based on inspection criteria. Those in need of immediate attention will be handled first.
Learn more about NYC Parks Tree Risk Management Program.

The New York City Community Health Profiles

The New York City Community Health Profiles capture important health data for all 59 community districts. The profiles help the New York City Department of Health assess how much health can vary by neighborhood. The profiles also show how important community resources, and funding to create and sustain these resources are to health outcomes.
View the Community District 10 Health Profile.

NYPD Crime Prevention Division Info on Senior Scams

Community Board Ten has learned of recent phone scams involving local senior citizens. In this particular phone scam, a caller identifying himself as the senior’s grandchild asked that money be wired to an account. Sadly, criminals often target seniors using deceptive scams. Please take time to share tips prepared by the NYPD’s Crime Prevention Division.

Please share the below link to the Crime Prevention Booklet For Seniors produced by the NYPD Crime Prevention Division. Thank you!!
View the Crime Prevention Booklet For Seniors

NYC Ferry

For details regarding the NYC Ferry, South Brooklyn Route and Current Schedule please find link below
visit the NYC Ferry website
Spring South Brooklyn Ferry Schedule could be found here.

Block Party Guidelines

View the Street  Activity Guidelines

NYC Department of Transportation Alternate Side Parking Calendar 2022

Alternate Side Parking Regulations may be suspended from time to time because of snow, inclement weather or other emergencies. NYC DOT provides a list of Alternate Side Parking Suspension Days for the calendar year as well as a list of parking rule suspensions for Major Holidays including Christmas Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Download the 2022 ASP Calendar

DSNY Reminder about placing garbage for pickup

Reminder – all garbage and recycling must be placed curbside after 5:00 pm on the night before your scheduled pickup day. There are times when the Sanitation Department must alter their schedule and will possibly pick up on the overnight shift or in the very early hours of your scheduled pick up day.
Visit DSNY Services

Become A Citizen: Brooklyn Public Library Offers Citizenship Classes Online

Learn more about Online Citizenship Classes

Resources for Immigrants

Learn more about resources for immigrants