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.
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Motion of CB 10 Board Members passed unanimously

on June 15, 2023:

 

 

NYC DOT Truck Route Network Redesign Public Feedback Portal – Now Open for Public Comments

In 2023, the New York City Council passed Local Law 171 requiring NYC DOT to redesign the city truck route network to enhance safety, increase visibility, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the overall freight roadway network.

NYC DOT has launched its Truck Route Network Redesign Public Feedback Portal! The Portal will allow the public and freight industry to learn about the city’s truck route network and provide feedback. The public is able to comment and provide feedback through identifying issues and concerns of the current network via an interactive map. Feedback will help inform NYC DOT on how and where they can look to improve movement of trucks on city streets.

The deadline to provide public feedback is July 31, 2024

 

 

Upcoming Alternate Side Parking Suspensions

Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended on the following days:

-Tuesday, August 13 – Tisha B’Av

-Thursday, August 15 – Feast of the Assumption

 

 

DDC Construction of Citywide Complex Pedestrian Ramps Schedule for July 8 through July 12

DDC will perform construction at the following locations beginning Monday, July 8th.  Work hours will be from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Schedule subject to change due to unforeseen field and weather conditions.

-Bay Ridge Parkway and Narrows Avenue

-94th Street and Gelston Avenue

-92nd Street and Gelston Avenue

-88th Street and Battery Avenue

 

Free HPD Housing Seminars 

This summer HPD will be hosting housing information classes via Zoom. All classes are free and will cover a range of issues from pest removal to responding to violations to navigating Housing Court.

Check the HPD Events page for updates (filter categories by Housing Information Class). Classes Schedule:

  1. July 23 – Dept of Buildings: Rules, Permits, OATH Summons, and More – REGISTER HERE
  2. July 25 – Energy Efficiency and Solar Power – REGISTER HERE
  3. July 30 – Housing Court: What to Expect – REGISTER HERE 
  4. August 7 – Tenants Rights – REGISTER HERE

 

Free Online College Prep and ESOL courses 

 

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies is offering free online college prep and ESL classes for adults 21 and over for the fall semester. Informational open house sessions will be held in May with classes beginning in September.

 

NYC Dept. of Finance warns New Yorkers of a Scam

The Department of Finance is aware of a scam targeting people about parking tickets or camera violations.

People are receiving messages advising them that they have “additional charges” on an “unpaid parking invoice.”

This is a scam. The Department of Finance does not send text messages to vehicle owners about their parking tickets or camera violations.

Customers should take the following steps to protect themselves:

Ignore and delete the message. Do not click any links.
Visit the Department of Finance’s website to review and pay valid parking tickets and camera violations.
Report the scam to your bank or credit card company as needed. You can also report attempted fraud to the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Additionally, here are some tips for how New Yorkers can stay vigilant against scams:

Be suspicious of unsolicited texts or emails from individuals seeking personal information, especially if they claim it’s an urgent request.
If you believe you are being targeted by a social engineering attack:
Verify the company or individual contacting you.
Do not click on links or phone numbers in the message and never provide personal information or passwords.
If you think you are a victim of social engineering attack, contact the relevant account providers, and monitor your account activity, and change any passwords you may have provided.
To help better protect your phone and personal information, download the City’s free NYC Secure app in the Apple or Google App store.

If you have questions about outstanding parking tickets you may have, please call 311.

 

Youthbridge-Brooklyn Fellowship Program for Teens

The Youthbridge-Brooklyn Fellowship Program unites teens from various ethnic and religious backgrounds with a dynamic blend of workshops and community projects designed to inspire and equip them for future challenges and opportunities.

Fostering a supportive and collaborative environment can nurture the next generation of leaders who will make a positive impact in our community.

Over seven months, participants will visit educational and cultural institutions across New York City and engage in skill-building workshops.

Please see the flyer below for more details.

 

 

Summer Concert Series at Shore Road Park at 79th Street – Concerts begin at 7:00 pm.  Rain date is Wednesday following the scheduled concert date

 

 

Summer Stroll On Third Avenue 2024

 

62nd Street between 13th and 14th Avenue Intermittent Street Closure through June 28th

62nd Street will be temporarily closed to traffic from 13th Avenue to 14th Avenue from May 24th thru June 28th (intermittently) from 9am to 4pm.  The road will be closed to enable boom trucks to work on the new building at 6202 14th Avenue.

National Grid  Pipeline Inspection – On 86th Street at 3rd Avenue

Excavation will begin on April 29th and work will be completed during May. Streets will be open with traffic control on either side of the excavation area.  A crane will be on site for the inspection, and the street will be closed off while the crane is being set up.

National Grid Upcoming Construction Work

National Grid work is planned to begin in the upcoming weeks at the following locations. Please adhere to signage that will be posted in the affected areas.

 

 

 

Russell Pedersen Playground Reconstruction Update

Russell Pedersen Playground (Colonial and 83rd) will partially close for reconstruction for approximately one year starting the week of May 6th.

Below is a link to the Parks Capital Tracker page highlighting the upcoming work, which includes a details schematic design picture:

https://www.nycgovparks.org/planning-and-building/capital-project-tracker/project/9818

The Handball and Basketball courts at this site are not included in this project, and will stay open and accessible throughout this construction.

 

HEAP Cooling Assistance Benefit for Eligible New Yorkers – Applications Now Open

 

 

Bay Ridge Center New Location Now Open!

 

ADA Elevator Construction at 95th Street and 4th Avenue R-line Station

 

Work began the week of September 18th for the installation of an ADA elevator at the 4th Avenue and 95th Street R-line station.

Construction is ongoing on 4th Avenue between 94th and 95th Street and on 95th Street between 4th Avenue and 3rd Avenue adjacent to the library where the elevator will be installed. The B63 bus stop will be relocated to 4th Avenue between 95th and 96th Street and the B8 bus stop will move to 4th Avenue at the northwest corner of 94th Street for the duration of the construction work.
There will be no parking on 4th Avenue between 94th and 95th Street and traffic lanes will be reduced to one driving lane in each direction. Flaggers will be stationed to keep traffic flowing safely.

Work is expected to last until approximately February of 2025.

Updates will be provided as the project moves forward.

To read the Contract Solicitation Notice/Project Overview, please click here.

 

Reconstruction of 5th Avenue Bridge over LIRR and Sea Beach (N) Train – Parking Restrictions

Beginning on April 8th at 7 AM, parking will be removed on 5th Avenue between 64th and 65th street to facilitate access to the work area below the bridge. Parking in this area will be eliminated for the duration of the project.

 

 

7th Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation – Parking Restrictions begin April 1st

On Monday, April 1, 2024 the NYCDOT Division of Bridges will continue rehabilitating the 7th Avenue Bridge over the LIRR freight track. As a result, parking will be eliminated on 7th Ave between 64th and 62nd Street (approximately 6 spots) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Planned Street Closure – 68 Street between 3rd Avenue and Madeline Court AND Senator Street between Ridge Blvd. and 3rd Avenue alongside Steadman Square Park

Beginning on February 21st, Senator Street between Ridge Blvd. and 3rd Avenue adjacent to Steadman Square Park will be closed to traffic 24/7.  Emergency vehicles and local traffic will be permitted to enter and exit Senator Street as required.

 

 

Voter Registrations Forms are available at the District Office, 8119 5th Avenue.  Go to vote.nyc for more information.

 

    DSNY Reminds New Yorkers to Place Trash Out for Collection by Midnight Ahead of Their Collection Day

As part of the Adams administration’s efforts to get the streets cleaner, faster, trash collection will begin no later than 5am Citywide; residents are reminded to place waste out for collection by midnight ahead of their collection day.  Under Mayor Adams’ leadership, New York’s Strongest have reoriented towards substantially reducing the time trash occupies public space.

As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure that 24 million pounds of residential waste spend as little time in our public spaces as possible, the largest New York City Department of Sanitation shift was moved an hour earlier effective Monday, April 22nd. This shift has traditionally run from 6am to 2pm, and will instead run 5am to 1pm.

Today, residential waste may go out no earlier than 6pm in a bin or 8pm if placing bags on the curb. Substantial amounts are now collected at midnight, mere hours after the trash is set out, and the old 4pm trash shift has been completely eliminated.

Commercial Waste Containerization

As part of our commitment to keeping our streets clean, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is implementing new rules to reduce the number of black bags that line city streets. We began the process in April 2023, when we changed the waste setout times for residents and businesses — reducing the time trash, recycling, and curbside composting will sit on sidewalks.
Starting March 1, 2024, ALL businesses of any size MUST set out waste in a bin with a secure lid. This applies to ALL businesses that set out waste on the curb. This does not apply to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.

What types of waste
All trash, food, and food-soiled paper must be in a bin with a secure lid when set out at the curb for collection. The requirement does not apply to recyclables (metal, glass, plastic, or clean paper and cardboard).

This rule does not require the separation of trash from food or food-soiled paper — it only the requires that these materials are placed in bins with secure lids for collection.

NOTE: Businesses required to source-separate organics under Local Law 146 of 2013 must continue to do so by placing their food waste in a separate bin with a secure lid. Trash must be set out in a separate bin from food and food-soiled paper. Find out if commercial organics requirements apply to you.

 

2024 CB 10 Guidelines and Information to Apply for a Block Party Permit or Other SAPO Event

Interested in having a Block Party this year?  The process begins by applying online to the SAPO office at

https://www.nyc.gov/site/cecm/e-apply/e-apply.page

Before you apply online, please take a moment to read the Community Board 10 Guidelines here:

Community Board Ten SAPO Information 2024

Updates from Council Member Susan Zhuang, 43rd Council District

Council Member Zhuang’s 43rd Council District boundaries within Community District 10:

14th Avenue to 10th Avenue, between 62nd Street and Bay Ridge Avenue

    

NYC Dept. of Finance Notice of Property Value

The NYC Department of Finance Annual Notice of Property Value, (NOPV) was mailed in January. The NOPV provides the assessment of your property for the tax year, beginning July 1st.

You can learn more about the NOPV and the property assessment process, including how to access your property tax bills, challenge your assessment, update your property information, apply for tax exemptions review the links provided here.

 

 

HPD’s Guide to Housing Rules and Regulations for Owners and Tenants, The ABCs of Housing

Owners and tenants have legal responsibilities to each other. HPD is one of many city and state agencies that enforce those responsibilities. This booklet is designed to help owners and tenants gain an understanding of the rules and regulations affecting housing, and to provide information about how to receive assistance. Inside the guide you will find information about owners’ and tenants’ rights and responsibilities, staying in your apartment safely, resources for new affordable housing or rental assistance, and useful contact information for other housing related issues.

The online guide is available in several languages and can be accessed here:

https://www.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/abcs-of-housing.page

 

  Upcoming Planned Work

In the coming weeks, National Grid has planned construction in CB 10. This work is required to improve the reliability of their gas system. Work is expected to last for approximately 90 days.

The following locations are affected:

  • 74th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 10th Avenue
  • Marine Avenue between 4th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
  • 4th Avenue between 99th Street and Marine Avenue
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway between Marine Avenue and Joe Imbriale Corner
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway between 99th Street and Marine Avenue
  • 4th Avenue and Marine Avenue
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway and Marine Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue and 86th Street

 

Con Edison Scam Alert – Be Aware!

 

 

Volunteer with NYC Parks

https://www.nycgovparks.org/opportunities/volunteer

www.nycgovparks.org

 

Become a Member of CERT – Community Emergency Response Team

New York City Community Emergency Response Team (NYC CERT) members are dedicated volunteers who undergo a training program that provides basic response skills needed for fire safety, light search and rescue, community disaster support, disaster medical operations, and traffic control. The volunteer commitment is for at least one year of service following graduation.

NYC CERT members participate in community preparedness and support first responders during disaster response activities, including: Traffic and crowd control at the planned and unplanned events. Escorting New York City residents of evacuated buildings to retrieve personal belongings. Missing person searches. Staffing assistance centers and interpreting for New Yorkers affected by emergencies. Emergency food and supply distribution during power outages and water main breaks. Presenting Ready New York preparedness information to communities and build community disaster networks.

Apply to become a NYC CERT volunteer

 

MTA Staircase Replacement at 77th Street & 4th Avenue R-line Station

The MTA will be performing a staircase replacement project at the 77th Street R station in Bay Ridge.

Barricades will be in place at the entrance/exit staircase of the station on the northeast corner of 4th Avenue and 77th Street (next to 7609 4th Avenue). Work to replace the staircase is scheduled to begin the week of October 30, 2023 and tentatively scheduled for project completion in early 2024. While this staircase is being replaced, customers will be able to utilize the staircase across 4th Avenue on the northwest corner of 4th Avenue and 77th Street (by the church). Signage will be in place at the closed staircase directing customers to the staircase across 4th Avenue.

A five-foot sidewalk will remain open for the duration the work. The station will remain open and there will be no impact to train service due to this particular project.

 

Milling and Paving 

For the full Brooklyn Weekly Milling and Paving schedule, click here.

 

 

Brooklyn’s Comprehensive Plan is Ready!

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Borough President Reynoso announced the release of the Comprehensive Plan for Brooklyn, his vision for a healthier, more equitable borough. The Comprehensive Plan will serve as a guiding document for his land use decision-making process and a framework for equitable growth based on a comprehensive analysis of conditions across the borough.

For your convenience, The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed here.

 

Red Cross Free Smoke Alarm Installation

The American Red Cross provides FREE installation of smoke alarms and  fire safety education to families in their homes. Senator Iwen Chu is proud to bring this FREE resource to all residents in southern Brooklyn as home fires can be destructive and deadly.  Folks can sign up for free smoke alarm installation at: www.soundthealarm.org/nyc. or call Senator Chu’s office at 718-333-0311

 

 

DSNY Updates

 

Curbside Composting began October 2, 2023 in Brooklyn

Starting October 2, 2023, Curbside Composting will be available to ALL Brooklyn residents!

Compost will be picked up on your recycling day. Find your collection schedule.

Service will be available year-round. No sign-up required.

 

How to Compost

Leaf and Yard Waste Separation is Mandatory

  • Place in any labeled bin (55 gallons or less) with a secure lid or in your DSNY brown bin, paper lawn and leaf bag, or clear plastic bag.
  • Bundle twigs and branches with twine and place on curb next to bins or bags.

Food Scraps and Food-soiled Paper

  • Place in any labeled bin (55 gallons or less) with a secure lid or in your DSNY brown bin.
  • Line your bin with a bag to keep it clean.
  • Tie the bag closed before putting the bin out for collection.
  • Write your address on your bin.

NOTE: Do not place bags of food waste directly on the curb. You can mix food scraps with leaf and yard waste only when using a bin with a secure lid.

Owners of buildings with 4+ units must provide a storage area and clearly labeled bins for the collection of yard waste.

What to Compost

DSNY will pick up ALL leaf and yard waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper. This includes meat, bones, dairy, prepared foods, and greasy uncoated paper plates and pizza boxes.

https://www.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/brooklyn-composting

 

Waste Set Out Times Changed April 1, 2023

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As part of our commitment to keeping our streets clean, the NYC Department of Sanitation is implementing a new rule to reduce the time that trash, recycling, and curbside composting will sit on sidewalks. The new rule went into effect April 1, 2023.

Residents

Residential buildings have two options:

  • Place waste out after 6:00 PM in a container of 55 gallons or less with a secure lid, or
  • Place waste out after 8:00 PM, if putting bags directly on the curb

To ensure collection, all waste must be set out by midnight.

Businesses

Starting March 1, 2024, ALL businesses in NYC must use bins with secure lids when setting out trash for collection.

This applies to ALL businesses that set out waste on the curb. This does not apply to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.

As part of our commitment to keeping our streets clean, we implemented new rules to reduce the number of black bags that line city streets. We began the process in April 2023, when we changed the waste setout times for residents and businesses — reducing the time trash, recycling, and curbside composting will sit on sidewalks.

Download the official notice for commercial containerization for all businesses.

How to Separate and Set Out Waste
All trash, food, and food-soiled paper must be in a bin with a secure lid when set out at the curb for collection.

Businesses must have enough bins to contain waste generated in a 72-hour period.

Failure to comply may result in fines.

The requirement does not apply to recyclables (metal, glass, plastic, or clean paper and cardboard).

This rule does not require the separation of trash from food or food-soiled paper — it only the requires that these materials are placed in bins with secure lids for collection.

NOTE: Businesses required to source-separate organics under Local Law 146 of 2013 must continue to do so by placing their food waste in a separate bin with a secure lid. Trash must be set out in a separate bin from food and food-soiled paper. Find out if commercial organics requirements apply to you.

Setout Times
Place bins with secure lids at the curb 1 hour before closing or after 8:00 PM.

You may also use bins for recycling, but it is not required. Recycling in bags or bundles can be set out after 8:00 PM.

This does not apply to businesses that have waste collected from a loading dock.

Bins must be removed from the curb by the time your business reopens

For more information, visit DSNY website here

 

 

2024 Alternate Side Parking Suspension Calendar

https://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/asp-calendar-2024.pdf

 

Food Resource Guide

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has partnered with Share Meals,
Hunger Free America,
BetaNYC and Plentiful to compile the most current and accurate data for these resource guides, which are continually updated.

You can check out the Food Resource Guide here where you will find information on food giveaways, senior meal programs, soup kitchens, community programs, and much more.

 

NYC Ferry Updates

NYC Ferry is excited to announce continued improvements to Rockaway service with the introduction of Rockaway Reserve tickets and a limited Rockaway Rocket service in Brooklyn.

Rockaway Reserve Tickets

Starting July 1st, NYC Ferry riders can reserve a spot on any weekend Rockaway trips to the beach from 9am-2pm and back from 3pm-8pm. Reserved tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase up to 2 weeks before the date of each departure, so plan ahead and get your tickets early! Most spots on each vessel are un-reserved, so riders paying a $4.00 regular fare, $2.75 as part of the ten-pack, or $1.35 discount ticket will be able to board normally. Reserved tickets are available for purchase via the NYC Ferry App only for both Wall Street/Pier 11 and Sunset Park/Brooklyn Army Terminal departures.

To provide more weekend capacity for all Rockaway riders, NYC Ferry will operate an extra vessel, adding 25% more capacity on weekends and holidays starting July 1st:

https://ferry.nyc/blog/rockaway-reserve-tickets/

Set Sail on the Rockaway Rocket – Brooklyn! Starting this August

The Rockaway Rocket is coming back this August with an exciting new look! This summer, the Rockaway Rocket will run as a limited engagement between Atlantic Ave./Pier 6 and Rockaway. Beat the lines and the heat with a guaranteed spot on a ferry going directly from Brooklyn Bridge Park/Pier 6 to Rockaway for $10.

This service will operate on four weekends from August 12th through Labor Day.

 

Neighborhood Loading Zone Information Tab

The NLZ information could be found by clicking on the left tab

 

Updates from Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration provides updates on the following topics in their May 2023 newsletter:

  • Ready to Retire? Apply Online with Social Security
  • Slam the Scam With Social Security
  • Social Security Honors our Military Heroes
  • Your Personal My Social Security Account Is For Every Stage In Your Career
  • On the Go? You Can Still Use Social Security Online when Traveling

See the newsletter attached here. See the Spanish edition attached here.

For more info, you can visit ssa.gov or call 1-800-772-1213

 

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

NYC Dept. of Buildings Customer Service Events

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NYC Dept. of Buildings is opening their doors every Tuesday for our Buildings After Hours customer service events to make it easier for homeowners, small business owners, tenants and buildings managers to get questions answered. Between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the five borough offices, meet with DOB staff to get advice on construction projects, address an open violation on a property or to get the status of an application filed with DOB.
Find a borough office near you.
Learn more about joining an after-hours event near you.

 

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.

Important Information About National Grid Service Line Inspections

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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.

 

NYC DSNY Project Master Composter Certificate Course is Back!

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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

 

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

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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.

 

 

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

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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

Financial Assistance for Brooklyn’s Disabled Veterans

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

For all National Grid planned construction please see information below.

What to expect during construction:

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• 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:

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• 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.

 

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.

 

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

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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.

 

Bay Ridge Center Volunteer Program:
Helping Our Neighbors, Together

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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.

 

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

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

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

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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

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.

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.

Here’s how the service request policy works:

1. Service Request to 311
2. NYC Parks will inspect tree (work order is formed based on they type of work needed and priority level)
3. 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 Scam

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.

 

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