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.

 

Open Meetings Law

In regard to the temporary suspension of the Open Meetings Law, Community Board 10 met in quorum on June 6, 2022

“Community Boards can stay virtual as long as there is a New York State or New York City state of emergency in effect. The NYC state of emergency is likely to remain in effect for some time. However, in order to continue to have virtual meetings for the duration of the State or City state of emergency, your board needs to adopt a declaration at the beginning of its next meeting stating that there is a state of emergency in effect in New York State and New York City, and the circumstances of the state of emergency impair the ability of the board to have in person meetings.

If your board does not adopt such a declaration, beginning on June 9 it will need to hold meetings at which at least a quorum of its members is physically present at a location or locations that are physically accessible to members of the public.”

The Motion of the Board:

Community Board 10 adopts a resolution and declaration that the Chair has the option to call a meeting remotely in the event that due to a New York State or New York City declared state of emergency or a circumstance arising from same, the Board is unable to conduct its business.

 

DSNY Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

  In observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th, Alternate Side Parking and Parking Meter rules will be suspended.

Friday, November 25th is NOT a NYC holiday. Alternate Side Parking will be in effect.

 

The NYC Dept. of Sanitation announced that in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2022, there will be NO trash, curbside composting nor recycling collection on the holiday.

  • Residents who normally receive Thursday trash or curbside composting collection may place their material at the curb between 4 p.m. and midnight Thursday evening, for collection beginning Friday. However, residents should expect collection delays, as is common after holidays. We appreciate patience as we work to collect the backlog of material.
  • Residents who normally receive Thursday recycling collection should hold their material and place their items out at curbside between 4 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday, November 30 for pickup on Thursday, December 1.

 

Community Board Membership Application Process is Now Open – Apply to the Brooklyn Community Boards

The 18 Community Boards found within Brooklyn represent the needs of these neighborhoods, weighing in on important issues of residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. With the ability to deliver city services, manage a budget, and have oversight in land use and zoning issues, community board members play a critical role at preserving the grassroots rights within their community.

The deadline to apply is February 14th, 2023

Navigate to the online Brooklyn Community Board Application 2023


Fill out a paper application of the Brooklyn Community Board Application 2023


FIND YOUR COMMUNITY BOARD

Find your Community Board using the NYC Department of Planning’s Community District Profiles

Home Heating Assistance

Eligible households can receive up to $976 in heating assistance this winter via HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program).

HEAP helps low-income households meet the cost of heating their homes. The benefit can pay for fuel, utility sources, and heating equipment replacement and repairs. The benefit is paid either directly to the heating vendor or utility company.

More info can be found here: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/home-energy-assistance-program-heap/#how-it-works

Give to Those Who Gave Blood Drive

Blood drive to benefit New York Blood Center Commemorating the 81st Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.  The Blood Drive is being organized as the Eagle Scout Project of James Silverio of Troop 23

Sunday, December 18th, 2022, 10 am – 4 pm, Our Lady Of Angels Gym 73rd Street between 4th and 3rd Avenue.  Click link below to view the flyer.

blooddriveflyer

Upcoming Roadwork 

  • CB 10 has been advised that Spectrum will perform cable work including street excavation on 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets. Work will take place Monday through Saturday overnight and during daytime hours on Sunday. Work is expected to begin on or about November 12th.

 

Flu (influenza) is a seasonal upper airway and lung infection that causes fever and a cough or sore throat. It is most common during the fall and winter months. Every year, about 2,000 New Yorkers die of seasonal flu and pneumonia, which can develop as a complication of the flu.

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu.

As the flu and COVID-19 are expected to circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Although the flu vaccine will not prevent COVID-19, it will help decrease the risk of you and your family getting sick and needing flu-related medical care.

You can receive the flu vaccine at the same time as all other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine.

FIND A FLU VACCINATION SITE ON THE NYC VACCINE FINDER

DSNY – 2022 Curbside Leaf Collection – Lawn and Leaf Bags While Supplies Last

The Department of Sanitation will be collecting leaves in paper lawn & leaf bags or in unlined rigid containers.  

Leaves, grass, branches, and yard clippings can be placed for curbside collection on the following days in Community Board 10. Set out leaves curbside in paper lawn/leaf bags or unlined bins after 4 p.m. the evening before:

  • Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Residents can pick up free paper lawn and leaf bags while supplies last at the District Office of Community Board 10 located at 8119 5 Avenue.

 

Fall Street Tree Planting in Community Board 10

Did you know street trees are planted twice per year?

New York CIty Parks Department plants trees during the Spring and Fall.

White L shape markings on your side indicates a tree will soon be planted. Fall tree planting takes place from October until December 15.

The map above reflects trees scheduled to be planted in Community Board 10 near Owls Head Park and Leif Ericson Park.

For more information about street tree plantings, visit NYC Parks website: https://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/street-tree-planting

You can view street tree planting locations here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/street-tree-planting/locations

 

Bay Ridge Center Programs

Bay Ridge Center is offering ESL conversation class with Victoria at the Center – 6935 4th Avenue, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 – 11 am. The program will run for 5 weeks from November 14th to December 14th. See flyer below. or click here: BRC esl

Also, Bay Ridge Connects is offering programming for All Who Served, age 60+. Join the groups on Thursdays at 3 pm in person or online. Call the Bay Ridge Center at 718-748-0873 or email [email protected] to reserve a space. See program dates and topics on the flyer below or click here: BRC vets

 

Office of Emergency Management Job Opportunities

Are you interested in a career opportunity helping New Yorkers before, during, and after emergencies? Do you want to be part of a team that includes the best and brightest emergency management professionals in the world?

NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) is hiring for various positions including emergency support, human resources and program management. Join them on December 1, 2022 at 5:30 PM to learn about job opportunities, the City’s hiring process and to hear from current NYCEM employees about their experiences on the job. Register here.

Check out open positions and apply today at NYC.gov/jobs.

 

DSNY is Hiring Emergency Snow Laborers

Winter is on the way! @nycsanitation is now hiring Emergency Snow Laborers to shovel snow and ice from crosswalks, bus stops and fire hydrants after large storms. You’ll earn $17 per hour. Interested? Learn more and get a registration appointment at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/snow-response/work-with-us 

Snow laborers must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. Additionally, candidates must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. All applicants must bring the following items at the time of registration:

  • Two small photos (1 ½ square)
  • Original and copy of two forms of identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

DYCD Wants to hear from YOU!

Department of Youth and Community Development wants

to hear from you and your community about what your neighborhood needs.

NYC’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has created a survey called the Community Needs Assessment to hear what programs and services are needed. DYCD uses this survey to update and improve programs.

If you have already taken the survey – thank you! Please help us spread the word by sharing it with family, friends, colleagues, and other members of your community.

Please take the survey today and share with every New Yorker you know!

–NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

Please take the survey today and share with every New Yorker you know!

To learn about other programs, visit discoverDYCD.

Begin Survey

”CNA

 

 

BQE Corridor Vision Important Information

New York City is moving forward to fix the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) in Brooklyn. The BQE is a vital part of our transportation system and our economy – we can and must immediately start working on a community-driven plan for the safe, modern, resilient roadway we need.

2022 Initial Outreach Schedule

bqevision.com/events

BQE Central Events

BQE Central Workshop 2 (in-person)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE Central Workshop 2 (virtual)

Thursday, December 15, 2022

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE Central Workshop 3 (virtual)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE Central Workshop 3 (in-person)

Thursday, March 2, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE North and South Events

BQE North Workshop 2 (virtual)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE South Workshop 2 (virtual)

Thursday, March 23, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE North Workshop 2 (in-person)

Monday, March 27, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

BQE South Workshop 2 (in-person)

Thursday, March 30, 2023

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Details coming soon

Patriot Pet Pantry – providing help for veterans and military families

My Natural Pet located at 8318 5th Avenue in Brooklyn has partnered with Points For Patriots to offer veterans in NYC a helping hand in feeding their pets. They are accepting requests from military families in need and sending gift certificates. Veterans can submit an application by visiting pointsforpatriots.org/patriot-pantry.

 

Food Resource Guide

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has partnered with Share MealsHunger Free AmericaBetaNYC 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

Fall 2022 Schedule Change

The revised NYC Ferry Fall schedule will go into effect on Monday, September 12, 2022. Please plan your trip accordingly. For all schedules, please visit the site.

Fare and policy changes

Along with the adjusted schedule, the following changes will be going into effect on September 12, 2022:

Updated Base Fare

  • One-Way ticket base fare will be $4.00.

30-Day Passes Eliminated

  • 30-Day Passes will be eliminated, including the Standard Monthly Pass and the discounted Monthly Pass.
  • 30-Day Passes purchased prior to 9/12/22 will continue to be valid for 365 days after purchase.

Bicycle Fee Eliminated

  • Riders will no longer be charged to bring their bike onboard.
  • Bike One-Way, One-Way Pass with Bike and 30-Day Pass with Bike will be eliminated.

Save With The New 10 Trip Pass

  • A Ten Trip Pass for $27.50 shall be introduced as a new fare option.
  • $2.75 per trip purchased in the 10 Trip Pass
  • A rider who purchases the Ten Trip Pass will pay $27.50 and will receive ten individual tickets.

Ferry Discount Program

  • A reduced fare $1.35 One-Way Ticket shall be introduced as a new fare option as part of the Ferry Discount Program.
  • The following participants shall be eligible for the program, which entitles riders to purchase a reduced fare $1.35 One-Way ticket:
  • Senior Citizens, aged 65 and older
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Current participants in the Fair Fares NYC program

Tickets Expire After 90 Days

  • Starting September 12, 2022, all tickets, whether purchased via App or Ticket Vending Machine, will be valid for 90 days.
  • All tickets sold prior to September 12, 2022, will continue to be valid for 365 days after purchase.

 

Neighborhood Loading Zone Information Tab

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

 

Monkeypox (MPV)

Go to: Transmission | Prevention | Symptoms

Name Change

Moving forward, the Health Department will refer to the virus as MPV. The previous name is an inaccurate and stigmatizing label for a virus that is primarily affecting a community that has already suffered a long history of bigotry. Stigma is a shadow affliction that can follow viruses and drive people away from care, even when the illness itself is treatable. The Department requested the World Health Organization change the name, and continues to urge global health authorities to make this modification universal. However, the equity considerations are too great to wait any longer.

Vaccination

Eligibility has been expanded! Now anyone of any sexual orientation or gender identity who is at risk for MPV can get vaccinated.

There are first and second dose appointments available. All City-run sites also accept walk-ins. You should get a second dose at least 28 days after your first dose.

Learn more about MPV vaccinations, including who is eligible.

If you are eligible, you can make an appointment or find a vaccination site by clicking on the button below, or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

To get text alerts about vaccination appointments and other MPV updates for NYC, text “MONKEYPOX” to 692-692 or, for Spanish, text “MONKEYPOXESP”.

MPV is a contagious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. There is currently an outbreak of MPV in the U.S. and other countries where the virus does not usually spread.

Anyone can get and spread MPV. The current cases are primarily spreading through sex and other intimate contact among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM); transgender people; gender-nonconforming people; and nonbinary people.

If you have a new or unexpected rash or sores, contact a health care provider.

Monkeypox is a contagious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. There is currently an outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S. and other countries where the virus does not usually spread.
The City continues to work with partners in the Federal and State governments to coordinate the distribution of the monkeypox vaccine. At this time, only certain individuals are eligible for vaccinations.
To learn more about monkeypox, please visit nyc.gov/monkeypox. Additional vaccination appointments continue to be posted – please sign up at vax4nyc.gov/monkeypox or call 877-VAX-4NYC
To get text alerts about vaccination appointments and other monkeypox updates for NYC, text “MONKEYPOX” to 692-692.

 

COVID-19 Resource Information

The official NYC H+H COVID test van is back outside the new Arab American Association offices located at

6803 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge.

The mobile van offers both PCR & rapid tests free for anyone 4 years old+. No appointment or insurance necessary. Just walk up. Patients who test positive can get free anti-viral meds on the spot.

Hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Free at home Covid-19 tests are also available and can be found at the following locations:
  • Fort Hamilton Library (9424 4th Avenue)
  • Baltic Street Advocacy, Employment & Housing (9201 4th Avenue)
  • Bay Ridge Library (7223 Ridge Boulevard)
  • Good Shepherd Church (7420 4th Avenue)
  • Arab American Association of NY (7111 5th Avenue)
  • Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults (411 Ovington Avenue)
  • 5th Avenue BID (482 80th Street)
  • McKinley Library (6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway)
  • Dyker Heights Library (8202 13th Avenue)
Vaccine Information
To find a vaccination site, use the City’s Vaccine Finder:
Call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment at certain sites, as well as to get other vaccination assistance, including New York residents who are homebound and in need of special arrangements.

Social Security Offices Have Resumed In-Person Services

The Social Security Offices have restored in-person services, including for people without an appointment.

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.

 

DYCD Neighborhood Advisory Board
Seeking Community Representatives

Department of Youth and Community Development is seeking community representatives to serve as members of their Neighborhood Advisory Board.

Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs) provide residents of low-income communities with an opportunity to help DYCD identify funding priorities.

NABs serve Neighborhood Development Areas (NDAs), which are low-income neighborhoods designated as needing community development support. NAB members are responsible for helping to identify the needs of their local communities. DYCD takes their findings into consideration when allocating federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding.

For more information or to download the application, please click here.

New Pedestrian Ramp Installation In CB10

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) notified the District Office that their contractor J. Anthony Enterprise Inc. is and will be working within Community Board 10 area.

The scope of work includes the replacement of various corner pedestrian ramps. Notification will be posted at nearby properties in advance of construction.

For a complete list of pedestrian ramp construction locations in CB10 area please click the link 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

 

NYC Dept. of Buildings Customer Service Events

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 .

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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