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Brooklyn Community Board 14 

District Resource Guide 
810 East 16th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11230


Borough President Chairman District Manager

Dear Community Resident:

Thank you for your interest in Brooklyn Community Board 14.

The 50 members of Community Board 14 are people like you who volunteer their time and energy to
help the Flatbush-Midwood community become a better place to live and work. Like the Board’s
professional staff, they care deeply about our neighborhood’s future. Like you, they know that
neighbors working together can make a significant difference in that future.

We encourage community residents to participate in our Board’s activities by joining the Board’s
committees. These are:

Community Environment
Education, Libraries & Cultural Affairs
Human Services
Public Safety
Youth Services

It is our sincere wish that this effort to make basic public information more accessible will stimulate
greater interest in the Community Board structure, and, in particular, Community Board 14.

If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please feel free to the District office by
phone at 718-859-6357, by e-mail at, or visit our website at


Alvin M. Berk Doris Ortíz

Chairman District Manager

Table of Contents
About Community Board 14
CB14 Members & Officers………………………………………………………………………… 2
About Community Boards…………………………………………………...……………………. 3
Diagram of City Government in the Community……………………………………………..…. 5
New York City Budget Process…………………………………………………………………… 6
Boundaries of Community District 14………………………………………...………………......7
Boundaries of Community District 14: Borough-Wide Perspective…………………………....8
CB14 Constitution & Bylaws……………………………………………………………………...10
CB14 Community District Needs Statement for Fiscal Year 2010..……………………….... 20
CB14 Capital and Expense Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2010………………………… 32
How to Apply for a Street Activity Permit…………………………………………………….....38

Community Resource Guide

Neighborhoods in Community District 14………………………………………………..…….. 44
CD14 Sanitation Collection Districts………………………………………………………….... 45
70th Precinct Sector Map……………………………………………………………………...… 46
Fire Battalions in CD14……………………………….…………..…………………………...… 47
Parks in CD14……………………………………….…………………...…………………..….. 48
Senior Centers Serving CD14…………………...…………………………………………….... 49
Zip Codes in CD14…………………………………...…………………………………………...50
Business Improvement Districts and Local Development Corporations in CD14……..……51
Commercial Streets in CD14……………………………...…………………………………..… 52
Schools & School Districts in CD14………………………………...………………………..… 53
Youth Services Providers in CD14………………………………………………………….….. 54
Day Care Centers Serving CD14…………………………………………………………….…. 55

Elected Officials Representing Community District 14

New York City Council Districts in CD14…………………………………………………...….. 60
New York State Assembly Districts in CD14…………………………………………………...61
New York State Senate Districts in CD14……………………………………………………... 62
U.S. Congressional Districts in CD14………………………………………………………..….63

Selected Demographic and Socioeconomic Statistics for CD14

U.S. Census Tract Map of CD14…………………………………………………………….…..66
Population, Race, Age, Nativity, Income, Employment and Housing Data………………… 67
Foreign-Born Population and Languages Spoken……………………………………………..91
311 Complaint Statistics…………………………………………………………………………. 93
Historical and Comparative Graphs of Selected Data………………………………………... 95

New York City Charter Chapters 69 & 70 on City Government in the Community….……..100
Special Thanks…………………………………………………………………………………… 116
Members of Community Board 14
Executive Members

Alvin M. Berk

Edward Powell Carmen Cerio Belle Gail L. Smith

First Vice-Chair Second Vice-Chair Third Vice-Chair

Joseph Dweck Li Ng Chao Leo J. Kimmel

Secretary Member-at-Large Member-at-Large

Board Members

Joseph P. Basso Claudette Murray-Berkel

Carmen Cerio Belle Robert Newman
Alvin M. Berk Ephraim Nierenberg
Mirvlyne Brice Theodore Papoutsakis
Neil Brier Lynette G. Pascall
Li Ng Chao Ezekiel Pikus
Asgar A. Choudhri Tzvi Plotsker
Michael Cohen Edward Powell
Derrick Davis Mohammed Razvi
Keith Dawson William Richardson
Leslie Dreifus Ivy Richie-Sinclair
Joseph Dweck Sarina Roffe
Henry Floyd Morris Sacks
Leonie Francis-Bryan Gary Schultze
Lawrence Hilonowitz Barbara Sheeran
Beverley Kilpatrick Nathan Silberman
Leo J. Kimmel Ernest Skinner
Lori Knipel Gail L. Smith
Naomi Lipnick Howard Sokol
Donald Loggins Marshall A. Tames
Steven Lowenthal Joel Toney
Monica MacAdams Florence M. Valentino
Raymond Mendez Mary Walters
Reginald C. Middleton Glenn M. Wolin
Muhammad Nasir Kalman Yeger

About Community Boards
What is a Community Board?

Community boards are local representative bodies. There are 59 throughout the city. Each Board
consists of up to 50 unsalaried members appointed by the Borough President with half nominated by
City Council Members of the Board District. Board members are selected from among active, in-
volved people of each community with an effort made to ensure that every neighborhood is repre-
sented. Members of the Board must reside in or have a significant interest (work in, own property) in
the community. Community Board 14 represents the Flatbush, Midwood and Kensington areas of
Brooklyn, within the boundaries depicted on the cover of this pamphlet.

What does Community Board 14 do?

• Handles complaints and requests related to services provided by the City agencies in the com-
• Works with City agencies to plan local projects and monitors delivery of City services to the dis-
• Assess the needs of these neighborhoods and make recommendations in the City’s Capital and
Expense budget process to address them.
• Reviews proposed Zoning changes and other land use matters in the District. Any change in or
variance from the Zoning Resolution must come before the Board for its opinion. Community
Boards must be consulted on placement of most municipal facilities in the community and on
other land use issues.
• Processes applications for street activities and special events in the community.
• In general, acts as the community’s liaison with City agencies.

How can I participate in the activities of Community Board 14?

Community Board 14 generally meets on the second Monday of each month, except during the sum-
mer. At these meetings, members address items of concern to the community. Board actions and
decisions are basically advisory. All board meetings are open to the public. The public is allowed to
speak during the Public Comment portion of the meeting which usually takes place after all Board
business is completed. In addition, Community Board 14 frequently calls public hearings – on the
City’s budget, on land use matters, and any other major issue, in order to give the Flatbush, Mid-
wood and Kensington communities a chance to express their opinions.

A meeting notice and calendar are mailed to the Board’s members and community residents
monthly. Anyone may sign up to join the Board’s mailing list in order to receive notification of all
monthly meetings.

How can I join a Community Board Committee?

Community Board 14 committees do most of the planning and work for the items which are acted on
at the Board meetings. The Board encourages non-Board members to apply to join or work on
Board committees. All non-Board members of committees may vote on any issue discussed at the
committee meeting; however, only Board members may vote at the regular monthly meetings. The
Board’s six Topical Committees are: Community Environment; Education, Libraries, and Cultural Af-
fairs; Human Services; Youth Services; Public Safety; and Transportation.

What kind of complaints can be referred to Community Board 14?

In general, anything that involves a City agency. The following are examples:

• Abandoned/derelict vehicles
• Building or housing code violations
• Clogged catch basins
• Garbage collection and street sweeping
• Park maintenance
• Potholes and broken sidewalks
• Social services problems
• Street lights out
• Missing or damaged traffic signs
• Street tree replacements
• Zoning violations

What do I do if I have a service complaint or request?

By order of the Mayor of the City of New York in 2003, most service complaints and requests must
be made first by calling 311, the City’s Citizen Service Center. Make sure to write down the com-
plaint/request number that the operator provides you.

If you are unable to resolve your complaint or have your request fulfilled, you may contact the Com-
munity Board to assist you. Call us at (718) 859-6357 with your complaint/request, the 311 com-
plaint/request number and the date on which you submitted it. We will do our best to expedite a re-
sponse from the appropriate agency.

The Community Board plays an important role in key decisions that the city makes, but many people
are still not aware of and have not benefited from, their presence. We urge you to learn how your
Community Board can serve you. Be the eyes and ears for your local community: if you see a prob-
lem that involves a City service, call us at (718) 859-6357.

City Government in the Community

New York City Budget Process

Boundaries of Community District 14

North: Parkside Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, Clarkson Avenue

East: Bedford Avenue, Foster Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Glenwood Road,

East 32nd Street, Flatbush Avenue, Avenue I, Nostrand Avenue

South: Kings Highway, Avenue P

West: Coney Island Avenue, Long Island Rail Road, McDonald Avenue, Avenue F, Ocean
Parkway, 18th Avenue, Coney Island Avenue
Boundaries of Community District 14
Borough-Wide Perspective

Community Board 14
Constitution & Bylaws

810 East 16th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11230


Borough President Chairman District Manager

Constitution and By-Laws of Brooklyn Community Board 14

Last amended – September 10, 1990


The purpose of this organization shall be Community Board No. 14 of Brooklyn, New York City,
hereinafter referred to as the “board.”


The purposes of the board shall be to:

A. Consider the needs of the district and develop plans for the district’s welfare and orderly develop-

B. Advise the Borough President, City Planning Commission and all City agencies with respect to
any matter relating to the welfare of the district and its residents

C. Assist City Departments and agencies in making contact with and transmitting information to the
people of the district

D. Keep the public informed on matters relating to the welfare and development of the district

E. Such other purposes as set forth in the New York City Charter


A. Pursuant to Section 2800 of the City Charter, this board shall consist of the District Council Mem-
bers elected from any area which includes a part of or all of such community district and not more
than fifty persons appointed by the Borough President who have a residence or a business, pro-
fessional or other significant interest in the district, after consultation with such district Council
Members. In making such appointments the Borough President shall give due regard to repre-
sentation for each neighborhood within such district. Not more than twenty-five percent of such
appointments shall be City employees.

B. Members of the Community Board appointed by the Borough President shall serve for staggered
terms of two years, one-half of the membership being renewed each year. They may be reap-
pointed and shall be removable by the Borough President for cause. Any member absent for

three consecutive board meetings or five or more board meetings during the calendar year shall
be removed from the board unless the Executive Committee determines that there is a valid
cause for the absences. The Board Chairperson shall send a warning letter to any member after
that member has been absent from two consecutive board meetings or after that member has
been absent from four board meetings during the calendar year.

C. Only the following excuses shall been deemed valid:

a. On official Community Board business

b. Personal illness or illness in the immediate family
c. Death in the immediate family
d. Sequestered as a trial juror

D. In addition to the absences as set forth herein above, cause for removal shall also be for violation
by a member of the provisions of Sections F and G of this subdivision as hereinafter set forth.

Any member who has been removed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee may file an
appeal in writing, setting forth the grounds for the said appeal, within fifteen (15) days from the
date of the said removal. The Executive Committee shall consider and rule on the appeal within
thirty (30) days of the said appeal and the decision of the Executive Committee shall be final.

E. Members shall serve as such without compensation.

F. All members shall serve on the board in their capacity as private citizens only. Their actions shall
not be instructed by, or be responsible to any other organization. Any member participating in
the board’s consideration of a matter involving self-serving or conflict of interest shall identify
such interests and abstain from voting on such matters.

G. Any member appearing before a governmental body or otherwise making a public statement
which conflicts in any respect with positions adopted by the board, shall not identify himself or
herself as a member of the board when making such statement. No member shall represent the
board’s position before any City or other governmental agency or authority unless designated to
do so by the board Chairperson or the Executive Committee.

H. The Chairperson, may after consultation with the Executive Committee and upon a majority vote
of the Executive Committee recommend to the Borough President the removal of the board
member for cause.

I. Membership on the board shall as much as is possible have such diversity of interests as shall
be representative of the community.


A. Except as hereinafter set forth, at the board’s regular meeting in the month of January, the Chair
shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of five members. There shall be at least one
member from each region. The committee shall elect its own Chair. Such Committee shall meet
as often as is necessary thereafter in order to report to the board at its February meeting one
candidate for each of the offices of Chairperson, three Vice-Chairpersons (First Vice-
Chairperson, Second Vice-Chairperson, Third Vice-Chairperson), Secretary and two Members-
at-Large. Members of the board may offer additional nominations from the floor. All nominees
must have served on the board for at least one year.

B. There shall be no further nominations from the floor at the March meeting, unless there is a
nomination for a vacant office. All nominees proposed by the Nomination Committee, as well as
nominees from the floor shall be made known to each board member in the written notice from
prior to the March meeting.

C. At the March meeting of the board, pursuant to the written notice sent to each board member,
there shall be an election held for each of the offices of Chairperson, First vice-Chairperson, Sec-
ond Vice-Chairperson, Third Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and two Members-at-Large. The per-
son receiving the highest number of votes for each office shall be deemed elected.

1. If prior to the March meeting, any nominee proposed by the Nominating Committee, declines
to serve or is otherwise ineligible to serve in the designated office, the Nominating Committee
shall propose another nominee for the stated office and shall make its report at the March
meeting. At that time, there can also be nominations from the floor for that vacancy. An elec-
tion to fill this vacancy shall be held at a duly constituted and duly notified meeting of the

2. If, after the election, there occurs a vacancy in any office, except that of Chairpersons, then
the said office shall be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

D. Voting for each office shall be by written secret paper ballots.


A. The Officers of the Community Board shall be as follows: Chairperson, three Vice-Chairpersons
(First, Second and Third), Secretary and two Members-at-Large.

1. Terms

Each elected officer shall serve for the chronological year with the term beginning at the time of
election and terminating upon the election of a successor in the next year.

2. Rotation of Chairperson

To provide the greatest opportunity of service for each member of the board, no Chairperson
shall serve for more than two consecutive terms, except by a majority of the board members pre-
sent and voting authorizing such additional term.

3. Duties of Chairperson

a) To perform all duties as prescribed in the City Charter and any other duties prescribed un-
der law;

b) To attend any meetings required by the Mayor and the Borough President pursuant to the
City Charter or to designate a representative or representatives to attend;

c) To open regular meetings or other board meetings by taking the Chair and calling mem-
bers to order;

d) To announce the business before the board according to the agenda;

e) To state and put to a vote all questions or resolutions which are to be moved or necessar-

ily arise in the course of the board’s business and announce the result of the vote;

f) To interpret and enforce Robert’s Rules of Order except as otherwise provided by the By-
Laws herein;

g) To represent and stand for the board and perform all necessary actions according to the
decisions duly made by the board, including communicating with government agencies.
Such communications shall be through the Borough President’s office or sent directly to
the appropriate governmental agencies, with a copy of the same simultaneously sent to
the Borough President’s office;

h) To authenticate all acts, orders and proceedings of the board, including the countersigning
of all letters whatever nature going out from the board, and to be the sole spokesperson
for the board in relation to the news media, agencies of government and the public at
large, except the Nominating Committee;

i) To prepare and deliver the Chair’s Annual report.

4. Duties of the Vice-Chairpersons:

a) The First Vice-Chairperson shall preside at board meetings in the place of the Chairperson
when the Chairperson is absent. In the absence of the Chairperson and First Vice-
Chairperson, the Second Vice-Chairperson shall preside and in the absence of the Chair-
person, First and Second Vice-Chairpersons, the Third Vice-Chairperson shall preside;

b) The Vice-Chairpersons shall assist the Chairperson when necessary and required. They
shall perform such duties as assigned by the Chairperson. If the Chairperson can no
longer serve or is unable to serve as Chairpersons before the expiration of his or her term,
then the First Vice-Chairperson shall succeed the Chairperson for the balance of the term
of office.

5. Duties of Secretary

a) The Secretary shall keep a record of the attendance at meetings;

b) If the Chairperson and all Vice-Chairpersons are absent from a meeting, then the Secre-
tary shall assume the duties of Chairperson for the meeting.


A. The Executive Committee shall include all the Officers and the two Members-at-Large of the
board. In emergency situations, the Executive Committee may act on behalf of the board, pro-
vided the same is not contrary to the previously stated position of the board and providing that
any such action shall be ratified by the board membership at the next regular meeting. If not so
ratified, there shall be no further implementation of the action after such meeting, and steps must
be taken to withdraw such action, where possible.

B. The Budget Committee shall consist of the board officers and the Chairpersons of all standing
Topical and Regional Committees. The Budget Committee shall be responsible for the prepara-
tion of the board’s Capital and Expense budget recommendations and for the State and Federal
programs for the Community District. The Committee is empowered to act on behalf of the board

on such budget matters, provided the same is not contrary to the previously stated position of the
board and providing that any such action shall be ratified by the board membership at the next
regular meeting.

C. The Board Standing Committees shall consist of the following:

1. Regional Committees

Regional Committees shall be responsible for general planning and analysis and review func-
tions within their geographic areas, as well as consulting and cooperating with and monitoring
the services of the following City agencies: City Planning Commission and Department; De-
partment of Buildings; Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Public Devel-
opment Corporation, Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Board of Standards and
Appeals. The Regional Committees will be as follows:

Regional Committee I: Northern border to LIRR; Western border to Ocean Avenue

Regional Committee II: Northern border to LIRR; Ocean Avenue to Eastern border

Regional Committee III: LIRR to Southern border; Western border to Ocean Avenue

Regional Committee IV: LIRR to Southern border; Ocean Avenue to Eastern border

2. Topical Committees:

Pursuant to Section 2800 (d) of the New York City Charter, it shall be the responsibility of
each Topical Committee to “…Consult and cooperate with City agencies and other organiza-
tions on matters relating to the welfare of the community district and its residents, including
capital and community development needs and delivery of municipal services; conduct public
or private hearings or investigations with respect to any matter relating to the welfare of the
community district and its residents; evaluate the quality and quantity of municipal services
provided by agencies within the community district and make recommendations on the im-
provement of those services to the board, the Mayor, the Borough President and the Council
as required.”

In carrying out the duties described above, each Topical Committee shall be responsible for
consulting and cooperating with and monitoring the services of the City agencies listed

a) Youth Services – All agencies dealing with youth

b) Human Services – Human Resources Administration and its constituent agencies; Depart-
ment of Health; Department of Mental Health and Retardation; Department for the Aging;
Department of Consumer Affairs; Health and Hospitals Corporation; the Mayor’s Office of
the Handicapped

c) Public Safety – Police Department; Fire Department; District Attorney & the courts

d) Transportation – Transportation Department, including the Bureau of Traffic Operations;

Bureau of Highway Operations and the Metropolitan Transit Authority

e) Community Environment – Department of Environmental Protection and its constituent
agencies; Department of Sanitation; Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bureau
of Gas and Electricity

f) Education, Libraries and Cultural Affairs – All Education, Library and Cultural Affairs Agen-

D. The board shall establish such Special Committees as the board deems necessary.

1. In March of each year, immediately after the board elections, the Chairperson shall poll each
board member for the member’s committee preferences.

2. By the April meeting, the Chairperson shall organize the board’s committees giving consid-
eration to the member’s choices.

3. Committees shall encourage the participation of non-board members on Committees includ-

ing representatives of local interested organizations. Non-board members shall be appointed
to Committees by the board Chairperson and/or the Committee Chairperson

4. Committees shall meet at least four times a year. At least one meeting shall be for the pur-
pose of identifying the problems to be met by the Committee. Members shall be required to
attend at least three (3) sessions or 50%, whichever is less, of Primary Topical Committee of
which they are members and failure to do so shall, at the option of the board, constitute cause
for removal from the board.

5. The Committee Chairperson must be a member of the board. The Chairperson of the Com-
mittee shall be responsible for calling Committee meetings. The Chairperson shall consult
with the District Manager, the board Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson assigned to su-
pervise the Committee (if any) at least once a month.

6. Each Committee Chairperson shall keep minutes of Committee meetings and a record of at-
tendance and shall deliver the same to the board Secretary.

7. Each member shall serve on one Primary Topical Committee

E. Meetings

a. Regular Meetings – There shall be at least one regular monthly meeting of the Community
Board. No regular meetings shall be scheduled during the months of July and August.

1. A quorum to convene any meeting shall be as set forth by the Administrative Code and/or
the City Charter

2. Except as otherwise specifically required by the City Charter and Administrative Code or
the By-laws herein, all action shall be decided by a majority vote of those members pre-
sent and voting, in the presence of a quorum

3. At least three regular monthly meetings per year shall be held in Regions I and II, and at
least three meetings in Regions III and IV of the Community Board District

b. Special Meetings

1. A special meeting shall be a meeting other than the regular meeting and shall be called by
the Board Chairperson:

a) At the Board Chairperson’s own volition;

b) At the Borough President’s request;

c) Upon resolution adopted by the board by majority vote;

d) Upon written request of at least twenty percent (20%) of the board members computed
without fractions and presented to the Board Chairperson. Such meeting shall be held
within fifteen (15) days after the receipt of such request by the Chairperson.

2. Members shall be given at least five (5) days notice in writing of a special meeting, with a
specification of the purpose of the meeting and a delineation of the agenda of such meet-
ing, and decisions at special meetings shall be made by a majority of those members in
good standing then present.

c. Emergency Meetings

An emergency meeting shall be a meeting in the manner of a special meeting, but in circum-
stances as determine by the Chairperson where time is of the essence and decisions are re-
quired immediately and where five days notice cannot be given. At least forty-eight hours notice
of such meeting must be given. At least such meeting notification may include telephonic or
other rapid means of communications.


A. An agenda shall be drafted by the Board Chairperson with the assistance of the Executive Com-
mittee and the District Manager. The agenda should outline the business to be transacted at the
meeting. This agenda, plus notice of time and place of the meeting, shall be forwarded to each
board member at least three (3) days before the regular monthly meeting of the board. No mat-
ter shall be decided upon by the board without that matter having been placed upon the agenda
forwarded to the board members.

B. The agenda shall consist of the following:

1. Opening of the meeting

2. Adoption of minutes

3. District Manager’s report

4. Chairperson’s report

5. Committee Chairperson’s reports (Committee reports shall be made by each Committee

Chairperson with a copy of same to be filed with the Secretary of the board at the end of the

6. Other business (By a majority vote of those present and voting, an item may be added to the
agenda, but shall not be voted on at that meeting.)


A. Voting shall be by the show of hands, with total votes both for and against the issue then publicly
announced and recorded and shall also include abstentions.

B. If a matter before the board requires further information or deliberation, that matter may be re-
ferred to the appropriate Committee for a report of recommendations and decisions by the entire
board at the next regular meeting.

C. All voting shall be in person only. No proxy shall be accepted.


The board may establish such additional rules of its own as are not specifically covered by the lan-
guage of these by-laws and the City Charter and are not in conflict or contravention of the language
set forth herein above.


A. The Community Board shall hire a District Manager in accordance with the guidelines of the City
Charter. The District Manager shall be accountable to the Community Board, but shall work di-
rectly under the supervision of the Chairperson and shall carry out the policies as determined by
the board.

B. The District Manager shall hire such additional personnel as may be authorized by the Board.
Such personnel shall be approved by the Executive Committee


These By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the board present and vot-
ing after at least ten (10) days written notice to the membership of the board setting forth the pro-
posed amendment(s).

Community Board 14
District Needs Statement
Fiscal Year 2010

810 East 16th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11230


Borough President Chairman District Manager



Brooklyn Community District 14 comprises the vibrant and dynamic communities of Flatbush, Mid-
wood, and eastern Kensington, located in the heart of Brooklyn.

Our district is renowned for its cultural and economic diversity, evinced by an extraordinary mix of
housing, including landmarked Victorian-era homes on tree-lined streets in the north, newer ma-
sonry homes in the south, and throughout the district, solid, well-maintained apartment buildings
constructed near mass transit in an era when spacious and comfortable apartments were the norm.
This diverse housing stock continues to be renewed through ongoing condominium and cooperative
apartment construction and numerous private home renovations, verifying that Brooklyn Community
District 14 continues to be a wonderful place to live and invest for the future.

This investment extends to our commercial strips, which are extraordinarily healthy, with many new
restaurants and stores, and a new retail mall at the Flatbush/Nostrand Avenue Junction, which is
southern Brooklyn’s principal transportation hub. This new mall, anchored by a Target department
store, has stimulated other new investment nearby on Flatbush Avenue, one of the City’s busiest
commercial corridors. Elsewhere in the district, commercial development is just as active, with up-
scale restaurants and national chain stores springing up where none existed before.

Districts 14’s educational facilities are known nation-wide and are considered among the best in the
City, particularly Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and flagship high schools such
as Erasmus Hall High School, Midwood High School, and Edward R. Murrow High School. These
are augmented by several excellent parochial high schools.

Community District 14 is a great place from which to commute to work. Three parallel subway lines
provide residents with convenient access to Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. The “F” train on the
Culver Line serves the western portion of the district, while the “2” and “5” trains, originating at the
Junction, serve the eastern part. The central corridor of the district is served by the “B” and “Q”

PHONE: (718) 859-6357 • FAX: (718) 421-6077

trains of the Brighton Line. Numerous local and express bus lines augment the subways and provide
convenient service along the district’s principal commercial strips.

Our greatest resources, however, are our approximately 163,000 residents, many of whom have or-
ganized effective block, tenant and neighborhood associations, merchant associations, local devel-
opment corporations, and other efforts to preserve and improve their communities. In some cases,
such as our growing number of Business Improvement Districts and our long-standing neighborhood
security patrols, neighborhoods are performing services that elsewhere City government is expected
to provide.

Brooklyn Community Board 14 tries to give all community residents and merchants a meaningful
voice in how municipal services are delivered to our district. The community board advocates for the
district’s special needs and works for fairness in resource distribution, service delivery, and land use
in all of our neighborhoods. The needs expressed in this document reflect this principle of fairness
and our continued commitment to improve the quality of life for all who live or work here, while sup-
porting orderly growth and change in the future. Our principal focus areas include:

• A need to ensure the health and vitality of residential and commercial areas within the district;
• A need to restore and improve adequate and effective social and other services, particularly for
the most dependent population groups such as the young and the elderly; and
• A need to ensure effective communication and cooperation on community betterment among all
groups in the District 14 community.

Specific needs to address the above are grouped into the following seven program areas, though
order does not necessarily imply priority.

Street Trees: The district’s trees are an indispensable resource, something that the City has ac-
knowledged with its unprecedented ten (10) year commitment of over $400 million to planting and
caring for our street trees. They are vital to preserving the unique attractiveness of the district’s
commercial and residential areas, which have a direct impact on investment and the City’s real prop-
erty tax revenues. In addition, they are essential to reducing the City’s carbon footprint, removing
carbon dioxide from the air and significantly reducing cooling needs during the summer.

• Maintain or increase Parks Department Forestry and Maintenance personnel to care for the
countless number of trees in our district;
• Increase frequency of current pruning program to restore health for existing trees and to prevent
liability of damage to persons and property from falling limbs and branches; and
• Continuation of an adequately funded, staffed and equipped program to maintain and replace
trees, as needed.

Parks and Playgrounds: Our district is severely shortchanged when it comes to parks and rec-
reational spaces. There are only three major park facilities within our district: Kolbert Park in the
southern part of the district, Deputy Inspector Joseph DiGilio Playground on the west, and the Pa-
rade Ground in the north, whose almost 40 acres of athletic fields and tennis courts are accessed by
borough permit only and are not available for informal use by local residents. The only recreational
facility within the Parade Ground available to the local community without a permit is the heavily-

utilized Detective Dillon Stewart Memorial playground. In addition, the district is served by two small
tot-lots, several school playgrounds, a short section of the Ocean Parkway malls, which collectively
offer limited recreational use for walking, jogging, biking and skating, and Prospect Park to our north.
But total park space within walking distance for most of our residents totals only a few acres.


• Acquisition of property to create new recreational spaces for the community; and
• Designation of one staff member per park or recreational area to organize activities for the com-

Sanitation Services: Adequate sanitation services are vital to the maintenance of the quality of
life in all communities of the City. Community Board 14 feels strongly enough about this to have es-
tablished in 1980 and 1981, with the Department of Sanitation, its own plan for local sanitation ser-
vices. This plan, approved by the Department, and emulated elsewhere, seeks to make optimum
use of manpower and equipment while meeting the needs of individual neighborhoods and facilities.
Since the original plan was implemented, it has been enhanced to take advantage of improved
street sweeping efficiency and to accommodate the City’s recycling program.


• Continuation of the special school collection truck route, including a provision for pick-up of recy-
clables on a more frequent basis in order to handle the ever-increasing waste generated by the
additional number of meals served to the youth;
• Continuation of “Operation Clean Stretch” to provide nightly pick-up of baskets and the collection
of residential garbage on commercial strips within Community District 14; and
• Allocate additional resources to address the particular sanitation needs of the northern part of our
district, where the district’s largest apartment dwelling population resides and which generates
the most residential waste in our district.

Air Quality and Water/Sewer Facilities: Maintenance of good air quality and adequate wa-
ter and sewer facilities is essential to environmental health and the quality of life in the district. Con-
sistently clogged and dirty catch basins, as well as air and noise pollution, counteract positive efforts
made by the City and community.


• Adequate funding, equipment and staffing for maintenance of water supply and sewer facilities to
ensure long-term clean City water supply; and
• Adequate enforcement of air pollution and noise regulations.


One and Two-Family Housing: The district is endowed with a unique supply of high quality
one and two-family houses, which is a key factor in making it a desirable place to live. Programs to
maintain and upgrade surrounding infrastructure must support direct preservation and improvement
efforts as young professionals and young families are moving into our community. This district has

experienced a trend of expansions of one- and two-family homes, particularly in the southern part of
our district. Lastly, the preservation of this particular housing stock, both for aesthetic and historic
reasons, is of paramount importance to our community. Initiated with the successful adoption of
contextual downzoning in Midwood in 2006, a similar proposal by the Department of City Planning
for Flatbush has been made and is showing substantial support by the community.


• Support for the contextual downzoning of the Flatbush portion of Community District 14 and fund-
ing for whatever support and enforcement personnel are needed to ensure compliance with any
new zoning regulations; and
• Coordination by agencies to enforce against the proliferation of illegal curb cuts throughout the
district. The Buildings Department issues a curb cut permit in most cases without inspections.
Once reported to the agency and a violation is issued, however, there is currently no enforce-
ment component to have the curb restored.

Multi-Family Housing: Interspersed with and adjoining its one and two-family residential areas,
the district is home to a sizeable stock of multiple dwellings. Residents of these buildings range
across all age and income groups. Such buildings are concentrated primarily in the northern section
of our district in the Flatbush community, though examples also exist elsewhere. In addition, new
condominiums are under construction throughout the district, adding to our housing stock and in-
creasing the quality of housing in our community.


• Continuation and strengthening of Citywide housing rehabilitation and tenant support services, in
particular, the Neighborhood Preservation Consultation contracts for the Local Development Cor-
porations within Community District 14;
• Continued and expanded funding of local development corporations and organizations to provide
critically needed housing services;
• Continued funding for façade and street improvements to support housing rehabilitation pro-
• Support for more senior citizen housing to address the needs of older adults; and
• A review and coordination of the maze of City agencies directly charged with all aspects of en-
forcing the recent and upcoming downzoning in our community.
• Incorporation of Quality Housing in selected medium- and high-density portions of Flatbush un-
dergoing rezoning.

Commercial Revitalization and Economic Development: Maintenance of the health

and vitality of the community depends not only on an adequate housing stock, but also on support-
ing the growing vitality of commercial areas, particularly Cortelyou Road, Church Avenue, Avenue J,
Avenue M, and Flatbush Avenue, one of the City’s longest commercial corridors. Many new restau-
rants and businesses are opening up on Cortelyou Road, Newkirk Avenue, and Church Avenue, and
a new shopping mall has opened in the Flatbush/Nostrand Avenues Junction, featuring a Target de-
partment store as its anchor tenant.


• Continued support for and expansion, where possible, of current commercial revitalization efforts;
• Expansion of revitalization programs into areas where necessary and feasible, particularly the
Flatbush/Nostrand Junction area, Cortelyou Road and Avenues J and M.

As our population of both seniors and young families continues to grow, the delivery of services for
the aging and youth is important to the overall stability and vitality of our community. Program ar-
eas which the board has identified as critical counterparts to physical improvements include:

Services for the Elderly: Community District 14 has a growing elderly population over 65.
They range in capability from the relatively self-sufficient to the homebound and very dependent.
There are needs for all such groups, though they are certainly greatest at the more dependent end
of the scale.


• Increase and/or restore funding to programs such as hot Meals-on-Wheels deliveries and to sen-
ior centers which provide essential services to the elderly;
• Programs which adequately address the needs of both Medicaid and non-Medicaid homebound
elderly; and
• Necessary support for efforts to improve coordination of local delivery of services to the elderly.

Youth Services: Community Board 14’s experience, along with that of the rest of the community,
is that current services are not meeting the needs of youth for career planning and development and
recreational activities, even though population numbers in these age groups have been growing
since 1990. There is a clear and imperative need to increase youth services to achieve the goal of
supporting the future success of our youth and ensuring that they have safe, healthy and balanced
experience growing up in our community.


• Restoration of funding for the Summer Bus Program;

• A broad effort by social service delivery agencies to effectively provide information on available
services to potential client populations;
• Outstation service delivery staff within the Community District. Programs are desperately needed
to provide pregnant and parenting teens with the resources to promote the health and well being
of themselves and their families and to help establish a future of an economic independence.
These programs are vital since many pregnant teens often find themselves without a support net-
work when critical problems arise; and
• Continuation of Crisis Intervention programs which effectively address non-routine service needs.

Health and Hospital Services: Adequate hospital services are essential in any community,
particularly in an area such as Community District 14, which has an increase in younger families and
the elderly. With the recent closure of Caledonian Hospital, there is a disproportionate dearth of
medical care and coverage in the northern portion of our district.

Furthermore, the spread of the West Nile Virus must be aggressively combated in light of our popu-
lation of seniors and young children, who are primarily susceptible to infection.


• Continue and expand all efforts necessary to combat the spread of the West Nile Virus
• Adequate hospital facilities to serve all Community District 14 residents.

Fire Protection: Community District 14 generally, and in particular the north Flatbush area, re-
quires optimal fire protection because of our extensive multiple dwellings and century-old housing.
This is essential to prevent fires, save countless lives, and preserve the historic and landmarked ele-
ments of our community for future generations.


• Adequate manning as well as specialized equipment for local fire operations.

Police Services and Neighborhood Security: The men and women of the 70th Precinct
have been serving our community exceptionally well, keeping crime and quality of life problems at
historic lows. We cannot be grateful enough for the job that they have done. However, they could
do their job even better if they had the modern facilities and resources necessary to fight crime in the
21st Century, primarily in the form of a new 70th Precinct house. Furthermore, residents of Commu-
nity Board 14 have, on their own initiative, developed various forms of community-based security
services to assist in crime-fighting efforts. These programs must be supported by modernized police
services to ensure that an effective overall Criminal Justice system supports the efforts of the local


• Continue to ensure funding to completion of a new 70th Precinct facility. The existing
physical plant is undersized, antiquated, and deteriorated. Its neighbor, the modern
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) complex, has enlarged and expanded their facilities. This
has sequestered one of the most active New York City Police Department precinct facili-
ties in the midst of the largest concentration of handicapped people in Brooklyn;

• Attention also to the special crime prevention needs of the more densely populated neighbor-
hoods in the Impact Zone portion of the district; and
• Development of specialized programs to combat illegal drugs sales within the district.

Transportation is, by nature, a support service, which enables a community to function. Our district
needs to make optimum use of existing facilities and support community and public agency efforts in
all other areas, such as commercial development, housing, social service delivery, recreation, and
so forth. The central location of Community District 14 makes its local streets and avenues part of
the daily commuting path for tens of thousands of Brooklyn residents. This places a great burden on
the local roadway infrastructure. Needs identified in particular program areas are as follows:

Street System: Many of Community District 14’s streets need more short-term and long-term at-
tention. On-street parking is scarce, and off-street parking is even harder to find. Buses, trucks, and

commuters comprise the heaviest users of our roadways each morning, and traffic jams exist on
even tertiary roads. The level of maintenance for our roadways, however, does not match the wear
and tear that they experience on a daily basis. Major arterial routes are in need of resurfacing and
reconstruction, such as Flatbush Avenue, one of the borough’s oldest and heavily utilized roads,
along with Ocean Avenue and Coney Island Avenue. Traffic engineering services must be sufficient
to assure safe and effective use of streets by all users—vehicles, buses, bicycles and especially pe-
destrians. Traffic management programs must support local revitalization efforts and focus on the
most congested areas.


• Immediate attention to street improvement programs for the district’s most deteriorated and haz-
ardous streets;
• Improved coordination by City agencies and utilities on Capital projects, working with the commu-
nity board. Currently, there is limited coordination producing waste and the perpetuation of nega-
tive public perception of City government. The board has made a major effort to coordinate
these agencies/utilities in an effort to reduce duplication and conflicts with scheduled projects.
Closer cooperation is needed;
• Adequate staffing and equipment with particular emphasis on increasing Highway Operations
“maintenance gangs” to conduct routing street maintenance;
• Focus on traffic planning resources for better management of our streets in congested commer-
cial areas, specifically, Church Avenue, Avenue J and Foster Avenue within Community District
14. We believe similar programs should be developed for other commercial streets as well;
• Continuation and expansion of sidewalk façade improvement programs for commercial streets;
• Continuation of funding of programs to repair sidewalks in violation in the district and to provide
needed curb cuts to increase pedestrian safety.

Parking Facilities: Adequate off-street parking is seen as an essential component not only of
commercial revitalization programs, but also the District’s Sanitation Service Delivery Plan. Placing
such facilities near mass-transit hubs, like the Flatbush/Nostrand Avenue Junction, would encourage
commuters to leave their cars at home, and “park-and-ride” to their jobs around the city. Sufficient
off-street parking must also be available to enable commercial streets to be effectively cleaned.
Also, we have many apartment buildings without parking facilities, since they were exempt from
such requirements before they were enacted by law. Also, there are many private homes which do
not currently have their own garages or driveways.

• Proper maintenance, adequate security, effective signage and appropriate rate structures are es-
sential for existing parking facilities;
• Coordination with the Department of Buildings to prevent the installation of illegal curb cuts
throughout the district, diminishing on-street parking availability. There is currently no enforce-
ment component to have the curb restored, once a violation is issued. The Department of
Transportation should restore the curb in violation and charge the owner of the property;
• Development of additional off-street parking capacity in areas, where needed, to support com-
mercial revitalization programs, including additional parking in the Avenue J, Coney Island Ave-
nue, and Flatbush/Nostrand Avenue Junction area that also is home to Brooklyn College and
Midwood High School.

Public Transit Service: Community District 14 is relatively well supplied with rapid transit facili-
ties, but the growing needs of our commuting population are placing greater demands on it. The “B”
and “Q” trains on the Brighton Line, for example, bisect the District, and eight (8) of the stations on
these lines are located within the board’s boundaries. Unfortunately, these are the only lines that
have the capacity to absorb any increase in ridership. The “F” train on the Culver Line station on the
west is severely congested, as are the “2” and “5” trains, which end their route at Flatbush Avenue in
our district.


• Expeditious completion of the station rehabilitation projects and advancement of station and line
improvement projects for rapid transit facilities in the district, particularly those serving commer-
cial areas;
• Create a new “F” express train;
• Extend “G” train service further down the Culver Line; and
• Rehabilitation in particular of the Brighton Line right-of-way through the District, including the res-
toration of deteriorated protective fences along the right-of-way.

NEW YORK AND ATLANTIC RAILWAYS: Community District 14 is also bisected by the
open east-west cut of the New York and Atlantic Railways (formerly known as the Long Island Rail
Road freight line). The line runs through both heavily populated residential and commercial areas.
Despite sporadic cleanup operations to remove literally tons of refuse as well as extermination of
rats during the past several years, the cut remains a serious sanitation and security concern of the


• Immediate commencement of cleanup operations to include removal of tires along the cut which
provide a haven for larvae of the West Nile Virus mosquito, along with other necessary repairs of
eroded sections of the embankment; and
• Advance construction of fences between adjacent property


Primary and Secondary School Facilities: The stability and attractiveness of Community
District 14 as a residential area is due in no small measure to the quality of its educational facilities.
Community Board 14 strongly supports their recommendations for needed improvements to local
primary and secondary schools, and their efforts to make a maximum use of school facilities for both
education and other relevant community purposes. In particular, the board continues to support
wholeheartedly the development of a playground adjacent to the Public School 152 schoolyard at
Bedford Avenue and Campus Road.


• Expeditious advancement of needed improvements to local primary and secondary schools, par-
ticularly to address the serious problem of overcrowding; and
• Maximum utilization of school facilities to meet community needs.

Higher Education Facilities: Given its geographic location, Brooklyn College lies at the center
of community life in District 14. The Community Board enthusiastically supports implementation of
needed improvements to this great institution to improve its ability to serve the local community as
well as all citizens of the borough.


• Advancement of vitally needed improvements to Brooklyn College’s physical plant.

Libraries: District 14’s existing branch libraries are heavily used and highly valued by the commu-
nity. The board strongly supports essential improvements needed by these libraries and objects to
any budget cuts. Cuts to the libraries will greatly affect the literacy programs, GED programs and
many more, which may be in danger of elimination as a result of budget cuts. Proportionately, the
cuts to libraries are far greater than to other City agencies.


• Advancement of construction of the new Kensington Branch Library;

• Restore funding previously cut to the local branch libraries to avoid elimination of these important
programs in the district;
• Advancement of needed improvements to local branch libraries;
• Adequate funding to assure that all branches remain open seven days a week; and
• Adequate staffing to assure acceptable levels of service are provided.

Cultural Affairs: Community cultural activities are an essential component of quality of life in all
communities of the City. Their continuation is needed to enhance City livability and promote the
stability of communities.


• Adequate funding for the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC),
which has provided this community with performances by world renowned artists, and other local
cultural and artistic programs.

Community boards continue to be an essential component of City government. In addition to their
other Charter-mandated responsibilities, they provide crucial interagency linkages and possess
unique local knowledge needed to avoid waste and optimize service delivery. The boards continue
to work hard with local agency officials to ensure that the limited municipal resources available are
effectively used. Recently, with the Administration’s expansion of its Citywide 311 non-emergency
telephone complaint system, more specific complaint information is retained centrally, thus making it
increasingly difficult for community boards to intervene to resolve problems and monitor agency per-
formance as intended by the New York City Charter. Increasingly, community residents complain
about the difficulty of getting useful follow-up information concerning resolution of complaints submit-
ted via 311. The end result may be an increase in the length of time in which problems are resolved
and reduced transparency in government. Community boards are the only effective way to fill the
gap. Although there has been some restoration of budget cuts to Community Board budgets, their
budgets have not yet been substantially increased to meet the public’s needs.

To fulfill their Charter-mandated responsibilities and continue to act as a government “frontline,” the
Boards must have the necessary resources to do so.


• Recognition of the critical role played by Community Boards with a provision for budget
adjustment and/or adequate funding to meet their responsibilities to the community.

Please do not hesitate to call the Community Board 14 District office for further information or clarifi-

Respectfully submitted,

Alvin M. Berk Doris Ortíz

Chairman District Manager

Community Board 14
Capital & Expense
Budget Priorities
Fiscal Year 2010

By October 31, 2008, Community Boards are required to prepare and submit recommendations for
physical improvement projects funded by the City’s Capital Budget or the Community Development
program. The boards are also required to submit recommendations for operational programs funded
by the City’s Expense budget. These recommendations are considered by the Mayor and by City
agencies for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget. The members of the City Council review and
consider the board’s priorities and vote on the City budget.

Prior to the submission of these recommendations to the Mayor, City Council and City Planning
Commission, Community Boards are required to conduct a public hearing on their proposed recom-
mendations. Based on the public hearings held on both September 8th and October 6th, the board
will formulate and submit its recommendations.

Community Boards must limit their budget requests to their 40 most critical Capital improvements
and 25 top Expense program proposals. A brief description of the recommendations prepared by
Brooklyn Community Board 14 is provided below and in the pages that follow. These recommenda-
tions were developed as a result of the following:

• Observation of physical and service problems within Community District 14;

• Analysis of complaints received by the board’s district office;
• Formal local and borough consultation meetings with City agencies, and,
• Recommendations submitted by neighborhood and civic groups throughout the Flatbush/
Midwood communities


Economic Development
1. Continue Kings/Flatbush Development Project to Loew’s Kings Theatre site
2. Fund restoration/refurbishing of West Midwood and Ditmas Park areas
within CD14

1. Fund development of outdoor recreational space at Bedford Avenue/Campus Road
2. Establish a new elementary school to alleviate over crowding in CD14

Environmental Protection
1. Fund installation of catch basins in CD14

Health and Hospitals Corporation

1. Advance to completion rehabilitation of Kings County Hospital Center

Parks and Recreation

1. Fund development of outdoor recreational space at Bedford Ave/Campus Rd
2. Fund Prospect Park rehabilitation projects
3. Fund rehabilitation of the Kings Highway Malls jointly with DOT
4. Fund street tree replacement funding

1. Advance to acquisition new site for 70th Precinct

Transit Authority
1. Fund complete station rehabilitation for Parkside Avenue, Church Avenue, Beverley Road, Corte-
lyou Road stations
2. Fund modernization of Avenue H station
3. Fund modernization of Avenue J station
4. Fund modernization of Avenue M station
5. Advance to completion sidewalk rehabilitation on Newkirk Plaza

1. Fund reconstruction of Flatbush Avenue within CD14
2. Fund rehabilitation of the Kings Highway Malls within CD14 to include pedestrian ramps
3. Fund restoration/refurbishing in West Midwood and Ditmas Park areas
within CD14 to include sidewalks, curbs and lighting
4. Fund reconstruction of Locust Avenue and abutting streets within CD 14


Administration for Children’s Services
1. Expand Family Day Care Programs in CD14
2. Continue and expand Head Start Programs in CD14

1. Expand Meals-on-Wheels program in CD14
2. Fund Home Attendants Program for non-Medicaid eligible senior citizens

1. Fund additional inspection personnel and support staff
2. Establish program to enforce compliance of recent re-zoning changes in R-6 area in
Midwood within CB14

Business Services
1. Fund Commercial Revitalization projects on Flatbush Avenue, Cortelyou Road, Avenue J, Avenue
M, Church Avenue, Newkirk Plaza and the Flatbush-Nostrand Avenue Junction

Cultural Affairs
1. Increase funding for borough-wide cultural programs with a special emphasis on youth

Environmental Protection
1. Assign additional night/weekend tour for air/noise pollution control personnel
2. Continue Citywide contracts – Preventive maintenance staff, sewer cleaning, etc.

1. Fund specialized emergency equipment

Health and Mental Hygiene

1. Fund adequate staffing levels for Pest Control

Health and Hospitals Corporation
1. Support adequate staffing levels at Kings County and Coney Island Hospital

Housing Preservation and Development

1. Continue funding with increases to meet inflationary costs - Neighborhood Preservation Consulta-
tion Program

Landmarks Preservation Commission

1. Fund restoration/refurbishing of Ditmas Park area within Community District 14
2. Fund restoration of the Academy Building at Erasmus Hall High School

Mayor’s Office of Management & Budget

1. Restore operating budget of Community Boards

Parks and Recreation

1. Fund additional recreation staff for playgrounds within CD14
2. Fund additional Park Enforcement personnel

1. Fund additional Crossing Guards for 70th Precinct

Public Library
1. Increase funding to ensure seven-day service to all branches

1. Continue “Operation Clean Stretch” basket collection routes on commercial strips within CD 14
2. Continue and increase funding for year-round school collection program

1. Fund additional allocation for street resurfacing
2. Increase funding for Highway Operations maintenance gangs to repair potholes and/or street
3. Fund additional allocation for Night Street Resurfacing Program
4. Fund HW-200 contracts for sidewalks in violation

Youth and Community Development

1. Increase overall funding for CD14 youth programs
2. Increase funding for employment programs

How to Apply for a
Street Activity Permit

How to Apply for a Street Activity Permit
Community District 14 is host to at least 70 street activity events a year. These events that various or-
ganizations put together help make the Flatbush and Midwood communities more vibrant and enjoyable
places to live. Below are some frequently asked questions about hosting these street activity events.

What is a Street Activity Event?

A street activity event is any activity to conduct an event when it may interfere with or obstruct the normal
use by pedestrian or vehicular traffic of the street or sidewalk, such as:

• a block party
• street fair
• festival
• green market
• farmers market
• religious ceremony
• street cleanup or
• other recreation program.

A Street Activity Permit must be issued in order to conduct a street activity event. One can only be
granted by the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) under the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit, after
receiving a recommendation from the Community Board.

Who can obtain a Street Activity Permit?

Permits are issued to Sponsors, who are fully responsible for the conduct of the event.

A Sponsor can be a community-based, not-for-profit organization, association, or the like, which has a
close relationship to the community and street where the event will be taking place. Examples of spon-
sors include block or community associations, religious or civic organizations, merchant associations,
business improvement districts, and other not-for-profit corporations. The Sponsor must demonstrate
that it has the support of the community. Community Board 14 requires that the sponsor complete a peti-
tion with a majority of the property owners of that block consenting to the event.

How do I get a permit for an event?

Step 1: A representative of the Sponsor must contact the Community Board office, at least 90 days (12
weeks) before the event, with the following:

• proposed date and rain date

• duration of time
• location within Community District 14
• nature of the event

The District Office will work with the sponsor to ensure that the date, time, location and type of event are
in accordance with Board and SAPO policies.

Step 2: Before the Community Board will recommend approval of a street activity permit, the sponsor
must submit petitions signed by a majority of the residents living on the affected block agreeing to the

conduct of the event. Sample petitions are available upon request at the District office.

Step 3: The sponsor’s representative must make an appointment with the District Office to complete the
Street Activity Permit Application. For a single block/single day street event, such as a block party or a
health fair, the application must be completed at the Board office at least 60 days (8 weeks) before the
planned date of the event. The Sponsor must also pay a non-refundable $15 certified check or money
order made payable to “New York City Department of Finance”.

The only exception to these rules are for street clean-ups. Street clean-ups may last for up to four (4)
hours on a single block. Applications for street clean-ups may be completed at the Board office at least
30 days (4 weeks) before the planned date of the clean-up. No application fee is charged for street

IMPORTANT: Failure to submit the application by these deadlines will result in an automatic de-
nial of the permit by SAPO.

Step 4: In addition to the Board’s recommendation, SAPO will review your permit for compliance with its
policies and other applicable regulations. Once it is either approved, approved with certain conditions, or
denied, SAPO will contact you. Furthermore, depending on the specific details of your event, you may
need to apply for other permits with other City agencies. For instance, if you plan to have amplified
sound, you must obtain an Amplified Sound Permit from the 70th Precinct. Details regarding any addi-
tional permits that you will need will be explained to you when you complete your application at the Dis-
trict Office.

What street events are taking place in Community District 14?

The District Office prepares and regularly updates a calendar of all permitted street activity events in the
district. To obtain a copy, contact the District office.

What other permits/licenses might I have to obtain?

Examples of some additional permits/licenses you may require for your street activity event are:

Street Activity Vendor Information

Unlicensed Vendors must obtain Temporary Vendor Permits in order to sell at street events at the De-
partment of Consumer Affairs, 42 Broadway, 5th Floor.

Food - To obtain a permit to sell food: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, Phone -
Call 311

Merchandise - To obtain a permit to sell merchandise: DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42

Broadway, 5th Floor, Phone-Call 311

Amplified Sound - To obtain a permit for Amplified Sound: Contact the Community Affairs Office of the
70th Precinct five days prior at (718) 851-5557.

Film Shooting - (SAPO does not issue film location permits.) To obtain a permit for Film Shooting:
Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, & Broadcasting, 1697 Broadway, 6th Floor, Phone - Call 311

Parades - (SAPO does not issue parade permits.) For information on parades, call: Parade information
line - Call 311

NOTE: The sale, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited at street events.
Community Resource
• Neighborhoods
• Community Services
• City Services

Neighborhoods in Community District 14

Prospect Park South Caton Park


Beverley Square

Beverly Square
Ditmas Park East

Ditmas Park
South Midwood
Midwood Park

West Midwood

East Midwood

Fiske Terrace


Sanitation Collections in
Community District 14

Saturday Monday,


Wednesday Saturday





Monday, Monday

Regular Garbage Regular Recycling

Collection Days Collection Days

70th Precinct by Sectors
in Community District 14

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Fire Battalions in Community District 14

Engine 248

Engine 281
Ladder 147
Engine 255
Ladder 157



Battalion 41, Engine 248 Engine 250

2900 Snyder Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 126 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Engine 255, Ladder 157 Engine 281, Ladder 147

1367 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210 1210 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Parks in Community District 14

Kolbert Park - Avenue L & East 17th Street

Tot Lot - Campus Road & East 21st Street
D.I. Joseph DiGilio Playground - McDonald Avenue & Avenue F
Lt. Federico Narvaez Tot Lot - Cortelyou Road & Argyle Road
UMMA Park - Ocean Avenue & Woodruff Avenue
Det. Dillon Stewart Playground - Caton Avenue & Argyle Road
Senior Centers Serving
Community District 14
Ft. Greene Hazel Brooks Senior Center
1460 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 859-6333

Hours: Monday-Friday @ 8:00-4:00. Services: Congregate Break-

fasts, Congregate Lunch, Education/Recreation, Nutrition

Senior Citizen’s League of Flatbush Senior Center

550 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Phone: (718) 438-7771

Hours: Monday-Friday @ 8:30-4:00. Services: Case Assistance,

Cong. Weekends, Congregate Lunch, Education/Recreation, Meal
Preparation, Nutrition Education, Home Delivered Meals

Dorchester Senior Center

1419 Dorchester Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 941-6700

Hours: Monday-Friday @ 8:00-4:00. Services: Case Assistance,

Congregate Lunch Education/Recreation Health Promotion
Nutrition Education

Brookdale Senior Center

817 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 434-8670

Hours: Monday -Thursday @ 8:00-4:00, Friday @ 8:30-1:00.

Services: Case Assistance, Cong. Weekends, Congregate Lunch,
Education/Recreation, Home Delivered Meals, Nutrition Education

Mariem Helm Senior Center

870 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 258-5522

Hours: Tuesday @ 10:00-4:00, Thursday @ 10:00-4:00. Services:

Congregate Lunch, Education/Recreation, Nutrition Education

Senior League of Flatbush

(Midwood Senior League Satellite)
1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 253-0508

Hours: Monday @ 8:30-3:30, Wednesday @ 8:30-3:30, Thursday

@ 8:30-3:30. Services: Congregate Lunch, Education/
Recreation, Nutrition Education

Young Israel of Midwood Senior Center

1694 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 253-7800

Hours: Monday-Thursday @ 8:30-4:30, Friday @ 8:30-1:30

Services: Case Assistance, Cong. Weekends, Congregate Lunch,
Education/Recreation, Health Promotion, Nutrition Education,
Meal Assessment

Zip Codes in Community District 14





Midwood Post Office (11230) - 1288 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Flatbush Post Office (11226) - 2273 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Kensington Post Office (11218) - 419 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Vanderveer Post Office (11210) - 2319 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
BIDs and LDCs in Community District 14

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Commercial Streets in
Community District 14

• Coney Island Avenue (Parkside Avenue/Avenue P) • Avenue M (Coney Island/Ocean Avenue)

• Parkside Avenue (Ocean Avenue/Flatbush Avenue) • Newkirk Plaza
• Flatbush Avenue (Parkside Avenue/Avenue I) • Nostrand Avenue (Glenwood Road/Avenue J)
• Church Avenue (Coney Island Avenue/Bedford Avenue) • Nostrand Avenue (Avenue L/Kings Highway)
• 18th Avenue (McDonald Avenue/Ocean Parkway) • Cortelyou Rd (Coney Island Avenue/East 17th Street)
• Avenue J (Coney Island Avenue/East 16th Street)

School Districts & Schools Serving
Community District 14
Erasmus Hall High School
911 Flatbush Ave.

Midwood High School

Bedford Ave. & Glenwood Rd.
Edward R. Murrow High School
17 1600 Avenue L

I.S. 240
2500 Nostrand Avenue

P.S. 109
15 Snyder Avenue

P.S. 134
4001 18th Avenue
22 P.S. 139
330 Rugby Road

P.S. 152
725 East 23rd Street

P.S. 193
2515 Avenue L

P.S. 197 & I.S. 381

1599 East 22nd Street

P.S. 199
1100 Elm Avenue

P.S. 217
District Newkirk Ave. & Coney Island Ave.
21 P.S. 249
Caton Ave. & Marlborough Rd.

P.S. 315
2310 Glenwood Road

P.S. 6
Snyder Avenue/Bedford Avenue

Youth Service Providers Serving
Community District 14
Brooklyn College Community Partnership Flatbush Boys and Girls Club
for Research & Learning 2245 Bedford Avenue
2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
5405 James Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Phone: (718) 462-6100
Fax: (718) 462-0660
Phone: (718) 951-5015
Fax: (718) 951-5927 Flatbush Development Corporation
E-mail: / 1616 Newkirk Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 859-3800
Flatbush YMCA Fax: (718) 859-4632
1401 Flatbush Avenue Website:
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Flatbush Youth Initiative
Phone: (718) 469-8100 424 East 19th Street
Fax: (718) 284-5537 Brooklyn, NY 11226
Website: Phone: (718) 562-3959

Bonnie Boys Club Holy Innocents Church

1221 Church Avenue 249 East 17th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218 Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 941-4698 Phone: (718) 282-5294

Baptist Church of the Redeemer St. Marks Headstart U.P.K.

1921 Cortelyou Road 2017 Beverly Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 282-1603 Phone: (718) 287-7300

Bnos Israel School for Girls Hebrew Institute for Deaf & Exceptional
1629 Cortelyou Road Children
Brooklyn, NY 11226 1401 Avenue I
Phone: (718) 339-4229 Brooklyn, NY 11230

CAMBA - Church Avenue Merchants & Block Phone: (718) 377-7507

Association Fax: (718) 253-3259
1720 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Midwood Development Corporation
1416 Avenue M
Phone: (718) 287-2600 Brooklyn, NY 11230
Fax: (718) 287-0857 Phone: (718) 376-0999
Website: Website:

Day Care Providers Serving
Community District 14
College Communtiy CCC Inc. S.C.C. Playcare Center at Hillel Yeled V’Yalda Headstart
2804-6 Glenwood Road 2901 Campus Road 600 McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Brooklyn, NY 11210 Brooklyn, NY 11218
Phone: (718) 951-5329 Phone: (718) 859-9337 Phone: (718) 854-7192
Fax: (718) 434-1743 Fax: (718) 954-3159
E-mail: Brooklyn Institute for Children Small Wonders Learning Center 110 Lenox Road
3012 Avenue M Brooklyn, NY 11226
Cortelyou Early Childhood Center Brooklyn, NY 11210 Phone: (718) 940-8028
2739 Bedford Avenue Phone: (718) 692-0355
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Fax: (718) 692-0355 C.N.C Care Center Inc.
Phone: (718) 282-6077 647 Rogers Avenue
Fax: (718) 282-2919 The Carleton Washbume ECC of Brooklyn, NY 11226
E-mail: info@mycecc Brooklyn Phone: (718) 284-0172
Website: 2900 Bedford Avenue Fax: (718) 284-0172
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Family Head Start Phone: (718) 951-5431 First Impressions Nursery School
3017 Glenwood Road Fax: (718) 951-4658 2513 Bedford Avenue
E-mail: Brooklyn, NY 11226
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 859-7720 Website: Phone: (718) 469-9792 /
schooled/ecc/ecc-index.html (718) 462-5009
Fax: (718) 462-0200
Flatbush YMCA Nursery/Flatbush
YMCA Pre-School Viener Pre-School of Flatbush
140 Flatbush Avenue 2305 Olean Street Flatbush Action Community DCC
525 Parkside Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 469-8100 ex. 107 Phone: (718) 258-5314 Brooklyn, NY 11226
Fax: (718) 284-5537 Fax: (718) 258-3185 (917) 969-5349 Phone: (718) 693-9891
Fax: (718) 693-6138
ABC Day Care Center
Future Kids Learning Center 1015 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218 Get Set Kindergarten I/T Program/
1992 Nostrand Avenue Get Set Kindergarten School
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Phone: (718) 284-5168
1919 Cortelyou Road
Phone: (718) 434-2360 Brooklyn, NY 11226
Fax: (718) 434-0575 ABC Day Care Center
1019 Church Avenue Phone: (718) 856-4646
E-mail: Fax: (718) 856-0937
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Midwood Montessori Phone: (718) 826-1894
Fax: (718) 826-1894 Kids Etcetera DCC
2825 Bedford Avenue 1331-33 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 253-3242 Children’s Corner Phone: (718) 693-8446
Fax: (212) 825-1864 69 Stratford Road Fax: (718) 693-3647
E-mail: Brooklyn, NY 11218
Phone: (718) 287-9611 Let’s Care Again DCC
Nkechibiepo’s DCC Website: 19 Clarkson Avenue
1708 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
Brooklyn, NY 11210 Cortelyou Early Childhood Center Phone: (718) 693-4866
Phone: (718) 252-5583 1110 Cortelyou Road
Fax: (718) 252-5588 Brooklyn, NY 11218 Let’s Care Again DCC #3
E-mail: Phone: (718) 282-6077 1289 Nostrand Avenue
Website: Fax: (718) 282-2919 Brooklyn, NY 11226
E-mail: info@mycecc Phone: (718) 284-5923

New Hope Day Care Children’s Heimeshe Workshop
1481 Nostrand Avenue 1524 East 17th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 284-5923 Phone: (718) 382-5229
Fax: (718) 826-0043
E-mail: Hebrew Institute for Deaf &
Exceptional Children
Phebeana Day Care 1401 Avenue I
160 Parkside Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11230
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Phone: (718) 377-7507
Phone: (718) 284-8147 Fax: (718) 253-3259
Fax: (718) 284-1437
E-mail: Meorot Belt Yaakov Inc.
1123 Avenue N
Practical Learning Center Brooklyn, NY 11230
22-32 Buckingham Road Phone: (718) 627-8758
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Fax: (718) 336-0149
Phone: (718) 282-4200 E-mail:
Fax: (718) 282-9471
E-mail: Nayema Universal CCC Inc. 1107-09 Newirk Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 462-3688
Practical Learning Center
1283 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230 Red Hat Day Care Center
Phone: (718) 434-5583 1317 East 15th Street
Fax: (718) 248-9471 Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 336-1480
Fax: (718) 336-7351
Roger’s Day Care Center Schelkunchik Inc./Schelkunchik Inc.
775 Rogers Avenue Pre-School
Brooklyn, NY 11226 1105 Coney Island Avenue
Phone: (718) 703-4312 Brooklyn, NY 11230
Fax: (718) 703-4312 Phone: (718) 421-1887
E-mail: Fax: (718) 421-1887
St. Marks Headstart U.P.K. United Cerebral Palsy of NYC
2017 Beverly Road 160 Lawrence Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 287-7300 Phone: (718) 436-7979
Fax: (718) 436-0071
The Little Darlings Day Care
1531 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 469-6207
Fax: (718) 940-8274

The Rat’s Playhouse Workshop Inc.

835 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 282-6285

Children’s Heimeshe Workshop

1177 East 18th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone: (718) 677-7041

Elected Officials
Community District 14

New York City Council Districts
In Community District 14



CD 48th

Council Member Mathieu Eugene (40th CD) Council Member Simcha Felder (44th CD)
123 Linden Boulevard 4424 16th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11226 Brooklyn, New York 11204
Phone: 718-287-8762 Phone: 718-853-2704

Council Member Kendall Stewart (45th CD) Council Member Michael Nelson (48th CD)
1694 Flatbush Avenue 3810-A Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210 Brooklyn, New York 11235
Phone: 718-951-8177 Phone: 718-368-9176

New York State Assembly Districts
In Community District 14
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (41st AD)
3520 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
43rd Phone: 718-648-4700

Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (42nd AD)

58th 2294 Nostrand Avenue
AD Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: 718-434-0446

Assemblyman Karim Camara (43rd AD)

231 Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: 718-756-1776

AD Assemblyman James Brennan (44th AD)

42nd 1414 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
AD Phone: 718-940-0641
48th Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (45th AD)
AD 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road
45th Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718-743-4078
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (48th AD)
1310 48th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Phone: 718-853-9616

Assemblyman Nick Perry (58th AD)

903 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Phone: 718-385-3336

New York State Senate Districts
In Community District 14




State Senator Eric Adams (20th SD) State Senator Kevin Parker (21th SD)
572 Flatbush Avenue 4515 Avenue D
Brooklyn, New York 11225 Brooklyn, NY 11203
Phone: (718) 284-4700 Phone: (718) 629-6401

State Senator John Sampson (19th SD) State Senator Carl Kruger (27th SD)
9114 Flatlands Avenue 2201 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11236 Brooklyn, NY 11229
Phone: (718) 649-7653 Phone: (718) 743-8610
New York State Congressional Districts
In Community District 14


9th 10th

Congressman Anthony Weiner (9th CD) Congressman Edolphus Towns (10th CD)
1800 Sheepshead Bay Road 10408 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11235 Brooklyn, New York 11236
Phone: (718) 743-0441 Phone: (718) 272-1175

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (11th CD)

123 Linden Boulevard, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11226
Phone: (718) 287-1142
Selected Neighborhood

Source: NYC Department of City Planning (

Community District 14 by Census Tracts

311 Statistics FY2001 FY2002 FY2003 FY2004 FY2005 FY2006` FY2007 FY2008 FY2008
Acceptably Clean Sidewalks (%) 89.6 88.4 89.4 92.9 94.2 95.3 95.7 96.9 97.3
Acceptably Clean Streets (%) 77 75.7 77.7 84.3 86.9 89.1 90.9 92.4 95.7
Air Complaints 99 60 74 97 160 188 141 159 12625
Asbestos Complaints 4 6 9 9 26 23 16 36 2350
City-Supported Housing Construction Starts (units) 6 5 8 48 23 48 76 1 11427
Civilian Fire Fatalities 2 1 6 4 1 2 2 3 85
Curbside and Containerized Recycled Tons Per Day n/a 34.5 33.6 33.3 34.6 1972
Curbside and Containerized Recycling Diversion Rate n/a 13.7 13.5 14.2 14.63 16.5
Deaths Due to Drug Abuse 12 6 10 711 8 9 7 849
Deaths due to drug abuse (per 100,000 population) n/a 10.7 5.9 4.16.5 4.7 5.3 4.1 10.6
Department of Buildings Priority A (emergency) Complaints 62 69 97 93
141 440 338 390 24457
Department of Buildings Priority B (nonemergency) Complaints 276 317 433 679
1026 1465 1330 1426 92509
Food Service Establishments Failing Initial Inspection (%) 16 17 25 23.7
15.6 24.2 28.5 28.66 25.6
Individual Landmarks Designated 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 1199
Infant Mortality Rate (per 1,000 Live Births) 5.6 7.9 6.8 5.47.7 5.5 7.3 5.4 5.4
Medical Emergencies (fire unit only) 2601 2540 2543 2843
3129 3222 3099 3181 209575

New Cases Requiring Environmental Intervention For Lead Poisoning n/a 32 50 41 28 620
New Cases Requiring Environmental Intervention For Lead Poisoning
(per 1,000 children) n/a 3.81 6.1 5.38 3.56 1.56
Noise Complaints (Department of Environmental Protection only) 133 100 154 327 444 435 452 468 49221
Nonfire and Nonmedical Emergencies 3008 2870 3082 3159 3296 3564 3527 3475 197245
Nonstructural Fires 392 336 266 284 297 295 242 215 17670
Occupied Residential Units in City-Owned Buildings 7 6 5 5 11 5 5 5 203
Persons Enrolled in Public Health Insurance 39272 49295 55561 60506 62197 62241 61764 61098 2563820
Persons Receiving Food Stamps 21760 20844 21664 23790 25626 24116 24921 27754 1241610
Persons Receiving Public Assistance 10139 10643 8985 9005 8231 7435 6435 5836 341329
Pothole Work Orders 427 265 399 725 565 459 638 573 48433
Private Waste Transfer Station Permits 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 59
Resolved Consumer Complaints 104 75 79 54 77 233 113 164 5895
Small Parks and Playgrounds - Acceptable Conditions (%) 100 80 90.9 86.7 100 88.9 100 88.2 86.49
Small Parks and Playgrounds - Acceptably Clean (%) 100 85 90.9 100 100 100 100 94.1 92.6
Structural Fires 608 547 586 571 635 627 648 590 27208
Substantiated Child Abuse and/or Neglect Reports 343 383 326 344 222 69 322 405 22567
Tons of Refuse Per Day Collected for Disposal 187.4 194.6 228 229.4 224.1 217 205.3 199.1 8853
Water Main Breaks 2 2 10 4 2 2 5 4 429
Health, Education, and Human Services Statistics FY2008 FY2007 FY2006 FY2005 FY2004 FY2008
Average Daily Student Attendance (%) 91.80% 91.33% 90.66% 91.01% 91.25% 89.75%
Average Expenditure per Student (Citywide: SY03-04) ($) n/a n/a $15,232 $13,269 $11,823 n/a
Certified Teachers (%) 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 98.60% 97.70% 100.00%
Children In The Public Schools Who Have Completed Required Immuniza-
tions (%) 98.10% 98.10% 97.40% 97.20% 96.00% 97.90%
Persons Receiving Cash Assistance 5,836 6,435 7,435 8,231 9,005 341,329
School Buildings in Good or Fair to Good Condition (%) n/a 42.00% 36.00% 25.00% n/a n/a
Students in Grades 3-8 Meeting or Exceeding Standards in English (%) 42.80% 33.80% 37.90% 41.30% 30.20% 57.60%
Students in Grades 3-8 Meeting or Exceeding Standards in Math (%) 65.40% 53.20% 44.90% 42.70% 36.80% 74.30%
Students in Schools that Exceed Capacity - Elementary/Middle Schools
(%) n/a 27.70% 22.45% n/a n/a n/a
Substantiated Child Abuse and/or Neglect Reports 405 322 69 222 344 22,567

Crime/Fire Statistics FY2008 FY2007 FY2006 FY2005 FY2004 FY2008
Average Response Time to All Critical Crimes in Progress (minutes) 3.6 4.15 4 4.3 4.6 4.28
Burglary 444 509 529 585 760 20,913
Civilian Fire Fatalities 3 2 2 1 4 85
Felonious Assault 402 416 398 373 408 16,989
Forcible Rape 21 22 19 23 35 876
Grand Larceny 836 868 884 848 921 44,799
Grand Larceny Auto 221 208 302 374 510 12,723
Major Felony Crime 2,450 2,578 2,854 3,048 3,391 119,052
Medical Emergencies (fire unit only) 3,181 3,099 3,222 3,129 2,843 209,575
Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter 9 7 10 12 10 516
Nonfire and Nonmedical Emergencies 3,475 3,527 3,564 3,296 3,159 197,245
Nonstructural Fires 215 242 295 297 284 17,670
Robbery 517 535 712 833 747 22,236
Structural Fires 590 648 627 635 571 27,208
Selected Demographic and Socioeconomic
Statistics for Community District 14
Sources: NYC Department of City Planning (

Total Population in CD14









1990 2000 2006

Population by Age




# of people

50,000 1990
40,000 2006




under 19 20 to 64 65 and over
Age Group





40,000 1990

30,000 2006



White Black Asian American Indian Some other race Hispanic Origin
Nonhispanic Nonhispanic Nonhispanic and Alaska Nonhispanic

Highest Level of Educational Attainm ent




20,000 1990

15,000 2006



Less than 9th 9th to 12th High school Some college, Associate Bachelor's Graduate or
grade grade, no graduate no degree degree degree professional
diploma (including degree

Highest Level of Educational Attainm ent




20,000 1990

15,000 2006



Less than 9th 9th to 12th High school Some college, Associate Bachelor's Graduate or
grade grade, no graduate no degree degree degree professional
diploma (including degree

Household Incom e Distribution by Percentage of Population


Percentage of Population































































Annual Incom e

Population by Sex

53.33% 53.25%



46.67% 46.75%



1990 2000 2006

Foreign-Born vs. Native Population



Born in United States

Foreign Born



1990 2000 2006

Citizen vs. Non-citizens


55.74% 55.85%

44.26% 44.15%

34.19% Naturalized Citizens
Not a citizen



1990 2000 2006

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

New York City Charter
City Government in the Community

§ 2700. Declaration of intent. It is the intent of this chapter to encourage and facilitate coterminous
community districts and service districts to be used for the planning of community life within the city,
the participation of citizens in city government within their communities, and the efficient and effec-
tive organization of agencies that deliver municipal services in local communities and boroughs.

§ 2701. Community districts. a. Each community district shall: (1) Lie within the boundaries of a sin-
gle borough, except as provided in subdivisions d and e of this section, and coincide with historic,
geographic and identifiable communities from which the city has developed;

(2) Be suitable for the efficient and effective delivery of those services of municipal agencies re-
quired to be made coterminous with the community districts, pursuant to section two thousand seven
hundred four, including particularly the service and districting requirements of the police and sanita-
tion departments; and,

(3) Be compact and contiguous and have a population of not more than
two hundred fifty thousand persons.

b. Community districts shall be as nearly equal in population with each other as is possible under the
criteria in paragraphs one, two and three of subdivision a of this section.

c. With respect to the city's central business district in the borough of Manhattan from fifty-ninth
street south, the council may adopt as part of the community district map, districts which shall reflect
its unique character as the city's financial, business and entertainment center. In so doing, the coun-
cil shall take into consideration the residential, working and other daytime populations as well as the
hotel and transient or other nighttime populations and adhere as nearly as possible to the provisions
of paragraph three of subdivision a of this section.

d. The community district map for the borough of Manhattan shall include Roosevelt Island, located
in the east river, as part of a community district in the borough of Manhattan, immediately opposite
and to the west of Roosevelt Island. However, for the purposes of meeting the requirements of sec-
tion twenty-seven hundred four relating to coterminality of local services, section twenty-seven hun-
dred five relating to district service cabinets and section twenty-seven hundred seven relating to
agency budget and service statements, Roosevelt Island shall be deemed included within a commu-
nity district of the borough of Queens immediately opposite and to the east of Roosevelt Island. The
chairperson of the community board of the Manhattan community district which includes Roosevelt
Island, or his or her designee, shall be a member of the district service cabinet of each of the com-
munity districts in which Roosevelt Island is included in the respective

e. The community district map for the borough of the Bronx shall include that portion of the borough
of Manhattan which lies north of the Harlem River.

§ 2702. Preparation and adoption of map. a. The map of community districts in effect as of the sev-
enth day of November, nineteen hundred eighty-nine shall be continued until modified pursuant to
this section. Not later than the first day of May nineteen hundred ninety-four and every tenth year
thereafter, the mayor shall, and at such other times as the mayor deems appropriate, the mayor
may, prepare and present to the council a report reviewing the community district map then in force
and presenting such recommendations for changes in the map as the mayor deems appropriate.
Such review shall consider shifts in population shown in the most recent decennial census that may
require adjustments in the community district map to conform to the criteria in section twenty-seven
hundred one. Such review shall also consider whether reducing the size of any community district
would provide more efficient and effective service delivery within the district or districts involved. If
the mayor's recommendations for changes in the map would produce a community district with a
population below seventy-five thousand persons, the mayor may consider whether partial suspen-
sion of coterminality within the district is likely to provide more efficient or effective service delivery of
one or more of the services for which coterminality is required, and may recommend that coterminal-
ity for one or more designated services within the community district and any adjacent district be
suspended. The mayor's recommendations for changes shall be referred to as the preliminary revi-
sion of the community district map.

b. The borough presidents, city planning commission, community boards and other civic, community
and neighborhood groups and associations shall be consulted and their recommendations consid-
ered in the preparation of the preliminary revision of the community district map.

c. The mayor shall publish the preliminary revision of the community district map in the City Record
and in each borough of the city and shall, jointly with the borough president, conduct one or more
public hearings on it in each borough of the city. Within sixty days after the last such hearing, the
mayor shall submit to the council such preliminary revisions of the community district map as he or
she deems appropriate.

d. The council shall conduct public hearings on the preliminary revision of the community district
map submitted by the mayor and it shall, by resolution, within one hundred twenty days of such sub-
mission, adopt, adopt with modifications, or disapprove the map as submitted. If the council adopts
the proposed map without modifications, or if the mayor concurs in any modifications adopted by the
council, the new map shall be effective as of the date specified in the mayor's proposal or in the
modifications adopted by the council and concurred in by the mayor. If the council disapproves the
map as submitted by the mayor, or if the council fails to act within the one hundred twenty day pe-
riod, or if the mayor does not concur in any modifications adopted by the council, the community dis-
trict map then in force shall remain in effect.

§ 2704. Coterminality of local services. a. The head of each agency responsible for one or more of
the services listed below shall organize the local service delivery districts of such agency as follows.

(1) To be coterminous with each of the community districts: local parks services; local recreation ser-
vices; street cleaning and refuse collection services; the patrol services of the police department;
and social services, including community services, community development, youth services, child
development, and special services for children; and

(2) To be coterminous with one or more community districts or aggregates of them: housing code
enforcement, highway and street maintenance and repair, sewer maintenance and repair, and
health services, other than municipal hospitals.

b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision a, the requirement that patrol services of the police

department be coterminous with each of the community districts in any borough shall not apply to
any community district where the mayor, after consultation with the police commissioner, shall deter-
mine that establishment of such coterminality would be inconsistent with the most effective delivery
of such services. The mayor shall promptly notify the council of any such determination, and the
council may, by majority vote, disapprove such determination with respect to any community district
within sixty days after the first stated meeting of the council following the receipt of such notice. If the
council shall disapprove such determination with respect to any community district, the police com-
missioner shall organize patrol services to be coterminous with such district within ninety days of
such disapproval.

c. The council, by resolution subject to the approval of the mayor, or the mayor by executive order,
may direct that city services in addition to those specified in subdivision a of this section be made
coterminous with one or more community districts or aggregates of them.

d. The head of each agency whose local service delivery districts are not required to be coterminous
with community districts pursuant to subdivision a or c of this section shall organize the local service
delivery districts of the agency to coincide as closely as possible to the boundaries of the community

e. For purposes of this section, coterminality of services shall mean that the boundaries of the local
service districts of each agency service listed in subdivision a or required to be made coterminous
pursuant to subdivision c shall coincide with the boundaries of community districts.

f. The head of each agency responsible for one or more of the services listed in subdivision a or re-
quired to be made coterminous pursuant to subdivision c shall: (1) assign to each such local service
district at least one official with managerial responsibilities involving the exercise of independent
judgment in the scheduling, allocation and assignment of personnel and equipment and the evalua-
tion of performance or the management and planning of programs; each such official shall have op-
erating or line authority over agency programs, personnel and facilities within the local service dis-
trict; (2) assign to each borough at least one borough commissioner, or official with an equivalent
title, who shall have line authority over agency programs, personnel and facilities within the borough
related to such services; such official shall consult regularly with the borough president and
shall be a member of the borough service cabinet established pursuant to
section twenty-seven hundred six of the charter; and (3) publish semi-annually in the City Record
and make available to interested parties a list, by community district and borough, of the name, title,
office mailing address, and office telephone number of the officials appointed pursuant to para-
graphs one and two of this subdivision and to subdivision a of section twenty-seven hundred six.

g. The head of any agency may assign or reallocate personnel, equipment or other resources out-
side a community district to meet emergency needs, special situations, or temporary conditions.

h. Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit any agency from maintaining sub-districts within a community
district for purposes of efficient and effective service delivery so long as the combined sub-districts
shall coincide with the boundaries of the community district. Nothing contained in this section shall
prevent the establishment of any special district authorized pursuant to federal, state or local law,
the boundaries of which do not coincide with the boundaries of a community district.

i. Each borough president may publish an annual report evaluating the delivery, within the borough,
of the services which are listed in subdivision a, or are required to be made coterminous pursuant to
subdivision c, of this section.

j. On or before the first day of December, nineteen hundred ninety, the mayor shall appoint a task
force on service delivery, consisting of no more than ten members, to review the requirements of
subdivisions a, c and f of this section. Such task force shall include members appointed upon the
recommendation of the council, comptroller, public advocate, and borough presidents. The member-
ship of the task force shall include, but not be limited to, community board members, district manag-
ers, and representatives of the agencies subject to the requirements of this section. On or before the
first day of December, nineteen hundred ninety-two, the task force shall submit a report to the mayor
and council summarizing its conclusions and presenting such recommendations for changes in the
list of services made coterminous pursuant to subdivisions a or c, and in the requirements for such
services contained in subdivision f, as the task force deems appropriate.

k. The mayor shall report biennially to the council on the implementation of the requirements of this
section. Such report shall include: (1) an evaluation of the quality of the services delivered to com-
munity districts pursuant to subdivisions a and c of this section during the preceding two fiscal years,
(2) a review of the agencies' implementation of subdivisions d and f of this section, and of subdivi-
sion a of section twenty-seven hundred six, and (3) any recommendations for changes in the ser-
vices listed or in the requirements for those services which the mayor deems appropriate.

§ 2705. District service cabinet. a. There shall be a district service cabinet within each community
district established pursuant to this chapter. The members of the district service cabinet shall in-

(1) The agency officials designated pursuant to paragraph one of subdivision f of section twenty-
seven hundred four;

(2) Representatives of other agencies that provide local services on a regular basis in the commu-
nity district, who shall be the ranking line official assigned to the district;

(3) Each council member whose district comprises all or part of the community district;

(4) A representative of the department of city planning designated by the director of city planning;

(5) The district manager appointed pursuant to subdivision f of section twenty-eight hundred; and,

(6) The chairperson of the community board for the community district or his or her representative.

b. Each district service cabinet shall:

(1) Coordinate service functions and programs of the agencies that deliver services in the
community district;

(2) Consider interagency problems and impediments to the effective and economic delivery of
services in the district;

(3) Plan and recommend joint programs to meet the needs and priorities of community districts and
their residents;

(4) Consult with residents of the community district and their representatives about local service
problems and activities; and

(5) Keep a public record of its activities and transactions, including

minutes of its meetings.

§ 2706. Borough agency managers and borough service cabinets. a. The head of each agency de-
livering services in the boroughs shall designate one or more senior officials of the agency with line
authority as borough representatives of the agency with such coordinative or other duties and re-
sponsibilities as the head of the agency may specify in a written statement filed in the agency and
with the director of operations and the appropriate borough president.

b. There shall be a borough service cabinet within each borough whose members shall include the
borough representatives designated pursuant to
subdivision a of this section, and the borough president, who shall be the chairperson. Each borough
service cabinet shall:

(1) Coordinate at the borough level service delivery functions and programs of agencies that pro-
vide services in the borough;

(2) Consider interagency problems and impediments to the effective and economic delivery of
services in the borough;

(3) Plan and develop programs addressed to the needs and priorities of the borough and its

(4) Consult with residents of the borough and representatives of the community boards about
service problems and activities; and

(5) Keep a public record of its activities and transactions, including minutes of its meetings.

§ 2707. Agency budgets and service statements. a. Each agency with service districts within the
community districts and boroughs shall prepare annually a statement of its service objectives, priori-
ties, programs and projected activities within each community district and each borough for the new
fiscal year, if requested by the respective community board or borough board.

b. In preparing such statements for community districts the agencies shall consult with the respec-
tive district service cabinets and community boards. In preparing such statements for the borough,
the agencies shall consult with the borough service cabinet and borough board. The statements
shall be filed no later than the fifteenth day of August with the mayor, council, borough president,
community board and borough board.

c. By no later than four months after the end of the fiscal year, each agency with service districts
within the community districts and boroughs shall report to the respective community and borough
boards the amount of expenditures within each service district for each unit of appropriation for the
preceding year.

§ 2708. Agency information. Each agency with service districts within the community districts and
boroughs shall make available to each community board and borough board and to the respective
borough presidents current information on its operations and programs within each community dis-
trict and borough.


§ 2800. Community boards. a. For each community district created pursuant to chapter sixty-nine
there shall be a community board which shall consist of (1) not more than fifty persons appointed by
the borough president for staggered terms of two years, at least one-half of whom shall be appointed
from nominees of the council members elected from council districts which include any part of the
community district, and (2) all such council members as non-voting members. The number of mem-
bers appointed on the nomination of each such council member shall be proportional to the share of
the district population represented by such council member. The city planning commission, after
each council redistricting pursuant to chapter two-A, and after each community redistricting pursuant
to section twenty-seven hundred two, shall determine the proportion of the community district's
population represented by each council member. Copies of such determinations shall be filed with
the appropriate borough president, community board, and council member. One-half of the members
appointed to any community board shall serve for a term of two years beginning on the first day of
April in each odd-numbered year in which they take office and one half of the members appointed to
any community board shall serve for a term of two years beginning on the first day of April in each
even-numbered year in which they take office. Members shall serve until their successors are ap-
pointed but no member may serve for more than sixty days after the expiration of his or her original
term unless reappointed by the borough president. Not more than twenty-five percent of the ap-
pointed members shall be city employees. No person shall be appointed to or remain as a member
of the board who does not have a residence, business, professional or other significant interest in
the district. The borough president shall assure adequate representation from the different geo-
graphic sections and neighborhoods within the community district. In making such appointments, the
borough president shall consider whether the aggregate of appointments fairly represents all seg-
ments of the community. Community boards, civic groups and other community groups and
neighborhood associations may submit nominations to the borough president and to council mem-

b. An appointed member may be removed from a community board for cause, which shall include
substantial nonattendance at board or committee meetings over a period of six months, by the bor-
ough president or by a majority vote of the community board. Vacancies among the appointed mem-
bers shall be filled promptly upon the occurrence of the vacancy by the borough president for the re-
mainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as regular appointments.

c. Members of community boards shall serve as such without compensation but shall be reimbursed
for actual and necessary out-of-pocket expenses in connection with attendance at regularly sched-
uled meetings of the community board.

d. Each community board shall:

(1) Consider the needs of the district which it serves;

(2) Cooperate with, consult, assist and advise any public officer, agency, local administrators of
agencies, legislative body, or the borough president with respect to any matter relating to the
welfare of the district and its residents;

(3) At its discretion hold public or private hearings or investigations with respect to any matter
relating to the welfare of the district and its residents, but the board shall take action only at a
meeting open to the public;

(4) Assist city departments and agencies in communicating with and transmitting information to the
people of the district;

(5) Cooperate with the boards of other districts with respect to matters of common concern;

(6) Render an annual report to the mayor, the council and the borough board within three months of
the end of each year and such other reports to the mayor or the borough board as they shall
require (such reports or summaries thereof to be published in the City Record);

(7) Elect its own officers; adopt, and make available for reasonable public inspection, by-laws and
statements of the duties assigned by the board to its district manager and other professional
staff appointed pursuant to subdivision f of this section; and keep a public record of its
activities and transactions, including minutes of its meetings, majority and minority reports,
and all documents the board is required by law to review, which shall be made available, in
accordance with law, to elected officials upon request and for reasonable public inspection;

(8) Request the attendance of agency representatives at meetings of the community board;

(9) Prepare comprehensive and special purpose plans for the growth, improvement and
development of the community district;

(10) Prepare and submit to the mayor, on or before a date established by the mayor, an annual
statement of community district needs, including a brief description of the district, the board's
assessment of its current and probable future needs, and its recommendations for programs,
projects, or activities to meet those needs;

(11) Consult with agencies on the capital needs of the district, review departmental estimates, hold
public hearings on such needs and estimates and prepare and submit to the mayor capital
budget priorities for the next fiscal year and the three succeeding fiscal years;

(12) Conduct public hearings and submit recommendations and priorities to the mayor, the council
and the city planning commission on the allocation and use within the district of funds
earmarked for community development activities under city, state or federal programs;

(13) Consult with agencies on the program needs of the community district to be funded from the
expense budget, review departmental estimates, hold public hearings on such needs and
estimates, and prepare and submit to the mayor expense budget priorities for the next fiscal

(14) Assist in the planning of individual capital projects funded in the capital budget to be located in
the community district and review scopes of projects and designs for each capital project
provided, however, that such review shall be completed within thirty days after receipt of such
scopes or designs;

(15) Evaluate the progress of capital projects within the community district based on status reports
to be furnished to the board;

(16) Be authorized to assign a representative to attend any meeting held by a city agency to
determine, in advance of drafting, the form and content of any environmental impact
statement required by law for a proposal or application for a project in such board's district;

(17) Exercise the initial review of applications and proposals of public agencies and private entities
for the use, development or improvement of land located in the community district, including
the conduct of a public hearing and the preparation and submission to the city planning
commission of a written recommendation;

(18) Assist agencies in the preparation of service statements of agency objectives, priorities,
programs and projected activities within the community district and review such statements;

(19) Evaluate the quality and quantity of services provided by agencies within the community district;

(20) Within budgetary appropriations for such purposes, disseminate information about city services
and programs, process complaints, requests, and inquiries of residents of the community
district; and

(21) Conduct substantial public outreach, including identifying the organizations active in the
community district, maintaining a list of the names and mailing addresses of such community
organizations, and making such names and, with the consent of the organization, mailing
addresses available to the public upon request.

e. Each agency shall furnish promptly to each community board on request any information or assis-
tance necessary for the board's work. Each agency shall also report periodically to each board on its
service activities programs and operations within the community district.

f. Each community board, within the budgetary appropriations therefor, shall appoint a district man-
ager and shall be authorized to utilize the services of such other professional staff and consultants,
including planners and other experts, as it may deem appropriate, all of whom shall serve at the
pleasure of the community board and shall provide the board with the staff support and technical as-
sistance it requires to fulfill the duties assigned to it by this charter or other law. The district manager
shall (1) have responsibility for processing service complaints, (2) preside at meetings of the district
service cabinet and (3) perform such other duties as are assigned by the community board in accor-
dance with the statement of duties required by paragraph seven of subdivision d of this section. One
of the board members shall be elected by the other members to serve as chairperson. The chairper-
son shall use no title other than chair or chairperson of the community board and the other members
shall use no title other than member of the community board or community board member, except
that any member who is elected or appointed to an official position on the board, including but not
limited to, vice-chairperson, secretary, treasurer, or chair of a committee or subcommittee of the
board shall be allowed to use such title when acting in such capacity. The department of investiga-
tion shall investigate any allegations concerning the misuse of a community board title and shall re-
port its findings to the mayor, the council and the borough president in whose borough the commu-
nity board is located. The knowing and intentional use of an improper title by any member of a com-
munity board shall be punishable by a civil penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor more
than two hundred and fifty dollars for every infraction thereof. The chairperson of the community
board or his or her representative shall be a member of the district service cabinet. A member of a
community board shall be eligible for appointment to the position of district manager provided that
such member does not participate in any manner in the selection of the district manager by the
board and resigns as a member of any board prior to or upon assuming the duties of district man-

g. Each community board may employ such other assistants as it may require within budgeted ap-
propriations for such purposes or funds contributed for such purpose. Any funds appropriated by the
city to enable the community boards to conduct their duties and responsibilities pursuant to this

chapter shall be allocated directly to each board subject to the terms and conditions of such appro-
priations. The basic budget appropriation for the personal service and other than personal service
needs of each community board shall not include rent. Within reasonable limits appropriate to each
board's location, rent shall be separately appropriated for the board.

h. Except during the months of July and August, each community board shall meet at least once
each month within the community district and conduct at least one public hearing each month. Not-
withstanding the foregoing, a community board shall be required to meet for purposes of reviewing
the scope or design of a capital project located within such community board's district when such
scope or design is presented to the community board. Such review shall be completed within thirty
days after receipt of such scope or design. Each board shall give adequate public notice of its meet-
ings and hearings and shall make such meetings and hearings available for broadcasting and cable-
casting. At each public meeting, the board shall set aside time to hear from the public. The borough
president shall provide each board with a meeting place if requested by the board.

i. Each community board may create committees on matters relating to its duties and responsibili-
ties. It may include on such committees persons with a residence or significant interest in the com-
munity who are not members of the board, but each such committee shall have a member of the
board as its chairperson. Except as otherwise provided by law, meetings of such committees shall
be open to the public.

§ 2801. Actions of community boards. a. A majority of the appointed members of any community
board shall constitute a quorum of such board. b. Whenever any act is authorized to be done or any
determination or decision made by any community board, the act, determination or decision of the
majority of the members present entitled to vote during the presence of a quorum, shall be held to
be the act, determination or decision of such board.

Special Thanks

Brooklyn College for generously providing

printing services for this book


Community Board 14 Staff

Jonathan Judge
Community Coordinator

Irina Lerman
Community Assistant

Gregory Driefus

Jeremy Neiman

Brooklyn Community Board 14 
810 East 16th Street 
Brooklyn, New York 11230 
Phone: 718‐859‐6357 
Fax: 718‐421‐6077 

  Michael R. Bloomberg  Alvin M. Berk 
  Mayor  Chairman 
  Marty Markowitz  Doris Ortíz 
  Borough President  District Manager