Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Job Opportunity: Downtown BK Hotel Seeks Employees

A new hotel that will be opening soon in Downtown Brooklyn is in search of 60 or so employees. The Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center will be managing the outreach and screening process for these positions. Screening will be occurring this week.

They will be filling the following positions:
-Room Service Attendants
-Bus Persons
-Sous Chefs

Recruitment screenings will take place at the Brooklyn Workforce1 Career Center at 9 Bond Street, 5th Floor.
Here are the following dates and times for this week:
Tuesday- Wednesday– 10am
Thursday- 10am and 2pm

All candidates are requested to dress professionally; have a photo ID and a resume.

Job Opportunity- MARP Seeks Food Access Program Manager

Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC
Program Manager, Food Access Initiatives
Position Available: mid-late May 2010
Application Deadline: April 19, 2010

About MARP

The Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Local Development Corporation (MARP) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization incorporated in January 1999, founded with the mission to restore the “main street” of the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill community to a bustling, economically vital neighborhood commercial corridor that provides entrepreneurial, cultural, recreational, and employment opportunities for all those who live, work, study or have an interest in the area. On the economic development side, MARP serves a diverse community of approximately 150 merchants, with 97% of businesses locally-owned and 78% minority or woman-owned. Of the 30,000+ residents in the community, roughly 8,500 residents live in the Whitman and Ingersoll public housing developments, which front Myrtle Avenue. MARP oversees programs in community-based planning, small business assistance and recruitment, historic preservation, environmental stewardship and greening initiatives, financial assistance for building rehabilitation, and other initiatives that seek to improve overall quality of life.

Food Access Initiative

In recent years, MARP has worked to strengthen its existing community development initiatives, as well as develop new programs. One of these is the Community Food Access Initiative which aims to advocate for and create increased access to healthy food in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, especially for low income residents. Projects under this initiative include a comprehensive survey of healthy offerings at avenue corner stores, organizing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group targeting low-income membership, creating community gardens in underutilized spaces on public housing grounds, establishing a youth-run farm stand, and facilitating a new hyper-local healthy food task force, to name a few. Recently, MARP received a three year grant to support the new “Healthy Food For All” project, allowing them to expand their food access initiatives and further engage community members in shaping the local food system by:

- Creating, expanding, and attracting markets for fresh, affordable food

- Helping residents grow more of their own food

- Cultivating leaders of all ages

- Increasing community food education opportunities

- Comprehensively documenting food-related resources, needs and desires of the community

Food Access Program Manager

The Program Manager of Food Access Initiatives is a new full-time staff position, reporting to MARP’s Director of Community Development. The Program Manager will manage all projects under the initiative, and work together with MARP staff and community partners to develop and expand the initiative.
Key Project Responsibilities: Community Gardens

- Coordinate a “Garden Skills Workshop Series” (delivered by a project partner) to empower gardeners in the Ingersoll Garden of Eden with the skills needed to help fellow residents start and maintain gardens at other housing developments

- Support and develop core garden leadership, assist with garden meetings, develop additional opportunities for expanding individual gardener skills and horizons

- Help to organize core garden leadership at Whitman and Farragut houses in order to create future community gardens in these developments

Myrtle Avenue Community-Run Farm Stand

- Coordinate training of farm stand staff (three youth and two elders) with project partners

- Design and spearhead strategies for bringing customers to the market. Develop creative programming (workshops, cooking demos, etc.) to take place during farm stand hours that will draw visitors and activate the stand as a vibrant community destination

- Assist with farm stand management on occasion

Community Food Education

- Coordinate“Community Chef Training” with project partners and consultants. Twelve community members will be trained in basic culinary, nutrition and workshop facilitation skills. Trainees will then receive a stipend to conduct healthy cooking demonstrations and nutrition-related workshops across the neighborhood

- Assist with coordination of creative community food education workshops, events and demonstrations at the Fort Greene CSA distribution site, the farm stand, and various outdoor community events

- Work with the Food Access Coordinator to implement and develop the Fort Greene F.R.E.S.H. Teens program, which creatively engages local youth in food access projects

Healthy Food Task Force

- Convene, prepare and facilitate quarterly meetings for the Healthy Food Task Force to link and strengthen neighborhood efforts, and encourage more collective action and conversation around local food issues. The Task Force will consist of representatives from organizations and other stakeholder groups working around food access and advocacy in Fort Greene and Clinton

- Building on information already collected, work with the Task Force to complete a Community Food Assessment for Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, and to develop an action plan for addressing identified issues

Program Management and Other Responsibilities

- Daily management of program activities and partner communications to ensure that objectives and milestones are met according to established timeline

- Recruit and develop relationships with community leaders/members, agencies, organizations and institutions to develop and implement projects, and leverage resources to advance programmatic goals

- Develop strategies for engaging both elders and youth as leaders in re-shaping the local food system

- Assist with development of marketing and other external communications materials for multiple stakeholders, including marketing brochures, fact sheets, press releases and more

- Work with staff to develop and implement strategies for project documentation and evaluation

- Serve as an articulate and confident spokesperson for the organization at events and meetings - Manage consultant contracts and reports

- Assist with development of proposals in response to relevant funding opportunities

- Assist in the development and collaboration of special projects as they arise

· Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum two years of professional experience required, with competencies in urban planning, food advocacy, urban agriculture, organizing, community development, urban community-based participatory initiatives, health issues, youth engagement, senior citizen engagement, a related field, or some combination of many of these is preferred. Master’s degree in relevant field may be substituted for experience.
· Personable with great facilitation, leadership, and communication skills. Possess a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy with diverse constituent groups (by socioeconomic background, age, professional sector, etc.) around common issues.
· Pro-active self-starter with ability to set and achieve goals and make decisions with limited supervision
· Strong organization and project management skills with ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines at times, managing lots of ‘moving parts’ in multiple projects!
· Strong critical thinker with ability to be resourceful, anticipate obstacles, and troubleshoot issues
· Demonstrated knowledge of food access and advocacy issues in New York City
· Technologically savvy and computer literate, with advanced knowledge of the Internet and comfortable using all Microsoft Word and Outlook applications.
· Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
· An openness to personal and professional growth, and a passion for and commitment to addressing issues at the intersection of food access and community development.
· An expected employment commitment of at least 3 years

Schedule and Compensation
· Work schedule is 40 hours/week, with possibility for flexible working hours if evening/weekend hours are required
· Salary of $35k/year
· 20 days of paid time off (includes vacation/sick days/personal days, to be used interchangeably at employee’s discretion); 25 days of paid time off after 3 years of employment
· Health and dental insurance, with premiums fully paid by MARP
· 12 paid holidays/year
· Eligible for Simple IRA retirement benefit after 1 year of employment with employer match up to 3%

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the following by April 19, 2010 via email to with “Food Access Program Manager” in the subject line:
- a 1-page cover letter that discusses the experiences and skills that qualify you specifically for this position
- a professional or academic writing sample or excerpt of no more than 3 pages

Bystander CPR Training / CPR Anytime Program

New York City Fire Department is pleased to offer free bystander CPR training for community organizations and other groups in the district. A full training session only takes 30 minutes, but participants must take a vow to help others is a crisis and use the knowledge, and the self-training kit included in the session, to train 5 others (friends, family, etc.)

The program gives members of the community the opportunity to learn the required skills to save the life of a loved one. All the CPR unit members are all uniformed EMS professionals with years of field and training experience who are skilled in creating an exciting learning environment.
If you are interested in the program, please call or email Vicki Dunham at 718-999-0743 or

The Center for New York City Neighborhoods

The Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN) here to help!

Created by Mayor Bloomberg, the New York City Council and corporate leaders to provide free, local non-profit housing and legal services to residents who are at risk of losing their house to foreclosure.

CNYCN has helped thousands in the 5 boroughs each year. The sooner you take action the more options you will have; CNYCN will connect you with free local non-profits working in your community that can provide one-on-one support and help you avoid scams.

CALL 311, it is the simplest, fastest way to access resources that are safe, reliable and ready.

The CNYCN call center number is 646-786-0888, alternatively you can visit for more information.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Job Opportunity- Municipal Lifeguard Training Program

Want to help the community, train in CPR and first-aid, work outdoors and earn money?

Park lifeguards plays a critical role in the operation of 54 outdoor pools and 7 beaches situated on the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. By recruiting qualified people the City is able to open more beaches to the public and offer more programming at pools.

The training program is FREE, and those who successfully complete the course and start work will be paid for time spent training. The qualifying test is available at centers citywide and the only requirements are that applicants must be able to swim 50 yards in 35 second, have eyesight no worse than 20/30 in on eye and 20/40 in the other and be 16 years of age by June/July of summer 2010. First-year lifeguards earn at least $13.50 an hour and work 6 days a week.

More information can be found at or by contacting Elizabeth Ripotola at 212-360-1332 or

Monday, March 29, 2010

ATTENTION: 2010 Census Info Session; Bed-Stuy YMCA; 3/30;

As you may know, the Mayor's not very happy with the early Census numbers, so we've got to do better.

Monroe II Block Association and the Office of Council Member Al Vann Present...

2010 Census Information Session
To learn more about what 10 questions can do for your community!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Bed-Stuy YMCA
1121 Bedford Avenue, Pfizer Room
Brooklyn, NY 11216

For more info, contact

Things We May Have Neglected To Mention

NYC Department of Education Tries to Close 19 Schools, Gets Sued, Fails

The Teachers Union and the NAACP filed a lawsuit on February 1st in an attempt to stop the DOE's 19 school closings (none of the proposed closings were in the 35th district). On March 26th, a Manhattan judge sided with parents, advocates, and leaders, by voiding the City's decision to close the schools, citing a failure to follow proper processes.

Progressive Caucus

What happens when a dozen progressive City Council members get together? This.

Free Trees In Clinton Hill
Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance are giving away 200 free trees on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. Make your way to the Putnam Triangle in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Fulton St and Grand Ave) and leave with a tree to plant on your private property. Planting a tree contributes to neighborhood beautification, lowers air pollution, slows street traffic, and is a fun springtime activity for kids, school classes, church groups, families and friends. Any questions- contact

Immigration Application Assistance

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is offering free immigration assistance to eligible individuals to complete the application forms. If you are eligible to apply for citizenship, you will be scheduled to meet with a trained volunteer to fill out the N-400/N-600 forms and receive information about the additional requirements to complete your application.
The dates are:
April 7- 9:30am- 12:30pm
April 29- 4pm- 8pm
May 15- 10am - 3pm

NYers for Better Neighborhoods Provide Grant Opportunities

Have a great idea for a community improvement project?!

Through New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods the Citizens Committee for New York City may grant awards of between $500-$3,000 to volunteer-led groups to improve their community.

Projects may include providing healthy food, transforming empty lots, organizing tenants or starting school recycling programs. Any idea you may have to improve the quality of life in your community may be eligible.
The next grant deadline is September 30, 2010.
For more information or to apply, call/email Arif Ullah or Saleen Shah at 212.989.0909/

The 10th Congressional District High School Arts Competition

Congressman Edolphus Towns and Brooklyn Arts Council hosts the 10th Congressional District High School Competition:

High School students are encouraged to submit their original artwork to the offices of Congressman Ed Towns for a chance to be part of display at the U.S. House of Representatives' gallery. The winning student will join winners at the Capitol at ribbon-cutting reception unveiling high school artwork from across the country.

Submit entries by April 27, 2010

186 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York

104-08 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

- Artwork categories: painting, drawing, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art, photography.

- The winner will be selected by a panel of Brooklyn Arts Council judges at an awards ceremony to be held in May 2010.

Art must be two-dimensional; no larger than 30"x30" when framed.
For full guidelines and information, please visit:

Additional questions, contact Jonathan Noble at or (718) 855-8018

ATTENTION: BK Chamber of Commerce, Con Edison Present "Real Green! Meet the Experts on Energy." 4/1; BK Boro Hall; 8:30AM

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Con Edison, will present "Real Green! Meet the Experts on Energy" at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The event is designed to encourage business owners and homeowners interested in "green-proofing" their businesses and residences, but who are stymied by concerns about cost or are searching for ideas about how to get started. The process for obtaining funding for green projects will be demystified and attendees will be able to explore ideas about eco-friendly construction illustrated by case studies that offer a road map approach to sustainability.

The selected case studies represent some of Brooklyn's newest and most exciting development projects- commercial projects will be the focus in the morning and will include a LEED-certified clothing store, Bird, and Brooklyn's newest recreation destination, Brooklyn Bowl. Residential projects will be covered in the afternoon and will feature projects such as The Silhouette and Greenbelt. In addition, attendees can take advantage of a full day of table presentations and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority).

Presenting sponsor, Con Edison, will offer free energy surveys for which attendees can sign up on-site at the event. This exciting "one-stop" fair will get attendees on their way to the most cost effective and achievable means to implement their wish list of green projects.

Real Green! is free and open to the public; advance registration is required.

Attendees may RSVP online at; if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a NYSERDA project manager, please send an email to Lori Raphael at or call (718) 875-1000 ext 140. Light refreshments will be served.

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended March 30-31, April 1-2, April 5-6

NYC Department of Sanitation's Alternate Side Parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30-31, for the first and second days of Passover, Thursday and Friday, April 1-2, for Holy Thursday and Good Friday, and Monday and Tuesday, April 5-6, for the seventh and eighth days of Passover.

All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

ATTENTION: Pre-Passover Sanitation Collection Service in BK CBs 3 and 9

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announces Pre-Passover Collection Service in Orthodox Jewish Neighborhoods

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced a plan to deploy additional refuse and recycling collection trucks to service predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods throughout the City in anticipation of the traditional pre-Passover Chometz clean up.

The Department of Sanitation’s goal is to collect the additional materials before the Passover holiday begins at sundown on Monday, March 29th .

Residents in the special collection areas who by religious belief must cleanse their homes in anticipation of the Passover holiday, should discard trash and other bulk items the week prior to the holiday starting Wednesday, March 24th , and by no later than Monday, March 29th.

During these times, increased collection frequency will begin within the following Brooklyn community boards: Brooklyn 1, 3, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18. Recyclables should continue to be placed at the curb on the regularly scheduled day.

“This special collection program, arranged by the Department of Sanitation with Orthodox Jewish community, is one example of the City’s responsiveness to the needs of our various communities,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

“The Department of Sanitation is pleased to offer this annual service to a number of predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods throughout the City during the Passover holiday,” said Commissioner Doherty.

Before discarding a refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, water cooler, de-humidifier or other appliance containing CFC gas, residents must call 3-1-1 to make an appointment for placement of these items for processing. Once serviced, the item will be picked up on regularly scheduled recycling days. In addition, the Department reminds residents that bulk items such as couches, mattresses, and discarded furniture can be placed at curbside year-round for removal on regularly scheduled collection days.


ATTENTION: Possible Armed Serial Rapist in Central Brooklyn

**For Immediate Release**

March 25, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Armed Sexual Assaults Indicate Possible Serial Rapist in Central Brooklyn

(Brooklyn, NY) A man is wanted for two sexual assaults in Brooklyn, which happened near Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street. The sketch below of the rapist was released by police.

Tuesday’s armed attack of a 42-year-old, near Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street mirrors the sexual assault that occurred on March 16 when an armed man approached a 56-year-old women. He took both of his victims to isolated areas, raped them and struck them on the head with a firearm before fleeing on foot. This rapist attacked during the early morning hours, as well as in the late afternoon.

“In light of two recent sexual attacks that occurred in the ‘border district’ between the 79th and 88th Police Precincts, a possible gap in NYPD coverage is cause for concern. I call for an undercover detail in that area, and well as increased early morning patrols at transit facilities, including the Franklin shuttle, and C train. This attacker seems to be aware of the black hole in policing that exists on the edge of Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant,” said Council Member James.

Police described Tuesday’s attacker as 25 to 35; between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11; 160 to 180 pounds; wearing a green jacket, dark pants, and white sneakers. The cases are under investigation by Brooklyn’s Special Victims Unit.

“In light of the recent sexual assaults and muggings that have occurred over the past few weeks on our streets, the CLEXY (Classon, Lexington, and Quincy Block Association) group is urging Police Commissioner Kelly to increase the police presence in the 88th Precinct. We are in desperate need of more foot patrol, particularly during the late night, early morning shift,” said Laura Benko, vice president of CLEXY.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website (it seems to be down as of 7:40PM today) or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CM James Hosts Informational Town Hall; 3/24; MS 113

Council Member Letitia James

Presents an Informational Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

At the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center (MS 113)

300 Adelphi Street (between Lafayette & DeKalb Avenues)

Fort Greene, Brooklyn

New York City agencies along with local service organizations, associations, educational and arts groups will distribute information, and representatives will be present to answer questions, and/or to schedule appointments.

For more information please contact:

Office of Council Member Letitia James at (718) 260-9191 or (212) 788-7081

35th Council District, Brooklyn


Monday, March 22, 2010

Moving Pictures: Everything Comes Alive

On Thursday, March 25th & 26th, 2010 those catchy-commercials for “1-800-OK-CABLE” will be shooting exterior/interior scenes at 470 Flushing Avenue between Spencer Street & Walworth Street.


(same time both days)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Drive-By Shooting Spurs Call for More Police Resources

Contact: Alfred Chiodo at (718) 260-9191

Drive-by Shooting in Brooklyn on Thursday Spurs Call for More Police Resourses from Community and Council Member Letitia James

Multiple shootings within the 88th Police Precinct in the last two weeks

(Brooklyn, NY) - Two men, approximately 30 and 70 years old, were injured yesterday evening about 8:30 pm in a drive-by shooting on Clinton Avenue, between Gates and Greene Avenues. Their injuries were not serious, and the older was an innocent victim struck by a bullet intended for the other man, in what appeared to be a drug-related shooting.

“It is imperative that the 88th Police Precinct be declared an Impact Zone now,” said Council Member James. “There have been five shooting victims within this precinct in the last two weeks, and it is clear that more resources are needed. I call on Commissioner Kelly to respond to the critical public safety needs within the 88th Precinct immediately.”


Monday, March 15, 2010

Moving Pictures: Grab The Mic, And Now I Damage You

On Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, the television production “Damages” will be returning to shoot interior/exterior scenes at Washington Avenue between Flushing Avenue & Myrtle Avenue; Waverly Avenue between Flushing Avenue and Myrtle Avenue; and 275 Park Avenue between Waverly Avenue and Washington Avenue.


ATTENTION: Syracuse University Summer College NYC Scholarship Program

The Syracuse University Summer College NYC Scholarship Program is designed for high school students completing their junior year in good academic standing who demonstrate maturity, self-discipline, and the potential to handle college-level work. During the six-week program students explore college-level courses that provide insight into the highter education experience. The selection process is competitive and awarded students will attend the program at no cost.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered, applicants must-
-be a current junior attending a NYC public high school
-be in good academic standing with a minimum average of 85%
-be mature, disciplined, and ready for college-level work

Program Overview
-Students selected for participation in this program attend on full-scholarship. Tuition, room & board, books and transportation to and from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, are provided.
-The program offers six credits of college-level instruction taught by School of Education professors, and instructors from the Writing Program in The College of Arts and Sciences.
-Students enroll in two 3-credit courses (CFE 200 and WRT 104)
-Upon completion of the classes, an SU transcript documents the coursework and grades/credits earned.
-Students learn about issuesof youth, schooling, media literacy, popular culture, democracy, and writing at the college level. Emphasis is on improving literacy and developing college-level learning skills.
-Program takes place on the Syracuse University place.
-Students live in an SU dormitory and eat in a campus dining facility.
-Classes are from Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for curriculum-based field trips and special events.
-Afternoons, evenings, and weekends are for recreation and socialization with students from other Summer College programs and for working on class assignments and projects.

Dine In Brooklyn Week- 3/15- 3/25!

Dine in Brooklyn 2010- March 15 to March 25

"Dine in Brooklyn" week starts on March 15, with over 175 restaurants offering three-course meals for $25. And if that isn't too good to believe some are offering two for the price of one.

Fort Greene eateries offering 3 courses for $25:
Aqualis Grill D (Mediterranean)

Caffe eVino BLD (Italian)

Chez Lola D (French)

Chez Oskar D (French)

Dajeh Restaurant LD (Caribbean)

Graziella's Italian Restaurant LD (Italian)

iCi D (French/American)

Luz Restaurant BLD (Latin American)

Madiba Restaurant BLD (South African)

Mullanes Bar & Grill BLD (Irish/American)

Olea Restaurant D (Mediterranean)

Poppa's Place BD (International)

Scopello Ristorante Bar BD (Italian)

Sushi D D (Japanese)

Thomas Beisl D (Austrian/Viennese)

2 for $25 at these Restaurants:
Los Pollitos III D (for 2) (Mexican)

RICE D (for 2) (Fusion)

The Smoke Joint LD (for 2) (Barbecue)

FGA has some more information:
As does Visit Brooklyn:

Friday, March 12, 2010

FUREE/MOCADA Screen "Some Place Like Home"; 3/14; 4PM

SOME PLACE LIKE HOME: The Fight Against Gentrification In Downtown Brooklyn
is screening again at Irondale (85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217) on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4:00pm. The screening is free to the public.

Produced by members of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and narrated by Kevin Powell, this documentary explores the downside of rampant development in downtown Brooklyn and the devastating effect this has had on local residents, small business owners, and the community at large.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with members of FUREE.

This screening is presented in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA).

Things We May Have Neglected To Mention

State Senator Adams 2010 Census Rally

State Senator Eric Adams is hosting a 2010 Census Rally on Sunday, March 14, 2010, 4PM at Medgar Evers College.

Diversity Lens Encourages Students To Embrace Diversity Through Art

Diversity Lens is a pilot program in partnership with the NYC Department of Education placed in seven high schools around New York City. This program, designed to broaden student's eyes to the diversity within themselves and around them, will allow for them to better express the diversity within their communities and cultures through photography and text. The program will culminate with an exhibit exploring the beautiful diversity of New York City. Diversity Lens is part of a larger campaign, Hate Hurts-NY, which was created to encourage to New York City youth to embrace inclusiveness, and understand the negative impact of seemingly harmless hate speech and other acts of hate. For more information, place contact the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY at (212) 983-4800.

City Point Holds MWBE Info Session

Downtown Brooklyn's City Point, a project of the Albee Development, will bring hundreds of apartments and a large shopping center to the eastern end of the Fulton Mall. The development is in Phase 1A of the overall plan, and will consist of a 50,000 square feet, and four-story retail development along Fulton Avenue (the site of the old Albee Square Mall). The upcoming information session will provide the Minority and Women Owned Business (MWBE) contracting community, local workforce and community leaders a briefing on opportunities related to this project and the qualification process. Those interested in bidding on the City Point project are strongly encouraged to attend. RSVP by registering at

CM James Comments on Groundbreaking of Barclays Center at AY

**For Immediate Release**

March 11, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Statement by Council Member Letitia James regarding the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards

"It is a sad day in Brooklyn when basketball rules over affordable housing, schools, playgrounds, youth centers, libraries, and MetroCards for students. This ceremonial groundbreaking best represents the priorities of a few misguided men, and will do nothing to fix the budget deficits on either the State, or local levels.

The proposed Atlantic Yards Project is not about jobs or housing, but about bailing out a developer with friends in high places, for a NBA team that is the worst in the league. Governor Patterson and Mayor Bloomberg should commit today to refuse any additional public dollars towards this boondoggle and demand that the affordable housing be built immediately.

I will now take on the fight to keep Forest City Ratner Companies true to their promises: to build much needed affordable housing, provide opportunities for local women and minority businesses, and to mitigate the adverse affects of ongoing construction and traffic congestion in this district.

I refused to celebrate with FCR today, and I renew my objection to this entire project, the process, the land grabbing, and the waste of public funds."


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CM James Joins Mayor Bloomberg and Entertainer Beyonce In New Cosmetology Center for Recovering Addicts; DUMBO

Courtesy of the Brooklyn Eagle:

New ‘Beyoncé Center’ Helps Brooklyn Women in Recovery: Will Offer Cosmetics, Hairstyling Training at Phoenix House Here

The queen of hip hop and R & B has offered a helping hand to women in Brooklyn.

Singer Beyoncé Knowles dedicated the brand new “Beyoncé Cosmetology Center” at the Phoenix House in DUMBO, which will offer hair-styling and cosmetic career training to women who are coming out of rehab for drug or alcohol addiction.

Read more:

ABC's coverage:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Moving Pictures: Exist In An Absolut World of Indulgences

On Wednesday, March 10, 2010, the short film “Absolut Brooklyn” is scheduled to film exterior scenes on Sterling Place between Underhill and Washington Avenues.


ATTENTION: 'Rolling Up The Gates' Touring Event Showcases 20 Local Vacant Lots

"Rolling Up the Gates" is a reception and touring event featuring a viewing of over 20 vacant storefronts!

Welcome Reception and Breakfast
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Bed-Stuy Restoration, Skylight Gallery, 3rd Floor
1368 Fulton Street
(between New York and Brooklyn Avenues)

10:30am Breakfast Reception
11-12pm info session
12-4pm self-guided tour

Maps and Property Info
Pick up the list of vacancies at two starting points:
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Area- for info on vacancies between Flatbush and Bedford, pick up listings atPACC's Fulton Street Office:
(between Washington and Waverly Avenues)
CONTACT: DALE CHARLES 347-823-5700 EXT. 16

Bedford-Stuyvesant Area-for info on vacancies between Bedford and Troy, pick up listings at
Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza:

(between New York and Brooklyn Avenues)

Presented by Pratt Area Community Council, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, in partnership with FAB Alliance BID, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, NYC Business Solutions, and NYC Small Business Services.

Friday, March 5, 2010

ATTENTION: Bank Street Head Start Seeks Education Director/Special Needs Coordinator

Position Vacancy Education Director/Special Needs Coordinator for Head Start

Bank Street Head Start is immediately seeking an Education Director/Special Needs coordinator for its program located at 113 East 13 Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The candidate must hold a Masters Degree in Education (Early Childhood preferred) and New York State Certification in Education (Early Childhood or K thru sixth grade). Candidates with a degree, certification or experience working with children with special needs are preferred.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the supervision of a teaching staff of 10 teachers, coordinating referrals and monitoring services provided for children with special needs, coordination of volunteers and interns, observing and evaluating staff, providing training for staff and parents, meeting with parents, assuring that a developmentally appropriate curriculum is provided for all children and completing reports required by funders.

The candidate must hold a Masters Degree in Education (Early Childhood preferred) and New York State Certification in Education (Early Childhood or K thru Sixth Grade). Candidates with a degree, certification or experience in working with children with Special Needs are preferred.

Start Date

Commensurate with experience

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Steven Antonelli, Director
Bank Street Head Start
113 East 13 Street
New York, NY 10003

Thursday, March 4, 2010

PACC Hosts Financial Education Workshops Session; 3/10; PACC

Pratt Area Community Council Hosts:

HSBC's Financial Education Workshops Sessions begin

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
6:30pm - 8:30pm
PACC's Community Room
226 Lefferts Place
(at the corner of Franklin Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York, 11216

Highlights Include: Managing your money * Budgeting & Banking * Credit History & Using Credit Wisely * Basics of Borrowing & Preventing I.D. Theft * Homeownership & Managing your mortgage * Free Individual Credit Counseling

This is a free event- refreshments will be served.
For More Info: 718-783-3549 Ext. 15

ATTENTION: Some Updates From the NYT-Local

The NYT-Local has posted some really cool pictures (with great coverage) of March 2nd's gathering at MS 113- The Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, with musician/artist Common. The event was a gathering in memory of Ajile L. Turner and his foundation's donation to MS 113.


The Local also has some updates on the Pratt Station Post Office closing. See coverage here.

ATTENTION: Seven Roses Fdtn Scholarship Available!

The Seven Roses Legacy Foundation Scholarship is now available. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Eta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The mission of the organization is to serve the Brooklyn and Queens communities in New York City by empowering youth to expand their cultural and social horizons, improve their financial literacy, and pursue higher education opportunities. The foundation primarily serves students who live in economically-challenged neighborhoods within Brooklyn and Queens.

Each yeah, the foundation awards three book scholarships in the amount of $500, $750, $1,000 to graduating high school seniors throughout Brooklyn and Queens who attend public and private schools, and who will enroll in a community college, four-year college/university, or trade school. The book scholarships are primarily based on writing an essay (although there is an accompanying application). Please see this link for more information (the application can be found here). Our 250 and district office also have the application.

ATTENTION: Fulton Street BID Seeks Liaison for Public Safety and the Environment

Apply to work in Fort Greene at the newly formed FAB Alliance Fulton Street BID as Liaison for Public Safety and the Environment- 25hrs per week.

The Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB) is a newly formed Business Improvement District working on behalf of property owners, merchants, residents and stakeholders along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill - from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue (plus adjacent blocks of Lafayette, Greene and Putnam Avenues). Their goals are to retain current businesses and improve the atmosphere to make the area of Fulton Street a clean, safe and retail diverse environment that is a destination for people work, shop, dine and play.

Liaison for Public Safety and the Environment
In short, the principal responsibility of the Liaison is to execute strategies that create and maintain safe and sanitary conditions within the FAB Alliance district. The Liaison will supervise the core sanitation, public safety, public space maintenance programs within the District; develop strategies for upgrading the quality of life in the district and works with the Bid Manager, FAB Board of Directors, City agencies, and stakeholders to address and resolve issues that threaten the public health, safety, and/or general welfare; report to the Bid Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
· Monitors safety, sanitation and quality-of-life conditions within the FAB area on a daily basis
· Liaise with city agencies and NYPD to advocate for services on behalf of business and property owners
· Manages collection of safety, sanitation and quality-of-life data including, but not limited to, conducting surveys and cataloging concerns and/or complaints
· Tracks actions taken to resolve issues and reports results
· Liaise with the NYPD, District Attorney and other enforcement agencies regarding crime and safety issues
· Create procedure for merchants and property owners to report incidents and share
information regarding security and quality-of-life issues. This would be executed online
· Develop a weekly report that quantifies all security incidents and sanitation and quality-of-life issues
· Works with Bid Manager to identify efforts and resources needed to address conditions that threaten health, safety, and general welfare within the District
· Assists the Bid Manager and Deputy Director in developing and maintaining strategic
relationships with City agencies (including but not limited to the Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, and Department of Buildings, Department of Parks, Community Board 2 and 88th Precinct Community Council)
· Meets with sanitation vendor on a regular basis to evaluate sanitation needs in the
· Assists the Bid Manager in developing and supervising the annual budget for landscaping, sanitation, graffiti-removal and safety programs
· Supervises all processes for acquiring permits including but not limited to special events, banners, holiday lighting
· Other duties as required

Qualifications and Skills:
· Professional and friendly with excellent verbal and written communications skills
· Proven track record dealing with community groups, city agencies, businesses, and
· Capacity to react quickly to issues as they arise
· Outstanding problem-solving and creative thinking abilities
· Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse array of contacts and stakeholders
· Background in sanitation or public safety required, preferably within New York City
· Knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or Google Docs

The following skills or characteristics are not required but are highly desirable:
· Knowledgeable in the role Business Improvement Districts play in assisting local
businesses and property owners
· Proficiency in database creation and management
· Knowledge of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area

Please note this position is part-time: 25 hours per week.

Please submit a resume and cover letter by 5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Friday, March 12, 2010. Click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your web browser to apply:

Salary commensurate with experience. FAB Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ATTENTION: 2010 Lien Sale Info & Habitat for Humanity Housing Application Available!

For those who are interested in more info about the 2010 Lien Sale (although, really, that was a ridiculously long post), we have the official FAQ/info from NYC Department of Finance. This would be especially useful to community boards, tenant associations, and other neighborhood groups. Those interested in an electronic copy for distribution, please send your email address to Those looking for 10 hard copies, please send your mailing address to


Habitat for Humanity- NYC has released an application for their forthcoming condo project located at 512-514 & 544 Lafayette Avenue and 118 Hart Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Our office has the requirement info, as well as the application, available for distribution. Those interested in receiving an electronic copy, please send your email address to Those looking for a hard copy, please send your mailing address to

Upon receipt, please note to review all documents carefully to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a condo; our office is available to distribute these materials only. We are not acting in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to place residents in this housing.


ATTENTION: College fair at Riverbank State Park; 3/6;12-4pm

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation Riverbank State Park presents: THE 13TH ANNUAL COLLEGE FAIR

WHEN: Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 12 PM - 4 PM

WHERE: Riverbank State Park
145th Street & Riverside Drive
New York, NY

This event is open to Middle School and High School students seeking to pursue a degree from a Junior or Senior College, including Masters’ programs and trade schools.

The 13th Annual College Fair includes:
* 60-plus national colleges and universities represented.
* Free workshops in Admissions Prep, SAT, essay writing,
* Financial aid, athletic scholarships, and more.

There is FREE Admission, so please SAVE THE DATE!

For additional information please contact:
Pat Vitucci, College Fair Coordinator, at 212-694-3656

Monday, March 1, 2010

CM Vann Extends Invitation to Harriet Tubman Day; 3/10; Boys and Girls High

You are invited to Celebrate and Commemorate

at the 7th Annual

"Harriet Tubman Day"

Sponsored by Albert Vann
36th Council District, Brooklyn

Keynote Speaker
Ms. Dionne Mack-Harvin
Executive Director
Brooklyn Public Library

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
9AM- 11:30Am

Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Street
(Harriett Ross Tubman Avenue
between Schenectady and Stuyvesant Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11213

For more information, please contact (718) 919-0740.

CM James, Elected Officials, Musician/Artist Common Gather for Ajile L. Turner Fdtn Donation to MS 113; March 2; 11AM

**For Immediate Release**
March 1, 2010

Peter Tulloch, I See Promotions Inc.
(646) 249-5729

Ronald Edmonds Learning Center - (MS 113), “Going from Good to Great”

Council Member Letitia James, along with Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, and Congressman Ed Towns will join Principal Khalek Kirkland and musical artist–rapper Common at 11 am on Tuesday, March 2 - at MS 113 located at 300 Adelphi Street for donation of electronic musical keyboard to Music Director Wayne Winston

(Brooklyn, NY) Ajile L. Turner was a young entrepreneur of thirty-eight years who died in a tragic motorcycle accident during the summer of 2009. Mr. Turner was a pillar of the Fort Greene community in Brooklyn. Ajile fostered a passion for the connection/assimilation and development of music & arts, and the youth of his community.

On Tuesday March 2, 2010, the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center (MS 113), will receive the donation of an electronic musical keyboard from the Ajile L. Turner Scholarship Fund (ALTSF), through the Common Ground Foundation. Sounds from this new keyboard will now add even more to the incredible motivation in place at MS 113, which is fostered by Principal Khalek Kirkland and Music Director Mr. Wayne Winston. The mission of the school is to inspire urban children through the arts, while also developing them as leaders of tomorrow.

The students at MS 113 are offered an accelerated curriculum of fine and performing arts, sciences, technology and foreign language. When the bell rings at MS 113 - Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, the motto that lingers in its halls is “Going from Good to Great!” This musical gift will be presented by Mattie Turner, the Mother of Ajile (Ah-Ja-Lay) L. Turner, Rashid Lynn, actor, and musical artist-rapper Common, who is Ajile’s the school’s music department.

As a music and art non-profit the ALTSF understands the challenges that schools face in today's economy. Having worked in the NYC public school system, Ajile's life was largely surrounded by the music and entertainment industry. In the past, donations were given to the school through the Fort Greene Festival, which Ajile was also involved with.

At the untimely passing of Ajile L. Turner, his mother came to NYC from Cleveland, Ohio and felt the love and support of the community at large to keep his dream alive. Mattie Turner met with Congressman Ed Towns, Council Member Letitia James, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries and other community leaders, ad well as Fort Greene business owners at that time.

“As the founder of ALTSF and mother of Ajile, in recognizing his love and passion for music and education, it is only befitting that we maintain the relationship between youth, education and the arts,” said Mattie Turner. This partnership will be a continuous one, as the students of MS 113 and Common will perform at the Fort Greene Festival in late June.

Music is a universal language that connects people the world over no matter the genre. Ajile L. Turner lived his life helping artists to speak through their music, and businesses to spread that music throughout the world. His love of the arts, and selfless acts were the hallmarks of his brief life, and these gifts left a positive impact on many others.

Council Member James said: “The Ronald Edmonds Learning Center has excelled in every way, especially within the arts, and through the leadership of its principal and teachers, along with its disciplined students. The school is well-deserving of this gift.”

While the quantity of his life may have not been long, the quality was beyond measure. The vision of the Ajile L. Turner Fund is to celebrate the quality of Ajile's life by empowering young men and women with scholarships, mentoring, and support in their pursuit to make positive connections with others through the art of music, the business of music and selfless acts.