Town Hall Meeting in Cypress Hills

What’s The Threat?

Cypress Hills and East New York are facing the threat of perilous federal budget cuts supporting important community services.  Programs in jeopardy include early childhood education, early college awareness at the Franklin K. Lane campus, the Community Learning Center at IS 171, foreclosure prevention counseling, tenant counseling, job placement and training and the AmeriCorps program.  In total, 1,434 Cypress Hills and East New York residents would lose essential support services and our organization, along with the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation, would lose $2,389,913 in budget cuts.

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On Wednesday, May 10th, come to an important town hall meeting at IS 171 (528 Ridgewood Avenue between Lincoln and Nichols) at 6 p.m.  Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan will be in attendance to meet with community members and hear directly from you and your neighbors about the importance of the services that this federal funding supports.

Community turnout is of high importance so please try to find the time to attend this meeting!

Contact Julia Watt-Rosenfeld at CHLDC for more information, at or (917) 893-8801, Ext. 205.

Together, we will rise up, resist and triumph! 

March Against Homeowner and Tenant Harassment – December 10, 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday, December 10th, join your neighbors and the Coalition for Community Advancement for a gathering and march through East New York. We will remove the “Quick Eviccypress-hills-no-esta-de-venta-action-flyer-spanish cypress-hills-not-for-sale-action-flyer-english” and “Cash for Homes” and foreclosure rescue scam signs that have become so common throughout the neighborhood.  We need to show real estate speculators that the community is strong and united and we WILL NOT accept these deceptive and discriminatory practices that are intended to displace us and our neighbors!  The gathering starts Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Co-Faith Church at 675 Glenmore, near Ashford.  Please promote this event among your neighbors and contact Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, (917) 893-8801, Ext. 205, with any questions.

Housing Fair – Saturday, October 15 at Cypress Hills Senior Center

On Saturday, October 15, come to a community Housing Fair – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center at 3208 Fulton Street.  Learn about issues impacting homeowners and tenants, renter’s rights, home improvement loans, get help with questions and see presentations from outside agencies on houshousing-fair-flyer-page-002-1ing-related ishousing-fair-flyer-page-001sues.

For more information, see flyers or contact Rene or Rosalinda at (718) 647-8100.

City Line Park Community Input Meeting

Share your ideas for improving City Line Park!  On Wednesday, June 8th, come to the Arlington Public Library at 6:30 p.m. to give the NYC Parks Department your feedback about changes you’d like to see at City Line Park.  All community members are welcome and encouraged to participate. See flyers in English and Spanish.City Line Park Community Input Meeting-page-001 City Line Park Community Input Meeting-page-002

For more information or to participate, visit, email  or call 718.965.6991.

CHLDC Runs the Brooklyn Half!

This Saturday, May 21st, five CHLDC Board, staff and friends will be running the Brooklyn Half Marathon and raising money for Cypress Hills!  Our goal is to raise $2,000 with the money going to support CHLDC’s programming for the Cypress Hills community.

If you’d like the support their efforts, go to:

(You can direct your contribution to any of the CHLDC runners.)

If you want to come out and cheer with us, we’ll be at the northwest corner of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Go Team Cypress!


Credit Reporting Workshop

UJC- CHLDC Credit Reporting Seminar 5 26 2016If you’re concerned about your credit, or want to learn more about how credit reporting works, CHLDC and the Urban Justice Center are co-hosting a Credit Reporting workshop on Thursday, May 26th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cypress Hills Employment Center at 2930 Fulton Street, 2nd floor.  (Enter on Ashford Street.)  The event is free and open to everyone.

Click the flyer for more details.

2016 Tax Lien Sale Info Session – Wed., April 27th, 4 to 7 pm

If you’re a homeowner who owes real estate tax, a water bill, or repair-related charges 040416 FC37 ESPINAL TAX LIEN EVENT CROP-page-001for your property, you may be at risk of losing your home to a lien sale by the city.

Please come to a special information session on Wednesday, April 27th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cypress Hills Senior Center.  Representatives from city agencies can answer your questions and provide information on how to pay off or reduce your debt.  You may be eligible for a special exemption to prevent the lien from being sold but you need to apply – find out what your options are.

See flyer for more details.

Special thanks to our Council Member, Rafael Espinal, for hosting this important event!

East New York Elected Officials Call on City to Cut Out Arlington Village from Re-Zone

Media Advisory for Thursday April 7th, 2pm, East New York, Brooklyn

Contact (English and Spanish):
Videsh Persaud,, 718-386-4576
Graham Parker,, 518-455-2177
Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, 917-572-1303

East New York Elected Officials Call on City to Cut Out Arlington Village from Re-Zone

As East New York Plan nears completion, elected official, tenants and advocates call on City to remove 300,000 square foot parcel to prevent speculation.

WHO: New York State Senator Martin Dilan, New York State Assembly Member Erik Dilan, Arlington Village tenants, Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills, and advocates.

WHAT: Presser at Arlington Village (Atlantic Avenue and Atkins Avenue) to call on City to cut out Arlington Village from the East New York Plan in order to ensure that housing at deeper level of affordability are built there.

As the City Council prepares to vote on the East New York Plan in less than two weeks, State elected officials and community members demand that deep affordable housing becomes the top priority.

Arlington Village is of extreme importance to the community, in that it is the single largest development parcel in the neighborhood, a lot size of 310,000 SF, and, with the proposed East New York rezoning, an increase to allow for total buildable development of 1,184,580 SF. The site is also at a critical location–centrally sited in the community and on the largest thoroughfare receiving the most additional density in the rezoning plan – Atlantic Avenue. Under MIH, only 25% of the units would be affordable at an average of 60% AMI. Those affordable units would remain unaffordable for half of neighborhood residents. The remaining 75% of units would be rented at market rate and unaffordable to most current residents.

Providing additional density on this site averts what in any other neighborhood would require a developer to go through an extensive public review process, and to make commitments to the neighborhood in the form of, for example, a Community Benefits Agreement. The major significance of the Arlington Village site requires a real, site-specific, public review process.

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, April 7, 2016 2pm, Atlantic Avenue and Atkins Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn

VISUALS: Community residents with large signs, including data about how East New York Plan fails to build housing affordable to current residents

Save the Date – College Fair on Thursday, April 7th

On Thursday, April 7th, come to the College Fair at the Bushwick Educational Campus at 400 Irving Avenue, from 5 to 8 p.m.  15 colleges will be in attendance to meet students and provide information about admissions, and there will be a financial aid workshop from 6 to 7 p.m.

CHLDC is co-hosting this event, which is free of charge.  Click the flyers (English and Spanish) to learn more.  We hope to see you there!Spanish Version of College Fair Flyer 4.7.2016-page-001 College Fair 4.7.16 Flyer English-page-001