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 Evic ” 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.
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 housing-related issues.
For more information, see flyers or contact Rene or Rosalinda at (718) 647-8100.
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.
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: https://www.crowdrise.com/chldc-does-the-brooklyn-half/fundraiser/lisalofaso1
(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!
If 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.
On Wednesday, April 20th, there will be a meeting with the NYC Parks Department about improving the lower playground at Highland Park. All community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. The meeting is taking place at PS 108 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Click the flyer for more details. We hope to see you there!
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!
Media Advisory for Thursday April 7th, 2pm, East New York, Brooklyn
Contact (English and Spanish):
Videsh Persaud, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-386-4576
Graham Parker, email@example.com, 518-455-2177
Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, Juliaw@cypresshills.org 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
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.
The fair is free and all are welcome. There will be workshops geared to seniors and many resources available. Refreshments will be served.
Special thanks to co-sponsor State Senator Martin Malave Dilan.
We hope to see you there! Click the flyers (English and Spanish) for further information, or call Rene or Rosalinda at (718) 647-8100.