Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association

About Us

PLGNA was incorporated in 1969 by PLG residents who opposed unfair real estate and bank practices like redlining and wanted to form a working interracial neighborhood. One of its first projects was to document 300 abandoned and 300 deteriorating buildings within the neighborhood. In 1973, PLGNA became involved in a landmark legal battle to combat redlining. Over the years, it has helped tenants to organize unions and blocks to form associations; supported safety programs; transported seniors; developed youth programs; and served as an umbrella organization for other neighborhood groups.

Martin Ruiz, President

Housing: What can you do?

"My Brooklyn" - documentary has a companion guide with suggestions to drive discussions on what to do. I’ve listed them below to spark some solution based discussions.  To learn more click through.  You’ll find more details and links to resources.

Affordable and Low-Income Housing

Strengthen the city’s rent laws
Protect and maintain public housing
Protect Mitchell-Lama housing
Ensure that newly built housing is truly affordable
Stop speculation
Equitable Economic Development

Demand that public subsidies and other economic development programs are used to create 
genuine public benefits
Rezone equitably
Stop unfair commercial displacement
Empower Communities

Strengthen the community boards
Respect community-led planning
Increase the transparency of the New York City Economic Development Corporation 
(NYCEDC)
Make Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Public-Private Partnerships more transparent 
and accountable
What you can do?

Donate to progressive organizing around these issues 
Hold elected officials accountable
Organize in your community 
Go to a community board meeting in your district 
Know your rights
Link to companion guide
Photo credit: curbed.com

Martin

Housing: What can you do?

"My Brooklyn" - documentary has a companion guide with suggestions to drive discussions on what to do. I’ve listed them below to spark some solution based discussions. To learn more click through. You’ll find more details and links to resources.

Affordable and Low-Income Housing

  1. Strengthen the city’s rent laws
  2. Protect and maintain public housing
  3. Protect Mitchell-Lama housing
  4. Ensure that newly built housing is truly affordable
  5. Stop speculation

Equitable Economic Development

  1. Demand that public subsidies and other economic development programs are used to create genuine public benefits
  2. Rezone equitably
  3. Stop unfair commercial displacement

Empower Communities

  1. Strengthen the community boards
  2. Respect community-led planning
  3. Increase the transparency of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
  4. Make Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Public-Private Partnerships more transparent and accountable

What you can do?

  1. Donate to progressive organizing around these issues
  2. Hold elected officials accountable
  3. Organize in your community
  4. Go to a community board meeting in your district
  5. Know your rights

Link to companion guide
Photo credit: curbed.com

Martin

Curbed.com Summarizes Town Hall Meeting with Eric Adams

"Irresponsible" and "out of control" were just a few ways neighbors described the 23-story residential tower planned for 626 Flatbush Avenue, between Fenimore and Hawthorne Streets just a block from Prospect Park. Last night during a standing-room only town hall meeting organized by the Prospect Park East Network, residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens expressed their deep disapproval of the development, which was first announced by developer Hudson Companies last summer. A number of city officials and politicians, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, were there to hear their concerns—and boy, did they get an earful.

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Reminder - Town Hall with Eric Adams, Monday April 7th

Come out and express your thoughts about new development constructions.

In the meantime, feel free to ask questions or express an idea/opinion in either the

comment section below  
facebook page  
by email to me at mailto:mr.ruiz@gmail.com  
by email to plgna at mailto:info@plgna.org  
I’ll try my best to find you an answer.

Martin

Reminder - Town Hall with Eric Adams, Monday April 7th

Come out and express your thoughts about new development constructions.

In the meantime, feel free to ask questions or express an idea/opinion in either the

  • comment section below
  • facebook page
  • by email to me at mailto:mr.ruiz@gmail.com
  • by email to plgna at mailto:info@plgna.org

I’ll try my best to find you an answer.

Martin

Trail Blazers Summer Camp Open House, April 12

The nation’s second oldest summer has found a home in PLG. 

They’ve recently moved their offices to 394 Rogers Ave, just off of Empire. 

They’re having an open house on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 4pm

Trail Blazers is teaming up with PLGNA and other community organizations to help bring Youth programming to PLG.

Let’s give them a warm PLG welcome.  Stop by, get to know them and learn more about their programming. 

Check them out at http://PLG.trailblazers.org

About Trailblazers
Trail Blazers knows how to appreciate the environment and find enjoyment in all it has to offer. Whether it is a densely built urban setting in New York City or a natural forest, lake, or garden that flourishes within the urban setting, there is plenty to do and learn – all you need to do is look up and around and explore.

Martin

Trail Blazers Summer Camp Open House, April 12

The nation’s second oldest summer has found a home in PLG.

They’ve recently moved their offices to 394 Rogers Ave, just off of Empire.

They’re having an open house on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 4pm

Trail Blazers is teaming up with PLGNA and other community organizations to help bring Youth programming to PLG.

Let’s give them a warm PLG welcome. Stop by, get to know them and learn more about their programming.

Check them out at http://PLG.trailblazers.org

About Trailblazers
Trail Blazers knows how to appreciate the environment and find enjoyment in all it has to offer. Whether it is a densely built urban setting in New York City or a natural forest, lake, or garden that flourishes within the urban setting, there is plenty to do and learn – all you need to do is look up and around and explore.

Martin

Prospect Park Carousel Opening Thursday March 27th

Good spot for a happy video…

The kid with the Happy face in the pic is my son.  He’s having fun no doubt, but trust me, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the carousel as much as he does:)

Enjoy!link

Martin

Prospect Park Carousel Opening Thursday March 27th

Good spot for a happy video…

The kid with the Happy face in the pic is my son. He’s having fun no doubt, but trust me, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the carousel as much as he does:)

Enjoy!
link

Martin

Summer Youth Employment Application Deadline, April 25 2014

I had a few of these while growing up in the Bronx. Some of the SYEP jobs I had included “all things” at the Lehman College Cafeteria and cleaning and grooming the Woodlawn Cemetery. It wasn’t the most glamorous work, even down right creepy sometimes, but I did learn some things and earned a few bucks to boot. It was good to be busy.

Youth must be 14 or older to qualify.

I’ve linked the paper and digital application below. Help me get the word out… Thanks - Martin

online application paper application http://nyycc.org/nyc-summer-youth-employment-program-syep-2014/

NYT Article: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Is On the Map

10 projects in PLG

A development boom hits a neighborhood once referred to as œBrooklyn€’s best-kept secret.

There are about 10 projects in the works to create luxury rentals or condominiums in the neighborhood, which extends from the park to New York Avenue, perhaps a bit beyond, and from Empire Boulevard roughly to Caton Avenue and Linden Boulevard. In this predominantly African-American and Caribbean-American community of almost 40,000, that amount of development is largely unheard of — at least, it has been in recent decades.

The Parkside Empire Flatbush Ave Merchants Association Meeting

The newly formed merchant association will be holding their first general meeting on Monday, January 27th.

** from their press release **


  The Parkside Empire – Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association is holding its first
  
  General Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 7:00 pm, at DR. Cuts, located at 612 Flatbush
  
  Avenue, near Chester Court.
  
  We invite all the merchants along Flatbush Avenue, between Parkside >and Empire, as
  
  well as interested area residents, to join us for a “meet and greet”, and >a short meeting.
  
  We will discuss our plans for the Merchants Association, and ask for your input and
  
  support. We want to make sure that this strip of Flatbush Avenue continues to thrive while
  
  maintaining its unique character. Our mission is to help and support our local merchants, while
  
  also catering to the needs of the community.
  
  We need our merchants to get involved, as well as the residents in our community. We
  
  are establishing several committees and will need volunteers from our merchants and our
  
  residents to make this a successful organization. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
  
  If you have any questions, please call me at 718-875-2000.
  
  Joyce David
  
  VP for Communications

The Parkside Empire Flatbush Ave Merchants Association Meeting

The newly formed merchant association will be holding their first general meeting on Monday, January 27th.

** from their press release **

The Parkside Empire – Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association is holding its first

General Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 7:00 pm, at DR. Cuts, located at 612 Flatbush

Avenue, near Chester Court.

We invite all the merchants along Flatbush Avenue, between Parkside >and Empire, as

well as interested area residents, to join us for a “meet and greet”, and >a short meeting.

We will discuss our plans for the Merchants Association, and ask for your input and

support. We want to make sure that this strip of Flatbush Avenue continues to thrive while

maintaining its unique character. Our mission is to help and support our local merchants, while

also catering to the needs of the community.

We need our merchants to get involved, as well as the residents in our community. We

are establishing several committees and will need volunteers from our merchants and our

residents to make this a successful organization. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

If you have any questions, please call me at 718-875-2000.

Joyce David

VP for Communications

  • by Martin Ruiz
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • January 23rd, 2014

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