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May 2016 
Quick Hits
  • The 2nd Annual Sunset Park Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, June 12 from 5 to 8 PM on 5th Avenue.
In This Issue
Brooklyn Public Library Announces Temporary Home for Sunset Park Library
View of Sunset Park Courthouse from 43rd Street

The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced at CB 7's Executive Committee meeting that it found a temporary home for its Sunset Park Branch should a proposed project to rebuild the library with affordable housing move forward.  Coincidentally, the location is in the same building that is home to Community Board 7, the Sunset Park Courthouse at 4201 4th Avenue.

BPL and the Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) are making a joint proposal to rebuild the library within an eight-story building with 50 units of permanently affordable housing.  The new library would increase from approximately 12,000 square feet to more than 21,000 square feet.

It is expected that BPL and FAC will certify their proposal at which time the Community Board will have 60 days to weigh in on the proposal.

Should it move forward, library services will temporarily be moved to the Courthouse during the construction period.  It is a recognition of the important role the Sunset Park Branch plays in the community, as  BPL usually does not open temporary libraries during construction activities.   The branch is BPL's sixth most heavily used.  

The opportunity to use the site arose as the NYPD is moving most of its current staff in the building to other locations, leaving much of the building temporarily available.

CB 7 Economic Development Committee Holds Discussion with Vendors and Brick-and-Mortar Business Owners

Sunset Park BID Festival on 5th Avenue (2014)
In early May, CB 7's Economic Development Committee met with street vendors and property and business owners from 5th Avenue to discuss actions and hurdles that create conflicts between the parties.  The meeting came at the request from the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center.  At the April Board meeting, the organization detailed the difficulties many vendors have and asked for the Board's assistance.

At the same time, CB 7 is aware that many of the vendors are not plying their trade in a legal manner and this brings conflict with some brick-and-mortar businesses.

Part of the problem is the lack of available permits for vending, which is limited to 5000 city-wide, with the majority operating in Manhattan.  That leaves vendors in Brooklyn and other boroughs in a difficult position, as many have licenses from the Health Department to sell, but not a permit from the Department of Consumer Affairs to be a legal vendor.

Additionally, some business-owners view vendors as unfair competition as some may sell similar products with little overhead and saturation of vending activities can create a crowded commercial corridor.

The vigorous discussion is just an opening for a broader discussion and CB 7 has committed to hosting future meetings to try to bridge divides between the parties and to bring the appropriate city agencies into the discussion, as well.

Issue Updates

Entrance to Prospect Park,
now known as Bartel Pritchard Square (ca. 1915)

  • What's the latest with the park construction project in your neighborhood?  The NYC Parks Capital Tracker provides up to date information on parks rehabilitation projects city-wide.
  • The deadline to apply for holding a block party during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) is quickly approaching.  Block parties must be applied for at least 90 days in advance.  Of course, you can apply for a block party almost any time of year.  Here are the City and local rules for block parties.  
  • CB 7 voted not to approve a speed hump proposed for 44th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue and took no position on a speed hump proposed for East 4th Street between Greenwood Avenue and Ft. Hamilton Parkway at the April Board Meeting. 

Please share your feedback on our newsletter by contacting the Community Board.
Jeremy Laufer
District Manager

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