Community District Needs (FY 18)

District Overview

Community District 5 in Brooklyn, services over 184,000 residents who live throughout the

community of East New York and the neighborhoods of Cypress Hills, City Line, Highland

Park, New Lots and Spring Creek. This unique community is situated between Jamaica

Avenue to the North and Jamaica Bay to the South; and is bordered to the west by Van

Sinderen and Williams Avenues and to the east by Eldert Lane and 78th Street on the

borderline of Queens.

East New York is not only a community rich and deeply rooted in its history, but it is also

been identified as the premier community for New York City’s vision for future development. It

is home to one of the city’s recognized African burial grounds, in the New Lots section

(African Burial Ground Square), and also contains one of the largest retail expansions in New

York City with the Gateway Center Mall, with Phase II (Gateway Center Phase II) covering

over 600,000 sf, in the Spring Creek area. The community is home to twelve NYCHA

developments; four Brooklyn Public Library branches, over 40 public schools from K through

12; beautifully constructed religious institutions of various faiths; thriving industrial business

zones; delicious ethnic eateries; and community based organizations that provide services to

thousands of children, families, and businesses across the city.

Community District 5, over the past decade, has one of the fastest growing populations in the

city; with an increasing African American demographic. According to the 2015 Neighborhood

Health Profile for Community District 5, the population is made up of 52% Black (non-

Hispanic); 37% Hispanic; 6% Asian; 3% White; and 2% Other. Additionally, the district has

become home to one of the largest Bangladeshi populations across the city, with a high

percentage of the residents in the City Line neighborhood, migrating from Bangladesh.

The people of the district are just as unique as the neighborhoods in which they live; however

there is an obvious common interest to address the very basic needs that provide true

foundation for a community and allow for successful growth and development.

Community District 5 has an overwhelming need to effectively address “Quality of Life” issues

such as – consistent maintenance and upgrades to our housing developments (both public

and private); greater access to healthy and fresh food choices; district-wide education on

preventive health care and healthy living methods; mixed use development projects that

include long-term community wide benefits; living wage employment; dedicated funding for

community facilities; quality and competitive education for our children; clean and wellmaintained

streets; and an infusion of financial support for small businesses and community

based organizations.

The East New York Rezoning Plan, and all of the robust initiatives that are attached to it, is

the major focus right now in Community District 5. Through the plan, East New York is slated

to receive direct support for new and existing affordable housing; small business growth and

development; roadway repairs and upgrades; new educational and community facilities, and

much more. Here is an outline of some of the key components of the East New York Plan:

• 1200 units of new affordable housing

• Eviction prevention support through the Tenant Support Unit

• Homeowner Helpdesk which provides direct financial and legal counseling for homeowners

• Up to $15,000 for first time homeowners with the Home First Down Payment Assistance

Program

• Renovations and upgrades to public parks spaces

• Repairs and renovations to the historic PAL building which has served as the home base for

Community Board 5 for over 30 years

• Activation of a Community NYC Retrofit program to encourage smaller housing buildings to

participate in the Green Housing Preservation Program

• A Workforce 1 center to provide direct access to employment opportunities and training

• Support for commercial corridors and other small businesses throughout the district

• A new 1000 seat educational facility for elementary and middle school-aged children