The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) brings Prospect Heights community members together to build a safer, more just and sustainable neighborhood. is a portal for the exchange of news, events and information among Prospect Heights community members interested in the development of this unique and historic neighborhood.

Intersection | Prospect Heights report highlights community reaction to neighborhood gentrification

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 2:47pm

How has gentrification affected the way community members feel about Prospect Heights, and what do they want for the neighborhood's future?

To answer these questions, Intersection | Prospect Heights collected oral histories and survey responses from over 500 current and former residents of Prospect Heights. The results are discussed in a new paper, "We're All Part of the Neighborhood," available for download from the Intersection | Prospect Heights web site.

The report describes how a surge in development since 2000 coincided with a sharp increase in housing cost. In the process, a large segment of Prospect Heights' population was displaced as more affluent residents moved in. While residents' perceptions of public education and security from crime have improved, the sense of community that many cherish may be threatened.

Lottery for affordable apartments at 38 Sixth Avenue opens

Posted: January 13, 2017 - 3:01pm

Greenland Forest City Partners is offering 303 affordable studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments at 38 Sixth Avenue (corner of Dean Street). Apartments will be awarded through a lottery administered by the City of New York. Eligible tenants may earn between $20,126 for an individual and $173,415 for a family of six. Amenities include a fitness center, lounge, childrens' playroom, yoga studio, bike storage, game room, and pet grooming area, as well as laundry facilities on each floor.

More information, including a detailed breakdown of the available units by income target and a schedule for information sessions, is available at

These units, offered to prospective tenants of a wide range of incomes, represent an opportunity for community members concerned about being priced out of Prospect Heights to receive a stabilized lease at an affordable rent. Residents of Brooklyn community districts 2, 3, 6 and 8 receive lottery preference for 50% of all affordable apartments offered at Atlantic Yards. To apply for the 38 Sixth Avenue lottery, visit HPD's Housing Connect site (applications close March 14). If you have not yet registered for Housing Connect, you can do so here.

2016: The year in Prospect Heights

Posted: December 22, 2016 - 4:02pm

Although national events kept much of our focus in 2016, it was a busy year locally here in Prospect Heights, and if you blinked, you might have missed something. Here are some of the highlights of the past twelve months.

Prospect Heights’ Vanderbilt Avenue to receive historic street lighting

Posted: December 6, 2016 - 11:14pm

Historic fixtures to be installed on Vanderbilt Avenue (left) closely resemble lights installed a century ago (right, near M.S. 340 at Sterling Place).


BROOKLYN, NY, December 7, 2016: Today, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) and the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced that Vanderbilt Avenue, the central boulevard of Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, will be enhanced with historic street lighting. Fifty historic M type fixtures will replace all existing lamps, traffic and pedestrian signals from Atlantic Avenue to Plaza Street.

Citi Bike coming to Prospect Heights next summer

Posted: October 25, 2016 - 10:25am

On October 19, representatives from the Department of Transportation held a community planning workshop at the Hope City Empowerment Center on Washington Avenue. The purpose of the workshop was to gather input on the location of Citi Bike stations in the western part of Community Board 8 and Community Board 9. DOT expects to install the stations during the summer of 2017 in an area bounded by Atlantic Avenue, Rogers Avenue, Lefferts Avenue, Washtinton Avenue, Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue (see map below; click to enlarge). 15-20 stations are expected to be installed in the part of the area north of Eastern Parkway, including Prospect Heights. DOT will present specific proposed locations to Community Boards 8 and 9 prior to finalizing the plan.

"We're all part of the neighborhood": An Intersection | Prospect Heights presentation at PHNDC's October 27 General Meeting

Posted: October 20, 2016 - 11:58am

In Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, the conversion of a few former industrial buildings near the Vanderbilt rail yard to loft apartments that began in 1999 was followed by the announcement of the massive Atlantic Yards project in 2003, which in turn led to an increase in commercial and residential rents and accelerated displacement of residents and businesses.

In 2004 and 2016, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council surveyed hundreds of community residents to learn about what they value about living in Prospect Heights, the things they want to see improved, and their hopes for the future. Join us at PHNDC’s October general meeting for a discussion of how development pressure and demographic change have affected the way we look at our neighborhood, and what a coming increase in population may mean for the character of the Prospect Heights community.