Don’t Forget to Vote for Participatory Budgeting!

The residents of District 36, which covers Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, have a slate of great things to vote for in this year’s participatory budgeting. This is an amazing opportunity for residents to vote on how they’d like their local representative to spend $1 million of the public budget. (Our rep is Council Member Robert Cornegy.) Some ballot measures include basketball court renovations for two gyms at MS 35 on Macdonough Street, the installation of closed circuit television security at the Nostrand Avenue subway, a technology expansion at P.S. 256, P.S. 289 and P.S. 305, and also resurfacing the streets with major cracks and potholes in parts of the Community Boards 8 and 3. You can view a map with all the local ballot proposals here.

This year it’s easier than ever to vote as you can do it online. Or, find voting sites within our district here. The only voting requirements are that you must live in a participating Council District and be at least 14 years old or served as a Budget Delegate this year. Voting closes soon, on Sunday, April 2nd!

Tonight: Pizza Fundraiser for a Bed-Stuy Nonprofit

Tonight, don’t miss the chance to eat a lot of pizza and support local organization Children of Promise, NYC. This is an award-winning organization nationally recognized for its work of empowering children of incarcerated parents–and a lot of the work happens right here in Bed-Stuy. To support its work, Children of Promise is hosting a pizza fundraiser from 7pm to 10:30pm. Here are details:

The event will include all-you-can-eat gourmet pizza and your choice of two free drinks with every $20 ticket. Enjoy slices of Margherita, pepperoni and Sicilian style cheese pizza all night thanks to Fortina Pizza, as well as complimentary soda and water. $4 drinks specials throughout the evening.

100% of proceeds benefits Children of Promise, NYC, the first and only after-school program and summer day camp in NYC specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of children left behind by parents serving time in prison.

Seems like great Friday night plans to me. Purchase tickets here.

Stacked Yoga to Celebrate its One Year Anniversary this Weekend

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This Saturday Stacked Yoga will celebrate one year in the neighborhood at 405 Tompkins Avenue, between Jefferson and Hancock. The studio offers all types of classes including basic, restorative and “power remix” yoga. A drop in class costs $19, while new students can get two weeks of unlimited classes for $45.

Saturday, from 2 to 6pm, there will be music, food and yoga going down in the studio. If you’d like more details about the event, feel free to email Stackedyoga@gmail.com. And be sure to check out Stacked’s full class calendar on the website.

Bed-Stuy Organization Hopes to Raise $25K to Empower Youth

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Here’s a worthy cause for donation, and it’s doing good right here in our neighborhood. Empowering Ourselves, Inc. is a non-profit based in Bed-Stuy with a mission is to empower at-risk youth, reduce violence, and encourage young people to engage with their community differently through youth programs. To that effect, Empowering Ourselves recently launched a fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $25,000 for summer programming. The program they are funding is known as the “Summer Enrichment Academy: Empowering Youth to Succeed,” and it has helped kids improve their academic performance, learn life-skills and facilitate healthy social and emotional development. If the full $25K is raised, the organization can expand the 2017 Summer Enrichment Academy from 3.5 weeks to six weeks. Any extra donations would help fund the 2017-18 school year.

To read more about the program, the budget, the goals and accomplishments of Empowering Ourselves–and most importantly TO DONATE!–please check out the Indigogo Campaign. So far the campaign has brought in a little over $4,000.

Mayor de Blasio to Hold First Town Hall Meeting for Bed-Stuy

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Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a community forum in Bed-Stuy, according to DNAinfo. He will be joined by elected officials of Central Brooklyn to discuss a variety of local issues, and will also address questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by Community Board 3, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Bridge Street Development Corporation, this marks the mayor’s first town hall meeting for the neighborhood. Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. will moderate.

The date of the town hall is Wednesday, February 8th, and the location is P.S. 23 Carter G. Woodson elementary school, 545 Willoughby Avenue (between Marcy and Tompkins). The event will begin at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm and space is limited. RSVP is required by February 6th–do so by emailing TownHallRSVP@cityhall.nyc.gov, or calling 212-788-1369.

Photo via PIX 11

Become a friend of the Macon Library!

Macon Street Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Looking for a way to support the Bed-Stuy community? Here’s a great opportunity: the Macon Library is looking for support. Here’s their message:

My name is Ellen Weaver and I am the children’s librarian at the Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library located at 361 Lewis Avenue between Halsey and Macon street. I am reaching out to let you know that the library is looking for locals who are interested in becoming Friends of Macon Library and I though that your page would be a great resource to get the word out. The mission of the Friends Group is to advocate, engage, support, and fundraise for the library. We truly believe that there is something for everyone at the library and we want to make the library the best it can possibly be, but we can’t do this without the input, talent, and dedication from the Bed-Stuy community. You can find us here on Facebook or give the library at call at 718-573-5606 to be added to our Friends interest list.

There has been so much concern about how to engage after the recent election, and this seems like an excellent way to donate your time to the community and support things–like public libraries–that are already great assets in our city and country. Thank you for considering!

Petition Emerges to Stop the Shabbat Sirens on Myrtle and Bedford

There is now a petition up in regards to sirens placed on the roof of the Bais Yaakov Nechemia D’satmar Synagogue, located at 690 Myrtle Avenue on the corner of Bedford. The emergency siren was recently installed to sound the shabbat, and it’s loud–you can listen in the video above. Those residents in proximity to the sirens who are not Hasidic feel like “this noise is an absolute violent affront to those of us that have lived here for many years,” according to an email sent to me. Some residents are already in communication with the Department of Environmental Protection and the mayor’s office, and I’m told there is a court case about the matter coming up in January.

Here’s a bit from the petition: “We understand and respect the rights of everyone to practice their religion as they please but not at the expense of others health and quality of life. We the undersigned ask that the siren be replaced with something less invasive.” The goal is to reach 200 signatures and as of this post, 130 people have signed.