Thursday, April 12, 2018

2018 Participatory Budgeting - Voting Open

PBNYC - Voting Now Open

Though not a lot on the ballot for our neighborhood this year, the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden is on the ballot for funding Solar Panels for the garden and PS 146 (along with 2 other schools) is also looking for funds for a coordinator in order to accomplish their Outreach Plan for Elementary School Diversity. 

Nonetheless, there are plenty of other worthy projects on the list this year. Check out what is on the ballot here

Voting is open to anyone 11 years of age and older even if they haven't registered, as long as they live in District 39 and they made it very easy to Vote Online, as well as, giving locations to vote in person. 

Voting Ends Sunday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

S.A.F.E. Disposal Event - April 8th

Spring Cleaning? Disposal event - April 8th

April 8th from 10am to 4pm the NYC Department of Sanitation will be holding a S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics) Disposal Event at Prospect Park Park Circle, corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW. 

So take the time to start your spring cleaning and pull out all those dusty cans and items that have been hanging around! They say you can bring a variety of items such as: 

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics – check the list of items that are considered electronics
The Dept of Sanitation has a more complete list here

Be sure to bring ID though, as this is only for NYC residents and for NYC residential waste!


  • Appliances (Appliances with CFC/Freon (refrigerators, air conditioners & dehumidifiers): Contact 311 to make an appointment for CFC removal, then recycle curbside. 
  • Household Appliances: Remove batteries and recycle curbside. (Alternatively, for small working household appliances consider taking them to the Downtown Brooklyn Stop 'N' Swap on April 19th)
  • Tires: Bring back to businesses that sell them, bring to a DSNY Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site, or to any DSNY garage.

Refer to:

Volunteers Needed - Billion Oyster Project

Billion Oyster Project - Volunteers Needed

Billion Oyster Project is looking for volunteers - do you have a flexible schedule to help out?

Their 2018 Public Volunteer Season is now open and accepting applications. Volunteer days are every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am on Governor's Island.

Volunteers must be 13 years or older and will help build wire mesh reef structures, oyster cages, wash and prepare recycled shells, maintain the oyster nursery, monitor oyster reefs and more.

#restoreourharbor #governorsisland #billionoysterproject

And for those interested, here is an Ask Me Anything thread with an ecologist, Dr. Liz Burmester, with the Billion Oyster Project.