Closing Bell: How to Join a Community Board


Ever thought about joining your local community board? The community-minded folks over at nonprofit Transportation Alternatives are hosting an information session called Brooklyn Community Board Join-up Thursday evening on how to get involved with your local community board, where you can have an impact on everything from pedestrian and cyclist safety to development and new businesses.

Current community board members will be on hand to share stories of how they changed their neighborhoods, and officials from the City Council and the Borough President’s office will walk participants through the application process. They’ll even have a notary public there to certify applications, which you can download and fill out in advance if you’re really interested in joining up. Above, elected officials speak at a Community Board Six meeting about a proposed homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens last year.

Afterward, Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Activist Committee will discuss their street safety campaigns for 2014. Also, they’ll have free snacks. Anyone who wants to attend can RSVP here on their website. The session will take place Thursday at 7 pm at the Brooklyn YWCA, located at 30 3rd Avenue just north of Atlantic.


2 Comment

  • I attend committee and board meetings of numerous community boards and am, therefore, aware of the influence these groups have on life in the city. My particular issue is street safety and these discussions can get really contentious. The boards vary but, in the main, I believe open minds, fresh ideas and broad perspectives are very much needed in order for us to move forward. Attend this meeting to find out more about it and sign up if you’re ready for an interesting ride. Thanks to Transportation Alternatives for doing this.

    Gene Aronowitz

  • Community board approval is the key for any street safety improvement to be implemented by DOT.
    If you walk or ride a bike, and you want safer conditions in your nabe, please join us at this meeing and sign up for your local community board. You could be the voice of reason and progress advocating for safer street designs near where you live.