The purpose of the BHA Greening Committee is to affect a continual improvement of the physical streetscape of the neighborhood through a wide variety of greening activities, including but not limited to:
Building a broad base of support for and participation in a wide range of greening activities that cut across the entire neighborhood.
Promoting and supporting our community gardens. Identifying and screening sites for the planting of new street trees.
Educating residents about a broad range of greening activities including both planting and maintenance.
Raising awareness about the benefits of landscaping the fronts of buildings and developing well-kept sidewalks and tree pits.
Encouraging street planting where appropriate.
Targeting and improving specific areas of the neighborhood that have remained neglected or underdeveloped in terms of greening activity.
Land use, landmarks and zoning
The purpose of the BHA Land Use Committee is to advocate for progressive, environmentally responsible methods of development which is nevertheless mindful of neighborhood character and the historic nature of the area, especially our historic district, through the following activities:
Identify opportunities for proactive community-based planning and development in Boerum Hill.
Participate in Environmental Impact Statement and other public land use processes in connection with proposed transportation and land use projects.
Communicate with elected officials as necessary.
Work to expand the boundaries of the Boerum Hill Historic District and to educate residents and merchants about the value of historic preservation.
Encourage the development and use of green technology in new and adaptive re-use projects in Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn.
Attend meetings of local and regional groups involved in planning and land marking, and report on issues of interest to Boerum Hill residents via egroup and newsletter.
Cooperate with Traffic and Transportation Committee to identify transportation proposals and their possible effects on Boerum Hill.
Liaise with neighboring civic, business and community-based organizations on issues of mutual concern
The purpose of the BHA Membership and Development Committee is to attract, maintain and increase membership in the organization. The committee works closely with other committees in providing them with information regarding the interests expressed by members and/or supporting the dissemination of membership information. It also develops and organizes special functions that support the overall purpose of developing membership. The specific functions that are carried out by the Membership and Development Committee are:
Yearly membership mailing renewal and membership acknowledgment.
Follow up membership renewals/notification.
Maintenance of membership database and informing other committees of member's interests.
General mailings (i.e. voting, etc.).
Organizing special social functions aimed at promoting the BHA and increasing membership.
We have tried to publish the Newsletter three times each year but some of the recent issues such as 80 Flatbush have caused us to lapse. Writers are needed and welcome. See our past issues here. If you would like to write for the Newsletter, contact us.
Quality of Life
Crime, noise, sanitation, idling vehicles are just a few of the many issues that affect us all. We work with Community Board 2, the 84th Police Precinct and many City agencies to solve these pesky problems.
We live in a world with constantly evolving IT and social media. We need younger minds with marketing expertise to connect us with the next generation. Volunteers are needed to increase our social footprint.
Traffic and transportation
The purpose of the BHA Traffic & Transportation Committee is to advocate for progressive and environmentally responsible methods of improving the safety, usability and efficiency of all forms of transportation affecting the Boerum Hill community through the following activities:
Identify local and systemic transportation problems and their direct or indirect effects on Boerum Hill.
Educate and encourage residents to communicate complaints or suggestions regarding transportation issues.
Monitor the quality and timeliness of response by government agencies and/or elected officials.
Participate in Environmental Impact Statement and other public processes in connection proposed transportation projects and the traffic impacts of other proposed projects.
Communicate with elected officials as necessary.
Attend meetings of local and regional transportation advocacy groups, and report on issues of interest to Boerum Hill residents via egroup and newsletter.
Cooperate with Quality of Life Committee to identify problems that relate to automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles and possible solutions.
Cooperate with Land Use Committee to identify traffic & transportation implications of land use proposals and possible effects on Boerum Hill.
Liaise with neighboring civic, business and community-based organizations on issues of mutual concern.
Gowanus In Unity Tutoring is a volunteer program serving students in need of help with their studies. They have operated for over seventeen years. James Vacirca, who passed away thirteen years ago, founded the program and local hero Steve Shooman has continued as Tutoring Coordinator.
Gowanus In Unity Tutoring Inc. has always received the support of many neighborhood organizations and has a special relationship with the Boerum Hill Association.
Gowanus In Unity Tutoring Inc. is recognized as a charitable organization under the rules of the IRS, Section 501 (c) (3). The James Vacirca College Scholarship was created in 2006 to let students realize that college is within their reach. In recent years we have awarded 20 college scholarships, usually for $500.00 each. Scholarships are awarded upon entering college, and again annually if an overall GPA of 3.0 is maintained by the student. Tutoring usually takes place at Wyckoff Gardens Community Center in Wyckoff Gardens Houses, 280 Wyckoff Street. Many students live in Gowanus Houses or Wyckoff Houses. We generally tutor students from first grade through high school. There are currently over 20 students in the program.
For more information, please contact Steve Shooman, 184 Dean Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217. Phone 718-522-5746 or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.