Yes, Rikers Island must be closed and reforms need to be made to the Criminal Justice System but does that mean a new 40-story jail on the current site is the only solution? The City is racing into the ULURP process without giving thought to a workable plan.

We believe Brooklyn needs more than one facility. Staten Island detainees can be housed closer to the Verrazano Bridge and another facilty might better serve inmates with mental health issues.

The Corrections Department needs to be on board with this plan. The DOC needs new protocols and better training to avoid transferring the problems of Rikers to the borough jails.

We are working with the Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill Associations to bring sanity to this plan.


The City has announced a pilot program that could being a Supervised Injection Facility (SIF) to Fourth Avenue near St. Marks Place. Our community is understandably concerned. No specific information is available at this time but you can read the City's press release. We shared our concerns with Council Member Levin and will continue to press for full community engagement as the City developes plans. VOCAL-NY on Fourth Avenue currently houses a needle exchange. If you have concerns, such as syringes dropped on the street, call their Community Phone 917-387-4042 or email to community@vocal-ny.org. More information is avail on this FAQ sheet.


    The Boerum Hill Association is a volunteer organization of residents of Boerum Hill. We seek to preserve and enhance the unique qualities of our neighborhood through advocacy, education and community building.

    Boerum Hill is a tree-lined community that extends from the south side of Schermerhorn Street to the north side of Warren Street and from the east side of Court Street to the west side of Fourth Avenue.

    We want to bring neighbors together and improve our neighborhood. Some of our initiatives include:

    • Community events such as the Annual PotLuck Holiday Party and the House Tour
    • Greening and neighborhood beautification
    • Improving parks and playgrounds
    • Quality of life improvements - public safety, noise, sanitation and more
    • Traffic calming, transportation and parking
    • Land marks and zoning
    • Intelligent development

    Our sister organization, the Hoyt Street Association is renowned for its Annual Plant Sale. The proceeds raised support the Hoyt Street Garden (corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue), shredding Days, tree planting, painting over graffiti, Community Funding grants, and other beautifying activities for the neighborhood. The popular “Free Stories in the Garden”, takes place Tuesday evenings beginning late June through the end of July. Scheduled volunteer readers take turns at the microphone to read stories to the children (and grown-ups, too). Free lemonade and cookies are provided to all.

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