It was a packed house last night at Community Board 2’s monthly meeting — but, if you weren’t there, here’s a round-up of what’s happening in the neighborhood:
Downtown Brooklyn Calming Project: As we posted earlier this week, the city Department of Transportation is in the early stages of its 18-month, $4.5-million project to create more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Workers are out this week and next throughout Henry and Smith streets, expanding sidewalks and building more wheelchair-accessible curbcuts.
Transit circulation study: On May 21, the DOT will hold two focus groups for Brooklyn Heights residents and business owners to discuss issues and concerns affecting the neighborhood. The residential focus group will be from 4-6 pm, and the business group will be at 9 am. To participate, call Rob Perris in the CB2 office at (718) 596-5410.
Summer Youth Employment Program: The deadline to apply to this city-funded program is on Friday, May 22, and there’s more money in it this year because of the federal stimulus plan. The program provides youths between 14 and 24 years old with entry-level summer jobs at a variety of government agencies, hospitals, small businesses, law firms, and other organizations. There is also an application for employers looking to hire the students, as well as more information in general, on the program’s Web site.
E-waste recycling event: On Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, you can bring your unwanted electronics to the Unitarian Church on Pierrepont Street, between Clinton Street and Monroe Place, to be recycled. On Saturday, the hours are 10 am to 4 pm, and on Sunday from noon to 2 pm.
New Greenmarket products: The DUMBO Greenmarket will have a Greek yogurt maker and artisinal bread baker this summer. The market is held at the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park at Main Street, on Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm, starting on June 7.
MTA bus news: Starting June 1, the B25 bus will no longer travel its route through DUMBO to Front, Main, Water and Furman streets because of the street reconstruction project there.
Brooklyn Public Library: the libraries are in big trouble, says the Cadman Plaza branch manager Uldis Skrodelis. Already, a proposed $17.5 million will be cut from the library’s $100-million budget, and the branches will only be open for five hours during the week in the afternoons. What can you do? Skrodelis said to call City Councilman Yassky’s office and encourage the council to save the libraries before passing the June 1 city budget, or call 311.
Digital TV conversion: If anyone still needs to convert his or her television to a digital box, coupons are available at dtv2009.gov.