Get on Board Bk CB1

DEADLINE TO APPLY to Community Board is Feb. 14

Map of all the Brooklyn Community Boards. Photo courtesy of Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

As Mr. Rogers used to sing, “I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.  I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.”  Community boards are now accepting applications.  Here’s your chance to let your neighborly voice be heard.

What do community boards do?  They play and important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters, the NYC budget, municipal service delivery, plus a multitude of matters concerning the welfare of the community.  They serve as advocates and service coordinators for the community and its residents.  They do not have the power to command city agencies or officials, but their efforts and influence have shown to be successful in resolving issues they address.

Concerning zoning and land use, the board rules or offers recommendations on the placement of most municipal facilities in the community and commercial enterprises (liquor licenses, sidewalk cafes, etc.). Any application for a change in or variance from the zoning resolution must come before the community board for review, and its position is considered in the final determination of these applications. They may also initiate their own plans for the wellbeing of their communities.

Brooklyn Community Board 1 (Bk CB1) serves the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  Its boundaries are: the East River, the Newtown Creek, and Kent and Flushing Avenues.  According to their Statements of Community District Needs and Community Board Budget Requests for Fiscal Year 2023 the total population is 204,125 as reported by the 2020 Census (a 17.9 % increase from the 2010 Census).  The top concerns of the district in this report are: affordable housing, increase and maintenance of parks and open space, and road maintenance as the streets have become overburdened with traffic.

Bk CB1 holds a Combined Public Hearing and Board Meeting each month except for July and August, unless necessary.  Each committee also meets monthly.  View the meeting calendar here:  To see a Bk CB1 meeting go to or search “Community Board 1 Brooklyn” on YouTube.

Board members for Bk CB1 will be selected by Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.  Members must reside, work or have some other significant interest in the community.  To apply visit:  DEADLINE to apply is February 14, 2023.

“Won’t you please, won’t you please? Please, won’t you be my neighbor?”

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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