CitizeNYC is dedicated to providing great news coverage and connecting it with actions citizens can take to improve NYC.
Lt. Federico Narvaez Tot Lot 1302 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY - City Council District 40A minivan crashed into the tot lot on November 19th, destroying the fence around the playground, making it unsafe for toddlers and kids to play there. This is an important space in the community and needs to be fixed.
730 Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn, NY - City Council District 40Along the west side of Coney Island Avenue from Caton and on south, auto-body and car wash shops park cars and stand signs in one of the traffic lanes. This causes a dangerous mix of backed up traffic and drivers trying to maneuver around these hazards. This is an ongoing issue that causes problems for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Fort Hamilton Parkway And Prospect Expressway Brooklyn, NY - Park SlopeTo get to the Fort Hamilton Parkway F/G station from Fort Hamilton on the west side of the Prospect Expressway, one major access route is a path that goes under a bridge that crosses the expressway. Every time it rains, the passageway floods, leaving an enormous puddle that is impossible to cross. This has been going on for a very long time: http://www.kensingtonprospect.com/news/dont-forget-your-flippers
255-267 E 18th St Brooklyn, NY 11226, USA - City Council District 40There is a huge area of sunken pavement along the NE corner of East 18th and Beverley. Along with being a driving hazard, it routinely catches water when it rains that takes forever to evaporate, and in the summer months this creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
536-570 Barlow Ave Staten Island, NY 10312, USA - Ettingville
This area on Barlow Ave between Getz ave and Eltingville blvd, has a house that makes Barlow ave a very narrow two way street. It's about the width of a one way! People go down this road way too fast and I think a speed bump should be placed on this narrow passage for driver and pedestrian safety. Because it is so narrow, it is the perfect spot to place a speed bump.
People who travel up Getz Ave have a hard time seeing oncoming traffic because a house blocks the view. So I think in addition to the speed bump, an all way stop sign should be placed on the corners of Getz Ave and Barlow Ave
664 Rugby Road Brooklyn, NY - City Council District 40The tree at 664 is split and will fall any moment. People are crossing the caution tape posing for pics beneath it.
A work order has been created by the forestry dept, but the tree is visibly splitting and will fall into the street and sidewalk. Both fallen trees at Rugby Road (664 & 668) need to be removed immediately.
577-579 Main St New York, NY - Roosevelt Island
I am writing to request your assistance with an issue of child safety on Roosevelt Island. My daughter recently started kindergarten at PS/IS 217
in the Gifted and Talented program. She is one of 20 students who ride
daily from our home in Jackson Heights, Queens to the school in a van chartered and paid for by the families of the children. Despite the high numbers of enrolled students from our neighborhood at the school, the
NYC Dept of Education rejected our request for DOE-funded bus service to
PS/IS 217 - because we see promise in the Roosevelt Island school, we each
pay $65 per week for the van service to and from school each day.
We are troubled to learn that our van, which is chartered solely to bring
students to and from school on Roosevelt Island, is not allowed to park in
the bus loading area in front of the school. The Public Safety officers
are insisting that our drivers find regular parking spots in a location
remote from the school and then walk the children to the school - from
wherever they are able to find parking. Our drivers are wonderful, and we
trust their ability to drive our children safely to school - but to then
ask them to park potentially far away from the school and to walk 10
children each over to the school is too much.
It is common sense to let these two vans stand in the bus-loading area
while the drivers bring the chidren to and from their classrooms - safer
for the children, the van drivers and the other drivers in the area.
Please work with the Public Safety Department to let our chidren be dropped
off and picked up from school in a safe manner, at the loading location
where all of the other student transportation is allowed to stop.
Thank you for your help with this issue - I look forward to hearing back
Argyle Road And Cortelyou Brooklyn, NY 11213, USA - City Council District 40The tot lot at Cortelyou and Argyle was in sorry shape Tuesday morning (8/3). What looked like a big pool of vomit on and under one of the benches and the remains of a
dead mouse under the jungle gym. Pretty disconcerting. Also there is an abundance of garbage, uneven floor areas with perpetual and useless orange cones, and the jungle gym has many areas of exposed metal.
315 West 103rd Street New York, NY - Upper West Side
Construction at 315 West 103rd Street is seemingly in violation of NY building code. Plus, the owner falsely claimed that the building was vacant in his application to the Department of Buildings.
We call on the DOB to order the removal of this allegedly illegal addition at once.
Please help spread the word and get others to click "I want this fixed too" and to "Subscribe to all comments by email" so everyone can stay informed.
Also, sign petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/illegaluwsconstruction.
700 E 17th St Brooklyn, NY 11230, USA - City Council District 402 years ago this homeowner illegally constructed an addition in violation of landmarks, under cover, during labor day weekend. he was issued a stop work order. today i see he has resumed work, still with no permits, and still in violation of landmark status! we have been fighting him for 2 years, and cannot believe! he has not been fined heavily and forced to tear down this structure. it violates his F.A.R. significantly, is constructed on top of his driveway, destroys the landmark nature of the house and neighborhood, and sits far too close to the neighbors. STOP HIM IMMEDIATELY! FINE HIM HEAVILY PLEASE!!!!!!!!! He also is a bad man, having intentionally tried to cause physical harm to the old man next door, who has now passed away. He used to throw garbage on the neighbor's porch, among other acts, hoping to cause the old man to fall. The widow now has her property illegally encroached upon and lives in fear of the temper of this selfish person.
Newkirk Plaza Brooklyn, New York - City Council District 40
Constant issues with overflowing trash cans in Newkirk Plaza, especially on the West side, with garbage constantly blowing all over the Plaza. Perhaps more garbage cans or more frequent pick-up would solve the problem.
Photo is 1 of 3 from 7/25/14