3/31 Event: Easter Egg Hunt


Employment: Fort Greene Park Conservancy Program and Development Associate

Fort Greene Park Conservancy Program and Development Associate
Brooklyn, NY

Job Summary
Reporting to the Program and Development Manager and working closely with the Board of Directors as well as NYC Parks staff, the Program and Development Associate (the “Associate”) will (1) support critical programs and fundraising activities, (2) administer relevant systems and databases, and (3) support the vision of Fort Greene Park Conservancy (“FGPC”) of a thriving Fort Greene Park (“Park”). S/he should be a thoughtful, curious multi-tasker eager to contribute to the growth of a nonprofit nationally-recognized for its excellence serving a vibrant community. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• oversight, promotion, and fulfillment of FGPC’s Membership Program;
• researching, writing, and administering grants from both current and prospective public and private sources;
• supporting public programs, leading both volunteer restoration/horticulture projects and special events;
• creating content for communications, including the FGPC e-newsletter, website, and social media platforms; and
• supporting special projects and other public programs where necessary, including fundraising events, board
activities, and occasional public art installations.

The Associate must have the temperament and interpersonal skills to interact with a wide range of Park and organizational stakeholders from diverse backgrounds (including City agency officials, FGPC board members, donors, press, Park visitors and neighbors, volunteers) with maturity, discretion, and empathy.
Time commitment is full-time (minimum 40 hours per week), Monday through Friday, with flexible hours as well as occasional nights and frequent weekends, especially during the summer months. Following a successful first year, the Associate will be considered for a managerial role and pay raise. Individuals from historically underserved
communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
· Excellent written and spoken communication skills (writing sample requested below)
· Required computer skills: Microsoft Office/Mac (Word, Excel), G-Suite Apps (Docs, Sheets, Forms);
· Experience with Adobe Creative Suite/computer-based GIS mapping systems a plus
· Ability to participate and thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced team environment
· Creativity and willingness to take initiative
· Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, and gender
· Possess strong attention to detail, project management skills, and be highly organized
· Flexibility and willingness to work in variety of work environments, both indoor and in the Park
· Ability to take on physical, outdoor work, including occasional heavy lifting (30+ lbs.)
· 1-2 years’ experience in nonprofit/environmental/government sectors preferred, but not required
· Experience in philanthropy/grant writing/event fundraising helpful, but not required

Commensurate with experience.

· Four weeks paid vacation + comp time.
· Employer health insurance coverage, up to $500 monthly.
· Ability to lead oneself with significant room to design processes and operations.
· Regularly being paid to hang out in one of New York’s most incredible parks.

Cover letters should explain: (1) Your relevant qualifications and past experience; (2) Your reasons for seeking work at a small community-based nonprofit; and (3) Why public space is important to you. Application materials, including cover letters, resumes, and writing sample should be emailed in a single (one) PDF file addressed to:

Julian Macrone
Program and Development Manager
Fort Greene Park Conservancy
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

About Fort Greene Park Conservancy (www.fortgreenepark.org)
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy (FGPC), in partnership with the City of New York and the community, enhances Fort Greene Park’s function as one of Brooklyn’s primary green spaces and strengthens the culturally diverse Fort Greene community through programming and park conservation. FGPC’s free summer programming attracts over 20,000 attendees per year with a diverse portfolio of events including music festivals, kids’ concerts, historic walking tours, horticultural volunteer events, and other community programming.

Brooklyn’s first official park, Fort Greene Park is a 30-acre public park owned and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. It was first championed by the borough’s most famous poet, Walt Whitman, and designed by the landscape architectural team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The park’s McKim, Mead, and White–designed Prison Ship Martyrs Monument commemorates the sacrifice of more than 11,500 prisoners of war who died in captivity during the Revolutionary War, whose collected remains are interred in the park. Today, the park finds itself at the center of one of Brooklyn’s most diverse, vibrant neighborhoods. Entering its third year as a staffed organization, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy is uniquely positioned to serve as a cultural and civic leader in the rapidly-growing Borough.

The Fort Greene Park Conservancy provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic
information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and national service alumni encouraged to apply.

12/3 Event: 4th Annual Fort Greene Park Tree Lighting

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TUESDAY: Notice of Public Hearing/Meeting on Fort Greene Park-Parks Without Borders and Unity Preparatory Charter School


Fort Greene Park – Parks Without Borders
November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM, a public hearing will be held at 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Borough of Manhattan with respect to the following properties and then followed by a public meeting
Important info: Note, written testimony is accepted as late as 4pm Monday prior to the meeting. The web portal is available online here:

NYC Board of Standards and Appeals Hearing
November 14, 2017
22 Reade Street, Spector Hall, Manhattan

Submitting testimony (info here)
2017-23-BZ Project Reference Code)
Davidoff Hutcher & Cintron LLP
32 Lexington Avenue aka 15 Quincy Street, Brooklyn Variance (§72-21) to allow the development of a UG 3 School (Unity Preparatory Charter School) contrary to ZR §§23-153 and 24-165 (maximum lot coverage, ZR §23-153 (permitted floor area, ZR §23-622 (maximum permitted height, maximum number of stories and required 15 foot initial setback and ZR 24-36 (required rear yard). R6B zoning district. Community Board #2BK

Trick or Treat: Halloween Events in D35 and Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for children, but parents should be aware of potential safety risks when not properly supervised. Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision, even if they are traveling with groups of friends, to ensure that the only scary experiences children have are those associated with the spirit of Halloween.

  • Children should wear flame-resistant costumes that allow them to move their arms and walk freely without tripping.  Masks should not impede normal vision, breathing, or hearing. Makeup and face paint should be non-toxic.  Use flexible props, such as foam rather than plastic, to avoid children from accidentally hurting one another.
  • Children who trick-or-treat at night should carry a flashlight and wear reflective or light-colored clothing and costumes.  Using reflective tape is also an option.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be familiar with the neighborhood you plan on visiting. Practice street safety: be alert when crossing the street, avoid looking down at cellphones.
  • Avoid poorly-lit areas and homes of people you do not know.
  • Travel in groups. Remember, there is safety in numbers (at least 1 adult).
  • Avoid displaying valuables or electronic devices. Thieves will use this holiday to hide behind masks to commit crimes.
  • Place emergency identification information discreetly inside clothing of small children.
  • Adults should inspect all treats before allowing children to consume them.
  • Halloween treats should only be consumed if appropriately packaged in their original, unopened packages.  Avoid homemade or unpackaged treats.
  • Remember to utilize 911 for all emergencies and 311 for non-emergency situations.

-courtesy of the NYPD

Saturday, October 21

Annual Harvest Hang

11AM – 3PM

Brooklyn Navy Yard – 63 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY

For more info and to RSVP (strongly encouraged), click here.

Saturday, October 21

Movies Under the Stars: The Addams Family (1991)

6PM – 8PM

Fort Greene Park

For more info, click here.

Wednesday, October 25-30*

78th Precinct’s Haunted House

3PM – 9PM

78th Precinct – 65 Sixth Avenue Brooklyn, NY

The 78th Precinct will transform its basement into a bone-chilling haunted house for the days leading up to Halloween. The frightful site routinely draws hundreds who line up around the block for the event.

Saturday, October 28

Coding Tricks and Treats


808 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY

RSVP: https://dgicodingtricksandtreats.eventbrite.com

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Saturday, October 28

19th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest


Fort Greene Park (northwest corner)

For more info, click here.

Saturday October 28

Prospect Park’s 38th Annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Fair

12PM – 3PM

Prospect Park

Encounter zombies, werewolves, witches, and other Halloween characters on a haunted walk through the woodland Lookout Hill, ideal for families with children ages 7-12. All ages can enjoy a festive Halloween Fair on the Nethermead, featuring family-friendly activities, as well as sweet and savory treats from some of the city’s top food trucks.

For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Saturday October 28

Fall Harvest Costume Party

12PM – 4PM

The Black Lady Theater – 750 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY

There will be face painting, prizes, music, food and drinks, games, arts and crafts, and story-telling in a festival for the whole family! The event is free to the public.

courtesy of Brooklyn Community Board No. 8

Saturday October 28

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Ghouls and Ghords

12PM – 5:30PM

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 150 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY

For more info, click here.

Saturday October 28

17th Annual Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival

12PM – 3PM

Fort Greene Park

For more info, click here.

Saturday October 28

8th Annual Franklin Avenue Halloween Parade


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Sunday, October 29

Boo to You! FAB Halloween Fun Fest 


Putnam Triangle (Fulton St. & Grand Ave.) Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn LOVES Halloween, and FABFulton is no exception!

We’ve got a full day of frighteningly FAB (and FREE) fun planned that the whole family can enjoy, as once again Pratt Institute’s Inter-Greek Council partners with FAB Alliance to present a lively Halloween Fun Fest at Putnam Triangle Plaza (Fulton St. & Grand Ave.), Sunday, Oct. 29, from 11a-3pm. Wear your costumes and check out the many activity stations featuring face-painting, paper bag puppet-making, mummy wrapping, slime making and other cool arts & crafts to get you into the spooky spirit of the season. A DJ will keep the crowd moving to the beat, while a stilt walker and other performers mingle about. Our friends at Ridgewood Savings Bank will also be out with free swag and treats, so be sure to add this event to your Halloween calendar!


Sunday, October 29

Brooklyn Music School’s Musical Haunted House*

3PM – 6PM

Brooklyn Music School – 126 St. Felix Street Brooklyn, NY

For more info, click here.

Tuesday, October 31



Peter Jay Sharp Building – 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY


Start your night of trick-or-treating at BAM’s free outdoor Halloween block party. Come celebrate our spirited tradition with family-friendly music and mischief.


• Candy giveaways
• Bounce house
• Carnival games
• Costume contest
• Arts & crafts
• And more

Happy Halloween, Fort Greene!

For more info, click here.

Tuesday, October 31 (rescheduled from 10/29 due to rain)

AbunDance Academy of the Arts’ Thriller Flash Mob


Intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Emerson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Click here to learn the dance routine.

For more info, click here.


Tuesday, October 31

Clinton Avenue “Halloween 313”

5PM – 9PM

313 Clinton Avenue Brooklyn, NY

For more info, click here.

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Safe Path Walk



Tuesday, October 31

A Clinton Hill Halloween


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 * courtesy of DNA Info