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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Crown Heights (Crow Hill) Community Meeting Tomorrow, bring popcorn.

 After weeks of public discussion and scattered media reports on just about all things Crown Heights, including the debate over the bike parking spot in front of new cafe Zelda on Franklin Ave, tomorrow is time to air it all out face to face.

The Crow Hill Community Association is providing this opportunity for the residents to come together and discuss relevant issues.

The Town Hall meeting will be held tomorrow March 23, noon – 3pm
P.S. 22 Campus
443 St. Marks at Classon Ave.
http://crowhillcommunity.org/projects/town-hall-meeting-in-march-on-community-vision-for-crown-heights/

 The CHCA has worked hard over the years to not only improve conditions but facilitate residents in achieving common goals of neighborhood redevelopment. Personally "Crow Hill" is a name who's modern day usage I despise (since I think it came into being as someone's derogatory swipe at the early African American residents of the area around Utica Av south of Eastern Parkway)
Crow Hill was in reality a succession of hills extending along the southerly side of Eastern 
Parkway running east & west from Utica to Classon Avenue & south to Empire Blvd & New York Ave, 
originally this was applied to the Utica Avenue portion of the range where then was the negro 
squatter colony. 
When the Kings Co. Penetentairy was built it was known as the Crow Hill Penetentairy and the 
association of the vicinity Crow Hill became permanent. 
source - "http://www.bklyn-genealogy-info.com/Town/Eastern/C.html"
My feeling is based also on the belief that subdividing neighborhoods by name, serves to lessen the strength of the neighborhood. Crown Heights is a huge neighborhood. Once upon a time Prospect Heights was considered Crown Heights, but when tax brackets changed, so did that. Now I can't help wonder when the end of Crown Heights that touches Brownsville is going to be given the boot.

But I digress and the CHCA has worked very hard often effectively to make the neighborhood better. Today we have bigger fish to fry, apparently like debating over bike parking. Which has to be some mark of progress, when you consider, just months ago Brooklynites were debating over bike lanes.

I'll be there hope to see all five of you too! ; )