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Thank you for attending the BHPA Summer Fundraiser

The results of our August 6th Summer Fundraiser are in, and it was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that joined us at Indigo Murphy’s on Saturday night (and there were too many to individually name).  To those that could not attend but made donations via our Paypal account,your donations enabled our organization to raise over $2,000. Together, we’re showing the city that we’re not going to sit back and watch illegal home conversions harm the people who live in them and destroy the communities that we’ve worked so hard to build and maintain.

We would like to thank some of our local businesses and civic organizations who were kind enough to donate food and prizes. We believe that local businesses are critical to our community and we encourage you to support them!

75th Street Auto Center

316 Bay Ridge Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Car trouble? Tommy will diagnose and fix it in short order and at a competitive price. Expect friendly, professional, attentive service.

Dyker Heights Civic Association

Fiacco’s Pork Store

6511 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219
A venerable Italian deli known for its housemade sausages, cheeses & sandwiches crafted to order.

Halo Salon NYC

550 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11209 
A full-service salon offering hair services, makeup, facial threading, and more.

Johnny’s Pizzeria

5806 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
A small, family-run pizza place selling counter-serve slices, pies, pasta & hero sandwiches since 1968.

La Bella Marketplace

7907 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
A full-service grocer stocking homemade sausages, imported cheeses & many Italian specialty foods.

M&L Vision

7420 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
(718) 748-7061

Mike’s Paint

6411 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219
Mike’s Paint has been serving the Brooklyn area for the past 65 years for all of it’s painting and redecorating needs.

Ocean Horizons

886 71st St, Brooklyn, NY 11228
Scuba instruction from beginner to instructor in the New York Metropolitan area.

Pollina Pharmacy

7605 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
A great neighborhood pharmacy with all the daily essentials, plus some extras.

Sal’s Hair Stylists (Unisex Salon)

7601 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
A neighborhood unisex salon that’s been in Dyker Heights for over 20 years and grown with the community.

South Brooklyn Home Services

(347) 762 3720
South Brooklyn Home Services helps residents of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge with a wide range of every day tasks including household cleanings, deliveries, general maintenance, and more.


9206 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Established in 1988, StreetSounds is located in Brooklyn and has one of the largest inventories of Gretsch guitars anywhere in the world.


We would also like to thank our elected officials or their representatives that were able to attend:


Councilman Vincent Gentile
Councilman Mark Treyger
Andrew Gournardes for Borough President Eric Adams
Serena MacLellan for State Senator Martin Golden
Alexandra Larkin for State Assemblywoman Pamela Harris
Nick Chambra for State Assemblywoman Nicloe Malliotakis
Fran Vella-Marrone for Congressman Dan Donovan

And a very special thank you to Indigo Murphy’s for letting us host this event!

Indigo Murphy’s

7102 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11228
Pub grub & beer served in a down-to-earth sports bar with flat-screen TVs & live music.

We are committed to protecting homes from illegal conversions through community education and political action. Your support helps us continue our mission of informing communities about the hazards of illegal conversions, how to recognize a potential illegal conversion and how to go about reporting it.

Please visit our website to stay connected with us or to contact us if you have feedback and/or concerns.

Thank you for helping to make a difference with your contribution to the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance!

July 2016 Newsletter

We hope you’re all having a great summer! We’re still hard at work fighting illegal conversions in Brooklyn and wanted to share some recent news and upcoming events with you. This is from our recently distributed July 2016 Summer Newsletter.


Aggravated Illegal Conversions Bill

On June 21, 2016, New York City Council Members Vincent J. Gentile, Jumaane D. Williams, and Barry S. Grodenchik introduced the Aggravated Illegal Conversions Bill (Introduction #1218). This new bill would impose high penalties on bad actor landlords and equip the Department of Buildings with the ability to gain entry into suspected illegal conversion sites to issue violations as necessary.

Details about the bill

Aggravated Illegal Conversions – Introduction #1218 Text

Task Force Statistics

Last year, The Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance and the Dyker Heights Civic Association, in conjunction with our local elected officials and the Department of Buildings, formed an Agency Task Force with the focus of combating the proliferation of Illegal Home Conversions in Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. Our efforts over the past year have resulted in increasing success in our fight against these illegal conversions:

  • Of the 448 illegal home conversions reported in Community Board 10 during 2015, the DOB was able to access 246 homes, a 25% increase since 2014
  • Where the DOB got access, 35.6% were issued code violations; an increase from 19.7% in 2014
  • ­153 Stop Work Orders were issued in 2015, a 121% increase over 2014
  • 815 Environmental Control Board violations were issued, representing an increase of 59% over 2014
  • ­ Since 2014, there has been a 300% increase in Vacate Orders

The vast increase in violations­ issued during 2015 was due to the fact that the DOB received a far greater number of credible complaints from the community than in 2014. As a community, we’ve proved that we can make a real, tangible difference. If you see a possible illegal conversion, don’t hesitate to call 311 and make a complaint!


We have a lot of upcoming events and hope that you can join us for some (if not all) of them!

Summer Strolls in Bay Ridge

We’ll have a booth set up at all of the Summer Strolls in Bay Ridge. Stop by and say hello! We’ll be talking to residents and have plenty of literature to distribute. We can answer your questions and collect information about any suspected or known illegal conversions as well. Bring some of your neighbors who may not be familiar with our cause and have them sign our petition! See below for details on where we’ll be located:

August 5 (Friday)
– Bay Ridge Ave to 80th Street on 3rd Ave – BHPA between 7802 – 7804 3rd Ave

August 12 (Friday)
– 80th Street to 90th Street on 3rd Ave – BHPA in front of 8601 – 3rd Ave

Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance Fundraiser

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 6pm to 10pm
Where: Indigo Murphy’s, 7102 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11228
Tickets: $20 at the door

Please join us for food, drinks, live entertainment and prizes! Get to meet your neighbors, show your support, and have a great time at our upcoming fundraising event. There will be a light buffet available and attendees will receive one free drink and one free raffle ticket. A share of the proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance to continue our work. Help us stop illegal conversions in Brooklyn AND have fun doing it!

View the details here on our website or on our Facebook event page

Special Permit Appeal Hearing

When: Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Community Board 10’s application to repeal the Special Permit is up for review by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The Special Permit provides provisions for homeowners to expand their homes but adds incentive for developers and investors to illegally convert homes. A public hearing is scheduled for Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 PM. We encourage you to attend this hearing as we are hoping to gain the support of the Borough President to repeal the Special Permit Section 73-622 in Community District 10. If the Special Permit isn’t repealed, we will only be encouraging real estate developers to illegally convert properties into SROs.

Learn more about the Special Permit here

Southern Brooklyn Town Hall

When: Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 PM
Where: New York Aquarium, Surf Ave and West 8th St – Education Hall, Brooklyn NY, 11224

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, in partnership with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Diane Savnio, Assembly Member Pamela Harris, and Council Members Chaim Deutsch and Mark Treyger, will be holding a Town Hall in South Brooklyn at the New York Aquarium. This is an open forum that will allow us to voice our concerns to the city regarding illegal conversions in Brooklyn. We encourage as many people as possible to attend.

View the event details on here our website

Enjoy your summer! We’ll be in touch and hope to hear from you soon!


Town Hall Meeting – List of Officials Attending

As many of you know, our Town Hall Meeting is *TONIGHT!*, Thursday, February 26, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. We have invited many elected officials, city agency representatives, and local community leaders.

We are pleased to announce the names of officials who will be present at the Town Hall.

  • State Senator, Martin J. Golden & Staff members
  • City Councilmember (District 43) Vincent Gentile & Staff members
  • City Councilmember (District 38) Carlos Menchaca
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • Department of Buildings – Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement, Tim Hogan
  • Department of Buildings – Deputy Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs, Patrick Wehle
  • Department of Buildings – Brooklyn Community Affairs Liaison, David Nussbaum
  • Housing Preservation & Development – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Jordan Press
  • Housing Preservation & Development – Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement, Vito Mustaciuolo
  • FDNY – Chief of Fire Prevention, Ronald Spadafora
  • Brooklyn Community Board 10 District Manager, Josephine Beckman
  • Brooklyn Community Board 11 District Manager, Marnee Elian-Pavia
  • Mayor’s Office: Brooklyn Borough Director, Community Affairs Unit, Jonathan Viguers

Additional attendees include:

  • Staff Representatives, Andrew Gounardes (Legal Counsel), Steven Zelter (Brooklyn South Director), Richard Bearak (Land Use Director) from the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • Staff Representative, Nicholas Chamberas, from the office of State Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis
  • Staff Representative, Max Rose, from the office of Brooklyn District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson
  • Staff Representative, Ari Kagan, from the office of Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Staff Representative Lindy Wisotsky, from the office of Congressmember Jerrold Nadler
  • Staff Representative from the office of State Senator Tony Avella
  • Staff Representative from the office of City Councilmember David G. Greenfield
  • Staff Representative, Sheila Boyd, from the office of State Senator Diane Savino
  • Staff Representative, Allen Bucy, from the office of Public Advocate
  • Staff Representative, Linda Lupia, from the office of State Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny

Please note that this post may be updated over the next few hours to reflect the names of new attendees.

Upcoming November Meetings

The below features a list of upcoming meetings that the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance will be speaking at. We strongly encourage you to attend these meetings before the arrival of the holidays. Bring your neighbors, family and/or friends. Our collective presence will continue to get the word out and not let the topic of illegal conversions fade to the wayside.

// Community Board 10 (Brooklyn) – November Full Board Meeting

Group: Community Board 10
Date: Monday, November 17th
Where: Norwegian Christian Home – 1250 67th Street
Time: 7:15pm
Please note: If you would like to speak during the public session, please arrive15 minutes in advance and sign their speaker sheet.

// Community Board 11 (Brooklyn) – November Full Board Meeting

Group: Community Board 11
Date: Thursday, November 20th
Where: Bensonhurst Center – 1740 84th Street
Time: 7:30pm
Please note: If you would like to speak during the public session, please arrive 15 minutes in advance and sign their speaker sheet. You will have approximately 2 minutes to speak.

// Pending: January 2015 Town Hall Meeting

Date/Time: To Be Determined
The Brooklyn HPA, in conjunction with the Dyker Heights Civic Association, is in the process of planning a Town Hall meeting for January 2015. Your attendance will be crucial in letting our elected and news media know that the illegal conversions taking place in our neighborhoods are a serious issue that need to be addressed immediately. We will announce the date and time once the final details are set.

Horror House Finally Dead.

// Brooklyn Eagle // Originally published: November 5, 2014 // By: Matthew Taub //

During the last legislative session, Cymbrowitz introduced a bill (A.1536) that would suspend the licenses of professional engineers and architects who abuse their privileges allowed under New York City’s self-certification program. The program essentially allows licensed architects and engineers to approve the plans themselves and avoid a full-scale review by a Department of Buildings inspector. Cymbrowitz plans to re-introduce the legislation during the upcoming session.

Read the full article featured by the Brooklyn Eagle.

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