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Public Meeting Notice - December 28, 2021 (Agenda TBA)

Community District 16 Street Activity Permit Guidelines

Street Activity Permits are required for Street Fairs, Block Parties, Farmers’ Markets, Block Cleanups, and sidewalk closings. In planning your event, please be reminded of the following:

1) Applications for Street Activity Permits are now filed on-line using a major credit card. To apply on-line, go to and select “SAPO E-Apply”. As a new user, you must first create an account. Once you have completed that process, you may proceed to fill out an application for your street closing. A copy will be sent to the Board's office electronically for approval. Please apply at least one hundred (100) days prior to your event. This will enable the District Manager to submit comments on your application in a timely fashion to the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office. You should be aware that when using a major credit card, the fee will be $25.62. Please be reminded that the application fee is non-refundable. Rain dates are no longer available for block parties. Remember, block closings for parties or other events can begin as early as 9:00 a.m. and must end no later than 6:00 p.m. and are permitted for eight-hour blocks of time.

2) At the request of the 73rd Precinct and for reasons of public safety, we ask that you not schedule events on the following dates:

  • St. Patrick's Day - Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Memorial Day - Friday, May 28 - Monday, May 30, 2021
  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade - Saturday, June 12 - Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Gravenhise Memorial – Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Independence Day - Friday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5, 2021
  • Old-timers Week - Friday, July 30 -    Saturday, July 31, 2021
  • National Night Out Against Crime - Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • Dominican Day Parade - Saturday, August 7 - Sunday, August 8, 2021
  • Labor Day Parade - Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Halloween – Sunday, October 31, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Christmas Eve – Friday, December 24, 2021
  • 3) Street closings for block parties held during July, August and September will be limited to five (5) per Saturday.

    4) If the event occurs on streets abutting New York City Housing Authority buildings, you must obtain a letter from the Commanding Officer of PSA (Police Service Area) #2 in support of the event. When applying for these events on-line, a copy of PSA #2’s letter must be uploaded with the application.

    5) If you are not the president of your block association, you must submit to the District Manager a letter signed by the president consenting to the closing or in the absence of an organized association a letter/petition signed by a majority of the adult residents of the block with their corresponding addresses. If you need assistance to apply online, call the Community Board Office at (718) 385-0323.



    • Do not close off streets by parking cars at the intersections. This practice is illegal and a threat to public safety. Speak to the Community Affairs Officers at the 73rd Precinct (718/495-5422) for advice on how best to close off the street safely.

    • Make sure that any school, house of worship, or other institution or business on your block is aware of the closing.

    •  "NO PARKING" paper signs may be made available through the 73rd Precinct. When posting these signs, do not pin, staple, tack or nail them onto trees. This practice causes harm to the tree and is a summons-able offense. Tape or string is recommended.

    • Sound device permits for the use of electronic sound amplification devices (i.e., speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.) may be obtained at the 73rd Precinct. The Police Department charges a separate $45 fee for sound device permits.

    • Do not use hydrants unless they have spray caps on them. Access to hydrants and spray caps are available through the Fire Department.

    • Make arrangements for recycling appropriate materials and for policing the area for litter. Remember: Don't Litter but Do Recycle!

    Brooklyn Community Board 16 Internship

    The Brooklyn Community District 16 fellowship or internship is a unique opportunity for individuals pursuing studies in public administration, public health or urban planning, and seeking to work with groups and individuals exploring public interest matters and improved outcomes for residents of the community through the lens of social justice and equity, and in relationship to the social determinants of health and equal opportunity for all.

    The fellow or intern will support Brooklyn Community Board 16 (CB16) which serves the Ocean Hill and Brownsville neighborhoods of Brooklyn and home to approximately 125,000 local residents.

    Brooklyn Community Board 16 is one of 59 community boards established as per the Charter of New York City whose purpose is to provide local neighborhood advisory to government agencies, elected officials, community-based organizations, local businesses and residents with operations, responsibilities and or interests in the local community; and when those interests impact overall quality of life for residents in the community.

    The fellow or intern will work closely with the District Manager, committee chairpersons, work groups and/or stakeholder groups of Brooklyn Community Board 16 to coordinate community issues and community groups, and help to advance the community priorities identified by the Board related to i.e. health, economic development, housing; etc.

    The successful fellow or intern should:

    • Be a student pursing a bachelor or graduate degree
    • Work well independently and in group settings
    • Be detail oriented and well organized
    • Have strong written and verbal skills
    • Possess interpersonal skills
    • Have great communication skills both written and verbal
    • Have strong computer skills and can use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) and Adobe Photoshop is a plus

    The fellow or intern responsibilities may be as follows:

    • Administratively supporting projects
    • Canvass to collect data and conducting research to understand depth of issues
    • Design surveys and presentations to collect and convey pertinent information
    • Prepare other reports, documents and necessary communications i.e. flyers, meeting notes, etc.
    • Assist with scheduling and facilitating meetings, if necessary
    • Develop and maintain database information; if necessary
    • Attend committee, workgroup or stakeholder group meetings and/or other community meetings, as needed


    • Laptop
    • Travel throughout district which includes frequent walking
    • May require 10-20 hours per month/3-6 hours per week two days per week


    • Unpaid

    Interested students should submit the following documents to District Manager Viola Greene-Walker at (718) 385-0323 or

  • Complete Volunteer Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter or Letter Interest
  • School Program Requirements and Advisement Contact, if applicable
  • Students will be required to sign-in on each day of service and complete a bi-weekly progress report

    Learn about Community District #16's Community Emergency Response Team

    NYC CERT teams are groups of neighborhood and community-based volunteers that undergo an intensive training program in disaster preparedness and basic response skills. After completing training, these teams act to support their local communities by assisting the various emergency agencies that prepare for and respond to disasters.

    As a rule, emergency services personnel are the best equipped to respond to emergencies. However, following a catastrophic disaster, CERT teams can handle initial emergency recovery while they wait for professional First Responders.

    For more information about Community District #16's CERT please call the Board's office at (718) 385-0323. (Revised: December 11, 2008)

    View the CERT flyer

    Register to Vote Online

    To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

    Please use the link below for more information and/or complete registration forms. (Revised: November 13, 2014)

    Read the Voter Registration Application Frequently Asked Questions

    NYCHA Resident Training Academy

    Are you a NYCHA resident? Are you looking for a better paying job? Are you looking for a job in the construction industry?

    If you answered yes to the questions above, then NYCHA's Resident Employment Services (RES) may be just what you're looking for! RES can provide or refer you to resources you need to prepare for and pursue employment. (Revised: September 02, 2011)

    Learn more about the NYCHA Resident Training Academy