Chairperson's Message

Community Board 2 Chairperson John Dew

Welcome to the Brooklyn Community Board 2 website. I strongly believe one of the most important roles played by the City's community boards is serving as a channel for communication between the community and government and other entities. This website will assist with that function.

I am frequently struck by how multifaceted Brooklyn Community District 2 is. It is home to the city's third largest central business district, which is surrounded by diverse residential communities. The transportation infrastructure alone includes the eastern end of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, roughly three miles of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a commuter rail terminal, 15 subway lines and numerous bus routes. I could make similar lists of the nine post-secondary schools, the several hospitals, or the many cultural institutions. Construction has begun on a major public park and a professional sports arena. Where else can all this and more be found in one community district?

The residents of Community District 2 are equally diverse. On average, they are more likely to be American born than the borough or city as a whole. They are generally better educated, in the labor force in higher proportions, wealthier. But the district-wide data should never blind us to entrenched poverty and its causes, inadequate health care, the many ways some residents struggle with the daily challenges that can be life in New York City.

Much of the above has evolved at the same time and enjoys a synergy. Other characteristics fit together with a bit of force. Some of the many facets of the community district are in conflict. Community Board 2 is dedicated to making the area the best it can be for the people who live, work and visit here. I invite you to join us in that effort. Share with us what you see and think both as it occurs to you and more formally at public hearings. Attend the meetings of the board and its committees. And please use this website to stay informed about Community District 2.

John Dew, Chairperson
Brooklyn Community Board 2

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