Views from Empire

June 16, 2018 – Post Office Improvement meeting

We are excited to announce that we will be meeting with Tom McMenamy, President of the American Postal Workers’ Union Local 251 on June 16 2018 at 10am at 269 Empire Boulevard.

Please join us in lifting the neighborhood voice for change. Our elected officials  (Clarke, Moore, Adams, Richardson, Hamilton) will be invited. Please come and urge them to attend as well.

Together we can secure a renewed post office for our community!

(Light drinks and snacks will be served and we will aim to keep the meeting brief)

Updates from CB9, Richardson and Hamilton

We spoke with Ms. Mia Hilton of Community Board 9 office (tel: 718-778-9279 today . The Chairman of the Community Board Musa Moore received our letter and should be sending a response this week.

A representative of the board intends to attend the postal service’s bi-monthly Customer Advisory Council (CAC) meeting, which is for the Chairpersons of the Community Boards for Brooklyn.

According to John Venable, Customer Relations Coordinator in the Office of the Brooklyn Postmaster ( 718-348-3341):

All Community boards are notified of the upcoming scheduled meetings. We encourage all Community Board Chairperson to be in attendance to inform the Postal Service of any issues or concerns their constituents in the community may have.

At best, at this forum our Local Management staff is afforded the opportunity to address and resolve the needs of the community as well as inform the Community Bd. Chairperson’s of possible issues that can be address by the community that may impede on service to our customers. e.g. broken mail boxes, small mail slots, etc.

We’ve received noncommital responses from Richardson’s office and Hamilton’s office.

We’ve received no response from the post office to date or any representative of the US Postal Service to date.

Update from the Borough President’s Office

On 2018-05-15 16:34, Kleidman, Mila (BROOKLYNBP) wrote:

Brooklyn  Borough President Eric L. Adams’ office received your recent complaint regarding James E. Davis Postal Office.  Upon receipt of your request for assistance I contacted U.S. Postal Service Customer Relations Coordinator.  When a response is received from the Postal Services will contact you again. Thank you for contacting our office.

Mila Kleidman

Constituent Liaison

Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

Eric L. Adams

We Can Deliver Change – Davis Post Office Listening Session

This morning, a small group of us gathered in front of the Davis Post Office with coffee and donuts to talk to community members and postal workers about a vision for an improved post office.

When we discovered that no forward steps had been made since the November 2017 “Town Hall” meeting about the post office, we wanted to see what a small group of neighbors could do.

Over those two hours, we gathered a wealth of ideas and experiences from our neighbors about the post office.

We encountered a rich mix of delight, frustration, anger, and confusion. The overall impression was negative, but patrons were overflowing with suggestions for improvements.

As a next step, we intend to share the requests that we gathered in a clearly worded letter to our elected officials at the community board, city, state, and federal level.  Once the letter is sent, we will share it here, and continue to follow up and update you all via this website/social media.

If you  have additional thoughts or insight about the post office (or anything else!), please drop us an email!

110 Empire Blvd

According to the Who Owns What lookup, the most common names that appear in this portfolio are ISAAC POLLAK, JOE POLLACK, JOSEPH POLLACK, ISAAC POLLACK, and MARTIN PERL. The most common corporate entity is EMPIRE VALLEY LLC and the most common business address is 93 MONTROSE AVENUE 11206.

This portfolio has also lost an estimated 142 rent stabilized units since 2007. This represents 96.6%of the total size of this portfolio.

Cries Against Displacement OR Locating Power

These posters were found in the halls of 270 Empire.

We feel the sense of frustration and woe, and we are in solidarity with you.

However, most people on Empire were disenfranchised and at the mercy of the landlords long before gentrification got aggressive. Can we talk about the people behind the curtain? The ones who pull the strings?  Or are they off limits?

Oh and can we talk about how  the neighborhood can start pulling more of those strings?

What is gentrification? 

Definition – gentrification is a process of (word?) of disenfranchised urban neighborhoods by means of an influx of more affluent residents. It is a general term for the process that dislocates traditional low-income resident (basically residents of color) and changes the social fabric of the neighborhood.

How can we fight against it? 

While there isn’t one solution that can stop gentrification there are steps we can take as a community to help it prosper:

  • Support locally owned businesses
  • Send letter to your district council asking to keep public domains (libraries, parks, and community centers) open
  • Demand affordable housing. You can do so by talking to your elected officials.
  • If possible buy property and invest in the neighborhood.
  • The most important thing is acknowledging and speaking about it.

When we stand a community, we can be unstoppable. 

Eric Adams – Brooklyn Borough President – 209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, New York 11221 – 719.802.3700

Gentrification is new wave colonialism and it has economic, societal, and public health repercussions for communities of color. 

Why should we care? 

Families who have lived in these neighborhoods  their entire lives will no longer be able to afford it because of rent increases. Families are displaced and neighborhoods and their local culture is (sic) stripped away.

When neighborhoods are gentrified, those moving in are looking for cheap rent and the ability to make a better life for themselves. Gentrification is not about beautifying neighbors and making them safer; it is the systematic displacement of people of color from their homes. 

  • Landlords raise rent because of the influx of wealthier people.
  • Local businesses suffer as large competitors open shops.
  • People of color are criminalized as new residents “feel in danger”

Poor communities of color have spent years battling disinvestment and abandonment, but redevelopment only seems to occur when white and wealthy people move into a neighborhood. New amenities are being placed in our communities to serve the new residents, not because they want the local people to enjoy it. If they did, the amenities would have been there earlier.