Brooklyn Community Board 8 represents the neighborhoods of North Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Weeksville. Atlantic Avenue serves as the northern boundary for the board, Eastern Parkway denotes the southern boundary, Ralph Avenue is the eastern boundary and Flatbush Avenue is the western boundary (refer to the map above). The community board serves as the direct link between the neighborhoods and the city government by becoming a place to gather response, make decisions, monitor land use, municipal services, city budget and bring awareness to any other neighborhood issues.
As of 2006 the total population within the bounds of Brooklyn Community Board was 127,013, with the median annual income being $38,524. The population is comprised by the majority (74%) being Non-Hispanic Blacks, followed then by Non-Hispanic whites (13%), Hispanics (10%), Non-Hispanic Asians (2%) and the remaining 2% of the population identifying themselves as another race or ethnicity. Of the total population 81% of individuals fall between the ages of 18-54, the remaining 18% is 55 years old or older. As of 2010, 46,994 residents (about 37.3% of the total population) receive income assistance in varying forms, the majority in the form of Medicaid.
The community board is comprised of 50 unsalaried members, half whom are appointed by the borough president and the other half who are appointed by local city council members; members of the board must live in, work in or show a strong interest in the Community Board 8 domain. Along with serving as a forum for discussion surrounding services and neighborhood concerns the board has an extensive compilation of resources, the lot of which can be accessed through their website. Information regarding local schools, churches, health services, continuing education opportunities and childcare services are all compiled here; community friendly events and services as will as updates about construction or road closures are also topics the board posts to their website.
Brooklyn Community Board 8 holds a monthly general meeting, as will as multiple committee specific meetings, all of which are open to the general public. Meeting schedules and locations can be found on there website here.
*Population statics sourced from NewYork City Department of City Planning