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  • Mitchell’s Soul Food

    To Whom It May Concern: I am the manager of Mitchell’s Soul Food Restaurant, a restaurant that has been serving customers for 40 years, located at 617A Vanderbilt Avenue.  The Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets has caused a significant decrease in sales on Sundays, previously our busiest day of the week. In fact, if we needed…

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  • Street Tagging

    At the end of March 2024, after continued dismissal of community input,  someone tagged the various boulders and platerns. Given protests by some community members to the graffiti, within 4 days, the city went ahead and removed the tags only on these items leaving other items on Underhill tagged and untouched. See comparison images below.…

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  • House of Hair

    To Whom It May Concern: I am the owner of the House of Hair, a beauty salon located at 615 Washington Avenue, and am writing to let you know that I strongly oppose Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets and the changes made to Underhill Avenue. These initiatives have a significant negative impact not only on my…

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  • Pooch Purrfect

    To Whom It May Concern: I am the owner of Pooch Purrfect at 789 Washington Avenue. In addition to selling pet supplies, we run a doggy day care and boarding facility. The Vanderbilt Open Streets and the Underhill Bike Boulevard have negatively affected my business. Having to travel from Washington Ave to pick up clients’…

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  • Washington Transmission

    To Whom It May Concern: I am the Proprietor of Washington Transmissions Inc. Our repair shop has been on Washington Avenue for over forty years. We have seen a lot of changes in this neighborhood over the years.  The Vanderbilt Open Streets and Underhill conversion has made it harder for us to do business.  We…

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  • BK Sub

    To Whom It May Concern, I am the owner of Brooklyn Sub. I started the business 21 years ago. Since Open Streets and the installation of the Underhill Bike boulevard, I have seen unwelcome changes in the neighborhood. I live in Long Island and need to drive to work every day. My mother lives in…

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  • Art Bar and Cafe

    To Whom It May Concern: I am co-owner of the Art Café and Bar located at 884 Pacific Street. I’m writing because I am displeased with the un-announced changes made to Underhill Avenue.  As a business owner located on Underhill Avenue (our business has entrances on both Pacific Street and Underhill Avenue), I expect to…

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  • Foodtown

    We are Foodtown of Prospect Heights located at 632 Vanderbilt Avenue Brooklyn NY and we are writing to inform you that we OBJECT to Vanderbilt open streets. We are a large supermarket that has served our community for almost 40 years and we have watched this neighborhood grow and develop.  During COVID quarantine and for…

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  • 656 Laundromat

    To Whom It May Concern: I am the manager of the 656 Laundromat on 656 Vanderbilt Avenue. I am writing because I am opposed to having the Vanderbilt Open Streets continue in 2024. On Friday afternoons, even though Open Streets do not officially start until 5:00pm, barricades are put up at 4:40pm. This traps buses…

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  • Prospect Heights Eastern Spa

    To Whom It May Concern: I am the owner of the Prospect Heights Eastern Spa located on 653 Vanderbilt Avenue.  I am writing to let you know that I am not in favor of allowing Vanderbilt Avenue Open Streets to continue next year.  This initiative has resulted in much less business for my store, as it…

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  • Anonymous Vanderbilt Business Owner

    To Whom It May Concern: I am writing to urge you to take whatever steps you can to ensure that Vanderbilt Open Streets does not continue in 2024. My busiest day of the week is Saturday.  Many customers come to my store by car and during Open Streets weekends, they are unable to find any…

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