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Archive for 'Home/Neighborhood Improvement'

4 Spring Cleaning Tips That are a Breeze

from ADT Use a shredder to discard documents that contain personal information to prevent identity theft. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Clean your lint trap after each cycle, and periodically scrub the int trap screen with water and a soft brush […]

East New York Farms & UCC

This winter, UCC joined community residents and other local organizations to form the Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York and Cypress Hills. The coalition was formed to address city plans to allow the building of 5,000 to 7,000 units of new housing in East New York.  We want to work closely with the city, […]


Staring January 2015, it’s illegal to discard electronics in the trash. Recycling Options for working & non-working electronics* DSNY’s e-cycleNYC program. Apartment building with more than 10 units can enroll for this free and convenient pickup service ( Retail drop-off programs. For example, drop off electronics (no purchase required) at any Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best […]

Help NYC’s food businesses compost with local community sites!

  Dear Friend, Citizens Committee believes New York City Council should consider allowing local restaurants and food businesses to prove their commitment to environmental stewardship, neighborhoods and customers by allowing them to give a portion of their food scraps to community compost sites rather than have them carted away to other states that are far […]

Workshop: DIY Projects

Workshop: Build a Hoophouse (Greenhouse) Join us for another DIY workshop to learn how to build a hoophouse in your community garden! A hoophouse is a simple greenhouse structure that can extend your growing season and protect your plants and seedlings from harsh weather. We will be working in a community garden so that participants […]

Top 10 unsexiest home improvement projects

Date Published: Jan 09 2014 | by Mike LaFollette If you’re a first-time homeowner, the thought of home improvement probably conjures visions of installing a state-of-the-art kitchen with the latest appliances, or a sprawling patio that transforms your backyard into an outdoor oasis. Not only do these projects boost the value of your home, but they’re […]

Avoid scams by hiring right

by Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List SCAM. IT’S A SCARY WORD. A healthy fear of bad service is one reason some join Angie’s List. The unfortunate experience of actually having been a target of shady operators directly led others to become members. In nearly 19 years of working closely with consumers and service providers, […]

DIY Danger

Each year, tens of millions of homeowners take on home improvement projects themselves.  Many save money, with optimal pride-swelling results.  But an estimated one-in-five DIYers end up getting hurt in the process.  Know your limits. Trim trees safely: 30,509 are treated annually in emergency rooms for injuries related to chain saws, typically used for cutting […]

You’re invited to the United Community Centers Garden Party!

United Community Centers Garden Party Please join us for an evening in the garden. Meet our Board, staff, program participants, and neighbors. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, performances, music, and a raffle while the sun sets over East New York. Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM New Vision Garden Corner of Schenck and Livonia […]

Protect Your Family & Home — Call Before You Dig

Call 811 before starting a home improvement project that requires excavation. If you don’t, you could hit gas, electric, water, sewer, cable, or telephone lines, and endanger yourself and others. Call 2 to 10 days before starting – whether planting a tree, putting in a mailbox or working on larger projects. Utility companies will mark […]