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The Park Place - Underhill Avenue Block Association

The Park Place – Underhill Avenue Block Association (“PPUABA”) is one of the oldest block associations in New York City, having operated continuously since 1956. The association covers two blocks of Park Place from Vanderbilt Avenue to Washington Avenue; two blocks of Underhill Avenue from Prospect Place to Sterling Place; and 673 Vanderbilt Avenue, which has significant frontage on Park Place - all in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

Purposes
The block association is primarily concerned with improving the appearance, maintenance and safety of our blocks as well as nurturing neighborly contacts; additionally promoting closer contact between residents and elected officials; and encouraging a deeper interest in the physical and social conditions and problems of the Prospect Heights community of which we are a part.

Events and activities
The association holds monthly meetings which traditionally have been in the home of a resident, but since the COVID-19 pandemic have been conducted via videoconference. PPUABA sponsors social, charitable and community improvement activities which are an opportunity for residents to work together and mingle socially as well as to raise money for community causes. Among these, our longest-standing traditions are an annual block party and plant sale; a “Fall Frolic” pot-luck dinner; and multi-family stoop sales. Funds raised from these events enable the block association to offer grants each year to community organizations or projects in our immediate neighborhood. PPUABA publishes a monthly newsletter and we also send non-commercial “public service announcement” emails about community news and events to members.

Diversity
Since its founding by Daphne Weeks, a Trinidadian immigrant (a very accomplished steel drum player whose band played in the West Indian Day Parade for 26 years), the block association has reflected the diversity that helps to make our neighborhood a vibrant and wonderful place to live. Our members are renters, owners, long-term residents, newcomers, singles, families, couples, entrepreneurs, workers, students, retirees, of any gender identity, race or economic status – participation in our block association by all residents of all 4 of our blocks is welcome and encouraged.

Membership
Membership in PPUABA is free to all residents of our blocks. We encourage members who are able to do so to contribute $10 (or more if you would like) per household per year to help fund the association’s activities and to defray expenses. See the Join PPUABA page for information about making your membership contribution.

Officers
PPUABA is governed by officers, elected each year by the membership. From June 2022 until June 2023, the officers are:

  • President: Patti Veconi
  • Vice Presidents: Ethan Mulligan and Teddy Theoharis
  • Recording Secretary: Mary Dale
  • Corresponding Secretary: Den Gordon
  • Treasurer: Ed Regan

To contact any of the PPUABA officers, please email: ppuaba@gmail.com

More information about PPUABA
To join PPUABA, please supply your contact information here.
You can find PPUABA’s by-laws here: PPUABA By-laws
You can read PPUABA's recent newsletters here.

Website information
To contact the PPUABA webmaster, Marc Gordon, responsible for the content of this website, please email ppuaba.webmaster@gmail.com or use the Contact page.

PPUABA gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the contribution of our own resident Daniel Deverell, who designed and developed this website. You can see Daniel’s personal website here.

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