Myrtle Avenue Gets Connected with the Launch of Benefit Kitchen

Myrtle Avenue has partnered with a tech start up in order to keep families and local businesses connected. The  Myrtle Avenue team is getting out in the community and showing local residents how to use this tool named Benefit Kitchen. This resource can be used on your phone or PC and its main function is to empower people with their own financial knowledge.

It informs people of their federal, state, and city financial eligibility. It also informs the user of discounted necessary services right on Myrtle Avenue such as discounted eye care services, food pantry services, and more. The goal of the tool is to connect residents of all incomes with needed services on Myrtle Avenue and maintain its inclusive status.

To sign up or learn more about Benefit Kitchen, click here! 

Newsstand at Myrtle and Wyckoff? CB5 says no

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What do you think about adding a newsstand on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue?

Well, Community Board 5 last night voted against the idea put forward by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The applicant, who did not identify himself at the meeting, had few details to offer because his “lawyer” was handling all the business aspects.

But Michael, whose client owns the adjacent building at 329 Wyckoff, had a few objections. For starters, there are already two local businesses that sell the same products the newsstand would sell. Secondly, the train station is nearby, and the newsstand would clog the street either more.

Lastly, the newsstand would block visibility for the local businesses.

Ted Renz, who runs the Myrtle Avenue BID, also opposed the proposal. He says the newsstand would be right near the Myrtle/Wyckoff public plaza, which is supposed to facilitate an open space of sorts for people.

“As we move forward with reconstructing Wyckoff, let’s look to declutter the area and make it a pedestrian plaza,” Renz said at the meeting.

The board recommended denying the application by a 28-5 vote.