Nostrand Avenue Improvement Association

Our Mission:


We're focused on building community and beautifying the surrounding areas of Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.


  1. The proposal NAIA made to plant 20 trees along Nostrand Avenue and in the side streets has made it onto the ballot in the 35th Council District represented by Laurie Cumbo. There will be an expo for all the proposals accepted for the ballot March 30-31. The vote will come right afterwards during the first week of April.

  2. There will be a photography show at The Black Lady Theatre of NAIA photographs. Ten photographers will be represented and there will be approximately 150 photographs. The show will begin February 26 and run for about a week. One purpose of the show will to feature Participatory Budgeting and the 20 Trees Proposal.


Updates from NAIA


Elders of Crown Heights




Our Statement of Principles

The Nostrand Avenue Improvement Association is formed around our Statement of Principles.

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Our Programs

The Nostrand Avenue Improvement Association organizes numerous day-to-day activities for the benefit of the community.


Litter Pickup

Our interns help clean up litter on Nostrand Avenue from Empire Boulevard to Park Place three times a week. They also pick up on St. Johns Place between Nostrand and New York. We now cover 12 blocks.


Free Street Flowers

NAIA offers free flowers to new merchants looking to plant on the street, and NAIA will take care of the flowers. The first set of flowers recently were delivered to Fit For Dance (778 Nostrand Avenue) and Maxine's (736A Nostrand Avenue).



NAIA now has three “Adopt-a-Basket” garbage cans (at St. Johns and Nostrand, President and Nostrand, and Montgomery and Nostrand). This means NAIA is now cleaning up 12 blocks from Park Place across Eastern Parkway to Empire Boulevard. With more volunteers we will move even further north until we reach Fulton Street.


Volunteers make it all possible

NAIA's efforts are largely powered by dedicated and hardworking interns and volunteers from our community. Thank you to all of NAIA's interns and volunteers for your invaluable contributions!


Our Projects

NAIA's signature projects encompass its long-term vision for the future of Nostrand Avenue.


Big Bench Project

NAIA's long-term vision is to build a series of up to 20 benches along Nostrand Avenue to build community and beautify the commercial strip.

Liane Fredel built the first bench in front of Happyluckyno.1 gallery, which actually served as the inspiration for our Big Bench Project.

This bench was designed by Karine Duteil and Nadej Hocini of KaN Landscape Design.  The association is looking for partners in the community to build more benches.

Our first bench was successfully funded - we raised nearly $2500 for the project!


Photo Project

NAIA is currently working with local photographers to promote the association's work by photo-journaling our daily activities and key projects. Our goal is to showcase the results when completed at a local neighborhood gallery.


Our Partners

NAIA works closely with various neighborhood partners, without whom our work would not be possible:

  1. Lincoln Place Block Association

  2. Friends of Brower Park

  3. Mosaic Baptist Church

  4. Popular Bank

  5. Harvest Home

  6. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly


New Merchants & Ventures


Our Established Merchants & Ventures