accessibility

The Brooklyn Zen Center is committed to ensuring that our offerings are accessible to all. If you have a disability or chronic health issue, or if you have any questions or suggestions about accessibility, please contact us so we can learn how to better support you.

Our Location

There are two entrances to the Brooklyn Zen Center.

505 Carroll Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue: This entrance requires climbing one short set of stairs (5 steps) to the keypad. Please enter 3-0 and you will be buzzed in. The Zen Center is on the second floor, at the top of one short and one longer flight of stairs (23 steps total).

540 President Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue: This entrance has two doorways. One requires climbing a short set of stairs. The other doorway is wheelchair accessible. Both lead to an elevator, which will take you to the second floor. The Zen Center is located down a hallway with a slight incline.

The wheelchair-accessible doorway is unmarked, and cannot be opened from the outside. If you need wheelchair access, please call us at (718) 701-1083, and a greeter will let you in. We are working to mark this entrance as wheelchair accessible, and to provide access from the outside.

The closest subway station is the R train stop at Union Street and 4th Avenue, which is not wheelchair accessible. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is one stop away, at Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center Station (serving the 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/R/Q trains).

The closest bus stops are:

4th Ave/Carroll (B37 Northbound)

3rd Ave/Union (B37 Southbound)

5th Ave/Union (B63 Northbound & Southbound)

Check mta.info and bustime.mta.info for up-to-date travel information.

Wheelchair Access

All the doorways and hallways within our space are ADA compliant (at least 32 inches wide). There are wheelchair-accessible bathrooms down the hall.

Fragrances and Chemicals

We are transitioning to unscented cleaning products and unscented hand soap in the bathroom. We use incense in the meditation hall. During retreats, we ask that participants refrain from wearing perfume or using scented lotions. Please let us know if you are allergic to incense or if you have an acute chemical sensitivity.

Meditation Forms

The most common form for meditating in the zendo (meditation hall) is sitting, typically on a round cushion (zafu) placed upon a padded mat (zabuton). We also provide extra zafus, support cushions, meditation benches, and chairs. Our meditation periods are 30 to 40 minutes long. If, due to a disability or chronic health issue, you need anything else, for example to lie down, please email the Ino (head of meditation hall) at ino[at]brooklynzen[dot]org.

Accessibility Committee

The BZC Accessibility Committee’s mission is to create a supportive environment that allows everyone to show up just as they are. We work to remedy physical barriers to practice, and we also facilitate conversations on ableism and disability within the larger community. We work to create a culture that challenges ableism and honors the wisdom of disability justice practices. We welcome anyone who would like to join us.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to support our work, please email us at info[at]brooklynzen[dot]org.