The Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association (HBNA) is the overall organization looking out for the interests of the neighborhood in the area bounded by Peachtree Road on the south, Peachtree Dunwoody Road on the west, Windsor Parkway and Wimberly on the north, and Osborne Road on the east.
Membership is voluntary and annual dues of only $150 help pay for newsletters, a neighborhood directory, this web site, responding to zoning concerns, an annual Street Party, the New Neighbor Party, public area landscape maintenance, traffic and any other issues that affect the neighborhood that are of a concern to the HBNA.
Welcome to Historic Brookhaven and our neighborhood association website. We are happy you are here and are excited to be able to serve the most beautiful and historic neighborhood in all of Atlanta. The rich history of Historic Brookhaven along with the beautiful homes that surround the first planned community in Georgia are why we exist. The mission of HBNA is to help build a better community environment for the homeowners within our boundaries through beautifying our pocket parks, effectively communicating with our constituents, offering opportunities to socialize together, and by watching out for one another. Thank you for visiting and reach out to us with anything we can do to better serve you.
The HBNA Fall 2023 Newsletter has been published and we will be delivering them to your mailboxes over the next few days. If you would like to see an electronic version, please click the link below.
Fall 2023 Newsletter
Krewe du Foret Parade
The members of the Krewe du Foret in Club Forrest are excited to hold our 10th annual Mardi Gras parade! The date will be Sunday, March 10 starting at 2:00. We look forward to enjoying this family friendly, lively and fun activity with you all!
Please review this flyer to learn more. Krewe Du Foret Flyer
IN THE NEWS
From the Brookhaven Reporter
Around Town: The pirates who bring Mardi Gras to Buckhead Posted by Joe Earle | Mar 1, 2020
Things started with David Moffett. He wanted a way to get to know his neighbors in the Club Forest subdivision better.
Club Forest had several community clubs and social events through which women could meet, he said, but nothing similar for the men. “The women all knew each other, but none of the guys knew each other,” he said.
Moffett grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. and went to Tulane, so he had a fondness for Mardi Gras, the traditional no-holds-barred party on the final day or days before Lent, a season of fasting for Christians.
He thought Club Valley Drive, the main drag through his neighborhood in the Historic Brookhaven area of Buckhead, looked like a good place for a Mardi Gras parade. Why Mardi Gras? “Why not?” he replied.
Mardi Gras parties and parades usually are staged by groups called krewes. Moffett and neighbor John Greiner launched the Krewe du Foret to bring Mardi Gras home. Greiner, it turned out, had a pirate costume, so the new krewe adopted a pirate theme and started putting together a parade.
That was eight years, and eight parades, ago. Krewe du Foret now claims 50 or more members, all men, and puts on two to three social events a year, its members said. And it’s brought together men of Club Forest around a common interest. “I wouldn’t know any of these guys if we didn’t do something like this,” said Moffett, a 55-year-old banker who wore a Tulane cap and New Orleans Saints’ jersey with his pirate suit.. “It’s a great way to get our neighborhood together.”
On the last Sunday in February, about 25 to 30 members of the krewe, maybe more, donned pirate costumes and joined in the Mardi Gras parade on Club Valley Drive. Some had grown beards just for the event and some wore elaborate costumes with thigh-high boots or fancy jackets and hats. “It’s a good experience to dress up like a pirate,” Mark Hanna, 46, a physician had said the day before when he joined a dozen or so members of the krewe to rebuild the floats that are stored at Moffett’s house during the winter.
Most of the pirates in the parade rode on one of three colorful, pirate flag-decked floats built on top of trailers and pulled by pickups. Some rode atop an antique fire truck, while others walked alongside the string of vehicles, which included a convertible carrying the krewe’s queen for the day, resident Judy Jones. A New Orleans-style band called 2nd Line Atlanta played from one of the floats. Families lined the street and caught beads the pirates tossed from the floats as they rolled along.
Marc Rosenkoetter stood out among the parading pirates. He walked on stilts and towered above the crowd in his pirate getup as he tossed Mardi Gras beads to clamoring kids. “It’s for the kids,” the 40-year-old management consultant said of the party as he helped decorate floats the day before the parade. “Honestly, it is.”
Besides, he said, it helps give Club Forest an identity. “It really pulls the neighborhood together,” he said. “It sets the neighborhood apart. In a world of fences and walls and security cameras, its nice to have a neighborhood that can come together for something like this.”
Lori Hicks waited in her driveway to see her husband parade past. She was joined by her mother-in-law, Charlotte Hicks of St. Marys, and sister-in-law, Shannon Hicks of Chattanooga. “It’s my favorite day of the year in Club Forest,” she said. “I think it’s incredible that they pull this off and pull it together for everybody on the cul-de-sac.”
Why is it her favorite day? She thought the question over for a moment. “Maybe it’s my favorite day because the men are in charge and the families have so much fun,” she said. “That’s why. I just figured it out.”
It took just 10 to 15 minutes for the revelers to pass. The parade ended at a cul-de-sac at one end of the block, where the pirates and their families and friends could dance and eat gumbo at a neighborhood party.
Bill Selvey, who’s 58 and said he works as a head-hunter for doctors, has lived in his home in Club Forest for 26 years and has taken part in every Mardi Gras parade. He, too, calls Maris Gras parade day his favorite day of the year. “You dress up like a pirate and throw Moon Pies and beads to people,” he said. “Free beer. Free gumbo. What’s not to like?”
Automatic Speed Cameras Coming to Brookhaven
From the AJC Feb 12, 2020...
Brookhaven will become the latest metro Atlanta city to use automatic speeding cameras in school zones.
The City Council approved a contract with RedSpeed, a company that has partnered with more than 20 city and county police departments in Georgia since 2018, when a new state law allowed their cameras.
RedSpeed will install the cameras for free around Montgomery Elementary School, St. Martin’s School and Cross Keys High School, the city said.
The cameras automatically flag drivers going more than 10 mph over the speed limit. A police officer reviews the tape and approves a ticket, which is mailed to the address associated with the speeder’s car.
The company takes a 35% cut of ticket revenues. Tickets start at $75 and go up to $125 for repeat offenders. These fines are generally less than if a police officer had pulled over a driver and written a ticket, and they do not add points to a driver’s license.
RedSpeed has also partnered with other cities, including Norcross, Lilburn and Duluth.
“We studied several school zones and found that speeding during school hours is an exceptional problem, threatening the safety of our most vulnerable pedestrians,” Deputy Police Chief Brandon Gurley said. “The scope of the problem far exceeds what traditional traffic enforcement can meaningfully address.”
Last August, officers went to each school and tracked the number of speeders over an 11-hour period. Police spotted about 400 and 470 outside of Montgomery and St. Martin’s, respectively, according to a city report.
At Cross Keys, which is off busy North Druid Hills Road, officers saw 2,230 speeders, which is more than 200 every hour, police said.
RedSpeed will install warning signs in the enforcement areas. The speed limits in all three school zones is 35 mph, and 25 mph during the morning and afternoon rush. RedSpeed will post warning signs on each end of the school zone, and only warnings will be issued for the first 30 days. Brookhaven did not say when the cameras will be installed.
The devices also have technology built in that automatically reads the license plates of cars passing by, with the data accessible to the police department.
Peachtree Creek Greenway