Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc.  January 2013, Vol 4, issue 1    
New York City flag  The Sixth Sense

Welcome to The Sixth Sense - the monthly email newsletter of Brooklyn Community Board 6, serving the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook.


2013-01-01 Coney Island Polar Bear Brad and Craig  

Happy New Year from Coney Island!


Head down, running full steam ahead into the Atlantic Ocean, determined to push through. That's how 2013 began for me. After a quiet New Years Eve spent lovingly with my family enjoying a sumptuous meal deliciously prepared at home, I eagerly awoke to my first adventure of the year. The Coney Island Polar Bear club registration line on the boardwalk was long, stretching well past the newly opened Tom's Restaurant which my good friends at Brooklyn CB13 continue to rave about. On the trip down there I reviewed the gameplan with my son because, after all, he was in charge of my dry towel and warm clothes (and camera). He was not quite as excited as I was but he was kind enough to indulge me.


I got a red bracelet which entitled me to join in the second wave to hit the water. The organizers were expecting about 2,000 participants and another 5,000 or so spectators. Since this event has grown over the years they needed to break the field of participants into waves of about 300 people at a time for safety reasons. Either it's because I'm getting older or have just become more accustomed to life in a post-911 world but when someone says they are doing something for safety reasons instead of resisting I've become a lot more accommodating. There's no fee for participating and the organizers were collecting money for Coney Recovers, an initiative of the Alliance for Coney Island, a group of organizations working together to rebuild the community after Hurricane Sandy. Naturally, everyone gave something.


On the trip home my son confided that it actually did look like fun and that he might be interested in trying it someday. I don't know if I'll ever do it again myself. Running into our Council Member Brad Lander (he's that good-looking guy on the left pictured above with me on the right, photo by Jared Hammerman) was an added bonus. He not only braved the waters for the second year in a row but also took his entire family with him. Councilman Lander is one of the hardest working, most effective elected officials I've ever had the pleasure of working alongside. So to see him spending quality time with his family warmed my heart.


As we got closer to home I started thinking about all the blessings in my life. A loving family, good friends, my health, an incredibly fulfilling job (even after 23 years!), and a home in one of Earth's most sought-after communities. I find myself exhilarated once again. Just like that feeling when your body first comes into contact with that icy cold water. Tomorrow, when things get rough, I will put my head down and run full steam ahead again. Because I know when I push through that like the great Atlantic Ocean abundance will always be there waiting for me on the other side.


Happy new year all. Let's make it the best. It's our community!    



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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for the New Year!.Recycling Arrows

Here's a chance to start off your new year on the right footprint. Whether it's old clothes you've been meaning to get rid of, or the electronic device you just upgraded for the holidays, or your Christmas tree, your trash is someone else's treasure. Here's a few local and easy waste management options for the new year.

MulchFest 2013 will be held on Saturday & Sunday, January 12-13, 10am to 2pm. Last year more than 24,000 Christmas trees citywide were recycled. We can do better! Bring your ornament-free tree to any of the following:


Chipping sites in the district include Cobble Hill Park (Clinton St. & Verandah Pl.) and Prospect Park (entrance at 3rd St. & PPW).


Drop-off locations in district include the Amazing Garden (261-265 Columbia St.), and Coffey Park (Dwight & Verona Sts.);

e-Waste Recycling: Sunday, January 20, 10am to 4pm, Prospect Park West at 3rd Street entrance to Prospect Park. And if you can't make this event, you can always drop off your electronic waste at the Gowanus e-Waste Warehouse, 469 President Street, Tue-Sat;

Second Chance Saturdays Clothing & Textile Recycling: on Saturdays, 8am to 4pm, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket and on Sundays, 8am to 2:30pm, Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, Carroll Street btw Court/Smith Streets.;

Rechargeable Battery & Cell Phone Recycling: on Saturdays, 8am to 4pm, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, on Sundays, 8am to 2pm, Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, Carroll Street btw Court/Smith Streets, and on Wednesdays, 8am to 3pm, Bartel-Pritchard Square Greenmarket (PPW at 15th St, inside park entrance);

Take a Composting Class
: Offered throughout the year, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens host the NYC Compost Project's Brooklyn branch for compost education and outreach.

Stop Junk Mail: Sign up for free to opt out of receiving unwanted catalogs, credit card offers, phone books and more;

Harvest Rainwater: GrowNYC has built or trained others to build over 80 rainwater harvest systems in the 5 boroughs, like the ones at our very own Amazing Garden at 261-265 Columbia Street and Backyard Garden at 61-73 Hamilton Avenue;

Recycle Your Second Refrigerator: If you have a second fridge, Con Ed will pay you $50 to remove and recycle it. And when they pick it up, you can also get $20 for old air conditioners too;

Conduct a Home Energy Audit: You can easily conduct a do-it-yourself home energy audit for free using the Department of Energy's website to get you started, or for a $50 fee Con Ed's Green Team will come in and do it for you. Either way, you're sure to find ways to save money over time;
Cool Your Roof: The NYC �CoolRoofs initiative encourages building owners to cool their rooftops by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs and carbon emissions.

These are just a few things we can all do in the New Year. What do you do to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? Tell us!
 HOPE for the Homeless in the New Year   

HOPE 2013

On January 28, 2013, the City's Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).  DHS needs thousands of volunteers to canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces to count the number of people living unsheltered in the city. Just one night of your time will assist with the collection of vital information that is used by outreach teams to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life.

The information gathered by volunteers during HOPE 2013 is critical to the City's ongoing efforts, but they need our help to make it possible. DHS needs more than 3,000 volunteers, who are 18 years-old or older, to give just one night of their time to help count the number of New Yorkers living on city streets. They will provide you with all the training you will need to conduct the survey on the night of HOPE plus a quick, convenient online orientation when you register to give you the basics.


Sign up to volunteer for HOPE 2013 today!  For more information or to register to volunteer go to or call 311.

See You Soon, Celia...
Celia Cacace

"There are no good byes, where ever you'll be, you'll be in my heart."

      ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandi


South Brooklyn activist Celia Cacace will be leaving her beloved Brooklyn to move in with her son in Wisconsin on January 14, 2013.


Mind you, Celia is not moving by choice. Her building is being sold and she has not been able to find an affordable alternative. Despite the best efforts of many dedicated to her cause, no one has been able to help. So, for now at least, she'll be leaving Brooklyn until the angels smile upon her and a viable housing alternative emerges.


If you would like to see Celia before the move, her South Brooklyn gang is throwing her a little tribute party. It's the launch of the "Bring Celia Back from Wisconsin" campaign.


When? Sunday, January 13, 2013, 3:30-6:30pm

Where? Mama Maria's Restaurant, 307 Court Street, Brooklyn

Cost? $30, $10 for seniors, Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar


RSVP by January 10th to or (718) 643-3027, ext 201.


A loving biography has been written by Carolina Salguero of PortSide NewYork (and South Brooklyn-Red Hook) which is available here.


You can take Celia out of Brooklyn (maybe), but you can never take Brooklyn out of Celia.


Yo, Wisconsin. Fuhgeddaboutit!

Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. (Federal EIN 04-3780020) was established in 2003 to support the work of Brooklyn Community Board 6 in improving the quality of life in the district.  Friends seeks to provide planning, advocacy, research and administrative resources to supplement the limited capacities and budget of the Community Board, thus enabling it to properly carry out its City Charter mandated tasks of evaluating the needs of the district and advocating on behalf of its communities.
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In This Issue
* Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for the New Year!
* HOPE for the Homeless
* See You Soon, Celia...
* For the next meeting
* Good and Welfare
For the Next Monthly General Board Meeting 
6:30pm, January 9 
NYCHA Miccio Center,   
(Clinton/Henry Streets) 
Brooklyn, NY 11231  
(Board members are encouraged to supply corrections to minutes.)

All posted Community Board meetings (general, committee, informational, etc.) are open to the public; however, public participation may be limited.  Contact the district office if clarification is needed.
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Who's Who at
Brooklyn CB6

CB6 2013 Officers:
● Daniel M. Kummer,
● Thomas Miskel,
First Vice Chairperson
● Lou Sones,
Second Vice Chairperson
● Gary Reilly,
● Elizabeth Shipley,

CB6 Committee Chairs:
● Richard Bashner,
Waterfront/Community Development
● Paige Bellenbaum,
Human Services, Co-Chair 
● James Bernard,
Youth Services 
● Norman Cox,
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections 
● Glenn Kelly,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs, Co-Chair
● Daniel M. Kummer,
● Mark Kolman,
Education, Co-Chair
● Nica Lalli,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs, Co-Chair
● Robert Levine,
● Sayar Lonial,
Public Safety  
● Rick Luftglass,
Budget; Economic Development 
● Thomas Miskel,
● Gary Reilly,
Finance/Personnel & Law; Permits & Licenses
● Mark C. Shames,
Environmental Protection 
● Benjamin Solotaire, 
Human Services, Co-Chair
● Suzanne Turet,
Education, Co-Chair 

District Office Staff:
● Craig Hammerman,
District Manager
● Leroy P. Branch, Jr.
Assistant District Manager 
● Liza Santiago-Sierra,
Community Associate 
● Sarah N. Phillips,
Special Projects Coordinator
● Helena Miskel,
Office Volunteer
● Melissa Umberger,
Urban Planner
● Hans Jensen, 
Planning Fellow
Newsletter Production:    

● Craig Hammerman,

Sarah N. Phillips,
Congratulations to Park Slope resident Lance Ogiste of the Kings County District Attorney's Office, for winning this year's Thomas A. Dewey Medal from the NYC Bar Association at their eighth annual event on December 12, 2012

Brooklyn CB6 was extremely well-represented having 3 resident artists out of the top 10 finalists in the Brooklyn Museum's GO Brooklyn artist competition
Congrats to Aleksander Betko of Cobble Hill, Jonathan Blum of Park Slope at Yeon Ji Yoo of Red Hook. You can see their work featured at the Brooklyn Museum through February 24, 2013.
Effective January 6, NYC Transit has extended the B57 bus line from Carroll Gardens to once again service Red Hook. Also, the reopening of the Smith-9th Street subway station has been pushed back from the end of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Look for the station to reopen by end of March 2013.

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