Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
October 2014, Vol 5, issue 8      

Welcome to The Sixth Sense - the monthly 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.  



Visually, October is arguably one of the most beautiful months in the City. We get to enjoy nature's bounty of colors through the fall foliage. As Camus observed, "Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower." We're also fortunate enough to live in a community well-endowed with spectacular art made by the hands of local residents--amateurs, hobbyists and professionals alike. We've also had some important contributions from our government as well, notably, the Department of Cultural Affairs which oversees the City's Percent for Art program, the Department of Transportation which has several different art programs, and even the MTA's Art for Transit program.

Public art is a wonderful asset for any community. It can transform otherwise dull spaces into exciting places, like the permanent lighting installation on the Hamilton Avenue Bridge control towers. It can spotlight, illustrate and message important local themes, like the "Las Bicicletas" temporary installation
around Manhattan and Brooklyn (including sites in our district at the Bartel-Pritchard Square, Atlantic Avenue & Columbia Street, and at Valentino Park & Pier. Or it can introduce an element of fun and whimsy in an otherwise ordinary circumstance, like "Unparallel Way" on our 4th Avenue medians. Our community is blessed in many ways having an abundance of public art and artists, and people who welcome these expressions which enliven and enrich our community.

Every October our Gowanus artists feature a self-guided tour of the many gallery spaces within the corridor. And each year this weekend event seems to grow and grow with more artists participating and more patrons, art-lovers and curious on-lookers who have wondered exactly what was going on inside those interesting spaces. This year is no exception. Check out our listing of "Things to Do", and make time to take in some of these treasured amenities in our own backyard.

P.S. The Department of Transportation just alerted us to another temporary installation that will be installed on October 14th at the Union Street Bridge over the Gowanus called "Bridge of Flowers" by Scott Sturgill. It will only be up for one month. Here's a rendering to give you some idea of what to expect:

Art is everywhere!

Thank you artists, one and all, for adding your energy, beauty and soul to make our district a better place to live, work and visit.

It's our community. Make it beautiful. Stay involved!

P.S. To all who celebrate we wish you Eid al-Adha, G'mar Chatima Tova, and Peace. Always.


Enjoy our newsletter, and please let us know what you would like to see in future editions.

P.S. If you like what you see here, please use the "Forward email to a friend" link at the bottom of the page to pass this email along to a friend or two.  There are over 104,000 residents and thousands of businesses in our district.  We'd love it if they would all sign up!

Currently, solar is providing 330 MW of power in New York State, with an additional 94 MW of solar approved or near completion. Of the 5 boroughs in New York City, Brooklyn solar has the highest unit cost to generate. Increasing supply can help drive that price down. That's where you come in. 


Solarize Brooklyn CB6 is a program to help residents and small businesses 'go solar' and save money. This program will provide education about solar, guidance on the process of installing solar, and group discounts from a competitively selected installer. 


Solarize programs use economies of scale so that as more residents and small businesses sign up to go solar, all participants receive a greater discount. Curious about how much solar you could install on your home or business? Visit the NYC Solar Map to find out.


Solarize Brooklyn CB6 is in the process of launching (Fall 2014) and will run through the Spring of 2015. To learn more, please complete this form to be notified of the program launch and volunteer opportunities to help solarize the Brooklyn CB6 community.

Recycle Your e-Waste

Recycling Arrows   

There's a great opportunity to dispose of those old electronic devices in an environmentally responsible manner. Please consider bringing your e-waste to one of the following upcoming events.


Park Slope Civic Council's Fall Civic Sweep, Throw on some old clothes, roll up your sleeves and volunteer for a few hours of community service! Weed and mulch tree pits, remove posters and paint over graffiti, or just help pick up litter. Here's a great chance to spend some quality family time together in service, giving back to the community. Or, just bring your e-waste castaways where they will be collected and refurbished or recycled by the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC).

October 19th, 10am-4pm, Washington Park, 5th Avenue (between 3rd/4th Streets).


Also, the P.S. 29 and Cobble Hill community will be hosting an e-waste collection event run by LESEC as well.

October 26th, 10am-4pm, PS 29, Baltic Street (between Henry/Clinton Streets)


And if neither of these dates are convenient, you can always drop-off your e-waste directly to LESEC's Gowanus e-waste warehouse at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street). The warehouse accepts e-waste: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-5pm; Wednesdays, 12pm-7pm; and, Saturdays, 10am-4pm.

Things to do in the District

Sunday, October 5, 1:00pm
Fall Family Fun Aboard the Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge This year Red Hook's antique wooden barge is celebrating its 100th birthday with old-time family entertainment. This series of two one-man performances features two Sunday spectaculars by a vaudeville comedian and a Pirate.
Location: Docked at the foot of Conover Street, Red Hook
Thursday, October 9, 9:00am-5:00pm
Gowanus Design Summit The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is excited to announce the Gowanus Design Summit, a conference aimed at fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovation among design professionals invested in the future of the Gowanus Canal watershed. Location: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
(between Union and President Sts.)

Saturday, October 11, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Dance Theatre Etcetera presents Dance on the Greenway   The event will feature the work of four diverse choreographers. There will also be a panel discussion on "Emerging Arts Practices: the role of arts and culture in strengthening urban communities." Location: IKEA Erie Basin Park, Red Hook
Jason Munshi-South will discuss general evolutionary principles and how they apply to wildlife living in radically altered urban environments. It will also address the possibility for adaptation of microbes, fish, and other organisms in the Gowanus Canal. Please click here to RSVP. Location: FIND Furnishings, 43 9th Street 

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30-9:00pm
Join the Park Slope Civic Council at its third annual "Food for Thought" fundraiser. Each year, the Civic Council awards an education scholarship to an outstanding high school senior graduating from each of the Secondary Schools at the John Jay Educational Campus.  Tickets here. Location: Picnic House, Prospect Park

Friday, October 17, 6:30-9:00pm
Community Voices for Peace & Power: An evening of survivor testimony, performance & art against domestic violence. The event is free and is presented by Good Shepherd Services' Safe Homes Project, The Healing Center, and Survivor's Action Network/The Center for Anti-Violence Education, and Lutheran Family Health Centers Family Support Center. FREE. Location: YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 3rd Avenue

October 18-19, 12:00-6:00pm, plus evening events
Gowanus Open Studios For one weekend each year, artists working in the former factories, warehouses and studio buildings in Gowanus invite the public to visit their studios, see their work, and talk about their process.  This year 320 artists are preparing to welcome over 5,000 visitors into their studios. Get a sneak preview on the Directory of Artists. Additional special events take place during the weekend.
Location: studios, galleries and spaces all over Gowanus  
Sunday, October 19, 11:00am-3:00pm
Clean & Green: Street Tree Stewardship with FOFA, Ennis Park Planting with Gowanus Alliance, and Compost Windrow Build. Volunteers will be taking care of streets along 4th Avenue, installing plants at Ennis Park, and building the October compost windrow. Email to sign up.
Location: Salt Lot, 2 Second Avenue, (between 5th St. and the eastern side of the Gowanus Canal)

Sunday October 19, 9:00am-12:00pm
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), in partnership with South Brooklyn Running Club, presents the Brooklyn Greenway Half, the only half marathon and 5K exclusively on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, located on the historic East River waterfront in Brooklyn.

Friday, October 24, 6:00-8:00pm
Look Again, Painting Exhibition by Ella Yang. The show runs from October 23 to November 23. Yang takes great pleasure in traditional methods of oil painting creating canvases depicting Gowanus landscapes. Location: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, Park Slope

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30-9:30pm "RESILIENCY is our Hook!" Join PortSide NewYork at a fundraiser honoring its partners in Red Hook's Sandy recovery. PortSide NewYork helps bring New York City's bluespace to life. Support their Sandy recovery, resiliency work and more! (Tickets here) Located: Hometown Bar-B-Que, 454 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook

Illustrated lecture with Professor Stephen T. Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads and On Monsters. Recent research into the neuroscience of fear and cognition will be applied to some of the perennial monsters of our imagination.
Admission: $8 (Tickets here) Located at 424A 3rd Avenue, the Morbid Anatomy Museum hosts myriad interesting events all month. Check their calendar for a complete listing. 


Friday, October 31, 6:30pm 

Park Slope Halloween Parade Kicks off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 PM. If you're marching, join us for line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues starting at 5:30. The parade will conclude at the Old Stone House & Washington Park in JJ Byrne Playground with a community gathering and dancing with the parade bands, ending at 9 pm.  


Date to be announced - 4:00PM
Cobble Hill Children's Halloween Parade

Parade begins In front of Cobble Hill Park, with music by Jah Pan Steel Drum Band. Please bring your own noise makers! All members of the public are invited. FREE 

Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. 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.
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal EIN 04-3780020).

Donations are welcome and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
In This Issue
Solarize Brookyn CB6
Recycle Your e-Waste
Things to Do
For the next meeting
Good & Welfare
Quick Clicks
General Board Meeting
photo by Bryan Bruchman
6:30pm, October 8th
78th Police Precinct
65 6th Avenue, 4th Floor
(btw Bergen/Dean Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

(Board members are encouraged to supply corrections to minutes.)

All posted meetings are open to the public; however, participation may be limited. 
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Who's Who at #BKcb6

CB6 2014 Officers:
● Daniel M. Kummer,
● Thomas Miskel,
First Vice Chairperson
Pauline Blake,
Second Vice Chairperson
● Gary Reilly,
● Ariel Krasnow,

CB6 Committee Chairs:
● Richard Bashner,
Waterfront/Community Development
● Paige Bellenbaum,
Human Services, Co-Chair
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections
● Glenn Kelly,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs
● Ariel Krasnow,
● Daniel M. Kummer,
● Robert Levine,
● Sayar Lonial,
Transportation, Co-Chair
● Rick Luftglass,
Budget;Economic Development
● Thomas Miskel,
Transportation, Co-Chair
● Gary Reilly,
Finance/Personnel & Law; Permits & Licenses
● Mark C. Shames,
Environmental Protection
● Matthew Silverman,
Public Safety
● Benjamin Solotaire,
Human Services, Co-Chair
● Suzanne Turet,
Education, 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
● John Parsons,
Planning Fellow 
● Josh Thompson,
Planning Fellow 
Newsletter Production:    
● Craig Hammerman, 
Sarah N. Phillips,
Managing Editor
Thomas Diana,
Contributing Writer

Brooklyn Public Library is expanding days and/or hours of service effective October 4, 2014 throughout Brooklyn. In our district that means...
* Carroll Gardens branch will now be open Tues mornings;
* Park Slope branch will now be open Wednesday evenings; and,
* Red Hook branch will be open on Saturdays.
(No changes planned for the Pacific branch.)

It was announced on their website on September 29th that the Escape Music Festival, which had been previously planned for Pier 9 at our Red Hook Container Terminal on October 11-12, has relocated the venue to Governors Island instead.

CHANGE OF DATE! The monthly meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council for October will be held at 7:30pm on October 21st. Meetings will resume on the usual 4th Tuesday of the month in November. Call (718) 636-6410 for more information.

The City of New York just announced that they will be offering a Sanitation Worker exam on February 7 and 8, 2015. Online applications are being accepted through October 31st. Want to find out more? Click here, or call 311.

October 10th is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 4th general election. If you have a NYS Driver's License you can now register to vote online. For more information on how to register, click here or call 311.

The Taxi & Limousine Commission would like to remind anyone interested in becoming a licensee that TLC driver or vehicle applications can now be submitted online through TLC's License, Application, Renewal and Summons Payments system. Visit LARS today.

New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have released their Draft Open Space Conservation Plan, which is now available for review and will be subject to public hearings. The New York City hearing will be on October 22nd. Comments will be received until December 17th.

NYCHA residents can apply for jobs to potentially work at developments affected by Hurricane Sandy by calling (718) 289-8100. Click here for more information about workforce development, adult education, financial empowerment and other programs and services available to NYCHA residents in our district.
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