Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6

January 2015, Vol 6, issue 01        

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.  




It doesn't matter when you have big or small things planned for the new year. It doesn't matter whether you have anything planned at all. The new year is new and that fresh slate newness represents possibilities that we've until now only dreamed of or have yet to even imagine. It means that maybe, just maybe, we can make headway in our struggle to evolve as a community of people. People alike and different. People near and far. People all over the globe whose common hopes and aspirations include a desire to see the end of hunger, of sickness, of injustice, of greed and of indifference. An end to sadness. An end to oppression. An end to suffering. An end to war.


We are all responsible for our evolution. It starts with an awareness that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We are part of a community and in order to function we have to be able to work together and depend on one another. "One Brooklyn," as our Borough President Eric Adams reminds us. We are one people, one race--the human race--living on one planet. We must learn to live together. Only then can we evolve in our thoughts and our being. Our future survival depends on it.


We must learn to be good neighbors. It means sometimes loaning a cup of sugar and sometimes borrowing one. There's always give and take. But what if no one has a cup of sugar to lend? We can desperately fight among ourselves for scraps or we can organize ourselves to produce something for everyone. Look at some of the biggest challenges facing our society now and how we are handling them. So many people have become so entrenched in their views; it's become harder to distinguish the intolerant left from the intolerant right.


Lots more people are talking but fewer people are listening than ever. Before you send energy into the universe--before you speak, before you hit the send button, before you act on your impulses--please, please please let's just take an extra second to consider our impact. Stop. Think. Breathe. Smile. Then act. 


There is an old African proverb which says if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. We are one community of human beings living on one planet. If we screw it up there will be no one left to blame. We have the newness of the new year to consider a fresh perspective. Right now it seems we need a lot more thoughtfulness than speed in order to evolve. Then and only then will we all be winners in the human race.


One planet. One race. One Brooklyn. One community. 


Happy new year! 



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Meet the New Boss

New BrooklynCB6 Chair Gary G. Reilly while on a tour
of the Gowanus Canal Pumping Station, Spring 2012

A native of Pine Barrens, New Jersey, Gary Reilly moved to Carroll Gardens in 2004 with his now-wife Mia, where he has chosen to raise a family and volunteer within his community. A product of working class, Reagan Republicans, Gary began staking out his own political views while attending college at Rutgers University where he majored in economics. Gary was the first in his family to attend college. Ultimately, he went on to get a law degree from Rutgers. While initially specializing in environmental and land use law, Gary is also experienced in a wide range of corporate matters as well.


Gary developed an interest in advocating for traffic and transit issues on matters ranging from much-needed, smart investments in infrastructure to local safety and mobility improvements. As his interests broadened, Gary also became more intensively active in local matters, stepping up to join the Executive Committee of his neighborhood civic group, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association. He was also appointed to Brooklyn Community Board 6, where he had already been serving as a community member of its Transportation Committee.


While on BrooklynCB6, Gary has held the elected office of Treasurer, a position of growing significance given its related responsibilities for the management of the CB's non-profit organization, Friends of Brooklyn CB6, Inc. He has also chaired the community board's Finance/Personnel & Law Committee, Environmental Protection Committee and ever-busy Permits & Licenses Committee which, among other things, reviews liquor licenses and sidewalk caf� permits.


On his watch you can be sure that BrooklynCB6 will continue to be a leading force and voice for more livable streets, public transit and traffic improvements, and meaningful civic engagement and empowerment.


Please join us in wishing Gary well in his new role as Chairperson of BrooklynCB6.
New E-Waste Law
New Electronic Waste Rules in Effect January 2015

This e-waste disposal technique is not permitted under new rules

Beginning in January, it will be illegal to discard electronics such as computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers in the trash or at the curb. See the NYC E-Waste website for details.

The Department of Sanitation is sending a mailer to all New Yorkers that explains the electronics disposal ban and lists recycling options.

We recommend that our residents take advantage of our local drop-off site the Gowanus e-Waste Warehouse operated by the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC), conveniently located at 469 President Street (corner of Nevins Street) in Gowanus. The warehouse is open five days a week including: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays from 12pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

For a modest fee LESEC is also available for special collection events in collaboration with local groups. These events are often sponsored by local civic associations, elected officials and other community-based organizations. If you are interested in organizing an event, please contact LESEC at (718) 858-8777 or
HOPE for the Homeless

On January 26, 2015, the 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 2015 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 2015 today!


For more information or to register to volunteer go to or call 311.

Things to do in the District 

Birdie ensures Park Sloper Steve Buscemi doesn't get stuck in the chipper
Saturday, January 10, 1:00-3:00pm
Grow to Learn Workshop: Permaculture - Interested in permaculture, companion planting, spiral gardens and the like, but don't know where to start? Join Claudia Joseph, founder and Director of the NY Permaculture Exchange. Location: Old Stone House at Washington Park, 5th Avenue and 3rd Street.

Saturday & Sunday, January 10 & 11, 10:00am-2:00pm
MULCHFEST! New York City's pre-eminent Treecycling event! Recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. Location: 3rd Street & Prospect Park West. Many other locations across the city.

Saturday, January 10, 7:00-11:00pm
The CHIPS Winter Gala! Come celebrate & support the CHIPS women's shelter & soup kitchen. Tickets start at $100. Location: 501 Union Street

Sunday, January 11, 7:00pm
New Songs for an Old Fight - Songs of fiction and non-fiction about work, histories of labor organizing, and the modest insurgent dreams that lay just beneath the surface of everyday life. Admission by donation. Location: Interference Archive at 131 8th Street, #4

Sunday, January 18, 10:00am-4:00pm
E-Waste Recycling Event: Prospect Park. Bring your unwanted and broken electronics to our e-waste collection event!
Location: Third Street entrance at Prospect Park West

Sunday, January 18, 11:00am
NYC Parks Birding: Winter Birds. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Enjoy learning about the birds which call New York City parks home for the Winter months.Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse in Prospect Park. Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance

Sunday, January 25, 6:00pm
Concert at Pioneer Works: Found Sound Nation. This concert series features a diverse curation of artists, both local and international. Featuring: Zula, The Westerlies and Brandon Seabrook, $10 Suggested Donation. Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street

Wednesday, January 28, 8:00pm
The Anatomy of Hysteria: Clinical Collaborations. Hysteria as a neurological diagnosis no longer exists, but during the late-nineteenth century, as many as half of all women were thought to suffer form one of its myriad forms. The remarkable story of their lives as patients in the clinic is a strange amalgam of science and religion, the natural and the supernatural, hypnotism, love and theater. Admission: $8, Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue

Wednesday, January 28, Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
Masters of Social Gastronomy Presents: Romance and Revenge - Aphrodisiacs and Female Poisoners at Littlefield Every culture has a long history of aphrodisiacs love-inducing and libido-promoting foods, ranging from the commonplace to the esoteric.Let's trace the history of these foxy foods and see what science has to say about their amorous assertions. Location: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street

January 31, 5:00-10:00pm
Court Tree presents Kar Yee Noodle Shop: a one-night pop up restaurant. $12 Early Bird Special includes 1 bowl of noodles and a 1 beverage. Location: Court Tree Collective 371 Court Street #2
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
Meet the New Boss
New E-Waste Law
HOPE for the Homeless
Things to Do
For the next meeting
Good & Welfare
Quick Clicks
General Board Meeting
photo by Bryan Bruchman
6:30pm, January 14th
Cobble Hill Health Center
380 Henry Street
(btw Congress/Warren Sts)
Brooklyn NY 11201

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

CB6 2015 Officers:
Gary G. Reilly,
Sayar Lonial,
First Vice Chairperson
Pauline Blake,
Second Vice Chairperson
● Jerry Armer,
● Ariel Krasnow,

CB6 Committee Chairs:
● Jerry Armer,
Finance/Personnel & Law
● Richard Bashner,
Waterfront/Community Development
● Paige Bellenbaum,
Human Services, Co-Chair
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections
● Glenn Kelly,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs
● Ariel Krasnow,
● Gary G. Reilly,
● Robert Levine,
● Rick Luftglass,
Budget; Economic Development
● Eric McClure,
Transportation, Co-Chair
● Thomas Miskel,
Transportation, Co-Chair
● Mike Racioppo,
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 Manager
● Helena Miskel,
Office Volunteer
● John Parsons,
Planning Fellow 
● Josh Thompson,
Planning Fellow
Newsletter Production:    
● Craig Hammerman, 
Sarah N. Phillips,
Managing Editor 

As you can see from one of our features this month, there's some new leadership at BrooklynCB6 which took effect January 1st...

We welcome Gary G. Reilly as our new Chairperson, Sayar Lonial as First Vice Chair and Jerry Armer as Treasurer, and also welcome back Pauline Blake as Second Vice Chair and Ariel Krasnow as Secretary.

As his first act, Chairperson Reilly appointed Eric McClure as the new Co-Chair our Transportation Committee, and Mike Racioppo as the Chair our Permits & Licenses Committee. And as Treasurer, Jerry Armer takes the Chair of our Finance/Personnel & Law Committee. Eric, Mike and Jerry join the other officers and committee chairs as new members of the Executive Committee.

Congratulations to BrooklynCB6 Council Member Brad Lander on being named by the New York Daily News one of the "15 New Yorkers who will shape 2015."

The Department of Transportation has studied and concluded that traffic reducers or speed humps are warranted on Hoyt Street btw President/Union Sts, and on 13th Street btw 8th Ave/PPW. Speed humps are installed on a seasonal basis, the work being weather-dependent. 

It's cold and flu season! Protect yourself. The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene can tell you how in their newest brochure which is also disponible en Espa�ol. Call 311, or text "flu" to 877877 to find out where to get a flu vaccine.

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) is seeking a dynamic individual to lead and direct The NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA). The NRTA program serves more than 250 NYCHA residents annually and brings together the resources of NYCHA, the Robin Hood Foundation and BWI to collaborate in the design and implementation of sector-based, entry-level job trainings that lead to employment with NYCHA and NYCHA affiliated partners. Apply before January 15th.

The South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals seeking a qualified local vendor to manufacture litter baskets. Responses are due by January 21st.

Scholarships for college are available to NYCHA residents, but act fast as some deadlines are rapidly approaching!

Partnerships for Parks! Capacity Fund makes grants to local groups working in parks to strengthen their outreach, membership, and programming capacity. Small grants of up to $5,000 are awarded. Apply before February 1st.

Through its Homebase prevention program, DHS helps keep New York City families stably housed in their homes and out of shelter. This is a vital collaborative effort with other city agencies, their partners, and their employees.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a housing crisis,  download the Homebase map or  visit 311 Online to locate your nearest office.
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