Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6

April 2015, Vol 6, issue 04

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.



That's 5 year old Craig Hammerman with his Mom and Dad (on his shoulders) at the first Earth Day in Prospect Park, April 22, 1970



April come she will. Which means Earth Day is just around the corner. I've already started my spring cleaning. Lots of old clothes to give away, hangers to return, and assorted chargers and e-waste to cast off. Time to clear out the cobwebs, throw the windows open wide, and let in the fresh air. Spring is here, the days are getting longer, and we'll soon be shedding those extra layers of clothes to give our bodies new sources of that elusive Vitamin D. Yes, Dr. Frankel, my self-proclaimed pasty dermatologist, I'll wear my hat and SPF 30.

Something magical happens this time of year when people emerge from their hibernation. They take a fresh look at their surroundings. They notice what's changed. Lots of potholes out there. The streets are still dirty from the constant black ice and weeks of missed sweeping. The neighborhood could certainly use some spit and polish, and elbow grease. Keep in mind what Gandhi said about being the change you want to see in the world. Let's roll up our sleeves and get 'er done. Grab a broom. A can of paint. Plant some seeds and bulbs. We can do this!

Join the Park Slope Civic Council on April 26th for their Spring Civic Sweep, 10am-2pm, at Washington Park, 5th Avenue and 3rd Street to clean, plant and beautify the neighborhood. And bring your e-waste to dispose of. If your civic group doesn't organize a neighborhood cleaning day, then do it yourself. Pick a date, send an email to friends and neighbors, circulate a flyer, tell everyone you see. We can do this ~ no excuses!

Stay active. Be a part of it. It's our community!

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



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Participatory Budgeting in the District
All three of Brooklyn CB6's City Council Members , Hon. Stephen Levin (33rd C.D.), Hon. Carlos Menchaca (38th C.D.) and Hon. Brad Lander (39th C.D.) are giving their constituents an opportunity to determine how to spend at least $1 million in City Capital funds.

If you are a resident of our district you live in one of these three council districts and are eligible to vote, even if you are not a U.S. citizen.

If you are unsure who your Council Member is, use this nifty online address translator to find out, or call 311. 

To learn more about Participatory Budgeting, click here.


All three Council Members are hosting PB Project Expos where the public can learn more about the proposed projects:


Hon. Stephen Levin, 33rd Council District:

When: Saturday April 18th, 12:00-5:00pm
Where: McCarren Park Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street;

When: Sunday April 19th 12:00-5:00pm
Where: YWCA, 30 3rd Avenue.


Hon. Carlos Menchaca, 38th Council District:

When: Sunday, April 12th, 2:00-5:00pm 

Where: Sunset Park High School, 153 35th Street.


Hon. Brad Lander, 39th Council District:

When: Tuesday, April 14th,6:30-8:30pm

Where: Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street. 

Construction Updates 
Under Construction
The Spring thaw beckons a new season of construction activity. We are indeed fortunate that there's so much public and private investment being made in the infrastructure and facilities in our district. No doubt there will be some inconvenience and disruption. When it comes to construction, nobody likes surprises. So we do our best to monitor what's going on around the district and provide you with information and periodic updates.

In Red Hook, the Parks Department is anticipating the completion of the Coffey Park paths and plaza by the end of June. Following up on their commitment to re-engage the community in a discussion about the future of the Red Hook library, a vital yet chronically underutilized neighborhood facility, the Brooklyn Public Library has engaged NYCpublic to facilitate an all-day Red Hook library Community Engagement Lab on April 18th. Participants should be prepared to spend the day (10:00am-3:00pm).

The Parks Department is no longer pursuing the previously funded construction of a comfort facility at the Valentino Park & Pier based on concerns raised by the community and Council Member Menchaca. As a followup to a meeting held last fall by the Council Member at the Patrick Daly School reps from CB6 and the Council Member's office invited the Department of Transportation out to see the Valentino Park & Pier site to see if less expensive, smaller automatic public toilets could be installed under DOT's existing Coordinated Street Furniture program. After having visited the site, DOT is now assessing whether such an option is feasible.

Over at the Gowanus Canal, construction at The Lightstone Group's worksite at 363-365 Bond Street continues, while the new New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) facility opened last month at 15 2nd Avenue. As part of the settlement reached by Gowanus United and DOCCS, a community advisory group has formed and met twice. Nearby residents and businesses, along with reps from CB6, DOCCS and the 78th Precinct are monitoring the new facility's impact closely. Also, Con Edison continues to relocate their electrical equipment along 3rd Avenue, as a prerequisite to the City's high-level storm sewer project which will enhance the infrastructure's stormwater carrying capacity to alleviate some of the flooding in the 3rd and 4th Avenue corridors.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently issued a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) for the Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant which generally shares a footprint with the Parks Department's Thomas Greene Playground and Douglass-Degraw Pool, and surrounding blocks in the vicinity of Nevins Street, Sackett Street, 3rd Avenue and Douglass Street. The public is invited to comment on the PRAP until May 3rd. DEC is hosting a public meeting from 7:00-9:00pm on April 16th, at the Wyckoff Gardens Community Center, 280 Wyckoff Street.

On the canal itself, DOT reports that they will be working on the 3rd Street bridge on weekends through April which will involve intermittent lane closures (including the bike lane) while they continue to bring our Sandy-damaged bridges back online. Lastly, the EPA has notified us that they will be conducting environmental drilling in the canal from a barge between the 3rd and 9th Street bridges during April 6-24.

And in Park Slope, National Grid has surely been busy upgrading their services. We only recently learned the hard way--without prior notice from the utility--of work occurring on 4th, 5th and 6th Streets in central Slope. We are currently in the midst of playing catch up. Meanwhile, National Grid also notified us of various locations in the North Slope where they are beginning to upgrade and/or relocate their services as a prerequisite to the City's Flatbush Avenue Pedestrian Improvements Capital project HWK-30001. This project will include the reconstruction of the Flatbush Avenue pedestrian triangles at 6th, 7th and Carlton Avenues, along with other pedestrian safety improvements along Flatbush Avenue.

The 8th Avenue pedestrian triangle will also be reconstructed but as part of a separate City Capital project BED-798 which we also recently learned about. In this project we understand that the 72-inch water main on Flatbush Avenue between Sterling Place and 8th Avenues, along with other services on nearby blocks of St Johns Place, 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue, will be upgraded. This project is in the preliminary design phase and we are expecting to host a public meeting to review and discuss it with the City in the coming months.

And, lastly, we are pleased that New York Methodist Hospital is in the process of forming a construction task force that will meet regularly to monitor activities related to the construction of the hospital's new Center for Community Health facility along 5th Street, 8th Avenue and 6th Street, as requested by the Community Board as a condition of its approval.

If there's something construction-wise going on that you want to know more about you can always call us at (718) 643-3027, ext 204. If we don't already know about it, we'll find out for you.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle this Spring
Here's a chance to start off spring on the right footprint. Whether it's old clothes you're ready to get rid of, an old device you just upgraded, your trash is someone else's treasure. Here's a bunch of local and easy waste management options.

e-Waste Recycling: 

It's illegal to put e-waste in the regular trash. The DSNY's website 

can help you navigate the many options for disposing of your e-waste safely and responsibly. Also, you can always drop-off your electronic waste locally at the Gowanus e-Waste Warehouse, 469 President Street btw Nevins/3rd, Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Second Chance Clothing & Textile Recycling:

on Saturdays, 8am to 4pm, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket and on Sundays, 8am to 2pm, Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, Carroll Street btw Court/Smith Streets.

Rechargeable Battery & Cell Phone Recycling:

Many of the greenmarkets provide collection boxes. Ask at the Market Manager's tent for information and collection hours.

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.

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 (261-265 Columbia Street), Brooklyn New School (610 Henry Street), Gil Hodges Community Garden (534 Carroll Street), Added Value (558 Columbia Street) and Backyard Garden (61-73 Hamilton Avenue).
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.
You can easily conduct a do-it-yourself home energy audit for free using the Department of Energy's website to get you started.

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.
Things to do in the District 

Monday, April 13th, 6:00-10:00pm
The Falconworks Benefit is Back! Falconworks invites you to a fun and festive evening of commemoration and celebration. Join us as we celebrate with live music and a great DJ - all to raise funds for our theater programs that unite the Red Hook community. Pay-what-you-can but do come to party hard. Location: Jalopy Theater, 317 Columbia Street.

Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, 7:00-11:00pm    
Acoustic Ecology Festival at the Old Stone House & Washington Park. With Michelle Nagai, Stephan Moore, Dan Joseph, Andrea Williams, Viv Corringham, Johann Diedrick, Christie Leece and Moira Williams. Advanced tickets $10 per event, $12 at the door, or $25 for 3 events. The Musical Ecologies series continues April 16th through18th with a three-part festival of Acoustic Ecology co-curated by composers Andrea Williams  and Dan Joseph. Location: Old Stone House, 336 Third Street.

Saturday, April 18th, 11:00am
MAS Walk: NEW Churches and More in Cobble Hill. In this part of what was once known as the "City of Churches," some houses of worship remain functioning while others remain only in form. Still more have disappeared altogether or been forgotten; some have left behind only an architectural fragment. Mary Ann DiNapoli leads this tour that explores the churches and storied past of a picturesque landmark district. $20 adults / $15 MAS members

Tuesday, April 21st, 7:30pm
Please join us for the first annual Morbid Anatomy Museum Gala with honorary chair Chlo? Sevigny! Show your support and celebrate our newly granted non-profit status over cocktails, entertainment, a catered gourmet dinner, special tours, champagne toasts, an exclusive auction, a period disc phonograph DJ set with Michael Cumella, and a unique performance by Magician and Sideshow Legend Todd Robbins. Tickets start at $250. Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue.

Saturday, April 25th, 5:00-10:00pm
Court Tree Collective is pleased to announce the return of pop-up Kar Yee Noodle Shop. $12 Early Bird Special. Your choice of one bowl of noodles and one beverage. Location: 371 Court Street, 2nd Floor.

Saturday, May 2nd, 7:00pm
Now in its third year, The Red Hook Prom is an annual 80's themed dance party and auction in support of the pay-what-you-can dance programs of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance.  Admission is by donation (suggested $100; minimum $5) for a night just like you remember from high school.... only better. Less teen angst, less crying in the bathroom and less inhibition on the dance floor because, HEY... THE PUNCH IS SPIKED! Food, prizes, a kickin' silent auction, lots of dancing. Location: South Brooklyn Community High School, 173 Conover Street.

Sunday, May 3rd, 8:45am
REGISTER Now for CAMBA's Healthy Way 5k. Join CAMBA's Healthy Way 5k Run/Walk and help CAMBA provide life-saving and life-changing services for more than 45,000 New Yorkers in need. Entry fee $30. Location: Prospect Park (at the Peristyle) 96 Parkside Avenue. 
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.
General Board Meeting

photo by Bryan Bruchman


6:30pm, April 8 
NY Methodist Hospital,
506 6th Street, Auditorium
(between 7th/8th Aves) Brooklyn, NY 11215

Agenda for upcoming general meeting

Draft minutes of last general meeting
(Board members are encouraged to supply corrections to minutes.)

All posted meetings are open to the public; however, participation may be limited.
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 
Michele Ursino,
Header Photo, smiling NYPD

Condolences to former CB6 Board Member Elizabeth Shipley on the sudden passing of her brother Andrew C. Shipley on March 17th.

Congratulations to the Red Hook Star-Revue for winning two awards from the New York State Press Association including First Place for Best Picture Story, and Honorable Mention for Best Column by none-other-than CB6 Board Member Mark Shames. Way to go, Mark!

Congratulations to CB6 Board Member Mike Racioppo for becoming the new Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation.

Congratulations to our Council Member Carlos Menchaca who is being honored by The Center for Anti-Violence Education at their upcoming fundraiser, "The Prom You Always Wanted" on April 26th.

Congratulations to Andrea Parker for becoming the new Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

Congratulations to Red Hook's Raaka Chocolate for being named Brooklyn's Best Artisanal Spot by DNA Info! (BrooklynCB6 even got a shout-out for our social media support.)

And The Daily Meal just declared Park Slope 5th Avenue's Bonnie's Grill's Buffalo Wings the Best in New York City!


Sign up for the 3rd Annual Bike the Branches on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Bike the Branches is now one of Brooklyn's biggest all-day bike extravaganzas-and as a part of our Support the Branches campaign, it's the only one that helps build unlimited opportunity in every Brooklyn neighborhood.

The City is conducting a study on the state of entrepreneurship in New York City to identify the unique opportunities and challenges entrepreneurs face and how the City can help.

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to share their experiences through a survey which is open until April 31st. 




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