Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6

May 2015, Vol 6, issue 05

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.





April showers bring May flowers. And sunshine. And more rain.

Our celebration of the coming of spring coincides with the launch of our Solarize BrooklynCB6 campaign with Sustainable CUNY and other City partners. If you've been curious about going solar, now's the time to take advantage of the program we've helped put together. Learn more about the solar option. Get your questions answered. Financing options are even available. Come to a workshop, host a presentation or workshop--if you've got an interested group, please let us know. The more participants we get, the more everybody saves.

The Department of Environmental Protection is also hosting a public meeting on the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for the Gowanus Canal on May 14, 6:00-8:00pm at PS 32, 317 Hoyt Street (at Union Street), Gowanus. The Gowanus LTCP will identify and evaluate alternatives to reduce the impacts of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in our local waterway. CSOs are diluted mixtures of rainwater and untreated sewage which overflow into the canal during heavy rainfall when the sewer system is at capacity.

You can make a huge difference by harnessing the power of the sun and capturing and managing stormwater. Right here in our community. Because it's all in our backyard.

Work with Mother Nature. We're all in this together. It's our community!

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!
Solarize BrooklynCB6 Launches  

The sunny, bright blue skies of spring are here. And so is Solarize BrooklynCB6!


The Solarize BrooklynCB6 program offers a simplified process and bulk discount pricing for installing solar on residential and business properties in the Brooklyn CB6 district. The program is supported by Sustainable CUNY's Solar Ombudsmen. 


Solarize BrooklynCB6's first educational workshop is scheduled for May 12, 2015. Meet the program's partner installers EcoMen Solar and Quixotic Systems and learn how much you can save with solar. The more who sign-up the more everybody saves.


Solarize BrooklynCB6 workshop, Tuesday, May 12, 6:30-8:00pm

Brooklyn Community Board 6, Auditorium

250 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


After the workshop, you can sign-up for a free, no-obligation site assessment. Financing options also available.


Solarize BrooklynCB6 will run through September 30. Additional workshops will be hosted in locations throughout the district. Some will be geared specifically for business properties.


RSVP to the Solarize BrooklynCB6 workshop here.
Tell your neighbors. Walk-ins welcome.

#BKcb6 on Instagram 

We're so inspired by the sights surrounding us that we decided to share them using Instragram as @bkcb6.

You don't need to have an Instagram account to see our pics. You can always visit  to see what we're up to.

If you're documenting a cb6 meeting or event tag it with #bkcb6.
CB6 Youth Opportunity Summit
Saturday, May 16, 1:00-5:00pm 
for 16-24 year olds

At the John Jay Educational Campus

237 7th Avenue, (between 4th/5th Streets), Park Slope  
  • network
  • acquire job readiness skills
  • find out about employment & internship opportunities
  • get your resume seen
  • enjoy refreshments
  • win prizes
1:00pm: Opening Session with Guest Speakers
2:00 - 4:30pm: Civic and Job Skills Workshops
2:00 - 5:00pm: Opportunity Expo 

Here's who will be there (so far):      

Prospect Park Alliance

Campaign for Summer Jobs
Arts And Democracy
Red Hook Justice Center
Board of Elections
Kings County District Attorney


Good Shepherd Services 
Opportunities for Tomorrow 
NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) 
Financial Counseling for Students
...and many more! 

Learn more and rsvp on the event's Facebook page
Things to do in the District 

Tuesday May 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
Red Hook Community Justice Center's Youth Summer Internships and Jobs Fair for young adults ages 14-21. Over 15 organizations and companies will be in attendance. Dress in business casual attire. Bring copies of your resume or CV if you have one. All are welcome! Location: Miccio Community Center, 110 West 9th Street.

Tuesday May 5, 6:30-8:30pm
RDHK loves PS15 Spring Gala to benefit PS15. Enjoy savory bites and socializing, cocktails, deserts and dancing. After party at Pioneer Works Center, 159 Pioneer Street. 

Thursday, May 7, 3:30-7:00pm
Free helmet fitting and giveaway hosted by the Department of Transportation on the plaza at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, while supplies last.

Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-5:00pm
  Bike the Branches! Explore Brooklyn through our network of 60 neighborhood libraries. Wrap up the day at the all new Bike the Branches Block Party closing celebration! Join us from 5-7pm for festivities including Smorgasburg food vendors, live music, awards and activities for participants of all ages!  Space is limited, so register today. Questions?

Saturday, May 9, 6:00-9:00pm
Gowanus Marketplace: Explores the intersection of artistry and industry along the Gowanus Canal, featuring Gowanus-based artists, artisans, and makers in a re-imagined Old World marketplace. Location: Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street.

Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-4:00pm
  New York Bike Jumble. The bike jumble is a bicycle flea market where you can buy new and used bicycles, bicycle accessories, bicycle collectibles, clothing and other bicycle treasures. Bike prices start around $50 and go up from there. Location: The Old Stone House at Washington Park.

Saturday, May 9, 10:00am
Brooklyn PTAs Fun RUN for Public Schools in Prospect Park at BPS, 15th Street entrance.  The Brooklyn PTA Fun Run brings parents and students together in fund-raising and celebration of our local public schools. For more information, check out the Brooklyn PTA's website and register online for the race.

Friday, May 15, 6:30-10:00pm
The Waterfront Museum's Pirate Ball celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Historic Red Hook Barge. Have an eye patch in your closet you've been dying to use? Dreaming of plump oysters or lip-smacking BBQ, thirst-quenching rum punch, and local key lime pies on the pier at sunset? Tickets $75, proceeds to ensure the Barge is around and active for another 100 years. Location: The Red Hook Waterfront Museum Barge, 290 Conover Street.

Friday, May 15, 9:00am-4:30pm
Hosted by the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), The American-Italian Cancer Foundation's mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program which provides mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved women is scheduled to conduct screenings in the neighborhood. Call (877) 628-9090 to schedule an appointment. Location: outside AAFSC office, 150 Court Street

Saturday, May 16, 12:00-3:00pm
GrowNYC will host a Stop 'N Swap event where attendees can exchange items such as clothes, books, toys, shoes and housewares. Items should be clean and easy to carry (no furniture or other bulky things). Location: The Old Stone House at Washington Park.

Sunday, May 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Protect your identity! Shred your personal papers for free at the 8th annual ShredFest. Arrive early, trucks available until 4:00pm or until they fill up. Location: Prospect Park, 3rd Street entrance at Prospect Park West.

Sunday, May 17, 12:00-5:30 pm
Please join us for the 56th Annual Park Slope Civic Council House Tour, a self-guided tour organized by the Park Slope Civic Council.  Tickets $20 in advance, online or from participating merchants. Starting Point: Poly Prep Lower School, 50 Prospect Park West (at 1st Street).

Sunday, May 17, 12:00-6:00pm
The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair.  More than 200 local businesses are slated to take part in the Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair, on 5th Avenue between Sterling Place and 12th Street. Look for Solarize BrooklynCB6's table!

Tuesday, May 26th, 5:30-9:00pm
Sunset Swing XV is here! Celebrate the Southwest Brooklyn industrial business community at Sunset Swing! Enjoy open bar, light dinner, and live jazz music at the best networking event in Southwest Brooklyn! Purchase journal ads and tickets.
Location: Pioneer Works Center, 159 Pioneer Street.

Tuesday, May 26, 2:00-4:00pm
The NYU-Langone Cobble Hill will be hosting a Stroke Health Fair organized by the Comprehensive Stroke Care Center and Rusk Rehabilitation. The event will offer blood pressure readings, stroke risk screenings and other important health information. Location: 83 Amity Street.

Thursday, May 28, 7:00-10:00pm
ArtWorks: a Benefit for Arts Gowanus. Celebrate arts, artists, and the Gowanus neighborhood, and take home one piece of original artwork from a Gowanus artist. All while supporting the critical mission of Arts Gowanus to support, promote and advocate for artists and a sustainable local arts community. Location: 165 7th Street, Gowanus.

Saturday, May 30, 10:00am-5:00pm
Carroll Park Community Fair. Come out for a day of meeting and mingling with neighbors, volunteers and elected officials. Browse for housewares, books, music, clothes, jewelry, antiques and collectibles. Fun for kids and families. To reserve a space reach out to
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).

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General Board Meeting

photo by Bryan Bruchman


6:30pm, May 13 
Brooklyn Borough Hall,
209 Joralemon Street,
Court Room
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

We hear PortSide NewYork is gearing up for a springtime move to a publicly-accessible spot on our waterfront. Meanwhile, they could use volunteer deckhands to sand, paint, pack, hoist, clean, and organize. Spend some time on the waterfront. Find out more about volunteering opportunities. More news on the move soon!

Congratulations to 826NYC
, one of our non-profit groups who supports students with their creative writing skills and help teachers inspire their students to write. 826NYC will be among the honorees celebrated by Brooklyn Defender Services at their annual gala on May 21, 2015.

Congratulations to State Senator Daniel Squadron
who will be honored by the Arab-American Family Support Center at their annual gala on May 21, 2015.

Congratulations to former CB6 Board Member Greg O'Connell, Sr. and Gowanus' Architectural Grill who will be among the honorees at this year's South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation's annual Sunset Swing gala on May 26, 2015.

We're on Instagram now!
Look for us @bkcb6. And if you've got some pics to share with us, we're always looking to expand our library of images. We may use them in our newsletter or other materials giving full credit where it's due. Send your images to:

New York Methodist Hospital recently issued their first newsletter with details about the new   Center for Community Health which is soon-to-be under construction. Interested parties can subscribe to future newsletters by sending a request to

The Office of Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson is now offering a quarterly newsletter - the Brooklyn DA Newsletter, Justice News. Subscribe today!

Red Hook Initiative is hiring! Hurry now and apply for Employment Coordinator, Middle School Program Manager, Development Associate, and College Retention Specialist positions. Preference given to Red Hook residents.

Motivate and CItibike are hiring!



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