Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
June 2015, Vol 6, issue 06

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.


Leroy Branch, circa 1980, with former District Manager Robert Acito,
while Leroy was first employed at Brooklyn CB6 as a teenager
through the City's then-Summer Youth Employment Program.

Brooklyn CB6 has some of the most top-notch municipal services in the City. Each day thousands of municipal employees serve our district thanklessly with care and precision. When things go smoothly and unnoticed, it means people are doing their jobs well. The real test is what happens when things break down. That's where Community Boards have the greatest potential to add value to the complex web of municipal government. When it comes to municipal services, our agencies are the specialists; we are the generalists. What makes the Community Boards unique is our holistic view of our district and its neighborhoods, which is our specialty. We know our communities' values, expectations and how they function. Smart agency folk recognize that we are their compliment. They listen when we talk. They seek us out when there are problems. When they think of the community, they think of us. Mostly, they think of people like Leroy Branch.

This month we will bid a sad farewell to a long-time member of the district office staff. After 13 years (not counting the teenage years), our Assistant District Manager Leroy Branch has tendered his resignation effective July 3rd. He is leaving us for a position at the Brooklyn Office of the Department of Transportation. There's no way we could compete with a resource-rich mega-agency where for someone like Leroy Branch the sky's the limit. It's true what they say, that you can't hold a good man down. Nor should we. We have many distinguished alumni who have gone on to bigger and better things--heads of agencies, elected office, industry thought leaders, people who every day make a difference whatever they do. Leroy Branch will become just such an alumnus. We're proud of his legacy. And as an active district resident, Deacon in his church, youth sports league organizer, and all-around volunteer who you can always count on to do whatever needs to be done, we know that while Leroy Branch ends this chapter in his service to our community, that he'll simply be starting a new one. Because that's the kind of person he is. The finest, strongest, bravest, boldest and absolute best of all municipal employees rolled into one.

No words could convey how lucky we were to have been served by such a man for so long. Indeed, our loss is surely DOT's gain. On behalf of a grateful community, thank you for all you've done for us, Leroy Branch.

And, to our good friends at the Brooklyn Office of the Department of Transportation, if you ever take for granted this wonderful person who we know is as hard-working and dedicated as they come, in the finest of South Brooklyn traditions we are going to kick your arses. We're talking a full-blown rumble on Court Street. Capisce?

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Join A Brooklyn CB6 Committee

Now is the time of year that Brooklyn CB6 invites the public to apply to join one of our standing committees for our upcoming annual 2015-16 session. Individuals who would like to serve on a committee may apply online or request a form from our district office, and return it to us by the end of June.

Appointments are for a one-year term beginning September 1st. Notification letters are sent out in August.

 Committees that are open for public membership include:
* Economic/Waterfront/Community Development & Housing 
* Environmental Protection/Permits & Licenses
* Landmarks/Land Use
* Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs 
* Transportation/Public Safety
* Youth/Human Services/Education

Please do not apply to join a committee if you anticipate possible scheduling conflicts. And if you're not sure if you're ready to make the commitment, all of our committee meetings are open to the public anyway, so feel free to starting attending meetings at your convenience.

To learn more about what our committees do, and find out when they meet (they all meet on regular fixed nights), please visit the Committees section of our website.

BrooklynCB6 is PortSide's Homeport!
PortSide New York
Ahoy, Mary!

The homegrown-in-BrooklynCB6 non-profit organization PortSide NewYork has just landed a long-term publicly accessible place in the district after a decade-long search! Now they can be found on the historic ship MARY A. WHALEN at Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook.

PortSide NewYork is developing a program schedule, and you can help make that happen by responding to their call for volunteers and fundraising committee members. Their first program is next week an " Open House for Educators Week ." PortSide is inviting educators (K-12 and college) to visit the ship to discuss program ideas for next academic year. Please pass the news of this exciting opportunity to all teachers you know! We can all look forward to more innovative waterfront-themed culture, education and resiliency events from PortSide.
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The first Solarize workshop was a hit! There was a standing room only crowd as neighbors crammed into a community room to learn how they could make the switch to solar.


In collaboration with our community partners, we are organizing Solarize BrooklynCB6 workshops throughout the district. At these workshops you'll be able to learn how the program works and meet the installers, EcoMen Solar and Quixotic Systems. We are leveraging bulk pricing for the short time the program will be in effect. The more people who sign-up the more everybody will save.

Park Slope Workshop sponsored by our partners the Park Slope Civic Council & Park Slope Neighbors
Wednesday, June 24, 6:30-8:00pm

Old First Reformed Church, Lower Hall
729 Carroll Street (at the corner of 7th Avenue)
RSVP here. Tell your neighbors. Walk-ins welcome.

Columbia Waterfront Workshop sponsored by our partner the Carroll Gardens Association
Thursday, June 25, 6:30-8:00pm

The Carroll Gardens Association
201 Columbia Street (between Degraw/Sackett Streets)
RSVP here. Tell your neighbors. Walk-ins welcome. 

After the workshop, you can sign-up for a free site assessment and learn about the financing options available.


Solarize BrooklynCB6 will run through September. Additional workshops will be hosted in locations throughout the district, some will be geared specifically for owners of business properties.

Watch for upcoming workshops in Red Hook, Gowanus & Carroll Gardens. 

Sign up to learn about future workshops here, or skip the workshop and sign up for a site assessment right away.

Things to do in the District 

Brooklyn Pride Parade

Thursday-Saturday, June 4th-6th
The 22nd Annual Red Hook Fest Featuring live music and dance on the beautiful Brooklyn waterfront. Plus fun activities for all ages like free kayak rides in New York Harbor (thanks to the Red Hook Boaters), face-painting, a Red Hook trivia contest, and more. FREE

Tuesday, June 9th, dinner time
Please support CHIPS, Park Slope's community soup kitchen and women's shelter, by participating in its annual "CHiPS Night Out." Participating Park Slope area restaurants will be donating 15% of their evening's dinner checks to CHiPS.

June 11-13, 17-21 at 8:00pm & June 13-14 at 3:00pm
Falconworks presents Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" at Red Hook Labs, 133 Imlay Street.   Tickets $35.  

Thursday, June 11th, 7:00pm
CitiBike Planning Workshop, a DOT run bike share planning workshop in anticipation of the expansion of CitiBike into the district, which is scheduled to happen by 2017. At this workshop you'll have a chance to learn more about the bike share program, and suggest locations for bicycle docking stations.

Saturday, June 13th, all day
Brooklyn Pride. Street Festival: 5th Avenue, 3rd-9th Streets, 11:00am-5:00pm. Kid's Space at the Old Stone House, 11:00am-5:00pm. Twilight Parade: Douglass to 9th Streets, 7:00pm.

Wednesday, June 17th, 7:00-8:30pm
Cooking class: Kimchi 101 is a great introduction to this traditional Korean dish. Chef Kala Sung will teach us how to make kimchi, about kimchi and how to eat healthy in the Korean way. We will be using local ingredients outside of the standard cabbage kimchi, such as cucumber, radish, scallion, okra and even kale. Location: Court Tree Collective, 371 Court Street. $25

Sunday, June 21st, 12:00-6:00pm
Park Slope's annual Seventh Heaven Street Fair. From Flatbush Avenue to 18th Street. Food-Crafts-Rides-Antiques-Art.

Tuesdays, July-August, 8:30pm
Red Hook Flicks. Free movies on the water and under the watch of Lady Liberty. Red Hook Flicks are shown at the Valentino Park & Pier on the waterfront. 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.
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General Board Meeting

photo by Bryan Bruchman


6:30pm, June 10th
NYPD/78th Precinct
65 Sixth Avenue
(btw Dean/Bergen Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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 

New appointments have been made to BrooklynCB6!
We'd like to congratulate and welcome our newest members:
Deana Esquerra (Red Hook),
Robert Underwood (Park Slope),
Karissa James (Gowanus),
Asher Freeman (Park Slope),
Kara Gurl (Park Slope),
Akash Mehta (Boerum Hill),
Manuel Caballero (Red Hook),
Max Neuman (Carroll Gardens),
Joe Ann Brown (Gowanus),
Joanna Oltman Smith (Park Slope).

Special shout-out to Akash Mehta, who is in the first class of youth appointed since the law was changed earlier this year to allow 16- and 17-year olds to serve on Community Boards.

The Red Hook library needs your LEGOS! Please bring donations to the Head Librarian Sandra. They are for the library's free LEGO club. Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street.

This year the Harvard Kennedy School awarded Innovation in American Government awards to two programs near and dear to our district. Congratulations to Participatory Budgeting in New York City, and to the City's Vacant Land Cleanup & Revitalization Initiative.

BrooklynCB6's Council Member Brad Lander pioneered the Participatory Budgeting model, now championed by Council Members Levin and Menchaca as well covering our entire district.

And the City's VLCRI program was created by the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation which provided support including a $25,000 grant to BrooklynCB6 as part of our Gowanus BOA program effort.

We recently learned that our liaison and friend Philip Halliburton of Con Edison has accepted a position in Chicago and will be relocating. His last day at ConEd is June 5th. Thanks, Phil, for all your help over the years; we will miss you.

With the imminent departure of Leroy Branch, BrooklynCB6 is opening a search for a new Assistant District Manager. Job posting will be available until position is filled. Please help us spread the word.

Red Hook's Raaka Chocolate has a chance to win a $100,000 Mission Main Street grant from Chase but they need our votes to win it. Click here.

DEP recently issued their Green Infrastructure 2014 Annual Report, which highlights the program's accomplishments over the last year. The program is a vital component of stormwater management in our Gowanus watershed. Lots of good info.

New York Methodist Hospital recently issued their second 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



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