Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
April 2016, Vol 7, 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 very first Earth Day, April 22, 1970 in Prospect Park

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 16th for their Spring Civic Sweep, 10am-2pm, at two locations: Washington Park, 5th Avenue and 3rd Street and Brooklyn Colony at 4th Avenue and Garfield Place, 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 involved. Speak your truth. Be inspired. 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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The Youth/Human Services & Education Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 6 and the Red Hook Community Justice Center present:

2016 Youth Internship & Opportunity Fair

Join us for an afternoon of employment and internship opportunities, networking, job readiness, skill building and enrichment programs for young adults.

Tuesday, April 12, 4:00-7:00pm
NYCHA Miccio Center
110 West 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Check out this awesome list of participants:
  • Red Hook Community Justice Center Youth Programs
  • Red Hook Resilience Corps
  • Red Hook Initiative / Digital Stewards
  • Youth Justice Board
  • Non Traditional Employment for Women
  • NYS Assembly Speaker Felix W. Ortiz
  • Exalt
  • Dance Theatre Etcetera
  • Groundswell
  • Project Safe
  • UpRose
  • Added Value
  • Teens Helping Each Other (THEO)
  • Carroll Gardens Association
  • Year Up
  • St. Johns Bread and Life
  • Brooklyn Pride Community Center
  • Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp
  • YO SOS
  • Red Hook Public Library
  • Jabus Building Corp. 
  • Good Shepherd Reboundz Program
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Jeff Irvine, Sustainable CUNY's NYC Solar Ombudsman needs shades

Solarize Brooklyn CB6: Sun for All
Kick-off Information Session

Tuesday, April 26th, 6:30pm
Prospect Park YMCA
357 9th Street, 7th floor
(between 5th/6th Avenues) 

We are thrilled to announce we are the recipients of a NYSERDA grant to continue our Solarize campaign! Please join us on Tuesday April 26th for our kick-off Information Session.

Are you solar-curious? Missed out on signing up last season? This session is for you.

to rsvp is not necessary, but we hope you do
so we can keep track of numbers

Things to do in the District
Garden of Delights, an exhibition by Carlton Scott Sturgill

Wednesday, April 6
1st Annual CHiPS Gala! Our biggest fundraiser of the year. Featuring live jazz performed by the Axel Schwintzer Trio, cocktails by PDQ and Lavender Lake,wine from Bedell Cellars and T. Edwards Wines, beer from Brooklyn Brewery and Peak Organic,whiskeys provided by Winebow,and delicious bites from Runner & Stone, Insa, Rucola, Al Di La, and Stone Park Café. Tickets here. Location: The Green Building

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm
Celebrate Fifth Avenue's acclaimed destination restaurants and legendary watering holes at A Taste Of Fifth. Buying a ticket not only allows you to sample all the savory offerings from our many local restaurants and bars (complementary wine & beer), but you'll also be benefiting many of our local charities. Tickets are $55 online with $20 of every ticket going to the local charity of your choice! Entertainment includes a Speakeasy with vodka on ice and jazz, a roaming magician, a photobooth, a surprise from Spoke the Hub and MS 51 Jazz Band followed by a DJ. Also great offerings at the Silent Auction from our 5th Avenue BID merchants and beyond. Location: The Grand Prospect Hall.

Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm
Friends of Carroll Park Meeting
. Friends of Carroll Park is an all-volunteer group which maintains all of the park's gardens, coordinates dozens of annual events and activities, liaises with the Department of Parks and Recreation and NYPD to help keep maintenance and infrastructure problems at bay, and facilitates use of the park space by other groups and companies. We're always in need of reliable volunteers for everything from gardening, painting, and repairs to event planning and general assistance. If you'd like to get involved, we'd love to have you on board! Join us at our monthly meetings the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Acito Park House or send us a note at!

Thursday, April 7 from 6-8:30pm
New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) will host its third annual evening for women’s health on at NYM's main campus at 506 Sixth Street in Brooklyn. The event's theme for 2016 is Thrive! The night will combine Brooklyn-worthy fun-including wine tasting, door prizes, mini-massages, acupuncture, light bites from local eateries, and more-with health information, screenings, and Q+A sessions with Hospital medical professionals. Thrive! is open to attendees over the age of 21. The entry fee is $15 for those who pre-register and pre-pay, or $20 at the door/ tickets may be purchased on the website, or by calling 855.NYM.WELL.

Thursday, April 7, 6:30pm
Public Meeting:
Red Hook Integrated Flood Protection System, (IFPS) Public meeting. Come share your local insight and expertise with The Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Location: The Miccio Community Center, 110 West 9th Street, Red Hook Brooklyn

Saturday April 9, show 6pm
Drunk TED Talks: Guilty Pleasures. Welcome to Drunk TED Talks, the world's premiere source of highly intelligent people talking about weird stuff they care deeply about while extremely drunk (with PowerPoints). Pop culture is practically designed to produce things that you feel bad about consuming -- or at least, that other people want you to feel bad about consuming. From Limp Bizkit to Instagram stalking to the entire Bravo network, guilty pleasures shape our lives, and our attitudes toward each other. So Drunk TED Talks investigates: what are guilty pleasures? how do we relate to them? do they even exist? and if not, should they? Come find out (also, we'll be drunk)! Location: Littlefield

Saturday, April 9th, performances 8pm
Closing Reception: Garden of Delights, an artist exhibition of collages and sculpture at the Gowanus Loft. Featuring performances from Shakespeare's Romeo + Julet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and poetry and music from Deadly Chaps. For more information including gallery hours or to arrange a private viewing please contact The Vanderbilt Republic.
Note: this exhibition has mature themes not suitable for all audiences.

Sunday April 10, 12- 3pm
Embroidering Love Notes - A Workshop with Artist Iviva Olenick at The Old Stone House. viva will teach you how to: Translate words and thoughts into backstitch and French knots. Make drawings and doodles with thread. Transfer and images onto fabric. No previous embroidery experience required! Sip Prosecco while enjoying the company of fellow embroiderers and the sounds chamber music. $35 per person includes embroidery supplies, drinks and snacks. 

Saturday, April 16, 6-9pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall Open House. Along with Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, I am pleased to invite you to attend Brooklyn's Open House, a first-of-its-kind experience. During this special evening, you will have the opportunity to meet me and my fantastic team, tour this historic building, as well as learn about the work we have been doing over the last two-plus years and what we have in store for our borough's bright future! RSVP here for this family-friendly event. Space may be limited.

April 17, 7pm till late
Join us for The Falconworks Benefit! Join Falconworks and special guest host John Hockenberry for our Hip Hop Thrift Shop benefit. We'll be raising dough* for Falconworks' programs, flossin' and stuntin' in our grandads' clothes,** sipping custom drinks from Van Brunt Stillhouse, dancing, silent auctioning, and giving props to this year's honorees Lisa Diller and Solomon Goodwin. Tickets $25-$100. Location: Hope & Anchor

April 30, events all day from 12pm to 9:30pm
The Red Hook Crit  Bicycle Race.The Red Hook Criterium is one of the world's most exciting sporting events and completely free for spectators! Come early to get your hands on a free Rockstar Games cowbell so you can make a lot of noise during the races. Location: Cruise Ship Terminal, Pedestrian entrances are located at Pioneer and Conover Streets and at Ferris and King Street.
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, April 13
PS 58 Auditorium
330 Smith Street
(at First Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11231     

(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 2016 Officers:
Sayar Lonial,
Mike Racioppo,
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
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections
● Glenn Kelly,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs
● Ariel Krasnow,
Sayar Lonial,
● 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
● Suzanne Turet,
● Robert Underwood,
Youth Services

District Office Staff:
District Manager
Ty Beatty ,
Assistant District Manager 
Community Associate 
Sarah N. Phillips,
Special Projects Manager
Office Volunteer 
Newsletter Production:    
● Craig Hammerman, 
Sarah N. Phillips,
Managing Editor 
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden wants to understand the impacts of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest and how to make it better. If your block has ever participated in the contest, please consider completing BBG's 10-minute survey . Questions? Call (718) 623-7209 or email

CitiBike, which is due to expand the NYC Bike Share program here in the district this year (a year ahead of it's originally scheduled 2017 rollout date!), is hiring. Jobs are currently available as drivers, customer service agents and group sales representatives. Seasonal work is also available. Click here for more information.
The Department of Parks & Recreation is looking to hire lifeguards for their 2016 swim season! Parks' beaches open each Memorial Day weekend and are open through Sunday, September 13. Pools are open from late June through Labor Day. Lifeguards work 48 hours each week and first-year lifeguards will earn a minimum of $13.57 an hour, for a weekly salary of over $650.00.  Think you're whistle worthy? Find out how to join.



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