Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
January 2017, Vol 8, 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.

My teacher says that peace begins with us. As we start 2017 it is a message worth repeating. So many people report so many problems with the year we left behind. Every day, every moment, we have an opportunity to change. To be who we are becoming. To be mindful and present. To be at peace.
Take a look at any random photos of recent events. The faces of protesters. The faces of Senators. The faces of people fighting for change. What you might see they all have in common is their raging expressions. Anger. Contempt. Rage. The left, the right, even in the center. Everybody seems to be angry these days. And many people feel justified in their anger because of the cause they believe in. It is good to be affected by injustice. Sadly, as we cultivate the fires of our anger, we add more of that energy into the world. When we respond to injustice with anger, we add more anger into the world. That creates a bigger problem for everyone.
When someone does something that threatens us - whether a development project or a new policy - we naturally respond to it. Sometimes we knee-jerk our way into a raging battle. Sometimes we quietly seethe until our feelings come out in unhealthy ways. If we consider that feeling threatened is a warning message, and pause and breathe and consider what we are threatened by, we can better determine how we choose to respond. Being in a place of choice means acting mindfully. It is ultimately the most empowering place to be.
My New Years Eve plans fell through at the last minute. Rather than panic, or wallow in disappointment, I considered my options and decided I would still take in the fireworks at Prospect Park because it was something I wanted to do. As luck would have it, my sister reached out last-minute to see whether I'd be at the park at midnight. I got to spend the night with my family, then as an added bonus enjoyed lighting the 8-foot tall Chanukah ice menorah at Rabbi Hecht's place on 3rd Street and PPW as we exited the park. I saw so much joy on so many faces as people from all backgrounds clapped and danced and sang along spontaneously to the Chanukah music.
Being in a place of choice, being present and mindful, and remembering that what we focus on we reinforce, are gifts I received for the new year. They enabled me to avoid sitting home alone by choosing to participate. Being with family was an added bonus. Being part of a broader community I love was an even more potent reminder that when we are at peace within ourselves, we bring peace into the world.
May we all pause, breathe then think before acting. May we all remember that what we focus on we reinforce. And may we all be in a place of choice as we move from moment to moment in this new year. Let's make the most of every moment as we live, love, laugh and learn our way on another journey around the sun.
Peace to all in the new year.

Stay active and engaged. It's our community!  

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H OPE for the Homeless 
On Monday, January 23, the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE), a HUD-mandated citywide community volunteer effort to count each homeless person living in public spaces across the five boroughs during the coldest time of the year.

We are calling on YOU, our fellow New Yorkers, to help us canvas parks, subways, and other public spaces to estimate the number of people who find themselves living on the street. We need thousands of volunteers to make the HOPE Count a success. Last year, a record of 3,800+ New Yorkers registered for the count; we are hoping to recruit as many or more this year.

For more information or to register to volunteer visit here.
Gowanus Artist Survey 

Our friends at the local non-profit Arts Gowanus have crated a survey for current and past Gowanus artists  to understand artist concerns as the Department of City Planning eyes the neighborhood for zoning changes. 

They are interested in the opinions of all artists who have ever had a studio in the Greater Gowanus area (or participated in Gowanus Open Studios).

Are you a current or former Gowanus artist?  Take the survey.

Do you know any Gowanus creative-types? Please forward this message and survey to current or former Gowanus artists, illustrators makers, designers and small scale fabricators.

Survey respondents we will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate from Artist & Craftsmen.
Organics Collection Survey 
The Department of Sanitation's Organics Collection Program launched in our district in the Fall of 2015. Since then, thousands of tons of organic waste have been separated out from regular trash. Whether or not you currently participate in the program, we would greatly appreciate you taking a short survey to help us understand how our community has been experiencing and responding to the program.

If you have any questions about the survey or Organics Collection in Brooklyn Community Board 6, please contact Assistant District Manager Ty Beatty at 718.643.3027, ext. 204.
Please click here to take the survey  
Tree Curb Pick up & MulchFest

There are two ways to have your tree recycled by the city:

Curbside Pick Up
City residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees before they are put out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between Tuesday, January 3 and Saturday, January 14, 2017 will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for the city's parks, institutions, and community gardens.

The Department of Parks and Recreation's annual MulchFest event will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8, 2017-from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm-at chipping sites. Drop-off sites will be accepting trees beginning Saturday, December 31, and through January 8.

Local chipping sites are Cobble Hill Park and the 3rd Street entrance at Prospect Park. View a map of all drop-off sites here.

Event attendees can pick up free mulch at some selected locations. All lights, ornaments, decorations and netting must be removed from trees prior to drop-off.

Learn more about MulchFest here.

Solar Information Session
with American Solar Partners
Thursday January 12th 6pm

Cobble Hill Community Room
250 Baltic Street,  Brooklyn, NY 11201
Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Join us on for a Solar Information Session, as part of our Solarize Brooklyn CB6 2: Sun for All campaign.

Our chosen installer  American Solar Partners (ASP) will educate you on the ins & outs of purchasing a traditional solar array. They will talk about how solar power can cut your utility bill and make your home more valuable. Current incentives allow you to recoup up to 75% of your investment.  Using Solar1's Here Comes Solar model, ASP is gathering a cluster of households and businesses to install solar at a lower price based on economies of scale.

For a more bespoke experience, please bring a copy of your latest electric bill to the event.

For more information contact:
Paige AlderotyProject Manager,  American Solar Partners
Phone: 914-699-3366

The final day to join the purchasing group is February 2, 2017.

This program is open to Brooklyn residents. Your building does not need to be in Brooklyn CB6 to participate.
Red Hook WaterStories!

Our area now has a digital maritime museum and community guide called Red Hook WaterStories created by PortSide NewYork. If your New Year's resolution calls for getting involved locally, PortSide can use you! They are seeking people to create events and new means to distribute the resiliency part of the project. Red Hook WaterStories has an interactive map, oral histories, fascinating essays, and content not found elsewhere. The site is for locals as much as for visitors.

Curious about our maritime history or how public housing replaced shantytowns? Want to find a Red Hook brunch spot artisan? Studying New York's planning for long-term resilience and relationship to the water? You can also contribute your own stories and help write Red Hook's next chapters.
Winter Nighttime Collections 

Each winter season starting in November the Department of Sanitation shifts some collection routes to nighttime hours so that there is sufficient manpower available around the clock in the event they are needed for emergency snow removal. Affected sectors are rotated each year to ensure that no individual area is unduly burdened.

You may continue to put out your refuse and recycling at the same time, just be aware that nighttime collections will be occurring. 
Normal daytime collections will resume in April.

This winter, the following areas are affected:

Sector 61:Red Hook and the southern portion of Carroll Gardens
Mon & Tues: Metal/Glass/Plastic Recycling Route

Sector 65: South Park Slope/Gowanus
Wed: Metal/Glass/Plastic Recycling Route
Things to do in the District

Birding: Super Winter Bird Walk
Sunday January 8, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Good Coffeehouse at the Old Stone House: Stillhouse Serenade
On Sunday, January 8th, the Good Coffeehouse is proud to present an afternoon of music with Stillhouse Serenade. The band is a collective of passionate and eclectic champions of bluegrass, old time, honky-tonk, traditional, originals, R&B, early blues and country music, which they play with authority and joy. The band features the impressive guitar work and compelling vocals and duets of Dan Weiss and Mary Olive Smith, along with Brooklyn native Trip Henderson's incredible harmonica artistry. Not-to-be missed on accordion and piano is the amazing Charlie Giordano and rounding out the group is Peter Bitenc who holds down the bottom on the big bass. Cost: $10

Wednesday, January 11, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
In collaboration with Heights and Hills, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers a support group, led by a licensed social worker, for family members and friends caring for an older adult. The Caregivers Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Hospital's Wesley House, Room 6A, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register (required) please call 718.780.5367.  The hospital has many events. View full calendar here.

Saturdays January 7th & 14th 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Annual City Harvest Food Drive by Friends of Carroll Park. Friends of Carroll Park will be collecting non-perishable items to donate to hungry neighbors through the amazing group City Harvest this holiday season. They  will be hosting collection drives on four upcoming Saturdays: January 7 and 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The most needed items are:
- canned fruit
- canned vegetables
- peanut butter (plastic jars)
- macaroni and cheese (packaged)
- hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)
City Harvest cannot accept glass containers, homemade items, expired food, or dented cans.
If you are interested in volunteering for a shift during this year's drives, or if you'd like to coordinate your own ancillary collection at a neighborhood school or business (you can drop your items at the park house and they'll arrange the pickup from City Harvest), please let us know at!

Sunday January 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
LESEC E-Waste Recycling Event: Park Slope
They accept working and non-working:
Computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs (all sizes), VCR & DVD players, Phones, audio/visual equipment,Video games, Cell phones
For more information about the LESEC's E-Waste Program, visit their FAQs.

Wednesday, January 18 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Drunk Science at Littlefield is an event hosted by comedians Joanna Rothkopf (staff writer at Jezebel), Shannon Odell (neuroscience PhD candidate at Weill Cornell) and Jordan Mendoza (once was pre-med). In each show, three intoxicated comedians compete to present the best scientific dissertation to a panel of real scientists.$5.00 - $8.00
Editor's note: Littlefield has many cool events throughout the month. View their calendar here.

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Birding: Super Winter Bird Walk at Prospect Park. New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. We offer birding programs throughout the year. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.Location: Meet under the Grand Army Plaza Arch. Free
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc.  supports 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

6:30pm, January 11th
NY Methodist Hospital
506 6th Street, Auditorium
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(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
Samudyatha Subbarama,
Planning Fellow 
Sarah Yehuda,
Planning Fellow 
Newsletter Production:    
● Craig Hammerman, 
Sarah N. Phillips,
Managing Editor
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