Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
April 2017, Vol 8, 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 use 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.

If your civic group or block 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.

P.S. If you like what you see here, please use the "Forward email" 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!
Open Nominations for Youth Awards 
Do you know any exceptional young people doing extraordinary things in our community? We want to hear from you! Each year Brooklyn CB6 honors youth who have made a substantial contribution toward improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods through direct action or by serving as a positive role model for others.

We also recognize outstanding adults who work with youth on a voluntary basis, acting as a positive role model and keeping our youth engaged in constructive activities. Eligible adult candidates can be nominated for the Brooklyn CB6 Robert Acito Award for Youth Involvement, named after our former District Manager who served from 1980-1993.

Applications are available for our Youth Acknowledgement Award and Robert Acito Award for Youth Involvement. They can be picked up from the district office during regular business hours, or downloaded from the CB6 website. The Youth Acknowledgement and Robert Acito Awards will be presented at the beginning of the May general meeting.

Nominations extended to April 14, 2017.
Resilient Red Hook GO FUND ME Campaign 
Resilient Red Hook needs to raise $4,000 to pay for a new website.

The group called Resilient Red Hook cares deeply for the Red Hook community, and advocates for climate change justice and a more resilient future for Red Hook. This group was previously called NY Rising and was founded August 2013, in response to superstorm Sandy, with NYS funding, as part of a state-wide initiative from the NYS Governor's Office of Storm Recovery. The goal was to create a resiliency plan for Red Hook with $3MM in NYS funding. That resiliency plan was completed in April 2014 and can be found at Our group continues to meet after creating that plan; and in early 2017, we renamed ourselves Resilient Red Hook.

The donations through this campaign are specifically going to fund the development of the website to be launched this spring. They received a grant through the Pratt Institute's Design Corps, where we are working with students to design a deeply informative website to help local Red Hook residents understand and building a resilient future in Red Hook.

The funds will go towards the programming end of the design. They will be launching their website in early June with the programming being completed in May.

View the GO FUND ME page here:
DOT April Street Repaving Schedule
The following schedule is subject to change due to utility and other conflicts and weather related delays.

Month Street Cross Street 1 Cross Street 2
April 10 Street  3rd Avenue  Prospect Park West
April 6 Avenue 15th Street 4th Street
April Warren Street 4th Avenue 5th Avenue
April Amity Street Hicks Street Court Street
April Congress Street Hicks Street Court Street
April Verandha Place Henry Street Clinton Street
April 2nd Place Henry Street Smith Street
April Luquer Street Hamilton Avenue Smith Street
April Richards Street Verona Street  Beard Street
April Sullivan Street Richards Street Ferris Street

Spring Compost Give Back
Hosted by BIG Reuse, funded by the Department of Sanitation

We want to show you what your food scraps become! Stop by our staffed drop-offs and take home some quality finished compost! Bring your own container and get there early - we'll only have a limited amount at each drop-off.

What: Take home finished compost
Where: BIG Reuse (Build it Green) 69 9th St, Gowanus NY 11215
When: April 8th to April 24th
How: BYO Container
Youth Internship & Opportunity Fair

On  Thursday, April 6th from 4:00-6:30pm , the Red Hook Community Justice Center will be holding their annual Youth Internship & Opportunity Fair. Youth between the ages of 14-24 are welcomed to attend and speak to representatives of various employment and internship opportunities. Resources will also be available about Job readiness, skill building and enrichment programs for young adults. For more information, call 718-923-8260. 

Location:  the Miccio Community Center, 110 West 9th Street Brooklyn, NY 11231.
Red Hook Resilience Corps

The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps is currently accepting applications for half time and minimum time positions. The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps is an AmeriCorps National Service Program that seeks to make Red Hook a safer, stronger and more resiliency community. Corps members will dedicate most of their time to their education, they will work with a mentor from the Corps developing goals and working towards them, assisting full time and half time members in service projects throughout the Red Hook Community.  
AmeriCorps Benefits
Half Time AmeriCorps members will receive a stipend of $3,759 (pre-tax) for the six to nine months that will be divided into bimonthly checks. In addition, they will receive an educational award of $2,887 which may be used toward higher education tuition.   Minimum Time members Corps members will receive an educational award of $1,221 which may be used toward higher education.

The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2017. Your application is not complete until a resume and letter of recommendation is submitted to Members will have to go through a one on one interview.  For any questions please contact Leslie Gonzaga at (718) 923-8242 or
Things to do in the District
Saturday, April 8, 7-9pm
Brooklyn Art Cluster Gallery Opening Reception: REMNANTS, Keith Long, James Perkins, Jean Shin's Group Show curated by Lisa A. Banner. April 8th through May 30th, 2017 at The Cluster Gallery, 200 6th Street 3E, Gowanus. The Cluster Gallery is pleased to present "Remnants", a group exhibition curated by Lisa A. Banner. Featuring works by Keith Long, James Perkins, and Jean Shin. Spring welcomes the fresh and new, implying moist raw earth, warming to the sun, buds and shoots, unfurling leaves and fragrant blossoms. 

Sunday, April 9, 4:40pm
One Breath Rising: 440 Gallery' s poetry series celebrating artists working in the African American tradition. Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet and workshop facilitator. The recipient of the 2015 Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award, she is the founder and curator of Calypso Muse and the Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series. 440 Gallery is located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. Suggested donation $10.  

Saturday April 15, 1:30pm
Resident Empowerment Training Series - Developing a Social Campaign at the Red Hook Initiative 767 Hicks Street. Free 6 week community organizing training series for people who live and work in Southwest Brooklyn. Register with Tevina Willios at or call 347-469-3261

Sunday April 16, 4:40pm
440 Gallery presents Tomas Rodriguez in a late-afternoon performance of solo guitar. Rodriguez has developed a unique repertoire that is rooted in the musical heart of the Latin world, specifically the folk and classical traditions of Spain and South America. His programs often draw upon the works of Venezuelan harp masters Juan Vicente Torrealba and Ignacio Figueredo, Malian virtuosos Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Touré, as well as contemporary flamenco. Tomas is a dedicated music educator and teaches basic guitar skills to young people, as well as having taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Suggested Donation $10.

Wednesday, April 19, Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:45 pm
Littlefield: A Benefit Concert for The New York Immigration Coalition. Banda Nueva York, Gregorio Uribe, One Ring Zero, Mamie Minch, Zamba 2 Samba, Mikel Paris, Accord Treble Choir, DJ K Conan of Barbes, Special Guest NYC Council Member Brad Lander. $15.00 - $20.00

Thursday April 20, 6:30-9:30pm
CHIPS Spring Gala. Please join Community Help in Park Slope (CHiPS) for our 2nd Annual Spring Gala. The event will be hosted at The Green Building (452 Union St. Brooklyn, NY 11231). We will be honoring Joseph Holtz, General Manager & Co-Founder, Park Slope Food Coop, and remembering Brendan J. Dugan, President of St. Francis College. Food & drinks will be provided by Bedell Cellars, Insa Korean BBQ and Karaoke, Lavender Lake, New York Distilling Company, Purslane Catering, Runner & Stone, and Strong Rope Brewery. Music will be provided by The Axel Schwintzer Trio.

Sunday, April 23, 4-7pm
Free screening of the film In Our Backyard, a documentary on sex trafficking in Brooklyn. A film by Danielle Rose. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Danielle Rose, ECPAT USA Director Carol Smolenski and two of the Survivor Advocates from the film. Courtesy of NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton. Location: Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West.

Wednesday April 26, 6:30pm
Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union Meeting Tenants and allies organizing for housing justice in Southwest Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Association, 201 Columbia Street Call Mimi at 718-243-9301 for more information

Thursday, April 27, 3-8 pm
TASTES of Brooklyn's Spring Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Restaurant Crawl. Do you love these historic neighborhoods? Want to try their fantastic food and drink and support local business? Then, take a walk south of Atlantic Avenue along Court, Henry and Smith Streets to sample fine cuisine and drinks. Dozens of local chefs, mixologists, food establishments, historic and new, are offering sumptuous seasonal fare right at their doors. Local shops will have coupon deals. Let's promote local and empower kids in food deserts in central Brooklyn to create healthy neighborhoods, too! Tickets here.

Friday April 28, 6pm
Building Capacity and Outreach training at the Carroll Gardens Association, 201 Columbia Street, at the Red Hook Initiative 767 Hicks Street Free 6 week community organizing training series for people who live and work in Southwest Brooklyn Register with Tevina Willios at or call 347-469-3261

Saturday May 6
Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance presents the 5th Annual Red Hook Prom - United in Love - Saturday, May 6 from 7pm-12am at South Brooklyn Community High School. The annual dance party and silent auction for adults benefits the pay-what-you-can programs at Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance. Cora will be honoring Councilman Carlos Menchaca from the 38th District as the 2017 Red Hook Prom King. Began in 2013 as a community wide spirit lifter following Hurricane Sandy, the Red Hook Prom has brought together more community members, fly moves, sassy outfits and - say it loud - LOVE - than any other Cora event over the past five years. Hosted in a high school gym, the 2017 Red Hook Prom draws inspiration from the greatest of decades (70s, 80s, and 90s) and is extended an hour longer to ensure ample hours for dancing.
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, April 12th
Cobble Hill Health Center
380 Henry Street
(btw Congress/Warren Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(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 2017 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