Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
June 2017, Vol 8, issue 06 
Brooklyn CB6 Board Meeting
Wednesday June 14, 6:30 p.m.
John Jay Educational Campus
237 7th Avenue
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.
Join a CB6 Committee
Now is the time of year that Brooklyn CB6 invites the public to apply to join one of our standing committees for the upcoming 2017-18 session. Individuals who would like to serve on a committee may apply online 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 (meets 3rd Monday)
  • Permits & Licenses (meet 4th Monday)
  • Landmarks/Land Use (meets 4th Thursday)
  • Parks/Recreation/Environmental Protection (meets 3rd Wednesday)
  • Transportation/Public Safety (meets 3rd Thursday
  • Youth/Human Services/Education (meets 4th Wednesday)
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,  please visit the Committees page on our website.
76th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers

From the NYPD:

The need to close the gap between cops and the community has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Typically, law-abiding citizens only get to know the cops in their community through the lens of public spectacle and negative media attention. To change that situation, the NYPD has been systematically restructuring its patrol plan. Neighborhood policing, Police Commissioner James O'Neill's comprehensive plan to increase police and community connectivity, is helping New York City residents get to know cops in a brand new way.

Neighborhood policing divides precincts into four or five fully staffed sectors that correspond, as much as possible, to the boundaries of actual existing neighborhoods. Sector officers work the same neighborhoods on the same shifts, increasing their familiarity with the local residents and local problems.  Neighborhood policing seeks to foster a sense of ownership among sector officers for the people, the problems, and even the perpetrators in a particular sector; a sense of geographic responsibility and accountability.

Neighborhood Coordination Officers, or NCOs, are your local problem solvers. They spend all their working hours within the confines of their assigned sectors, actively engaging with local community members and residents. They get to know the neighborhood, its people, and its problems extremely well.  Use the map and list below to find your sector and your NCOs. Feel free to email your officers directly, or contact your local precinct, to discuss ongoing crime or quality-of-life issues.
RETI Center: Building Resilience

June 17th, 2017
Building Resilience
Various Locations, Red Hook, Brooklyn 11231

Showcasing the wide range of products and designs that help homeowners, builders, designers, and residents create a better, more sustainable future, this event is a response to the urgent need to better connect those creating resiliency-enhancing products and design strategies to the communities who have the most to benefit from their use and application.

To expand the conversation regarding innovative resiliency ideas and opportunities being worked on today, “Building Resilience” will feature product demonstrations, interactive workshops, strategy presentations, and waterfront resiliency tours around the Red Hook area. The goal of this day-long event is to bolster the conversation around the most innovative ideas in the movement in order to create new modes of action, inclusion, and collaboration for resiliency efforts.

Multiple Locations:

Realty Collective – 351 Van Brunt St
Red Hook Library  – 7 Wolcott St
Pioneer Works – 159 Pioneer St
Kentler Gallery – 353 Van Brunt St
plus, mobile workshops throughout Red Hook!

Learn more about:
* Flood Walls
* Solar Generators
* Water Shortage
* Green Roofs

+ Community Mapping
+ A Resilient Red Hook Future Walking Tour
+ Art & Resiliency
+ Understand Flood Resistant Building
+ Learn about Energy Independence
+ Build a Bio-Digester

Brought to you by the Building Resilience Steering Committee:

The RETI Center, NY Passive House, Fifth Avenue Committee, Solar One, The Dutch Consulate General in NYC, Franklin Furnace, Friends of Brooklyn CB6, Marco Castro, Leonel Ponce and Orli,  Thread Collective, Flux Tailor

ParkNYC: Pay with Smartphone
A New Way to Pay for Parking in New York City.  No more running to the meter or wondering when your time is up.
The New York City Department of Transportation is rolling out ParkNYC, a convenient new pay-by-cell system for on-street parking.  ParkNYC lets customers use their smartphones to pay for parking, see countdowns for time remaining in each parking session, receive reminders for expiring sessions, and extend their parking sessions without returning to the meter (up to the maximum time allowed).
ParkNYC is live in Manhattan, the Bronx, and now Brooklyn and Staten Island!  Information on the program can be found at or on DOT's website at .
DSNY Bulk Item Disposal Guidelines
Public Art Installation: Cloud Drift 

DOT Art in partnership with the Gowanus Souvenir Shop and artist Katarina Jerinic will present the temporary “flag” installation titled, “Cloud Drift,” on four street light poles located at the Union, Carroll and Ninth Street Bridges in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

“Cloud Drift” will be a series of cyanotype-image flags. (Cynaotype is an early photo process that captures the reaction of chemistry to sunlight and water.) .The images will be photographs of the canal’s surface, with its reflections of Brooklyn skies and structures. The project is scheduled for installation at the end of June and will remain installed for three months.

Things To Do In The District
Various dates in June, 7:30 p.m.
The talented and innovative theater company Smith Street Stage will bring Shakespeare to Carroll Park for an eighth consecutive year, presenting the Bard's Richard III.Richard III tells the story of a country in turmoil and a madman lusting for power. As the ruthless and charismatic Richard claws his way to the throne, a nation is forced to the breaking point in this chilling tale of a tyrant, his enablers, and those who attempt to resist.  Theatre-goers are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain time. The stage will be set at the east end of Brooklyn's beautiful Carroll Park, along Smith Street. Ground seating is open to the public, as well as a limited number of chairs.

Various dates in June
Artichoke Dance Company presents Global Water Dances on the Gowanus Canal, a site-specific community based performance along on the Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted waterways in the nation and a designated Superfund site. Dance, drum, and costume making workshops occur in June, culminating in an afternoon of activities on June 24, which is Global Water Dances Day, including a free performance at the Whole Foods Promenade on the Gowanus Canal at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn.

Various dates over the summer
ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.
The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood. By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship. Worshops are free.

Thursday, June 1, 7-10 p.m.
Fundraising Gala for 596 Acres. Our Golden Garden Glove Affair is at the Genius Event Space, 84 4th Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn! There will be inspiring live music and DJ tunes to share, art you can dance under and wear, food and drink to relish, prizes to take home, honorees you'll want to celebrate, and so so much more.

Thursday, June 1, 6:30-8:00 a.m.
The MARY A. WHALEN (next to the ferry) for launch of Red Hook stop of new NYC Ferry. Free continental breakfast. Free champagne toast and newspaper for all passengers of the first boat compliments of Red Hook Star Revue.  NYC Ferry is hiring and will train entry level deckhands, Find out more.

Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come tour the tanker MARY A. WHALEN and celebrate the ship’s 79th birthday of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN and the first weekend of NYC Ferry service in Red Hook right next to us! Click here for more information.

Saturday, June 3,  7 p.m.
The Old Stone House's Annual Park Party. 
Support our beloved OSH with drinks, dinner and dancing to celebrate their 20 Years of Park StewardshipFood by Benchmark, Wine by Good Wine, Heights Chateau, Red White & Bubbly, Wine 365, Cocktail by Brooklyn Gin. Beer Lovingly Provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Music by Smith & 9th Ward. Tickets starting at $70 available online now!

Saturday, June 3 noon-3 p.m.
Grow NYC Stop & Swap. Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys that you no longer need. Take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something.Please do NOT bring: furniture, large items, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, magazines, tube TVs, or sharp objects.

Saturday, June 3, 9am
Tree Pit Clean-up. Now that the spring tulip bloom is over, the Atlantic Avenue BID is soliciting volunteers to help tidy up and weed the tree pits along Atlantic Avenue. Participants will meet at 9am on Saturday, June 3rd in front of 338 Atlantic Avenue to grab gardening gloves, a hand rake, and a trash bag, and they will fan out down the Avenue. If you'd like to join--or can donate bottled water, snacks, or the use of a cooler--please email BID staffer Melissa at

Sunday, June 4, 1-4pm
Opening Gallery Reception at 440 GalleryBreathing Space by Shanee Epstein.
In the Project Space Present Tense  Joy Makon, Janet Pedersen, Tricia Townes.

Sunday, June 4, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Rediscovering the Radical Queer Past: a discussion of Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left. Join Emily K. Hobson at Interference Archive for a discussion of Hobson’s book Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left! The book explores the history of LGBT and queer radical movements in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1970s and 1980s. Read more here.

Friday June 9,  6 to 10 p.m.
The 3rd Annual Red Hook Walks, a Street Fair sponsored by SBIDC, is just around the corner! On Friday June 9th from 6 to 10pm, Van Brunt Street from Visitation to Dikeman will close down for the event. Meet local business owners and neighbors, enjoy live music and participate in activities for all ages!  We’ll have giant games, a welding workshop, face painting, a giant truck for kids to climb on, music, and much, much more! See you in the street on June 9th!

Friday June 9, 8:30 pm 
Brooklyn Pride & Senator Jesse Hamilton Present Happy Feet - A Film Night at The Old Stone House. Come join us for a family screening of Happy Feet co-sponsored by New York state senator Jesse Hamilton! Family-friendly activities start at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:30. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic to join us for the movie!

Friday June 9 & Saturday June 10
 Dance Theatre Etcetera Presents the 24th Annual Red Hook Fest. Live Music & Dance on the Beautiful Brooklyn Waterfront. Opening Night Community Cook Out and DJ Dance Party:
Friday, June 9, 2017 (5:30pm-8:30pm) = P.S. 15/Patrick F. Daly School (71 Sullivan St, Brooklyn)Festival Main Stage Events: Saturday, June 10, 2017 (2pm-7pm) = @ Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier.  Every year the harbor-side neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn comes together for a summer jump-off. The Red Hook Fest features a lineup of professional bands and dance companies, plus free activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor, face-painting, and an interactive scavenger hunt. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Saturday June 10, 1pm–3pm
Radical Playdate for Kids at Interference Archive. Parents, kids, and families! Our first Radical Playdate was so popular that we planned 3 more! In this “now more than ever” moment we’re exploring ways to be more family-inclusive in hopes of growing our community. We would love for you to be a part of it. We want to make the archive and its events more accessible to people with childcare responsibilities, and also make social movement building a part of little ones’ lives as early as possible. Radical Playdates are a step in that direction.All ages are welcome. We will have story time for little ones, and there will be stencil-making and drawing for older kids. We have paper and drawing utensils, but we encourage you to bring some, too. Also, please feel free to bring a book, a snack, or a drink to share, but it is not at all required. You are most welcome as you are.

Saturday June 10, 7:30 .pm.
Brooklyn Pride kicks off next week with a full agenda of activities that everyone can join in, every day. The Brooklyn Fair is on #theother5th from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, June 10th between 3rd St and 9th Sts, with the parade at 7:30 p.m. in the evening starting at Sterling and finishing at 9th. For a complete agenda and how you can get involved, click here.

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

Monday, June 19, 7pm
Gowanus Canal Conservancy 10th Birthday Bash: Green & Blue. The Bell House. Read more here.

Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8:30pm
Artist Reception at Ground Floor Gallery: Provenance. On View: June 8th - July 9th, 2017. We are excited to announce our upcoming exhibition, Provenance, featuring artists Ai CampbellSara Jones and Anne Mourier-DeFalco.  The exhibition  is an investigation of unfamiliar family histories through travel, art making and conjecture.

Thursday, June 22, 6:30-9 p.m.
Tapas & Sangria: A fundraiser for the Carroll Gardens Association. Join our community for Tapas & Sangria to learn what CGA is doing to preserve affordable housing and empower immigrant workers in Southwest Brooklyn - Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and the Columbia Waterfront. Location: Mazzat Restaurant: 208 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Tickets $75

Who's Who at #BkCB6

CB6 2017 Officers:
● Sayar Lonial, Chairperson
● Mike Racioppo, First Vice Chairperson
● Pauline Blake, Second Vice Chairperson
● Jerry Armer, Treasurer
● Ariel Krasnow, Secretary

District Office Staff:
Craig Hammerman, District Manager
Ty Beatty, Assistant District Manager 
Liza Santiago-Sierra,Community Associate 
Sarah N. Phillips, Special Projects Manager
● Helena Miskel, Office Volunteer

Newsletter Production:  
● Craig Hammerman, Editor-in-Chief
● Sarah N. Phillips, Managing Editor
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, Housing
● Sayar Lonial, Executive
● Robert Levine, Landmarks
● 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, Education
● Robert Underwood, Youth Services

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 provides 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).  Donations are welcome and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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