Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
July 2017, Vol 8, issue 07 
Summer Meeting Schedule

During the months of July & August our committees only meet to review time-sensitive matters. 
To learn about our summer meetings, view the calendar page on our website .

Our regular meeting schedule resumes in September.
Turning the Tide on Homelessness
On June 28th our Youth/Human Services/Education Committee heard a presentation by the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and Council Member Brad Lander, to discuss Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City” and the role our community will play in future citing of shelters. 

Here's some of what we learned:
  • there are about 60,000 people in DHS shelters at any one time
  • About two-thirds of the people served are families with children
  • One third of the people served are children under the age of 18 
  • More than 10,000 children five years old or younger are in shelter
  • Brooklyn CB6 currently has 282 beds for the homeless
  • 308 people in shelters around the city consider neighborhoods within CB6 home
  • In addition to shelters, Brooklyn CB6 has two hotels housing the homeless
A substantial number of people in shelters are working adults who cannot afford to rent an apartment given their incomes. Among families with children in shelter, more than one-third include a family member who is employed. Among adult families without minor children, this figure is more than 20 percent. About 15 percent of single adults in shelter are employed.

End the Use of Cluster Apartments and Commercial Hotels
The City is committed to ending the system that relies on cluster apartments (in buildings with rent-paying tenants in other apartments) and commercial hotels. Hotel rooms are more expensive to rent than the cost of staying in traditional shelters, while cluster apartments have poor conditions. Brooklyn CB6 has two hotels and no cluster sites hosing the homeless.

Implement a Borough-Based Approach:
A new borough-based approach will, provide families and individuals with the opportunity to be placed in shelters near their home communities.  Borough-based placement will create a more equitable distribution of homeless services across the five boroughs, allowing homeless New Yorkers to remain close to their networks of support—their work, their social networks, their houses of worship—at a time when they need that familiarity and stability the most. Our district currently has 282 beds for the homeless and 308 homeless people consider our district home.

DHS does not do the work of siting new shelters, rather,  DHS reviews proposals for new shelters by not-for-profit providers.

DHS encourages community members to think of building owners who may be interested in linking up with a non-for-profit provider to respond to an RFP.

Carshare Pilot Program Public Hearing
On June 15th our Transportation/Public Safety Committee viewed a presentation by the Department of Transportation outlining preliminary plans for implementing the new, City Council mandated two-year carshare pilot program.

DOT will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule. The public hearing will take place at 2pm on July 20, 2017. The hearing will be in the DOT Bid Room at 55 Water Street, Concourse Level, New York, NY 10041. The entrance to the Bid Room is located on the southeast corner of 55 Water Street facing the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza. This location is wheelchair accessible.

You may comment on the proposed rules by:

• accessing the NYC rules website at
• email comments to
• mail comments to Alex Keating, Director of Special Projects, NYC DOT, Transportation Planning & Management, 55 Water Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10041
• fax comments to Alex Keating, Director of Special Projects, at 212-839-9685
• Speaking at the Hearing. Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling 212-839-6500. You can also sign up in the hearing room before the hearing begins on July 20, 2017 . You can speak for up to three minutes.

The deadline for written comments is 5pm on July 20, 2017.

View the DOT Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules here.

The public hearing is not a CB6 event. Please direct all questions/comments to DOT.
“Made in NY” Production Assistant Training
“Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program is seeking applicants for September.  This FREE Production Assistant training course includes job placement for up to 2 years paid work in NYC’s Film & TV industry.
Program Qualification Requirements:
-  +18 yrs of age
-  A NYC Resident
-  Unemployed or low income
-  Available full-time
 For those interested in applying, the first step is to attend an Open House Information Session at Brooklyn Workforce Innovations.  Information sessions are held every Monday* at 1pm sharp at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 92.  (Enter the Navy Yard at the intersection of Carlton & 63 Flushing Avenue)

For Directions visit For more information about this program visit
*Prior to attending call (718)237-2017x145 & listen for cancellations/updates OR email
Cooling Centers

When the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned facilities, such as libraries, community centers, senior centers and NYCHA facilities, to offer people relief from the heat. Individuals who have no access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave.

Call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or contact 311 online during a heat emergency to find the location of a cooling center or pool, or use the online finder to choose a cooling center near you. Note: these facilities are managed by agency partners who determine each site's hours of operation and level(s) of accessibility. For additional information, please contact these facilities directly.

4th Avenue Design Workshop
NYC DOT has scheduled a third community workshop to discuss the proposed addition of protected bicycle lanes to 4th Avenue in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Marien-Heim Senior Center of Sunset Park
4520 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Questions/comments can go to  Borough Commissioner Keith Bray at 646-892-1350 , Project Manager Michael Pedron at 212-839-7183.

This is not a CB6 meeting
Share My Bin! 
What's Share my bin?
Share my bin! is a voluntary program that helps residents receiving NYC Organics curbside collection open their bins up to their neighbors. Hosts just add the official Share my bin! sticker to their bin. Once the bin is set out curbside for collection, passersby can drop off their organics, too. Order your Share my bin! sticker by emailing

Where can I share a bin?
Share my bin! is beginning in select Brooklyn neighborhoods. Residents of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Park Slope – where DSNY currently provides curbside organics collection – can volunteer to be a host, sharing their bin with neighbors. Check out the map above to see if you're in the pilot area.

Doo doo…? Don't do!
Walking the dog is a great time to drop off organics at a Share my bin! residence – but a pup's waste or kitty litter should never go into a brown bin. Instead, they belong in garbage bins or litter baskets.

When am I welcome to share a bin?
If a brown bin is placed at the curb for collection – and it has the Share my bin! label, you're free to use it. If the bin isn't waiting for service curbside, then you're probably trespassing to get to it – and that's illegal. Don't sour the generous spirit of the hosts by walking into their private property.

Share feedback by e mailing DSNY at

Formula-E Ticket Giveaway
Formula E arrives in Brooklyn for the inaugural Qualcomm New York City ePrix on July 15 & 16. Formula E will host the first ever race to take place within the five boroughs of New York City in modern history at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

The CB6 has several hundred free tickets to giveaway. Swing by the office to pick them up, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. Give us a quick ring before hand to ensure we still have tickets on hand. First come, first served. 

250 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 643-3027  
Commercial Food Waste Fair
The NYC Department of Sanitation’s Foundation for New York’s Strongest will host the largest exhibition of food waste solutions at this summer’s NYC Food Waste Fair. Offering a “soup to nuts" approach to preventing, recovering, and recycling food waste, the NYC Food Waste Fair will equip New York City business owners and managers with the knowledge, tools and connections they need to build a food waste prevention plan from scratch, or take existing programs to the next level.

The fair will be held on Tuesday, July 25 at the Brooklyn Expo Center. It will include an exhibit hall to showcase dozens of vendors offering food waste prevention, recovery and recycling services. Workshops will provide information on how to comply with laws and regulations, as well as tips from experts on how to achieve tangible, cost-effective results. To exhibit, sponsor or attend, visit

Full priced tickets are $50. Enter promo code FWF2017 for a discount.
Things To Do In The District
Wednesdays 6-8pm, & Saturdays 1-5 p.m.
Canoe with the Gowanus Dredgers. The Dredgers have returned to our homeport at 165 2nd Street to offer free canoeing (donations encouraged) 6-8pm Wed and 1-5pm Saturday so bring a friend and stop by.

Saturdays in July and August
Summer Strolls on 5th Avenue. Not just a block party but 6 blocks of 5th Avenue are closed off to traffic and opened up for fun, four times in July and August! Climbing wall, music, pop up park, large games, exercise classes are some of the fun activities you’ll find as well as eating and drinking on the street. Each of the Saturdays also has a special event, such as the Freddy’s Annual 5th Ave Doggy Fashion Show, South Brooklyn Shakespeare Play, Empanada Loca Eating Contest and Artichoke Pizza’s Eating Contest on 5th. All Summer Stroll Activities are free.

Saturdays until November 18, 10am-3p.m.
Red Hook Farm Stand at Added Value. NEW FOR 2017: we will be offering FREE cooking demonstrations every Saturday from July 1-November 18. Workshop attendees receive a fresh and healthy food sample, a copy of the featured recipe, and $2 in HealthBucks! Demos last about 25 minutes and are scheduled for: 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, and 2:15pm. Just show up, or email to schedule a group visit. Come once, twice... every week!

Summer Weekdays at 10:00 am, from May 25, 2017 until August 31
Tanker Time on MARY A. WHALEN. FREE, come enjoy the main deck. M-F, 10am-6pm. Second Sundays of the month, 5pm-midnightBring your own food and BYOB. Musicians jam at 9pm of Mediterranean music. Where: MARY WHALEN, Pier 11

Mondays June 29 to September 1, 1:15 p.m.
FREE Summer Meals for kids at the Red Hook Library. The library is serving free lunch to individuals 18 years of age and under during the summer! The Summer Meal program will provide delicious and healthy meals every weekday, starting June 29 and continuing through to September 1.

Saturday July 8th, 12 - 3 p.m.
Video Game Olympics at the LESEC Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse. Join the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse at our one-day only Arcade for our Video Game Olympics! We will be playing and competing through the times… from Atari and Sega Genesis to Wii and Xbox360. Compete for prizes and bragging rights! All ages welcome! Register here!

Saturday, July 8th, 1-7 p.m.
Art Talk and daytime canoe. The Gowanus Dredgers & Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation / Brooklyn Workshop Gallery present for one afternoon-evening, selected works of MP Landis in a rustic boathouse space on the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd St.  You are invited to stop by from 1-5pm to enjoy a self-guided canoe voyage of the Gowanus Canal and view the artwork on display in the boathouse or join us 5-7pm for an evening of discussion of the Gowanus Canal and conversations about the works on display.

July 6, 7, 8; July 13, 14, 15; July 20, 21, 22 , 8:30 p.m.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Presented by Piper Theatre.  
Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the wildy fresh and funny uplifting musical adventure with a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” and “I Love the Nightlife.”  A journey to the heart of FABULOUS. Bring a picnic chair/blanket and visit our concession stand for food and drink (alcoholic and non). Handicap accessible. We love your dogs, but they are not permitted.

Sunday July 9, 4-10 p.m.
Second Sundays at Pioneer Works. This July, explore the theme of water through machine learning, implantable RFID chips, and Mixed Reality installations in the Tech Lab; learn to silk screen in the Design Lab; and join the Red Hook Initiative Digital Stewards as they explore the effects of police violence towards the young people in Red Hook and more at Second Sundays.

July 19, Aug 5, Sept 16
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. Workshops include: Nature Journaling with Gabriel Willow, Cyanotypes with Katarina Jerinic and Plein-Air with Janice McDonnell.

Wednesday July 19, 7 p.m.
Prospect Park Alliance’s 150th Anniversary Movie in the Park. Live performance by DJ Jane Elizabeth. Sundown screening: "The NeverEnding Story" Location: Long Meadow, just south of Grand Army Plaza.

Saturday, July 22, 8-11 p.m.
The Grand Neptune Ball  High Seas. Big Band. Open Bar.   (A Fundraiser for the Waterfront Museum.) A celebration in New York Harbor of that bluest planet. All aboard will enjoy specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a midsummer sunset. Most importantly, and in the liveliest Neptunian fashion, everyone will dance. A big band will be bursting and roaring and floating our boat. The Waterfront Barge
290 Conover St. Brooklyn, NY. Tickets $50 and can be purchased  here For media and press inquiries, please email

Wednesday July 26, 7 p.m.
Prospect Park Alliance’s 150th Anniversary Movie in the Park. Live music by Doo Wop band, 7 p.m.Sundown screening: "The Sandlot"Location: Long Meadow, just south of Grand Army Plaza.

Wednesday August 2, 7 p.m.
Prospect Park Alliance’s 150th Anniversary Movie in the Park. Live music by Morricone Youth, 7p.m.Sundown screening: "Moonrise Kingdom".Location: Long Meadow, just south of Grand Army Plaza.

Wednesday August 9, 7 p.m.
Prospect Park Alliance’s 150th Anniversary Movie in the Park. Live music by the Brooklyn United Marching Band,Sundown screening: "Zootopia".Location: Long Meadow, just south of Grand Army Plaza.

July & August, 8:30 p.m.
Red Hook Flicks Presents Summer Movies on The Pier.  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. Schedule has been released. This year there's films of many genres for differing age groups.
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:  
● 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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