Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
August 2017, Vol 8, issue 08 
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.
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.

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.

Commercial Recycling Rules Enforced
Beginning  August 1, 2017 , business recycling rules will be enforced. Since 1992 all businesses in NYC have been required to separate recyclables from garbage. In 2016, DSNY simplified the business recycling rules to increase commercial recycling. These new rules require all businesses in NYC to recycle metal; glass bottles and jars; rigid plastics; beverage cartons; and paper and cardboard.  Learn more about commercial recycling .

Sign up for a free training, host a training, watch a webinar, and download signs and education materials at

The BkCB6 district office always has recycling stickers on hand. Feel free to swing by to pick up a few to help you and your staff recycle and avoid fines. 
CreateNYC: New York City's Cultural Plan
 Image credit: Spoke the Hub

The City recently released CreateNYC, New York City’s first-ever cultural plan. Nearly 200,000 residents, from every corner of the city, stepped up to share their priorities, concerns, and ideas about how we can make sure that - here in New York - culture is for everyone.

One section of particular relevance to BkCB6 is that of workspace affordability.   

Here's an excerpt from the report (pg. 93):

"....the sector cannot continue to make the city great if the artists, scientific researchers, cultural workers, and nonprofit organizations that make up much of the cultural field cannot afford to do their work. The current supply of affordable places to live, work, exhibit, and perform falls far short of demand. This affordability crisis not only severely effects the wellbeing of the 250,000 New Yorkers that work in the cultural field, but it also threatens the city’s future as a global cultural center.

It must be a priority to both support existing cultural spaces under threat and create new spaces accessible to a wide array of cultural sector members in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. In the face of mounting real estate pressure, empowering the cultural community with greater agency over its own future through ownership, master leases, and other solutions can help members of the cultural sector stay in neighborhoods long-term. Expanding the existing supply of cultural facilities, workspaces, and affordable housing will be crucial to making meaningful headway in addressing the affordable space needs of the cultural community and reinforcing the role of arts in cultural preservation. Activating community resources like schools, universities, and public housing facilities can provide valuable work and performance space for artists and bring cultural programming to local audiences."

Design of Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway as
Floor Barrier in Red Hook
At the end of July we attending a  Technical Advisory Committee meeting for Phase 5 of planning for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. 

At the meeting we reviewed the completed conceptual design of the Greenway as Flood Protection in Red Hook and we leaned about the completed feasibility Study for design of the greenway as a flood barrier in Sunset Park.

Learn more by visiting

Free Cooking Demos at Red Hook Farm
Added Value is offering weekly, free cooking demonstrations at the Red Hook Community Farm, every Saturday through mid-November. Each week they’ll feature a different fruit or vegetable and show a healthy, cost-effective, and delicious way to prepare it.
By attending a 25-minute workshop, you receive:
  • A tasty sample
  • A copy of the featured recipe
  • $2 in HealthBucks that can be spent at the farm stand (or any farmers market)
They absolutely welcome drop-in attendees, but also offer scheduled group visits. Do you have an adventurous group of friends, family members, parishioners, senior group, or book club? Plan your next outing at the farm!
Workshops are throughout the day, from 10am-3pm, every Saturday through November 18 (except September 2).
Please email questions to Executive Director Saara Nafici:
Pratt Center Neighborhood Data Portal
Pratt Center unveiled an improved version of the Neighborhood Data Portal mapping tool and we in the BkCB6 district office are having fun playing with it.

The Neighborhood Data Portal map displays essential information making it easier for community groups, students, and others without access to expensive software to obtain essential information about their communities.

The Portal is an online data mapping platform that integrates nearly three dozen vital datasets to break down NYC by the numbers. Equal and free access to essential information about local neighborhoods is fundamental for community-based planning and policy-making that advances a just city. The Neighborhood Data Portal helps to close the access gap by removing barriers caused by expensive GIS software, hardware and data or specific educational requirements to use those tools. The essential upgrades made to the portal give users, especially staff at community-based organizations, greater analytical control over the data they need to develop responsive, impactful programs and customize and share their work.

We're linking the portal mapping tool to the Resource page of the BkCB6 website. Are there any other useful online tools we should link there? Let us know. Partners with Brooklyn Library
Watches a video once (results not guaranteed)

This isn't a brand new partnership, but we think this service is wonderful and can really help folks in the district who want to learn new digital skills over the summer.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) offers its cardholders access to's library of instructional videos. Normally, using requires a paid subscription, but as a BPL library cardholder you can access content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit BPL library card barcode and 4-digit PIN. is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions.

Note: also partners with the New York Public Library
Things To Do In The District
Artlab with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy

August 1, 6-8pm
National Night Out Against Crime: 78th Precinct: Grand Army Plaza

August 1, 4-7pm
National Night Out Against Crime: 76th Precinct:  Red Hook’s 23rd Annual National Night Out Against Crime is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention!  Join us at Coffey Park.  FREE food, pony rides, music, face-painting, community resource fair, and more!  For more information, call (718) 923-8261.

August 2 - 5, 8-10pm
South Brooklyn Shakespeare Presents MacbethFree & Outdoors on the field at the Old Stone House & Washington Park.

Wednesday August 2, 7 pm
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

Saturday August 5, 2-11pm 
Press Play Fair at Pioneer WorksFrom 2-11pm, celebrate over 60 small presses and music labels with a community building zine exchange, collaborative archives, live performances, and more at our inaugural Press Play Fair. Additional festivities will include a community building Zine & Tape exchange, collage and collaborative archive experiences, live performances, the launch of Party Lab Archive at Pioneer Books and more. Join us as we celebrate the variety of ways to play with recorded text, image, and sound.

Saturday August 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 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

Saturday, August 12, 1pm–3pm
Radical Playdate at Interference Archive.  Radical Playdate has been in full effect since February 2017. So far, we've made a zine, we made stencil graphics, created a growing resource list of music and storybooks, and we even had a little music protest parade. Now, we'd like to talk more about how we can make Radical Playdate more "radical," and to expand our all-ages community. If you've been thinking of showing up, now is the time to do that!

Thursday, August 17, 6 - 8:30pm
Closing Party at Ground Floor Gallery. Priority Mail: small works show.  All works in the exhibition are $100 with 10% of profits benefiting  Arts Gowanus : the organization dedicated to sustaining the community of artists in Gowanus, Brooklyn. 

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, 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-midnight. Bring your own food and BYOB. Musicians jam at 9pm of Mediterranean music. Where: MARY WHALEN, Pier 11

Mondays until 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.

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 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 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.

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. View schedule here. 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
● Vacant, 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.
  Ph: (718) 643-3027 | Fx: (718) 624-8410 | |