Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
September 2017, Vol 8, issue 09  
Brooklyn CB6 Board Meeting
Wednesday September 13, 6:30 p.m.

Cobble Hill Health Center
(between Congress/Warren Streets)
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.
CB6 Committee Meeting Schedule
Most of our committee members have had a summer break and will be back in September refreshed and rejuvenated to discuss issues and projects important to the community.

Our meetings are open to the public and take place on a regular schedule. We post agendas on the Calendar page of our website.

General Board - second Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Econ/Waterfront/Community Development & Housing - third Monday, 6:30 pm
Permits & Licenses - fourth Monday, 6:30 pm
Landmarks/Land Use - fourth Thursday, 6:00 pm
Parks/Recreation/Environmental Protection - third Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Transportation/Public Safety - third Thursday, 6:30 pm
Youth/Human Services/Education - fourth Wednesday, 6:30 pm
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St. Mary's Playground Groundbreaking

In mid August BkCB6 board members Mark Shames (far left) and Mike Racioppo (far right) joined leaders, city officials and community members for a groundbreaking ceremony at St. Mary's Playground.

Solarize BkCB6 Update
Our Solarize BkCB6 campaign with Solar1's " Here Comes Solar " concluded last fall. It's time to check in with the chosen installer American Solar Partners to see how the resulting installations are going.

19 households signed up for installations via the campaign. At the time of writing, six installations have been completed and 13 are scheduled to be installed throughout the fall.

Here are some examples of the completed work (images of some of the installations above):

  • 1st Street: 7 kW system - Will save $2,229.50 on their Con Ed costs in the first year.
  • Union Street: 4.8 kW system – Is covering 109% of their utility with his solar power system, basically eliminating their Con Ed bill. 
  • 8th Street: 4.5 kW system – Saving over $ 1,000 on their Con Ed bill in their first year. Incentives covered almost 90% of the cost.
  • Carroll Street: 2.4 kW system that will cover 110% of their Con Ed bill. 
National Day of Civic Hacking
For 2017's National Day of Civic Hacking, BetaNYC is asking you to roll up your sleeves and data jam. Last year, BetaNYC worked with NYC Parks to improve their TreesCount! Census data. This year, they'll shine a light on NYC 311’s service requests and explore how to best use insights to improve community board decision making. Will you join us and make “people’s data set” better?

Join the Manhattan Borough President, Community Board members and district office staff, Mayoral agencies, and NYC’s civic hacking community for two simultaneous tracks:

(1) 70 selected hackers will be assigned to work in teams to address specific challenges; 
(2) three classes of 20 people will have a chance to use NYC 311 service request data and up their data / analytics skills.

As this is an inclusive event, childcare is provide for free through the generous support of Socrata.

To participate in this event, you must register or apply via .
Home Retrofits for People with Disabilities
Administered by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), Project Open House removes architectural barriers in the homes of people with permanent disabilities. This program is designed to increase independence in the activities of daily living, thus helping people with disabilities remain a part of their communities. POH provides an opportunity for many individuals to modify their living environments.

Examples of work covered under this program:

  • Widening doorways
  • conversion of steps into ramps
  • replacing existing plumbing fixtures with accessible fixtures
  • removal of sink base cabinets to provide an accessible work surface and/or a sink
  • installation of accessible amenities such as grab bars, door openers, accessible door handles, accessible height shelving
  • installing accessible railings
  • installation/conversion of residential doorbell and/or smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when an audible or visual system is needed
  • other barrier removals that may be required by individuals with disabilities subject to review by MOPD.

Eligibility Requirements:

Open Call: Red Hook IFPM Mural Project
HESCO barriers. What they lack in beauty, they make up in resiliency.

New York City Emergency Management (NYCEMGr) and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) are announcing an Open Call for mural designs to be applied to structures that are part of the Interim Flood Protection Measures (IFPM) program, which have been deployed along Beard and Reed Streets in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Open Call is not limited to professional artists, anyone is invited to submit a design, which will be printed on vinyl banners and attached to the IFPM. At least 10 designs will be chosen, and winning proposals will receive $500. 

This is an exciting opportunity for the Mayor’s Office, NYCEM, and the Red Hook community to artistically integrate the HESCO barriers into the fabric of the neighborhood. The HESCO barriers total approximately 700 feet in length, and these murals have the potential to have a large impact.

Submission Deadline: September 27, 2017, 11:59PM (Note: Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by September 23, 2017)
Selection Notification: October 5, 2017

BkCb6 has so much artistic talent within our community, not even a wall of HESCO barriers can prevent our creative juices from flowing.
DSNY SAFE Disposal Events
To help residents dispose of harmful household products safely, DSNY hosts SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal Events throughout the year in all five boroughs.

Events are held, rain or shine, from 10 am to 4 pm. Because they are popular, be prepared for a line.

Only NYC residential waste is accepted at SAFE Disposal Events, and no commercial vehicles are allowed. Residents must provide proof of NYC residency, such as a NYS driver’s license or utility bill.

Saturday, September 9
Astoria Park, Parking Lot
Cars enter from Ditmars Blvd onto 21st Street
Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation

Sunday, September 17
Floyd Bennett Field
Flatbush Ave/Marine Pkwy
Cars enter along Flatbush Ave and make a left into the main entrance, immediately before the toll bridge

Sunday, September 24
Union Square, North Plaza
South side of 17th St, between Park Ave South & Broadway
Cars approach from Park Ave South & 20th St
Walk-in area available for residents taking public transportation 

Saturday, October 7
Orchard Beach Parking Lot
follow Park Drive to the end

Staten Island
Saturday, October 21 
Midland Beach Parking Lot: 
Father Capodanno Blvd. and Hunter Ave.
Cars approach from Slater Blvd

Connect with DSNY to learn about upcoming events.
NY State Mentoring Program
The New York State Mentoring Program creates supportive Mentor relationships for students at risk of dropping out of school. This unique program takes place in a school-based setting, one-to-one between the mentor and mentee with a school coordinator present who is selected by the principal. The program provides background checks and training for volunteer mentors and mentees.

The New York State Mentoring Program is looking for 6 mentors for 8th grade students from Summit Academy Charter School.

Program Schedule:
Tuesdays - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Start date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
End date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Why Mentor?
Children who succeed despite overwhelming personal, economic and social obstacles do so often because of a caring adult in their lives. Mentoring outcomes include greater participation in school, improved attendance, higher graduation and college admission rates, and better overall performance.

How to Become a Mentor
Get involved by filling out the Mentoring Application or call 1-844-337-6304. After your application is received, an appointment will be made for you to interview with a Program Director. Once you are a trained Mentor, you will be matched with a Mentee at a nearby school and contact you about a start date.
Bridges and Tunnels Annual Report
We love seafoam green enamel tiles

The New York City Department of Transportation’s Division of Bridges is pleased to announce the publication of the 2016 New York City Bridges and Tunnels Annual Condition Report.

Know your Gowanus bridges:

The Union Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal is located in Brooklyn and is a double leaf
rolling bascule that carries two lanes of vehicular traffic and two sidewalks. The bridge opens
approximately 36 times per year. The bridge was subject to heavy flooding.

The Carroll Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal is located in Brooklyn and is a single-leaf
retractile span that carries one lane of vehicular traffic and two sidewalks. The bridge opens
approximately 95 times per year. The bridge and its mechanical and electrical systems were
subject to heavy flooding which resulted in extensive damage.

The Third Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal is located in Brooklyn and is a double-leaf
rolling bascule that carries two lanes of vehicular traffic along with two sidewalks. The bridge and
its mechanical and electrical systems were subject to heavy flooding.

The Ninth Street Bridge over Gowanus Canal is located in Brooklyn and is a tower-drive vertical
lift bridge that carries four lanes of vehicular traffic and two sidewalks. The bridge opens
approximately 600 times per year. The bridge and portions of its mechanical and electrical
systems were subject to minor flooding.
Things To Do In The District
Saturday, September 2, 2–6pm
Interference Archive Annual Block Party. We’re bringing back the block party! Join us on our block (8th Street in Gowanus, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) between 2 and 6pm for: a short drop-in self-defense workshop by the Center for Anti-Violence Education 
a performance by yiddish anarchist punk band koyt far dayn fardakht (the filth of your suspicion), button making, screen printing with members of Shoestring Press and Mobile Print Power - bring a t-shirt and wear your print home!toys and games from Interference Archive's Radical Play Date, delicious tamales, a used book sale in the archive (stock up on books about politics and activism!)

Thursday September 7 , 6 pm onward
Maimonides Medical Center is hosting its annual Women’s Heart to Heart Health Symposium on September 7, in Park Slope. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. Approximately one in four will die of the disease. Through these (free) annual symposiums, Maimonides Medical Center strives to inform and empower women about this disease and prevention methods. We will have our doctors there as guest speakers and our nurses to perform various on-site medical screenings. *Screenings include: carotid artery, thyroid, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease. Free. Dinner will be served (!!!) To RSVP, call 718.283.8832

Friday, September 8 from 12 pm to 4 pm
The Red Hook Community Justice Center CARES team is holding a community Free Store (like a rummage sale but everything is free) Friday, September 8th from 12pm to 4pm at the Baseball Field in Coffey Park. The CARES team is working on a project with Women in Touch, our community partner office on Richards St, and are cleaning out all furniture, clothing, shoes, kitchen supplies, etc. Questions: Contact CARES at (718) 923-8232 or

Saturday & Sunday September 9-10, all day (check website for hours)
Spoke the Hub Fall Open House & Free Sample Classes. Join us at Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center Saturday, September 10 & Sunday September 11, where you and your family can dance, sing, sweat and stretch with us! FREE classes for the whole family from Sing, Dance & Make Believe to Chair Yoga and everything else in between. There is something for everyBODY at our action-packed Open House Weekend! Spoke’s FREE 30-minute Sample Classes, for both kids and adults, take place Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday from 10:00am-4:30pm. Sample class sizes will be limited to the first 12 participants to sign up on the day. Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts to check-in. 748 Union Street @ 6th Avenue.

Saturday, September 9, 5 - 8 pm
Opening art show reception at 440 Gallery: Latitudes. 440 Gallery is pleased to present Latitudes, a two-person exhibition featuring the sculpture of Richard Barnet and the paintings of Joy Makon. Exhibit continues through October 8th.

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8pm
Home Buyers Seminar with Tony Jao . Learn about: Choosing the right mortgage for you, Reduced Rate Mortgages for qualified low- or moderate-income individuals, How to qualify for $1,500 or $4,500 towards closing costs and fees.Learn about the down payment Assistance Program. Location: Da Nona Rosa 140 7th Avenue. Free.

Friday, September 15, 6-9 pm
Opening art show reception at Spaceworks. Exhibition continues through October 1st
Borrowed  is a collection of works inspired by textile techniques and traditions. There has been a longstanding debate about the value of the fine or “high arts” verses craft or the “applied arts.” Rather than embracing limiting philosophies and labels, these makers intersperse textile techniques, traditions and concepts into their art. With one foot in each world, these artists see the infinite potential of textiles to push their art in new and innovative ways. Free.

Saturday September 16, 12-5 pm
Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival. Celebrating the best of Red Hook Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Waterfront. It's that time of year again! Come on out September 16th from 12-5 p.m. to enjoy local businesses, artists, food, and activities along Columbia and Union streets. Visit the event website to learn more and register as a vendor!

September 16, 7-11pm.
Hot Glass Cold Beer at Brooklyn Glass. Guests will receive a unique hand­made drinking glass, which will overflow with free beverages, while they watch our talented team show off their glass manipulation skills. Demonstrations in glass blowing, neon bending and flame working. Tickets are $25 per person (that includes the glass and beer). Advance purchase guarantees you a drinking glass, otherwise, first come first serve while supplies last.

Friday, September 22, 6-9 pm
Artist Reception at Site: Brooklyn. 3rd Annual Hand Pulled Prints: The Current Practice in Printmaking. A Group Exhibition. September 22 - October 22. Free. Location 165 7th Street

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.
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
CB6 Committees:
● Finance/Personnel & Law
● Executive
● Economic /Waterfront/Community Development/Housing
● Landmarks/ Land Use
● Parks/Recreation/Environmental Protection
● Transportation/ Public Safety
● Permits/ Licenses
● Youth Services/Human Services/Education

Newsletter Production :  
● Sarah N. Phillips
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.
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