Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
December 2017, Vol 8, issue 12
Brooklyn CB6 General Board Meeting
Wednesday December 13, 6:30 p.m.
Old First Reformed Church

Board members are encouraged to supply corrections to minutes .
All posted meetings are open to the public; however, participation is limited to public session.

Note: This meeting will be live-streamed. On the night of the meeting, view the meeting here.
Live-stream: December Board Meeting
BkCB6 November Board Meeting

We are thrilled to announce that our December full board meeting will be live-streamed!

Council Member Brad Lander has selected Brooklyn CB6 to participate in the Live-Streaming Program, through the City Council's Digital Inclusion and Literacy Initiative. Six of our meetings--board meetings, committee meetings or public hearings—will be professionally live-streamed and digitally archived.
The program’s goal is to enable individuals throughout the City to view government in action and, as a result, create a more informed and engaged citizenry. We want to thank Council Member Lander for selecting our Board and hope that this will allow more members of our community and beyond to understand the duties of our Board and will encourage more people to get involved.

Brooklyn CB6 Holiday Get-Together
Monday December 18th, 2017, 6:30 - 9pm

514 Union Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn 11215

Drop by for an evening of revelry with CB6 board and committee members as we celebrate the holiday season with our neighbors!

  • Free
  • Open to all (21+)
  • Cash bar
  • Food available for purchase

Robert's Rules of Order will be suspended.

Gowanus Combined Sewer Overflow Facility
The Gowanus Canal

On October 26th, our Landmarks/Land Use Committee hosted a Public Hearing on NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application relevant to site selection and acquisition of property located at 242 Nevins Street, 234 Butler Street, and 270 Nevins Street for a combined sewer overflow control facility, commonly referred to as the Gowanus Canal CSO Facility (ULURP Application # C180065 PCK). The Full Board passed a motion of conditional support on November 8, 2017.

Gowanus Lowlands Concept
The Gowanus Lowlands Conceptual Rendering

On October 18th, our Parks/Recreation/Environmental Protection Committee met with The Gowanus Canal Conservancy who presented the "Gowanus Lowlands"-- a vision for a network of parks and public spaces centered on the Gowanus Canal and connected to the surrounding watershed.

Greenway as Floor Barrier in Red Hook
Detail of the Greenway Conceptual Design-- the whole presentation is linked below

On October 18th, our Parks/Recreation/Environmental Protection Committee met with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative who presented the completed conceptual design of the Greenway as Flood Protection in Red Hook. The Full Board passed a motion of support on November 8, 2017.

Nighttime Sanitation Pick Up
Every winter season starting in November the Department of Sanitation shifts some collection routes to nighttime hours so that there is sufficient manpower available around the clock in the event they are needed for emergency snow removal. Affected sectors are rotated each year to ensure that no individual area is unduly burdened. You may continue to put out your refuse and recycling at the same time. 

Some residents will notice a difference in when their collection takes place. Normal daytime collections will resume in April.

City Construction Dashboard
An example chart from the Construction Dashboard

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) released its New York City Construction Dashboard, which provides a wealth of interesting information on construction trends throughout the City.The Dashboard can be found on the DOB website and will be updated quarterly.

The Dashboard represents the latest in their ongoing effort to incorporate data analytics in the work they do to identify bad actors, enhance levels of service, and improve transparency.

NYC Rent Freeze Program
The NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program, helps those who are eligible stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent. Under this program, a property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be head-of-household seniors 62 and older or people with disabilities
  • live in rent-regulated apartments
  • have an annual household income of $50,000 or less and pay more than 1/3 of their monthly income for rent.

Interactive 80s Photo Map
288 Court Street in the 1980s is a map-based street view of 1980s New York City, organizing publicly accessible building imagery into an easy-to-browse glimpse of the streetscape 30 years ago.

Over 5 years in the mid-1980s, the City of New York photographed every property in the five boroughs. The photos were used by the Department of Finance to estimate real property values for taxation purposes.

The city-owned imagery is publicly accessible from the Municipal Archives website however the viewing format is limited. The default organizing principle there is the city’s Borough-Block-Lot (BBL) numbering scheme, which alone or together with address searching is useful for retrieving images of individual buildings, but there is no map-based search.

This map was created by Brandon Liu (GIS and programming) and Jeremy Lechtzin ( history; research; data collection).

The 1980s images used on are available for viewing on the Municipal Archives website, in addition to many other interesting image sets.
Things To Do In The District
Carroll Park Holiday Tree

Wednesday, December 6, 7pm
Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam. Location: Old Stone House. This is acoustic instrumental meet-up focuses on tunes in the following traditions: Irish, English, New England Old Time, French Canadian, American Southern, and maybe even Scandinavian. This group is intended to provide a musical home for folks interested in playing tunes with other musicians, learning to play by ear and overall increasing their own musical skill. It’s fun and welcoming to all ages. $5

Wednesday, December 6, 6-8pm
Workshop: Learn How Zoning Works, its limitations and impacts in our community. How can we use it to help preserve and create more affordable housing, protect dependable manufacturing jobs, and maintain the culture of our community? This event is part of the Gowanus Neighborhood Development Series hosted by the Fifth Avenue Committee. Location: 621 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Thursday, December 7th, 7pm
Park Slope Civic Council's Holiday Party and December Trustees' Meeting! Meet the Civic Council's Trustees, schmooze with your neighbors, share your ideas for a better Park Slope, learn more about the Civic Council's committees, and find out how you can become a more active participant in your community!We will be having a potluck feast provided by the trustees following the brief business portion of the meeting. Location: Old Stone House

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6 - 8pm
Artist Reception at 440 Gallery. 440 Gallery announces the 13th annual Small Works Show 2017. This national, juried exhibition celebrates the innovation of artists who create work on a small scale, in a broad range of media and styles. The exhibition will be on display in the 440 Gallery, Park Slope, Brooklyn space from Thursday, December 7, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Thursday December 7th , 6:30pm
Tenant Know Your Rights Training at The Carroll Gardens Association 201 Columbia Street.Join the Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union to learn about your rights as a tenant. Questions contact Esther or call 718-243-9301.

Friday, December 8, 6-7pm
Holiday Tree Lighting at Carroll Park. Join Court Street Merchants Association, Friends of Carroll Park, elected officials, friends, neighbors, and maybe even a fat man in a red suit when we flip the switch on our holiday decor! Countdown and carols will happen at the Louis Valentino, Jr. Ballfield, followed immediately by food and fun in the Robert Acito Park House. We will also be collecting goods for our City Harvest holiday food drive, so please grab a can or box of non-perishable food en route!  

Friday December 8, 6 - 7:30pm
Southwest Brooklyn Tree Lighting and Toy Drive. The Human Compass Garden at the corner of Columbia and Sackett Streets. Take a photo with Santa. Refreshments from local restaurants. Only new and unopened toys will be accepted. Questions contact Elyse at

Saturday, December 9, 10am-4pm
E-Waste Recycling Event: Park Slope, hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.They accept working and non-working: Computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs (all sizes), VCR & DVD players, Phones, audio/visual equipment, Video games, Cell phones. Location: P.S. 321, 7th Avenue between 1st & 2nd Street

Saturday, December 9, 12-5pm
Holiday Sale and Open House at Interference Archive. We are so excited to have you come visit us in our new home! Join us on December 9th from 12-5pm to celebrate the amazing space our archive has moved into, and take a moment to pick up some holiday gifts.In addition to all your favorite Interference Archive merchandise, our friends from Justseeds Artists Cooperative and Common Notions will be joining us to sell prints and books. Comics, zines, and posters, will be for sale from the Our Comics, Ourselves crew.
Saturday December 9 & Sunday December 10, 3pm
Spoke the Hub's Annual Student & Faculty Benefit Concert. Please join STH Faculty & Students for our annual, uplifting, holiday showcases where STH students, faculty and staff, both kids and adults, amateur and professional, share the stage to raise money for STH's Youth Scholarship Fund, The LOCAL PRODUCE Festival, and other free STH community productions. Location: Old First Reformed Church - 729 Carroll Street @ 7th Ave. Tickets $5 to $20.

Tuesday, December 12, 6pm
Grand Army Plaza – THE LARGEST MENORAH – Every night of Chanukah is celebrated with live music, hot latkes, and gifts for the children. Starts at 6 pm on December 12. 

Tuesday, December 12, 6-8pm
Workshop:Learn about HousingConnect, the online affordable housing lottery tool, and tips on how to correctly fill out and submit housing lottery applications. Learn about the different affordable options in your community. This event is part of the Gowanus Neighborhood Development Series hosted by the Fifth Avenue Committee. Location: 621 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Sunday, December 10, 10am
Photos with Santa. Location: Old Stone House. Join Old Stone House for our 3rd annual photo session with Santa, in partnership with Park Slope Parents and the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID. Photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis for $10.  Photographer Marc Goldberg will make his professional photos available on his website for purchase, and you’re welcome to snap your own photo as well. Help support OSH’s great community programs all year round with a $35 donation, and you’ll get your photo session for free!
Saturday, December 16, 7pm & December 17, 2 pm
Brooklyn Brandenburgers Holiday Concert. Location: Old Stone House. The Brooklyn Brandenburgers, will perform their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 17 at 2 pm, featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann, W. A. Mozart, Gene Glickman, Astor Piazzolla, Arthur Foote, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. Children under 16 are free. $10 tickets.

Wednesday, December 20th 2017 8-10pm
Meet and greet members of The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for a casual gathering at Strong Rope Brewery (574A President) to celebrate the holiday season and discuss: Winter waking tours and other events, Fundraising and grant applications, Designing and selling Dredgers SWAG.

Thursday December 21st 6:30-8:30pm
Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union End of Year Celebration. Join us to celebrate 2017 and kick off our fight for tenants' rights in 2018! Location: 40 Knots Bar 200 Columbia Street. Questions contact Ben at

Sunday, December 31, 11pm
New Year's Eve Fireworks: One Brooklyn. Join the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for this annual fireworks celebration. Locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, the Park's West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
Who's Who at CB6

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:
● Vacant, 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
CB6 Committee Chairs:
● Jerry Armer, Finance/Personnel & Law, Landmarks Co-Chair
● Richard Bashner, Waterfront/Community Development
● Paige Bellenbaum, Human Services
● Peter Fleming, Land Use, Elections
● Glenn Kelly, Parks/Recreation
● Ariel Krasnow, Housing
● Sayar Lonial, Executive
● Robert Levine, Landmarks Co-Chair
● 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 & 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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