Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6
February 2018, Vol 9, issue 02
Brooklyn CB6 General Board Meeting
Wednesday February 14, 6:30 p.m.
John Jay Educational Campus
237 7th Avenue
(between 4th/5th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Board members are encouraged to supply corrections to minutes .
All posted meetings are open to the public; however, participation is limited to public session.
Sidewalk Snow Removal Rules
Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and/or ice from the sidewalk after the snow has stopped falling. Snow may NOT be thrown into the street.

If the snow stops falling between:

7:00 am and 4:49 pm: must be cleared within four hours;
5:00 pm and 8:59 pm: must be cleared within fourteen hours;
9:00 pm and 6:59 am: must be cleared by 11:00 am.

If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk may be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits. The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits.

Fine: $100–$150 (1st Offense); $150–$350 (2nd Offense); $250–$350 (3rd and Subsequent Offenses)

donateNYC Online Materials Exchange
BIG Reuse is a Gowanus-based non-profit registered on the donateNYC Exchange

DonateNYC, a program of the Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, helps New Yorkers give goods, find goods, and do good, with tools that make it easy to donate or find gently used and surplus items. Donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them reduces waste, conserves energy and resources, saves money, and supports organizations working to improve the lives of New Yorkers.

For Organizations
The donateNYC Exchange is a free platform that connects businesses and nonprofits looking to donate or receive surplus goods. Local organizations can use the donateNYC Exchange, an online materials reuse platform, to give and receive large quantities of gently used and surplus materials. Each donation made through the Exchange gives items new life, diverts waste from landfills, and supports the operations of local nonprofit groups.

For Individuals
DonateNYC also assists individual residents via the donateNYC Directory, an online and mobile search tool that locates convenient places to donate or find second-hand goods, and supports local reuse organizations through the donateNYC Partnership program, which offers members a variety of benefits including publicity, workshops, data analysis, and conferences.

donateNYC is an essential part of NYC’s 0X30 initiative , helping New Yorkers reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030.

Data2go Data Portal
Screenshot of the Data2go Data Portal

Our Budget and Economic Development Chair Rick Luftglass introduced us to a useful data portal called Data2go. is a free, easy-to-use online mapping and data tool created by the nonprofit Measure of America.

" brings together for the first time federal, state, and city data on a broad range of issues critical to the well-being of all New Yorkers. The website includes over 300 indicators for New York City’s 59 community districts—and 150 of these indicators are also available by census tract. Many of these indicators were previously unavailable to the public. was created to provide reliable, up-to-date information on neighborhood assets and challenges. It is a tool people who are dedicated to a city in which "everyone counts" can use to craft effective solutions, target policies and services, advocate for change, and hold elected officials accountable for human progress. DATA2GO.NYC has funding for five years of data updates and the addition of new indicators based on user demand.

The data come predominantly from public entities, including the US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the New York State Departments of Health and of Agriculture and Markets, and New York City agencies responsible for promoting the well-being of New Yorkers in many areas: children’s services, corrections, education, environmental protection, health, homelessness, sanitation, the police and fire departments, and more."
Free Computer Lab Access
Octavia Spencer in the film Hidden Figures
as Dorothy Vaughan, NASA's first African-American supervisor

Do you need to use a Computer? Starting Monday, February 5, 2018
the Red Hook Community Justice Center is opening their Computer Lab to the Public!

Computer Lab Hours:
Monday and Friday 10:30am - 12:30pm, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
*Please note building is closed on 2/12 and 2/19.*

The lab has: 16 desktops, a printer, internet, Goggle Apps, the Microsoft Suite, and onsite staff to assist you.

For more information, please contact Leslie at (718) 923-8242.
Free Tax Prep Directory
The Department of Consumer Affairs has created a tool for New Yorkers to find Free Tax Prep Sites all over the city.

Filing your taxes at NYC Free Tax Prep is free and includes e-filing and direct deposit of your refund. This service is for those who have earned $54,000 or less in 2017.

Things To Do In The District
Urbanscapes by Gowanus artist Jessica Dalrymple

Friday, February 9, 7-9pm
Wages for Housework: A Conversation with Silvia Federici at Interference Archive. How do we understand and value our own reproductive labor? How can we organize around this work in a way that is transformative both of our own lives and builds a collective opposition to a global capitalist system? Throughout the 1970s the Wages for Housework movement developed an analysis of women’s reproductive labor. Silvia Federici was a cofounder of the movement, working within the New York Wages for Housework Committee from 1972 to 1977. Interference Archive invites you to join with Federici for a slideshow and lecture addressing the movement in historical context and analyzing its contemporary relevance, followed by breakout groups to address key questions raised and a group discussion. Visit our website for more info.

Friday, February 9, 10:30 pm
The 3rd Annual "It's Friday, I'm (Not) In Love: Anti-Valentine's Day Party" at Littlefield. No love in your life? Flip Cupid the bird and celebrate singledom with all the other lonelyhearts at the skint's Third Annual “It's Friday, I'm (Not) in Love" Anti-Valentine's Party. Hug yourself and sway as DJ Gordon Gloom (Feeling Gloomy, YDH2S) spins songs of heartache and desire from the 80s to today. Purge your emotional baggage with our cleansing anti-love ritual. Use our photo booth to show the world (and your exes) how much better you're doing on your own. Lubricate yourself with themed drink specials. Dress in black. All black. Only black. Creativity will be rewarded. $7.00 - $10.00

Saturday, February 10, 11am
Brunch & Dance Performance at Cora Dance. Cora Dance welcomes supporters and friends as we kick off plans for exciting new growth! Join us for a light brunch, live performances and special announcements about our future! Location: the Cora Dance Studio, 72 Van Dyke Street in Red Hook. RSVP to Giving Associate, Kelsey Kramer:

Saturday, February 10, 10 am - 3 pm
13th Annual Seed Celebration & Swap at the Old Stone House. Presented in partnership with The New York Permaculture Exchange, The Park Slope Permaculture Guild. This annual event brings together gardeners of all stripes to engage in the traditional activity of trading seeds. Gardeners will be available to answer your garden questions. We'll have seeds for sale, including gorgeously artful seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Company.

Saturday, February 10, 12:30 pm
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION at Gowanus Souvenir Shop. Join us in celebrating the opening of the FHTS residency as we enter the Year of the Dog with a Chinese Lion Dance Performance!!! Performance by The Chinatown Community Young Lions.

Tuesday February 13, 8pm
Neighborhood Development Workshop: Understanding Environmental Review. – Learn about the public review process for development proposals.Location: Fifth Avenue Committee 621 Degraw Street
This workshop is part of a series of 3 workshops discussing Land Use, rezoning and what this means for businesses and residents and the environmental impact this will have. Food and refreshments served
RSVP to 718-237-2017, ext 113 or

Thursday February 15, 7:30pm
2Squared Piano Duo at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus. 2Squared pianists Nicole Brancato and Andrew Ranaudo together craft imaginative, intellectual, and memorable concert experiences fit for the 21st century. This forward-looking piano duo project integrates multimedia elements and unique outside-the-box perspective into performance. Pieces by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Alfredo Casella, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, and Joel Pierson. $10.

Saturday February 17, 2-4pm
Radical Playdates at Interference Archive are back! Want to check out Interference Archive, but think it’s not a space for kids? Think again! We’ve got Radical Playdate. Kids can hang out and play, while you browse radical materials. All ages are welcome. We have storybooks and toys for little ones, and stencil-making and drawing for older kids. Bring a book, bring a snack, or just bring yourselves!

Sunday, February 18, 4pm
Kentler Space - Meet the artist: Itty S. Neuhaus who's exhibition Sublimation: An Iceberg's Story is at the Kentler International Drawing Space. Sublimation: An Iceberg's Story, a large-scale installation of drawing, photography and video projection by Brooklyn-based artist Itty S. Neuhaus. The show is up from January 12 - February 25, 2018.

Wednesday, February 21st 2018 8:00pm to 10:00pm
The Gowanus Dredgers annual meeting at our Boathouse- The public is welcome to attend ! 165 2nd St. to discuss activities, ideas and goals for the upcoming season on the Gowanus, Red Hook, Long Island City, Staten Island and Riverbank State Park Pool programs. Activity Committees will deliver program reports and announce agenda and goals for the 2018 season. Bring your ideas and willingness to get involved on the Gowanus or other shorelines as we work to reconnect everyone with our NY-NJ Estuary.

Saturday, February 24th 2018 1:00pm to 5:00pm
The Gowanus Dredgers present for two afternoon-evenings, selected works of Jessica Dalrymple. Pieces will be on display in our rustic boathouse space from her collection of Urbanscapes. As Dalrymple describes; her artwork is meant to "showcase New York City as a 'landscape'. By using a panoramic format, a blue and green palette, and largely depicting sky and water it offers a wider and more natural perspective on a cityscape that's more typically defined by its streets, architecture, and people." On Saturday 3-5pm, oyster stew, snacks and beverages will be served for a late afternoon artists reception. Free.

Wednesday February 28th 6:30-8:30pm 
Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union monthly meeting hosted at Carroll Gardens Association. Location: 201 Columbia Street. Join your neighbors in organizing for tenant rights and affordable housing policies in Southwest Brooklyn.
Who's Who at CB6

CB6 2018 Officers:
● Sayar Lonial, Chairperson
● Mike Racioppo, First Vice Chairperson
● Pauline Blake, Second Vice Chairperson
● Jerry Armer, Treasurer
● Elena Santogade, 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

The Sixth Sense 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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