Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc.
  May 2013, Vol 4, issue 5        

New York City flag  The Sixth Sense

Welcome to The Sixth Sense - the monthly email newsletter of Brooklyn Community Board 6, serving the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook.

 

  
For anyone who's politically active, as many of our readers are, this is a big year for local races. Later this year voters will get to elect a new Mayor, Public Advocate, City Comptroller, and Borough President since all of the current office holders have reached the end of their term limits. By contrast, all 3 of our district's sitting City Council members are not at the end of their respective terms and can run again as incumbents.
  
Community Boards are government agencies and cannot get involved in elective and partisan politics. We do support citizen empowerment and regularly promote voter registration and logistical information about upcoming elections. To that end, several brownstone Brooklyn civic organizations have banded together to co-sponsor a Mayoral forum where candidates of all parties have been invited to answer questions and talk about how their platforms and agendas relate to our communities. The event is taking place in our district and is open to the public. It's a great place to hear directly from the candidates about issues that matter to our communities.
  
Monday, May 6th, 7:00-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place (at 8th Ave)
  
"An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will."                                          ~ Thomas Jefferson  
  

It's our community! Get informed. Stay active. 

 

 

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Recycling Expansion!
Recycling ArrowsThe City just announced the largest expansion of recycling in 25 years. Effective immediately you can now add the whole category of "rigid plastics" in with your metal, glass and plastic recyclables. No longer are you limited to only bottles and jugs. Now, "if it's plastic and you bang it on a table and it makes a noise, you can recycle it!" exclaimed Department of Sanitation's Deputy Commissioner Ron Gonen.
  
"Rigid plastics" includes such items rigid plastic caps and lids, rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, clamshell, etc.), rigid plastic non-food containers, rigid plastic packaging (clamshell, blister-pak), rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances), and bulk plastics (crates, buckets, furniture, large toys). You still can't recycle foams, films or flexible plastics. If you're in doubt you can check DSNY's website or call 311.
  
The City anticipates an additional 50,000 tons per year to be diverted from the waste stream and captured as recyclables, saving approximately $600,000 in export costs.
  
And the Department of Consumer Affairs is holding their 6th annual Shred Fest on Sunday, May 19th, 10:00am-4:00pm. Shred Fest offers New Yorkers an opportunity to prevent identity theft by safely shredding papers containing personal information for free. Multiple Shred Fest locations have been planned with one in Prospect Park, at the 3rd Street entrance at Prospect Park West.
  
Our friends at the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be running an e-waste recycling event on Sunday, May 5th, 10:00am-4:00pm at P.S. 29 on Baltic Street between Clinton and Henry Streets. Check their flyer to see what items are accepted.
  
If you can't make it out to P.S. 29, you can always drop-off your e-waste at LESEC's Gowanus Warehouse at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street). The warehouse is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  
As if this weren't enough to make you jump for joy, a recent report issued by NYC H2O documents recycling gains being made in New York City schools. Despite the passage of Local Law 41 of 2010 which mandates school recycling and outlines the steps to be taken for implementation, there are still some late adopters who haven't quite gotten with the program yet. However, substantial progress has been made.
Construction Updates
Under Construction NYC Transit celebrated the reopening of the Smith-9th Street subway station on April 26th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This 79 year old station stands at 88 feet, the tallest subway station in the world. Take a virtual tour of the new station, then grab your MetroCard and check out the views for yourself.
  
The 4th Avenue subway station is slated to be completed this month. Commercial tenants will be occupying the storefront spaces within a matter of months. Restoration of this gorgeous art deco station will surely be noticed by the thousands of daily riders, and enjoyed by the 30,000 participants running in the NYC Marathon who will pass beneath it the first Sunday in November. (Wonder how many will actually notice?) The remaining work on the Culver Viaduct should be finished by the end of this calendar year.
  
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun installing new bicycle lanes on 14th and 15th Streets in the district. These lanes were presented to Brooklyn CB's 6 & 7 in June 2012 and will provide important additional east-west connectivity to the robust bicycling network in our district.
  
On the subject of bicycling the City's bike share program, CitiBike, has begun its long-awaited rollout. The first wave of installations will not include our district, with the exception of two docking stations to be located at 1) southside of Atlantic Avenue between Furman St and Pier 6 (31 docks), and 2) northside Dean Street between 4th/5th Avenues (~56 docks). DOT will be returning to us in the coming months to present and finalize the siting of docking stations for our district.
  
Meanwhile, we've recently written to our district's own senior bicycling Senator from New York State, Chuck Schumer, to appeal to him for assistance in getting bike share costs recognized by IRS rules as a bona fide transportation fringe benefit to further encourage cycling.
  
Lastly, DOT also reports that the Hicks Street Northbound Traffic Calming project presented to our Transportation Committee at their June 2012 meeting will be installed beginning the week of May 13th. Among other measures, this project will restore parking in the east lane along the length of northbound Hicks Street adjacent to the BQE Trench during the morning rush hour as a way of narrowing the street to calm speeding traffic making it safer, especially for crossing pedestrians.
Things To Do Around the District Chili Cook-Off flyer
On Saturday May 4th, 10:30am-2:00pm The Cobble Hill Tree Fund's Annual Plant Sale at Cobble Hill Park, Clinton and Congress Streets.

On Sunday May 5th, 11:00am-1:00pm.  New York Restoration Project & Build It Green! with PUF are giving away free tress. Location: BIG!NYC Gowanus, 69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215. Reserve your favorite tree now!

Also on Sunday Cinco De Mayo (May 5th), 10:00-11:30am.  Pinata making with Llaves Design. This worksohp is for children age 6 and up plus parents. $55 for each parent/child team. Pre-registration is required. Location: BIG!NYC Gowanus, 69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215.

On Tuesday May 7 from 4:00-6:00pm The Red Hook Community Justice Center is hosting its annual Summer Internship and Jobs Fair for youth 14-21 years old on  at the Miccio Center on 110 West 9th St. If you're an organization looking for interns please call 718-923-8261 to recruit.

On Thursday, May 9th, 2:00pm New York Methodist Hospital's Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders offers a number of support groups for patients with neurological disorders and their caregivers. The Parkinson's Support Group
meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at the hospital. 

On Saturday May 11th, 10:00am (check in starts at 8:00am), the
Brooklyn PTA 5K! Location: Prospect Park, Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance at 15th St. The run costs $20 per individual, or $30 for a family. All the funds raised go into our PTAs. Meet other parents and education leaders who are supporting students through activism at the school, city, and state level. Learn more about how to get involved!

  

On Saturday May 11th, 10:00am, join Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) for Bike the Branches, a fun and adventurous one-day benefit bike ride. Experience the borough and BPL like never before, while connecting with family, friends and fellow Brooklynites as you bike BPL's network of 60 neighborhood libraries that serve each community.
 
On Saturday May 11th, 12:00-5:00pm P.S. 133's Spring Festival is one of the school's biggest annual fundraising events highly anticipated by all members of the community. Neighbors and friends are also welcome to attend and enjoy the food and fun of this special day. 
 
On Saturday May 11th, 7:00pm, The Red Hook Prom (A prom for grownups). The DJ will be spinning 80s tunes! South Brooklyn Community High School. The Red Hook Prom is the annual gala supporting Cora Dance. Purchase tickets here.

On Wednesday May 15th, 7:00-9:00pm, Farm to Table in Red Hook: Stories & Conversation on Red Hook, Local Food, Recovery & Resilience with Ian Marvy & St. John Frizell. Brooklyn Community Foundation, 45 Main Street, Suite 409, Dumbo. Space is limited, rsvp required. FREE.

On Friday May 17th, noon-3:00pm Mothers Against Gangs Luncheon, at the Liberty Warehouse Banquet Hall. Liberty Warehouse, 267 Conover Street. To rsvp email: fabbrown795@aol.com or call (718) 625-4012.

On Sunday May 19th, 12:00pm, Firefighter Chili Cook-Off. The Happy Hookers (Engine 279) vs The Red Hook Raiders (Engine 202) . Judging/Tasting begins at noon. Location: The Carroll Gardens Greenmarket on Carroll Street between Smith & Court Streets.
 
Also on Sunday May 19th, noon-5:00pm, the 54th annual Park Slope Civic Council's House Tour, featuring seven beautiful homes from 4th to 9th Streets and a lecture by architectural historian Frances Marrone. Proceeds of the house tour fund the civic council's grants program.

On Wednesday May 22nd,  Gowanus by Design is pleased to announce the winners of our second design competition: WaterWorks exhibition opening. Location: Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street (corner 3rd Avenue). Email: info@gowanusbydesign.org for more information.
 
On Thursday May 23rd, 4:00-6:30pm. Project Reach Youth, is organizing a career day for high school students on Thursday, 199 14th Street (between 4th/5th Avenues).

The 20th Annual Red Hook Fest (May 30-June 1).
"Rebuild, Restore, Rebirth: Resilience after Sandy." Annual Red Hook Arts Festival! Youth Kick-Off Event: May 30th,
Community Celebration and Dance Party: May 31st

noon-7:00pm; Festival Main Day: June 1st, 10:00am Red Hook Rebirth Parade @ Valentino Park & Pier. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

An Urgent Appeal: Preschool in Trouble
Christ Church Last July, lightning struck Christ Church at the corner of Kane and Clinton Streets in Cobble Hill. The impact severely damaged the steeple sending sections of it crashing into scaffolding surrounding the church. Richard Schwartz, an Assistant Attorney General and local resident was beneath the scaffolding and died later at Long Island College Hospital from injuries sustained.
  
The church is committed to rebuilding and has been making progress but the process has been painstaking. In the interim, several groups that have been tenants of the church have been forced to make other arrangements until reconstruction is complete. Our office recently received the following appeal:
  
My name is Susan Kuhlmann, I am the Principal of Linden Tree Preschool in Cobble Hill. We have been in operation for over 9 years with a wonderful reputation and a staple in our community. Each year we turn away hundreds of families looking for quality preschool services due to the abundance of families and lack of quality programs. This past July the beautiful building our school was housed in, Christ Church at 180 Kane Street, was unfortunately struck by lightning and severely damaged - we had to immediately vacate for safety reasons and have been displaced and in temporary space since - but we were just recently informed that we are unable to return to Christ Church and must vacate the temporary space in June. We are in need of a permanent home for our staff and our communities wonderful children. We require a minimum of 3000 square feet but willing to exceed that for the right opportunity. We are also willing to sign a long term lease. As you know rental space in our community is costly and difficult to come by. We have been searching for months and continue to.. We would appreciate the opportunity to post our story on your site in hopes of attracting interest and assistance.
 
If any of our readers can help, please contact Principal Susan Kuhlmann at susan@lindentreepreschool.com or (718) 687-8141. Feel free to pass this along.
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. (Federal EIN 04-3780020) was established in 2003 to support the work of Brooklyn Community Board 6 in improving the quality of life in the district.  Friends seeks to provide 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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In This Issue
* Recycling Expansion!
* Construction Updates
* Things To Do
* Preschool in Trouble
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Who's Who at Brooklyn CB6
CB6 2013 Officers:
● Daniel M. Kummer,
Chairperson
● Thomas Miskel,
First Vice Chairperson
● Lou Sones,
Second Vice Chairperson
● Gary Reilly,
Treasurer
● Elizabeth Shipley,
Secretary

CB6 Committee Chairs:
● Richard Bashner,
Waterfront/Community Development
● Paige Bellenbaum,
Human Services, Co-Chair 
● James Bernard,
Youth Services 
● Norman Cox,
Housing 
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections 
● Glenn Kelly,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs, Co-Chair
● Daniel M. Kummer,
Executive
● Mark Kolman,
Education, Co-Chair
● Nica Lalli,
Parks/Recreation/Cultural Affairs, Co-Chair
● Robert Levine,
Landmarks 
● Sayar Lonial,
Public Safety  
● Rick Luftglass,
Budget; Economic Development 
● Thomas Miskel,
Transportation 
● Gary Reilly,
Finance/Personnel & Law; Permits & Licenses
● Mark C. Shames,
Environmental Protection 
● Benjamin Solotaire, 
Human Services, Co-Chair
● Suzanne Turet,
Education, Co-Chair 

District Office Staff:
● Craig Hammerman,
District Manager
● Leroy P. Branch, Jr.
Assistant District Manager 
● Liza Santiago-Sierra,
Community Associate 
● Sarah N. Phillips,
Special Projects Coordinator
● Helena Miskel,
Office Volunteer
● Melissa Umberger,
Urban Planner
● Hans Jensen, 
Planning Fellow
 
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Sarah N. Phillips,
Contributor
GOOD AND WELFARE
Brooklyn Magazine recently released their list of "The 11 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in Brooklyn" and our district's Park Slope branch was their #1 favorite! (Of course, we're just as partial to our Carroll Gardens, Pacific and Red Hook branches too.)

PortSide NewYork was recently given a "Champions of Change" award and recognized at the White House for their leadership role during and after Hurricane Sandy. The recipients were joined by the heads of FEMA and HUD for a special conference at the White House to share stories and advice to improve preparation and response to natural disasters.

Congratulations to Daily News Brooklyn Bureau Chief (and CB6 resident) JoAnne Wasserman for winning this year's 2013 Peter Kihss Award. This annual award is given to a distinguished journalist by The Society of Silurians for outstanding mentoring to the next generation of journalists.

Congratulations to the Royal Panthers Chess Team from MS/PS 282 for bringing home to Park Slope some serious hardware from the 2013 Super Nationals Chess Tournament in Nashville, TN. Special "shout out" to Marcus Scott who tied for a 1st Place National Champion title in the K-5 U900 division. wo0t!

Congratulations to Seeds in the Middle's Executive Director (and CB6 resident) Nancie L. Katz for recently being named a New York 1 News NYer Of The Week. Nancie's non-profit organization inspires social change through sustainable health, and her work in Crown Heights' P.S. 221 has demonstrated that improved nutrition in the schools has a direct correlation to improved academic performance.

Condolences are extended to the Tarzian family on the passing of Harry Tarzian, longtime proprietor of Tarzian Hardware on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. Harry was a critical link in preserving the Mom and Pop culture of the neighborhood. He took over management of the store in 1954, when he returned from serving in the Korean War, and ran it until the mid 1980's. The store was originally founded by Harry's father and uncle in 1921, and is currently managed by John Ciferni, Harry's stepson. Harry loved sailing and photography. His pictures are viewable on his website.
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