Welcome to The Sixth Sense - the monthly 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.
Photo of Bette Stoltz by Katia Kelly, "Pardon Me For Asking"
Our district lost a great champion on November 19th with the passing of Bette Stoltz, Executive Director of the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation. Advocate, champion, activist, wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor, friend, Bette wore many hats and played many roles in her decades of selfless service to our communities. She was a pillar of our community.
Bette first helped organize the Merchants Association of Smith Street (M.A.S.S.) in the 1980's before the rest of the world discovered that Brooklyn was cool, when vacancies on Smith Street were the norm, and when you couldn't safely bike there because the roadway resembled a lunar surface. M.A.S.S. morphed into the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation (SBLDC) making the organization eligible for all sorts of public funding to support their mission--to improve the commercial environment of Smith Street.
SBLDC's first job, to lobby for and plan the Reconstruction of Smith Street, took much energy and spunk. Bette had both in ample supply. She gained a cohort in the form of then District Manager Robert Acito who kept the budget request toward the top of the Community Board's list. They managed to convince the City to pony up the funds but, what's more, they even got the area's elected officials to kick-in extra funds to pay for amenities like the historic replica lampposts, tinted concrete sidewalks, granite curbs and the like.
Of course any project that takes a decade to lobby for and plan is vulnerable to the pitfalls of politics. Smith Street was not immune. Owing to the media reports of political wrangling between then City Council Member Stephen DiBrienza and members of the Dinkins Administration, the funding for Smith Street's Reconstruction was suddenly and mysteriously pulled from the City's budget. Bette, an activist at heart, single-handedly mobilized an army by organizing a busload of neighbors with signs to rally and protest on the steps of City Hall. Local media blew up. Within weeks the funding just as mysteriously re-appeared in the City's budget and the project was back on track.
The mid 90's Reconstruction of Smith Street was a watershed moment. It symbolized the dawning of a new era--attracting new business and new investment while preserving, protecting and respecting our local heritage. There's room enough on Smith Street for the new stores, and the Mom and Pops alike. Because people like Bette curated a special place and kept the community's values at heart. This single Capital project was arguably one of the most important investments the City has made in our community. It took a visionary and activist like Bette Stoltz to make it happen.
Bette gave us so many other wonderful legacies in addition to the Reconstruction Project; she was a founder of the Transit Garden at Smith Street & 2nd Place; she founded the Smith Street Sunday Fun Day Street Fair and, more recently, the Bastille Day Celebration on Smith Street; she founded two consignment shops "Treasures" on Smith Street and on 4th Street in Park Slope providing work opportunities for indigent and homeless women; she founded many culinary training programs linking local students to professional chefs and restaurateurs; she was a founding member of the Friends and Residents of the Greater Gowanus advocacy group; she was a supporter of business improvement districts for Red Hook and more recently for Court and Smith Streets; she was an early supporter and advocate for the manufacturing sectors of Red Hook and Gowanus; and the list goes on.
Wonderful, touching remembrances have already appeared elsewhere on several blogs, notably, Katia Kelly's Pardon Me For Asking, Council Member Brad Lander and PortSide NewYork. Take a moment to read them.
Erica Stoltz, Bette's daughter, wanted everyone to know of a memorial event to celebrate her life. Saturday, December 12th, from 3-5pm, at the School for International Studies on Baltic & Court Streets (where she ran several culinary programs over the years!), more remembrances will be shared, along with music and videos to celebrate her life. At 5pm there will be a New Orleans-style procession to Angry Wade's at the corner of Smith & Baltic Streets to raise a toast to her honor.
Let inspiration be Bette's greatest legacy to us all.
Stay involved. Be inspired. It's our community!
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Monday December 14, 6:30pm
218 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
$40 at the door
Our Holiday Party is a warm winter gathering of board members, family, friends and neighbors. A holiday fun(d)raiser supporting the work of the Brooklyn Community Board 6.
Price includes delicious dinner and open bar.
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The third annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, during which five NYC public library branches will be awarded $20,000 each, is underway.
Now is the time to promote your amazing neighborhood libraries. Let your voice be heard and
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Sponsored by the Charles H. Revson Foundation with WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, the awards celebrate the critical services public libraries provide to their communities.
Anyone can vote to nominate their favorite branch: patrons, staff and even non-Brooklyn residents who use our branches.
Cast your vote and encourage patrons and friends to vote, too, now and through December 18.
Carroll Gardens? Pacific? Park Slope? Red Hook? Which is your favorite local branch?
Things to do in the District
Monday December 7, 5:30-7:30pm
Please join Friends of PS15 for
An Evening with Alex Washburn
, Director and Founder of the Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban Excellence and Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. Featuring a book talk to discuss Alex Washburn's book, "The Nature of Urban Design." Where: PS15, 71 Sullivan St. Brooklyn, NY 11231, RSVP to
Tuesday December 8, 6-9pm
Merchant Mixer and Holiday Bazaar
brought to you by the Carroll Gardens Association. Are you a business owner, employee, freelancers, or entreprenuer in Southwest Brooklyn? From 6PM to 7PM, connect with the small business community, learn more about the merchant association, and share resources. At 7PM, 40 Knots will be open to the public to support small businesses and artisans. location: 40 Knots Bar 200 Columbia Street
If you are interested in selling goods (space is free but limited!), donating to the raffle, or having materials about your business, contact Ben at
Tuesday December 8, 5:30-8pm
SBIDC presents Business Resiliency Workshop. SBIDC and the department of Small Business Services will host a workshop on December 8th to help you prepare your business for emergencies. As a business owner in New York City, you face many challenges that can impact your operations and assets. From gas leaks and fires, to major storms and flooding, you are constantly managing risks. Where: SBIDC Red Hook Office, 402 Van Brunt St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tuesday December 8, 6:30-8pm
Jamba Park Slope Women's Shelter ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY. All of our friends and neighbors are welcome to join us for cookies, hot cocoa, music and spectacular lights. Please RSVP to
. 1402 8th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thursday December 10, 5:30pm
Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network invites you to a free workshop for parents employing childcare providers to help you develop the knowledge and skills to form long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with childcare providers. Are you a new employer of a nanny/childcare provider or are you considering hiring one to assist you with your childcare needs? Location: CGA Training CenterRSVP with Linta Varghese at 917-434-8303 or
Friday December 11, 11 am
Rent Freeze Outreach Event. If you are 62 or older, live in a rent-regulated apartment, have a household income of less than $50,000 after deducting Federal, State, Local, and Social Security taxes, and pay more than 1/3 of your monthly household income on rent, come to the event. Learn about the program and get assistance applying at the event, hosted by Good Neighbors of Park Slope in partnership with the Community Service Society. Location: Park Slope Library 431 6th Ave at 9th Street
Friday December 11, 6-7:30pm
Community Tree Lighting
at The Human Compass Garden at the corner of Columbia and Sackett Streets. Celebrate the Holiday Season with your neighbors! Enjoy live music and food and drink from local businesses- Santa will be giving out donated toys to children in the community. Questions contact Ben at 718-243-9302 or
Friday, December 11, 7:30pm
Scientific Controversies: a lecture series with Janna Levin. Friday's lecture topic is Containment. Peter Galison is Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University, author, and filmmaker. The need to contain stockpiles of nuclear weapons and radioactive waste seems indisputable. But what about the imagination and ideas that lead to their creation, can they be contained?
Friday December 11 7pm & Saturday December 12 3 pm
Saturday December 12, 7pm
Jingle Bell Jamboree: A family holiday concert event and sing along. Location: Congregation Beth Elohim at 8th Avenue & Garfield Place in Park Slope. $10 suggested donation at the door. The Civic Council will be collecting unwrapped toys for their Toys for Tots program.
Thursday December 17th 10am-1pm
Holiday Party for Childcare Workers
at the CGA Training Center. Stop in to CGA to celebrate the Holiday Season with other childcare workers and our partners with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. We will have food and activities for children. RSVP with Vincent at 718-243-9302 or
Saturday, December 19 7:30pm
G.F. Handel's Messiah
performed by the Schiller Institute Chorus at the Verdi tuning of A=432Hz. Location: Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen's Church, 125 Summit Street, Brooklyn 11231.
Saturday, December 19 8pm-12am
Gruß vom Krampus! Join us at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for our
annual Party and Costume Contest dedicated to Saint Nicholasâ€™ evil sidekick, Krampus!
Cocktails courtesy of our kind sponsor Hendrick's Gin! There will also be an opportunity to be immortalized in the Basket for Naughty Children basket of our special Krampus Photobooth and win prizes in our annual Krampus Costume Contest, and much, much more!
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, Brooklyn 11215
Thursday, December 31, 11:00pm
Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Prospect Park Alliance 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. Enjoy live entertainment by DJ C. Live featuring the Brooklyn Mash It Up Band, and also hot chocolate, at Grand Army Plaza prior to the big display.
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc.
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.
Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal EIN 04-3780020).
General Board Meeting
photo by Bryan Bruchman
6:30pm, December 9th
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11201
All posted meetings are open to the public; however, participation may be limited.
Who's Who at #BKcb6
Gary G. Reilly,
First Vice Chairperson
Second Vice Chairperson
● Jerry Armer,
● Ariel Krasnow,
● Jerry Armer,
Finance/Personnel & Law
● Richard Bashner,
● Paige Bellenbaum,
● Peter Fleming,
Land Use; Elections
● Glenn Kelly,
● Ariel Krasnow,
● Gary G. Reilly,
● Robert Levine,
● Rick Luftglass,
Budget; Economic Development
● Eric McClure,
● Thomas Miskel,
● Mike Racioppo,
Permits & Licenses
● Mark C. Shames,
● Matthew Silverman,
● Suzanne Turet,
● Robert Underwood,
Assistant District Manager
Special Projects Manager
● Craig Hammerman,
● Sarah N. Phillips,
DSNY is recruiting temporary, per diem snow laborers. These workers are called on after heavy snowfalls to remove snow and ice Citywide from areas like bus stops, crosswalks and fire hydrants. Pay starts at $13.50 per hour and increases to $20.25 per hour after the first 40 hours worked in a week. To be eligible, applicants must be: At least 18 years old. Eligible to work in the United States.Able to perform heavy physical labor. More info here.
And in sharp contrast, Parks is looking to hire lifeguards for their 2016 swim season!
Parks' beaches open each Memorial Day weekend and are open through Sunday, September 13. Our pools are open from late June through Labor Day. Lifeguards work 48 hours each week and first-year lifeguards will earn a minimum of $13.57 an hour, for a weekly salary of over $650.00.
Think you're whistle worthy? Find out how to join.
GOOD & WELFARE
Since we received neither written nor in-person nominations for board officer positions, all 5 current Brooklyn CB6 officers will serve another one-year term for 2016. Congratulations to the re-elected officers!
We bid a fond farewell to one of our leading non-profit social service support agencies, Diaspora Community Services (DCS) which has long called 182 4th Ave in Gowanus its home. Effective January 15th, DCS will be relocating to a new home at 192 East New York Ave. Our loss is Crown Heights gain!
Once again, the Park Slope Civic Council and Park Slope Parents are running collections for their annual Toys for Tots toy drive to make sure no child goes without a present to open this holiday season. Convenient locations are available throughout Park Slope for the drop-off of new or lightly used unwrapped gifts.
Toys are also being collected by Visitation Church for their annual
Breakfast with Santa, which will be held on December 12th, 9-11am, cost $5. Donations of toys may be dropped off at Visitation Church, 98 Richards Street.
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