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.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better, pushing right back." ~ Albert Camus
These days, the word
#resist seems to have gained favor within the forces organizing to safeguard and protect intrinsic values that many believe are increasingly coming under attack. Resistance is an important principle on which our very nation was founded. Our Framers echoed the theme with such grand promises of freedom, liberty and justice for all.
But while most original patriots were seemingly willing to lay down their lives in the name of resistance for the cause of freedom, those times were far simpler. The enemy of the state were distant-reaching countries who fought to exert and maintain economic and military control over our nation's nascent dominion. They wore different uniforms, sometimes spoke different languages, and they answered to a different monarch. Nowadays, however, we appear more to be a house divided than a nation under attack. And what do we hope to gain from such calls for resistance within our own house? Do we expect these opposing forces to yield? To call it quits and move on to something else? To simply roll over? Hardly.
Resistance begets resistance, to paraphrase Newton. The harder we push against something, the harder it pushes back. That's not where progress is made. Resistance has its place. Holding true to principles. Standing up for what's right. But real progress comes not from a simple place of resistance but a place of
. When two people of similarly strong-willed yet diametrically opposite opinions enter a confrontation we often see an irresistible force meeting an immovable post. A conundrum. Both sides resist. Neither side yields. No progress can be made. Yet when we open our minds and hearts to listen without forsaking our principles, suspending our judgments, this is the juicy part when progress can be made.
Resistance is often a necessary part of growth. It is not growth unto itself. A seed is buried below ground and pushes up against the soil in order to reach for the sun and grow. It gains strength along the way. The real growth comes from how the seed uses the soil as an anchor for its roots so it can grow taller. Yes, resistance is necessary, but growth happens when there's reconciliation. When the seed and the soil reconcile. When we realize that the forces at work against our values often want the same things as us -- to be happy, have our basic needs met and feel loved -- we can challenge ourselves to find a third way to arrive at the goals we share. Real courage comes not from standing in your principles but being open to others who don't share your views.
So maybe Camus' invincible summer in the midst of winter was a good reminder that resistance is in fact a necessary component of progress. But anyone can resist. Not everyone can make progress. Find the courage to lean in. Be curious. Suspend judgment. Keep your emotions in check. When it feels like there's no way forward, remember that we all want the same things. And find the third way. Where there are hearts and minds that are open and willing to listen, there is always a third way. Find your way in. That's how we build strong communities.
Resist, reconcile, progress, growth.
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Open Nominations for Youth Awards
photo by by Brian Gratwicke
Do you know any exceptional young people doing extraordinary things in our community? We want to hear from you! Each year Brooklyn CB6 honors youth who have made a substantial contribution toward improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods through direct action or by serving as a positive role model for others.
We also recognize outstanding adults who work with youth on a voluntary basis, acting as a positive role model and keeping our youth engaged in constructive activities. Eligible adult candidates can be nominated for the Brooklyn CB6 Robert Acito Award for Youth Involvement, named after our former District Manager who served from 1980-1993.
Applications are available for our Youth Acknowledgement Award and Robert Acito Award for Youth Involvement. They can be picked up from the district office during regular business hours, or downloaded from the CB6 website. The Youth Acknowledgement and Robert Acito Awards will be presented at the beginning of the May general meeting.
Nominations must be submitted by April 7, 2017.
The NYSERDA funded Solarize Brooklyn CB6 campaign has concluded and we are thrilled to report that with our partner Solar1's Here Comes Solar, we helped homeowners to bring
177.94 kW of rooftop solar to the community.
Even though the campaign has wrapped up, many homeowners in the district are still expressing strong interest in solar. Con Edison recently announced a 7.5% rate hike, so now is a good time to get solar. The Solarize CB6 installer American Solar Partners continues to serve the Park Slope area. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-699-3366 for an estimate.
Large Rooftops Wanted
Sustainable CUNY is leading an effort to bring Community Shared Solar (CSS) to the residents of Brooklyn CB6 and beyond in this first of its kind campaign. Community Shared Solar is a way for people to purchase a small section of a large solar array and have the energy generated from that solar panel applied to their utility bill. There's now a policy framework in New York that allows renters and people whose rooftops can't sustain a solar array to go solar. Learn More or Sign Up to Host a CSS in Brooklyn.
Participatory Budgeting Vote Week is coming soon. The final projects have been selected and the ballots are being prepared for Vote Week, March 25 - April 2, 2017. The only requirements to be able to vote are to live in the relevant council Districts and be 14yrs old or older.
For District 33 Check out www.stephenlevin.nyc for the complete list and to learn about voting sites. Or contact Benjmain Solotaire at email@example.com or 917 373 7484.
Red Hook Resilience Corps
The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps is currently accepting applications for half time and minimum time positions. The Red Hook Community Resilience Corps is an AmeriCorps National Service Program that seeks to make Red Hook a safer, stronger and more resiliency community. Corps members will dedicate most of their time to their education, they will work with a mentor from the Corps developing goals and working towards them, assisting full time and half time members in service projects throughout the Red Hook Community.
Half Time AmeriCorps members will receive a stipend of $3,759 (pre-tax) for the six to nine months that will be divided into bimonthly checks. In addition, they will receive an educational award of $2,887 which may be used toward higher education tuition.
Minimum Time members Corps members will receive an educational award of $1,221 which may be used toward higher education.
The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2017. Your application is not complete until a resume and letter of recommendation is submitted to RedHookAmeriCorps@Gmail.com. Members will have to go through a one on one interview.
For any questions please contact Leslie Gonzaga at (718) 923-8242 or LGonzaga@nycourts.gov.
Capital Planning Platform: Facilities Explorer
The Department of City Planning just released their City Planning Facilities Database (FacDB), a database that aggregates information about facilities that impact NYC neighborhood quality and are owned, operated, funded, licensed, or certified by a City, State, or Federal agency. They span seven domains:
- Health and Human Services
- Education, Child Welfare, and Youth
- Parks, Gardens, and Historical Sites
- Libraries and Cultural Programs
- Public Safety, Emergency Services, and Administration of Justice
- Core Infrastructure and Transportation
- Administration of Government
FacDB aggregates data from multiple public sources, and DCP cannot verify the accuracy of all records.
DEP knows their data is imperfect and are asking the public to help them clean up their data. We've already found outdated information and we're sure you'll find some too. You can give them feedback via the "send feedback" button on the upper right, or, comment on individual sites if you create a user name and password.
Things to do in the District
Sunday, March 12, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SECOND SUNDAYS at Pioneer Works. A monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.Cost: $10 Suggested Donation.
Sunday March 19th, 1:00 pm
BROOKLYN ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE. 9:00 AM PRE-PARADE MASS, HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHURCH 245 PROSPECT PARK WEST - 12:00 Noon: Bands & Marching Units should assemble on Prospect Park West between 9th Street & 15th Street. 12:45 PM "Re-Dedication Ceremony" to the Heroes & Victims of 9/11 - WTC. Parade Route:From 15th Street & Prospect Park West > Down 15th Street to 7th Avenue > Along 7th Avenue > To Garfield Place > Up Garfield Place To Prospect Park West > And Along Prospect Park West To 15th Street.
Sunday, March 12, 1-4pm
Closing Art Reception: La Luna by Jo-Ann Acey Jo-Ann Acey's drawings combine the real and the imaginary. In the exhibition, La Luna, she combines the beauty of nature with her sense of fantasy. Acey's deliberate, yet spontaneous use of color and line become vital forces in these pastel drawings. The images emerge with energy and movement taking the viewer to a new universe.
Sunday, March 12, 4:40pm
Concert: One Breath Rising presents Jasper Cain. Brooklyn-born bass player Jasper Cain constantly marinates his sound and song writing skills and will share his straight-no-chaser message with 440 Gallery visitors at this One Breath Rising performance. Working that bass has given him the opportunity to travel the world and perform with other musicians as part of the Rhythm Collective. Chaka Khan, Olatunji, Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana have joined in with Cain and the Rhythm Collective. "Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."
Thursday March 16, 6-8pm
Art Exhibition at 440 Gallery: Fred Bendheim Nocturns
March 16 - April 16. This is Bendheim's first exhibition centered on the theme of nocturns and his third solo show at the gallery. "Shapings," the artist's trademark work of paintings on wood and PVC board, painted relief sculptures and recent work from the past two years will be included in this exhibition. The title "Nocturns" is derived from the artist's fascination with the night, the unconscious and the dark colors associated with it-colors that are expressive of Bendheim's feeling of the current world in which he finds himself.
Monday, March 20, Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Roy Wood Jr, Kara Klenk, + more! Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac, Night Train show features comedy from the best local and international stand up comedians, and--at times--special guest appearances by musicians, local celebrities, and the occasional surprise only found in Gowanus.
Wednesday March 22 6:30PM
Southwest Brooklyn Tenant Union Meeting. Tenants and allies organizing for housing justice in Southwest Brooklyn Wednesday March 22 6:30PM Carroll Gardens Association, 201 Columbia Street Call Mimi at 718-243-9301 for more information.
Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital will sponsor Diabetes Alert! Day. This event is free and open to the public. Free screenings will be offered, and healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions about diabetes. The event will take place in the Hospital's Carrington Pavilion Atrium, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718.780.5367.
Tuesday, April 4th, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Taste of Fifth. Buying a ticket not only allows you to sample all the savory offerings from our many local restaurants and bars (unlimited beer, wine, soda and vodka), but you'll also be benefiting many of our local charities. Tickets are $60 online with $20 of every ticket going to the local charity of your choice! Or pay $70 and we'll donate $30! A Taste of Fifth is a great opportunity to dance the night away or simply enjoy the company of friends and neighbors and catch up on the latest doings on the greatest avenue in the Slope.
Sunday April 2, 10am-4pm
DSNY SAFE Disposal Event at Prospect Park, Park Circle, corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW. What to bring: Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and batteries, Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics, Thermometers, Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a "sharps" container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container), Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, Electronics (NOT appliances)
Monday and Tuesdays 5:45 - 7:45pm
Free Computer Classes at CGA 201 Columbia Street. Enrollment is ongoing . Contact Ben at bfgoogins@carrollgardensassociation or 718-243-9301 to learn more.
Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers a free breastfeeding support group for new mothers. This group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Breastfeeding Support Group focuses on providing encouragement and information for mothers and their newborns, from birth to three months old. A certified lactation consultant leads the group. The meetings take place in the Hospital's Wesley House, Rooms 3K-C, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. No registration is necessary. For more information please call 718.780.5078.
GCC Tree Summit! Gowanus community members - want to learn more about how to take care of your local street trees? Come learn about the state of the Gowanus Urban Forest, and how you can take action locally. GCC and TreeKit will present a draft of the Gowanus Street Tree Management Plan, and all participants will collaborate in
Movin' On Up!
Congratulations to South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation's (SBIDC) Andrea Devening who was recently promoted to their Deputy Director position.
Andrea has been working for SBIDC since 2013, and is a member of the Brooklyn CB6 Economic Development Committee where she lends her professional insight to our committee as a valuable resource.
Andrea is a familiar face to many of us especially in Red Hook where SBIDC operates out of their storefront at 402 Van Brunt Street. Congrats!
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 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).
John Jay Educational Campus, Auditorium
237 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
All posted meetings are open to the public; however, participation may be limited.
Who's Who at #BKcb6
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,
● 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,
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