Page 1

BROOKLYN SEPTEMBER 2015 • Vol 97, Issue 4


BBA Honors Brooklyn’s Best Projects O

n July 21st, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce recognized the very best construction and renovation projects recently completed in the borough at the 2015 Building Brooklyn Awards. During the ceremony, 13 projects in neighborhoods across Brooklyn were awarded in various categories. The Chamber was also pleased to honor Purnima Kapur, Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning, and Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City, for their careerlong contributions to Brooklyn’s real estate and development industry. The Building Brooklyn Awards were held at the newly restored Kings Theatre, winner of this year’s historic preservation award. To view photos from the event, turn to pages 14-15.

ibrooklyn. com

cheers NY Growing Bigger and Better!

Chamber Relaunches Website



health happening Chamber Co-hosts Brooklyn Healthcare Conference


photo gallery

Building Brooklyn Awards


explore brooklyn Exploring All That Brooklyn Has to Offer


2 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

A Walk Through the Brooklyn Chamber’s All-New Website L

ike Brooklyn itself, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s new website has it all. The recently relaunched, new and improved website – which can be found at – serves as the perfect resource for doing business in Brooklyn. Not only does it provide Member businesses and first-time visitors alike with a user-friendly experience, but it is structured to accurately reflect the efforts of the Chamber. The website features a full display of the Chamber’s membership offerings, events, services and much, much more. Upon entering the website, users will see a full-screen, rotating visual. The images vary

from past and upcoming Chamber events to Member profiles, and even serve as a way for Members to advertise their own businesses. The homepage, which highlights the site’s main features, also allows users to discover updates on events, view Member-to-Member discounts and efficiently access all of the Chamber’s services. For instance, businesses in need of on-site assistance will now be able to apply for it with one easy click via the Chamber-On-The-Go program. While the new appropriately represents the Chamber’s services and activities, it also provides Members the ability to showcase themselves through success stories.

The Brooklyn Chamber is encouraging its Members to use the website to achieve greater promotion and exposure. Through the site’s new features, the Chamber will be able to tout the successes of Brooklyn’s many prosperous businesses and share them with the Brooklyn community and beyond. The website has several advertising options, as well. For a full list of advertising opportunities, please visit www. The interior pages offer complete details on all the Chamber’s departments, including a breakdown of programs, services, events, membership, and Chamber history. Visitors interested in learning about or attending up-

coming Chamber events can view the full array, categorized by networking and signature events, and have the option to view both a community and Chamber events calendar, all under the “Events” tab. Those seeking a particular service provided by the Chamber can visit the “Services” tab. Here, users can read detailed descriptions of all Chamber services. The new is a tremendous tool that will assist the Brooklyn Chamber in supporting its Member businesses to the best of our ability, while also helping them, and the borough as a whole, flourish. where brooklyn business clicks Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 3

cheers ny

CHEERS NY Getting Bigger and Better by the Day! C

HEERS NY, a first-of-its-kind craft beverage festival, will kick off on October 3rd and 4th in Brooklyn. The festival is produced by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the State of New York through its Empire State Development Corporation and Taste NY. This represents the first time the State has partnered with a downstate Chamber to host an event of this capacity. The Brooklyn Chamber’s host partner will be Industry City, a bastion of small-scale, high-quality manufacturing in Sunset Park. CHEERS NY will bring together makers with consumers to celebrate the best of the State’s vineyards, breweries, orchards and farmsteads. The weekend-long festival will present the entire array of New York Statemade craft beverages – beer, wine, cider and spirits – with an emphasis on promoting New York State and Brooklyn as prime destinations for tourists interested in wine trails and brewery and distillery tours. The Brooklyn Chamber will also be creating original content to assist tourists in experiencing all that Brooklyn’s local beverage makers have

4 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

to offer. “CHEERS NY will be an event unlike any Brooklyn has ever seen, full of amazing drinks and food and great music,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “New York State and Brooklyn have so much to offer, in terms of high-quality craft beverages and food, that there’s no way any attendee will be disappointed. Thank you to ESD and Taste NY – it’s an honor to be selected by the state as the only chamber of commerce to produce a large-scale downstate event, right here in Brooklyn – and we look forward to CHEERS NY’s longevity as an annual tradition in the borough.” “The Brooklyn Chamber consistently brings the very best to Brooklyn, and this event will certainly satisfy the borough’s residents and beyond,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “We are so grateful to have been chosen by the State to

showcase the incredible food and beverage manufactures that stem from the great state of New York. Brooklyn has it all and there’s no better place in the world to have a festival of this magnitude.” “New York’s craft beverage industry is big business,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “The Craft Beverage Industry Grant Program will provide support to local businesses, helping to create jobs, and bring craft beverage enthusiasts together for a weekendlong celebration to support the local marketplace.” CHEERS NY will build on the incredible success New York State’s craft beverage industry has recently experienced. According to Empire State Development, the craft beer sector grew by 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, has a statewide economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion, and currently accounts for 6,552 direct industry jobs while supporting another 4,814 jobs in related industries. Not to be outdone, the New York State grape, grape juice and wine industry generates more than $4.8 billion in annual economic

benefits, based on statistics from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. The distillery industry has also surged in the last year, with the number of farm distilleries increasing by more than 25 percent, from 62 to 78, State reports said. Because no wine or beer is complete without a cheese or meat, CHEERS NY will also include a Brooklyn Eats Marketplace, featuring incredible food options from many of the borough’s premier manufacturers, and other high quality items, such as giftware, crafts and tabletop items. The Brooklyn Chamber expects to showcase over 100 beverage and food vendors at CHEERS NY, as well as attract a crowd of over 5,000 people in its first production year. “I could think of no better way to kick off the best of what New York has to offer than raising a glass to New York’s craft beverage industry at the inaugural CHEERS NY celebration,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “I commend the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Empire State Continued on Page 6

Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 5

In business, it all starts with a vision. At Citi® Commercial Bank, we offer an extensive network of resoXrces and onancial solXtions that can help you make your vision a reality. Our Brooklyn Commercial Banking team is right here in your neighborhood, so we understand your business and can develop a banking solution that’s tailored to how you want to grow.

Dennis Nochowitz Director 718-248-6847 Commercial Bank

health happening

Chamber Co-Hosts Borough-Wide Health Care Conference


n July 16, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Health Care Committee partnered with St. Joseph’s College and The Brooklyn Hospital Center to host Health Happening, a networking event that brought together health care industry stakeholders in Brooklyn to address the needs of businesses and promote programs that can help improve the health of residents. Health Happening provided attendees with a chance to network, discuss developments across the various sectors of the Brooklyn health care landscape, and learn about how partnering with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph’s College and The Brooklyn Hospital Center can generate new opportunities for healthcare agencies and firms. Brooklyn radio and fitness personality Angela Yee served as the featured speaker at the event. The mission of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Committee is to promote programs and interventions that help improve the health and wellness of Brooklyn residents through effective strategies, advocacy, education and support. The Committee is dedicated to maximizing representation of the Chamber’s health related businesses and organizations. “Health care is one of the largest and most

significant industries in Brooklyn, and it will only expand as our borough continues to flourish,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber created the Health Care Committee, and organizes events like Health Happening, to help the sector grow and provide the highest quality service to residents. Healthy Brooklynites mean healthy Brooklyn businesses, which equate to a healthy Brooklyn overall, and that’s what the Chamber is all about.” “Health care is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy, and SJC has a tradition of excellence in preparing students for careers in the industry,” said Dr. Jill Rehmann, interim executive dean, SJC Brooklyn. “As always, it’s a pleasure to partner with our friends at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to showcase our programs and to provide leaders in the field with an opportunity to meet and network.” “The Brooklyn Hospital Center is a proud member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee and recognizes the contributions of Ms. Angela Yee to the borough of Brooklyn,” said Leroy R. Charles, Vice President of External Affairs at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

cheers ny

of beers, wines, ciders and spirits being made here and in doing so, supports the continued growth of this important sector.” “Greenwich Street Equities is excited to be the joint major sponsor for both the CHEERS NY and the Brooklyn Eats event,” said Alec Shtromandel, President of Greenwich Street Equities. “Both Brooklyn artisanal culinary offerings and the New York State craft brewers and wineries play an integral role in our hospitality offering at the Union Hotel, and our Brooklyn projects that are slated to open in 2016, namely Boerum Hill’s Baltic Huis and the Gowanus Inn & Yard.” A special ticket price of $50 is available until September 27th. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass; samplings from over 50 regional wineries, distilleries and breweries; and access to a beer hall and courtyard, outdoor games, and the Brooklyn Eats Marketplace. Patrons interested in visiting only the Brooklyn Eats Marketplace can purchase tickets for $10 and have access to Brooklyn-Made food samplings and the outdoor courtyard. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Continued from Page 4

Development for supporting this growing industry by ensuring that tourists and locals alike can discover the best they have to offer right here in Brooklyn.” “We are pleased to partner with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to support CHEERS NY,” said Patrick MacKrell, President and CEO of NYBDC. “It is a great opportunity to showcase the local and regional food and beverage manufacturers that help to create energy and excitement around a growing industry in New York State. It is also important to highlight many of the resources available to these businesses to promote their success and provide many of the tools necessary to start, sustain and grow their business.” “The resurgence of beverage and food manufacturing here in the city and across the state in recent years is cause for celebration,” said Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City, the site of CHEERS NY and part of the culinary innovation cluster emerging in Sunset Park. “CHEERS NY gives New Yorkers and tourists alike an opportunity to discover the wide range

© 2014 Citigroup Inc. Citibank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal opportunity lender. Citi and Arc Design is a registered service mark of Citigroup.

6 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015


member profile


Visions Can Help Strengthen Your Workforce

ISIONS is an 89-year-old nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization that promotes the independence of people of all ages who are blind, and supports their families and unpaid caregivers. VISIONS Workforce Development Department assists blind adults to hone their skills, education, and interests to find a job. In the first four months of 2015, VISIONS workforce department helped seven blind clients land new jobs. Bina is working as a full-time Customer Service Representative at the Administration for Children’s Services in their facilities management department; Iman was hired as an Administrative Assistant for a nonprofit organization; Bree-Ann is working as an account manager for a fuel company in Greenpoint; Randy is employed as a massage therapist at a wellness center, and VISIONS also assisted them with opening their own private practice; Golam has been placed as a prep cook and kitchen assistant at an upscale restaurant; Zay Zay works as a peer counselor at an independent living center in Brooklyn; and Deborah is working as a file clerk at a

large nonprofit. In addition, two blind adults will work at JFK airport and Gateway National Park. VISIONS clients bring a wide variety of talent and experience to the workforce. VISIONS screens all of its placement clients, and when needed, provides them with training in technology, job readiness skills and counseling for adjusting as a blind person to a new career. The workforce staff continues to provide support for three months after the person has been hired. Any employer that is interested in hiring one of our job seekers, either through permanent employment, or hosting them as a volunteer intern, please contact us. You can also assist by providing blind clients with informational interviews, in order to give them practice and feedback from a professional in the field. Contact VISIONS Director of Workforce Development, Michael Cush, at (212) 6251616 ext. 139 or by email mcush@visionsvcb. org. To learn more about VISIONS free services, visit

VISIONS Director of Workforce Development Mike Cush helps Norman Gibson with his resume.




Everyone depends on electricity. So if you ever need to report a loss of power, now you can text OUT to OUTAGE (688243) and follow the prompts. Also, check our outage map to get estimated restoration times at

Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 7

member submission

Changing Jobs? Know Your Options What to do with your retirement funds when you change jobs


here are many new challenges to face if you happen to be changing jobs or retiring – not the least of which is the decision of what to do with the retirement funds that have accumulated in your 401(k) and other retirement plans over the years of service with your employers. These decisions may have a significant impact on your future financial security in retirement. Option 1) Your employer hands you a check for the amount in your retirement plan. This may look like a bonanza, but selecting this option could be a mistake. First, your employer is required to withhold 20 percent from your lump sum distribution, so you will only receive 80 percent. Second, if you are younger than 59 and a half, you may be subject to a 10 percent additional federal income tax penalty for early withdrawal. Third, you are liable for paying income taxes on the full amount—if you fail to rollover the full amount of your funds, including the 20 percent that was with-

held, into an IRA within 60 days. Option 2) Leave the money with your old employer. If you have more than $5,000 in your former employer’s retirement plan, you can usually leave the money where it is (Check with your employer). The advantage of doing this is that it relieves you of making a decision for the time being while maintaining the tax deferral of your assets. The downside is that you are limited to the investment choices offered by your ex-employer—or even fewer choices, since some companies have additional restrictions for non-active employees. Additional disadvantages are that you cannot make new contributions to your account. Option 3) Move your retirement money to your new employer. This option only works if you are moving to another job. Even then, your new employer may not accept rollovers from a previous plan or may impose a waiting period. Also, the investment options offered by your new employer may not be as Continued on Page 27

Reach 15,000 Brooklyn Business Owners 6 Times a Year Including every company with 10 or more employees

Call TODAY For Additional Information 718-260-8302 or email 8 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015


ew York Methodist has over 1,000 affiliated physicians. These experienced doctors, many trained at the world’s most prestigious universities and medical centers, represent just about every medical specialty you might need. They provide the kind of exceptional treatment that makes New York Methodist Brooklyn’s finest hospital.


#1 Building Sales Firm for the 14th Consecutive Year


Every Building. Every Detail.TM



• Proactive IT Services • Backup & Disaster Recovery • Leverage the Cloud • Anti-Spam Solutions • Your IT Dept. in a Box • Mobile Device Support • Hardware/Software Sales • Leasing Options Available




Besen & Associates, Inc.














































Total Transaction Volume (Brokers on chart)



â&#x20AC;˘ HIPPA & EMR Solutions â&#x20AC;˘ Mac, Windows, IOS & Android Steven C. Conyers

Tel: 347-599-0737 â&#x20AC;˘ E-mail: FREE NETWORK + SECURITY ASSESSMENT Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Progress â&#x20AC;˘ VISIT 9

member submission

To hire or not to hire… that is the question


f your business has employees, than you realize a big part of your company’s success depends on the success that your employees have representing you and your business. Many of us have had the experience of hiring people only to find out that it was a bad decision. These bad decisions can, and do, ultimately lead to a decrease in productivity, employee comradery, attendance, punctuality and client satisfaction, not to mention the cost of rehiring and retraining a replacement (employee turnover). The bottom line is that your bottom line will shrink due to hiring mistakes!

The question is how do you develop a consistent hiring practice to help ensure that your investment in human capital will give you a good return on that investment (ROI)? Although a 100 percent success rate in the hiring process can’t be guaranteed (after all we are talking about humans), having a comprehensive and compliant pre-employment due diligence program in place will certainly better your odds by a great deal. These programs can be developed, streamlined, automated, compliant and cost effective for businesses of any size by an experienced Employment Due Dili-

Here are a few basic tips on how it’s done. 1 Be as specific as possible about the minimum job requirements when you place or post an ad. 2 Learn correct inter view techniques to get the most information from an applicant in a relaxed atmosphere. Remember, most of the time you will see them at their best (trying to impr ess you) before they get the job! If you have any doub t about their positive impact on your business at this point, eliminate them from any further investmen t. 3 Never trust your “gut feeling” alon e to make a hiring decision. More times than not, you’ll be wrong! I know some of you are shak ing your head up and down right now.

gence company. Think of the pre-employment due diligence portion of the selection and hiring process as putting the pieces of a puzzle together. This method gives the employer an opportunity to view the whole picture before deciding whether to buy it or not. This whole due diligence process should only take a few days, but will help ensure that your investment will produce an employee who will be a productive and loyal member of your staff for years to come. Dan Stevens is President of DDS - Employee Screening Services (, 718-234-0005).

4 Have a separate compliant authoriza tion form signed by the applicant prior to, or on the day of, the first inter view. This will allow time (a few days) for your due diligence service provider to gather and verif y all pertinent information that will help your final decision. You can also include a personality assessment (for specific job fitness) as well as drug /alcohol testing (if you choose to take advantage of these services). 5 Once the process is complete, you will have modified the average of five to eight initial candidates per job position to one to three . You can then have each of the remaining candidate s go through specific skill testing or other mandato ry duties that will be required of them on a daily basi s. This may also give the opportunity to see how the candidate interacts with other employees, clien ts, etc. 6 Now you can make your final hirin g decision with confidence.




Need something printed “like yesterday”? No problem. We got you covered. B U S I N E S S C A R D S . P R E S E N TAT I O N F O L D E R S L E T T E R H E A D . E N V E L O P E S . F LY E R S . M E M O PA D S P I C K U P & D E L I V E RY . B R O C H U R E S . B O O K L E T S GRAPHIC DESIGNING . NEWSLETTERS . LABELS WINDOW GRAPHICS . BANNERS . POSTERS C A R B O N L E S S F O R M S . S E L F - I N K I N G S TA M P S


718-NETS-TIX / BROOKLYNNETS.COM 10 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015


305 Atlantic Ave.




Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 11

neighborhood spotlight

Red Hook circa 1875 photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

How Brooklyn Neighborhoods Got Their Names RED HOOK, BED-STUY, SHEEPSHEAD BAY, AND DYKER HEIGHTS


t’s no secret that Brooklyn boasts a rich history, going back to when the land was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s. That history is most evident in the current names of Brooklyn neighborhoods, many of which have roots back to those early Dutch settlers. Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Sheepshead Bay, and Dyker Heights — keep reading for the fascinating stories of how these Brooklyn neighborhoods got their names.

Red Hook The Dutch settled Red Hook in 1636, naming the village Roode Hoek. In Dutch, “roode” means “red,” referring to the red clay soil of the area. And “hoek” means “point” or “corner” — the actual “hoek” they were referring to was a point on an island that stuck out into the Upper New York Bay, at present Dikeman Street west of Ferris Street. When the area was incorporated into the City of Brooklyn in the 1830s, the name Roode Hoek was Anglicized. (Pictured Above)

Saitta House in Dyker Heights | via Wikipedia

1870s and the neighborhood continued to expand.

Dyker Heights

Sheepshead Bay

Saratoga Park in Bed-Stuy | Kenficara via Flickr

Bedford-Stuyvesant Bedford-Stuyvesant – commonly known as Bed-Stuy – is a combination of names that refer to the neighborhood’s history. Way back in the 17th century, the area was known as Stuyvesant Heights, named after the Dutch settler and New Netherland governor Peter 12 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

Stuyvesant. Stuyvesant Heights was part of a larger farming hamlet known as Bedford, also a Dutch-given name. When the area was incorporated into the Town of Brooklyn in 1800, it was simply known as Bedford. In the 1880s and 1890s, Stuyvesant Heights emerged as a distinct, wealthy neighborhood within Bedford — the area, which still retains much of its impressive architecture, is still called Stuyvesant Heights to this day. It seems as if the two names were combined in the last decades of the 19th century, when transportation to the neighborhood increased, and Bedford–Stuyvesant emerged as a working and middle-class community for those work-

ing in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Sheepshead Bay The name of Sheepshead Bay applies to both the actual bay separating the mainland of Brooklyn from the eastern portion of Coney Island as well as the neighborhood to the north. “Sheepshead” comes from the sheepshead fish, once commonly found in the bay’s waters. Today, it’s rare to spot the sheepshead, although they are caught in the bay every once in a while. For a long time this land was swampy and not considered for development, but homesteads started moving in around the

The Dutch settled Dyker Heights in 1657, calling the neighborhood New Utrecht. Under the Dutch, the land remained practically untouched, as the area was too hilly for farming. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that development slowly started. Real estate tycoon Frederick Johnson hoped to transform the land into an upscale residential enclave. After his death in 1893, his son, Walter Loveridge Johnson, took over the real estate business. Johnson set up a development by the name of “Dyker Heights” — he got the name from the Dyker Meadow and Beach, which his development overlooked (“Dyker” comes from the Van Dykes family, one of the early Dutch settlers). Once named, Johnson built a residential community of suburban-style, freestanding homes, many of which still stand in the neighborhood.

718-CALL-GEM www.GEMPAwNBROKERS.COM Largest Pawnbrokers in New York State with 67 Years in Business with 28 locations throughout New York City & Long Island

Large Collateral Loans Of As Much As

5 Million Dollars We Offer Loans And/Or Buy; Estate Sales, Antiques, Diamonds, High-End Jewelry, High-End Watches, Cars and other Automobiles... Almost Anything Of Value 378 Schermerhorn Street. Brooklyn, NY 11217 DCA# 081274/382340/387422/147209 Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 13

photo gallery

2015 building brooklyn






6 14 Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Progress

â&#x20AC;˘ September 2015

photo gallery

awards at kings theatre




10 1. Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura; New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu; and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. 2. Purnima Kapur and Carl Weisbrod from the New York City Department of City Planning. 3. Winning team from Duggal Greenhouse and Denise Arbesu. 4. Winning team from BRIC Arts Media House; Carlo A. Scissura; Denise Arbesu; Assemblymember Roxanne Persaud; and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. 5. Winning team from Steiner Studios; Carlo A. Scissura; Denise Arbesu; Assemblymember Roxanne Persaud; and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. 6. Winning team from Kings Theatre; Marty Markowitz; Denise Arbesu; Assemblymember Roxanne Persaud; and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. 7. Winning team from TD – Georgetown; Denise Arbesu; Assemblymember Roxanne Persaud; and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. 8. Winning team from Pratt Engineering Quad; Denise Arbesu; Assemblymember Roxanne Persaud; and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. 9. Carlo A. Scissura; Purnima Kapur; Andrew Kimball, Industry City; and Denise Arbesu. 10. Nearly 400 people attended the 2015 Building Brooklyn Awards at Kings Theatre. Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 15

See What ExploreBK Has in Store for You!


ou know what they say, “another year older, another year wiser.” Explore Brooklyn has celebrated its first birthday, and, boy, has it grown up! has been transformed to bring you the best go-to resource for all things Brooklyn. Not only can you discover the coolest places to eat, stay, shop and play in the borough, but some newly added features will make planning your next trip to Brooklyn not only easy, but fun and informative. Starting with the new and improved homepage, you’ll learn about the “Best of Brooklyn” – whether it’s a pizza place, a walk through a featured neighborhood, or a roundup of the best Brooklyn slang terms. Also, find recommendations from local experts including ExploreBK staffers, business owners, or active residents. From here, you can click through to each major section of the site, including Eat, Stay, Shop, Play, Events, Tours, Neighborhoods, Blog, Visitor Info, and more. Each one of these pages is chock-full of blog posts with impressive insider tips and information

on where to go, how to get there, and what to do, as well as business and event listings of some of our local favorites. Are you thinking of visiting Brooklyn? (If that’s a yes, see next statement). Awesome! Browse through our “Neighborhoods” page and check out some neighborhoods that you’ve read about in travel magazines or heard of from your friends. We promise this is not the kind of research that will put you to sleep. Each neighborhood is full of diversity, culture, amazing places to visit, and exciting, Continued on Page 27









BOOKEND your festival visit by attending some of the more than 50 unique literary events—literary parties, books-to-movies screenings, trivia, performances, and more—taking place in clubs, bookstores, parks, libraries, and other surprising venues throughout New York City!

METROTECH COMMONS 10am-4pm Come enjoy authors and illustrators in readings, performances and workshops as they present new and beloved children’s books. Have fun with costumed characters, join music performances, and browse a Children’s Marketplace of booksellers in beautiful MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn.


• September 2015

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN 10am-6pm The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in NYC. More than 300 national and international authors participate in the panel discussions and readings. Nearly 200 local and national presses, bookstores, and publishers sell books in the outdoor Literary Marketplace in Downtown Brooklyn. FOLLOW US @BKBF



strengthen neighborhoods


Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 17

Exploring All That Brooklyn Has to Offer

Explore Brooklyn is the go-to website for all things Brooklyn. Visit to discover all the best places to eat, stay, shop and play in your favorite borough. Trust us, we know Brooklyn.

featured venue

featured event

Rock ‘N’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon

saturday, october 10, 2015 Run the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon on October 10, 2015! Run with Rock ‘n’ Roll and experience 13.1 miles unlike any other – with on-course entertainment, a rockin’ headliner concert and post-race brew. This is one running event not to be missed! The weekend kicks off at the Brooklyn Expo Center on October 8th & 9th. Register now at

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

featured businesses

Pie shops in brooklyn:

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Baked, Pie Corps, and more

200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11213

Sometimes life calls for pie, especially during fall in New York City. Luckily for Brooklynites, the borough is a great place to indulge. Many of New York’s best pie shops are right here in Kings County. Some have been around for years; others are the result of a more recent pie renaissance. Whether you’re craving banana cream or mixed berry, these five stellar pie shops will make your dessert dreams come true.

The Blue Stove | Yichen L. via Yelp

Four & Twenty Blackbirds courtesy of Vikram S. via Foursquare

Four & Twenty Blackbirds (Gowanus) Opened by Emily and Melissa Elsen, two sisters from rural South Dakota, Four & Twenty Blackbirds has been serving up handmade pies in Gowanus since 2010. Their seasonally inspired treats quickly gained a loyal following. Their pies are made from local and organic ingredients and often come in unexpected flavors, such as chocolate julep (mint, bourbon and chocolate). Can’t decide what to order? The black bottom oat pie is a cult favorite.

Baked (Red Hook) This friendly Red Hook spot serves Stump-

18 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

Baked photo via Facebook

town coffee, specialty cakes, and magical pies. The bakery gained national attention in 2010 when co-founders Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito went head-to-head with Chef Bobby on Throwdown!. They didn’t win, but we’re still obsessed with their pies. The chocolate bourbon and classic pumpkin never disappoint.

Pie Corps (Greenpoint)

Pie Corps is a Greenpoint institution. Their daily offerings range from sweet pies, to savory pot pies, to handheld “pie Pie Corps photo via pops.” Although Facebook the menu changes

daily, they’ll have your favorite waiting if you give them a 24-hour notice. And if you’re interested in creating these goodies at home, sign up for one of their popular pie-making classes.

It’s September, which means back to school for young Brooklynites – but that doesn’t mean there’s no time left for fun. Spending a day in Crown Heights at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is enjoyable for everyone, with hands-on learning experiences, engaging educational programs, and entertaining and innovative exhibits. Hosting an event this fall? The newly renovated rooftop is perfect for birthday parties, corporate events, cocktail receptions, and more. Visit to learn more.

The Blue Stove (Williamsburg) If you’re unsure about what to do this weekend, head to The Blue Stove and order as much pie as possible. This homey Williamsburg bakery is named after the eponymous stove that owner Rachel McBride inherited from her grandmother. The Blue Stove serves an ever-changing rotation of handmade desserts made from seasonal ingredients. Their cherry pie will change your life.

DUB Pies

(Windsor Terrace) DUB Pies opened in 2003 and was the first bakery to bring authentic New ZealandAustralian meat pies to New York City. Their Windsor Terrace shop churns out savory creations filled with mixtures like chunky steak,

DUB Pies (Windsor Terrace)

mushrooms and onions, and old-school steak and kidney. Insider tip: Don’t forget to pick up a miniature cherry rhubarb pie for dessert. If you can’t make it to their Brooklyn outpost, keep your eyes peeled for their roving Pie Truck.

Caring for the Community Just Like You We know the strength of any community comes from those who make it work. At EmblemHealth, we provide health plans and benefits to small businesses that are as diverse as the neighborhoods we serve. Whatever the need whatever the situation, we work to provide access to quality, affordable health care. After all, a healthier community means a stronger community.

Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 19

COMING SOON ... 2016 Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Resource Guide

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this must-have annual Directory!


For advertising information, contact Carri Wist at 443.909.7824 or

The Brooklyn Chamber and its LGBT Business Committee were proud to participate in Brooklyn Pride’s festival and parade in June.


LGBT Biz Committee Membership Drive

he Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce LGBT Business Committee is looking for members! The Committee helps to create awareness, unity and attention around advocacy issues for LGBT business owners and operators. The committee understands a well-resourced business owner is a successful one, and is committed to provide technical assistance, educational resources and

business-to-business programming. The committee welcomes business owners and operators to consider joining the Brooklyn Chamber and learn about the initiatives of the committee. For more information, please contact Lizzie Cofrancesco, Brooklyn Chamber LGBT liaison, at 718875-1000., ext. 135, or


Offering lunch, dinner, cocktail and buffet options 8015/23 13th Avenue, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11228 • 718–331–2900 • 20 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

New Members Accounting/Tax Services

Banks/Credit Unions

Sunnyside, NY 11104

Grocery Stores

Pace Accounting and Tax Services Inc 66-70 Queens Midtown Expry Maspeth, NY 11378

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management 300 Broad Hollow Road Melville, NY 11747 aspx

Environmental Products/ Services

Riverdel 192 St Marks Ave; Apt 1 Brooklyn, NY 11238

WeWork 81 Prospect St Brooklyn, NY 7307

Advertising/Marketing Brooklyn Digital Marketing Brooklyn, NY 11201 LAING’s Business Services 57 Tapscott Brooklyn, NY 11212 Red Hook Star-Revue 481 Van Brunt Street, 8A Brooklyn, NY 11231

Silver Lining Creative

Banquet/Catering Halls The Woodmere Club 99 Meadow Drive Woodmere, NY 11598

Beauty/Hair Salons

Remedies Herb Shop 453 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Fire Safety and Security

Health Care Providers

Firecom, Inc. 39-27 59th Street Woodside, NY 11377

Vanessa L. Jeffers, MD/Take Shape for Life 175 Remsen Street Suite 1225 Brooklyn, NY 11201

Food Products (Manufacturers/ Distributors)

Oxford Nursing Home., Inc. 144 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

Children/Family Services


Buratino International Day Care 2962 Brighton 1st Street Brooklyn, NY 11235

Automobile Dealers

Sunny Skies Preschool 720 Washington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238

Community Service Organizations SCO Family of Services 154 Lawrence Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 Red Hook Initiative 767 Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 United Way of New York City 205 East 42nd Street New York, NJ 10017 Rita Pescature Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jacques Torres Chocolate 66 Water Street Brooklyn Army Terminal Brooklyn, NY 11201

Construction Supplies/ Services

Bakery Goods (Retail)

BS Construction 442 Madison Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11221

Isabella’s Creations 6605 13th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11219 Lila Ruth’s Brooklyn Bakery 36-46 37th St Long Island City, NY 11231 Pelzer’s of Philadelphia Pretzels 724 Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY 11216

Organic Brooklyn, LLC 924 President Street 1R Brooklyn, NY 11215

New York Life Insurance Company 420 Lexington Avenue 15th Floor Brooklyn, NY 10170


Branded Saloon 603 Vanderbilt Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238

Financial Services

Park Slope Yoga Center 837 Union Street - 2nd floor Brooklyn, NY 11215

Camp Brooklyn Fund 1 Metro Tech North Suite 1001 Brooklyn, NY 11201

Bakery Goods (Manufacturers/ Distributors)

HavynSpa Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11208

ECH Consulting, Inc. 370 West Pleasant View Ave #290 Hackensack, NJ 7601

Braven Brewing Company 362 Jefferson Street #205 Brooklyn, NY 11237

Advance Auto Parts 1285 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11216


Local Roots Hair Salon 493 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215

Architects/Designers/ Engineers

Automobile Supplies/ Services

Aging Without Disease 137 Montague St. #409 Brooklyn, NY 11201

Charles Schwab 100 7th Avenue Suite 100B Brooklyn, NY 11215

Beverage (Distributors)

Gem Auto Leasing 1809 Gravesend Neck Road Brooklyn, NY 11229

Fashion/Accessories (Retail)


Arco Hair Corp 385 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Raymond Chan Architect P.C. 136-40 39th Avenue Suite 301 Flushing, NY 11354

Hydro Tech Environmental, Corp 77 Arkay Drive, Suite G Hauppauge, NY 11788

Economic Development Interise 197 Portland St Suite 200 Boston, MA 2114

Education/Training Phycon Education

Kings Coffee Roasters 37 Carroll Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Furnishings/Accessories (Manufacturers) FM Office Environments 42-10 215 street 1st floor Bayside, NY 11361

General Contractors

Hotels/Accommodations 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge 245 East 21st Apt PHA NY, NY 10010 Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast 107 Macon Street Brooklyn, NY 11216 The William Vale 55 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, NY 11249

BTR Innovative Builders Inc 333 Hudson Street Suite 405 New York, NY 10013

Janitorial/Maintenance Services

Sisca Northeast Construction Brewster Business Park 1944 Route 22 Brewster, NY 10509

Uniko Apart INC. 191 73 Street #273 Brrooklyn, NY 11209

Gifts/Souvenirs (Retail)


Exit 9 Gift Emporium 127 Smith St Brooklyn, NY 11201

Graphic Design Crumpling Paper 752 E. 79th St Brooklyn, NY 11236 Speedworld Grafix 7720 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst, NY 11373

Sahadi Importing Co 187 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11201

Information Technology/ Internet SpotPog 767 Third Avenue Suite 800 New York, NY 10017

Insurance Lina Bennardo, AllState Insurance Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 21

New Members 1904 86th Street 2nd FL Brooklyn, NY 11214

PO Box 90330 Brooklyn, NY 11209


Real Estate

Cybertone 1400 Avenue Z Suite 507 Brooklyn, NY 11235

Common 335 Madison Av, 2nd Fl New York, NY 10017

Legal Services

Lincoln Property Company 230 Park Ave Suite 824 New York, NY 10169

Jonathan Alwais, Attorney at Law 425 14th Street B5 Brooklyn, NY 11215

Moving/Storage Green City Movers Inc. 167 Park ave Brooklyn, NY 11205

Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate 561 Rugby Road Brooklyn, NY 11230 Starbella Management, LLC 1058 New York Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203

MyMoon 184 N. 10 St Brooklyn, NY 11211 Suede 5610 Clarendon Road Brooklyn, NY 11203 Wheated 905 Church Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11218

Real Estate Brokers Eastern Consolidated 355 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017

Sports Establishment Competitor Group 9477 Waples Street Suite 150 San Diego, CA 92121 New York Road Runners New York, NY 10019

Telecommunications Motorola Solutions, Inc 335 Adams Tr Suite 2706 Brooklyn, NY 11201


the shoppe 60 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11249

United Air Lines, Inc. Newark Liberty International Airport, 1 Terminal C Newark, NJ 7114



ADT Security LLC 47-40 21 Street 6th Floor Long Island, NY 11101

Like A Local Tours 111 Kent Ave, Suite 2K Brooklyn, NY 11249

Dining With Grace 1015 Washington Ave Suite 1O Brooklyn, NY 11225

Base One Security Patrol LLC 155 Water St. 5th Fl 14A Brooklyn, NY 11201

Waste Removal

On Stage at Kingsborough Kingsbourough Community College 2001 Oriental Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11235

Dos Toros Taqueria 189 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

Ian Dahlberg, SECURITAS Inc 1412 Broadway, 17th FL New York, NY 10018


MacDonough Cafe 83 Saratoga Ave Brooklyn, NY 11233

LASI Security Company Inc 822 Utica Ave 2F Brooklyn, NY 11203


Payroll Services PAYCOM 32 Court St., Suite 1900 Brooklyn, NY 11201

Performing Arts

Marino Photography

Real Estate Development/ Management Crosstown Companies 97-77 Queens Blvd Suite 1120 Rego Park, NY 11374


Jerry the Rubbish man and Company Inc 1917 71st Brooklyn, NY 11204

Website Design/ Development George Turner Designs 855 Madison St. Apt 3 Brooklyn, NY 11221

Renewed Members Profile Organization Name

Bank United

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Design 2147 Limited

Urban Strategies, INC.

BAOBAB Wellness

Brooklyn Dipped

DUMBO Improvement District

3 Light Photography

Baruch College - Continuing and Profes-

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

86th Street Bay Ridge Business Improvement

sional Studies

Brooklyn Public Library

Easter Seals NY


Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center,

Brownstone Agency Inc.

Educational Housing Services, Inc.

A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours


Capalino & Company

Environmental Recycling of NY Corp

Active Transport Messenger Service, Inc.

Bella Gioia

Carmi Flavors & Fragrance

Eriksen Translations Inc.

AIA Brooklyn

Beth Bolgla Ceramics

Chris Limo U.S.A.

Evelyn Douglin Center For Serving People


Bogopa Service, Corp.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate

In Need, Inc.

Alexandra Ferguson LLC

Bolt Digital Agency

Colony Pest Management


Aloft New York Brooklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

Columbia Utilities

Fiberwave Corporation

Amalgamated Bank

Bright Horizons at 345 Adams Street

Condor Hotel

Fillmore Real Estate

American Transit Insurance

Brooklyn Bangers, LLC

Coney Island Hospital

Flatbush Food Cooperative

Ann Reibel-Coyne, L.Ac.

Brooklyn Bike Tours LLC

Coney Island USA

Flickinger Glass Works, Inc.

Applebee’s - Apple Metro

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the

Consultants 2 Go

Gillies Coffee Company - Court Street


Creative Business Inc.

Gordon’s Cleaning Services Inc.

Arimed Orthotics & Prosthetics

Brooklyn College/CUNY

Culture: An American Yogurt Company

Grand Street Business Improvement District

Asian Senior Daycare

Brooklyn Community Foundation


Granola Lab

Bagel Pub

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Delicato Chiropractic, P.C.


22 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

Commercial Burglar Alarms Residential Burglar Alarms Commercial Fire Systems Central Station Monitoring Intercom & Gate Control Camera Surveillance Systems Telephone / Data & Audio Systems Controlled Access & Locking Devices Structured Wire - Computer Pre-wire “Servicing Clients for Over 25 Years”

We design, sell, install and service all types of low voltage systems. Whether the need is as simple as one of our “free” alarm packages or a 100 camera surveillance system, Ambush Alarm & Electronics can meet all budgets and exceed all expectations. Intercom systems for your home and high-rise, multi-tenant buildings

U.L.. Burglar & Fire Alarms for Home & Business. Multi-zone and Multi-user systems Video Surveillance systems for any application. Digital Video Recorders, IP Addressable Cameras, Day/Night VIewing Commercial & Residential Telephone & Data systems off all sizes. CableTV and Internet prewire.

Controlled Access & Locking Devices maintain who can come in and when!

Like thousands have come to know, “Our Sign of Excellence”!

Commercial - Residential - Industrial - Institutional Ambush Alarm & Electronics, Inc. - 2307 Coney Island Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11223


Only Brooklyn. Brooklyn Commercial Real Estate Since 2008 (718) 768-6888

New York State-Sponsored

Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance 1-888-809-8009 (TTY 1-800-855-2880)

Children under age 19

To learŶ more aďout applLJiŶg Ĩor health iŶsuraŶce iŶcluĚiŶg hilĚ ,ealth Wlus aŶĚ DeĚicaiĚ through EY ^tate oĨ ,ealth͕ The Kĸcial ,ealth WlaŶ DarŬetplace͕ ǀisit ŶLJstateoĬealth.ŶLJ.goǀ or call 1-855-ϯ55-5ϳϳϳ. Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 23

Renewed Members GreenAir Cleaning Systems, Incorporated

Little Flower Children & Family Services of


State Farm Insurance Agency

Green-Wood Cemetery, The

New York


Steve Madden, Ltd.

Heights & Hills, Inc.

Luna Park

Primerica Financial Services

Stinky Bklyn

Helen Keller Services for the Blind

Lyft, Inc.

Prospect Cleaning Service Inc

Sugarcane Island Juice Company

Hella Bitters

M C Realty

Prospect Park Alliance

Summit Academy Charter School


Mad Scientists Brewing Partners, LLC

Rapid Realty Sunset Park Inc.

Sunset Park BID

Heritage Equity Partners

Marine Park Golf Course & Tavern

RCP Design Inc


Mercy Home

Realty Collective LLC

Howell Petroleum Products

Metro Restaurant Marketing, Inc.

Red Jacket Orchards

Ideal Properties Group


Ridge Abstract Corp.

Jewish Children’s Museum

Movers, Not Shakers!, Inc.

Ridge Chorale Inc.

Joy & Snook

National Grid

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

JP Morgan Chase

Neighborhood Housing Services of New

Ronin Business Solutions

Junior League of Brooklyn

York City, Inc.

Sahadi Fine Foods

Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc.

New Millennium Real Estate Corp.

Sara June

Kampessis & Shamoun, PLLC

New York Congregational Community Ser-

Schneps Communications

Karuna Acupuncture


Sciame Construction, LLC.

Kerry Quade

Nontraditional Employment for Women

Senior Care Services of New York LLC

Kings Highway Business Improvement Dis-

Northfield Bank

Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel

urbangreen furniture


OmniPush Inc.

Signs and Decal Corp

Virgo Fleet Supplies, Inc.

Lassen & Hennigs

Osborne Association, The

Simco Insurance Brokerage



Park Tower Group

Sohne Brothers Real Estate Development

Visual Blast Communications

Liberty Environmental, Inc.

People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union

Solar One

Yoswein New York, Inc.

Linda Tool

Pinto Novelty Company



Tech Grease Monkey Inc. The Madison Square Garden Company The Red Hook Winery The Rogosin Institute Thomson Strategies, LLC TKTS/TDF Today Media Custom Communications Toll Brothers, Inc. Townhouse 275 Trade Brooklyn / Townsquare Media Group TriNet

Now avoid a monthly maintenance fee with TD Business Convenience Checking Plus. Use your business checking and personal checking account balance toward the low minimum daily balance of $1,500. Plus you’ll enjoy: • 500 free transaction items • Deposit by 8pm; available next business day • Longest hours and open weekends Get more with a TD Bank Business relationship. Stop into one of our convenient locations near you or visit us online at

TD Bank, N.A. | 500 free transaction items is associated with TD Business Convenience Checking Plus. Each additional item is $0.50 each. | Combine business checking and personal checking account balances to meet the minimum daily balance requirement. | A “Business Day” is a non-federal holiday weekday. The end of a Business Day varies by Store, but it is no earlier than 8pm EST. | Deposits may not be available next business day. I Please refer to Business Deposit Account Agreement for complete details. Other terms and conditions may apply.

24 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015

Spend Less Time Finding The Perfect Candidate with the job posting that delivers it all on .com

Hire Better, Faster, & For Less » Reach qualified job seekers on our site— & across thousands of additional job sites on TheJobNetworkTM » Find passive job seekers instantly in our resume database » Save time with Real-Time Job Matching™ & applicant ranking

Call a consultant today and have your position posted on the Rapid Recruit Network (718) 260-2555 A Member of

Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 25

Member to Member Discounts Accounting/Tax Services

Event Management

C.A. MCCRAE CPA LLC Carol McCrae (718) 399-9800 Receive 10% off Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Tax Preparation Services

SSE Events Group Johnny Madera (212) 461-0601 Exclusive 15% Chamber Member Discount

Taxpros & Realty Group Maurice Edwards (212) 829-9359 10% Off Accounting/Tax Services

Athletic/Fitness Clubs Brooklyn Sports Club Matthew Cofrancesco (718) 642-2720 BROOKLYN SPORTS CLUB: Save 50% on Set Up fees when you join. Offer applies to both yearly and month-to-month memberships, no contract required, cancel anytime.

Automobile Supplies/ Services Parkway Auto Collision Brian Nacht (718) 972-7700 Introductory 10% discount for fellow members!

Car/Limousine Services Tripda, Inc. Jennifer Lee (732) 570-9221 Receive $20 credit by carpooling on Tripda. com with promo code: BCC20

Education/Training Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn Albert Corhan (718) 238-3308 10% Tuition Discount to all Chamber Members - No Application Fee

Exterminators/Pest Control Alternative Pest Control, Inc. Ernie Schicci (718) 444-1784 10% Off Colony Pest Management Joseph Sheehan (718) 856-1400 10% Off

Food Products (Manufacturers/Distributors) Hena Coffee Scott Tauber (718) 272-8237 20% off our wholesale coffees, both whole bean and ground

Health/Wellness/Beauty Brooklyn Integrative Health Care Donald Huml (718) 748-6644 One comprehensive Wellness Evaluation for $89 (Reg. $189)

Information Technology/ Internet Ho’ike Technologies Frank Bradshaw (646) 234-0864 15% off cybersecurity services for Brooklyn Chamber Members

Janitorial/Maintenance Services Prospect Cleaning Service Inc.

Ingrid Murray (718) 282-6348 10% off all cleaning service

Evan Franca (718) 622-2849 10% off for Chamber Members

GreenAir Cleaning Systems, Incorporated Ryan Lee (646) 284-1218 25% Off First Month of Office Cleaning Services

We Olive & Wine Bar - Brooklyn Angelo Incorvaia (917) 560-6472 Member VIP Discounts. Happy Hour Pricing all day every day; 20% off all retail purchases; Exclusive reservations privileges (parties of 4 or more)

Moving/Storage Green City Movers Inc. Ikaev Cosby (212) 470-2729 Free Unlimited Moving Supplies for Moves $500 and Up!

Office Supplies/Equipment Carr Business Systems Dan Schwartz (631) 501-6810 10% off purchase or lease of printers, copiers or multi-function products

Office Supplies/Equipment/ Services Ronin Business Solutions Steve Summers (646) 472-5123 6% OFF Xerox / Lexmark Copiers, Printers, Multifunction Products

Publishing/Publications CNG Clifford Luster (718) 260-2500 10% off advertising for Business Basics Level Members, 15% off Champion Level and up Corner Media Liena Zagare (917) 496-5888 15% off advertising for Members

Restaurants/Caterers Brooklyn Crepe & Juice

Brooklyn Style Catering Paul DiSpirito (917) 723-8742 15% off any catering job

Sports Establishment Court 16 Anthony Evrard (917) 310-8475 10% off annual premier membership Television/Cable/Radio Da Nu Media, Inc. Anna Pekerman (718) 339-0003 Advertise your business to the Russian community on DaNu Radio - 30% off rate card prices for Chamber Members

Travel/Tourism Cititrek Tour & Guide Services Claudia Toback (855) TOUR-NYC 20% off 2 hour scheduled walking tours Cruises, Inc. Henry Tisor (800) 773-0669 10% off your first trip

Wines & Spirits (Retail) Brooklyn Winery Dan Ingala (347) 763-1506 10% off your Purchase of 12 Bottles or more for Events

Don’t sweat over heating costs. A high-efficiency natural gas heating unit is a costeffective and smart choice. It uses less energy and produces the same amount of heat as standard equipment, saving up to 30% on your heating costs. Act now and you may qualify for these mail-in rebates from National Grid: s s

up to $15,000 for high-efficiency heating equipment up to $10,000 for roof, attic, wall and pipe equipment

In addition to natural gas heating equipment, save even more on your energy bill with incentives for: s s s

Commercial kitchen equipment Natural gas hot water equipment Steam traps and more...

Incentives are available for custom projects as well. Visit or call 1-800-787-1706 to learn about National Grid commercial energy efficiency programs.

Visit us online at and connect with us on 26 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015


Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: (718) 210-2332 Source: retirement-planning-information/what-todo-with-your-401k-plan-when-you-changejobs.asp Please be advised that this document is not intended as legal or tax advice. Accordingly, any tax information provided in this document is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. The tax information was written to support the promotion or the marketing of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed and you should seek advice based on your particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. AXA Advisors, LLC and AXA Network, LLC do not provide tax advice or legal advice. This article is provided by Kenneth Marable. Kenneth Marable offers securities through AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC), 32 COURT STREET 10TH FLOOR BROOKLYN, NY 11201 and offers investment advisory products and services through AXA Advisors, LLC, an investment advisor registered with the SEC, and offers annuity and insurance products through an insurance brokerage affiliate, AXA Network of Connecticut, Maine and New York, LLC and its affiliates. GE-99351 (12/14)(Exp.12/16)

Continued from Page 8

extensive as you want. The benefit is that you maintain your assets’ tax deferral and benefit from the convenience of having your assets in one place. Option 4) Put the money into a traditional IRA Rollover. By having your former employer’s retirement plan pay the IRA custodian directly, you avoid the 20 percent withholding or any penalties. There are numerous benefits to your own IRA Rollover: • A potentially wider choice of investment opportunities—you can select the stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other investments that are right for you. • The ability to withdraw without penalty for some purposes. Withdrawals can be made without penalty by taking a series of substantially equal periodic payments for at least five years or until after you reach age 59 and a half. Withdrawals are subject to normal income tax treatment and may be subject to an additional 10 percent federal income tax penalty. Thus, if you are planning to retire before you reach age 59 and a half, this method can enable you to dip into your IRA Rollover without penalty. Please note, there may be other eligible retirement plans which can accept funds. Kenneth J. Marable AXA Advisors, LLC 32 Court Street 10th Floor


linary, industrial, and so many other unique tours around Brooklyn, there is surely something for everyone. As if this wasn’t enough, we have even more visitor information than ever before! Click the “Visitor Info” tab to unleash a whole new way to see the borough. With maps and guides that you can view online, via mobile device, or even download and print, there is no way you’re getting lost or bored! Some new resources that we are excited for you to utilize are the 2015 Visitor Guide, interactive trail maps and Airbnb Local List. Can’t decide how you’re going to get from place to place? The “Getting Around Brooklyn” tab has got you covered. See every option and their fares (where applicable) including subway, bus, New York Water Taxi, East River Ferry, Citibike, Uber, Lyft, Car2Go, car service, parking, and more. ExploreBK V2 is not only the newest, coolest, easiest way to be in the know on all things Brooklyn, it’s a community and social atmosphere that we hope you love and enjoy as much as we do. Trust us, we’re good at Brooklyn.

Continued from Page 16

memorable things to do. Found a neighborhood you love and want to stay there? Book your hotel right through ExploreBK. com with our NEW FEATURE, an amazing booking engine with over 90 Brooklyn properties, powered by Choose from high-end hotel chains, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and more. Or of course, you could go with our other newly added option, Airbnb! Rent a room or home through the Airbnb widget to live like a local for the duration of your stay. Are you a Brooklyn resident? If so, get out of your neighborhood and begin to explore! We bet you haven’t seen or tasted half of what this incredible borough has to offer. Look up a neighborhood you never thought of visiting, or at least haven’t been to in several years. Guaranteed, you will enjoy at least one of the unique restaurants, shops, or activities in that area. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy a guided tour with suggestions from our new “Tours” page. Loaded with tour companies offering food and beverage, walking, bicycle, bus, shopping, history, cu-

Active Transport Messenger service, inc.

Save time and money with your most important deliveries

Call (718) 965-1300 or (212) 966-0188 • • • • • • •

Printed Materials/Documents Medical Records & Specimens Artwork and Frames Items for Special events Bids & Contracts Architectural Blueprints Designer Items and more

Member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Since 1989

SAVE 10-30%

Scheduled, rush and same day deliveries!! Fully Insured Headquarters in Brooklyn


Brooklyn Healthy Every person. Every moment. Every day.

Building a better healthcare system for Brooklyn. Keeping Brooklyn healthy is our mission. That’s why The Brooklyn Hospital Center

will experience better access to high quality inpatient care with improved facilities, new

legislators to design a dynamic new system that will transform healthcare for more than a million residents of northern and

Keeping Brooklyn healthier.

has teamed up with community health care providers, physicians, civic leaders and

central Brooklyn.

More access to care. Fewer hospitalizations.

We are working to strengthen existing physician networks and nurture new ones to improve access to healthcare.

Our outpatient services will be expanded, reducing the use of emergency departments while providing better care to our patients and their families. And, Brooklyn residents

equipment and technology upgrades.

To help patients further improve their health and avoid the need for treatment, we’ll also broaden our education, outreach and prevention programs.

Stay tuned for more exciting details as we move toward realizing our vision of creating a higher quality, more efficient healthcare system for everyone in our Brooklyn community. For more information, visit: update

Find a Physician by name or specialty CALL 877.TBHC.DOC

Ashland and DeKalb •

Brooklyn’s Progress • VISIT 27

When you’re ready to demand more from your security service! SM

In Brooklyn Call:







UÊ, ÊEÊ1 , Ê- 1,/9Ê" ,UÊ/, Ê 9Ê/ Ê 9Ê*,6/ Ê*" Ê  9® UÊ 1  ]Ê " ÊEÊ  ","" Ê*/,"UÊ/ *",,9É  , 9É-* Ê 6 /-Ê- 1,/9 UÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ®ÊÊ, Ê "1, ,Ê- ,6 É  Ê *"-/UÊ*,/ /ÊEÊ" Ê 1  -É "",ÊEÊ" 9Ê- ,6 UÊ"/ -É-É-/", -É  -É,/Ê , -É1- 1-É, UÊ"-*/-É   -É- ""-É, "1-Ê / -É,"1*Ê" UÊ " -/,1 /" Ê-/ -É 9Ê ,/ Ê, Ê1, UÊ/ "1- -É*, Ê"/-É, -É /Ê7/  UÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ ® INVESTIGATION SERVICES UÊ/"*Ê- 1,/9Ê/Ê1 /  Ê,/ S SM






Mark J. Lerner, PhD President & CEO

Steven F. Goldman, Exec. VP


Licensed Private Investigator




Certified Protection ® Professional



Selwyn Falk, CPP Vice Pres.

Because the times demand it ®


© 2015 ® 28 Brooklyn’s Progress

• September 2015


Brooklyn Progress | September 2015  

News for Brooklyn Businesses

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you