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ew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio served as keynote speaker at the Brooklyn Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show, which took place on October 5. The mayor spoke about economic development, education and public safety in Brooklyn and throughout New York. “If you’re a Brooklynite you are a striver, if you’re a Brooklynite you work hard, if you’re a Brooklynite you are used to obstacles and you are not held back by them,” he said. De Blasio also announced that crime in Brooklyn is down 8.75 percent, and that 14 million tourists will visit the borough in the next year. “People are flocking to the navy yard, to the army terminal, to so many other Brooklyn locations,” he said. The mayor was introduced by Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura, who praised his progressive focus. “Mayor de Blasio has always been a progressive leader for Brooklyn and all of New York City – he has never strayed from his core beliefs,” Scissura said. “By doing so – and our economic assessment proves

this – crime has never been lower, jobs are up and the five boroughs are thriving.”

The Annual Meeting also featured remarks by Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu,

who emphasized the Chamber’s history ahead of its upcoming 100th anniversary in 2018.

She noted that the Chamber will always keep its history in mind as it moves forward, and that “those who inherit the Chamber and Brooklyn a hundred years from now will be able to continue to chart their own destiny and provide for a better Brooklyn for everyone.” The Annual Meeting and Trade Show took place at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island. Featuring tables staffed by Chamber members, the Trade Show offered members the chance to show their businesses to a large community of people. The dinner afterward provided networking opportunities to members and a variety of businesses. Numerous elected officials attended, including Congressmen Dan Donovan and Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud, Assembly Members Peter Abbate, Jr., Pamela Harris, Jo Anne Simon, Helene E. Weinstein and Das Williams, and Council Member Mark Treyger. Also present were Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi.

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EYOND at Liberty View is the setting for a unique shopping venue that will include Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy BABY, Cost Plus World Market and Face Values all under one roof. With approximately 120,000 square feet, this location will provide an unparalleled shopping experience from the Bed Bath & Beyond family of brands, bringing together physical and digital capabilities to create a

more experiential shopping environment. Each store opening in the space will offer a superior experience unlike any of its kind. Customers can expect to find a more inspirational and personal shopping experience with expanded offerings, which include a more differentiated product mix and enhanced services and solutions across multiple categories within the home, baby, health and

beauty space. Sunset Park is a thriving community within Brooklyn, and offers an ideal location for the first BEYOND shopping experience. Bed Bath & Beyond will be able to offer its new customers the broad assortment of products and outstanding customer service that is common to all of its brands. The company aspires to do more for and with its customers in the Sunset Park com-


munity, and become their destination as the expert for turning a house into a home, including the accompanying life stages and life

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Silly Phillie Is Serious About Baby Gifts! ®


illy Phillie® Creations has been making unique baby gifts for over 30 years. In fact, many of its products are considered classics within the industry, as popular today as when they were first introduced. The Original Baby Hoagie, Special Delivery Pizza, Welcome Wagons, and Rocking Horse Gifts Sets are prime examples of the company’s most iconic baby gifts. The Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park has been home to Silly Phillie for the past 26 years. The company operates a full-scale manufacturing facility to complement its “made-to-order” business model. That includes fabric-cutting, garment-sewing, embroidery, gift assembly and fulfillment. Silly Phillie® baby gifts are certified Brooklyn-Made by the Brooklyn Chamber. Silly Phillie® gets its catchy name and creative energies from majority owner and product designer Phyllis Gordon S’Dao. Phyllis has been the face and driving force behind the business from the beginning. As a result, it is not surprising that most people in her industry know her simply as Silly Phillie®. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Phyllis is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. After several early jobs in the garment center, she became an entrepreneur when she and her marketing executive husband, Richard S’Dao, launched Silly Phillie® Creations. From the start, Phyllis’ creative vision was to bring a distinctive style and whimsical approach to children’s items. The company hit its stride toward the latter part of its first year when Phyllis created an infant bath towel with a clever never-before-seen design feature. Orders began flowing in from both boutiques and large department stores, and the company grew quickly. Silly Phillie® evolved over the years into a full-scale baby gift manufacturer. No company survives as long as Silly Phillie® has without the ability to overcome challenges. The most significant ones faced by Silly Phillie were the downfall of smaller boutiques in favor of bigger department and chain stores, outsourcing of production overseas, which hurt small domestic manufacturers in particular and the explosive growth of the Internet and e-commerce shopping. Phyllis attributes the ongoing success of her business primarily to two factors. First, Silly Phillie® has never veered away from its roots of making better-quality merchandise in the USA. That decision, while perhaps limiting growth potential,

effectively helped secure a unique niche for Silly Phillie® that it remains in today. Second, she adds modestly, is the company’s ability to consistently introduce new and exciting gifts that resonate with its target audience. Silly Phillie® baby gifts and layette accessories are sold in retail stores such as boutiques, hospital gift shops and florists. In addition, company products can be purchased directly via www.sillyphillie. com, Etsy and Amazon. And finally, Silly Phillie® drop-ships for scores of other ecommerce retailers, including some very large ones. Brooklyn Chamber members may purchase gifts on at a 20 percent discount using the promo code BCC100. You can contact Phyllis by phone at 718-492-6300, or by email with any inquiries.

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Brooklyn Chamber Hosts 5th Annual Not-For-Profit Summit

n September 29, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce held its fifth annual Not-For-Profit Summit — an event aimed at advancing Brooklyn nonprofits, as well addressing the needs and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations. The half-day conference featured an informative panel discussion, networking and resource tables. The keynote speaker was David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service Society. “We’re blessed to have such a vibrant, innovative nonprofit sector here in Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “Thanks to the Summit, we can continue our discussion of new ways for nonprofits to drive economic development.” “The Not-For-Profit Summit is a great opportunity for information-sharing between organizations that do vital work,” said Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “By hosting this event each year, we’re able to bring nonprof-

its together from all sectors in Brooklyn to collaborate and discuss the profession’s challenges and rewards. It is an integral industry

sector, major employer and economic engine for the City of New York.” The Not-For-Profit Summit was spon-

sored exclusively by Investors Bank and hosted by St. Francis College’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Investors Bank President and CEO Kevin Cummings said, “We are grateful to the Brooklyn Chamber for giving us the opportunity to support and participate in their Not-For-Profit Summit. When our Bank and its employees join with the Chamber, neighborhood nonprofits and 100s of active Brooklynites, we can successfully respond to the needs of the many communities in the borough.” Brendan J. Dugan, President of St. Francis College said, “At St. Francis College we pride ourselves on being a part of a cohesive Brooklyn community. We know that it’s our duty to not just educate our students but to support the many businesses, big and small, private and non-profit, that operate in our borough. In particular, it’s a pleasure to work with the Brooklyn Chamber and Investors Bank to get vital information to help the vast diversity of nonprofit groups reach their social goals.”


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Brooklyn-Based Artists to Exhibit Their Work at the Brooklyn Museum’s Fourth Annual American Fine Craft Show They will join 83 other artisans and artists in the landmark Beaux-Arts Court SLATE HILL, NY—September 19, 2016—Six artisans and an artist from Park Slope, Fort Greene, Ditmas Park, Gowanus, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bay Ridge and Bushwick will exhibit their jewelry, furniture, fine art and pottery along with 83 others at the fourth American Fine Craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum from November 19 to 20. Timed for holiday shopping—Christmas and Hanukkah overlap this year—yet with time to spare, visitors may also enjoy both current and long-term exhibitions at the museum. The show is produced and curated by An American Craftsman Galleries, which has supported over 500 American crafts artists in New York City since 1982. Among the five exhibitors new to the show are Sonja Fries Jewelry Design, Bedford-Stuyvesant; jeweler Alex Hossick, Bay Ridge; Stefan Rurak Studio, furniture, Bushwick; Ari Gradus, fine artist, Park Slope and

CJ and Adam Segal-Isaacson, The Hungry Cat Café Jewelry, Ditmas Park. Visitors will look forward to again seeing the work of jeweler Christine Mackellar, Gowanus, as well as Ming Yuen-Schat’s pottery, which he calls Ming’s Monsters. Yuen-Schat’s studio is in Fort Greene. About her rings, cuffs, bracelets and necklaces, Fries said: “Jewelry is architecture for the human body, on a small scale. Mine harkens back to my upbringing in rural Germany, combining elements of angular German geometry and European minimalism with soft, feminine features.” Hossick’s jewelry embodies organic forms and intricate textures evident in all living organisms. Rurak describes his studio’s furniture as “defying conventional boundaries while merging modern conceptual design with time-honored craftsmanship built to span generations.”

Passage by Ari Gradus will be among the works featured at the American Fine Craft Show this year.

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Gradus’s paintings depict American and European scenes at the turn of the century in a colorful style. One is prominently displayed in Jerusalem City Hall, where it is in the permanent collection. Another is in the permanent collection of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. CJ Segal-Isaacson said “Our jewelry is all about our customers. We enjoy customizing our designs to suit and enhance each, to alter colors, stones and length.” Concurrent special exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum include “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty;” “Beverly Buchanan—Ruins and Rituals;” “Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller” and a ticketed exhibition, “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present.” Each is $16 at the admissions desk. For more information about the American Fine Craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum, visit

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Why Your Business Should Care About Reducing Waste B

usinesses across Brooklyn and New York City are working on reducing waste and diverting more from landfills and incineration. Some, like the Barclays Center and the Momofuku Milk Bar, were spurred to do so by the Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge. Others, like Etsy and Lighthouse Restaurant, are following through with company commitments to get to Zero Waste or other sustainability commitments. Lighthouse, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is using cloth napkins and reducing the use of single-use products such as straws and stirrers. It is also working with the Cork Collective to recycle corks and The Billion Oyster Project to donate empty oyster shells to repopulate oyster beds in New York Harbor. You may think that reducing waste is not a priority for your business. Why should you care? New York City has a few new waste laws that certain businesses are already required to comply with, including the commercial recycling rules and the Commercial Organics Law. Do these laws impact you? Chances are, they do. The new commercial recycling rules require all businesses to recycle metal, glass, plastic, cartons, cardboard and paper. The Commercial Organics law requires certain businesses (including food service establishments in hotels with over 150 rooms, food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacities of 15,000 or more, food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet and food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet) to separate organic materials for composting or other beneficial use. Both the recycling rules and the organics law become enforceable in Summer 2017 after a one-year warning period, which means that soon, the Department of Sanitation will be able to start imposing hefty fines on violators. There’s also Local Law 63 of 2016, known as the Carryout Bag Law, which requires retail stores to charge at least a 5-cent fee for plastic, paper and cloth carryout bags starting on February 15, 2017. Most retailers and wholesale stores will be required to start charging a 5-cent fee for carryout bags. Customers can

bring and use their own reusable bags for free. Complying with these laws will help you avoid fines and gain peace of mind. However, compliance with waste laws is not the only reason why businesses are reducing and diverting waste. Cost savings opportunities abound. Opportunities include everything from switching to reusables (durable goods) instead of single-use goods, to saving money on hauling fees due to less waste volume. These waste-reducing changes start to add up and can mean significant cost savings year after year. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, most businesses can save a

substantial amount of money by reducing waste and reusing more. Customers care. More and more customers, especially younger ones, expect companies to recycle, compost and reduce their waste in other ways. According to a report last year by Sustainable Brands, 81 percent of consumers say they will make personal sacrifices to address social and environmental issues. If consumers have to choose between a business that is actively reducing waste and/ or has made a commitment to get to Zero Waste, versus a business that isn’t engaging in these activities, it is likelier that they will pick the former. Zero Waste is a growing trend and it is becoming a competitive

disadvantage not to recycle, compost and reduce waste. You can help our local environment. Reducing waste means fewer truck trips and less waste rotting in landfills, which improves air quality, leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions (if organics are separated for composting or other beneficial use), and saves precious natural resources. Good Public Relations. Once you start reducing and diverting waste and making more sustainable choices, you can share that with customers and reap the benefits of that good PR. This story was written by Sarah CurrieHalpern, Founder and Partner at Think Zero.

Bringing Local Eats To Flavorful Fruition


he year was 1989, and in the heart of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a delicious and enduring family tradition was born. It began with the inviting smell of fresh basil and tomato sauce that greeted customers when they stepped inside the restaurant. Despite what some may say, there are no shortcuts to success. The secrets to producing perfect pizza and authentic recipes are centuries old, and passed on with care from one generation to the next. Only experienced chefs

and pizzaolos, carefully trained hand and eye, can bring these secrets to flavorful fruition. At Pete’s, the art of making delicious authentic food and mouth-watering platters remains unchanged after more than 27 years. We still insist on the highest quality ingredients in all of our food. We also personally inspect every shipment for purity, consistency and even color. The best food should not only taste good, but look good as well. We still pay exacting attention to detail at every step. We

still cook and taste our food in our kitchen before we allow it to travel to yours. Our family name is on the line with every bite. And it should be. Look at it this way: When you compete against the mystique of franchises and the clout of food producers, you have to be the best. Pete’s Brooklyn Eats is located in the Brooklyn Army Terminal at 140 58th Street. To contact Pete’s Brooklyn Eats, call 718-680-5858.

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his story is about a new innovation in food safety. The product is called the Caremometer. It’s a pocket thermometer case that opens for easy cleaning and sanitizing. Even if you don’t own one, your favorite restaurants and chefs are required to use it in their kitchens. Anna Knishevitskiy is the sole inventor of the Caremometer. She invented the only thermometer case on the market that opens up for easy inspecting, cleaning and sanitizing. She focused on the opening idea after working as a Food Service Manager for the New York Board of Education and Beth Israel Hospital for more than 15 years. Every day, she watched her cooks potentially contaminate their pocket thermometers by forgetting to sanitize the probe before putting it into the case. The idea became a passion for her because not sanitizing the probe can jeopardize the health of children and medical patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of people in the United States become ill from food-borne bacteria each year. Of these, up to 5,000 people die. The improvements the Careometer makes aren’t just cosmetic; they can potentially protect people’s health. After patenting her invention and trademarking the name Caremometer, Knishevitskiy reached out to the thermometer industry, but had little luck. So, she decided to go it alone and become an entrepreneur. Her first task was finding a factory to manufacture the Caremometer’s mold in order to mass-produce it for sale. She worked with translators and settled on a factory for production and design of the packaging. Designing the Caremometer was a process with many adaptations along the way. The next obstacle was marketing. Knishevitskiy enlisted her son and his college contacts to help build a website, make promotional videos, brochures and business cards, and create social media accounts. She also got a tax ID number and registered the business as a sole-proprietorship. She rented a booth at Taste Talks, a lo-

cal food show, just to get the word out. She worked the booth with her family and received positive feedback, including a writeup in the New York Amsterdam News. Next, Knishevitskiy attended a Connecticut food show to meet and greet chefs and introduce her product. She met Chefs Erik Erlichson and Terry French. French tweeted “Simply genius, hands down best kitchen equipment design I’ve seen in years.” The show gave her the idea of mailing product samples to celebrity chefs who might be able to endorse her idea or put her in contact with distributors. She received postcards from chefs Guy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis, who were amazed by her “brilliant innovation” and wished her luck. Caremometer is the world’s first pocket thermometer case that can be opened for convenient, thorough cleansing and sanitizing. It can be manually cleaned or placed in a dishwasher. Other pocket thermometer cases on the market consist of a hollow tube with a hole in one or both ends. They are very difficult to sanitize by hand, and a dishwasher may not even get their internal surfaces wet. She claims her brand is better than the competition, since this design flaw requires soaking to sanitize the case. Her case opens like a clamshell, so can the inside of the tube where the thermometer probe is inserted can be cleaned. At present, the Caremometer can be purchased at or on Ebay, Amazon and Walmart.


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NYC DOT Commissioner Featured at Newsmakers Event


n September 15, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as keynote speaker at the latest edition of its Newsmakers series. Commissioner Trottenberg covered a wide range of transportation topics in her speech, and took questions from the audience afterward. She discussed the closure of the L train line to repair damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, and the upcoming BQX streetcar, among other subjects. Trottenberg also discussed DOT’s efforts to expand the use of bikes in the city, stating that she considered Brooklyn to be the epicenter of bike use in the five boroughs. DOT will create 75 miles of new bike lanes in New York City this year. “As Transportation Commissioner and Brooklyn resident, I was happy to discuss Brooklyn’s transportation challenges with the civic leaders of the Chamber,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “From investing in the expansion of Select Bus Service on Utica Avenue or the arrival of Citi Bike in Red Hook, to the exciting plans for the BQX streetcar or the planned closure of the L train, we have no shortage of tremendous transportation opportunities that will require creative new solutions. A frank Newsmakers exchange with the innovative leaders of Brooklyn will no doubt inform DOT as we continue to serve Brooklyn.” “I’m very happy to welcome Commissioner Trottenberg as our latest Newsmakers speaker,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “Initiatives she’s spearheaded, like Vision Zero and the Citywide Ferry Service, will continue to solidify New York’s position as a global leader in transportation.” “I’m thrilled that Commissioner Trottenberg headlined Newsmakers,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “Her demonstrated commitment to pedestrian safety and innovative transportation will help New Yorkers get where they need to go long after her tenure. Transportation is one of the largest issues facing our members and the Brooklyn community as a whole, and I think it’s great that the Chamber is providing

Brooklynites with access to the commissioner and transportation advocates.” Newsmakers is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and is held in conjunction with NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Investors Bank Senior Vice President and New York Regional Market Manager Ana Oliveira said, “We are very enthusiastic about the positive response generated by the Brooklyn Newsmakers meetings. By forming a productive alliance with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, we have created a forum where the business community receives direct briefings about key issues from senior-level government leaders. Everyone is looking forward to meeting and hearing from Commissioner Polly Trottenberg of the NYC Department of Transportation since the residents and companies in Brooklyn depend on the city’s transportation system.” “All transportation systems, such as safer networks of roads and waterways, driverless vehicles, resilient plans to support cities and rural communities in times of disaster, could do with a huge dose of innovation and modernizing technology, and the New York City’s Department of Transportation plays a key role in this important sector,” said NYU Tandon Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We are pleased to welcome Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who is no stranger to us, to our campus to continue the conversation between government and academia to discuss how we may collectively put our technological knowhow to serve our communities.” “Downtown Brooklyn has been the direct beneficiary of the DOT’s renewed effort to make our streets the safest in the world.” Said Laurel Brown, executive vice president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Commissioner Trottenberg to our neighborhood and directly share our appreciation for all her and her team’s efforts.” Previous Newsmakers events have featured New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Public Advocate Letitia James, among others.

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Tying Brooklyn Together, One Tie at a Time


rooklyn United Ties is a refreshingly eccentric luxury tie brand dedicated to preserving and representing the cultural density and diversity of Brooklyn. The creative powerhouse behind instilling Brooklyn pride into men’s accessories is founder and self made designer Aki Ashe. Drawing inspiration from neighborhoods rich in history and style, Mr. Ashe has successfully made it possible for consumers to be able to express their appreciation of a unique borough through fashionable neckties and pocket squares. The original content reflected in each and every tie is thoughtfully designed by Mr. Ashe himself and is produced locally in his adopted home of Brooklyn. Mr. Ashe initially began designing ties in the comfort of his own living room for personal wear and quickly gained exposure for his edgy creations. Well-deserved, formal recognition came when Mr. Ashe attended the Brooklyn Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show on October 5, 2016 at the suggestion of Carlo A. Scissura, the Chamber’s President and CEO. Mayor Bill de Blasio, the night’s keynote

speaker, was a huge influence on one of Mr. Ashe’s favorite ties. “The Park Slope tie is inspired by Mayor Bill de Blasio, because he is from Park Slope,” Ashe said. “I chose the fabric that was blue like the NYPD, which stands for honesty, and the white birds stand for peace. The yellow and red birds represent conflict. I picked those two, because you have to have a little conflict to have peace sometimes.” Ashe is a remarkable representation of a noble entrepreneur. Perhaps the most heartwarming aspect of Brooklyn United Ties is Mr. Ashe’s intent to donate his luxury ties to the Brooklyn Public Library so that students can borrow and use them, just as one would a library book. Students who cannot afford luxury items will be able to accessorize with class, style and confidence when attending formal events or going on job interviews. Who exactly are these stylish and symbolic ties geared toward and what message does

Brooklyn United Ties spread? According to Mr. Ashe, “it’s for anyone who wants to get a feel of Brooklyn. Brooklyn has a classy edge to it, it doesn’t just have t-shirts and jeans and hoodies. No, we have ties and different sophisticated looks as well.” His desire to show through his colorful designs that there is “more to Brooklyn than just streetwear” is

not only a fashion statement but raises community awareness as well. Mr. Ashe’s plan to give back to his community with the help of his company’s rising success is tying Brooklyn together — one tie at a time. This story was written by Jiwon Kim, Marketing Manager at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and freelance writer.

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Coffee and Tea Shops In Brooklyn Brooklyn has always been a coffee town. In the 1880s, long before artisanal java shops lined the streets of Williamsburg, two brothers named John and Charlie Arbuckle established one of the first coffee-roasting businesses in America right here in Dumbo. But Brooklyn isn’t just a coffee town. You’ll be glad to hear there’s a serious tea trend brewing in Brooklyn too. Americans drink 20% more tea than they did ten years ago. As a result, we’ve seen a new generation of international tea chains pop up across the borough as well.

Brooklyn Roasting Company (Dumbo, Brooklyn Navy Yard) Though it opened in 2011, this eco-friendly Fair Trade roastery and coffee shop is built in one of the old Arbuckle buildings on the Dumbo waterfront. The company roasts its beans on-site, and the formerly industrial space is kitted out in almost entirely reclaimed material. Come here after a jaunt through nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park, or head to the outpost near the Navy Yard in Fort Greene.

British transplant has expanded its original line of tea blends to include over 50 varieties of pure teas, an assortment of herbal selections, and a growing number of handcrafted in-house blends.

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Gorilla Coffee

(Park Slope) Going strong since 2002, this Park Slope café is known both for its ubiquitous red-andblack gorilla logo and its expertly roasted Fair Trade beans. This is a spot for coffee purists, home to one of the borough’s best-prepped espressos and a rotating selection of pour-over and French press offerings. A second location recently opened near the Barclays Center— perfect for a pre–Nets game caffeine fix.

Café Grumpy

(Greenpoint, Park Slope) Non–New Yorkers may be familiar with this spot for the prominent role it played on HBO’s Girls. Its flagship location opened in Greenpoint nine years ago, shortly before the hipster waves emanating from nearby Williamsburg hit the onetime industrial ’hood.

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The historic Kings Theatre provides a destination for large-scale popular entertainment and serves as a resource for local arts groups and community organizations, the City-owned Theatre has become a cultural and economic cornerstone of the Flatbush community and a major fixture to Brooklyn’s vibrant cultural landscape. The theatre features high curved ceilings, ornate laster walls, wood paneling, and a glazed terra-cotta ornamental façade. The Kings is perfect for film premieres, screenings, corporate events, cocktail receptions, business meetings, film/television shoots and magazine shoots.

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The carved-wood frowny face outside leads you to an inviting, decidedly un-grumpy interior, where you can kick back with a pastry and a coffee roasted on the premises.

Toby’s Estate (Williamsburg) Toby Smith, the owner of this popular Williamsburg café, has worked on coffee plantations himself—so you can bet he knows his business. Housed inside a former meatpacking plant, the tastefully appointed shop is a

hop and a skip from the Bedford Avenue L stop. In addition to coffee sourced sustainably from all over the world, you can get baked goods made locally, and even take a class on brewing yourself if you’re so inclined.

Bellocq Tea Atelier

(Greenpoint) Bellocq Tea Atelier caused quite a stir when it relocated from London to Greenpoint in 2011. Their jewel box–like boutique is a must-visit for any tea connoisseur. The

(Brooklyn Heights) Two for The Pot has been catering to Brooklyn’s Anglophile population for nearly four decades. Renowned for its imported and custom-blended brews, the cozy shop also stocks a serious selection of British pantry staples. Running low on biscuits? Make sure to stock up on Digestives, Jammie Dodgers, and HobNobs.

Tugboat Tea Company

(Lefferts Gardens) This friendly Lefferts Gardens café is a great spot for a cuppa. The walls are adorned with paintings from local artists and they serve a selection of gourmet blends from PS Coffee Tea ‘N Spices and Oliver Pluff & Company. Feeling peckish? Treat yourself to a Dough Doughnut or a muffin from Blue Sky Bakery.

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“Being part of the Brooklyn Chamber has given us a tremendous opportunity to communicate our brand, network, and form business relationships, all of which is crucial for any business to succeed. By our attendance and participation in Brooklyn Chamber’s events, we have made a number of connections with businesses in need of our help and services.” -Debra Dixon, Light of Gold PR

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Meet the Team

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he Brooklyn Chamber’s operations team consists of four people: Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Russo, Vice President of Operations Ilan Stern, Director of Human Resources and Administration Sandra Purpura and Director of Foundation Support and Grants Management Emily Anderson. Russo works with all the Chamber’s departments in various administrative and program capacities, and is the Chamber’s liaison to its board of directors. He also works with major supporters, crafting sponsorship packages and overseeing fulfillment. Russo is the Chamber’s liaison to its Board of Directors. He works on corporate compliance, governance, trademarking and other issues. “I greatly enjoy interacting on a multitude of projects with our incredibly dedicated staff,” he said. “There’s tremendous energy, synergy and collegial support, and being in that mix is exciting to me. We’re both process and results-oriented, and it’s rewarding for me to bring complex, particularly long-term projects to fruition.” Russo also serves as the Chamber’s archivist; the Chamber will turn 100 in 2018, and he is charged with maintaining its history. Stern’s job covers a wide-ranging set of tasks, from website management, to coordinating large-scale events, to making sure that the office phones work. Underlying his day-to-day work is a love for helping businesses set goals and achieve them. He is the mastermind behind the Chamber’s annual legislative trips to Albany and Washington, D.C. For each trip, he produces Brooklyn Night, the Chamber’s party. The Albany night hosts roughly 500 guests, and the D.C. night hosts over 750. Other examples of events Stern has produced include the Chamber’s trade missions to Israel and South Korea, and the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows (summer in New York, winter in San Francisco). “I love working with the food manufacturers on events like the Fancy Food Shows,” Stern said. “Working with them gives me insight into the great things that are produced in our borough, and it’s tremendously satisfying to see how our hard work can lead to a direct impact on their businesses.” Stern is also responsible for data integrity within the Chamber’s internal membership system, meaning he makes sure that sponsorship money is properly tracked and addresses any IT issues that may spring up in the membership system or the business directory. He oversees all office IT, meaning phones, servers and computers. He has been with the Chamber since March 2006. During those 11 years, he has held a variety of jobs here. Later, he orchestrated the Chamber’s more recent transi-

Standing, Emily Anderson and Ilan Stern. Sitting, Sandra Purpura and Rick Russo.

tion to its new and improved website, He remains the site’s gatekeeper, a go-to person for any technical questions about it. He loves helping businesses set new milestones. “There is no greater feeling than helping business owners grow their companies and watching them succeed,” he said. Purpura works closely with the staff to ensure an atmosphere of camaraderie and teamwork. As head of human resources and administration, she ensures that the staff everything they need on to complete their tasks in a timely way, while at the same time offering a chance for each staffer’s thoughts to be voiced. The office’s backbone, she makes sure everyone gets paid and stays happy. “My favorite part of the job is interacting with the staff,”

she said. “The positive impact you can have on someone’s career is a very rewarding experience.” Anderson helps the Chamber win grants to fund a variety of services it offers. She is responsible for writing proposals for various public and private grant opportunities that support and expand the Chamber’s existing repertoire of direct services. “I love seeing new programs and initiatives have a positive impact on Brooklynites and their neighborhoods,” she said. She wrote the successful proposal for the Craft Beverage Grant from New York State, as well as proposals for grants from the New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society of New York and the US Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund.



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Brooklyn Chamber and Explore Brooklyn Host First-Ever Drink Local Week


rom October 20 to October 26, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn and Taste NY hosted the borough’s first-ever Drink Local Week, featuring exclusive deals at a variety of Brooklyn bars, restaurants, retailers and manufacturers. Deals included, but were not limited to, reduced prices and two-for-one deals on New York State-made craft beverages at participating locations. Some locations offered a different special on each day of Drink Local Week. The event aimed to spread awareness of the thriving New York State-made craft beverage scene, and in turn to promote economic development in the borough. Drink Local Week also aimed to introduce Brooklyn residents and visitors alike to new products. It was also sponsored by Time Out New York, Yelp and Edible Brooklyn. “Brooklyn’s first Drink Local Week was a great opportunity to promote the tremendous variety of the borough’s brewers,� said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “The fun-filled event showcased our small businesses and showed Brooklyn residents a good time.� “We make the world’s best brews right here in Brooklyn, and Drink Local Week was first major foray into making each of them known,� said Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “We want everyone to know the inestimable value of the phrase ‘Brooklyn-Made.’� “Governor Cuomo recognizes craft beverages are big busi-

ness for New York State and has worked hard to cut a lot of red tape, to help grow and promote the industry,� said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Brooklyn’s first Drink Local Week was a great opportunity for residents and visitors to discover new New York beverages and support local businesses, while enjoying some of the world-class products made right here in the Empire State.� New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “We are always looking for innovative new ways to promote the State’s craft beverage industry and are proud to support Brooklyn’s Drink Local

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Renewed Members Advertising and Media Brooklyn Daily Eagle Highbrid Media Seaside Summer Concert Series The Brooklyn Press

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Lyft, Inc.

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MS Network Solutions, Inc.

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The Regina Opera Company

CHP International


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Member-to-Member Discounts Athletic/Fitness Clubs Brooklyn Sports Club, 718-642-2720 Matthew Cofrancesco 50% off Set Up fees

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