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Neither Snow, Nor Rain…Brooklyn Chamber Delivers in Albany


he Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce brought its largest-ever delegation to Albany from March 13 to the morning of March 15, 2017, with over 90 businesses represented. The annual trip gives members a chance to meet with a wide range of Brooklyn elected officials and voice both their concerns and the issues brought up in the Chamber’s 2017 State Legislative Agenda.

The delegation reached Albany at about 11 a.m. on March 13. After checking into the Renaissance Albany Hotel, they headed to the hotel’s DeWitt Ballroom for a Lunch Reception. The keynote speaker for the lunch was State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Zimpher discussed a variety of issues that currently face higher education in New York State.

She placed special emphasis on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to make SUNY tuition-free for families, which she supports. After the lunch, the delegation attended legislative meetings with several statewide elected officials. This year’s statewide meetings were with a representative from the Office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Deputy Director

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of Legislative Affairs Jihoon Kim. A smaller group also met with State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan. The group later met with Assembly Member Joe Lentol. During the meeting, they were surprised by a visits from members of the Brooklyn delegation. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie sent a representative, Executive Counsel to the Continued on Page 13

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Chamber Kicks Off Centennial Fundraising

Top: Past and present Brooklyn Chamber Board Chairs. From left to right, Peter Meyer, Dan Holt, Phil Stenger, Denise Arbesu, Bob Catell and Craig Matthews. Bottom: Past and present Brooklyn Chamber Presidents. From left to right, Carlo A. Scissura, Andrew Hoan and Kenneth Adams.

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The Brooklyn Chamber hosted members and friends for the kick-off of fundraising for 2018 Centennial Programming. The event was held in the Billboard Lounge at the Barclays Center. The event sought to educate potential donors on the successes of the Chamber’s programs and services, as well as the programming the Chamber has planned for 2018. The Centennial Gala will be held at the New York Mariott Hotel on February 10, 2018. The Chamber also plans to have an exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society and a series of “Centennial Talks” about the past and future of the borough. Explore Brooklyn will also host a walk down Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn.

Black History Month The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce celebrated Black History Month at Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights on February 16. The celebration honored AfricanAmerican Brooklynites from government, business and the nonprofit sector. Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte was honored with the Government Award. Charles Archer, CEO of The THRIVE Network, was given the Nonprofit Award. Yvonne Riley-Tepie of TD Bank was given the Business Award. And Kenneth Mbonu of the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District was given an award from the Chamber’s Minority and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseCommittee, co-chaired by Renee McClure, National Grid; and Juliet Lewis, Con Edison. The Weeksville Heritage Center is Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution.

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Members of U.S. House of Representatives Talk Small Business, Big Legislation, and Huge Transition at Brooklyn Newsmakers Event U.S. Representatives Clarke, Maloney, Donovan, Jeffries, and Velazquez Were Featured Guests of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


mmigration, healthcare and tax reform were the hot topics of discussion among five members of Congress who spoke to a Brooklyn audience, on Feb. 6, 2017, at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Brooklyn Newsmakers series. Newsmakers is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and is held in conjunction with NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. The site host for Monday’s Newsmakers event was National Grid. The delegation - which included Rep. Nydia Velázquez (7th District), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (8th District), Rep. Yvette Clarke (9th District), Rep. Daniel Donovan (11th District), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (12th District) touched on a range of topics that affect business owners and the Brooklyn community, and discussed some of the iconic features and experiences that make them proud to represent their districts. Congresswoman Velázquez said, “As the Ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, I’m proud of how Brooklyn has become a hotbed of entrepreneurship. The Brooklyn Chamber has been vital to helping foster this growth, along the way spurring job growth in our local communities. Monday’s Newsmakers event was a tremendous opportunity to communicate with our local businesses and members of the Brooklyn Chamber and I was honored to participate and share my views on issues affecting New Yorkers.” Congressman Jeffries said, “Small business is the engine that keeps our city running. It’s responsible for the robust job growth we’ve enjoyed throughout New York City and our nation. As policymakers, we must provide a fertile economy that allows entrepreneurs and business owners to thrive and expand their businesses. Special thanks to the Brooklyn Chamber for its commitment to uplifting business owners throughout our borough.” Congresswoman Clarke said, “Brooklyn Newsmakers offers an exciting opportunity for me and my colleagues to discuss the major issues affecting Brooklyn families. We are now experiencing a time of enormous change, when many of the people we represent are reasonably concerned for their future. I want to thank the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its esteemed President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hoan, for convening this important gathering.” Congressman Donovan said, “I’d like to thank the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak at the Newsmakers event. Panels like this are a great opportunity to discuss important policy issues with my colleagues and the local Brooklyn communi-

ty. Each day, we are working together to find solutions to our nation’s greatest problems, and I look forward to highlighting different perspectives and exploring areas where we can collaborate.” Congresswoman Maloney said, “I am delighted to be part of the Brooklyn Newsmakers event and to celebrate the importance of small businesses to our country and our community. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce under the leadership of President and CEO Andrew Hoan does an outstanding job of promoting small businesses and ensuring that their concerns are heard. Small businesses are the backbone of the nation and the principal job creators, and I look forward to sharing ideas with local business owners.” The Brooklyn Newsmakers series began in March 2014 as a way to give members access to elected officials and community leaders who have a shared interest in advocacy for the borough, its people, and the business community. “This was truly one of our most exciting and informative Newsmakers events,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “There is a lot happening in Washington that affects us directly here in Brooklyn, so to be able to get insight from our own Congress members is truly valuable. We thank them for their participation, and once again give our many thanks to National Grid, NYU Tandon, Investors Bank,

and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, for their support of our Newsmakers series.” “Having the Brooklyn delegation as our featured guests was a real honor for members and the Brooklyn community,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “We appreciate their work on federal issues that affect the Brooklyn business community. Their first-hand knowledge of what to expect from the 2017 legislative session was very informative and insightful.” Investors Bank Sr. Vice President and New York City Regional Manager Ana Oliveira said, “We are honored to begin our third year as the exclusive sponsor of the Brooklyn Newsmakers forum. The event provides Chamber members and their guests with an opportunity to speak with top elected officials and government leaders about issues that influence businesses in Brooklyn. Our expectation is that many people will attend the Special Congressional Breakfast forum to hear the Brooklyn Delegation’s insights on the new administration and the 2017 legislative session.” “Brooklyn is an epicenter of higher education and NYU Tandon has helped support its rise as the borough of innovation,” said Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We are excited to once again partner with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and welcome these five members of the Brooklyn Congressional Delegation to

hear directly from our community which issues they view as most vital to our borough, city and state.” “It was a pleasure to meet with the Brooklyn delegation at this crucial time to discuss how Washington can support the extraordinary growth we’ve seen here in Brooklyn,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer. “From access to higher education and promoting employment opportunities in Downtown Brooklyn’s tech triangle to expanding the Brooklyn Cultural District, it is important that we continue working together to ensure the ongoing success of Downtown Brooklyn.” “As the local provider of safe and reliable energy, National Grid is committed to shaping the debate on key energy issues, which will support new local jobs as we create a clean energy future for our customers. We are pleased to host the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Brooklyn Newsmakers event to provide our local businesses an opportunity to hear from Congressional leaders on key topics,” said President of National Grid New York Ken Daly. Previous Newsmakers events have featured NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Public Advocate Letitia James, among others. Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com 5

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Talks State of the State at Chamber Event


mean an investment of $163 million in public education, known as the Excelsior Scholarship Campaign. Another novel plan would synchronize the lights on all of New York City’s bridges, creating a stunning display of color throughout the five boroughs. Her talk was preceded by brief remarks from Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu and Nicolas Allard, the dean of Brooklyn Law School, who once worked with Hochul in the office of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The event was attended by a variety of professionals and Brooklyn Chamber members from government, nonprofits and the private sector. It was organized by the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. It was Hochul’s second year delivering the State of the State presentation at a Chamber event. This year, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the State of the State by giving six inter-related speeches throughout New York instead of his typical address in front of the state legislature. Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan attended his address in New York City, which was held in front of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. The governor’s office organizes a number of recaps of the State of the State, which are delivered by a variety of administration officials.

ieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul gave an overview of the State of the State at an event hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber on January 25. In a wide-ranging address accompanied by a visual presentation, she touched on topics ranging from education, to infrastructure, to small business. “This has become such an amazing place to live,� Hochul said. The set of policy proposals that make up Governor Cuomo’s State of the State, which Hochul included in her presentation, include “Buy American,� which would implement the nation’s strongest mandate for the purchase of American-made products, ethics reforms and policy to protect New Yorkers from rising prescription drug prices. The agenda also covers making it easier for people to vote in New York State with reforms such as early voting and same-day registration, investing money in the life sciences industry, and reforms to protect clean drinking water throughout the state. Hochul said that 8 million new privatesector jobs have been created under Governor Cuomo’s administration. She also touched upon the governor’s recent proposal to make public college in the State of New York tuition-free for residents making up to $125,000 annually. The proposal would

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he Business Solutions Center, or BSC, is one of the Brooklyn Chamber’s largest departments, responsible for providing a range of services to both members and nonmembers throughout the borough. “My favorite part of working at the BSC is working with small business owners,” said Senior Account Manager Kelly Sing. “For some, running a business is simply a way of life, and for others, it’s about living a passion.” Sing manages and oversees recruitment and training incentives. BSC delivers eight core services at no cost, all with the goal of helping small businesses start, operate and expand. The services are business education courses, financing assistance, recruitment services, training incentives, legal assistance, navigating government and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, or M/WBE, certification. “Given the contributions that small business owners make to our economy, it’s amazing how high the odds are stacked against them,” said General Account Manager Stevenson Joseph. “The number one problem they face is access to capital—businesses need money to make money.” Joseph cultivates BSC’s relationship with lenders, as well as assisting business owners with loan packaging and technical assistance. BSC works with several legal partners who

can assist with a given business’ legal structure, connecting individuals and businesses with pro bono legal consulting. The team also provides services to people who need assistance navigating government regulations that affect small business. “Having been raised by parents who immigrated from El Salvador, there is a certain satisfaction that I feel knowing that I am

able to give back and help the Hispanic immigrant community,” said General Account Manager Luis Flores. Flores connects businesses and individuals with pro bono legal consulting and helps them with navigating government agencies. “When we assist a business with, say, financing, we are also assisting them with other matters like staffing or helping them

navigate the various agencies they need to deal with to ensure that they have the proper licenses and permits,” said Deputy Director Avi Leshes. Leshes’ particular focus at BSC is building relationships in the finance industry. BSC also provides business education courses and helps Minority and WomenOwned Business Enterprises, or M/WBEs, get certified. Getting an M/WBE certification allows businesses to apply for funding from the city government in various capacities. “Because my area of concentration is the M/WBE certification application process, I encounter various entrepreneurs and their unique and innovative businesses,” said Anastasia McNeill. McNeill is a general account manager who coordinates BSC’s business education courses and M/WBE certifications. The BSC’s recruitment program includes assisting business owners with finding good applicants for job openings. BSC works closely with employers to find and cultivate the right talent. “It’s not uncommon for me to hear back from small businesses that they want to be the types of leaders that help the people or teams they employ—so in a sense working with the small business community is one big circle of paying it forward,” Sing said.

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Brooklyn Navigators Enrolling Small Businesses, Individuals in Healthcare Plans


n July of 2013, the Governor announced contract awards for the New York State Department of Health’s In-Person Assistor/Navigator program, which will serve the state as the primary facilitator of enrollment in health insurance through the newly established Health Benefit Exchange. The Brooklyn Alliance was awarded the contract to provide these services in Brooklyn to both individuals and small businesses. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Navigators are now entering the fourth year of their contract, and enrollment is still consistent. The Navigators have added more collaborative partners, such as elected officials from the New York State Assembly, who have teamed up with the Chamber to offer these services at locations available to them. The Brooklyn Alliance provides in-person health insurance assistance services in to both small businesses and individuals throughout the borough. Since October 2013, it has met with and enrolled over 6,000 Brooklynites

rolled their employees in an affordable health plan with the New York State of Health . With assistance provided to the Medicaid-eligible, Child Health Plus-eligible and individuals that do and do not qualify for tax credits, it is evident that any New Yorker could benefit from the Chamber’s role in appropriately navigating and translating the options available through small business and individual marketplaces.

and New Yorkers from other boroughs. Chamber members have indicated that their second-highest barrier to doing business in New York is an inability to provide affordable health care options for their employees. Navigators serve the purpose of clarifying the options that are available to small business and individuals, and explaining how to reduce costs with tax credits afforded by the state. Hundreds of small businesses have en-

Below is the schedule of sites, including hours of operation and languages spoken: For assistance in multiple languages (English, Spanish, French Creole, Russian, Mandarin and  Cantonese) enrolling in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and the NY State of Health, call our Navigator Hotline:  718-875-9300 or email  NYStateofHealth@ brooklynchamber.com • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce  335 Adams Street, Suite 2700,  Brooklyn, NY 11201 

• Brooklyn Public Library East Flatbush Branch  9612 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212  • Assemblyman Felix Ortiz’s Brooklyn Office - Sunset Park  5004 4th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220  • Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowtiz’s Brooklyn Office - Sheepshead Bay 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn, NY 11235 • Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s Brooklyn Office - Greenpoint  619 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 • Brooklyn Public Library Flatbush Branch  22 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11226  • Brooklyn Public Library -  Kings Highway Branch  2115 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229 Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com 7

Elected From our Official members Spotlight

Cornegy’s Corner N ew York City’s small businesses are our most important job creators, employing more than half of New York City’s private sector workforce. They provide the goods and services communities rely on and the flavors that make our neighborhoods unique. As Chair of the Council’s Committee on Small Business, I feel blessed to be a voice for New York City’s small businesses and to have spoken with so many small business owners around the city since I first took office. The conversations I have with small business owners throughout the City give me the ideas and inspiration that allows me to best serve the City’s small businesses. I have worked to reduce and streamline fines assessed on small business owners by City agencies, passed legislation to improve customer service training requirements for agency inspectors, worked with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to create Chamber-on-theGo — a mobile unit that brings the myriad services offered by the City’s Department of Small Business Services and Chambers of Commerce directly to the doorstep of small business owners, passed landmark legislation to punish unscrupulous landlords who seek to push their small business tenants through harassment or neglect, and much more. It is important to me that the folks who serve to benefit from these initiatives know how to take advantage of them. I will use this space to keep you up-to-date on the work we are doing at the Council, and

particularly in the Committee on Small Business. Should you ever have a comment, idea, or question, please contact my office at (212) 482-6676 and ask for my Small Business Liaison, Kegan Sheehan, or email ksheehan@ council.nyc.gov. The legislation and initiatives I have and will continue to develop will help make our City a better friend to small business, but I will need your help!

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t’s been great to work with Council Member and Small Business Committee Chair Robert Cornegy on a range of issues that greatly impact businesses throughout the borough. Together, we’ve provided a variety of services to small businesses on-site through our Chamber on the Go program, and advocated for legislation that benefits small businesses and freelancers. Our Government Affairs committee also hosted Council Member Cornegy for a breakfast, in which we discussed a range of issues pertinent to businesses in the borough and the city at large. In that meeting, he laid out his vision for a mobile unit to provide services directly to businesses throughout the borough. The Chamber worked with him to secure City Council funding for the project,

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which became Chamber on the Go. Since its founding in 2014, Chamber on the Go has visited 1,360 businesses and driven 3,328 miles throughout the the borough. It is a project currently supported by the Speaker of the City Council and the entire Brooklyn delegation. We’ve also hosted several events with the Council Member; most recently; he attended and spoke at our Airbnb Small Business Social in Bed-Stuy, an event series in which the Chamber partners with Airbnb to connect local small businesses and hosts, with the goal of driving tourist business to local vendors and more. The Chamber looks forward to continuing to work with the Council Member and his office in the future!

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23 Years of Business, Thanks to a Little Faith F

aith Art Gallery, which is in Downtown Brooklyn, began as a family affair in 1994. About a year after starting the business, its proprietors began to sell AfricanAmerican and modern art as well. The gallery currently specializes in Fine Black Art and abstracts, in addition to its older custom framing business. “We love spending time with our customers discussing artwork and frame design,” said Tony John, the store’s proprietor. Twice per year, the gallery puts on a private art show, inviting customers to meet their favorite artists who were featured at the gallery. “In the future, we are looking to expand our custom framing business and have more shows,” John said. A typical day consists of greeting new and old customers, completing orders for delivery, and showing new artwork to people who walk in. As the business became more well known in Downtown Brooklyn, its custom framing business expanded. It began working for the MTA, the courts system, hospitals and universities. Faith Art Gallery also does custom framing for art shows in Manhattan and around the world. Faith Art Gallery has also provided framing services for the Brooklyn Chamber for about 20 years. It frames the distinctive Brooklyn poster that the Chamber presents as a gift at a variety of events. The shop has also cultivated positive reviews on the website Yelp; many praise it for providing good service and taste at affordable prices. John said that praise from the site has attracted more people to the shop. He also said that “rush jobs” in which something needs to be framed on short notice, have been a boon to his business. On April 22 and 23, 2017, the gallery will host internationally-acclaimed artist Charles Bibbs. Bibbs is a California-based artist who runs a publishing and distribution company called B Graphics and Fine Arts, Inc. His business is a leader in the African-American art print market. The event will also be sponsored by Faith Construction and Tiesto TLC Rentals. It is conveniently located on 395 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, between Willoughby and Fulton Streets. The shop, which has been in the same location since 1994, has a small front frame and a long interior. It is filled with frames and art from floor to ceiling. It sells both original artwork and reproductions for a wide range of prices.

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From our members

Take Two For Five Stars F

rom the moment Ylena Kusnetsova and Dimitry Flider opened their first preschool, 5 Stars Child Care 1, they had their sights set on expansion. So, they teamed up with Irina Litvak to work towards their goals of opening a second daycare center. “It was a dream of ours to open an even larger facility where children can go to learn while also having a fun experience,” said the three owners of the new branch, Five Stars Child Care 2. The Five Stars Child Care centers are the only Montessori Method preschools in the historically underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods of Coney Island and Brighton Beach. The Montessori Method is a model where children choose from a range of educationally-based activities and learn through discovery. “Based on our educational background and experience, we felt we had much to offer young children in their academic growth,” said the owners. The plans for the new center were ambitious. While the original center enrolled less than 50 students, Five Stars 2 would have the capacity to enroll 170. In addition to being much larger, it would also cater to a wider age range of students. “We pride ourselves on the ability to provide a safe and educational atmosphere for children of varying ages,” said the owners. Opening the second location didn’t come without obstacles. The property that the trio

chose for the center needed major renovations before it could be operational. In addition, initial revenue projections anticipated that the business wouldn’t be able to cover

its debt or operational expenses for several months after opening. The founders needed a loan in order to make the second location a reality.

Luckily, the success of the first Five Stars location helped Ylena, Irina and Dimitry secure financing after the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce referred them to NYBDC. “Our loan officer was able to see that our first business was successful, and was able to work with us on a loan for our second when finding financing proved difficult,” they said. NYBDC granted Five Stars a loan for $510,000 to be put towards renovations, equipment purchase and working capital, enabling them to open the new location. “We were thrilled to help a thriving small business that serves the community become even bigger and better,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “Five Stars Childcare’s new location will allow it to expand the great services it provides to more children in a wider age range.” While the loan was a critical component to the second Five Stars location, what truly drives the business’s success is the founders’ dedication to their local community. “It is our intention to get to know the local community and build relationships with those around us,” said the founders. The founders have their eyes set on the future, and have even hinted that more growth may be on the horizon. “We greatly appreciate all the help and support we have received from NYBDC on our endeavors,” said the owners. “We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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The History of Coney Island, Brooklyn’s Playground Coney Island is the shoe at the foot of Brooklyn, a peninsular stretch of beach containing amusement parks, restaurants, bars, and a baseball stadium. It is bounded on the west by Sea Gate, on the east by Brighton Beach, and to the north by Gravesend. Geographically, Coney Island is a sandy peninsula, formerly an island, just beyond lower New York Bay about five miles south of Manhattan that is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide. Culturally, however, it is one of the most significant and recognizable neighborhoods in New York City. From its early days as one of the world’s first sea resorts to its mid-20th Century status as a symbol of urban blight, it became a powerful emblem of Brooklyn’s resurgence.

Early history

When Henry Hudson first sighted the beach at Coney Island in early September 1609, the land was nothing more than desolate sand dunes, clam beds and wind-blown scrub that stretched for five miles along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The island is believed to have derived its name from the Dutch who settled there at the beginning of the 17th Century. In fact, the original Dutch names “Konijn Kok” and “Konijn Eiland” first evolved to “Conyne Island” by the English and later to the easier sounding Coney Island. The original Dutch “Konijn” referred to the plentiful rabbits, or coneys, that shared the beach with the indigenous Canarsie tribe.

The Resorts

In the 1820s, a group of local entrepreneurs sought to build a road to access the beach, since the only approach at the time involved crossing Coney Island Creek at low tide. Led by a town supervisor, they formed the Coney Island Road and Bridge Company as a private enterprise and in 1829 the company built the Shell Road. They also built a hotel called the Coney Island House, which marked the beginning of summer resort business. In 1840, a retired school teacher named John Wyckoff opened a hotel to rival the Coney Island House. His hotels and one or two others catered to excursionists wealthy enough to own carriages.

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The Coney Island House and various other hotels attracted many notables during the late 1840s. Washington Irving brought his niece to Coney in 1848 and Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, visited a year later. Phineas T. Barnum accompanied singer Jenny Lind, the “Swedish nightingale,” in 1850.

Amusement Parks

Starting around 1880 and continuing until World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States, attracting millions of visitors each year. At its height it contained three competing major amusement parks—Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park—as well as many independent amusements. The completion of the subway  in 1920—combined with the opening of the beach to the public in 1923—brought about the apex of Coney Island as the people’s playground. Because of the five-cent subway fare, Coney Island became known as the “nickel empire.” From the beginning of the century to the early 1920s, weekend visitors swelled from 100,000 to more than half a million. Also in 1923, Coney Island’s world famous boardwalk opened. After World War II, Coney Island’s popularity began to decline and businesses started closing for many reasons, including greater access to the beaches and state parks of Long Island. Luna Park closed in 1946 after a series of fires and the street gang problems of the 1950s. Astroland served as a major amusement

park from 1962 to 2008, and was replaced by new incarnations of Dreamland in 2009 and Luna Park in 2010. Other parks and attractions include Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, 12th Street Amusements, and Kiddie Park, and the Eldorado Arcade has an indoor bumper car ride. In 2015, Luna Park  unveiled its brand new  115-foot tall Thunderbolt to  replace the original wooden Thunderbolt, which ran from 1925 to 1982. With a 90-degree descent, five inversions, and speeds of up to 55 miles per hour, it’s not for the faint of heart, but certainly worth the price of admission to the ride (Luna Park is free to enter, visitors pay per ride).

Coney Island Today

Today, the neighborhood is home to approximately 51,000 permanent residents, most living in approximately thirty 18- to 24-story towers, composed of various forms of public housing. Since the 1990s there has been steady revitalization of the area. Many townhouses were built on empty lots, popular franchises opened, and Keyspan Park, since renamed MCU Park, was built to serve as the home for the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team and the new home of the legendary New York Cosmos for the upcoming 2017 season.

The Mermaid Parade

In the 1980s, local artists began to reclaim Coney Island. In 1983, local arts group Coney Island USA started The Mermaid Parade. Each year on the first weekend after the sum-

Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, the cornerstone of the stateof-the-art Seaside Park and Community Arts Center, is a new outdoor live entertainment venue opening in July of 2016. The 5,000-seat covered open-air venue – the first of its kind in the Tri-State area – will host a mix of concerts, family shows, sports, comedy, and multicultural events. The amphitheater is located on Coney Island’s famed boardwalk and incorporates the Childs Building, built in 1923 as one of the first large-format stand-alone restaurants in the country. The exterior design, which features elaborate ornamentation, was met with widespread praise upon completion. Integrating itself into the lively Coney Island social scene, the restaurant advertised with the tagline The Rendezvous of the Elite and thrived from the large crowds that visited due to the accessibility from the subway. Once renovated, the interior will be transformed into a multi-purpose space, including a restaurant, box office, backstage area, and a stage, which will also function as the performance space for the venue. mer solstice, participants dress up and create floats themed according to a variety of sea creatures and myths, some organizing themselves into marching bands and dance teams. The parade ends at the beach where King Neptune, the grand marshal, “opens the sea” for summer swimming.

New York Aquarium

The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, having opened in Castle Garden in Battery Park, Manhattan in 1896. Since 1957, it has been located on the boardwalk at the intersection of Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, across the street for the F and Q train stop. Though it suffered losses in 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, the Aquarium has bounced back and continues to be a great place for people interested in aquatic wildlife, from its famous octopus to its daily sea lion shows at the Aquatheater.

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Speaker Howard Vargas, to the meeting as well. After taking the annual group photo, the delegation headed to the famous Blue Room, in which the Governor has his press conferences, to receive a briefing from gubernatorial staff. They heard from three representatives: the deputy secretary for health and human services, the senior policy advisor for transportation, and the deputy secretary for economic development and housing. After the briefing, the delegation headed to Brooklyn Night, Albany’s most popular annual party, which was hosted in the Hart Lounge at the Egg. A variety of elected officials attended and spoke throughout the night. Brooklyn Night in Albany, which showcased the great food and culture of Brooklyn and highlighted the incredible economic development and job creation of its local food manufacturers, also featured a fun, first-of-its-kind event: The inaugural “Five Borough Egg Cream Challenge.” The Brooklyn Delegations to the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate challenged their fellow delegations in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx to an egg-cream-making contest. Egg creams are Brooklyn’s most beloved classic beverage, and they were made with Brooklyn-Made Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup! Each delegation selected a two-person team (one Assembly Member and one Senator) to take on Brooklyn. Each team was provided with all the ingredients needed to construct the perfect egg cream, and the results were judged in a blind taste test by the sergeant-at-arms of the state assembly. The winner was a tie between Brooklyn and Queens. The winning team received the first-ever “Egg Cream Cup” trophy (a vintage seltzer bottle) and will be allowed to display it proudly for the next year. The Brooklyn Night after party took place back at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, in The Shelf, another event space. That night, Albany was hit with Winter Storm Stella, which dumped 20 inches of snow on the capital. The speaker for the next morning’s breakfast had to cancel, and the legislature did not have to go into work, meaning that the scheduled meetings with individual assembly members and state senators were cancelled as well. The Chamber recovered by getting Howard Zemsky to speak to the delegation at breakfast, which was again held at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. Zemsky serves jointly as president and CEO of Empire State Development and commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. Zemsky delivered his remarks extemporaneously, speaking largely about the unique needs of Brooklyn and New York City compared to the rest of New York State. He noted that New York City produces most of the state’s revenue. Although the delegation’s formal meetings were cancelled, they were able to meet with a few legislators who were also staying at the hotel. The group left the hotel on Wednesday morning and arrived back by midday. A wide variety of businesses attended the trip, from big businesses like Airbnb, to institutions of higher education like the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, to small businesses like Tom’s Lemon Coffee.


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6 1. Clockwise from top left, Allen Konstam, Heritage Equity Partners; Gil Cygler, Fleet Coverage Consultants; State Senator Simcha Felder; Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan; Senator Marty Golden; Andrew Hoan; Blake Clements, Williams; Shamus Jones, Brooklyn Brine; Albert Cohen, AJ Madison; Eladia Causil Rodriguez, Eladia’s Kids; Lyn Hill, NY Presbyterian; Jennifer Pautz, NYU; and Avi Leshes, Brooklyn Chamber.


2. At podium, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. From left, State Senator Diane Savino; State Senator Kevin Parker; Assembly Member William Colton; Senator Roxanne Persaud; Assembly Member Helene Wienstein; Assembly Member Pamela Harris; Senator Jesse Hamilton; Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan; Assembly Member Diane Richardson; Assembly Member Walter Mosely; Assembly Member Maritza Davila; State Senator Daniel Squadron; Assembly Member Jamie Williams; Assembly Member Inez Dickens; Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte; Assembly Member Latrice Walker; Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz; Assembly Member Peter Abbate; and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz. 3. At podium, Senate Majority Leader John Flannagan. State Senator Diane Savino; State Senator Kevin Parker; Assembly Member William Colton; Assembly Member Helene Weinstein; Assembly Member Pamela Harris; Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Andrew Hoan; Assembly Member Inez Dickens; Assembly Member Peter Abbate; and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz. 4. At podium, State Senator Marty Golden. From left, State Senator Diane Savino; Assembly Member William Colton; Assembly Member Helene Weinstein; Assembly Member Pamela Harris; Andrew Hoan; Assembly Member Inez Dickins; Assembly Member Peter Abbate; Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz; and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz. 5. From left, Andrew Hoan; Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; Howard Vargas, Office of the Assembly Speaker; Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz; Assembly Member Maritza Davila; and Assembly Member Tremaine Wright.

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6. From left, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; Megan Stafford, Williams; Assembly Member Peter Abbate; Assembly Member Maritza Davila; and Assembly Member Tremaine Wright.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Vital Brooklyn” Announcement, Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights From left, Eladia Causil Rodriguez, Eladia’s Kids; Governor Andrew Cuomo; Trish Martin, Halstead Property.

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ChokoMODE, a Line of Business Professional Attire for Women


rowing up beside a “Haute couture” designer, I didn’t realize the privileges, assets, skills, and resources I was gathering until I became an adult. I used to spend summer time in my aunt’s atelier, assisting her with what seemed, back then, to be necessities; pattern printing and purchasing fabric and buttons. From there, I began playing with fabric and making cushions and simple dresses. At a young age, I had already developed a love and passion for fashion, and was designing and making simple pieces for myself. I also used to read fashion magazines. I became acquainted with super models in the fashion industry, such as Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford. However, I didn’t take sewing seriously because the job of a tailor wasn’t a white-collar job and it was undervalued. Once I graduated from high school, I immigrated to America to further my education. I successfully obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare administration. One of my hobbies was shopping. Shopping allowed me to stay updated on current fashion trends and reflect them in my everyday attire. When I started working in the healthcare industry, colleagues and friends noticed that my choice of clothes was different and cre-

ative. Even a few of my friends jokingly commented that I overdressed for simple occasions and that I was very selective in outfits. Little did they know that I paid close attention to small details when dressing. As my interest continued to develop, I decided to purchase a machine and start making clothes. At first, I put together outfits for myself and for friends. As more people complimented my attire and my friends’ attire, I decided to look into launching a clothing line. In December of 2013, I launched the “chokoMODE” clothing line in Houston, Texas; a line that focuses on assembling business professional attire for women that is sold online at chokomode.com. I also have a showroom in Harlem. The line is geared toward professional women who dress with elegance. In 2016, I relocated to New York City and began taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology to augment my knowledge of the fashion business. Moving to New York City has been a very interesting part of my journey in becoming a designer. It has been both a climate and cultural shock all together. New York has a much faster pace than Houston did. New York offers all kinds of excite-

ment, from being fashion capital of the world to being a melting pot. There is great diversity in its restaurants and foods. Brooklyn is one of the boroughs that has left a lasting impression, with its multicultural, warm inhabitants and many social events. chokoMODE has benefitted a lot from that exposure, which has only pushed it to shine and cater to the needs of the women in New York and around the world. I often buy fabric for making samples in local stores around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since transitioning to New York, chokoMODE continues to assemble business professional attire for women, and is also able to provide garment services ranging from custom made apparel, to costumes, to uniforms. chokoMODE stands out by using very high quality fabric mostly imported from all around the world. We are interested in meeting potential clients to discuss any current or upcoming needs relating to attire and other garment services. Marcelle Gakam Designer/Owner @ chokomode.com info@chokomode.com Social Media: @chokomode.com www.chokomode.com

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Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Alliance for Coney Island Give Winning Welcome to New York Cosmos


ith the season’s home opener and Brooklyn debut next month, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Alliance for Coney Island have officially welcomed the New York Cosmos  to their new home at MCU Park. Over 500 guests broke (Italian) bread at the legendary Gargiulo’s Restaurant (just across the street from the stadium) as players and staff, elected officials, local business owners and fans gathered to applaud the soccer team’s arrival and new leadership under Chairman Rocco B. Commisso.  “Great soccer, great chicken parm and a great view of the Cyclone - it doesn’t get much better than this,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “We are so excited to officially welcome the NY Cosmos to Brooklyn and Coney Island’s MCU Park, and so pleased for the extra kick they’ll bring to Brooklyn’s economy.”  “We are excited to have the New York Cosmos joining us in Coney Island and adding to the slate of exciting activities and events in Coney Island.   Days after the first Cosmos game in Coney Island, the amusements will officially open for the 2017 season on April 9th! We invite all Brooklynites and New Yorkers to visit us this summer and enjoy all we have to offer,” said Executive Director of the Alliance for Coney Island Alexandra Silversmith.  The dinner and reception included Gargiulo’s legendary Italian fare, some gifts for the Cosmos and a number of elected officials praising Commisso who is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Mediacom Communications Corporation, for a great job rebuilding the organization. After playing a video of the soccer team’s proud heritage, which included a stint at YanCourtesy New York Cosmos kee stadium in the 70s, Commisso addressed the crowd -reiterating his personal history with the sport which began as a young boy in Calabria, Italy.  “With our move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, we are returning America’s most iconic soccer team to the New York City roots where it all began in 1971,” said New York Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso. “Combining the excitement of Cosmos’ matches with the vibrant atmosphere and accessibility of Coney Island is a win-win for soccer enthusiasts throughout the metropolitan area. The April 1sthome opener will mark the start of a new era in the storied history of our club, and promises to be a special occasion for everyone who attends.” The New York Cosmos and owner Rocco Commisso were joined by Council Members Vincent Gentile, Carlos Menchaca and Mark Treyger.     “We are thrilled to be moving to our new home in Brooklyn,”  said Cosmos Head to come. The Brooklyn community will now have another of our city’s legendary sports clubs,” said City Council MemCoach and Sporting Director, Giovanni Savarese.  “The two family fun option to enjoy locally in their neighborhood. ber Mark Treyger. “We are honored to have a professional soccer team, the previous matches our club played at MCU Park were a huge Brooklyn continues to be a model of success for the rest of the New York Cosmos, come to Coney Island.   We have local success, and I know Cosmos fans of all ages will enjoy every- City and State,” said State Senator Diane Savino.   “The New York Cosmos were an institution here, and fans that now can easily get to a soccer game during the seathing that Coney Island has to offer.”     “I’m glad to see that the legendary New York Cosmos their return to American soccer in 2010 was an exciting one,” son.  This will add to the variety of entertainment to our compicked MCU Park in Brooklyn as their pitch for the 2017 said Assemblymember Pamela Harris. “Brooklyn is ready to munity.   Welcome to the neighborhood!” said  Community season,” said  Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. welcome them with open arms; their arrival will not only de- Board 13 District Manager Eddie Mark. The team will host a total of 16 regular season NASL match“As a truly global sport, soccer is beloved by fans across six light soccer fans - it will open more residents and visitors up continents speaking a variety of languages, all while united to the sport, and help our local businesses. The Cosmos com- es at MCU Park this year, beginning with the home opener on Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 pm against Miami FC. Tickets are on in their love of the game. It’s so fitting that the Cosmos come ing to Coney Island really is a win for us all.”   “It’s no coincidence that one of our city’s most diverse sale now, for more information click here. For more informato Brooklyn- a city of more than 2.6 million people that truly embodies the incredible diversity of America and the world. neighborhoods will now be a place to see this global game tion about the New York Cosmos, visit www.nycosmos.com. I wish them the best of luck, and I hope all of their fans take played at such a high level. The Cosmos taking the pitch at For more information about the Brooklyn Chamber of Comadvantage of all of the wonderful entertainment and dining MCU Park is a hat trick, creating new employment opportunities for local residents, adding another exciting option to the merce, visitwww.ibrooklyn.com. options that Coney Island has to offer.” For more information about the Alliance for Coney Island, “I am thrilled to welcome the New York Cosmos to Brook- growing lineup of attractions at the People’s Playground, and lyn, which I know will be a winning home for them for years giving a whole new generation an opportunity to enjoy  one visitwww.allianceforconeyisland.org. 18 Brooklyn Progress

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Internet/Web Etsy 732-221-2935 55 Washington Street Suite 512Brooklyn, NY 11201 etsy.com

Legal Services Chirico Law PLLC 718-921-1401 937 81st Street Brooklyn, NY 11228 chiricolaw.com Goldberg and Cohn, LLP 718-875-2400 16 Court Street, Suite 2304 Brooklyn, NY 11241 goldbergandcohn.com Law Offices of Codispoti & Associates, P.C. 212-962-6525 111 John Street Suite 800New York, NY 10038 codispotilaw.com Rodriguez-McCloskey PLLC 347-689-7641 300 Cadman Plaza W., 12th FL Brooklyn, NY 11201 rodriguezmccloskey.com

Maintenance Services Atlantic Maintenance Corporation 718-222-4549 154 Conover Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 atlanticmaintenance.com

Manufacturers Falcone’s Cookieland 718-236-4259 1648 61st Street Brooklyn, NY 11204 falconebaking.com

La Newyorkina LLC 347-763-0253 61 Commerce Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 lanewyorkina.com

Brooklyn, NY 11233 rosiemccobb.com

Park Tower Group 212-355-7570 535 Madison Avenue, 35th FL New York, NY 10022 parktowergroup.com


Medical Equipment/ Supplies Arimed Orthotics & Prosthetics 718-875-8754 302 Livingston Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 arimed.com

Medical Institutions NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital 506 Sixth Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 nyp.org/Brooklyn

Medical Service Providers Jewel Human Services, Inc. 347-858-1375 121-10 153rd street Jamaica, NY 11434 jewelhumanservices.org

Office Supplies/Equipment TGI Office Automation 718-237-0060 120 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 tgioa.com VIGI Comfort, Inc DBA Indicator Locks 347-492-7497 2609 E 124 Street Suite 505Brooklyn, NY 11235 indicatorlock.com

Pawnbrokers Gem Financial Services, Inc. 516-384-6111 378 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 gempawnbrokers.com

Pet Services/Supplies

Prestige Printing 718-837-8787 6727 11th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219 prestigeprintingco.com

Joy & Snook 718-221-8020 762 Nostrand Avenue & Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY 11216 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/restaurantscaterers/ joy-snook-171736

Klarify, Co. 917-364-1578 106 2nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 klarify.net

Paisanos Butcher Shop 718-855-2641 162 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 lospaisanosmeatmarket.com

Professional Services DDS - Employee Screening Services 718-234-0005 7618 17th Ave., 2nd FL Brooklyn, NY 11214 employeescreening.com

Scopello Ristorante-Bar 718-852-1100 63 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 scopello.net

Finesse Creations Inc. 718-692-2100 3004 Avenue J Brooklyn, NY 11210 finessecreations.com

Shopping Kings Plaza Shopping Center and Marina 718-253-6842 5100 Kings Plaza Flatbush Avenue & Avenue U Brooklyn, NY 11234 kingsplazaonline.com

Newton Brown LLC 347-879-4869 315 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 newtonbrownusa.com

Sports Establishments New York Cosmos 516-874-2168 750 Third Avenuem Suite 2601 New York City, NY 10017 nycosmos.com

Public Relations Kasirer LLC 212-285-1800 321 Broadway Suite 201New York, NY 10007 kasirer.nyc

Telecommunications AT&T 212-205-0682 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 18th FL New York, NY 10020 att.com

Publishing/Publications NY Daily News 212-210-2355 4 New York Plaza New York, NY 10004 nydailynews.com

Fruit Bliss 646-225-6565 1007 Sheffield Ave Brooklyn, NY 11207 fruitbliss.com Hena Coffee 718-272-8237 660 Berriman Street Brooklyn, NY 11208 brooklyn-coffeehouse.com


CPEX Real Estate 718-935-1800 81 Willoughby Street, 8th FL Brooklyn, NY 11201 cpexre.com

A One Pharma Trade 718-309-5658 18-38 126 Street College Point, NY 11356 aonepharma.com

New Millennium Real Estate Corp. 718-499-2000 443 4th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 7184992000.com


Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. 718-907-5990 Brooklyn Navy Yard - 63 Flushing Avenue Building 292, Unit 300, 3rd FL Brooklyn, NY 11205

Rosie McCobb Photography 917-744-9756 597 MacDonough Street, Suite 1


Professional Organizers

Brooklyn Cattitude Pet Sitting Inc. 614-507-2105 165 Court Street, #258 Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklyncattitude.com

Riva Precision Manufacturing 718-361-3100 140 58th Street S:5.6875 in Unit 8BBrooklyn, NY 11220 rivaprecision.com


Translation Services Eriksen Translations Inc. 718-802-9010 50 Court Street Suite 700Brooklyn, NY 11201 eriksen.com

Real Estate

Travel/Tourism Cititrek Tour Guide Services 855-TOUR-NYC 350 Richmond Terrace #7C Staten Island, NY 10301 cititrek.com Three Guys From Brooklyn 718-748-8340 6502 Fort Hamilton Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11219 3guysfrombrooklyn.com



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Member-to-Member Discounts Entertainment Kings Theatre 718-856-2220 1027 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 kingstheatre.com 10% off Kings Seats for Shaping Sounds June 16. Exp. 6/15/2017 Kings Theatre 718-856-2220 1027 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 kingstheatre.com Discounted seats for Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon with Wordless Music Orchestra live. Exp. 4/6/2017

Hotels/Accommodations Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Brooklyn New York 718-522-4000 181 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 brooklynfairfieldinn.com Members of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce enjoy up to 20% off our Best

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Hilton Brooklyn New York 718-834-8800 140 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynnewyork.hilton.com Up to 20% off of our Best Available Rate. Exp. 12/31/2017

Information Technology/ Internet

Office Supplies/Equipment Ronin Business Solutions 646-472-5123 4809 Avenue N, Suite 128 Brooklyn, NY 11234 roninbusiness.com 6% OFF Xerox / Lexmark Copiers, Printers , Multifunction Products. Exp. 5/31/2020


Leveldesk, Inc. 888-298-6015 26 Broadway, 8th FL New York, NY 10004 leveldesk.com Free IT Network Audit. Exp. 12/31/2017

DBG MEDIA 718-599-6828 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 ourtimepress.com Buy Two Ads in Our Time Press, Get One Free. Exp. 3/31/2017


Waste Removal

Masterwork Plaques Inc. 718-283-4109 136 Metropolitan Avenue, 4A Brooklyn, NY 11249 masterworkplaques.com 10% Off Your First Order. Exp. 1/1/2018

The Junkluggers 212-982-1284 33-56 11th Street Astoria, NY11106 junkluggers.com $25 Off 1/4 load or Less OR $50 Off 1/2 truck or more. Exp. 5/16/2017

Website Design/ Development Superform 347-746-2606 52 Bridge St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 superform.co Free Digital Marketing Review. Exp. 1/1/2018 CDL500 215-527-8979 Brooklyn, NY 11205 CDL500.com $1999 Small Business Website for $1645. Exp. 12/31/2019 Treemarie LLC 917-387-4319 240 Kent Avenue, 2nd FLBrooklyn, NY 11249 treemarie.com 10% off all services. Exp. 12/1/2017 Noble Web Marketing 347-894-6706 Ridgewood, NY 11385 noblewebmarketing.com 40% off first two months. Exp. 6/7/2017

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Up to 40% of businesses never recover after experiencing a major disaster. Do you have a plan to keep your business running if disaster strikes? For a free online tool that helps you develop an emergency plan, visit Ready.gov/business.

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