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Brooklyn Celebrates 2017 Chamber of the Year Award at Annual Meeting
he Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce celebrated winning the 2017 Chamber of the Year Award from The Business Council of New York State at its Annual Meeting and Trade Show in October. The event featured a keynote address from Joseph J. Lhota, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and Chief of Staff at NYU Langone Medical Center. In a press release, The Business Council said that the Chamber received the award for “extraordinary effort in advocating on behalf of their members and the state’s broader business community.” “We’re incredibly honored to be The Business Council of New York State’s Chamber of the Year,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “This accolade encourages us to redouble our efforts serving over 2,000 member businesses throughout the borough and beyond—from enrolling small businesses in health insurance plans, to creating Brooklyn’s first economic development strategy in over 15 years, to providing loans to minority and immigrant-owned small businesses. On behalf of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce staff and our Board of Directors, many thanks to The Business Council and its President and CEO, Heather Briccetti, for this esteemed recognition.” In his keynote address, Lhota spoke on a wide range of transportation issues, with a particular focus on improvements the MTA will be making in Brooklyn, in addition to giving a short history of the borough’s transportation system and emphasizing that Brooklyn is a road map to the entire city’s transportation future. “Tonight I really want to talk about Brooklyn, and what it’s meant for our city’s transportation system,” he said. He also addressed the upcoming closure of the L Train, which will take place in April 2019, as well as new and improved Subway cars and subway stations to be launched. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul presented the Brooklyn Chamber with a letter on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Chamber also received official proclamations from State Senator Martin J. Golden and Assembly Member Joseph Lentol. The elected officials congratulated the Chamber on being named 2017 Chamber of
the Year by The Business Council of New York State. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Russo opened the dinner program and introduced Board of Directors Secretary Susan Doban of Doban Architecture, who delivered the nominating committee report. Other speakers included the Chamber’s Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Samara Karasyk, and Peter Meyer of TD Bank, a former Board Chair and currently the Chamber’s Centennial Chair. Meyer introduced Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
Andrew Hoan. Hoan delivered an address on the Chamber’s 2016-2017 Annual Report and Strategic Plan Update, which covers the organization’s progress in fulfilling the goals set in the fiveyear 2016 Strategic Plan. Chamber accomplishments over the past year included the launch of a Community Development Financial Institution, Brooklyn Alliance Capital, which has begun to provide loans to immigrant and minority-owned small businesses, and a recent grant won by the Chamber that will allow it to complete the borough’s first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in over
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30 years. Hoan also spoke about the Chamber’s inaugural City Legislative Visit, a trip to City Hall to meet with elected officials and the Mayor’s Administration. “For the first time ever, and certainly not the last, the Chamber visited City Hall in September,” he said. He then introduced Lhota for the keynote address. After Lhota’s speech, Hoan presented him with a Brooklyn Chamber Lifetime Membership. Rep. Jerrold Nadler also attended the gala, as did Assembly Members Steven Cymbrowitz and Peter Abbate, Jr.
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City Legislative Visit and Annual Meeting
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As we make our way past Halloween and into Thanksgiving, we begin counting down the days until the winter holiday season. For the Brooklyn Chamber, our countdown is even more monumental as we are less than 100 days away from celebrating 100 years of success. Our Centennial year kicks off with a gala on February 10, 2018 and it doesn’t stop there, but we’ll leave all the details for the next Progress – our special Centennial edition. As we continue to look ahead to the future, we once again take pride in our accomplishments over the past few months, as we’ve celebrated several amazing firsts. The Chamber won a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to create the first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the borough in over 15 years. We were also awarded our very first loan through our Community Development Financial Institution, Brooklyn Alliance Capital, allowing immigrant and minority small business owners to access financing directly from the Chamber, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Treasury. In September, we hosted the first-ever City Legislative Visit, in which we brought a delegation to City Hall to meet with elected officials and agency officials. We also hosted a smaller version of the popular Brooklyn Night event. It was a successful visit and we are proud to have completed the trifecta of visits to the three levels of government.
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Brooklyn Chamber Goes to City Hall for Inaugural Legislative Visit
delegation from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce traveled to City Hall on September 27, 2017 for the firstever City Legislative Visit, a day of meetings with city elected officials and policymakers. In the evening, the Chamber hosted Brooklyn Night, a party featuring Brooklyn-Made products. The group met at 11:30 a.m. at 250 Broadway for a legislative briefing with several Brooklyn council members. Many of the members of the delegation were concerned with the state of transportation in New York City, and the subway in particular, and urged the Council Members to do what they could to improve the situation. The briefing was hosted by Council Member Mark Treyger, and included Council Members Stephen Levin, Alan Maisel, Brad Lander and Inez Barron. Then the group left for City Hall (for the Committee of the Whole Room, or COW) for a briefing from New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop and two top mayoral aides: Lindsay Greene, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, and Jon Paul Lupo, Director of City Legislative Affairs.
Bishop discussed the resources that SBS can provide to small businesses, as well as the services provided by Business Solutions Centers throughout the city, including the Chamber’s Brooklyn Business Solutions Center.
After the briefing, the delegation left for the Manhattan Municipal Building, where they met with Comptroller Scott Stringer. Stringer was also interested in discussing transportation, and hinted that he would
shortly release a report on it. (The report, “The Economic Cost of Subway Delays,” was released on October 1). He stressed his commitment to making sure small businesses throughout the city were treated fairly. The delegation went up to the 15th floor to meet with Public Advocate Letitia James. James explained the duties of her office, and took time to focus on healthcare in particular. The delegation ended the day with Brooklyn Night. Brooklyn Night took place at Barleycorn Bar & Grill, a known haunt of government employees in the Civic Center. It was attended by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, as well as Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Vincent Gentile, Alan Maisel and Helen Rosenthal. The Speaker presented the Brooklyn Chamber with a proclamation. Ten Brooklyn Chamber members and vendors were in attendance: Lilac Chocolates, Brooklyn Brine, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Zesty Z, Brooklyn Baked, Grady’s Cold Brew, Salty Road, Joyva Chocolates, Dog Parker and the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. Dog Parker’s dog, Winston, also attended.
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Meet the team
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of the International Downtown Association, and was Economic Development consultant to Borough President Howard Golden. His work was the subject of a 1999 New York Times cover story. From 1985-1993, Russo was Director of the Atlantic Avenue LDC, and from 19791985 he was Program Director at the Brooklyn Arts Council. He was Producer of Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane on WOR-Radio, Associate Producer of the Village Halloween Parade, and Executive Producer of John Cage Meets Sun Ra. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Racial Harmony & Diversity, Stars & Stripes, and Exemplary Community Service from the New York City Council.
he Brooklyn Chamber’s executive team consists of Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Samara Karasyk, Chief Financial Officer Chandraban Motilall, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Russo, and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Melissa Chapman.
Samara Karasyk, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Samara Karasyk, the Chamber’s newly-appointed Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, comes to the Brooklyn Chamber from the New York City Department of Finance, where she served as Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs. In that role, she oversaw the agency’s public relations, outreach, communications, intergovernmental affairs and website. Karasyk comes to the Chamber after a 16-year career working for a variety of city agencies in management, policy, external affairs, and strategic planning. Karasyk’s first job out of college was teaching third grade at a bilingual school in Bogota, Colombia. Upon her return to the U.S., she started her city government career with a budget position at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. She moved on to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, forming the agency’s first Office of Constituent Affairs, and the Department of Transportation, where she worked in intergovernmental and legislative affairs. Her favorite part of the new job? “Now, I get to be honest about the fact that Brooklyn is the best borough!” Karasyk said. She has a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Hispanic studies from Brown University.
Chandraban Motilall, Chief Financial Officer Chandraban Motilall has worked at the Brooklyn Chamber for 20 years under three Chamber presidents. He is responsible for financial control and planning, all account-
Melissa Chapman, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Chandraban Motilall, Samara Karasyk, Melissa Chapman, and Rick Russo.
ing functions, including preparing budgets and financial statements, monitoring expenditures and liquidity, annual audits, reporting financial performance to the Board of Directors and providing financial data to the President and CEO. He also played a key role in the recent formation and launch of the Chamber’s Community Development Financial Institution, or CDFI. Motilall previously served as Director of Finance and Vice President of Finance before being promoted to his current role. Motilall was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He came to the U.S. in 1980. After holding jobs in the garment center and as a messenger, he became the bookkeeper for Fancy Trims, a Queens-based company. Fancy Trims sponsored him, allowing him to become a U.S. citizen. From 1990 to 1997, he worked for a public accounting firm and as the chief financial officer of the City Volunteer Corps, from 1990 to 1997. In 1997, he joined the Brooklyn Chamber, where he has been ever since.
“It’s a constant, daily challenge to manage the finances of a nonprofit corporation,” Motilall said. “The Brooklyn Chamber is the most unique organization I know because of its structure.” He was referring to the Chamber’s three incorporated organizations, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, The Brooklyn Alliance, and Brooklyn Alliance Capital, Inc.
Rick Russo, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carrying a 38-year history of economic development work in Brooklyn, Rick Russo is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Brooklyn Chamber, where he has held management positions since 2003. Russo was Executive Director of the North Flatbush Business Improvement District from 1993-2003, was consultant to 18 BIDs, LDCs and associations throughout New York, and authored various agency operating plans. He was an officer of the NYC BID Managers Association, chaired the Brooklyn Committee
Melissa Chapman was promoted to Senior Vice President of Public Affairs in 2014, after eight years serving in various capacities at the Chamber. In that role, she is charged with advancing the scope and influence of the Chamber at the city, state and federal levels through advocacy, strategic community partnerships, and effective promotion of the Chamber’s programs and services to key stakeholders. Originally from Georgetown, Guyana, Melissa steadily progressed through the ranks of the organization, holding titles that included Intern, Real Estate and Development, 2006; Assistant, Member Services, 2007; Coordinator, Member Services, 2008; Director, Member Services, 2012; and Vice President, Government and Community Relations, 2012. Prior to her appointment at the Chamber, Melissa worked as a journalist at Guyana Publications, Inc.; and as a Legal Assistant at Britton, Hamilton & Adams, Attorneys-atLaw. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Brooklyn College, and an Associate’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Guyana. In 2015, Chapman was named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.
Elected Official Spotlight
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
ntonio Reynoso was born and raised in the Southside of Williamsburg, Los Sures, to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. Antonio and his family lived in subsidized housing- like so many, assistance was critical for his low income family. Antonio attended local public schools such as P.S. 19 and J.H.S. 50 before attending La Salle Academy in Manhattan. He graduated from LeMoyne College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Antonio resides in Williamsburg with his wife. On January 1st, 2014 Antonio assumed office as the Council Member for the 34th District, representing Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Ridgewood. During his first term, Antonio tackled the most pressing issue af-
fecting his constituency by developing housing task forces to prevent displacement where residents are most threatened. Antonio has long been a champion for transparency and
democratic participation and introduced the 34th district to Participatory Budgeting in 2014 with over $3.5 million going back to our schools, parks, streets, and senior centers. Additionally, Antonio is leading a process called the Bushwick Community Plan, where residents lay out their vision to balance the creation and preservation of affordable housing while preserving Bushwick’s character. In 2015, Antonio fought to preserve Nuestros Niños- a vital community facility serving Williamsburg for over forty years. At the beginning of his tenure, Antonio introduced legislation demanding equitable distribution of waste throughout the City, lessening the burden experienced by North Brooklyn. Currently, three neighborhoods in the en-
tire City alone process 70% of our trash. Issues such as this, proximity to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and lack of green space, makes our district home to some of the highest asthma rates in the country. Additionally, Antonio is a lead sponsor on the Right to Know Act- a package of bills that works to protect New Yorkers by improving transparency and accountability from the NYPD. Antonio played a major role in fiscal year 18’s budget to promote initiatives that were focused on strengthening New York City’s status as a sanctuary city for immigrants and supporting the city’s most vulnerable populations. For these reasons, Antonio has worked tirelessly to implement policies to achieve environmental justice and rights for all in our community. Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com
Prestigious Fellowships for Fellow Chamber Staffers T
wo Brooklyn Chamber staffers have won prestigious fellowships from nationallyacclaimed organizations. Varun Sanyal, Vice President of Economic Development, will complete a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. The Coro Fellowship is a training program for urban leaders with a common interest in civic engagement. Over the course of the nine-month program, Sanyal will participate in a number of “Personal Reflection Leadership Retreats,” networking events, and civic engagement activities. He will also help to organize “Issue Days,” or public policy explorations of current, hot-button topics. “I’m thrilled to follow in the footsteps of so many dedicated New York City public servants by completing a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs,” Sanyal said. “I look forward to gaining an even deeper understanding of the complex issues that face our city and other cities around the country.” The program’s methodology includes group learning, experiential learning and direct exposure to institutions and communities, which it facilitates through a wide network of connections and alumni throughout the city. Candidates for Sanyal’s program must live or work in New York City and have at least sev-
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en years of professional work experience and a demonstrated interest in civic engagement. Before joining the Brooklyn Chamber, Sanyal worked at the Staten Island Development Corporation and in the office of Council Member (now Assembly Member) Inez Dickens. He
has a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University. The program connects participants to a wideranging network of alumni. Former fellows include New York City Department of Small
Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop and Council Member Carlos Menchaca. Sanyal was recently named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Emily Ward, Vice President of Foundation Support and Grants Management, won a Fellowship for Education Attainment from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, or ACCE. She will work with other fellows on an ongoing, long-term initiative relating to education and workforce development. “Thinking about the role of a Chamber of Commerce in education and workforce development is a natural extension of all the great work the Brooklyn Chamber is doing in the workforce space,” Ward said. “I am honored to be a part of the ACCE Fellowship for Educational Attainment, and am excited to learn from my Chamber peers across the country.” Ward has worked at the Chamber for nearly four years. Prior to coming to the Chamber, she worked at the Police Athletic League in various roles, most recently as Senior Grants Associate. She has a master of public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.
Borough President Eric L. Adams Addresses Business Community at Brooklyn Newsmakers Event
he Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams at a Brooklyn Newsmakers event, Wednesday, September 13 at Brooklyn Law School, where he addressed the Brooklyn business community. Adams spoke on a range of topics, with a particular focus on his efforts to promote nutrition in New York City hospitals and his own personal struggle with diabetes. He also devoted attention to the newly announced #BrooklynPrime campaign, a joint effort with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to draw Amazon’s new headquarters to the county of Kings. Adams has been the borough president since 2014. Before his election, he served in the New York State Senate for six years, representing parts of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park. He also served as a New York City police officer for over 20 years. Brooklyn Newsmakers is a long-running event series of the Brooklyn Chamber. Past keynote speakers have included members of the Brooklyn delegation to Congress, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin. The event is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and put on in partnership with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “Borough President Adams has been an integral partner in our mutual efforts to advocate for economic development throughout the borough,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “We’re thrilled to have him address the business community at Brooklyn Newsmakers, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing effort to draw Amazon’s new headquarters Brooklyn. Many thanks to our exclusive
sponsor, Investors Bank, and to our partners, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Brooklyn Law School, for facilitating this discussion.” “The borough president’s timely appearance at Brooklyn Newsmakers was a strong reminder of the tremendous opportunity that Amazon’s new headquarters can bring to Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “Amazon’s 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital investment would further bolster Brooklyn’s thriving Innovation Coast, provide needed economic support in a range of related industries and make an enormous economic impact on surrounding communities. I look forward to working with Borough President Adams and
our community partners to pursue this exciting opportunity.” “I am proud to be a part of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Brooklyn Newsmakers fall series, and I commend them for bringing together the best and brightest of the borough’s business community to address industry challenges and discover new opportunities for growth, including a discussion I look forward to having on how good health makes for good business,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Brooklyn is a powerhouse for start-ups and established companies, and that’s exactly the kind of environment I look forward to continue fostering in my administration.” “We are honored to sponsor the Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmakers event that will fea-
ture a keynote address by the Honorable Eric L. Adams. Our team at Investors Bank has formed a productive relationship with Borough President Adams and the Borough Hall staff. Together, we have taken significant action to serve many people and neighborhoods as well as assist local nonprofits across the borough. We encourage Chamber members, businesses, and Brooklyn’s leaders to join us as the Borough President presents his forwardlooking message about the positive changes transforming Brooklyn,” said Investors Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Ana Oliveira. “Borough President Adams has always been a huge proponent of education at all levels throughout Brooklyn,” said NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We are excited to continue to work with him as he supports the innovation economy and helps us push the bounds of STEM education in the borough.” “There is no moat or drawbridge or ivory tower separating our great law school from our exciting, vibrant, dynamic home community. We are proud to once again welcome both Borough President Adams and the Chamber of Commerce whose expert, effective leadership continues to enhance the experience for all those who live, work, study and enjoy what Brooklyn offers.,” said Nick Allard, Dean of Brooklyn Law School. “Borough President Adams has demonstrated time and again his steadfast commitment to Brooklyn and the long-term growth of the borough. His leadership has strengthened local businesses, promoted cultural institutions and shown the rest of the city what innovation looks like. His participation in the Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmaker series today is a testament to that success,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer.
Board Member Spotlight
Thomas Sorrentino, Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP
homas Sorrentino, a lifelong Brooklynite, is a partner at the accounting firm PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP. He is also one of the nine Commissioners of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, appointed to a term that runs through January 2022. Sorrentino has been a member of the Brooklyn Chamber since 1995, and a board member since 2012. “I have tried to follow the mantra of doing my best to treat everyone with respect, integrity and sincerity, and living by my word,” Sorrentino said. “I believe that people come to truly know you through your actions and deeds in how you deal with them, and how consistent you are over time.” Sorrentino joined the Chamber as a young certified public accountant to try to expand his client base. He and his firm have been Chamber members for over 20 years. He volunteers his time with a number of
charitable, civic community and business organizations. He is on the board of the St. Bernard Academy, the Catholic Foundation of the Brooklyn Diocese, and is a past grand knight and trustee of a local Knights of Columbus Council. He is also a member of the Investors Bank New York Advisory Group. He was chosen as one of Grand Marshals of the 2016 Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade, sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Associations, or FIAO. He has a bachelor’s degree from New York University, and is a certified public accountant in New York and New Jersey. Sorrentino’s ideal day in the borough is seeing a Brooklyn Cyclones game and then going out to eat. “We’re so lucky to have so much available to us, all right here in Brooklyn,” he said. “I, for one, am glad I never left!” Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com
Chamber Staff Visit Over 400 Member Businesses During Second Annual BCC Visits
Chamber staff visited local small businesses and elected officials’ offices. From left to right, Investors Bank; TerraCRG and the Office of Assembly Member Jaime Williams.
rooklyn Chamber staff visited over 400 businesses throughout the borough in August during the second BCC Visits, a series of impromptu visits to members by Chamber staff. During the annual event, staff visit as many members as possible, conducting personal check-ins to see what Chamber services would be useful to them. The visits were conducted over four Fridays, starting with August 3 and continuing each week until August 24. Each week, Chamber staff explored a different part of the borough: Downtown Brooklyn, Bay Ridge/Sunset Park, North Brooklyn and
South Brooklyn. After a morning and afternoon spent visiting Chamber members, staff met at an area restaurant for lunch. On the first Friday, the staff visited businesses throughout Downtown Brooklyn, ending in a lunch at Applebee’s on Flatbush Avenue. Businesses visited included Brooklyn Law School, Sahadi’s, a long-established Middle Eastern grocery store, and TerraCRG, a Brooklyn-only real estate developer. During the second week of BCC Visits, staff went to businesses in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Park Slope, covering a wide area along the coast. Businesses visited included DeSales Me-
dia Group, the communications and technology arm of the diocese of Brooklyn, and Wax Rax, a record storage company that also trains budding metalworkers as part of the Chamber’s Brooklyn Metal Partnership. Chamber staff were also able to meet with Assembly Member Robert Carroll, who represents the 44th Assembly District, in his office on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, despite making an impromptu visit. During the third week of visits, staff covered businesses in North Brooklyn. Businesses visited included the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center and Broadway
Stages, a TV and film studio. Afterward, staff met for pizza at The Williamsburg Hotel. During the final week of visits, staff visited Chamber members in South Brooklyn. Businesses visited included Michael’s of Brooklyn, an Italian restaurant, the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union, and Luna Park. The staff concluded the day at Kitchen 21 NYC in Coney Island. Chamber staff documented BCC Visits on social media, often posing for colorful photos with business owners they encountered. Each week, staff competed against each other in contests for who had the best photos, who collected the most member surveys, and more.
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common cause of concern for many New Yorkers is increasing rent – both what it currently costs for space and the forecast for the future price tag of such space. Policy makers and advocates across the City have worked to find ways to ease the burden of ever-increasing rents in New York for decades. While there have been some effective developments in preserving and creating affordable space for residential tenants, commercial tenants have been less lucky. Too often our mom-and-pop shops are forced to close because of exorbitant rents. To combat this problem, applying what has worked well in ensuring residential affordability is worth pursuing in the commercial context. Recently, through the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), we secured a commitment from SMJ Development that the retail space in their mixeduse project at 1618 Fulton Street in Brooklyn contain four 1,000-square-foot sections to be offered to local small business owners. Instead of one large 15,000-square-foot commercial unit only suitable for – and only affordable to – a big box store, we ensured local small business owners receive preference. By working with the developer through a City-mandated process that every development project involving Cityowned lots must go through – ULURP – we created a carve-out for small businesses. If
we can codify this process into law, which is my intention, this could be the first of many development projects that creates much-needed affordable retail space for NYC’s small business owners. Read more about my plan on The Real Deal’s website at http://bit.ly/2xnNlNG.
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Retiring After a Last Brew B
ob Stimell, the Brooklyn and Staten Island General Sales Manager of U.S. Coffee, recently retired after a 19-year career in marketing there. U.S. Coffee, a break room supplier that serves the tri-state area, makes the quick brews that Chamber staffers drink in the kitchen at 335 Adams Street. “I appreciate the close relationship and rapport I’ve established with the Brooklyn Chamber through the years, and my friendship with Rick Russo and the gang,” Stimell said. He loved U.S. Coffee because of the owners and staff, and because he got to watch it grow from a small, local coffee supplier into a well-respected industry leader. Before joining U.S. Coffee, Stimell was a vice president in the travel industry. He worked in that industry for 35 years, having worked in sales and marketing for a total of over 60 years. “When I hit 80 in February, I realized it was about time,” Stimell said. U.S. Coffee has been family-owned and managed for three generations. It is based in Hicksville, NY, although it maintains an active presence in Brooklyn and throughout all five boroughs, serving over a dozen industries. The company’s main niche is catering to office break rooms. It prides itself on giving back to the community through corporate social responsibility, and on an ecofriendly outlook. According to U.S. Coffee’s website, office break rooms generate enough waste to wrap the equator every day. The company has also teamed up with local artisan roasters, including Grady’s Cold Brew, a Brooklyn Chamber member. In retirement, Stimell looks forward to spending more time with Sandy, his wife of 53 years, and his two daugh-
ters and three grandchildren. He is also excited about having more time to sing in a barbershop quartet, one of his favorite hobbies. His advice to future marketing professionals?
“Just be yourself and make friends, and everything else will fall in line,” Stimell said. “I’m proud that major companies that came on board with me over 19 years ago are still loyal customers of U.S. Coffee and office supplies.”
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Longtime Chamber Board Member Lyn Hill Retires
yn Hill, the Vice President for Communications and External Affairs at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and a longtime member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, retired on October 9, 2017. “I’ve been lucky to both live and work in Brooklyn, especially during these very exciting years of development and growth,” Hill said. “Serving the hospital and its community has been a great privilege and during that time, involvement with the Brooklyn Chamber has consistently been one of my most rewarding experiences.” Hill worked for New York Methodist Hospital, which recently became NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital, for over 30 years. She began her work there in 1987. Before joining Brooklyn Methodist, Hill taught communication arts at Queens College and served as Director of Public Relations at several academic institutions, including St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Hill has actively participated in a variety of community organizations throughout her career, including the American Red Cross, the Park Slope Civic Council, Berkeley Carroll School, the Boy Scouts of America, the Park Slope Schoolhouse and Congregation Beth Elohim. At the Chamber, she served on the Board of Directors and the Government
Affairs Committee, and was co-Chair of the Health Care Business Committee. She played a key role in developing the healthcare portions of the Chamber’s legislative agendas. Hill was presented with lifetime membership in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce by Chamber President and CEO Andrew Hoan at the Annual Meeting and Trade Show on October 18. Hill has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Queens College, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism from the City University of New York Graduate School.
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ceStone began in 2003 with the idea in mind to integrate sustainable practices from process to product. That product would be countertops. Co-founded by Miranda Magagnani and Peter Strugatz with capital investment from angel investors such as Ben Cohen (Ben & Jerryâ€™s), Dal Lamagna (founder of Tweezerman), Greg Steltenpohl (Odwalla), and Gary Hirshberg (Stonyfield Farm), IceStone was introduced to the world. IceStone is made from three core ingredients: 100% recycled glass, Portland cement, and non-toxic pigment. To date, IceStone has diverted 16 million pounds of glass from landfills. IceStone can be installed not only as countertops but also as vanities, conference tables, desktops, reception areas, work surfaces, and more. Available in 16 beautiful colors (with five containing recycled oyster shells), some of the IceStone fan favorite colors are White Pearl, and Alpine White. Located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, IceStone is proud to say that their countertops are made in Brooklyn, NY. Practicing sustainability not only in its product but also in its factory, IceStone has a skylight that allows employees to work under natural light, greatly reducing the use of electricity. Their
forklifts are electric/hybrid, and since a lot of water is used in the manufacturing process, they use a recycling water system. IceStoneâ€™s goal is to eventually become a zero-waste facility and itâ€™s about 90% there. IceStone is also a founding B Corporation member that operates under a triple bottom
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Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Nov. 1, 7 pm – 9 pm, Nov. 6, 6:30 pM – 8 pM Nov. 8, 6:30 PM – PM The Brooklyn Historical Society brings this three-part women’s suffrage series to Pierrepoint Street in Brooklyn Heights to celebrate the historical milestone for women. Starting off with “Women can Vote, Now What?” focused on the way the “fight amplified rifts among equal rights constituents and advocates, primarily between African American women and white women.” The second part of the series will focus more on how this change is “Reshaping Politics” with the first female speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn. The final leg in the series takes on the current topic of “The Nasty Woman Stigma,” and how women are often labeled “too bossy” or “too meek.”
Lefrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park
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Scenic Brooklyn Fall Strolls Fall is the perfect time to head outside, enjoy the last few warm days in the sun and soak in the many colors of fall. While we may be living in the concrete jungle, there are many oases of gardens, treelined streets and yes, even beautiful, historic cemeteries to visit this season. As you head out the door ready to soak up the many stunning colors of fall, do not forget to bring your camera or smartphone to snap some great photos! Prospect Park The beautiful park, designed by the creative duo behind Central Park, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Filled with local families, runners, ponies, cyclists, dogs and sports teams, the lively park’s environment shows how greenery and nature is appreciated in Brooklyn as much as it is in Manhattan. Recently turned completely carfree, Prospect Park is a safe, colorful and fun park filled with lawns, trees, ponds, a carousel, and even a three-mile running and biking course that snakes through the scenic park perfect for a fall foliage walk! Brooklyn Botanic Garden This stunning 52-acre garden in the heart of Brooklyn, is a neighbor of the iconic Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park, which makes a perfect weekend day trip. Grab a map and stroll from garden to garden and through indoor climate rooms to the Japanese miniature tree gallery, or attend a Fall Splendor Tour led by the Botanic Garden’s engaging tour guides. Either way, you will have the chance to embrace the changing colors around you.
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Lakeside is the largest and most ambitious project in Prospect Park since its creation nearly 150 years ago. Spanning 26 acres, this $74 million restoration by the Prospect Park Alliance transforms the southeast corner of the Park into a popular scenic and recreational destination. The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides seasonal ice skating, roller skating, biking, boating and water play. The Bluestone Cafe at the Chase Pavilion provides light fare and beverages year-round. For more information, visit prospectpark.org.
Michel Basquiat, as you discover hills, valleys, ponds and paths stretching for 478 acres.
Courtesy: Prospect Park Alliance
Cypress Hills Cemetery Founded in 1848, this cemetery officially opened in 1851. It was the first cemetery in New York to be organized for “civilized burial of the dead.” Since then, the cemetery has become a 225-acre cemetery with beautifully developed land, featuring two three-story mausoleums, and chapels. Years of careful planning and maintenance have preserved the iconic aesthetic of the cemetery and continue to keep the same serenity of the grounds as that of the founders’ vision. Whether you wish to go for a scenic walk surrounded by fall colors or take a historic tour, you will
see many notable names here. One of many notable burials is Jackie Robinson – the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Green-Wood Cemetery This National Historic Landmark was founded in 1838, and gained a reputation for its beauty as a prestigious place to be buried by the 1860s, attracting 500,000 visitors each year (then second in New York State in number of visits per year, after Niagara Falls!). Walk in these historic footsteps and look for iconic names on tombstones, such as Jean-
Brooklyn Heights Promenade Covered with large trees hunching over the promenade on one side and stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge on the other, this stroll will allow you to soak in fall colors and crisp fall air, whether you are looking for a place to read on a sunny day or a place to walk with your family. The benches facing the East River on the 1,826-foot esplanade, the striking city views, and the neighborhood filled with iconic Brooklyn brownstones on tree lined streets in Brooklyn Heights make for great fall photography spots! Greenpoint’s Kent Street This picturesque half-mile street in Greenpoint is known for its colorful fall leaves, as it stretches from the film studios of Greenpoint to the WNYC Transmitter Park by the East River. While you take this scenic walk filled with trees, with colorful leaves raining down on you along the street, you will pass an array of sweet shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. If you walk the street toward the East River, you will be able to warm up with some cocktails at Ramona Bar, or hot beverages and hot cookies at Ovenly!
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1 1. From left to right, State Senator Martin J. Golden; MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota; and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan.
3 3. From left to right, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan; and Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
5 5. The crowd at the Annual Meeting and Trade Show.
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2 2. Form left to right, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan; Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; and Peter Meyer, TD Bank.
4 4. Peter Meyer, TD Bank New York City Market President and Centennial Chair, addresses the crowd at the Annual Meeting.
6 6. Assembly Member Joseph Lentol and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce staff with MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.
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1. From left to right, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan; Council Member Vincent Gentile; and Council Member Alan Maisel.
3. NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop addresses the delegation in the Committee of the Whole Room in City Hall.
2. From left to right, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan; Council Member Mark Treyger; Council Member Alan Maisel; and Council Member Brad Lander.
4. The delegation meets with administration officials in the Committee of the Whole Room in City Hall. From left to right, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu; Lindsay Greene, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; Jon Paul Lupo, Director of City Legislative Affairs; and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan.
6. The crowd at Brooklyn Night at Barleycorn Craft Bar & Grill.
5. Council Member Stephen Levin addresses the delegation in 250 Broadway.
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Pratt Institute Selects Frances Bronet as the College’s 12th President
rances Bronet, senior vice president and provost at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a distinguished educator at the forefront of interdisciplinary curricula and collaboration, has been selected as the 12th president of Pratt Institute, announced Bruce Gitlin, Chair of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. She will be the first woman president to lead Pratt Institute, one of the world’s most renowned art and design colleges. Ms. Bronet will begin her tenure on January 2, 2018, and will succeed President Thomas F. Schutte who stepped down on June 30, 2017, after more than two decades of transformational leadership. Pratt Institute Provost Kirk E. Pillow began serving as the interim president on July 1, 2017. “I am honored to have been chosen as the 12th president of Pratt Institute,” said Ms. Bronet. “During the years ahead, I will work closely with the faculty, administration, students, the local and global communities, and the trustees to ensure that Pratt continues to build upon its notable past achievements and realizes all of its creative potential for the future. This is a key moment for art and design education to critically address the complex challenges around us.” The search for Pratt’s new president was led by a 16-member Presidential Search Committee representing all of Pratt’s constituencies, including board members, alumni, academic and administrative leaders, faculty, and students. Following the Committee’s review of more than 200 candidates, the Pratt Board of Trustees unanimously appointed
Ms. Bronet as president of the Institute. “Frances Bronet is a dynamic and innovative leader, and all of us at Pratt are thrilled to have her assume responsibility for the Institute’s direction,” said Board Chair Bruce Gitlin. “Her passion and commitment to education shine through in her exceptional contributions throughout her career as a scholar, teacher, collaborator, and forward thinking administrator. Ms. Bronet is dedicated to excellence and innovation, the exact characteristics that Pratt needs in its next president. The entire community looks forward to working closely with Ms. Bronet to further Pratt’s mission.” Board Chair Gitlin also praised the mem-
bers of the Presidential Search Committee for their hard work and dedication to ensuring that Pratt will have the right leader for the Institute’s ongoing growth and success. “The Committee received very thoughtful suggestions from more than 400 members of the community about the skill set and traits the next president of Pratt should have,” said Board Chair Gitlin. “Ms. Bronet has the perfect mix of those qualities.” A dedicated educator in the fields of architecture and engineering, Ms. Bronet has served since August 2015, as senior vice president and provost at IIT. IIT is a technology focused, PhD-granting research university in Chicago. IIT enrolls more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to her arrival at IIT, she was the acting provost at the University of Oregon, a public flagship research university, which enrolls approximately 25,000 students and offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs. From 2005 until 2014, she served as dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Before that, Ms. Bronet was the acting dean and the associate dean of Architecture of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she began her career as a professor in 1985. A noted academician and thought leader on the pedagogical and social challenges facing art and design education, Ms. Bronet is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), as well as past chancellor and vice chancellor for the ACSA College of Distinguished Professors. She is the co-founder of the ACSA Women’s Leadership Council and was selected an
ACSA Distinguished Professor. Ms. Bronet was named one of the most admired educators by DesignIntelligence in 2011 and 2014. Her additional honors include the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching New York Professor of the Year and the William H. Wiley Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching, research, service, and contributions to the university and the community. For more than two decades, Ms. Bronet has been developing and publishing work on multidisciplinary design curricula connecting architecture, engineering, science, technology and society (humanities and social sciences), dance, and electronic arts. She has received extensive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities/Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (NEH/FIPSE) for work on new pedagogical models using design for technical and/or interdisciplinary learning as well as interactive environments. Her recent collaborations, from the professional to the institutional, span a range of installation projects, video works, course and curriculum development, building new programs, facilities, and campuses. Ms. Bronet holds undergraduate degrees in architecture and engineering from McGill University and a Master of Science degree in architectural design from Columbia University. Ms. Bronet was licensed by the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec and has practiced in Canada and New York, including her own practice, in Montreal.
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St. Francis College Announces Miguel Martinez-Saenz as 19th President New Leader Dedicated to Student Access, Retention, and Success
t. Francis College is pleased to announce Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz as the 19th President in the College’s 160 year history. He will begin his term in September at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, taking over for Interim President Timothy J. Houlihan who filled the position after the death of Brendan J. Dugan ’68 in December of 2016. President Martinez-Saenz comes to Brooklyn Heights from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where he was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “When we set out to find a new president, we looked for a champion of the Franciscan values of kindness and service; someone who also brings deep academic experience, solid leadership skills, and an accomplished track record,” said Chair of the selection committee Denis J. Salamone ‘75, a member of the Board at M&T Bank Corporation. “Of the 80 applicants we reviewed, it quickly became apparent that Dr. Martinez-Saenz was exactly the type of person we were looking for. We are fortunate he felt the same way about St. Francis College.” A Cuban-American with 17 years of academic and leadership experience, Dr. Martinez-Saenz is committed to three major pillars of higher education; student access, retention, and student success. “Going to college is only meaningful if colleges deliver what they promise,” said Dr. Martinez-Saenz. “Our educational goals reach beyond general knowledge and skills and include cognitive, socio-emotional and moral development. Mastery of these areas help students become desirable to employers. But first, students have to graduate and to graduate we must meet the needs of the students we choose to enroll.” With a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of South Florida, President Martinez-Saenz began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. After earning tenure and promotion at Wittenberg, Dr. Martinez-Saenz accepted and held two administrative appointments: Assistant Provost for the First-Year Experience and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.
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Among his accomplishments in those administrative roles are the creation of a studentcentered first-year experience aimed at easing the transition to college life, an artist-in-residence program, and the development and implementation of programs that promote diversity, equity, and respect. Dr. Martinez-Saenz moved from Wittenberg to accept the position of Dean and Associate Provost for Student Success at St. Cloud State University’s University College where he led a data analytics initiative that examines the factors influencing retention, with a special emphasis on the magnitude of these effects. This research helped his team focus on ways of intervening and how certain factors would impact student retention. Dr. Martinez-Saenz’s most recent appointment was at Otterbein University where he served as Provost. In that position he led a number of efforts especially in the context of internationalization that included a three-year global arts initiative, funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts. He also helped lay the foundation and developed partnerships with universities in South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Malaysia. Of significance, Dr. Martinez-Saenz was an administrative Fulbright Scholar (March 2016) through the Fulbright-
Nehru International Education Administrators Program. Outside the university setting his experience has been varied and diverse. He has worked with his spouse, Julie Holland, a former 8th grade public school Social Studies teacher, tutoring teens at or below the poverty-line, has conducted philosophy workshops in juvenile detention centers, and has accompanied student groups to build houses in rural communities in Nicaragua as part of trips organized by Bridges to Community. Notably, while in Springfield he was a founding board member for a non-profit organization that works with social service organizations to assess, develop and implement strategies to strengthen their capacities; more recently, Dr. Martinez-Saenz has been focused on creating collaborative opportunities between community colleges and four-year universities, working to connect social entrepreneurs with re-entry work and has devoted significant time to teaching in correctional facilities. “President Martinez-Saenz is a rising star in the academic world,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees John F. Tully ’67. “His dedication to the students lies at the core of his career and his focus on giving all students the best college experience possible will ensure that St.
Francis College continues to flourish as a top private institution for many years to come.” “Higher education is in the middle of a major transition, being re-imagined and re-conceptualized to meet the demands of a changing globe,” said Dr. Martinez-Saenz. “I look forward to working with the professors, students, administrators, alumni, and friends of St. Francis College to determine the best way for us to grow, change and lead.” A deliberate and devoted writer and speaker, Dr. Martinez-Saenz has been published in a number of academic journals and written several columns and editorials for Ohio newspapers, the Huffington Post and The Hill. He has written and presented on issues including but not limited to: how philosophy can turn the headline grabbing news cycle into more meaningful conversations; why living the Franciscan phrase, “Preach the Gospel always, when necessary use words,” makes for strong leadership; Jorge Luis Borges and the power of translation; and how colleges must balance the need for students to get jobs with the importance of providing substantive educational experience. President Martinez-Saenz has been honored with a variety of accolades during his academic career, including the Ohio Latino Awards Educator of the Year, Insight into Diversity Visionary Award, and The Lillian C. Franklin Diversity Award. Dr. Martinez-Saenz will be moving to Brooklyn with his wife Julie, their two children (Caterina and Joaquin), and their two dogs (Charlotte and Dallas). A schedule of events for the inauguration of Dr. Miguel Martinez-Saenz will be announced in the coming weeks. St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond. St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201, www.sfc.edu
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Strong Power Consulting 235 New Jersey Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 strongpowerconsulting.com 347-529-0402
Architects, Designers and Engineers Studio Tractor Architecture PLLC NBC 181 North 11th Street, #107, Brooklyn, NY 11211 studiotractor.com 718-384-3700
Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Music Boru Media LLC Tonganoxie, KS 66086 liamandseamus.com 913-205-2915
Prohibition Entertainment Jersey City, NJ 07302 347-209-7523
Rough Trade Retail LLC NBC Brooklyn, NY 11249 roughtrade.com 718-388-4111
Athletic and Fitness Clubs Club Pilates Cobble Hill
AcceptPro Holbrook,NY 11741 acceptpro.com 877-376-4226
Centaurus Holdings, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11214 centaurusholdings.com 646-450-6925
Edward Jones - Kris Sykes NBC 339A 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 edwardjones.com/kristopher-sykes 770-330-8258
ERPS Group 1716 Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214 erpsgroup.com 347-462-2778
GrowthFountain NBC Brooklyn, NY 11201 growthfountain.com 646-759-8228
K. Baker Tax Group, LLC 300 Cadman Plaza West, One Pierrepont Plaza 12th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 kbakertaxgroup.com 917-621-5005
Merrill Lynch NBC 103 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 ml.com 516-877-8333
Mike Berman, CFP® Morgan Stanley Wealth Management 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 13th Floor New York, NY 10104 morganstanleyfa.com/mike.berman 212-492-6910
RedSapiens New York, NY 10017 redsapiens.com 347-901-9691
Simone Bennett Strategies
181 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 clubpilates.com/cobblehill 718-635-1699
122 Rutland Road, Brooklyn, NY 11225 simonestrategies.com 347-469-9865
Liz Diamond Fitness
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Brooklyn, NY 11218 lizdiamondfitness.com 860-933-0089
Automobile Services and Transportation Tesla Brooklyn 160 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 tesla.com 718-510-8046
Veteran Valet New York, NY 10013 443-783-4173
Banks and Credit Unions Bank of America 677 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 bankofamerica.com 347-480-6145
Brooklyn, NY 11216 340-690-0313
WCH Service Bureau, Inc 3047 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229 wchsb.com 718-934-6714
Write Thoughts Productions Brooklyn, NY 11217 212-470-4287
Clothing, Jewelry and Fashion phoebe-says.com Basking Ridge, NJ 08854 phoebe-says.com 732-208-8644 Community Service Organizations
Lightbridge Academy 243 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 lightbridgeacademy.com/locations/prospectheights-ny 917-478-2511
Southside United HDFC - Los Sures
NBC 434 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 southsideunitedhdfc.org 718-599-1940
NBC 107 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 dusdonuts.com 718-215-8770
The Alex House Project
Legally Addictive Foods LLC
76 Lorraine Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 alexhouseproject.org 347-792-2109
Brooklyn, NY 11205 legallyaddictivefoods.com 646-639-3242
United Federation of Teachers
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
335 Adams Street, 25th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 uft.org 718-852-4900
56 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 vanleeuwenicecream.com 718-701-1630
Construction Services and Supplies Belfor Long Island, LLC. 58-17 59th Drive, Maspeth, NY 11378 belfor.com/en/us/belfor-usa-offices/new-york/ queens 646-340-1010
Economic Development BJH Advisors 224 Centre Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013 bjhadvisors.com 646-573-9588
U3 Advisors 230 W. 41st Street, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10036 u3advisors.com 646-276-5259
Zesty Z: The Za’atar Co. 630 Flushing Avenue, Suite 200 Brooklyn, NY 11206 zesty-z.com/home 718 517-1039
Gifts and Souvenirs Unemployed Philosophers Guild Brooklyn, NY 11201 philosophersguild.com 718-243-9492
Graphic Design American Design Language Brooklyn, NY 11205 adlhq.com 718-965-9194
Industrial and Manufacturing Services
American Friends of Ariel University
3145 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 afau.org 718-434-1628
16 Court Street, 1204, Brooklyn, NY 11201 makersrow.com 347-526-5026
Bishop Kearney High School
2202 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204 bishopkearneyhs.org 718-236-6363
NBC 1198 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 nycconservatory.com/Marc_Trautrimas/Home. html 845-901-8302
NYC Family Enterprise Center 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4600 New York, NY 10165 nycfec.org 212-889-8338
Pixel Academy 163 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 pixelacademy.org 866-771-6837
Energy and Utilities Drift Seattle, WA 98104 joindrift.com 844-292-9295
Goldstar-Energy Group 5429 Harding Highway, Building 500 Mays Landing, NJ 08330 goldstar-energy.com 800-942-1109
Environmental Products and Services My Battery Recyclers MYBRS 95 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 mybrs.com 718-858-3600
Facility Management and Janitorial Services On Top Cleaning Service LLC 735 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207 ontopcleaningservice.com 917-749-1723
Food Products Arancini Bros LLC 192 Seigel Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 arancinibros.com 718-381-0331
Den’s Hot Dogs 105 Oceana Drive E, Suite 4E, Brooklyn, NY 11235 denshotdogs.com 718-355-9636
Studio R NBC Brooklyn, NY 11222 facebook.com/wearestudioR 612-590-4104
Total Metal Resource, Inc. DBA Metal Shop Fantasy Camp 175 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 tmrnyc.com 718-384-7818
Information Technology Alpha and Omega Consulting Group, Inc. Queens, NY 11411 917-284-0028
Intersection New York, NY 10001 intersection.com 929-241-1546
Synergy IT Solutions Buffalo, NY 14225 synergyits.com 716-250-3711
UAO Consulting 30 E 125th St, #234, New York, NY 10035 uaoconsulting.com 267-982-2064
Insurance New York Life - Ivan J. Rodriguez 140A Lexington Avenue, Apartment 2 Brooklyn, NY 11216 951-205-1717
Law Firms and Legal Services Aarons Law Office PLLC New York, NY 11233 aaronslawoffice.com 646-334-5757
Law Office of Matthew S. Porges 641 President Street, Suite 205 Brooklyn, NY 11215 mspesq.com Continued on Page 22 Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com
New Members Continued from Page 21
Ritter Law LLC 134 N 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 ritterllc.com 212-382-3540
Medical Facilities and Service Providers Eating for Meaning, LLC 135 Clarkson Avenue, F8, Brooklyn, NY 11226 eatingformeaning.com 844-441-9661
Greenlife Healthcare Staffing Brooklyn, NY 11225 glhstaffing.com 917-975-3800
Photographers hankr Milwaukee, WI 53204 hankr.us 414-935-5107
Printers, Publishing and Publications Never Sink Media Kings County Politics 516 East 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218 KingsCountyPolitics.com 917-257-6014
Real Estate Brokers Ariel Property Advisors - Sean R. Kelly, Esq. – Senior Director
555 Lefferts Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 kaminhealth.com 718-360-8074
NBC 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 2405 New York, NY 10168 arielpa.nyc/our-team/sean-kelly 646-738-4117
New York Therapy and Wellness
Bold New York
KaMIN Health Crown Heights Urgent Care
2579 Ocean Avenue, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11229 nytherapyandwellness.com 646-780-0926
Northwell Health 2000 Marcus Avenue, 3rd Fl Administration New Hyde Park, NY 11042 northwell.edu 516-321-6108
The Smilist NBC 120 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 thesmilist.com 347-560-4540
196 North 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 boldnewyork.com 718-489-1010
590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 masonjarny.com 516-770-5859
RHD, Inc. dba RHD Projects
423 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 pandaexpress.com 805-403-8171
NBC Brooklyn, NY 11206 rhdprojects.com 718-456-6801
Restaurants and Caterers Apizza Regionale 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 apizzaregionale.com 718-624-7706
Bar Granger 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 gothammarketashland.com/vendor/bar-granger 718-624-7703
Bartleby & Sage, Inc. 630 Flushing Avenue, 5th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206 bartlebyandsage.com 718-361-0707
Brooklyn, NY 11229 347-470-8850
Newmark Knight Frank
Ends Meat NYC
55 Prospect Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 ngkf.com 212-372-2075
Real Estate Development and Management Cycamore Capital
Moving and Storage
NBC 117 Dobbin Street, #206, Brooklyn, NY 11222 veteranmoversnyc.com 718-387-8400
Mason Jar BK
825 Third Avenue, 37th Floor New York, NY 10022 madisonrealtycapital.com 646 472-1900
590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 boquerianyc.com 646-450-1460
Karen Cohen Commercial Realty
142-02 20th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Flushing, NY 11351 welllifenetwork.org 917-563-3383
Veteran Movers NYC Inc.
Madison Realty Capital
Brooklyn, NY 11201 cycamorecapital.com 310-625-4197 432 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10016 gothamorg.com 212-716-2619
254 36th Street, Unit 38, Brooklyn, NY 11232 endsmeatnyc.com 718-801-8895
Flip Bird 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 gothammarketashland.com/vendor/flip-bird 718-624-7703
Gotham Market at The Ashland 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 gothammarketashland.com 212-716-2619
Special Events Services and Venues Made By Hand Markets Brooklyn, NY 11210 madebyhandmarkets.com 347-551-6735
Wizard Studios North, Inc. 305 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 wizardstudios.com 212-627-3058
Telecommunications Crown Castle 16-16 Whitestone Expressway Whitestone, NY 11357 crowncastle.com
goTenna Brooklyn, NY 11201 gotenna.com 760-828-2067
Tourism and Travel Brooklyn Charter Bus Company Brooklyn, NY 11201 gogocharters.com/brooklyn-charter-bus 718-255-5820
Motivate Brooklyn, NY 11232 motivateco.com 203-980-8820
KarVér 1809 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 karver.com 718-255-8777
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Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Music
Educational Institutions NYC Family Enterprise Center $49.00 off 2017 Fall Programs 12/1/2017 212-889-8338, nycfec.org
Energy and Utilities SolarKal LLC 20% off solar for Chamber members
Pinot’s Palette, Park Slope $10 off any class
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Community Service Organizations New York Peace Institute 15% off any workplace training for Chamber members 6/30/2018 212-577-1740, nypeace.org 22 Brooklyn Progress • November/December 2017
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Moving and Storage Treasure Island Storage 10% additional discount off any other offer 12/31/2017 718-596-1850, tistorage.com
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Printers, Publishing and Publications
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BKLYNER Member Discount - 10% off advertising for 6 month contract or 15% off advertising for 12 month contract
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Renewed Members Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Brooklyn Metal Works
Apples and Oranges Publications
387 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor, Suite 504 New York, NY 10016 applesandorangespr.com, 888-371-4718
BIB Media 68 3rd Street, Suite 12, Brooklyn, NY 11231 BIBmedia.tv, 718-662-6329
Capalino+Company The Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, Suite 710 New York, NY 10279 capalino.com, 212-616-5810
DalyGonzalez 16 Court Street, Suite 1902, Brooklyn, NY 11241 dalygonzalez.com, 646-299-7793
JCDecaux New York, NY 10016 jcdecaux.com/en, 347-486-0108
Madwell 243 Boerum Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 madwell.com, 347-713-7486
Marino 747 Third Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017 marinopr.com, 212-889-0808
640 Dean Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11238 bkmetalworks.com, 347-762-4757 200 Meacham Avenue, Elmont, NY 11003 Clowns.com, 516-577-0000
Kings Theatre 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 kingstheatre.com, 718-856-2220
North Brooklyn Arts, Inc 145 Java Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 northbrooklynarts.org, 718-930-5061
STREB Laboratory for Action Mechanics 51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 streb.org, 718-384-6491
Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 weeksvillesociety.org, 718-756-5250
Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center 347 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 wmaac.com, 718-866-6811
The NorthStar Group 29 West 46th Street,3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036 thenorthstargroup.biz, 646-559-8314
43 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 msjsgym.com, 646-296-1175
Automobile Services and Transportation Virgo Fleet Supplies, Inc. 8520 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236 virgofleet.com, 718-251-6000
Yoswein New York, Inc.
300 Cadman Plaza West, 8th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 dime.com, 718-782-6200
Dime Community Bank
Empire State Bank
8701 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 esbna.com, 347-695-9040
61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 brooklynbowl.com, 718-963-3369
Architects, Designers and Engineers
45 Main Street, # 708, Brooklyn, NY 11201 barrettdesign.com, 718-360-4801
6702 Bay Parkway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11204 us.hsbc.com, 347-572-4087 211 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 tdbank.com, 212-299-5785
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
25 Chapel Street, Suite 900, Brooklyn, NY 11201 dobanarchitecture.com, 718-797-1041
300 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor Melville, NY 11747 ustrust.com/ust/pages/index.aspx, 631-547-7764
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
153 Berkeley Place, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217 hiebar.com, 718-636-5312
Neuhaus Design Architecture, PC
Bing Consulting Group, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11238 bingconsulting.biz, 718-398-8516
BOC Women’s Business Center 85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 bocnet.org, 718-625-1276
Conflict Resolution Systems, LLC P.O. Box 40229, Brooklyn, NY 11204 conflictresolutionsystems.com, 800-852-9137
Creative Business Inc. 20 Jay Street, Suite 1016, Brooklyn, NY 11201 creativebusinessinc.com, 718-797-2673
Deborah Buyer Law PLLC
Dime Savings Bank - Greenpoint
Banks and Credit Unions
Barrett Design, LLC
1375 Broadway,18th Floor, New York, NY 10018 anchin.com, 212-536-6887
233 Broadway, Suite 702, New York, NY 10007 tlmnyc.com, 646-467-8536
Amusement and Recreation
Anchin Block & Anchin LLP
One Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014 deborahbuyerlaw.com, 212-225-8483
111 Broadway, Suite 1504, New York, NY 10006 yny.com, 212-233-5700
Business and Financial Services
Athletic and Fitness Clubs
Skyline Genesis Event Marketing 1460 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 skylinegenesis.com, 212-647-7600
Brooklyn, NY 11231 redhookwinery.com, 347-689-2432
47-41 21st Street, 10th Floor Long Island City, NY 11101 wellsfargo.com, 929-296-4125
814 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 dime.com, 718-383-0561
iStar Inc. 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 39th Floor New York, NY 10036 istar.com, 212-930-9460
Lesly Ferguson/Primerica Financial Services P.O. Box 330040, Brooklyn, NY 11233 primerica.com/lrferguson, 866-665-3570
New York Capital Group 44 Wall Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10005 nyccapitalgroup.com, 212-233-2002
OTRUSA 55 Washington Street, Suite 457 Brooklyn, NY 11201 otrusa.com, 718-701-5718
PKF O’Connor Davies 665 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 pkfnewyork.com, 212-867-8000
Raffle Solutions B11 Brooklyn, NY 11238 raffle-solutions.com, 646-369-2910
Team Brown Consulting, Inc.
110 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 adiworldwide.com, 646-461-2220
American Art Marketing PO Box 480, Slate Hill, NY 10973 americanartmarketing.com, 845-661-1221
ARTs East New York, Inc. 534 Livonia Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 artseastny.org, 718-676-6006
BRIC 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 bricartsmedia.org, 718-683-5600
Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair P.O. Box 247, Lexington, MA 02420 brooklynbookfair.com, 781-862-4039
Brooklyn Arts Council 20 Jay Street, Suite 616, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynartscouncil.org, 718-625-0080
Community Service Organizations
Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 brooklynbrewery.com, 718-486-7422
Brooklyn Roasting Company 25 Jay Street, 101a, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynroasting.com, 718-855-1000
Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, Inc. 855 East 92 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236 brooklynseltzerboys.com, 718-649-0800
750 Third Avenue, 31 Floor, New York, NY 10017 aarp.org, 212-407-3702
Bay Ridge Center, Inc. 411 Ovington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 bayridgecenter.com, 718-748-0650 x115
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynbridgepark.org, 718-802-0603
2107 East 22nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229 gsbdcorp.org, 718-332-0582
Haitian American Community Coalition, Inc. 3807 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203 hccinc.org, 718-940-2200 x113
HeartShare Human Services of New York 12 Metro Tech Center, 29th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 heartshare.org, 718-422-3210
Heights & Hills, Inc. 57 Willoughby Street, 4th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 heightsandhills.org, 718-596-8789
Junior League of Brooklyn 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynjuniorleague.org, 718-624-3288
L.A.A.M.B. Family Services, Inc. 157 Snediker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/community-serviceorganizations/laamb-family-services,-inc-172806 347-334-0175
Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 littleflowerny.org, 718-875-3500
Mercy Home 273 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 mercyhomeny.org, 718-832-1075
Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center 1250 67th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219 nchhc.org, 718-306-5645
NPower 3 Metro Tech Center, Mezzanine Brooklyn, NY 11201 npower.org, 347-415-8830 Brooklyn, NY 11218 operationwarriorwellness.org, 718-436-0021 960 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 opiny.org, 718-847-9233 Staten Island, NY 10306 pietrosfight.org, 646-582-0800
Prospect Park Alliance 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 prospectpark.org, 718-965-8953
The Guild for Exceptional Children 260 68th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 gecbklyn.org, 718-833-6633
Construction Services and Supplies B and S Construction 442 Madison Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 bandsconstructionincgov.net, 347-893-1897
Eastern Lift Truck Co., Inc. 4606 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 easternlifttruck.com, 718-439-7550
Howell Petroleum Products 317A Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/constructionsuppliesservices/howell-petroleum-products-157467 718-453-0770
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Insite East LLC
215 47th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 fiveboroughs.com, 917-224-5014
The Red Hook Winery
Camp Brooklyn Fund
Five Boroughs Brewing Co.
Greater Sheepshead Bay Development Corp
1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Brooklyncommunityfoundation.org 718-480-7500
Brooklyn Community Foundation
1360 Fulton Street, Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216 lgbtbrooklyn.org, 347-889-7719
175-204 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41 #325A 24 Brooklyn Progress • November/December 2017
500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 greenwoodcemetery.org, 718-788-7850
19 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 joyastudio.com, 718-852-6979
Brooklyn, NY 11249 fosterparksports.org, 929-326-4639
The Green-Wood Cemetery
456 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 salon718.com, 718-623-6153
Foster Park Sports
Brooklyn Integrative Health Care
Adi Audible Difference Inc
42 Broadway, Suite 1136, New York, NY 10004 eastersealsny.org, 212-943-4364
113 South 6th Street, Suite 201 Brooklyn, NY 11249 edwardjones.com/timothy-mullins, 718-388-1768
Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Music
Easter Seals NY
Timothy Mullins - Edward Jones
Beauty and Wellness
519 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 cmtysolutions.org, 929-252-9302
Operation Warrior Wellness
Cemeteries and Funeral Homes
68 Jay Street, #415, Brooklyn, NY 11201 zimmermanworkshop.com, 718-360-0654
Community Solutions - The Brownsville Partnership
41 Schermerhorn Street. Suite# 169 Brooklyn, NY 11201 teambrownconsulting.com, 347-581-7241
119 8th Street, Suite 300, Brooklyn, NY 11215 neuarch.com, 718-832-4771
430 79th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209 brooklynintegrative.com, 718-748-6644
1 Metro Tech North, Suite 1001, Brooklyn, NY 11201
13 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/constructionsuppliesservices/insite-east-llc-161984 718-643-6555
Transcend Construction 1254 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Renewed Members transcendconstruction.com, 718-851-1140
Coworking WeWork 115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 wework.com
Economic Development Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. 494 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 atlanticave.org, 718-875-8993
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative 153 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 brooklyngreenway.org, 718-522-0193
Evergreen 2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 evergreenexchange.org, 718-388-7287
Grand Street Business Improvement District 246 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 grandstbklyn.com, 718-218-8836
HR&A Advisors 99 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013 hraadvisors.com, 646-545-6245
Kings Highway Business Improvement District 905 Kings Highway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11223 kingshighwaybid.org, 718-645-1100
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
Energy and Utilities Columbia Utilities 8751 18 Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214 columbiautilities.com, 718-851-6655
ExxonMobil 38 Varick Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 exxonmobil.com, 718-389-8987
M3 Energy 427 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 m3energy.com, 917-664-3356
Environmental Products and Services Roux Associates 209 Shafter Street, Islandia, NY 11749 rouxinc.com, 631-232-2600
Facility Management and Janitorial Services C.D.E. Air Conditioning Company, Inc.
Rugby Gardens B & B
The Matzo Project
317 Rugby Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226 rugbygardens.com, 718-469-2244
Brooklyn, NY 11215 matzoproject.com, 917-972-4062
Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
457 39th Street , Brooklyn, NY 11232 wyndham.com, 718-972-0900
34 34th Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232 tumbadorchocolate.com, 718-788-0200
Whipped Pastry Boutique Inc. 37 Richards Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 whippedpastryboutique.com, 718-858-8088
Grocery Stores and Supermarkets Concord Market
883-893 Elton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208 coronetparts.com, 718-649-1750
91 Tillary Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 concordmarket.com, 917-406-7753
Flatbush Food Cooperative
Brooklyn, NY 11231 lindatool.com, 718-522-2066
1415 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226 flatbushfoodcoop.com, 718-284-9717
Masterwork Plaques Inc.
Metro Mechanical LLC
9301 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11236 colonypestnyc.com, 718-856-1400
William Hird & Co., Inc.
255 40th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 hirdco.com, 718-499-4881
1096 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 barbarasflowershop.net, 718-773-6644
147 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 acgnyc.com, 212-679-9807
Empire BlueCross BlueShield Healthplus 9 Pine Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10005 https://mss.empireblue.com/ny/pages/home.aspx 212-476-1000
Pitkin Avenue BID
Brooklyn Butcher Blocks
Brooklyn, NY 11201 calatordesign.com, 646-361-6577
Educational Institutions Brooklyn College/CUNY 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210 brooklyn.cuny.edu, 718-951-5391
Brooklyn Law School 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklaw.edu, 718-780-7902
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy 179 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 byca.org, 718-243-9447
Empire State College 325 Hudson Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013 esc.edu, 646-230-1472
Kingsborough Community College/CUNY 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235 kbcc.cuny.edu, 718-368-4550
NYU Tandon School of Engineering 15 MetroTech Center, 6th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 engineering.nyu.edu, 718-260-3500
921 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/food-products(manufacturersdistributors)/consumersflavoring-extract-company-157612 718-435-0201
De An’s Pork Products, Inc. 899 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/food-products(manufacturersdistributors)/de-an’s-porkproducts,-inc-157618 718-788-2464
Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Co. 175 Dikeman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 dellscherry.com, 718-624-4380
Gillies Coffee Company
22-28 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 whchristian.com, 718-389-7000
Information Technology Altronix Corporation 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 altronix.com, 718-567-8181
111 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynbangers.com, 718-614-3512
Consumers Flavoring Extract Company
W.H. Christian & Sons, Inc.
CMIT Solutions Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bangers, LLC
Brooklyn, NY 11232 brooklynbutcherblocks.com, 347-946-2540
8815 Ditmas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236 metromechanical.us, 917-939-0989
41 Reeve Place, Brooklyn, NY 11218 groupinsurancestore.com, 917-566-2742
One Battery Park Plaza, 5th Floor New York, NY 10004 pfnyc.org, 212-493-7509
5116A Fifth Avenue,Suite 200, Brooklyn, NY 11220 sunsetparkbid.org 718-439-7767
Coronet Parts Manufacturing Company, Inc.
187 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 sahadis.com, 718-369-0100
Barbara’s Flower Shop
Sunset Park BID
Industrial and Manufacturing Services
Colony Pest Management
Park Slope 5th Avenue BID
1572 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 pitkinbid.org, 718-483-1459
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 wythehotel.com, 718-460-8000
136 Metropolitan Avenue, 4A, Brooklyn, NY 11249 masterworkplaques.com, 718-283-4109
Partnership for New York City
630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 thej.am, 718-218-5194
Sahadi Importing Co
321 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 cdeair.com, 718-788-1040
472 Myrtle Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11205 myrtleavenue.org, 718-230-1689 343 Fifth Street, Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215 parkslopefifthavenuebid.com, 718-551-5545
The Jam Stand
IceStone 63 Flushing Avenue - Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bldg.12 Brooklyn, NY 11205 icestoneusa.com, 718-624-4900
Italian Tile Imports NY 7202 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204 italiantileimportsny.com, 718-236-9190
Vesta Kitchen & Bath Consulting Inc 353 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 houzz.com/pro/vestakb, 646-261-1908
Watermark Designs 350 Dewitt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 watermark-designs.com, 718-257-2800
Wood Designe 5 John Walsh Boulevard, Peekskill, NY 10566 wdesigne.com
Brooklyn, NY 11215 cmitsolutions.com/bklynnorth, 347-599-0737 305 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 646-373-6834
Fiberwave Corporation 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 fiberwave.com, 718-802-9011
iWise Consulting 480 Van Brunt Street, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11231 iwiseconsulting.com, 718-701-2446 x113
Zena Electric, Inc. 179 Tompkins Avenue, Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206 zenaelectric.com, 718-841-7838
Insurance Aflac New York 14 Wall Street, Suite 8C, New York, NY 10005 local.aflac.com/tracy_wilbanks/Agent 954-864-3766
Freedman & Sons
150 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 gilliescoffee.com, 718-499-7766
Hotels and Accommodations
639 Ave Y, Brooklyn, NY 11235 718-332-7308
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
State Farm Insurance Agency
169 54th Street, Suite 5, Brooklyn, NY 11220 granolalab.com, 917-539-6438
60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 1hotels.com/brooklyn_bridge
53 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 joyva.com, 718-497-0170
9 Beaver Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 bklynhousehotel.com, 718-388-4433
Lucky’s Real Tomatoes
169 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223 robagency.com, 718-627-4500
Valor Abstract Inc. 8304 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228 valorabstract.com, 718-921-7200
56 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 condorny.com, 718-526-6367
St. Francis College
29 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 luckytomatoes.com, 718-383-2580
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 sfc.edu, 718-489-5370
One Girl Cookies
Even Hotel Brooklyn
130 Diamond Street, #4B, Brooklyn, NY 11222 alivestructures.com, 917-743-7735
St. Joseph’s College
Brooklyn, NY 11201 onegirlcookies.com, 212-675-4996
245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 sjcny.edu, 718-940-5902
Sahadi Fine Foods
Employment and Training Active Staffing Services 41 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001 activestaffing.com, 212-244-6444
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Inc. 783 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232 obtjobs.org, 718-369-0303
4215 First Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232 sahadifinefoods.com, 718-369-0100
Salty Road, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11220 thesaltyroad.com, 929-250-2615
Sfoglini 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 sfoglini.com, 917-338-5955
Southeast Asia Market LLC 52 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 seamarketny.com, 917-837-3831
46 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 evenhotels.com/brooklynny 718-552-3806
Holiday Inn Downtown 300 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 holidayinn.com/brooklyndtwn.com 212-624-9114
Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn 625 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/ brooklyn/bxyln/hoteldetail?cm_mmc= GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-US-_-BXYLN 718-797-1133
NU Hotel - Brooklyn 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Law Firms and Legal Services Anthony A. Ferrante, Attorney at Law 455 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203 brooklyn-accidents.com, 646-450-4110
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project 44 Court Street, Suite 1206, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynvlp.org, 718-624-5446
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A 260 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 bka.org, 718-487-2300 Continued on Page 26 Brooklyn Progress • VISIT ibrooklyn.com
Renewed Members Continued from Page 25
Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158 dhclegal.com, 212-557-7200
Staples - Sheepshead Bay
Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. 101 Richardson Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 kalmondolgin.com, 718-388-7700
3707 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 klearview.com, 718-743-0907 x10
Grimaldi & Yeung LLP
2892 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 staples.com, 917-913-1175
9201 4th Avenue, 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209 gylawny.com, 718-238-6960
Pet Services and Supplies
Law Office of Cheryl J. Kinch
Brooklyn Cattitude Pet Sitting Inc.
300 Cadman Plaza West, One Pierrepont Plaza, 12th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/members/Law-FirmLegalServices/Law-Office-of-Cheryl-J-Kinch-171947 718-237-5030
Legal Shield - Peggy Griffiths
Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklyncattitude.com, 614-507-2105
Dog Parker 19 Morris Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 dogparker.com, 704-965-3239
Brooklyn, NY 11226 legalshield.com/hub/griffithspa 866-875-5185
Pharmacies and Pharmaceuticals
Seddio Associates & P.C.
Gardner’s Pharmacy Inc
9306 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/legal-services/seddioassociates-pc-167708 718-272-6040
Subin Associates - Gregory T. Cerchione, Esq.
371 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 gardnerpharmacy.com, 516-506-9358
Printers, Publishing and Publications
150 Broadway, 23rd Floor New York, NY 10038 subinlaw.com, 212-285-3800
Libraries Brooklyn Public Library 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238 bklynlibrary.org, 718-230-2162
Mailing and Courier Services Active Transport Messenger Service, Inc. 285 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 activetransport.net, 718-965-1300
Park Tower Group
Trophy World, Inc. 46 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 trophyworld.com, 718-797-1200
535 Madison Avenue, 35th Floor New York, NY 10022 212-355-7570
1650 Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214 irlsystems.com, 718-491-0642
144 North 7th Street, Suite 408, Brooklyn, NY 11249 patoma.com, 646-205-2275
PMG - Property Markets Group New York, NY 10003 propertymg.com, 212-610-2863
Salmar Properties, LLC 850 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232 salmarproperties.com, 212-967-1909
Savanna 430 Park Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022 savannafund.com, 212-229-0101
Slate Property Group
IRL Systems, Inc.
Signage Pop Printing Inc. 288 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11231 popularprinting.com, 718-925-4746
Special Events Services and Venues Avant Gardner LLC 140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 avant-gardner.com, 347-987-3146
965 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 jmfwprinting.com, 646-659-4580
38 East 29th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10016 slatepg.com/contact
Savemor Digital Printing
The O’Connell Organization
Marine Park Golf Course & Tavern
87 3rd Avenue, First Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Savemorprint.com, 718-624-6136
175 Van Dyke Street, Suite 322A Brooklyn, NY 11231 redhookwaterfront.com, 718-624-0160
Real Estate Brokers
Toll Brothers, Inc.
Brooklyn Bridge Realty, Ltd. 211 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklynbridgerealty.com, 718-625-3700
Dorsa Group Realty 9012 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 dorsagrouprealty.com, 718-921-9012
75 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 tollbrothers.com, 212-742-0835
Religious Organizations Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
481 Van Brunt #7C, Brooklyn, NY 11231 kerryquade.com, 646-996-4238 2880 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 golfmarinepark.com, 718-252-4625
RCP Design Inc 148 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 rcp-design.com, 718-643-6132
Weylin 175 Broadway , Brooklyn, NY 11211 weylin.com, 718-384-3720
310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 dioceseofbrooklyn.org, 718-965-7300
355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017 easternconsolidated.com, 212-499-7700
Restaurants and Caterers
100 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797 alliancehomecare.com, 877-687-7380
Fillmore Real Estate
3159 Flatbush Avenue, Floyd Bennett Field Brooklyn, NY 11234 AviatorSports.com, 718-758-7533
222 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 anellabrooklyn.com, 718-938-2661
Medical Facilities and Service Providers
2990 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229 fillmore.com, 718-368-2900
60 East 42nd Street, Suite 2240 New York, NY 10165 alz.org/nyc, 646-793-3524
Ideal Properties Group
Oxford Nursing Home, Inc. 144 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 oxford-nursinghome.com/M, 718-638-0928
Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness
362 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 ipg.nyc, 347-227-8998
M C Realty Consulting & Management Inc. 1431 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 718-484-8582
474 Bay Ridge Parkway, lower level Brooklyn, NY 11209 sarricapt.com, 347-560-6920
Realty Collective LLC
The Rogosin Institute
Tyler Vincent Real Estate- Imma Giocoli
1845 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11223 rogosin.org, 718-336-9700
Moving and Storage iStoreGreen, LLC 12 Hall Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205 istoregreen.com, 718-855-4477
Movers, Not Shakers!, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11231 moversnotshakers.com, 718-243-0221
223 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 RealtyCollective.com 1 Pierrepont Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201 corcoran.com/igiocoli, 917-569-9881
Applebee’s - Apple Metro 395 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201 applemetrorestaurants.com, 212-262-4022
Court 16 526 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 court16.com, 917-310-8475
New York Road Runners
156 W 56th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019 nyrr.org, 212-423-2211
209 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 bellagioianyc.com, 347-223-4176
Bogota Latin Bistro
141 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 bogotabistro.com, 718-230-3805
Dyker Beach Golf Course 1020 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228 dykerbeachgc.com, 718-836-9722
Gino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
Brooklyn, NY 11228 brooklynansweringservice.com, 718-748-8888
Best Choice LR Inc. 7025 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 bossbc.com, 718-648-0518
Motorola Solutions, Inc
Real Estate Development and Management
7414 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209 ginosbayridge.com, 718-478-1698
Baumrind & Baumrind
83 Saratoga Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233 macdonoughcafe.nyc, 917-239-4932
Tourism and Travel
Runner and Stone
Brooklyn Bike Tours LLC
201 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 weblink.ibrooklyn.com/real-estate-development management/baumrind-baumrind-159439 718-858-8426
Brooklyn Army Terminal
1118 70th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228 brooklynbiketours.com, 917-251-3549
The Chocolate Room, Inc.
140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 bklynarmyterminal.com, 212-312-3854
RDI Solutions, LLC 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10038 rdisolutions.com, 212-244-9480
520 West 27th Street, Suite 403 New York, NY 10001 flankonline.com, 212-352-8224
Staples - Greenpoint
Forest City Ratner Companies
7615 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228 costellosace.com, 718-232-5055
1 MetroTech Center, 23th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201
335 Adams Street, Suite 2706 Brooklyn, NY 11201 motorolasolutions.com, 718-330-2163
285 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 runnerandstone.com, 718-576-3360
Office Supplies and Equipment
535 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 storelocator.staples.com/stores/en_US/NY/
Aviator Sports and Events Center
269 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 thechocolateroombrooklyn.com, 718-246-2600
Costello’s Ace Hardware
140 Broadway 46th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209 jets.com, 646-961-4454
Urban Oyster Tours New York, NY 10013 urbanoyster.com, 347-618-8687
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Five Questions With…
Coolest Place on Earth Michael Zayas of Real Hospitality Group
1. What do you want people to know about you and your company? That being a part of the hotel growth in my home borough is literally a dream come true. When I started my career in hospitality, there were no great hotels in Brooklyn. Now, I work for a company that manages six of them.
Sirico’s offers you a variety of Dinner, Cocktail, and Buffet options with a Homestyle flair.
2. Why do business in Brooklyn? It is, and will always be, the coolest place on earth. And now that Brooklyn has become a global tourist destination, it’s important to have amazing hotels for travelers to enjoy.
Perfect for your next Business Breakfast, Luncheon or Holiday Party.
3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten and who gave it to you? Think outside the box. My high school art teacher told me that when I was trying to solve a problem I had with one of her assignments. Since then, I’ve never stopped thinking outside the box. 4. Where do you see your business in five years? Thriving and growing. Recently, we opened the first lifestyle boutique hotels in Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. Hopefully we can continue to be a part of showcasing all of the areas that Brooklyn has to offer.
5. Where’s your favorite place to eat or play in Brooklyn? Why? The Bridgeview Diner in Bay Ridge. You can get anything you want, 24 hours a day. Great coffee. Loyal and hardworking staff. And most importantly, big and comfy booths!
8015/23 13th Avenue • Dyker Heights • Brooklyn, NY 11228
718–331–2900 • www.siricos.net
We enjoy being a part of this community as much as you do. Spectrum is a proud member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
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Published on Nov 21, 2017