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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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Getting Ready for #BCC100


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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And in just a week, we’ll head to Washington, D.C. for our annual Federal Legislative Visit, in which we get a White House briefing and meet with the Brooklyn delegation to Congress, including both U.S. Senators. Although we enjoy D.C. in November, we’ll be happy to get back to Brooklyn in time for turkey, parades and football. We wish our members, elected officials, supporters, and fellow Brooklynites a happy and healthy holiday season. Andrew

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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


Chamber Fellows

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.

BK Newsmakers

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



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

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From our members

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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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.”

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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

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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

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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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City Legislative Visit

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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lines, clinical program development, physician recruitment and the NYP Making Care Better initiative. In recent years, his work focused on regionalization of NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-renowned clinical care. Acknowledged as an outstanding physician leader, Dr. Liebowitz is now continuing this work for patients and families in Brooklyn, leading a highly talented team of physicians and staff dedicated to enhancing care Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Liebowitz was the medical director of strategic initiatives and network business development at Duke University Health System.

r. Richard Liebowitz became president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, in February of 2017. As president of the Hospital, he is responsible for leadership and oversight of this tertiary care facility, located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. Dr. Liebowitz came to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist from NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital, where he served in several positions, including vice president of medical affairs, associate chief medical officer and ultimately, chief medical officer. His responsibilities at NewYork-Presbyterian included overseeing the institution’s service

He also served as the section chief of general medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In addition, he has served as a peer reviewer for a number of prominent medical journals, and on the editorial board of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Liebowitz is a board-certified internist who completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts. He received his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School, as well as a master’s degree in clinical research from a combined program between Duke University and the National Institutes of Health.

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,

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Merrill Lynch NBC 103 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 516-877-8333

Mike Berman, CFP® Morgan Stanley Wealth Management 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 13th Floor New York, NY 10104 212-492-6910

RedSapiens New York, NY 10017 347-901-9691

Simone Bennett Strategies

181 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-635-1699

122 Rutland Road, Brooklyn, NY 11225 347-469-9865

Liz Diamond Fitness

Valerie George, Ph.D

Brooklyn, NY 11218 860-933-0089

Automobile Services and Transportation Tesla Brooklyn 160 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 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 347-480-6145

Brooklyn, NY 11216 340-690-0313

WCH Service Bureau, Inc 3047 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229 718-934-6714

Write Thoughts Productions Brooklyn, NY 11217 212-470-4287

Clothing, Jewelry and Fashion Basking Ridge, NJ 08854 732-208-8644 Community Service Organizations

Lightbridge Academy 243 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 917-478-2511

Southside United HDFC - Los Sures

Du’s Donuts

NBC 434 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-599-1940

NBC 107 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 718-215-8770

The Alex House Project

Legally Addictive Foods LLC

76 Lorraine Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 347-792-2109

Brooklyn, NY 11205 646-639-3242

United Federation of Teachers

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

335 Adams Street, 25th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-852-4900

56 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-701-1630

Construction Services and Supplies Belfor Long Island, LLC. 58-17 59th Drive, Maspeth, NY 11378 queens 646-340-1010

Economic Development BJH Advisors 224 Centre Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013 646-573-9588

U3 Advisors 230 W. 41st Street, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10036 646-276-5259

Zesty Z: The Za’atar Co. 630 Flushing Avenue, Suite 200 Brooklyn, NY 11206 718 517-1039

Gifts and Souvenirs Unemployed Philosophers Guild Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-243-9492

Graphic Design American Design Language Brooklyn, NY 11205 718-965-9194

Educational Institutions

Industrial and Manufacturing Services

American Friends of Ariel University

Maker’s Row

3145 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 718-434-1628

16 Court Street, 1204, Brooklyn, NY 11201 347-526-5026

Bishop Kearney High School

NYC Conservatory

2202 60th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204 718-236-6363

NBC 1198 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 html 845-901-8302

NYC Family Enterprise Center 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4600 New York, NY 10165 212-889-8338

Pixel Academy 163 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 866-771-6837

Energy and Utilities Drift Seattle, WA 98104 844-292-9295

Goldstar-Energy Group 5429 Harding Highway, Building 500 Mays Landing, NJ 08330 800-942-1109

Environmental Products and Services My Battery Recyclers MYBRS 95 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-858-3600

Facility Management and Janitorial Services On Top Cleaning Service LLC 735 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207 917-749-1723

Food Products Arancini Bros LLC 192 Seigel Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 718-381-0331

Den’s Hot Dogs 105 Oceana Drive E, Suite 4E, Brooklyn, NY 11235 718-355-9636

Studio R NBC Brooklyn, NY 11222 612-590-4104

Total Metal Resource, Inc. DBA Metal Shop Fantasy Camp 175 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 718-384-7818

Information Technology Alpha and Omega Consulting Group, Inc. Queens, NY 11411 917-284-0028

Intersection New York, NY 10001 929-241-1546

Synergy IT Solutions Buffalo, NY 14225 716-250-3711

UAO Consulting 30 E 125th St, #234, New York, NY 10035 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 646-334-5757

Law Office of Matthew S. Porges 641 President Street, Suite 205 Brooklyn, NY 11215 Continued on Page 22 Brooklyn Progress • VISIT


New Members Continued from Page 21


Ritter Law LLC 134 N 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 212-382-3540

Medical Facilities and Service Providers Eating for Meaning, LLC 135 Clarkson Avenue, F8, Brooklyn, NY 11226 844-441-9661

Greenlife Healthcare Staffing Brooklyn, NY 11225 917-975-3800

Photographers hankr Milwaukee, WI 53204 414-935-5107

Printers, Publishing and Publications Never Sink Media Kings County Politics 516 East 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218 917-257-6014

Real Estate Brokers Ariel Property Advisors - Sean R. Kelly, Esq. – Senior Director

555 Lefferts Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 718-360-8074

NBC 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 2405 New York, NY 10168 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 646-780-0926

Northwell Health 2000 Marcus Avenue, 3rd Fl Administration New Hyde Park, NY 11042 516-321-6108

The Smilist NBC 120 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 347-560-4540

WellLife Network

196 North 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-489-1010

590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 516-770-5859

RHD, Inc. dba RHD Projects

423 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 805-403-8171

NBC Brooklyn, NY 11206 718-456-6801

Restaurants and Caterers Apizza Regionale 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-624-7706

Bar Granger 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-624-7703

Bartleby & Sage, Inc. 630 Flushing Avenue, 5th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206 718-361-0707


Brooklyn, NY 11229 347-470-8850

Newmark Knight Frank

Ends Meat NYC

55 Prospect Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 212-372-2075

Real Estate Development and Management Cycamore Capital

Moving and Storage

Gotham Organization

NBC 117 Dobbin Street, #206, Brooklyn, NY 11222 718-387-8400

Mason Jar BK

825 Third Avenue, 37th Floor New York, NY 10022 646 472-1900

590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 646-450-1460

Karen Cohen Commercial Realty

142-02 20th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Flushing, NY 11351 917-563-3383

Veteran Movers NYC Inc.

Madison Realty Capital

Brooklyn, NY 11201 310-625-4197 432 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10016 212-716-2619

254 36th Street, Unit 38, Brooklyn, NY 11232 718-801-8895

Flip Bird 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-624-7703

Gotham Market at The Ashland 590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 212-716-2619

Panda Express

Special Events Services and Venues Made By Hand Markets Brooklyn, NY 11210 347-551-6735

Wizard Studios North, Inc. 305 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 212-627-3058

Telecommunications Crown Castle 16-16 Whitestone Expressway Whitestone, NY 11357

goTenna Brooklyn, NY 11201 760-828-2067

Tourism and Travel Brooklyn Charter Bus Company Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-255-5820

Motivate Brooklyn, NY 11232 203-980-8820

KarVér 1809 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235 718-255-8777

Member-to-Member Discounts Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Sage Mauk SEO 20% off all services for Chamber members only 12/27/2017 360-632-9707,

Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Music

Educational Institutions NYC Family Enterprise Center $49.00 off 2017 Fall Programs 12/1/2017 212-889-8338,

Energy and Utilities SolarKal LLC 20% off solar for Chamber members

Pinot’s Palette, Park Slope $10 off any class

7/25/2018 855-516-5777,

1/1/2018 929-337-6499,

Just Energy $50 VISA gift card + 2 Free LED light bulbs for every new gas and/or electric enrollment

Business and Financial Services Centaurus Holdings, Inc. Low Rate Merchant Cash Advance with up to $10,000 in Free Cash 11/29/2017 646-450-6925,

Community Service Organizations New York Peace Institute 15% off any workplace training for Chamber members 6/30/2018 212-577-1740, 22 Brooklyn Progress • November/December 2017

12/31/2019 845-228-3401,

Hotels and Accommodations Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Brooklyn New York 20% off our Best Available Rates for Chamber members 1/31/2018 718-522-4000,

Hilton Brooklyn New York Up to 20% off of our Best Available Rate 12/31/2017 718-834-8800,

Industrial and Manufacturing Services Masterwork Plaques Inc. 10% off your first order 1/1/2018 718-283-4109,

Information Technology Leveldesk, Inc. Free IT Network Audit

Eating for Meaning, LLC Free Lunch and Learn 12/30/2017 844-441-9661,

Moving and Storage Treasure Island Storage 10% additional discount off any other offer 12/31/2017 718-596-1850,

12/31/2017 888-298-6015,

Printers, Publishing and Publications

Treemarie LLC 10% off all services

BKLYNER Member Discount - 10% off advertising for 6 month contract or 15% off advertising for 12 month contract

12/1/2017 917-387-4319,

CDL500 $1999 Small Business Website for $1645

12/31/2017 917-496-5888,

12/31/2019 215-527-8979,

Restaurants and Caterers

Medical Facilities and Service Providers

Bartleby & Sage, Inc. 10% Member Discount on Catering and Event Planning Services

KaMIN Health Crown Heights Urgent Care $10 Discount for out of pocket paid visits for all fellow Brooklyn Chamber of commerce businesses 12/30/2017 718-360-8074,

12/24/2017 718-361-0707,




SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Followed by a Year of Centennial Programming







Brooklyn Progress • VISIT


Renewed Members Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Brooklyn Metal Works

Apples and Oranges Publications Inc.

387 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor, Suite 504 New York, NY 10016, 888-371-4718

BIB Media 68 3rd Street, Suite 12, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-662-6329

Capalino+Company The Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, Suite 710 New York, NY 10279, 212-616-5810

DalyGonzalez 16 Court Street, Suite 1902, Brooklyn, NY 11241, 646-299-7793

JCDecaux New York, NY 10016, 347-486-0108

Madwell 243 Boerum Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206, 347-713-7486

Marino 747 Third Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017, 212-889-0808

640 Dean Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11238, 347-762-4757 200 Meacham Avenue, Elmont, NY 11003, 516-577-0000

Kings Theatre 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226, 718-856-2220

North Brooklyn Arts, Inc 145 Java Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-930-5061

STREB Laboratory for Action Mechanics 51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-384-6491

Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213, 718-756-5250

Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center 347 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-866-6811

The NorthStar Group 29 West 46th Street,3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036, 646-559-8314

43 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 646-296-1175

Automobile Services and Transportation Virgo Fleet Supplies, Inc. 8520 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236, 718-251-6000

Yoswein New York, Inc.

300 Cadman Plaza West, 8th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-782-6200

Dime Community Bank

Empire State Bank

Brooklyn Bowl

8701 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 347-695-9040

61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3369


Architects, Designers and Engineers

TD Bank

45 Main Street, # 708, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-360-4801

Doban Architecture

6702 Bay Parkway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11204, 347-572-4087 211 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 212-299-5785

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

25 Chapel Street, Suite 900, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-797-1041

300 Broad Hollow Road, 4th Floor Melville, NY 11747, 631-547-7764

HieBar Design

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

153 Berkeley Place, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-636-5312

Neuhaus Design Architecture, PC

Bing Consulting Group, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-398-8516

BOC Women’s Business Center 85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-625-1276

Conflict Resolution Systems, LLC P.O. Box 40229, Brooklyn, NY 11204, 800-852-9137

Creative Business Inc. 20 Jay Street, Suite 1016, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 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, 212-536-6887

MSJ’s Gymnastics

233 Broadway, Suite 702, New York, NY 10007, 646-467-8536

Amusement and Recreation

Anchin Block & Anchin LLP

One Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014, 212-225-8483

TLM Associates

111 Broadway, Suite 1504, New York, NY 10006, 212-233-5700

Business and Financial Services

Athletic and Fitness Clubs

Skyline Genesis Event Marketing 1460 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 212-647-7600

Brooklyn, NY 11231, 347-689-2432

47-41 21st Street, 10th Floor Long Island City, NY 11101, 929-296-4125

814 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-383-0561

iStar Inc. 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 39th Floor New York, NY 10036, 212-930-9460

Lesly Ferguson/Primerica Financial Services P.O. Box 330040, Brooklyn, NY 11233, 866-665-3570

New York Capital Group 44 Wall Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10005, 212-233-2002

OTRUSA 55 Washington Street, Suite 457 Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-701-5718

PKF O’Connor Davies 665 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022, 212-867-8000

Raffle Solutions B11 Brooklyn, NY 11238, 646-369-2910

Team Brown Consulting, Inc.

110 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-461-2220

American Art Marketing PO Box 480, Slate Hill, NY 10973, 845-661-1221

ARTs East New York, Inc. 534 Livonia Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207, 718-676-6006

BRIC 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-683-5600

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair P.O. Box 247, Lexington, MA 02420, 781-862-4039

Brooklyn Arts Council 20 Jay Street, Suite 616, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-625-0080

Community Service Organizations

Salon 718


Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-486-7422

Brooklyn Roasting Company 25 Jay Street, 101a, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-855-1000

Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, Inc. 855 East 92 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236, 718-649-0800

750 Third Avenue, 31 Floor, New York, NY 10017, 212-407-3702

Bay Ridge Center, Inc. 411 Ovington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 718-748-0650 x115

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-802-0603

2107 East 22nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229, 718-332-0582

Haitian American Community Coalition, Inc. 3807 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203, 718-940-2200 x113

HeartShare Human Services of New York 12 Metro Tech Center, 29th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-422-3210

Heights & Hills, Inc. 57 Willoughby Street, 4th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-596-8789

Junior League of Brooklyn 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-624-3288

L.A.A.M.B. Family Services, Inc. 157 Snediker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207,-inc-172806 347-334-0175

Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-875-3500

Mercy Home 273 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-832-1075

Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center 1250 67th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219, 718-306-5645

NPower 3 Metro Tech Center, Mezzanine Brooklyn, NY 11201, 347-415-8830 Brooklyn, NY 11218, 718-436-0021 960 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-847-9233 Staten Island, NY 10306, 646-582-0800

Prospect Park Alliance 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-965-8953

The Guild for Exceptional Children 260 68th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 718-833-6633

Construction Services and Supplies B and S Construction 442 Madison Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221, 347-893-1897

Eastern Lift Truck Co., Inc. 4606 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 718-439-7550

Howell Petroleum Products 317A Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 718-453-0770

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Insite East LLC

215 47th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 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 718-480-7500

Brooklyn Community Foundation

1360 Fulton Street, Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216, 347-889-7719

175-204 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41 #325A 24 Brooklyn Progress • November/December 2017

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-788-7850

19 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-852-6979


Brooklyn, NY 11249, 929-326-4639

The Green-Wood Cemetery

456 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-623-6153

Foster Park Sports


Brooklyn Integrative Health Care

Adi Audible Difference Inc

42 Broadway, Suite 1136, New York, NY 10004, 212-943-4364

113 South 6th Street, Suite 201 Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-388-1768


Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Music

Easter Seals NY

Timothy Mullins - Edward Jones

Beauty and Wellness

Joya Studio

519 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212, 929-252-9302

Operation Warrior Wellness

Cemeteries and Funeral Homes

68 Jay Street, #415, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-360-0654

Community Solutions - The Brownsville Partnership

41 Schermerhorn Street. Suite# 169 Brooklyn, NY 11201, 347-581-7241

119 8th Street, Suite 300, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-832-4771

430 79th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 718-748-6644, 718-923-9730

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

13 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 718-643-6555

Transcend Construction 1254 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Renewed Members, 718-851-1140

Coworking WeWork 115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Economic Development Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. 494 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-875-8993

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative 153 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-522-0193

Evergreen 2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-388-7287

Grand Street Business Improvement District 246 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206, 718-218-8836

HR&A Advisors 99 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013, 646-545-6245

Kings Highway Business Improvement District 905 Kings Highway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11223, 718-645-1100

Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

Energy and Utilities Columbia Utilities 8751 18 Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214, 718-851-6655

ExxonMobil 38 Varick Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-389-8987

M3 Energy 427 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 917-664-3356

Environmental Products and Services Roux Associates 209 Shafter Street, Islandia, NY 11749, 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, 718-469-2244

Brooklyn, NY 11215, 917-972-4062

Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park

Tumbador Chocolate

457 39th Street , Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-972-0900

34 34th Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-788-0200

Wythe Hotel

Whipped Pastry Boutique Inc. 37 Richards Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-858-8088

Grocery Stores and Supermarkets Concord Market

883-893 Elton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208, 718-649-1750

91 Tillary Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 917-406-7753

Linda Tool

Flatbush Food Cooperative

Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-522-2066

1415 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226, 718-284-9717

Masterwork Plaques Inc.

Metro Mechanical LLC

9301 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11236, 718-856-1400

Health Insurance

William Hird & Co., Inc.

ACG, Inc.

255 40th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-499-4881

1096 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216, 718-773-6644

Food Products

147 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 212-679-9807

Empire BlueCross BlueShield Healthplus 9 Pine Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10005 212-476-1000

Jimco Associates

Home Furnishings

Pitkin Avenue BID

Brooklyn Butcher Blocks

Brooklyn, NY 11201, 646-361-6577

Educational Institutions Brooklyn College/CUNY 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210, 718-951-5391

Brooklyn Law School 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-780-7902

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy 179 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-243-9447

Empire State College 325 Hudson Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013, 646-230-1472

Kingsborough Community College/CUNY 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235, 718-368-4550

NYU Tandon School of Engineering 15 MetroTech Center, 6th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-260-3500

921 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218 718-435-0201

De An’s Pork Products, Inc. 899 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232’s-porkproducts,-inc-157618 718-788-2464

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Co. 175 Dikeman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-624-4380

Gillies Coffee Company

22-28 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-389-7000

Information Technology Altronix Corporation 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 718-567-8181

Eurokids Inc.

111 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-614-3512

Consumers Flavoring Extract Company

W.H. Christian & Sons, Inc.

CMIT Solutions Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bangers, LLC

Brooklyn, NY 11232, 347-946-2540

8815 Ditmas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236, 917-939-0989

41 Reeve Place, Brooklyn, NY 11218, 917-566-2742

One Battery Park Plaza, 5th Floor New York, NY 10004, 212-493-7509

5116A Fifth Avenue,Suite 200, Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-439-7767

Coronet Parts Manufacturing Company, Inc.

187 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 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, 718-483-1459

80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-460-8000

136 Metropolitan Avenue, 4A, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-283-4109


Partnership for New York City, 718-852-8585

630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206, 718-218-5194

Sahadi Importing Co

321 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-788-1040

472 Myrtle Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-230-1689 343 Fifth Street, Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-551-5545

The Jam Stand

Calator Design

IceStone 63 Flushing Avenue - Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bldg.12 Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-624-4900

Italian Tile Imports NY 7202 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204, 718-236-9190

Vesta Kitchen & Bath Consulting Inc 353 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-261-1908

Watermark Designs 350 Dewitt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207, 718-257-2800

Wood Designe 5 John Walsh Boulevard, Peekskill, NY 10566

Brooklyn, NY 11215, 347-599-0737 305 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 646-373-6834

Fiberwave Corporation 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 718-802-9011

iWise Consulting 480 Van Brunt Street, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-701-2446 x113

Zena Electric, Inc. 179 Tompkins Avenue, Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206, 718-841-7838

Insurance Aflac New York 14 Wall Street, Suite 8C, New York, NY 10005 954-864-3766

Freedman & Sons

150 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-499-7766

Hotels and Accommodations

639 Ave Y, Brooklyn, NY 11235 718-332-7308

Granola Lab

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

State Farm Insurance Agency

169 54th Street, Suite 5, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 917-539-6438

60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Joyva Corp.


53 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-497-0170

9 Beaver Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206, 718-388-4433

Lucky’s Real Tomatoes

Condor Hotel

169 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223, 718-627-4500

Valor Abstract Inc. 8304 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228, 718-921-7200

56 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-526-6367


St. Francis College

29 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-383-2580

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-489-5370

One Girl Cookies

Even Hotel Brooklyn

130 Diamond Street, #4B, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 917-743-7735

St. Joseph’s College

Brooklyn, NY 11201, 212-675-4996

245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-940-5902

Sahadi Fine Foods

Employment and Training Active Staffing Services 41 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001, 212-244-6444

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Inc. 783 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-369-0303

4215 First Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-369-0100

Salty Road, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11220, 929-250-2615

Sfoglini 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206, 917-338-5955

Southeast Asia Market LLC 52 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 917-837-3831

46 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 718-552-3806

Holiday Inn Downtown 300 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 212-624-9114

Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn 625 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 brooklyn/​bxyln/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=​ GoogleMaps-​​_-EX-_-US-_-BXYLN 718-797-1133

NU Hotel - Brooklyn 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Alive Structures

Law Firms and Legal Services Anthony A. Ferrante, Attorney at Law 455 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203, 646-450-4110

Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project 44 Court Street, Suite 1206, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-624-5446

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A 260 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-487-2300 Continued on Page 26 Brooklyn Progress • VISIT


Renewed Members Continued from Page 25

Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158, 212-557-7200

Brooklyn/1795 917-913-1175, 718-923-8690

Klearview Appliance

Staples - Sheepshead Bay

Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. 101 Richardson Street Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-388-7700

3707 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235, 718-743-0907 x10

Grimaldi & Yeung LLP

2892 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235, 917-913-1175

9201 4th Avenue, 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 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 718-237-5030

Legal Shield - Peggy Griffiths

Brooklyn, NY 11201, 614-507-2105

Dog Parker 19 Morris Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 704-965-3239

Brooklyn, NY 11226 866-875-5185

Pharmacies and Pharmaceuticals

Seddio Associates & P.C.

Gardner’s Pharmacy Inc

9306 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236 718-272-6040

Subin Associates - Gregory T. Cerchione, Esq.

371 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 516-506-9358

Printers, Publishing and Publications

150 Broadway, 23rd Floor New York, NY 10038, 212-285-3800


Libraries Brooklyn Public Library 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-230-2162

Mailing and Courier Services Active Transport Messenger Service, Inc. 285 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-965-1300

Park Tower Group

Trophy World, Inc. 46 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-797-1200

535 Madison Avenue, 35th Floor New York, NY 10022 212-355-7570


Patoma Inc.

1650 Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214, 718-491-0642

144 North 7th Street, Suite 408, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 646-205-2275

PMG - Property Markets Group New York, NY 10003, 212-610-2863

Salmar Properties, LLC 850 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 212-967-1909

Savanna 430 Park Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022, 212-229-0101

Slate Property Group

IRL Systems, Inc.

Signage Pop Printing Inc. 288 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-925-4746

Special Events Services and Venues Avant Gardner LLC 140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-987-3146

Kerry Quade

965 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 646-659-4580

38 East 29th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10016

Savemor Digital Printing

The O’Connell Organization

Marine Park Golf Course & Tavern

87 3rd Avenue, First Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-624-6136

175 Van Dyke Street, Suite 322A Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-624-0160

Real Estate Brokers

Toll Brothers, Inc.

Brooklyn Bridge Realty, Ltd. 211 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-625-3700

Dorsa Group Realty 9012 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 718-921-9012

75 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004, 212-742-0835

Religious Organizations Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

481 Van Brunt #7C, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 646-996-4238 2880 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234, 718-252-4625

RCP Design Inc 148 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-643-6132

Weylin 175 Broadway , Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-384-3720

310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-965-7300

Sports Establishments

Alliance Homecare

355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017, 212-499-7700

Restaurants and Caterers

100 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797, 877-687-7380

Fillmore Real Estate

3159 Flatbush Avenue, Floyd Bennett Field Brooklyn, NY 11234, 718-758-7533

222 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-938-2661

Medical Facilities and Service Providers

Eastern Consolidated

Alzheimer’s Association

2990 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11229, 718-368-2900

60 East 42nd Street, Suite 2240 New York, NY 10165, 646-793-3524

Ideal Properties Group

Oxford Nursing Home, Inc. 144 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-638-0928

Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness

362 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 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, 347-560-6920

Realty Collective LLC

The Rogosin Institute

Tyler Vincent Real Estate- Imma Giocoli

1845 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11223, 718-336-9700

Moving and Storage iStoreGreen, LLC 12 Hall Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-855-4477

Movers, Not Shakers!, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-243-0221

223 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 1 Pierrepont Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 917-569-9881


Applebee’s - Apple Metro 395 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 212-262-4022

Court 16 526 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 917-310-8475

New York Road Runners

Bella Gioia

156 W 56th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019, 212-423-2211

209 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 347-223-4176


Bogota Latin Bistro


141 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-230-3805

Dyker Beach Golf Course 1020 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228, 718-836-9722

Gino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Brooklyn, NY 11228, 718-748-8888

Best Choice LR Inc. 7025 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 718-648-0518

Motorola Solutions, Inc

Real Estate Development and Management

7414 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 718-478-1698

Baumrind & Baumrind

83 Saratoga Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233, 917-239-4932

Tourism and Travel

Runner and Stone

Brooklyn Bike Tours LLC

201 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201​ management/baumrind-baumrind-159439 718-858-8426

Brooklyn Army Terminal

MacDonough Cafe

1118 70th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228, 917-251-3549

The Chocolate Room, Inc.

140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220, 212-312-3854

RDI Solutions, LLC 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10038, 212-244-9480

520 West 27th Street, Suite 403 New York, NY 10001, 212-352-8224


Staples - Greenpoint

Forest City Ratner Companies

7615 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228, 718-232-5055


1 MetroTech Center, 23th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201

335 Adams Street, Suite 2706 Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-330-2163

285 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-576-3360

Office Supplies and Equipment

535 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Aviator Sports and Events Center

269 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-246-2600

Costello’s Ace Hardware

140 Broadway 46th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209, 646-961-4454

Urban Oyster Tours New York, NY 10013, 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 •

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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