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Message From The President

Andrew Hoan

A Centennial Issue for a Centennial Year!

Welcome to the Brooklyn Progress Special Centennial Issue! This is, to say the very least, a big deal for the Brooklyn Chamber. When I begin to think of the immense significance of the number 100, it’s hard to know where to begin. We are well on our way to a great year of Centennial programming that will serve to inform and educate business owners and residents in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. This wonderful work would not be possible without the leadership of our Centennial Chair -- and past Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Chair -- Peter Meyer, along with his team at TD Bank, which, we are thrilled to announce, is our Brooklyn Bridge Sponsor. Thank you!


During the last 100 years, the Brooklyn Chamber has become an assemblage of all that drives the borough’s economy. As such, our Centennial is certainly worthy of a celebration, and we will have the party of the century at our Centennial Gala on February 10, 2018 at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. There will be awards, entertainment, great food and great fun. Our Centennial is also a call to reflect on the groundwork laid by our founding fathers (and in 1922 -- mothers, as well) who saw themselves as the protectors and promoters of the commercial and industrial interests of the city. Their vision, and the visions of many of Brooklyn’s great industrial leaders, will be on display at an exhibit that opens at the Brooklyn Historical Society on February 22, 2018. And, while reflection has been a great tool for the Chamber, projection is the key to success for the next century. We, along with our partners in government and our stakeholders in the private sector, need to look ahead to plan for the needs of our borough so we may further our vision to support, promote and advocate for our members and the employer community. Together, we must continue to ensure our borough is economically prosperous across all of its diverse neighborhoods. In order to keep the dialogue going, we will hold five Centennial Talks throughout the year on important topics affecting our borough. The discussions will be held at various venues spanning the borough’s vast landscape.

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iStar Inc. Mount Sinai Health System New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge New York Power Authority Nike, Inc. Northwell Health NYC & Company Plumbing Foundation City of New York, Inc. Santander

The Rogosin Institute T-Mobile Tully Construction Co., Inc. United Airlines United Healthcare VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans Waste Management of New York, LLC Wells Fargo Bank, NA YMCA of Greater New York

And, thanks to our member businesses who were with us since the beginning, those who joined along the way, and the ones who we know will be with us for another century to come. We couldn’t have made it without your support and friendship. Together we can do g great things as we look toward the next 100 years.


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The Business of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Chamber to Launch ‘The Business of Brooklyn’ Exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society


he Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will partner to present ‘The Business of Brooklyn,’ an exhibit on the ways in which Brooklyn business has evolved in the last 100 years. From Twizzlers to Bristol Myers Squibb, many iconic multinational brands got their start in Brooklyn, and the exhibition will seek to show images and objects from a variety of Brooklyn companies over the last 100 years. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Historical Society to provide this timely insight into the last century of Brooklyn and the century ahead,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “As we reach our Centennial and plan to keep Brooklyn cool, it’s important to remember not just the borough’s economic success today, but the great work of momand-pop stores throughout the borough that made it happen.” The exhibition is rooted in three major themes, built around the Brooklyn’s workers and entrepreneurs: the Local and the

Global, Labor, and Innovation. The latter will focus on the new wave of innovative Brooklyn businesses, such as Etsy and ColdSteel, that have received over a billion dollars in investment since 2010.

It also sheds a light on pioneering community organizations like the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the first Community Development Corporation in the U.S.

In addition, the exhibit will show the ways in which consumer culture has evolved in the borough throughout the last century, thanks to shopping thoroughfares like the department stores on Fulton Street and shopping centers like City Point and Kings Plaza. It will also include a gavel that the Brooklyn Chamber used to convene meetings in the 1920s. The Chamber will kick off the exhibition with an opening reception on February 22 in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s historic headquarters at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Throughout the past 100 years, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has gone through a variety of transformations. From the behemoth that owned 75 Livingston Street, once the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building, to a smaller organization at 25 Elm Place, to its current iteration with over 2,000 members, the organization has shifted over the past century to suit the needs of a rapidly changing borough.

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Centennial Chair Spotlight


Meet Peter Meyer, the Brooklyn Chamber Centennial Chair

eter Meyer, the New York City Market President at TD Bank, serves as the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Centennial Chair. He is also a former Board Chair of the Brooklyn Chamber. As Centennial Chair, Meyer serves as a surrogate for the Chamber, advising the organization and reaching out to a dense network of contacts throughout the borough and the city. He has also presented on the Chamber’s behalf at a number of events. A native of Woodhaven, Queens, Meyer attended school in Brooklyn throughout his life, studying at St. Francis Prep, Brooklyn College, St. Joseph’s College and Long Island University. While he was still in college, he began his career as a bank teller. After school, Meyer continued to work in banking, making his way up the corporate ladder. He specialized in commercial and corporate lending. “My career brought me back to Brook-

lyn,” he said. In the early 1990s, Meyer began to develop new lending products for nonprofits and hospitals throughout New York City, an emerging field at the time. Through that work, he became involved with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, serving on the organization’s board and then its Executive Committee. Meyer became Board Chair in 2008. He helped lead the Chamber through the Great Recession of 2008, which caused many companies to cut back on funding normally given to membership organizations. “That was a real turning point and critical time for the Chamber,” he said. “Member organizations were having a tough time retaining and attracting members because businesses were cutting back.” In the face of cuts to government funding, the Chamber pulled through — in part because of the support of dedicated major members that continued to make

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commitments to it, and in part due to a dedicated staff and board, many of whom still work with the Chamber today. A large portion of the work involved setting up and growing thriving commercial corridors throughout the borough, including Avenue L in Canarsie and Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. “You see strong commercial corridors, you see strong communities,” he said. “This is all about building the right environment for small businesses.” Meyer emphasized that grants awarded to the Chamber from government agencies at the city, state and federal levels were ample proof of the organization’s success and reach. He also praised the organization’s outlook, which focuses on improving the borough as a whole, not just the business community. “What’s so special about Brooklyn is that it’s so local,” he said. “Brooklyn is the biggest little town in the world.”

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Board Member Spotlight


Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu, Senior Vice President, Citi Commercial Bank

enise D. Arbesu is a Senior Vice President in Citibank, N.A.’s Citi Commercial Bank Group. She is responsible for developing new business relationships in the Middle Market segment covering the Northeast region of New York. She has developed an expertise in lending to Not-for-Profit and Healthcare organizations. Born in Havana, Cuba, she and her family lived in Indonesia for several years and later all immigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She moved to New York


City where she began her financial career. She has served as Board Chair of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since 2013. She is also a member of the Long Island City Partnership, and has raised funds for the American Cancer Society, BRIC and Camp Brooklyn. Arbesu received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University, Loyola Campus Montreal, Quebec, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the New York Institute of Credit’s Graduate Finance Program and completed the Ad-

vanced Credit Training Program.

About Citi Citi Commercial Bank (CCB) is part of Citi, a leading global financial services company, which has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in over 160 countries and jurisdictions. CCB provides global banking solutions for medium sized businesses at every stage of their growth through a talented team of relationship managers, product specialists, and client service professionals.

Renee McClure, Manager of Community and Customer Management, National Grid

enee McClure was born and raised on Long Island, but her business acumen resides in Brooklyn where she is currently National Grid’s Manager of Community and Customer Management covering the borough. She has worked for National Grid for over 34 years. McClure’s entrepreneurial goals began at the age of 13 when she started her first business selling terrariums. Pursuing her studies while embracing her entrepreneurial spirit, she received a B.S. in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology and a Masters in the Ministry from the California School

of Ministry (Summa Cum Laude). As a motivational speaker, panelist, and trainer at professional conferences/workshops, engagements have included the National Society of Black Engineers, Blacks in Technology, Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), MIT Race for the Digital Divide, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions. She has received many awards throughout her career, including: City & State Corporate Social Responsibility Award, United Way of NYC Women United in Philanthropy, National BDPA Member of the Year Award and NY BDPA Officer of the year,

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s (NANBPW) Role Model of the Year for Women’s Month and Young Adults Business Award.vide services to approximately 2.4 million customers in Upstate New York, Long Island and New York City (Brooklyn, Staten Island and parts of Queens).

About National Grid National Grid is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast U.S., serving more than 3.5 million customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. In New York, National Grid owns and oper-

Ana Oliveira, Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Investors Bank


na Oliveira joined Investors Bank in 2010, and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Market Executive overseeing 38 branches in the New York market. She places a strong focus on serving the local communities in her New York market. She has been an Executive Board member of the Brooklyn Chamber since 2017. She also serves on the Board of the Queens Theatre and is a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. She was honored as the Business Woman of the Year by the Federation of Italian American Organizations in 2016. She was awarded the Brooklyn Business 8 Brooklyn Progress • January 2018

a network of over 150 retail branches throughout New Jersey, New York City and Long Island. Led by a senior management team committed to serving others, Investors continues to grow, while remaining focused on its roots as a local community bank. The Investors team members volunteer their time and talents, while the Bank and its Foundation provide the financial support. Investors is a model of what a true community bank should be, a good corporate citizen with a tradition of “giving back” at About Investors Bank the heart of everything it does. Investors Bank was founded in 1926. Investors Bank is Member FDIC and It has more than $24 billion in assets and an Equal Housing Lender.

Cornerstones Award by the Brooklyn Borough President in 2015. She has been the past recipient of the Women’s History Celebration Award from the Greater Chamber of New York and was recognized as a Brooklyn Woman of Distinction. Ana graduated from East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey before earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from New Jersey City University.

ates three gas distribution utilities that provide services to approximately 2.4 million customers in Upstate New York, Long Island and New York City (Brooklyn, Staten Island and parts of Queens).

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Elected Official Spotlight

Leaders of Brooklyn’s Delegation to the City, State and Federal Government Congratulate the Chamber Brooklyn is fortunate to be represented by a group of talented elected officials in City, State and Federal government. These legislators are responsible for leading delegations to different legislative bodies. The Chamber thanks them for their leadership in representing not just their districts, but the borough as a whole. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer “Even before Brooklyn was a hip brand, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce was committed to harnessing every opportunity the borough has to offer. The Chamber has helped drive Brooklyn’s renaissance, making it a go-to tourist destination, fostering robust economic growth and creating jobs for countless New Yorkers. Kudos to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on its centennial and I look forward to its continued success.”

U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand “Congratulations to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on your centennial birthday. The Chamber has played an important role over the last 100 years in promoting and supporting a strong local economy.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams “For 100 years, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been a stalwart champion for our borough and its progress, advancing our economy while helping build safer communities for Brooklynites to raise healthy children and families. I am proud to advance Brooklyn Borough Hall’s partnership with the Chamber and its thousands of member businesses as we embark together on the next 100 years.”

Congressman Jerrold Nadler “Congratulations to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on reaching a century of serving businesses throughout the borough. During the last 100 years, the Chamber has proved steadfast in its commitment to Brooklyn’s continued economic success, and I look forward to seeing it grow and bring more jobs, investment and infrastructure to the borough in the years to come.”

Congressman Dan Donovan “Congratulations to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on its centennial anniversary. Today, we honor a century of leadership that has fostered economic development, opportunity, and prosperity within our community. When local businesses succeed, neighborhoods and families prosper. I look forward to seeing the Chamber build on its successes and strengthen opportunities for businesses and job growth for many years to come.”

Council Member Mark Treyger “As Brooklyn continues to thrive and grow, so too does the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. For 100 years, the Chamber has helped businesses build their capacity and worked to create an economic landscape that benefits the residents of our great borough. I congratulate the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on a century of commitment toward linking Brooklyn’s economic development with the needs of its evolving communities.”

Assemblyman Joe Lentol “Congratulations to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on their Centennial. I would like to express my thanks to the Chamber for ensuring that Brooklyn remains a thriving, robust, and healthy economic hub for decades and centuries to come. Through innovative economic initiatives and tireless advocacy, the Chamber has fueled Brooklyn’s success. Not only am I happy to celebrate the Brooklyn Chamber’s Centennial, I’m also delighted that they were selected as the New York State Chamber of the Year. The state, and soon the country, knows that Brooklyn is the BEST!”

State Senator Martin J. Golden “For 100 years the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been an advocate for Brooklyn’s businesses, both small and large. Today, Brooklyn is considered “hot.” This is due, in no small measure, to the Chamber’s efforts to make Brooklyn an even better place to do business. Here’s to the next 100 years.”

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery “Congratulations to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on their 100th Anniversary. For the past century, the Chamber has been the leading voice for businesses in our borough and the Brooklyn community as a whole. From their advocacy on behalf of small business owners to their workforce development and entrepreneurship programs, the Chamber has been a huge asset to our City. I look forward to continuing our partnership to increase entrepreneurship and expand opportunities for all of our shared constituents.”

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The Future of Brooklyn


A Comprehensive Economic Strategy for Brooklyn

n 2017, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce was awarded a grant to produce a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS, for the borough. The CEDS is the first economic strategy developed for Brooklyn in over 15 years, and the grant gave the Brooklyn Chamber the opportunity to engage a range of stakeholders. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The CEDS will serve as a framework for future federal funding, and is an important opportunity for Brooklyn to define its economic priorities for the near future. To create and implement the Strategy, the Brooklyn Chamber has engaged a wide variety of stakeholders, from large business projects like Industry City and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to economic development organizations like the Southwest Brooklyn Continued on Page 14

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Save the Dates

Brooklyn Chamber to Kick Off Centennial Year with the Borough’s Biggest Party


usiness leaders from throughout New York City will tap into their Brooklyn roots at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala on February 10, 2018 at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. Other special guests include award-winning author and journalist Pete Hamill. There will also be performances by the worldfamous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and BKSTEPPERS, precision dance troupe. The ‘party of the century’ kicks off a year of programming to celebrate the Chamber’s 100th anniversary. Hamill was a longtime columnist and editor at the New York Post and the New York Daily News. “We’re thrilled to host the party of the century, and what better place to hold it than Brooklyn?” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “As we kick off a year of Centennial programming, it’s important to remember our roots as we plan for the next 100 years.” “Since before the 1920’s the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been the premier economic development organization in the borough and has been committed to helping sustain the communities in which our members work and live. Today it is a vibrant organization in line with current times and has achieved recent successes through the hard work of the board and staff, and through the development of a Strategic Plan that lays the foundation for our future. Our WWW COM Anniversary Gala is cause to celebrate not only our success, but the success of Brooklyn overall,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial Commit- Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce was, nesses. The early Brooklyn Chamber saw tee Chair Peter Meyer. even then, a “modern” organization that itself as protector and promoter of the Founded on February 6, 1918, the spoke to the needs of Brooklyn’s busi- commercial and industrial interests of


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the city, which would develop and keep alive an active, civic spirit, and guard and improve the living conditions and social welfare of the citizens of the community. This history will continue to be celebrated throughout the year as the Brooklyn Chamber partners with the Brooklyn Historical Society on an exhibition entitled “The Business of Brooklyn,” telling the stories of companies large and small that thrived in the borough. Spanning 150 years, the exhibition showcases images and objects from Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Domino Sugar, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Coney Island entertainment, mom and pop stores, high-tech startups, artisanal food producers, and dozens of others. An opening reception will take place on February 22, 2018 at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Brooklyn Heights location. The exhibition will run through July 2018. In addition to the exhibit, the Chamber will host four Centennial Talks beginning in April with the following themes: Borough of Immigrants, to be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Borough of Icons to be held at Ford Amphitheater, Borough of Waterfronts, and Borough of Neighborhoods at National Sawdust. In September, there will be a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Explore Brooklyn 5K run in Prospect Park and various signature programming and smaller events throughout the year. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Tourism arm, Explore Brooklyn, will use the hashtag #BCC100 for all social media posts related to the Centennial. For more information visit bcc100. com.

Five Centennial Talks Planned to Educate and Engage


s part of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial programming for 2018, five panel discussions, covering topics of historical relevance to Brooklyn’s life and economy, will be held throughout the year. Celebrating the diversity of the borough, Centennial Talks will be spread out among venues located in a variety of neighborhoods. The first of the series, Brooklyn: Borough of Diversity, will take place in February and will cover the topic of the importance and challenges of M/WBE businesses in the borough. The event will also serve as a celebration of Black Histo12 Brooklyn Progress • January 2018

ry Month and Women’s History Month. The remaining talks in the series will take place in April at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights with the subject — Brooklyn: Borough of Immigrants; in June in Coney Island with the topic covering iconic imagery — Brooklyn: Borough of Icons; in August, at Industry City — Brooklyn: Along the Waterfront; and in November at National Sawdust in Williamsburg — Brooklyn: Borough of Innovation. Centennial Talks are free and open to the public. More information will be available on as the details for planning continues.

We’re proud to support the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CONGRATULATIONS ON CELEBRATING YOUR 100TH ANNIVERSARY Dime understands the importance of serving and supporting our communities and the effort it takes to do so for 100 years. For over 150 years, we have been providing friendly, professional service and valuable support to neighbors, businesses and community organizations in Brooklyn and across the New York area. That’s why we’re proud to support the efforts of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and salute President Andrew Hoan, the Board of Directors and the entire Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce team for helping to make Brooklyn the city’s most vibrant borough.

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The Future of Brooklyn


Brooklyn Chamber strongly supports the Brooklyn-Queens Connector project, or BQX, a proposed streetcar line that would run from Sunset Park to Astoria in Queens. The BQX would connect Brooklyn’s Innovation Coast, providing urgently-needed transportation for a thriving area. Another transportation option that has been floated is the X line, an outer-borough subway line for which much of the infrastructure has already been built. In addition, many barriers remain to the borough’s economic success. 30 percent of Brooklyn households lack access to broadband internet, and the borough remains very vulnerable to large storms like Superstorm Sandy, which struck New York City in 2012. 400,000 Brooklyn residents, in $24 billion worth of buildings, are at risk of future flooding. The last CEDS, created in 1984, identified several transformative Brooklyn projects, including MetroTech and Atlantic Terminal.

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Industrial Development Corporation and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. From the beginning of the process, the goal has been to engage stakeholders from throughout the borough, not just areas that are currently going through economic booms, such as Downtown Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s population and economy are growing. Between 2000 and 2016, the borough’s population grew by over 100,000, heavily driving up housing costs. However, that growth is slowing down. In addition, the borough is adding jobs faster than New York City as a whole, but high costs of doing business and declining inventories of commercial space could slow that growth. Another major barrier to growth is the accessibility of public transportation, particularly from north to south. Commute times in Brooklyn, particularly for people who commute to Manhattan, are very long. The

Happy 100th Anniversary to the

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We look forward to our continued partnership and shaping the future of our dynamic borough.

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Death of a king January 15, Kings Theatre On January 15th, Travis Smiley will bring a multi-media stage presentation to Kings Theatre in Flatbush, to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. The show, Death of a King, is said to reveal a side of the iconic civil rights leader you have never seen before, through stories, music and media. Enter this historic theater suitable for a king to commemorate this important anniversary.

Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph

Discover Brooklyn’s History this Winter! Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Established: 1899 A pioneer in education, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will celebrate its 119th year of serving the local community of children in 2018. The museum’s success sparked the creation of more than 300 children’s museums around the globe. With hands-on exhibits and an innovative use of indoor and outdoor space, the museum captures the essence of Brooklyn, as its programs teach children about their neighborhoods and beyond. Fun fact: This is the world’s first museum designed for kids! Coming up: A Brooklyn-inspired Block Party Exhibit to represent the his- App in which visitors can interface with tory and importance of block parties in Museum staff and educators regarding works in the collection! the borough’s culture and identity. Coming up: A large exhibition fully Brooklyn Museum focused on the legacy of David Bowie will Established: 1895 open in March 2018, titled “David Bowie Planned as the world’s largest muse- is,” featuring approximately 400 objects um, the actual building became a 560,000 drawn from Bowie’s personal archive – square-foot venue, currently reigning as from his teenage years in England to his New York City’s second largest museum. last 20 years, which were spent in New Home to more than 1.5 million works, York City. this 123-year old Beaux-Art building tells stories that reach back as far as 3,000 Coney Island Museum Established: 1980 years. This not-for-profit art organization Fun fact: The Museum has an ASK

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is dedicated to the economic revitalization and cultural importance of Coney Island in the history of New York City and America. The neighborhood’s playful past has been celebrated on the iconic boardwalk for the past 38 years, with a main theatre presenting “Sideshows by the Seashore” and inviting guests to play in the museum’s historic playground, which includes fun house mirrors, vintage bumper cars, a collection of coolers and thermoses from the ’50s and ’60s and examples of particularly unique postcards. Fun fact: Coney Island has long been known for its summer kickoff event, the Mermaid Parade, which has been organized by the Coney Island Museum since 1983! Coming up: “Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island” will be a special exhibition featuring highlights from both the Coney Island Museum and the New York Transit Museum.

New York Transit Museum

Established: 1976 This museum is located inside a closed subway station, today home to historic trains. Telling the story of a more connected New York City through old subway cars, workers who built the train

Prospect Heights

This stunning cathedral was recently renovated to utilize its full potential as a gathering place for the residents of the Prospect Heights neighborhood and beyond. The breathtaking cathedral was built in 1851, when it served Irish immigrants from as far away as Manhattan and Queens. Today, this location is used for worship and mass, in addition to events and ceremonies. Coming up: Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial Talk 1: City of Immigrants, April, 2018 tunnels, and more, the unique museum is an ode to a city connected by the iconic subway system. Sitting in the historic train seats, looking at old advertisements for cigarettes, soaps, clothing, chewing gum and soda, this train station truly takes you back in time. Fun fact: The old subway, once known as the Court Street subway station, last hosted commuters for regular train service 72 years ago, in 1946. Coming up: “From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn” is an exhibit recently opened and continuing throughout the spring, focusing on the history of Brooklyn – from the Fulton Ferry to the borough’s underground subway system.

What to do in Brooklyn this Winter As the first (and hopefully the last) snowstorm and record low temperatures of the season have settled, we can finally go explore the great wintery outdoors of Brooklyn! So what do Brooklynites recommend doing during these colder months? Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, we’ve got some good ideas headed your way!

Prospect Park Zoo

Open daily, $8/adults and $5/children (kids under 2 years old go for free!) Opened in 1935 as a city zoo, this is a safe haven for animals in the city that never sleeps. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn in Prospect Park, the Wildlife Conservation Society takes care of a variety of animals, insects and reptiles in the heart of the borough. The zookeepers share their love for their exotic friends with visitors every day during sea lion training sessions and talks.

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own skates, rent a pair, or even enroll in ice skating school, if you want to kick off 2018 by learning a new skill. Afterwards, warm up with a hot drink at the Bluestone Cafe right next door. Pro tip: While in Prospect Park, you can also go sledding down a variety of hills if there’s snow!

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gardens, or simply wander around a snow-filled garden landscape, the winter is another highlight for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Spot koi fish in the Japanese Garden, grab brunch at the Yellow Magnolia Cafe, or maybe even take a tour of the garden this winter and discover this season’s highlights!

Brooklyn Boulders

Open daily, Gowanus Climb to new heights in Gowanus while you enjoy the many walls and obstacles at Brooklyn Boulders! Embark on an indoor adventure within 22,000 LeFrak Center square feet of pure rock climbing fun, as Open daily, Lakeside, Prospect Park Brooklyn Botanic Garden you learn techniques that will take you to Open daily, Crown Heights Choose between a covered or uncovthe top. Pro tip: If you fall in love with Whether you want to learn something climbing this month, you can save $100 ered rink with views of the lake, as you glide around on your ice skates! Bring your new, take a tour of one of the tropical indoor on memberships!

Open daily, Gowanus Missing summertime, parks and outdoor tennis courts? No problem! Whether you are a new player wishing to learn tennis this winter, or a veteran, you will find a beautiful space to practice at Court 16. With a variety of indoor courts, where you will learn how to play, or simply pick up a game and release your inner Serena Williams!

DeKalb Market Hall

Open daily, Downtown Brooklyn Missing Smorgasburg? Head to DeKalb Market Hall in Downtown Brooklyn to taste flavors from across the five boroughs! From the iconic Katz Delicatessen to Brooklyn’s year-round ice cream favorite, Ample Hills, there’s something delicious for everyone with 40 vendors under one roof in this food heaven.

Alamo Drafthouse

Open daily, Downtown Brooklyn After grabbing a bite at DeKalb Market Hall, take the elevators to the fourth floor of City Point and watch a movie. Why is this movie theater a great spot for people of all ages, you ask? There’s in-movie dining and drinks to make you feel like a king or queen as you recline your plush seat and enjoy a new movie!

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Timeline sponsored by Heritage Equity

THE CHAMBER It’s been an eventful 100 years! As we plan for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s next century, it’s worth taking a look at the progress we’ve made over a long career helping the borough’s businesses. Here’s a timeline of past milestones:

February 6, 1918 The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is founded.

February 1922 The Brooklyn Chamber leads the way by opening its membership to 16 women.



With the onset of the Depression, the Brooklyn Chamber works to bolster Brooklyn businesses and address unemployment by developing the All Brooklyn Progress movement.

The Brooklyn Chamber’s partnerships with other borough organizations make headlines when Brooklyn Dodgers President Larry MacPhail insists that visiting National League baseball clubs stay in Brooklyn hotels while they play against the Dodgers.

April, 1922 One involved member, Dr. Eliza Mosher, organizes the Brooklyn Chamber’s Cleaner Brooklyn Committee. At the time of her death in 1928, Dr. Mosher is the oldest practicing woman physician in the United States.


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The Brooklyn Chamber distributes a Passport to Brooklyn that holds a 25-cent subway token, in an early attempt to promote tourism in the borough.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration honors the Brooklyn Chamber and its Minority and Women’s Business Development Committee for its HŨRUWV

The Brooklyn Chamber launches a series of signature programs such as “Brooklyn Designs,” “Brooklyn Goes Global,” “Good Help” and “Brooklyn Eats,” which continue to this day. 718-362-8100 18 Brooklyn Progress • January 2018


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Over 300 Brooklyn Chamber members travel 9,000 miles over nine months, to educate America about Brooklyn, on the Transcontinental Trade and Good Will Trip.

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Denise Arbesu becomes WKHũUVW/DWLQD%RDUG Chair in the Brooklyn Chamber’s history.

The Brooklyn Chamber is named Chamber of the Year by The Business Council of New York State.

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February 17, 2017

Brooklyn Alliance Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution, is founded to provide loans to the borough’s immigrant, minority and women-owned small businesses.

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n anticipation of its most successful edition to date, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that BROOKLYN DESIGNS is moving to the historic Brooklyn Museum. Beginning with a press preview on May 11, Brooklyn’s premier design event, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications, will have an exciting new home at the Brooklyn Museum, the borough’s encyclopedic institution, from May 12-13, 2018 while kicking off the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN – New York City’s official celebration of design. Applications are now being accepted from emerging designers and established brands throughout the borough, which will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of experts in the design field. This year’s edition of BROOKLYN DESIGNS is a significant event on many levels. In addition to the impactful venue change, which will provide a historical and culturally significant backdrop for showcasing contemporary design in Brooklyn, the show will take place in conjunction with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s year of Centennial programming. “I can’t think of a more fitting venue to host Brooklyn’s design community, or a better time than our Centennial year,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “I am thankful to the leadership of the Brooklyn Museum and NYCEDC for partnering with us to celebrate this important milestone for our organization, and for their roles in elevating this signature event during NYCxDESIGN. I am once again grateful for the support of the New York City Council, New York State Assembly and New York State Senate.” With roots dating back to 1823, the Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States, which is reflected in their deco-

Fair. Brooklyn is a key contributor to NYCxDesign, the citywide design celebration and ICFF is thrilled to present some of Brooklyn’s emerging talents to its audience of over 35,000 design professionals,” said ICFF Event Director Kevin O’Keefe. BROOKLYN DESIGNS is currently accepting applications for exhibitor space and tables in the BROOKLYN BUYS marketplace across a range of categories including furniture, lighting, accessories, technology, and design and architectural services. A jury of design industry experts will review the submissions and notify accepted participants in early March. Exhibitor applications are now live at

rative arts collection. Covering historical design movements from the 17th century to the present, their collection includes an impressive array of objects from 19th century ceramics made in Greenpoint and baskets by Native Americans in Canarsie to modern masters such as Gerrit Rietveld and Ettore Sottsass. “We are honored to host Brooklyn Designs and we look forward to connecting our deep history with design and Decorative Arts to the rich design community that has developed and grown in our borough,” said David Berliner, President and Chief Operating Officer, Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Museum brings a significant cultural contribution to the citywide celebration of global design that takes place during the month of May in New York City. BROOKLYN DESIGNS is once again proud to be part of New York City’s official design week, NYCxDESIGN, by kicking off their programming during

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opening weekend next May. “Brooklyn has long been a hotbed of innovative talent, and BROOKLYN DESIGNS has played a critical role in bringing that unique creativity to NYCxDESIGN,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “We are thrilled that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has made the historic Brooklyn Museum their new home for BROOKLYN DESIGNS and we look forward to working with them on next year’s NYCxDESIGN celebration.” In another exciting initiative for 2018, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will partner with ICFF on a special design installation at the Javits Center from May 2023, 2018. The curated space will offer exhibitors another opportunity to showcase their work on the global design stage and the show an extended presence during NYCxDESIGN. “The 30th edition of ICFF is delighted to host the BROOKLYN DESIGNS Pavilion at the

About BROOKLYN DESIGNS Founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BROOKLYN DESIGNS was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn, and helped put many Brooklyn makers and designers on the map. Attendees include designers, architects, builders, developers, store buyers, industry influencers, educators, urban planners and design-savvy consumers, who all come together to celebrate the borough’s rich design heritage, iconic style and bustling creative community. With thousands of visitors over the course of the show, BROOKLYN DESIGNS is one of the most vibrant shows in New York City and one of the anchor fairs of NYCxDESIGN – the official citywide celebration of design. The 2018 edition is May 12-13 at the Brooklyn Museum with a press preview on May 11.

of its permanent collection, to its pioneering online presence and inventive use of technology in reimagining the visitor experience. A driving force behind the massive growth and energy of the Borough of Brooklyn and of its diverse cultural community, the Brooklyn Museum annually welcomes more than half a million visitors who represent one of New York’s most diverse museum-going audiences. The Brooklyn Museum’s collection represents nearly every culture, ranging from some of the most important ancient Egyptian works in the nation; to the arts of the Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; to American and European art; to international contemporary works. The Brooklyn Museum is home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the only facility of its kind in the country. Upcoming exhibitions include David Bowie is; Radical Women: Latin American Art, 19601985; and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 196383. For more information, visit

About NYCxDESIGN NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May—next occurring May 11–23, 2018—the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios, and more. And, like design itself, NYCxDESIGN is everywhere, with events taking place across the city’s five boroughs. Brought About Brooklyn Museum to life by New York City EcoThe Brooklyn Museum pres- nomic Development Corporation ents important art in eye-open- (NYCEDC) in conjunction with ing ways, and has long been at a steering committee comprised the forefront of engagement of the city’s design leaders, NYwith underserved and younger CxDESIGN highlights the unique audiences, from its widely pop- creative, cultural, educational, ular Target First Saturdays pro- and economic opportunities in gram and creative reinstallations New York City.

The Century Club

The Century Club: Chamber Members Over 100 Years Old These are just a few of the Brooklyn businesses that are 100 years old. Should your organization or company be added to this list? Email Chris Lenard, Vice President of Membership, at Belmont Metals - 1896 Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York 1912 Brooklyn Army Terminal - 1918 Brooklyn Botanic Garden 1910 Brooklyn Historical Society 1863 Brooklyn Museum - 1823 Brooklyn Children’s Museum - 1899

Cushman & Wakefield - 1917

Greenpoint YMCA - 1869

Dyker Beach Golf Course - 1897 HeartShare Human Services of New York (founded as Gardner’s Pharmacy - 1868 Catholic Guardian Society of Gargiulo’s Restaurant - 1907 Brooklyn and Queens) - 1914 Gillies Coffee Company - 1840

James Weir Floral Co. - 1853

Joseph Shalhoub and Son, Inc. - 1886 Joyva Corp. - 1907 JP Morgan Chase - 1799 Junior League of Brooklyn 1910

Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. - 1904 Kings County Hospital Center - 1831 Mount Sinai Health System 1852 NYU - 1831 NYU Tandon School of Engineering - 1854 Pfizer - 1849 PKF O’Connor Davies - 1891 St. Francis College - 1859 The Park Church Co-op (founded as The Lutheran Church) - 1900 Visiting Nurse Service of New York - 1893 Wegmans - 1916 Williams - 1908

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1 1. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce was once headquartered at 75 Livingston Street, then known as the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce building. 2. When Eleanor Roosevelt went on a national tour, she visited Brooklyn, where she met with the Brooklyn Chamber’s Women’s Committee. 3. The Brooklyn Chamber met with President Calvin Coolidge in 1929. 4. In 1925, over 300 Brooklyn Chamber members travelled 9,000 miles over nine months to educate America about Brooklyn on the Chamber’s Transcontinental Trade and Good Will Trip.

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1 1. The “Passport to Brooklyn” that the Chamber distributed in 1960 contained a 25-cent subway token in an attempt to attract tourists to the borough. 2. Before the Brooklyn Progress was founded, the Chamber published “Brooklyn,” a weekly newspaper. 3. An official brochure for the Chamber’s 50th anniversary, which was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1968. 4. An old Chamber golf outing.

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