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BROOKLYN DESIGNS Announces Exhibition Highlights Showcasing the Contemporary Design Scene in Brooklyn May 11-13 at the Brooklyn Museum


icking off the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN and newly located at the Brooklyn Museum, BROOKLYN DESIGNS is proud to announce highlights from its 50+ exhibiting brands and dynamic programming. Beginning with a VIP preview on May 11 and opening to the public from May 12-13, the show is an annual celebration of the borough’s creative community, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications. With a freshly curated lens and a new home at a prominent art institution, BROOKLYN DESIGNS will showcase emerging designers and established brands that span a range of

design objects, including furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, technology and jewelry, many of which have received BrooklynMade certification. Additional highlights include a keynote address by Jonathan Marvel, a renowned architect whose buildings are transforming Brooklyn’s skyline, as well as partnerships with Prospect Park Alliance and Pratt Institute. “We’re proud to showcase Brooklyn’s thriving and innovative design community each year at BROOKLYN DESIGNS,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “The designers and architects whose work will be on display at

the Brooklyn Museum this year represent the innovative drivers of the borough’s maker economy, using style to drive substantive economic growth. We thank our elected officials and partners for making this incredible show possible.” Brooklyn is an important hub for both innovation and craftsmanship, bridging the gap between old, masterful techniques and new, contemporary aesthetics. This can be seen in the work of exhibitors like Mark Jupiter, an established fourth generation woodworker whose custom designs combine refined elegance, repurposed industrial materials and sustainable sensibilities, as well as emerging

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brands like Shuya Design, whose custom furniture combines wood and marble, amongst other materials, in unconventional ways. A Red Hook-based furniture design studio, TOKEN, will introduce a new brand direction at the show, focusing on its atelier style of development and production and founder Will Kavesh’s fine arts background. The show also attracts ambitious architectturned-product designers such as Hannah Getachew of Bolé Road Textiles and Matthew Hoey of Studio Camden, as well as OT/TRA and Think Fabricate, whose furniture brands complement their architecture practices. A Continued on Page 5

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A Seasonal Change for the Chamber

At the Brooklyn Chamber, and in general, it’s important to continue reinventing ourselves to keep up with our rapidly changing times. The Chamber may be 100 At the old, Brooklyn and inthat general, important to continue reinventing years but it’sChamber, an organization alwaysit’s tries to stay young. With that in mind, ourselves to keep up with versions our rapidly changing times. The Chamber be 100 we’re launching revamped of two of our signature events in new may locations this year. years old, but it’s an organization that always tries to stay young. With that in mind,

we’re launching revamped versions of two of our signature events in new locations The year. newest incarnation of our design trade show BROOKLYN DESIGNS opens in a this new home at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s incredibly exciting to take the next step in the show’s by locating in onetrade of theshow borough’s most prominent in- in a The newestevolution incarnation of our it design BROOKLYN DESIGNSarts opens stitutions, and we hope the move will give more exposure to the Brooklyn designers new home at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s incredibly exciting to take the next step in and architects who show their work there.

the show’s evolution by locating it in one of the borough’s most prominent arts institutions, and we hope thethough. move will givewe’ll morehost exposure to the Brooklyn The fun doesn’t stop there, In June, BROOKLYN EATS 2018, designers and architects who show their work there. which will also move to a new home at BKLYN STUDIOS at City Point. Last year’s BROOKLYN EATS was a smash success—over 1,500 people attended—and we can’t

The doesn’t there, though. In June,tasty we’lldelights host BROOKLYN EATS 2018, waitfun to show evenstop more people the borough’s this year. Visitors will get to will sample varietytoofa goodies – from pickles, STUDIOS to ice cream, to kimchi, which alsoa move new home at BKLYN at City Point.and Lastthis year’s year they willEATS be able the products, as well.1,500 people attended—and we can’t BROOKLYN wastoabuy smash success—over wait to show even more people the borough’s tasty delights this year. Visitors will Thanks to the vital support our elected officials, partners in government, get to sample a variety of of goodies – from pickles, to ice cream, to kimchi, and this members, Board, and staff, we’re able to keep promoting, in so many ways, all that year they will be able to buy the products, as well.

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Brooklyn has to offer. As we continue to further advance the organization throughout our Centennial Year, we’re keeping in mind the importance of adapting to the Thanks to the vital support of our elected officials, partners in government, future and embracing change.

members, Board, and staff, we’re able to keep promoting, in so many ways, all that Brooklyn hasfrom to offer. Asletter we continue to further theatorganization As you read my last in the Progress, theadvance leadership the Chamber throughwill out our Centennial Year, we’re keeping in mind the importance adapting be changing due to my departure. I will personally continue to followofthe Brooklynto the future and embracing change. Chamber’s activities and news and am excited to see its continued growth and impact on the borough. So, I’ll give one last piece of advice to the staff, Board and

members of from this great organization, by quoting Mahatma Ghandi – at “Bethe theChamber change will As you read my last letter in the Progress, the leadership that you wishdue to see world.” It Istarts here, in Brooklyn. be changing to in mythe departure. will personally continue to follow the Brooklyn Chamber’s activities and news and am excited to see its continued growth and impact on the borough. So, I’ll give one last piece of advice to the staff, Board and Andrew of this great organization, by quoting Mahatma Ghandi – “Be the change members that you wish to see in the world.” It starts here, in Brooklyn.


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Co-Cathedral Centennial Talk


n the evening of April 23, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce continued its year of Centennial Programming, with support from TD Charitable Foundation, with a visit to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights hosted by DeSales Media Group. The networking event, which saw about 75 Brooklyn business owners and guests, took place in the restored rectory of the cathedral with a cocktail party and violinist. DeSales Media Group, the technology and communications arm of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, also sponsored and hosted the event. “It’s always nice to see Brooklyn’s diverse business community come together in one room, especially when it is comprised of the many immigrants who contribute so much to the borough’s economy,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “And to be able to gather in this recently renovated, magnificent house of worship that dates back to 1914 just made the evening that more special.” The theme of the evening was the contribution of immigrants – their new ideas, skills and vitality -- to Brooklyn’s life and economy. In fact, the Diocese of Brooklyn is also known as the Diocese of Immigrants. There was an interactive video experience where attendees were able to report their family’s immigration history.

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“The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph was built by immigrants more than 100 years ago. Today, the church, which has been restored to pristine condition, continues to serve Brooklyn’s diverse and dynamic community. What

a pleasure to share the parish’s rich history, and stunning architecture with our friends at Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The event has inspired us all to do even more great things for Brooklyn,” said Vincent LeVien ,

Director of External Affairs-DeSales Media Group “TD was proud to participate in last night’s event and found it fitting that the event, focusing on the immigration experience, was held at the co-cathedral as many churches, synagogues and congregations have provide vital services, support and refuge for generations of immigrants,” said Peter Meyer, New York City Market President, TD Bank. Meyer added, “The evening provided a great opportunity for networking and solidified TD’s commitment to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.” There was also a guided tour of the Co-Cathedral. St. Joesph’s was initially founded to serve the vast immigrant population fleeing the Irish famine from 1846-1852. The first church building was a small brick structure that was dedicated in 1855 by Bishop John Loughlin, the first Bishop of the new Brooklyn Diocese. As the parish increased in size, a larger church with a single steeple was constructed and was finally dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day in 1861. However, due to an ever growing population over the following decades, an even larger church was needed - and built –which is the present day St. Joseph’s. It was dedicated on May 3, 1914. In 2011 an extensive renovation began. In 2013 the church as named a Co-Cathedral (with the Cathedral Basilica of St. James on Jay Street.)



Brooklyn Chamber Delegation Returns to Albany

he Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce brought its largest-ever delegation to Albany from March 12 to March 13, meeting with a variety of statewide elected officials, members of the Brooklyn delegation to the New York State Legislature and policymakers. On Monday night, the Chamber hosted Brooklyn night, Albany’s most popular party of the year, which featured over 50 Brooklyn makers from neighborhoods throughout the borough. “It was wonderful as always to spend time with so many great borough businesses and help them convey their views to lawmakers in our state’s capital,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “The Chamber’s longest-running legislative visit was just as exciting this time around as it was the first time, and lawmakers and members of the media provided our delegation with useful insight into the state’s political priorities.” After arriving on Monday, the delegation went to lunch with Jimmy Vielkind, Politico’s Albany Bureau Chief, who offered his thoughts and analysis on the New York State budget season before taking questions from Chamber members. Then, the delegation travelled to the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who spoke candidly about his office’s priorities and some of the hurdles of the budget process. Later that day, the delegation divided to meet with Lindsay Boylan, a top state economic development official, and State Senate Majority Leader John Flannagan, who was accompanied by State Senators Simcha Felder and Martin Golden. Then, the delegation walked to The Egg for Brooklyn Night, a showcase of the borough’s best food and drink. To the tune of a jazz band, guests from all walks of political life in Albany joined in to taste the food that makes

the borough great. The next day started with a breakfast hosted by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. It included State Senator Kevin Parker and Assembly Member Maritza Davila. Then, the delegation split up into teams for smaller meetings with members of the Brooklyn delegation to

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spotlight will also shine on lighting brands this year. From Fitchwork’s ornamental pendants sintered from powdered nylon and porcelain to Caiu Lighting’s natural stone veneer fixtures, material boundaries are being pushed through exquisite artistry. Furthermore, studios with a multidisciplinary focus are producing unique products, including custom design and fabrication studio Argosy Designs, which will launch APD - Argosy Product Division at BROOKLYN DESIGNS, applying the same unparalleled dexterity of its architectural metalwork to the design and manufacturing of hand-crafted lighting, accessories and furniture pieces. Many brands are looking to further merge

art and design, such as Fort Makers, whose playful, multidisciplinary studio focuses on handmade, useful objects with the intention of expanding the definition of art and Evan Z. Crane, who aims to create not just furniture, but functional sculpture imbued with personality. The intersection of technology and design will be achieved by Brooklyn SolarWorks, which creates solar powered rooftop canopies to produce electricity for your home. The beloved BROOKLYN BUYS marketplace will return for a fourth year, featuring designers and makers specializing in jewelry, ceramics, and other items for sale, making it the perfect destination to find a unique gift for Mother’s Day. A

the New York State Legislature. The Albany Legislative Visit’s Presenting Sponsor was Airbnb, followed by Reception Sponsor Investors Bank and Breakfast Sponsor The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Additional sponsorship was provided by Con Edison, National Grid, Industry City, the New York Building Congress, the National Restaurant

Association, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Tower Isles and Two Trees Management Co. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce releases its State Legislative Agenda each year to coincide with the visit, which includes official positions on a wide variety of State legislation that affects the borough.

few highlights include: concrete jewelry from Kahen_design, ceramic home objects from Demetria Chappo Ceramics, and handmade textiles from Five | Six Textiles, which works with African artisans to bridge the gap between traditional craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics. In addition to exhibitors and a shoppable market, the show will also feature Brooklyn’s past, present and future with programming and special installations, including an exhibit of historic ceramic pieces from Brooklyn dating back to the 19th century, from the museum’s decorative arts collection. As part of the show’s mixture of physical and digital experiences, the Prospect Park Alliance will also host a free design-themed tour of Prospect Park while Pratt Institute’s GAUD program will present six student prototypes with AR components.

BROOKLYN DESIGNS is thankful for the generous support of its sponsors Broadway Stages, Con Edison, Sweeten and Sterling National Bank. Media sponsors include Metropolis, Interior Design, The Architect’s Newspaper, Design Milk, Architonic, Remodelista, The Bridge, The Epoch Times and NTD.TV. The show is also supported by institutional partners such as Pratt Institute, ASID NY Metro, AIA Brooklyn, IIDA NY, IFDA NY and the Prospect Park Alliance. For more information and ticket sales, visit BROOKLYN DESIGNS offers free admission to registered trade and media. For instant updates on the show, follow @BKLYNDESIGNS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To access HR exhibitor photos and show materials visit Brooklyn Progress • VISIT


Meet the team

The tireless job of producing the events of the Chamber


he Brooklyn Chamber’s Special Events team, led by Lori Raphael, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, is a threeperson, full-scale events production team that plans, produces, designs and executes all of the organization’s events. From small neighborhood mixers to the Chamber’s recent Centennial Gala, the team works tirelessly to create seamless, high quality experiences for our members and guests. “We pride ourselves on making it look easy so our audience feels relaxed and like they are in good hands,” said Raphael. “It isn’t the Brooklyn Chamber if it isn’t fun.” Another team member who makes sure to keep it fun is George Quan, Director of Special Events and Design. Quan makes sure that all event logistics and visual presentation – from sound equipment, to load-in for trade shows, to the total look and feel of the event. He’s the Chamber’s resident artist and enjoys the creative role he gets to play on a daily basis. And, if you’ve attended any Chamber event in the last year, there’s a good chance A.J. Siconolfi, Coordinator of Special Events, has either checked you in, taken your ticket order or responded to any general questions. Behind the scenes, he provides administrative

and logistical support. Why is so much care put into everything they do? Branding the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and working with sponsors en-

hances the mission to provide relatable activities to the Brooklyn business community. Strategic partnerships with corporate membership allows those members to reach out

in the areas that are important to them while supporting Chamber program initiatives. Executing events on a small and large scale does pose its challenges, however. The biggest trial for the events team was the recent planning and production of the Centennial Gala. It was a celebration that needed to live up to its billing as a once in a lifetime event. The team pulled it off by working many months beforehand to create an exciting atmosphere that included Coney Island side show performers, a marching band, and a wonderful video that honored award recipients which included an intro from legendary author Pete Hamill. The event reached its goal in making the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge into a lavish art deco palace complete with velvet draping. Every detail was considered, including a historic display area with archival Brooklyn Eagle covers, Brooklyn Chamber artifacts and a Virtual Reality tour – all run by staff in period costumes. While the events team certainly pulled off their biggest feat yet, with a celebration of 100 years past, they are always planning for the future. With the upcoming BROOKLYN DESIGNS at Brooklyn Museum May 11-13 and BROOKLYN EATS on June 29, you can be sure this tireless trio won’t disappoint.

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Elected Official Spotlight

Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Co-Chair of the Brooklyn Delegation


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 and proceeded to work as a Community Organizer for NYC A.C.O.R.N. 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 affecting 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 ever since. 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 entire 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 was 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. For these reasons, Antonio has worked tirelessly to implement policies to achieve environmental justice and human rights for our community. Antonio Reynoso was re-elected as the Council Member for the 34th District in 2017 and welcomed the new term with the birth of his first son. He remains the Chair of the Sanitation and Solid Waste Committee where he is committed to achieving environmental justice for North Brooklyn and serves as CoChair of the Brooklyn Delegation. Antonio resides in Williamsburg with his wife.

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Board Member Spotlight

Sayar Lonial, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at the NYU Tandon School


ayar Lonial is the Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in Downtown Brooklyn. In that capacity he oversees community outreach and maintains a wide variety of public-private partnerships to further the school’s multifaceted mission: creating technology aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems; encouraging tech entrepreneurship and the growing Innovation Economy; and educating a new generation of engineers committed to academic excellence, visionary research, and diversity. In addition to his duties at NYU, since 2016 Lonial has chaired Brooklyn’s Community Board 6, which represents the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Wa-

terfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook. His aim in that post is to ensure that the District becomes increasingly livable and sustainable and that its leadership is responsive to the needs of its residents. Lonial’s other current titles include President of the DUMBO BID Board of Directors, Executive Board Member at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Board Representative to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Previously, Lonial served as the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s Director of Planning & Development, ensuring community input into the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and overseeing such initiatives as the rehabilitation and creation of more than 30 new parks and

open spaces in Lower Manhattan and the creation and preservation of some 3,000 affordable units in Tribeca, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. In addition to State and Federal government experience, Sayar also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for then-Council Member Alan J. Gerson in Lower Manhattan. Prior to his work at the Council, he served on the Master Planning team for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Lonial hails from Louisville, Kentucky, and is an avid sports fan, supporting the Brooklyn Nets, New York Mets, Oakland Raiders, and, of course, his hometown Louisville Cardinals. He lives in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn with his wife and their puppy, and plays soccer at Brooklyn Bridge Park every Wednesday evening.


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Awards Season

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Andrew Hoan, named SBA New York’s Small Business Champion of the Year


ew York – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Andrew Hoan, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, as the New York District’s 2018 Small Business Champion. Hoan was selected for his efforts to improve conditions in the small business community, for his accomplishments in advising small business groups and for his overall work as an advocate for small business interests within the New York SBA District. Beth Goldberg, Director of the New York SBA District Office, said that a Small Business Champion connects small businesses with growth opportunities and provides new onramps to capital, networks, education and resources. “Andrew Hoan and the Brooklyn Chamber championed for an SBA Growth Accelerator Award. The chamber works tirelessly on behalf of small business and innovates across the board to help New York City small businesses succeed and grow.” Among Hoan’s contributions are his efforts to launch Brooklyn Alliance Capital, a loan fund for minority and immigrant entrepreneurs with limited access to financing.

In its first six months of operation, the fund made eight small business loans and created new jobs throughout the borough. Hoan also secured a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to create the first

in response to employers in the industry expressing a need for proper workforce development to prepare employees for demands of the field. Hoan also leads trips to Albany and Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of small businesses in the borough. The New York District SBA Office recognized Hoan’s achievement at its annual National Small Business Week Awards ceremony on May 1, 2018, at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square. ABOUT THE U.S. Small Business Administration, New York District Office The SBA New York District Office delivers its programs and services throughout New York City, Long Island and the downstate counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. Our Long Island Branch Office provides services on Long Island. Visit ny for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help businesses start, grow and succeed. For more information about SBA’s loan programs, financial assistance and other services, visit

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From Our Members

Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis


alk with us this June in Prospect Park! “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis” is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s largest fundraising event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the 1.6 million American adults and children affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis—that’s one out of every 200 people! These walks raise funds for critical research and patient support programs, while increasing awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Our walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone, including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases, and support research initiatives, education programs, and patient support programs. Tina Aswani Omprakash, patient and Take Steps participant, shared her battle with Crohn’s disease and how Take Steps allowed her to fight back: “I was at the top of my game having just graduated college with a Wall Street career all lined up and BAM, just like that, the colitis hit. At the tender age of 22, when my life was just supposed to be beginning, my life became a perpetual case of where’s the nearest bathroom and having to bolt to avoid accidents. It was a scary proposition because my dad passed away at 39 years old from a wicked case of Crohn’s that turned into colorectal

cancer, and his sister quickly followed suit. After trying many medications and surgeries, my diagnosis was changed from colitis to Crohn’s. 12 years, 20+ surgeries and three near-death experiences later, I am thankful to be alive and for every single surgery and every single breath. Here I am today, continuing to fight in the memory of my late father and aunt, for my dear mother and husband as well as all the friends who have stood by me along the way. I fight for new treatments to be

developed and for a cure someday.” We believe no one should have to deal with the fear, uncertainty and pain of IBD. Join us in the fight for cures. For more information on participating in or partnering with Take Steps, please contact Ashley Jones, Walk Coordinator at 646.388.9285 or Brooklyn Take Steps: June 24, Prospect Park

About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35. However the incidence is increasing in children. About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest voluntary nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit chapters/newyork, or email

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tive exhibits, pop-up lounges, installations, hands-on demos and a diverse conference program in addition to an exciting array of products, including many that have received Brooklyn-Made certification by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The show will also feature cafes and bars from Brooklyn’s beloved vendors as well as family-friendly programming throughout the weekend. Join us May 11-13 at the Brooklyn Museum! For tickets please visit

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Meet the New Artists behind BROOKLYN DESIGNS During the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN, BROOKLYN DESIGNS is moving its location to the Brooklyn Museum. With highlights from its 50+ exhibiting brands, this show is open to the public from May 12-13. The show is an annual celebration of the borough’s creative community, presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications. BROOKLYN DESIGNS will showcase emerging artists, designers and established brands that span a range of design objects, including furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles, technology and jewelry, many of which have received Brooklyn-Made certification. Additional highlights include a keynote ad dress by Jonathan Marvel, a renowned architect whose buildings are transforming Brooklyn’s skyline, as well as partnerships with the Prospct Park Alliance and the Pratt Institute. Brooklyn is an important hub for both innovation and craftsmanship, bridging the gap between old, masterful techniques and new, contemporary aesthetics. This can be seen in the work of exhibitors like Mark Jupiter, an established fourth generation woodworker whose custom designs combine refined elegance, repurposed industrial materials and sustainable sensibilities, as well as emerging brands like  Shuya Design, whose custom furniture combines wood and marble, amongst other materials, in unconventional ways. Each year, the exhibition attracts new talent from different industries and we caught up with a few showcasing for the first time, to delve into how they began and what to expect from them at BROOKLYN DESIGNS.

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Division (APD) at BROOKLYN DESIGNS for the first time. We caught up with the founders as they gear up for the show. What can people expect to see at your first showcase at BROOKLYN DESIGNS? We are thrilled to be debuting Argosy Product Division (APD) – our first collection of furniture, lighting, and decorative accessories at Brooklyn Designs. With APD, we will offer an array of industrially modern, exquisitely made products, created by skilled artisans with the same attention to detail and commitment to craftsmanship that has established Argosy Designs as an industry leader in custom metal fabrication.


dio, TOKEN, will introduce a new brand direction at the show, focusing on its atelier style of development and production. We caught up with founder Will Kavesh to learn more. What can people expect to see at your first showcase at BROOKLYN DESIGNS? I am excited about the new collection we will be releasing and the direction in which this work has taken the brand. There is an expanded view on our patterned marquetry woodwork and new, innovative construction.

ARGOSY DESIGNS In 2004, Argosy Designs was founded by Erik Johnson and Jen Johnson-Kuhn, specializing in the design and fabrication of custom architectural metalwork, hardware, lighting, furniture and artwork. Erik Johnson and Jen JohnsonKuhn are debuting the work in Argosy Product

PLAITLY is a Brooklyn-based jewelry brand founded in 2017 by Caroline Quinio. PLAITLY jewelry will showcase and sell their jewelry for the first time at BROOKLYN DESIGNS, an array of materialized work that incorporates scripting, 3d-printing, and hand-finishing techniques. PLAITLY has exhibited work in the Fuorisalone during Milan Design Week in 2017 and the Artistar International Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition during Milan Fashion Week in 2018. We caught up with architect, pianist and founder of Plaitly, Caroline Quinio. Her beautiful pieces come just in time for Mother’s Day! What can people expect to see at your first showcase at BROOKLYN DESIGNS? People can expect to see Drapery and Heliodon at PLAITLY’s showcase, along with new pieces from our classic collection that embrace organic shapes in 3D-printed nylon and integrate traditional beads, chains, and crystals.

BKLYN STUDIOS is a 13,000+ square foot innovative event venue located in Downtown Brooklyn. It is easily accessible from all areas of Brooklyn and Manhattan. A vast white canvas with high ceilings and glass doors, the space can be customized to suit a range of event needs, from concerts to cocktails to conventions. Located at City Point, BKLYN STUDIOS boasts 40+ food purveyors directly downstairs in DeKalb Market Hall. Outside vendors, caterers and production crews are always welcome.

MING’S MONSTERS Ming Yuen-Schat is a Brooklyn-based ceramic artist who began his pottery work in 2013, creating each piece by hand from start to finish. Ming’s Monsters was formed from an interest in interplay between modernism and wabisabi, a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.  He derives his forms using the principle of “form follows function”. Ming is a believer in the active, labor-intensive process of wood firing of the clay. What can people expect to see at your first showcase at BROOKLYN DESIGNS? The pieces that I am bringing to the show are from a noborigama firing I just finished. The clay is iron-rich, with feldspar crystals.  I am using a Korean celadon glaze that ranges from black to green to grey to yellow, depending on the thickness and the ash and firing, so you will see a very complex, layered effect.  I am bringing vessels, lots of vases with rounded, almost figurative curves. I am also debuting a new series, the “Wish Bowl.” These are small, asymmetrical bowls, thrown “off the hump” to give them a strong wobble. Inside each, I have painted a wish for love, peace, good luck, etc., in kanji. They are great gifts. They can be used with a little ritual to make your wish come true, and they also look beautiful together in a line or grouping on a table or mantelpiece.

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n the morning of April 27th (mark your calendar), the NYC Family Enterprise Center began its educational programs for 2018 NYC area family businesses to help them with some their most challenging issues. NYCFEC programs and sessions will be held throughout the rest of 2018, and they are only for NYC area family businesses. The sessions are confidential, and there is no commercial influence or solicitation allowed, and there is plenty of time to ask questions, and they are led by experts from around the country and by family members of inspiring, highly successful family businesses. Programs can be found on NYCFEC’s website: www. All of the programs and sessions are all affordable and a great value. Furthermore, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce members get at 17-15% discount using code BCC051, when registering. You are not alone, as every family owning a business faces a complex set of challenges and dynamics that go beyond typical business issues. Only a small percentage of family businesses survive past a few generations, but this is changing as more families and their businesses are becoming increasingly educated, disciplined and professionalized in their approach and planning. Mitzi Perdue from the Perdue Chicken and Sheraton Hotel families will lead off NYC Family Enterprise Center’s 2018 April Pro-

• Structures of family meetings and family assemblies: When and why to have them • What it means to be an owner: the roles and responsibilities • Communication and structural techniques to better align the family owners, board and management

gram: Building Strong Family Business Foundations – Part I by sharing key insights on: “It’s never too early, and it’s never too late to help your family be all it can be”. Other sessions during the morning include: • How to deal with the voice and interest of the family. • How do you define and differentiate between the needs of family and the needs of the family business? • How do you harness and use the interest of the family for the benefit of the company as well as vice versa? • Defining family values, mission and a vision for the future • Examining best practices in effective decision-making in family owned companies • Staying connected and building lasting relationships

Other 2018 programs for this spring and summer include: May 11, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Part I: Understanding Family Conflict This session introduces common themes in family business conflicts and provides an opportunity to consider participants’ specific areas of interest. June 19, 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 AM Part II: Applying Basic Strategies to Address Family Conflict Building on the knowledge of concepts covered in Part I, this session will focus on practical methods and techniques to prevent and resolve family conflicts. July 19, 2018,  9:00 - 11:00 AM Part III: Refining Your Conflict Management Skills This session will help participants evaluate and enhance their efforts to apply what they learned in Part II to their family’s particular circumstances. June 13, 9:00-12:00 Discussing Difficult Family Topics This session will help define the elephant in their room better, understand what it is, and

why it challenges the family business system, and what approaches and techniques can be used to help families discuss their most difficult and important issues. Through examples, frameworks and interactive discussion, attendees will learn strategies for deciding if, how, and when to address. This will include the potential impact(s) of addressing vs. not addressing the situation. Examples difficult topics might include: • Inheritance • Retirement or changing roles of family members • Fairness or favoritism • Pre and post nuptial arrangements • In-law involvement • Succession and transitions • Performance • Money and other assets and age of disclosure • Addiction, behavioral, and health issues These sessions are small and private, so you can feel safe about raising or discussing any of your challenges or questions through the sessions. You do not have to disclose your full name or identify your family business during the session. Space is very limited, so please sign up now to save your spot. If you would like to join our community or a Next Gen, Senior Gen or other group of individuals from family businesses, please fill out the form on our website or contact us at or 212 889-8332.


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• POLITICO Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind addresses the delegation at the Albany Renaissance Hotel.

• The delegation met with New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

• The delegation poses with Comptroller DiNapoli.

• The delegation meets with members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly.

• The delegation meets with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. Center, Flanagan and State Senator Martin Golden. State Senator Simcha Felder not pictured.

• From left to right, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu; State Senator Simcha Felder; and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

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• The Brooklyn Chamber hosted Brooklyn Night at The Egg in Albany.

• From left to right, Assembly Member Felix Ortiz; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan; Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu.

• The crowd at Brooklyn Night.

• A morning panel discussion. From left to right, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan; Assembly Member Maritza Davila; and State Senator Kevin Parker.

• The delegation meets with Lindsey Boylan, Deputy Secretary of Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor.

• Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan speaks at Brooklyn Night. From left to right, State Senator Martin Golden; Assembly Member Peter J. Abbate, Jr., Assembly Member N. Nick Perry, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu; Assembly Member Tremaine Wright; Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte; Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol; Assembly Member Maritza Davila; Hoan; Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz; Assembly Member Jamie Williams; Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley; Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle; Assembly Member Robert Carroll; and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz. Brooklyn Progress • VISIT


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Small Business Lending With Jam Stand


bserving the synergy between Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle, the co-founders of The Jam Stand, is just as delightful as the surprising splash of rum in their famous Drunken Monkey jam. Best friends since college, they enjoyed trying crafty things like knitting, making apple cider and concocting homemade jam. Finding themselves simultaneously unemployed, Quon and Valle began experimenting with jam in their Williamsburg kitchen. Whimsical flavor combinations like peaches and spice for their Peachy Sriracha and berries and booze for their Blueberry Bourbon soon developed. (Trust us. You must try the Fig Tamarind with Brie). Just as the Brooklyn food scene started to take off, so did their sales. “From the beginning, we thought we’d just sell the jams in farmers’ markets, but then it started to do really well online and with independent shop owners. We weren’t reaching out. Business and press coverage were just coming our way,” explains Valle. Six years later with 10 distributors and prime shelf space in big grocers, including all of the Whole Foods in the Northeast, The Jam Stand is much more than a “stand.” Valle and Quon have grown a very successful and delicious company. Big brands want in with them, too. They recently developed a special Cherry Ginger Jam for Triscuit and Martha Stewart and a Banana Rum Jam Ice Cream with Haagen-Dazs. With such quick growth,

the pair knew they needed to start building capacity. “2016 was a good year and we knew it was probably time to apply for financing. Knowing big banks would reject us, we made a list of community banks. And then we received an email about Spring Bank from the Brooklyn Chamber.” A few weeks later, The Jam Stand was approved for an SBA, line-of-credit through the Spring Bank Small Business Grow Pro-

gram. Ines Marino, Director of Small Business Lending at Spring Bank, knew it was the perfect fit for the Spring Bank small business portfolio. “What made The Jam Stand easy for us to fund was a combination of the strength in sales and their synergistic partnership as co-founders. Their roles are clear. Sabrina handles the operations, financing and production and Jessica is focused on the marketing and PR,” says Marino.

Additionally, Marino emphasized the importance of how organized, responsive and strategic Valle and Quon were in their growth plan for The Jam Stand. Not only did they know their business inside and out, they knew where they wanted to take it. “They were on top of the numbers and knew the specifics of how to pace their growth. Their strategy for sales with hotels and bed and breakfasts was targeted and we knew our micro line of credit would help them achieve these targets by covering costs for packaging and product development for jam packets,” explains Marino. Part of Spring Bank’s financial inclusion mission in New York City is to support the growth of women-owned small businesses. Bigger banks often consider growing startups like The Jam Stand too risky to fund, but for Spring Bank, they make the ideal client. “We are willing to go anywhere in the city and come to our clients. We do whatever we can to make it easy for them to open an account, apply for funding and make deposits. As a small business ourselves, we value the personal relationships we have with every client. Clients aren’t numbers to us,” says Marino. Learn more about the Spring Bank Small Business Grow Program at springbankny. com/small-business-lending/. And don’t forget to spice up your next brunch with Drunken Monkey or other unique flavors from The Jam Stand at

Solar Powered Fabric Designs by Brooklyn Design Firm Pvilion


fter decades of experience in the fabric architecture industry as founders of FTL Design, Todd Dalland, Robert Lerner and Colin Touhey started Pvilion in 2011 to create an all-encompassing technology design, engineering, and manufacturing operation in Brooklyn, NY. Pvilion integrates flexible solar cells with bendable substrates like fabric, composites and stainless steel to create innovative, lightweight shade and solar structures that produce power. Pvilion’s vision is to promote renewable energy through architecture, sculpture and technology development. Because Pvilion’s products provide more than just solar electricity, they serve as landmark beacons for design-oriented organizations, often working with forward-thinking and environmentallyconscious groups that are trying to extend their sustainability initiatives into the realm of celebrated public spaces. Since its inception, Pvilion has been at the forefront of innovative, sustainable designs. This spans 40 years with hundreds of built projects globally. With the United States Army in the 1990s, Pvilion was the first to design, engineer and fabricate solar fabric power stations for remote troops in the field. Fast forward to the commercial designs for such notable clients as Carnegie Hall, where Pvilion was called on to design and build a temporary air-beam event tent that is fully

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engineered for building codes, but fits easily into a freight elevator when deflated. Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, is the site of the world’s lightest fabric solar carport. Tallahassee, Florida is the home to the world’s longest solar powered pedestrian bridge. The 2,500 linear feet of solar fabric canopies provide lighting to the Capital Cascades Park and are engineered to withstand a CAT 4 hurricane. When Camp

Rockaways at Fort Tilden needed remote, offgrid power for lighting and cell phone charging, Pvilion provided a temporary event tent with solar fabric accessory for the job. Currently, Pvilion is installing solar fabric canopies at Skyland Park in Brookhaven, GA. These canopies will provide shade, lighting and mobile charging for the area residents. Next, you will see one of its solar ready fabric canopies as part of the new pavilion for the

Carol Roberts Field House at Yale University. Pvilion is very excited to be back in its New York City backyard to collaborate on a solar pilot program with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the New York Botanical Garden. This summer, while enjoying the food truck offerings at NYBG, have a seat underneath the new 90’ solar canopy that will provide LED lighting, mobile charging and sustainable power to the food truck generators. Pvilion’s flexible solar technology is at the forefront of the rapidly changing innovations in wearable tech for today’s consumers. This includes working with large consumer brands to integrate flexible solar technology into wearable garments for several years. The solar jacket collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger was a sold-out success! It incorporated a removable solar panel that lets the owner plug in smart phones for remote charging. Keep an eye out for the newest Tommy Hilfiger Solar Totes, hitting stores now. Check out for upcoming retail designs. Pvilion’s founders have a long history with Brooklyn, and they are excited to collaborate with Brooklyn Chamber members. Please feel free to come visit Pvilion at its design studio on John St., or get in touch at info@pvilion. com or 718-852-2528. We look forward to hearing from you!

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A Friendly Face to Help Children with Autism


Friendly Face started with a simple idea arising from a unique set of circumstances. The story is about two determined women with an insatiable drive to make a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families. This topic is very familiar to Mrs. Ella Goldin and Mrs. Anna Marie Dorelien, both on an emotional and professional level. The process, from diagnosis to the child’s first therapy session, remains painstakingly tedious and slow, at times taking up to a year. For families with an autistic child, this is a nonstarter, and in the words of the medical researcher and bioethics philosopher Julian Suvalesko, “To delay by one year the development of a treatment that cures a disease that affects 100,000 people per year is to be responsible for the suffering of those 100,000 people, even if you never see them.” Mrs. Dorelien and Mrs. Goldin viewed the idea of starting a clinic as a natural solution

to the ever-surging demand and strikingly limited supply of treatment options. As a team, they brought complimentary skill sets that included training, education and expertise necessary to provide superior quality treatment to pediatric patients with autism and their families. Mrs. Goldin’s and Mrs. Dorelien’s ambitious vision came to life and the clinic opened in 2014, providing services

to the community. Today, A Friendly Face proudly serves all five boroughs, Long Island and parts of New Jersey, providing families with home and school-based ABA care; as well as clinicbased care in Staten Island and Brooklyn. A Friendly Face has made it its mission to welcome children, parents and families into a close-knit community by ensuring the clini-

cal team approaches treatment with a warm, progressive, and supportive attitude. A Friendly Face Autism Treatment Center, spearheaded by Mrs. Dorelien, has been collaborating with a Weill Cornell research program as well as the Columbia School of Neurology to conduct research in the field of autism, promising to bridge treatment gaps in the clinical pipeline to better serve patients, their families, and everyone affected. A Friendly Face has also partnered with multiple advanced behavior analyst certificate programs that offer practicum opportunities for BCBA students in a real clinical environment. What began as a dream in the minds of two longtime friends is becoming a hub for autism research, education and treatment that shows absolutely no signs of foregoing its mission and founding principles anytime soon.

The Human Root


hat does it mean to look into the eyes of a stranger and see their life flash before your eyes? Do you see their beauty? Their stressors, obstacles, and challenges they had to encounter on their journey to who they are in that moment? Do you take the time to see this stranger outside of how you see yourself? Do we ever take time to do that these days? Probably not. Especially in busy cities where our personal space is so crowded that we barely take time to look at each other because it makes us uncomfortable. The Human Root strives to shine light on those parts of ourselves that are uncomfortable in order to allow us to truly see each other while also understanding difference. We come from many different backgrounds that are important to acknowledge and inquire about so that we know how to relate to each other. Celebrating difference in a way to form connection is what The Human Root strives to bring to the people they work with. Founder, Anyanwu, comes from an upbringing of looking inward and outward. She has always pushed for equity in her communities even at nine years old, being a mediator for two of her schoolmates who were in conflict. Her elders saw a strength in her, and challenged her to strive to be the best leader she could be. She filled that role quite naturally. She also comes from a family history of movement. Being a daughter of an immigrant mother, she moved around often. She spent time in her mother’s home country, Jamaica, as well as other countries when her mother joined the military, and, as customary with many immigrant families, she spent time living with family members. This history of movement gave Anyanwu the privilege of seeing who she is in relation to society at a young age.

Anyanwu gained a sense of community quite early living in Marin City, California. She calls where she lived in Marin City the most rich and thriving community in the world. A city full of Black people looking out for each other and really practicing tender love and care with each other. This community, redefining what it means to be rich through connection and community. Richness through what it means to be alive in Blackness. Marin City also has a history of activists who came up there. The Black Panthers have a thorough history of moving in and through Marin County, George Duke was from there, Tupac went to the same high school as she did—Tamalpais High School. Anyanwu had a very firm foundation to build on, and her community saw her as one who could keep the tradition of community building going. Her community also understood the history of economy, government, race, and class and their interconnectedness. You see it in the archive of events and people who came from where she is from. You see it in her, and more importantly, we see it in who she surrounds herself with and what she holds as a baseline of importance. You can never really separate economy, government, race, and class from one another. And the reason why you can never separate the four is that systemic decisions are made based on those four things. This is why The Human Root exists. To ensure that we have an understanding of how we move and work in society, and how to form closeness through the knowing. The Human Root offers professional development services and you can inquire about them through a short form on their website:

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2018 BUILDING BROOKLYN AWARDS AUGUST 1, 2018 AT 1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee present Building Brooklyn Awards, an annual event that recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy. Building Brooklyn Awards also honors individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the business conditions and economic climate of Brooklyn.

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Renewed Members Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations DalyGonzalez 16 Court Street, Suite 1902 Brooklyn, NY 11241 646.299.7793

RUSA Radio 2699 Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11235 718.339.0003

Steiner Studios 15 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn Navy Yard Brooklyn, NY 11205 718.858.1600

The Brooklyn Saver 931 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 3 Brooklyn, NY 11222 212.404.6936

Amusement and Recreation Brooklyn Botanic Garden 1000 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225 718.623.7200

Architects, Designers and Engineers Doban Architecture 25 Chapel Street, Suite 900 Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.797.1041

KazTrans Limited Partnership


23 Hemlock Lane Staten Island, NY 10309 718.266.3432

Cemeteries and Funeral Homes

NYC Ferry Operated by Hornblower 110 Wall Street New York, NY 10005 646.640.6202

Banks and Credit Unions Citi Commercial Bank 1 Court Square, 7th Floor Long Island City, NY 11120 718.248.6901

Empire State Bank 8701 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 347.695.9040

Northfield Bank 581 Main Street, Suite 810 Woodbridge, NJ 7095

Valley National Bank 2054 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214 718.975.0892

Valley National Bank 2054 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214 718.975.0892

Fitting Tribute Funeral Services 1283 Coney Island Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11230 718.338.8080

Clothing, Jewelry and Fashion Beroep Inc. 183 Lorraine Street, 3rd floor TI Artist Studios 86 Brooklyn, NY 11231 718.207.8725

Kahen_Design 75 New York Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216 203.927.7739

Lucia Pearl Jewelry 640 Dean Street Brooklyn Metal Works Brooklyn, NY 11238 401.742.3160

Michal Lando Design

33 Minna Street Brooklyn, NY 11218 917.568.8656

67 35th Street, Suite 405 Brooklyn, NY 11232 917.597.1084

Riva Precision Manufacturing

612 A East 6th Street Austin, TX 78701 512.861.7013

Business and Financial Services

Faith Art Gallery NY Corp

Anchin Block & Anchin LLP

395 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.596.4659

1375 Broadway, 18th Floor New York, NY 10018 212.536.6887

Live Nation Entertainment


220 W 42nd Street 14th Floor New York, NY 10036 917.421.5139

196 Flatbush Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11217 718.399.9800

Mark Morris Dance Group 3 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 718.624.8400

Moscow Ballet 27 East Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA 1201 413.499.1733

Releve 2057 Ford Street, Unit B Brooklyn, NY 11229 516.444.7578

Automobile Services and Transportation car2go 109 South 5th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 929.266.0948 22 Brooklyn Progress • MAY/JUNE 2018

Edward Jones Investments (Bay Ridge) 8909 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 718.833.0207

Klarify, Co. 106 2nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 917.364.1578

New York Business Development Corporation 5 Hanover Square, Suite 1003 New York, NY 10004 212.785.5642

Primerica Financial Services 553 Lexington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11221 345.228.4928

Unplugged Influence, Inc. 601 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224

1071 Jefferson Avenue , Suite 2 Brooklyn, NY 11221 347.458.0577

Economic Development 1205 Surf Avenue, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11224 718.594.7895

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Salam & Salam Construction Co. Inc

Alliance for Coney Island

Signe Yberg Ceramics

767 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 718.233.2700

442 Madison Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11221 347.893.1897

640 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11238 901.490.8944


Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Music

B and S Construction

Daniell Hudson Jewelry

375 Lincoln Place, 4J Brooklyn, NY 11238 347.549.0685

The Greene Grape

Construction Services and Supplies

140 58th Street Unit 8B Brooklyn, NY 11220 718.361.3100

Community Service Organizations

Educational Institutions Northside Charter High School 424 Leonard Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 347.390.1273

Energy and Utilities Brooklyn Solarworks 138 9th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 347.845.5077

Cornerstone Energy Group 565 82nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11209 917.254.0929

New York Power Authority 123 Main Street White Plains, NY 10601 914.390.8180

Boy Scouts of America - Greater New York Councils

Facility Management and Janitorial Services

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7820 New York, NY 10118 212.651.2863

Alternative Pest Control, Inc.

Brooklyn Community Housing and Services 105 Carlton Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205 718.625.4545

Brooklyn Pride, Inc. P.O. Box 150508 Brooklyn, NY 11215 718.928.3320

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 424 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10017 212.986.8783

IMPACCT Brooklyn 1000 Dean Street, Suite 420 Brooklyn, NY 11238 718.522.2613

Seamen’s Society for Children and Families 1668 Pitkin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11212 718.447.7740

Services for the UnderServed 305 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor New York, NY 10001 212.633.6900

479 72nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11209 718.444.1784

Food Products Brooklyn Delhi 1615 Avenue I, Suite 512 Brooklyn, NY 11230 415.722.6212

Brooklyn Whatever LLC 447 Avenue P, PH3 Brooklyn, NY 11223 917.669.5525

Hena/Brooklyn Coffeehouse 660 Berriman Street Brooklyn, NY 11208 718.272.8237

Morris J. Golombeck, Inc. 960 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225 718.284.3505

Raaka Chocolate, Inc. 64 Seabring Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 201.790.5167

Sugar Monster 235 President Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Renewed Members 714.482-7488

Gifts and Souvenirs Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store

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Red Lion Inn & Suites Brooklyn

2609 E 14 Street, Suite 505 Brooklyn, NY 11235 347.492.7497

232 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 718.522.9848

279 Butler Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 718.855.9600

Home Furnishings

Industrial and Manufacturing Services

Bolero Road Textiles

Argosy Designs, Inc.

751 Franklin Avenue , #625 Brooklyn, NY 11238 917.685.4631

29 Ash Street, #101 Brooklyn, NY 11222 718 596 6154

Demetria Chappo Ceramics

Argosy Designs, Inc.

79 Carroll Street, #2 Brooklyn, NY 11231 917.279.5055

29 Ash Street, #101 Brooklyn, NY 11222 718 596 6154

Evan Z. Crane 75 Fort Greene Place , #4 Brooklyn, NY 11217 917.601.2055

Insurance 718 Insurance Agency Inc. 140 B Washington Avenue Cederherst, NY 11516 718.467.8726

GRUPPO International USA 1102 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11221 347.350.6693

Benexchange Financial Group One World Trade, 85th Floor New York, NY 10007 646.807.9157

Keap 67 35th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232 347.525.0700

VIGI Comfort, Inc DBA Indicator Locks

Photographers Visual Reminiscence PO Box 210264 Woodhaven, NY 11421 347.407.2777

Printers, Publishing and Publications Savemor Digital Printing 87 3rd Avenue First Floor Brooklyn, NY 11217 718 624 6136

Real Estate Brokers Compass - Georgine Paulin 151 Newton Street, #4L Brooklyn, NY 11222 646.461.7594

Douglas Elliman-Faith Consolo

Law Firms and Legal Services

575 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor New York, NY 10022 212.418.2000

Franklin, Gringer & Cohen, P.C.

Ingram & Hebron Realty

593 Carlton Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 415.710.1229

666 Old Country Road, Suite 202 Garden City, NY 11530 516.228.3131

188 Montague Street, Suite 950 Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.624.0011


Mishiyeva Law, PLLC

Makers Market

148 39th Street, Unit 5 Brooklyn, NY 11232 718.499.4209

85 Broad Street, 18th FL New York, NY 10004 646.233.0826

Medical Facilities and Service Providers

Stefan Hepner Studio 252 Norman Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222 347.678.1045


Hotels and Accommodations Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Brooklyn New York 181 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 718.522.4000

Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown

2414 Ralph Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11234 718.887.2922

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center 356 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 212.271.7250

Home Care Services for Independent Living

125 Flatbush Avenue Extension Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.875.8800

2044 Ocean Avenue, Suite B4 Brooklyn, NY 11230

Henry Norman Hotel

450 Clarkson Avenue, Box # 2 Brooklyn, NY 11203 718.270.3973

251 North Henry Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 917.909.0069

Hotel Indigo 229 Duffield Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 brooklyn/bxyid/hoteldetail?qRef=rr&qDest=229

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Office Supplies and Equipment RDI Solutions, LLC 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 2100 New York, NY 10038

Brooklyn, NY 11215 347.429.7030

Retail Brooklyn Bicycle Co. 61 Greenpoint Avenue, Suite 638 Brooklyn, NY 11222 800.631.0630

Etsy 117 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 732.221.2935

New Dimension, Inc. 6505 11th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219 718.236.8200

The POWERHOUSE Arena 28 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.666.3049

Special Events Services and Venues Big Dawg Party Rentals P.O. Box 310163 Brooklyn, NY 11231 718.643.9019

Kerry Quade 481 Van Brunt Street, #7C Brooklyn, NY 11231 646.996.4238

RW Social LLC

Real Estate Development and Management

PO Box 128 Pleasantville, NY 10570 917.719.1083

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.

satis&fy, LLC

Brooklyn Navy Yard - 63 Flushing Avenue Building 292, Unit 300, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11205 718.907.5990

Forest City 1 MetroTech Center, 23rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.923.8400

LargaVista Companies, LLC 275 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor New York, NY 10016 718.782.4200

Santoro and Kellman Property Tax Services, Inc. 80 Broad Street, 5th Floor, Suite 604 New York, NY 10004 718.974.5890

TF Cornerstone Inc. 387 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor New York, NY 10016 212.984.1768

Restaurants and Caterers Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 604 Union Street

14 53rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11232 503.277.0323

Sports Establishments Brooklyn Cyclones 1904 Surf Avenue MCU Park Brooklyn, NY 11224 718.449.8497

Telecommunications New York Like A Native 303 Beverley Road, Apt 9N Brooklyn, NY 11218 917.795.8595

Turnstile Tours 89 East 2nd Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11218 347.903.8687

United Airlines 20th Floor-NYCRP 1212 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10036 212.210.3350

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