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Brooklyn Community Board 1’s Monthly Public Meeting is Tuesday (6/11)

Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 (Greenpoint and Williamsburg) will hold its monthly public meeting tomorrow (6/11) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center at 211 Ainslie St. starting at 6 p.m. The meetings have in the past been live-streamed here, and the agenda is as follows: Continue reading

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$26,000 SUV Purchase by Community Board Raises Questions

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Brooklyn Community Board 1 (CB1) purchased a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV at the cost of $26,000 with funds intended to help NYC community boards. CB1 “was the only one of the city’s 59 community boards to use any of the $42,500 budget-booster to buy a vehicle,” a new report from THE CITY claims.

The Toyota purchase, which is “the board’s single largest expense outside of payroll” was cleared by CB1’s executive committee. The board’s base budget is $288,000.

THE CITY goes on to explain that CB1 board manager of 40 years Gerald Esposito whose salary last year was $123,535, lives four blocks away from where the SUV is parked in a designated space at the corner of Graham Avenue and Frost Street.

The eight-member executive committee’s decision to spend $26,000 on an SUV from a one-time $42,500 city grant raised questions from other CB1 members, as THE CITY reports:

Earlier this week, some board members said they were surprised and dismayed when they learned of the vehicle purchase during a recent CB1 meeting. The SUV marks the board’s largest single expense outside of payroll.

“What? A vehicle? What is it used for?” board member Ryan Kuonen recalled asking at the May 14 board meeting.

“To go different places,” replied Dealice Fuller, the board’s chairperson, according to Kuonen and two other people who attended the meeting.

New limits that were approved by NYC voters last fall took effect this April to cap the number of terms members can serve. Under the new rule, community board members are limited to four consecutive two-term limits, and borough presidents are encouraged to find “persons of diverse backgrounds” to serve.

 

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Brooklyn Community Board 1 Meets Tonight (5/14)

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Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 (Greenpoint and Williamsburg) will hold its monthly public meeting tonight (5/14) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center at 211 Ainslie St. starting at 6 p.m. The meeting will be live-streamed here and the agenda is as follows:

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Brooklyn Community Board 1 Meets Tuesday (1/8) For Monthly Public Hearing

Brooklyn Community Board 1’s monthly board meeting and public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., at the Swinging 60s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.).

Heres the meeting agenda, which is also available in PDF format:

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Pleasure Principle, Pride, Summer Solstice and Mystic Poets — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/20 – 6/26)

Explore some new places and neighborhood favorites this Saturday (6/23) during Total Williamsburg Immersion. $15 gets you 5 FREE Brooklyn Brewery beers at four great local bars, food and retail deals, and chance to be among the first to see the Brewery’s brand-new tasting room.  Buy tix here [sponsored]

WEDNESDAY 6/20

♫ Dan English, Harmony Tividad, Curt Oren, Sharleen Chidiac @ The Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.), 7pm, $10, album release party, Buy Tix 
* Pleasure Principle: A Summer Solstice Celebration @ Space Ninety 8 (98 North 6th St.), 7pm, $60, custom Haute Chocolate fusing ritual, intention and pleasure + snacks and wine, Buy Tix
♫ Electric Sensei // Waterfall Strainer w/ Lowly Loverboi @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Avenue), 7:30pm, $8, More Info
♦ Outdoor Film Night: Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) @ Nowadays (56-06 Cooper Ave.), 8pm, FREE, More Info
♫ FULL FLEX with Jyoty (Rinse FM), Darling Chuck, Melizards + more @ Good Room (98 Meserole Avenue), 9pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 6/21

♫ The Soundshop Solstice @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave.), 6:30pm, FREE, In collaboration with the Soundshop and Make Music New York, have a relaxing evening of music in the City Reliquary’s garden at a start-of-summer soiree! RSVP
# Fish CousCous with Victoria Granof @ Archestratus (160 Huron Street.), 7pm, $30, Join food stylist and cookbook author Victoria Granof for a CusCus Dinner! Buy Tix
♦ Intro to Archiving and Preservation for Film + Video @ UnionDocs (322 Union Ave.), 7:30pm, $10, Come to this panel hosted with New York Women in Film & Television and The Women’s Film Preservation Fund to get a handle on all of the basics of film and video preservation, Buy Tix
Office Culture, twig twig, Maeve Thorne @ Wonders of Nature (131 Grand St.), 8pm, $10, More Info Continue reading

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Best Dressed Awards, New Elevators at Greenpoint Ave Station + More Notes From Last Night’s CB1 Meeting

Dealice Fuller at the Community Board 1 meeting, March 13, 2018
Dealice Fuller (Chairperson) and Simon Weiser (First Vice Chair) at the Community Board 1 meeting, March 13, 2018.

It’s a frigid Tuesday night in March, currently breezy, but there was a Nor’easter in the morning. The day and the commute hasn’t been easy. You probably feel like parking yourself on the couch, ordering a giant pizza and throwing back a few glasses of red wine. Well, a handful of Greenpointers staff did just that AND we watched the livestream of tonight’s Community Board 1 meeting. Every month, the CB1 meeting livestreams on YouTube via PBS Thirteen, and if you’re a little late or you miss it entirely you can watch it after the fact, from your damn couch. Our neighborhood is one of the lucky ones around town—not all Community Board meetings get the YouTube treatment. We’ve written before about how entertaining the meetings are—if the idea of a “real life episode of Parks & Rec” doesn’t hook you, then check out the cast of local characters and issues below. Continue reading

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The Sea Train: Will Ferries Mean Smooth Sailing Through L-Pocalypse?

Williamsburg Bridge (photo: Julia Moak)

The MTA has seen protests in Brooklyn due to its laissez-faire relationship with the impending L-pocalypse. In response, they’ve promised to make community engagement a “central priority” as the March 2019 L train closure nears. Part of that community engagement was on display last week, when the MTA and the DOT appeared before Brooklyn Community Board 1 to offer a joint presentation to this neighborhood offering new information regarding their plans for alternate service during the transit shutdown. In a word: Ferries.

While the proposed direct ferry route between North Williamsburg and Stuyvesant Cove isn’t technically new (it was part of the MTA’s original L-pocalypse mitigation strategy ominously entitled Planning Ahead for the Crisis), the agency offered new details on the route at last week’s meeting. During the presentation, transit honchos noted that ferry service along the route would run 6:00am-12:00am Sunday through Thursday, and that service may be extended until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights.  Continue reading

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CB1 Meeting Recap: Throwing Shade, Affordable Housing on Grand Street and Asbestos Near Transmitter Park

Talk to the hand! Chairperson Dealice Fuller raises her hand at the CB1 Meeting on December 5, 2017
Talk to the hand! Chairperson Dealice Fuller raises her hand at the CB1 Meeting on December 5, 2017

Last night, the Swinging 60’s Senior Center (211 Ainslie Street) hosted the final CB1 meeting of 2017, and despite the crummy weather and end of year throwaway vibe, the room was fairly full. If you’ve been following our lighthearted coverage the past few months, you are probably aware of how fun these meetings can be to watch, especially for neighborhood nerds who don’t feel like schlepping a few blocks to attend. And that’s also because you can watch the livestream from the comfort of your couch via PBS Thirteen on YouTube while you pop in a frozen Roberta’s pizza and down some nice wine from Dandelion (just me?) while yelling things at the screen like, “That man’s head is too big for his body!” (also, just me?). This particular meeting had a whole 26 people tune in to the livestream, and I have to say I’m thankful that Thirteen disabled the chat feature—a few meetings ago there was a troll on there typing in dirty words at random intervals, in a display of truly demented deference for locals getting organized and actually giving a shit about where they live.

Chairperson Dealice Fuller is one of the main reasons you should be watching the CB1 meetings, because she throws some amazingly timed shade. Last night was no different, so here are a few of her best gems:

“When I don’t see faces that often, I don’t remember names that well.” –Dealice Fuller (regarding a person in the audience who she didn’t quite recognize, and then an 80s sitcom-type “Ooooohhhhhhhhh….” [as in ‘Damn, that was cold’] went through the crowd)

“Please. How are you gonna have a meeting when people are talking in the middle of the floor?” – Dealice Fuller (to people chitchatting in the audience)

“Marty, we can’t have that, you know better.” –Dealice Fuller (Get ‘im!)

“We don’t know if we’re gonna wake up tomorrow and find the world still here.” –Dealice Fuller (on whether unexpected world events will interrupt future committee meeting dates)

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Dealice Fuller is the Sassiest Woman in North Brooklyn, and Other Notes From Last Night’s CB1 Meeting

Dealice Fuller, chairperson of CB1 at the CB1 meeting on October 17, 2017
Dealice Fuller, throwing some full on Maya Rudolph level sass.

The monthly Community Board 1 meetings are highly entertaining if you have even a passing interest in local goings-on, and as we’ve previously reported, if you don’t want to attend in person you can watch them from the comfort of your own home livestreamed via public channel Thirteen on YouTube. At the meetings, you get to find out who’s applying for liquor licenses, which block association has beef with which developer, and watch bright-eyed millenials with new business ideas get torn a new one (pass the popcorn). One of the most enjoyable parts of watching the livestream of the CB1 meeting is the closeups on chairperson Dealice Fuller’s face—this woman does not play. She’s badass and amazing. You can watch last night’s meeting in full here.

Here are the highlights from last night’s meeting (which ran over by about an hour):
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Smorgasburg Reverses Course and Transmitter Park’s Pending Café

Smorgasburg + Brooklyn Flea = way too many people in East River Park  Image: Andre van Hoek

There has been a lot of talk about Smorgasburg and East River State Park lately. Two weekends ago, the company behind Brooklyn Flea, the outdoor market that spun off Smorgasburg, decided to combine the two markets into one massive Saturday market. This move sent ripples through the North Brooklyn community as it made the southern end of East River Park completely unusable for locals. Luckily, after Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea combo was reported about, the founders heard the neighborhood’s complaints and decided to break the markets back up into two. Now the neighborhood needs to turn its attention to a much bigger fight happening with Transmitter Park. Continue reading

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