Our Biggest Christmas Tree Yet!

Last Friday night, CGA held its 8th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting at the Human Compass Garden (located at the intersection of Columbia Street and Sackett Street). Since it was a brisk evening, attendees kept warm by gathering around the renovated fireplace.

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There were free refreshments for attendees compliments of restaurants and businesses located in the Columbia Waterfront District, including: Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Red Apple, Mazzat, MikNic, Orchard, Park Bagels, Brooklyn Union Cafe, Carroll Gardens Diner, Evergreen Liquor Store Inc., and President Food Corp. Attendees were able to enjoy delicacies such as spring rolls, chicken cigars, muffins, rice dishes, corn chowder, pasta, and hot chocolate while listening to a live band perform classic holiday songs.

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State Assemblywoman Joan Millman stopped by to introduce and open the event. We will miss the Assemblywoman when she finishes her final term in office this month since she has been a longtime supporter of CGA.

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Of course, the biggest attraction for the children was Santa Claus, who arrived in true New York City fashion on a FDNY truck courtesy of our local firehouse in Red Hook.

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Thank you State Senator Daniel Squadron for attending our Tree Lighting as a parent with your son, Theo.

DSC02045Thanks to the generous donations from our annual Toy Drive and event sponsors (Apple Bank, Dog Day Cyclery, Capital One, OgoSport, and TD Bank), every child in attendance received a gift from Santa. Additional toys have been donated to the Red Hook Lions and Visitation Church in Red Hook.

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Thank you to the House of Pizza & Calzone for donating the tree and real estate developer Marshall Sohne for donating electricity for the lights (on every night at the Human Compass Garden until the new year so make sure to stop by!). To see more pictures from the event, please visit the Photo Gallery page.

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Homeowner Workshop on Wednesday, December 3rd

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. and Investors Bank have partnered together to present to you a free Homeowner Workshop. Join us to learn about refinancing opportunities on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at CGA’s office on 201 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

Please RSVP to info@carrollgardensassociation.com with your full name, phone number, and email address.

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8th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting on Friday, December 12

We will be holding our 8th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The Tree Lighting ceremony takes place at the Human Compass Garden located at the intersection of Columbia Street and Sackett Street in the Columbia Waterfront District of Brooklyn. CGA is pleased to continue this tradition of gathering the community for the tree lighting, playing live holiday music, having Santa distribute toys, and serving refreshments from local restaurants and businesses.

Like previous years, Santa will arrive on the FDNY Local 202 truck with surprises for children and the Dan Kurfirst Trio will perform holiday music throughout the event to set the mood. There will be free refreshments for attendees compliments of restaurants and businesses located in the Columbia Waterfront District, including: Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Red Apple, Mazzat, MikNic, Margaret Palca Bakes, Orchard, Calexico, Park Bagels, Jalopy Tavern, Brooklyn Union Café, Carroll Gardens Diner, Evergreen Liquor Store Inc., and President Food Corp.

CGA is grateful to the event sponsors: Apple Bank, Capital One, TD Bank, Dog Day Cyclery, Brooklyn Navy Yard-based OgoSport for donating award-winning toys that promote active play for people of all ages, House of Pizza & Calzone for generously donating the tree, and real estate developer Marshall Sohne for donating electricity for the lights.

CGA is also currently accepting donations for its annual Toy Drive.

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

The holidays are approaching, a time to be grateful and a time to be giving.  Starting tomorrow, we will begin accepting donations of new, unopened gifts for our annual Toy Drive.  Your donations allow us to give each child in attendance at our 8th Annual Columbia Waterfront Tree Lighting a gift, as well as donate any additional gifts to Visitation Church in Red Hook.

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Home-Based Businesses Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 20th

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Where to Find Financing for Your Business Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 30th

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How to Write a Business Plan Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16th

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Home Buyer Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. and Investors Bank have partnered together to present to you a free Home Buyer Seminar. Come find out how you can get free money to add to your closing costs. What documents do you need to prepare so you can get a mortgage? What are the steps you need to follow to purchase your new home?

All these topics and more will be covered on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at CGA’s office on 201 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Please RSVP to info@carrollgardensassociation.com with your full name, phone number, and email address.

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10 Steps to Starting a Business Workshop on Sept. 25, 2014

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Activities at the 6th Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival Tomorrow

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The Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival will be held TOMORROW, September 13, 2014 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Columbia Street (between DeGraw and Union Street) & Union Street (between Columbia and Hicks Street) RAIN OR SHINE!

We have some great items for you to win in our raffle on Saturday, including:

  • A $100 Fairway Market gift card
  • A $100 Pok Pok Ny gift card
  • Tickets to Big Apple Circus‘s upcoming show at Lincoln Center
  • A free haircut from Jet Set Salon
  • A cheese board set from Brooklyn Slate Company
  • A Spells For The Body gift box
  • Bottle of wines from Old Brooklyn Wine and Liquor Company, Red Hook Liquors, and Botta di Vino, Ltd
  • and much more!

Hungry? We’ll have food from Alma Restaurant, Jake’s BBQ, Margaret Palca Bakes, Carroll Gardens Diner, Mazzat Restaurant, Kimchi Taco Truck, Paul’s Italian Sausage, Kings Coffee, Orchard Cafe, and House of Pizza & Calzones for you to enjoy!

For those that are health conscious, be sure to visit the following booths:

  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • South Brooklyn Tennis Association
  • ENT and Allergy Associates
  • Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Metroplus
  • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
  • Waterfront Wellness
  • Aikido of South Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Crossfit
  • Elite Fitness
  • Dog Day Cyclery
  • Fitness Collective

…And these are only half the participants we will have tomorrow! You may also relax and enjoy performances on our main stage at the corner of Union and Columbia Street.

We will have the guided Community Garden Walking Tour again this year as well. The tour starts at 12 PM at the Human Compass Garden and will visit each of these gardens along the way: the Amazing Garden, Summit Street Garden, Pirate’s Cove Garden, the Backyard Garden, and end at the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden.

Make sure to invite your network to our Facebook event! If you forgot how much fun was had at last year’s festival, check out these photos of the event.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: Maimonides Medical Center, Investors Bank, Lutheran Medical Center, and Capital One.

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