44th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 28th

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CGA invites you to join us on Thursday, May 28, 2015 for our 44th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Reception.

We will honor Sohne Brothers Real Estate Development with the Corporate Leadership Award; Rachel Demarest Gold, Esq., Deputy Commissioner and Special Counsel at the New York State Department of Labor, with the Public Service Award; and Dog Day Cyclery with the Small Business Leadership Award.  All of our distinguished honorees share the same passion and commitment to enhance the quality of life for the residents in our communities.

UPDATE: For information about purchasing tickets or making a donation, please email info@carrollgardensassociation.com ASAP.

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Using Social Media to Expand Your Business Online Workshop on Thursday, May 21st – CANCELLED

UPDATE: We regret to inform you that this workshop has been cancelled because the speaker is ill. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Red Hook Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25th

Doing some spring cleaning and don’t know what to do with your old clothes?

Good news! CGA is partnering with Wearable Collections to hold a clothing drive during the Red Hook Earth Day Fair this Saturday, April 25th at the NYCHA Farm at Red Hook Houses (located at 8 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231). Stop by our table from 1-4PM and drop off your clothing, shoes, and textiles for reuse!

Please note that Wearable Collections accepts clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, linens, handbags, belts, and other reusable textiles. They do not accept scraps, rugs, carpeting, pillows, comforters, or luggage.

Hope to see you all drop by on Saturday to enjoy this fun event!

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Free Legal Clinic on Thursday, April 16th

CGA and the Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) are partnering to bring CUBE’s Consultation Center, a free legal clinic for small businesses, to Southwest Brooklyn. The collaboration, CUBE’s first with a Brooklyn-based community development organization, will launch April 16, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the CGA Training Center located at 201 Columbia Street. During the Legal Clinic, attorneys who are Brooklyn Law School alums will provide free one-on-one legal consultations to small businesses and nonprofits with assistance from current Brooklyn Law School students. Topics covered will range from entity formation, intellectual property issues, licensing, permitting, to contracts and leases.

“The Consultation Center is a welcome addition to the array of resources CGA already provides local businesses, including our Entrepreneur Assistance Workshop Series, One-on-One Counseling, and Merchant Association organizing,” said Vilma Heramia, CGA Executive Director. “Expanding these services is critical to strengthening the vibrant community of local businesses and homegrown entrepreneurs in Southwest Brooklyn.”

“We are excited to be working with CGA to support low-income entrepreneurs in Red Hook, Sunset Park, and beyond,” said Ted De Barbieri, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Counsel to Brooklyn Law School’s CUBE. “The ability to access quality legal services is critical to starting a small business or nonprofit. Brooklyn Law School alums and students are here to support Brooklyn’s best resource—our budding entrepreneurs.”

Interested participants can register for the 30-minute consultation by contacting CGA at (718)243-9301 or info@carrollgardensassociation.com. Women and minority owned businesses based in Southwest Brooklyn are strongly encouraged to inquire.

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Tax Breaks for Your Business Workshop on Thursday, Mar. 19th

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Thankful for 2014 and Looking Forward to 2015

In the spirit of the Holiday Season, the Board and Staff of Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. would like to take a moment and thank you for your continued support in 2014. Because of your financial contributions, volunteer work, and advocacy, we have been able to strengthen our commitment to grassroots economic organizing and affordable housing development in Southwest Brooklyn. Reflecting on this year, we are proud to celebrate our many accomplishments, including:

Looking ahead towards 2015 we are excited to broaden our work with new initiatives including:

  • Developing the first worker cooperative incubator in Red Hook, allowing us to support employee ownership opportunities for low income and immigrant residents
  • Planning and development of affordable housing in Red Hook and Southwest Brooklyn
  • Growing an inclusive local economy by supporting homegrown entrepreneurs through an expanded workshop series
  • Joining the fight for sustainable affordable housing in our communities by being members of the New York City Community Land Trust Initiative

We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to deepening our connections in 2015. Thank you and happy holidays!

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Business Legal Structures and Obtaining Licenses and Permits Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 22nd

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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, Visitation Church in Red Hook, and Red Hook West Tenant Association.

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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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