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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:
- Educating and training over 350 local residents through our computer courses, affordable housing seminars, and small business workshops
- Showcasing our vibrant community with the 6th Annual Fall Festival and 8th Annual Tree Lighting, drawing over 1,500 residents
- Maintaining and improving 150 units of affordable housing for 375 low income residents
- Spearheading the renewal of the Columbia Waterfront District Merchant Association
- Joining the 421-A Reform Campaign, a broad-based coalition of housing and community development agencies organizing for citywide policy that ensures development of real affordable housing
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you State Senator Daniel Squadron for attending our Tree Lighting as a parent with your son, Theo.
Thanks 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.