This issue is dedicated to the loving memory of Community Activist/Community Liaison Lydia Buffy Buffington.

GCCDC Welcomes:
Carmen Robello/Community Liaison

GCCDC welcomes Carmen Robello to the team.


Transportation and housing

Quality of life most often focuses on housing. However, especially in an urban environment such as Brooklyn, public transportation is a primary factor in day to day living. By 2013 standards, public transportation in South Brooklyn and Red Hook is far below any reasonable standard,


GCCDC, in partnership with Brooklyn Historic Railway Association (BHRA), and local businesses, has started an initiative to bring modern streetcar service to our catchment area. In addition to much improved transportation, streetcars are both energy efficient, as well as environmentally friendly.


We will be holding periodic open meetings to provide updates, and to solicit community input. We will reach out to our public officials to encourage the new city administration to support these initiatives.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact GCCDC at 718-858-0557, or


Heat and Hot Water

The City Housing Maintenance Code and State Multiple Dwelling Law require building owners to provide heat and hot water to all tenants. Building owners are required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Between October 1st and May 31st, a period designated as "Heat Season," building owners are also required to provide tenants with heat under the following conditions:

  Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit; and,

  Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.


Tenants who are cold in their apartments should first attempt to notify the building owner, managing agent or superintendent. If heat is not restored, the tenant should call the City's Customer Service Center at 311 (311 can be accessed outside of New York City by dialing (212) NEW YORK). For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (212) 504-4115. The Center is open 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.  (You may also file a complaint at 311ONLINE for heat and hot water conditions.) 


Holiday Safety Tips

  Ensure that your smoke detectors are tested monthly and batteries are replaced twice a year. Change batteries when you change your clocks.

  Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher in your kitchen (one rated for grease fires and electrical fires.)  

  Keep matches, lighters and candles out of reach and out of sight of children!

  Make sure your electrical system is not being over-taxed. This can cause a fire. Do your lights dim or flicker when extra appliances are plugged in? If you have questions or concerns, consult a certified electrician.

  Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.


Lending a Helping Hand: Thanksgiving Celebration at the Red Hook Senior Center

November 20, 2013

Please Welcome New Businesses in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus:


Viceroy Properties
Mark Scotto/Owner/Licensed Broker
Jewel Crivelli Senior Broker
104 1st Place
Brooklyn, NY 11231


Larsen Advocates
Kristian Larsen/Attorney at Law
104 1st Place
Brooklyn, NY 11231


Investors Bank
Josephine Bruzzese/Branch Manager
431 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231


Whole Foods Market

Set to open on Tuesday, December 17 at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street. This space will have an outdoor deck so you can gaze upon the Gowanus Canal as you enjoy a beer and a Brooklyn snack. There are also plans to add a rooftop farm.

Remember to shop locally to support small businesses in Brooklyn!


Volunteer Opportunities in the Carroll Gardens/Gowanus Vicinity:


Eileen C. Dugan Senior Center

380 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231



Red Hook Senior Center

110 W9th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231



Gowanus Houses Senior Center

420 Baltic Street

Brooklyn, NY  11201


Wycoff Gardens Senior Center

280 Wycoff Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231



C.H.I.P.S. (Christian Help in Park Slope)

200 4th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217



309 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231



DAmco Foods is roasting coffee again - due to a fire in their roaster a year ago, they have not been able to roast at their Court Street location.  The good news is they have expanded and are now roasting at their new DAmico Coffee Service warehouse in Red Hood.  Stop by and see the changes theyve made at their Court Street location and enjoy a cup of your favorite blend. Better yet - Bring in this newsletter and your cup of coffee is free!

(Offer good until January 10, 2014)


Upcoming GCCDC Events:


Legislative Breakfast

The GCCDC looks forward to hosting a Legislative Breakfast in early (Spring) 2014 where newly-elected and current officials will be offered the opportunity to discuss a host of topics deemed important to our community to include Responsible Development, Education and Transportation, to mention a few.  We will keep you posted!


GCCDC would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and joy!


Bill Appel

Executive Director


Carmen Robello

Community Liaison