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Shop Brooklyn: Shop Brooklyn is Borough President Marty Markowitz' campaign for local residents and visitors, emphasizing service and individuality in Brooklyn's neighborhoods and shopping corridors. The initiative has forged strategic partnerships with Business Improvement Districts, Merchant Associations, and Local Economic Development Organizations throughout Brooklyn to showcase independently owned businesses with added-value marketing efforts and educational outreach. Read more »

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Shop Local bannerWe encourage members of our community to patronize independent, locally owned, neighborhood shops, restaurants, cafes and stores.  Local businesses provide goods and services with a personalized touch, keep jobs and money flowing in our community, contribute to support local causes, and help keep our neighborhoods vibrant and livable.  

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Local Developer Invests in Urban Meadow Community Garden

the Urban Meadow
Carroll Gardens Patch
04/22/2011

Down in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, a housing developer has donated $20,000 to the Urban Meadow community garden.

At the urging of Councilmember Brad Lander, Alex Barrett, who is developing apartments at 25 Carroll St., decided to give something back to the community.

Needless to say, the coordinators of the meadow were shocked and pleased with the donation.

"We sell muffins and t-shirts and $20,000 comes along? What?!" said Tamar Smith, a coordinator of the meadow, excitedly. Read more »

Shore Power is Finally Coming to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal

Several months ago, many of you joined me and other local elected officials to demand that shore power be brought to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal, so that ships can plug into an electrical grid at the port rather than keeping their diesel engines running while at the terminal, emitting dangerous fumes for hours at a time. We can all breathe a little easier today because we have just heard that the Mayor, Port Authority, EPA, EDC, NYPA, and Carnival Cruise Lines were finally able to reach a landmark agreement to bring shore power to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal. Read more »

Community Discussion on the NYC “Green Infrastructure” Plan – and its relevance for the Gowanus watershed – with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a "green infrastructure" plan to help clean up NYC’s waterways. On April 14th, my office will be hosting a community discussion about the Green Infrastructure Plan with DEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway. Commissioner Holloway and DEP staff will talk about the plan, what it means for the Gowanus area, and how local residents can participate (including a DEP grants program for local residents, business, and not-for-profit groups). Read more »

Statement on Cuomo Administration’s Jeopardizing of Long Island College Hospital

I was very distressed to learn this morning that the Cuomo Administration has decided to delay grants to Long Island College Hospital/SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which may force the hospital into bankruptcy. I call on the governor to immediately restore these promised grants, in order to protect the health and safety of Brooklynites. Read more »

Reporting back to you (one year in)

As a deep believer in democratic accountability, I know it is essential to report back to the community that I serve.

One year into my tenure in the City Council, I’m pleased to share an annual report on some of what we accomplished in 2010, and a little of what we’re hoping to do in the year to come.

You can view the report here – it is broken down by issue, and by the various neighborhoods in the district. Read more »