Welcome From the President & CEO

The Perfect Time To 'Explore Brooklyn '

It’s August and summer has really hit its sweet spot. The hustle and bustle of 4th of July planning is done, the kids have settled into their summer routines and there is still time to enjoy the weather before September comes and everything gets just a little more serious.

The streets are sizzling in more ways than one. This is a great time to go out and explore Brooklyn!

Of course, ExploreBK.com is your one-stop source to find all the places to Eat, Stay, Shop and Play. The dollars you spend here stay here, and they support the entire economy.

You can visit Downtown Brooklyn, where as the Progress reports on page one the City has recently announced a wave or projects that will create new public spaces, revitalize commercial corridors and generate jobs.

Perhaps you’d like walk along North Flatbush Ave, where the Chamber recently entered into a contract to administer the North Flatbush BID (see article on page 7 of the August/September issue of the Brooklyn's Progress), and check out all the great new businesses that are remaking the neighborhood.

You can head out to East New York, where we recently held its first Chamber Visits event in our history at Shiny’s Car Wash and Lube on Atlantic Avenue. Shiny’s is a large, new, energy efficient top-of-the-line car care facility -complete with cafe inside and it is one of the interesting new businesses to open up on an area ripe for economic expansion.

Of course, it wouldn’t be summer without a trip to Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach. The boardwalks are ready, the rides are exciting, and the water is only going to be warm for so long, so you may as well jump in now!

If the beach isn’t your thing, perhaps you could take a tour of the thirteen real estate projects that won 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards. These are the projects that are making our borough the place the whole world wants to be, and were recently honored at a massive ceremony in Williamsburg (see article on page 1 of the August/September issue of the Brooklyn's Progress).

If you can make it to September, you have to come to Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights to experience the Caribbean community and celebrate their cultural impact on Brooklyn, with all the great food, music and people that come with West Indian Carinval- the largest event in Brooklyn (see article on page 20 of the August/September issue of the Brooklyn's Progress).

You can even visit the neighborhood of my childhood, Dyker Heights, which I profiled for our neighborhood spotlight on page 3 of the August/September issue of the Brooklyn's Progress. And while you are there, hop over to Bensonhurst and have fun at the Feast of Snata Rosalia from August 14 – 24.

Our neighborhoods are our lifeblood, and this is the perfect season to experience all they have to offer. If you don’t live in Brooklyn come here. If you live in Williamsburg, take a trip to Bay Ridge or Sheepshead Bay. If you’re in Sunset Park, take the trip up to Greenpoint and see what they have to offer.
Brooklyn has always been a big city with lots to do, but there has never been a better time to take advantage of all it has to offer. Go out and enjoy it!

As the song says, “See you in September”.