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No other neighborhood in New York City has a parks conservancy that serves an entire district. Working with both city and state agencies, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (NBK Parks), is a unique public-private partnership that was created in 2003 by a strong community-driven force that advocated for more parks, better parks, and access to our waterfront.
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Erich Anderer is the chief of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. Erich, a former Manhattanite, attended Regis High School followed by Columbia University for college and medical school. Erich is a board member of both the Japanese Medical Society of America and the New York State Neurosurgical Society. He is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Runners Club. He has been a resident of Brooklyn since 2004.
Joe Vance is the owner of the architectural and interior design firm Joseph Vance Architects, specializing in townhouse and brownstone renovations. He is a founding member of the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, served as the co-chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning for five years, and served on the board of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for eight years. Joe has been a resident of the neighborhood for over 35 years.
Sean Hoess is the co-founder and co-owner of Wanderlust, an innovative company that organizes yoga festivals, teacher training, and mental triathlons in beautiful locations around the world. Sean received his B.A. in 1992 from Columbia College and a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1997. Hoess co-founded the McCarren Tennis Association (MTA) in 2009. Sean, his wife Karina, and their two children live in Greenpoint.
Mike Arnot, the immediate past chair of the NBPA board, is the founder of Boarding Pass NYC, a Greenpoint-based travel brand. He is the former regional commissioner of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Originally from Canada, Mike is polite. He was a speechwriter and Policy Advisor to Canada’s Foreign Minister before moving to New York. Mike spends a lot of his recreational time in parks with his wife Stephanie and their three children.
Boarding Pass NYC
Spencer Baim is chief strategic officer (CSO) of VICE Media and founder of Virtue, VICE’s creative agency. Baim is steering the company to become the most exciting and successful youth media company in the world. Prior to VICE, Baim was a brand strategist for advertising agencies Fallon and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Spencer holds a B.A. from the University of Kent (England). Spencer lives in Greenpoint.
Keith Berger is a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has lived in Williamsburg since 2008. He enjoys spending time on the waterfront and is excited to see our parks improve. Keith is a member of the Board of directors and a past chair for Urban Pathways, a homeless services non-for-profit in New York City.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kate Bernstein is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer. Kate graduated Summa Cum Laude from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Film and Cultural Studies. She received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Kate was born in Moscow, Russia, and raised in Southern Brooklyn. She’s been a proud resident of Williamsburg since 1999, where she currently lives on the waterfront with her husband and young daughter.
Ward Dennis is a partner at Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, a preservation consulting firm specializing. Ward is a board member and former co-chair of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), and a founding member of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park and the Waterfront Preservation Alliance. From 2003 until 2012 he served on Community Board 1 in Brooklyn. Participating in the ad hoc task force for the 2005 waterfront zoning and was chair of CB1‘s Land Use Committee from 2006 through 2011. A neighborhood resident since 1993, Ward lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Carol and two children.
Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
Ben Dietz is senior vice president and head of sales of VICE Media. Ben began his career in the music business at Sony, marketing developing artists from around the world in the U.S., and later taking U.S. artists abroad for Sony in Sydney Australia. He joined VICE in 2004 after a stint as executive producer at Heavy.com. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. Ben resides in Greenpoint.
Alan Hill is the owner of the creative agency Alan Hill Design, a small award-winning print and web agency with clients in the arts, publishing, real estate, education, and fashion. In addition to serving on the NBK Parks board, Alan is the Regional Commissioner of the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League and is actively involved in local public schools at PS 132 and NEST+m. He resides in Greenpoint with his wife, an artist, and two children.
Alan Hill Design GWYSL
Steve Hindy is the co-founder and chairman of Brooklyn Brewery. He is the founding chair of NBK Parks. Steve has served on the Board of directors of Prospect Park Alliance for more than 20 years. He is also a member of the Board of directors of Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Transportation Alternatives. He is a tireless and dedicated champion of open space and walking, biking, and public transit.
David Lombino is a director at Two Trees Management, where he oversees the development pipeline for the Dumbo-based company. His current projects include the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg and the development of BAM South in Downtown Brooklyn. Two Trees also developed and co-owns the Wythe Hotel. Previously David served as executive vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation under Mayor Bloomberg. He is the former city editor of the New York Sun newspaper. A native New Yorker, David now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Heather, and their two children.
Two Trees Management
Frances Lucerna has been a pioneer of community arts and education for the past 30 years. She is the co-founder and executive director of El Puente, a nationally recognized community/youth development organization. She also has served as a panelist for the NYS Council on the Arts and the Community School Task Force for the White House Conference. She served on the Board of 651Arts and the Development Guide Team of the National Network for Youth. In 1980 returned to Williamsburg and founded the Williamsburg Arts & Culture Council for Youth.
Trina serves on Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 as the chairperson for the Landmarks and the co-chair of the Parks committee.
Serra Steel Sculptures LLC
Jane Pool is a soccer mom who has resided in Greenpoint for more than 15 years and is co-owner of Excello Recording Studio in Williamsburg. She has organized several events (including a Patti Smith concert) for the Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force. Jane is on the Board of the Firehouse, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and the PTA at PS 132 in Williamsburg.
North Brooklyn Neighbors
Doug Steiner spearheaded the rehabilitation of the Navy Yard back in 1999, slowly converting his “little” corner of the former shipyard into an enormous, state-of-the-art film studio. Over a decade later, the studio shows no signs of slowing down, hosting blockbuster productions, creating educational partnerships with both Brooklyn College and Carnegie Mellon, and setting an aggressive employment goal of 6,000 jobs over the next decade.
Dewey is the creative chief of Pickerel Pie Entertainment, a smart and strategic content for corporations. He has lived in Greenpoint with his wife, Katherine, and three kids, for more than 20 years helping found the Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League (GWYSL). Serving Community Board 1 for five years, he eventually became the Co-Chair of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning (GWAPP). An avid paddler, he founded the North Brooklyn Boat Club of which he is currently the President.