Bill of sale: Mayor addresses by Chamber of Commerce dinner

Celebrating Brooklyn: Mayor DeBlasio was the keynote speaker of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at Gargiulo’s in Coney Island and was awarded the title of an honorary lifetime Chamber member.
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Mayor DeBlasio came to Coney Island for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting and trade show on Oct. 5.

More than 500 business leaders and local pols packed into Gargiulo’s Restaurant to celebrate the borough and to hear the mayor’s keynote address. Hizzoner applauded the chamber’s accomplishments and touted Brooklyn’s booming popularity as a boon for the city’s economy — even if the fact makes it tough for locals to pay their rents.

“What’s good for Brooklyn is good for New York City,” said DeBlasio. “This place has become one of the centers of the universe. People all over the world are talking about Brooklyn — it costs too much I know — but the spirit of Brooklyn is a place for everyone.”

The chamber announced plans to build an “economic development hub” by 2021 — though it has not settled on a location. The space could feature a store selling only Brooklyn-made products, a health insurance center, events spaces, and a business incubator to help startups grow. Chamber members hope the building will centralize business operations in the borough.

“You are from all over Brooklyn, you can’t be everywhere,” said Carlo Scissura, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “We want a home for you that you can come and make your own.”

More than 14 million tourists flocked to the borough of kings last year — chamber members recognize that they spend a majority of their time and money only in certain neighborhoods but they hope the increased attention will boost less-frequented areas such as Brownsville and East New York, said the chair of the chamber’s board of directors.

“It’s not all about Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Bensonhurst, right?” said Denise Arbesu. “There’s certain parts that you have to bring people up, have good schools, good opportunities. We’re one Brooklyn and it has to be for everyone. It’s not perfect but we’re on our way up.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Winnie from BK says:
Bill De Blasio gave a beautiful speech, that almost brought tears to my eyes. He promised the guests that he would scratch their backs "only after you scratch mine first - and by my back I mean my wallet, and by scratch I mean put money in". He went on to thank "all the little people who have made it possible for me to use the honor of the office for personal gain". He promised to "never let the greater good stand in the way of my [Mayor BdB's] personal agenda, and what will help only me". I can't wait to see him live by the principles he outlined in his speech!
Oct. 10, 2016, 4:52 am
Harris from Windsor Terrace says:
This money is being grown to facilitate the remediation, of that side of the Harbor Hill Moraine, no doubt.
Oct. 10, 2016, 12:06 pm
marsha rimler from brooklyn heights says:
Bill DeBlasio is a phony progressive who sells libraries to his developer friends. The chamber would be wise to stay away from library selling before it gets egg on its face. The chamber testified in favor of the selling of the Brooklyn Heights Library at numerous hearings. That corrupt deal is now subject to multiple investigations. and is in th appeals court
Promoting the borough is one thing-selling libraries is another
Oct. 11, 2016, 3:45 am
Julia says:
The new Donnell is a great branch, despite controversy.
Oct. 11, 2016, 12:32 pm
7th Avenue Merchant from Park Slope says:
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce does NOTHING to help out merchants on 7th avenue. So many empty storefronts, and BDB ignores small business issues. then again this is what happens when Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hires people from Florida to do their marketing and outreach. If the chamber closed down tomorrow, nobody would notice. There is no reason as a small biz owner to become a member of this organization. I get hit up by the chamber, the tourism agency which staffers have no clue where7th avenue and the local council member Brad Landers staff had no idea where my store was. Could the council member take a walk around his district?
Oct. 12, 2016, 12:03 pm

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