The organization represents Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsburg businesses, and aids members who have concerns.
“We advocate for them with regard to questions they have pertaining to our elected officials, regulations and recommendations,” he said. “We try to be as active as we can.”
Samulski said the chamber, located in Williamsburg at North 9th Street and Kent Avenue, is a grassroots group that is always always available to meet face-to-face.
“We feel that’s the best way of doing things,” he said. “That’s a bit old-fashioned, but that’s what we do.”
One of the biggest areas of concerns for north Brooklyn businesses is the project to fix the Canarsie tunnel connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan on the L train line. When they heard about the decision to avert a full shutdown, there were no cheers, Samulski said.
“It took a matter of seconds for everybody to realize this is going to have its own problems,” he said. “At the end of the day, it might actually be worse than the total shutdown. That was totally controllable. You started it, you ended it.”
Samulski said during the L train shutdown discussions, many small businesses and residents had to make important decisions, such as whether or not to renew their lease.
“We know businesses that have relocated out of the area because of that,” he said. “And then after it happens, what do you do? You say sorry?”
Many restaurants in north Brooklyn, Samulski noted, are driven by brunch, so they are “freaking out” now.
“If people have to think twice about whether they’re going to make a trip to brunch just because it’s a pain in the butt to get there, they’re not going to go,” Samulski said. “They’re going to do something else.”