Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DEP’s application for the Gowanus CSO Facility is moving through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process





DEP’s application for the Gowanus CSO Facility is moving through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process.

CB6 held a land use hearing on the application 10/26 and voted to approve with conditions. The application now goes to the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and they will be holding a public hearing on Monday, 11/27 at Borough Hall. Please see the notice above.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Coming this Thursday night! Gowanus Superfund Town Hall; Public is Invited!

Gowanus Superfund Town Hall 
Thursday, November 16
6:30 - 8:30 PM

The Gowanus Canal was designated a federal Superfund site in 2010, which initiated a complex, multi-year clean-up. Dredging has started this fall in the 4th Street turning basin and will continue in 2018. 

Come to this public meeting for information about the canal clean-up, timeline and what to expect. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez will give a keynote, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present an overview and timeline. An audience Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Hosted by the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) gowanuscag.org 
The Gowanus CAG has 50+ representatives from civic, environmental, business and community organizations, as well as individual members from Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Park Slope.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

"A New School Trains Artists to Be Politicians"

This looks interesting and hopeful!
From Hyperallergic:

"A New School Trains Artists to Be Politicians"
 "The Artist Campaign School, a new initiative from Fractured Atlas, will train artists in the practical skills necessary to successfully run for elected office."
https://hyperallergic.com/394397/artist-campaign-school-fractured-atlas/

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DEP's Gowanus Canal Superfund Page and More Info



Here are links to the DEP's Gowanus Canal Superfund Page and the dEIS for the CSO Tank Project:





Final Scope of Work and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Gowanus Canal Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Facilities Project Environmental Impact Statement

CEQR No. 17DEP040K - New York City
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as lead agency, must prepare an environmental review to disclose potential adverse significant ...

Katia Kelly proves Citizen Journalism/Activism is Key!

Our good friend and fellow community activist, Katia, is one amazing blogger. She caught Paul Manafort right here in Carroll Gardens!

If this does not prove Citizen Journalism/Activism is KEY in our democracy then what does?

Above:  This new sign was added by an unknown person to the Paul Manafort House in Carroll Gardens today.

"The Best Reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, Of Course, George Papadopoulos
Manafort’s dodgy deals, Gates’ work and Papadopoulos’ emailing with Russian officials — reporters have dug into it all"

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-best-reporting-on-paul-manafort-rick-gates-george-papadopoulos 

"The Brooklyn Blogger Who Helped Catch Paul Manafort
How a dilapidated Carroll Gardens brownstone led a woman to uncover Manafort’s alleged money laundering."
 
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/the-brooklyn-blogger-who-helped-catch-paul-manafort




Monday, October 30, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Linda Mariano quoted in this NY Times Article "Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?"

Brooklyn's very own Linda Mariano, a founder of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus is quoted in this NY Times article on Gowanus.

"Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?"
by Andy Newman
NY Times



Left Image:
Stroller traffic on Carroll Street. Credit Stephen Speranza for The New York Times






Those opposed to high-end housing along the canal remain unimpressed. Among them is Linda Mariano, a founder of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus. She was recently persuaded to take a stroll along the waterfront walkway, which is open to the public though largely hidden from the street.

“This is not Gowanus,” said Ms. Mariano, a retired art teacher who bought a fixer-upper on President Street in 1974. She brushed past a beach rose in a planter. “This is not the beach,” she said. “We should be retreating from the water, not creating an artificial utopia.”

The neighborhood should refit old industrial buildings for small manufacturers and artists, Ms. Mariano said. “What Gowanus had — and still has to a certain extent — is what America used to be,” she said. “We made things. We had jobs here, and people could live near where they worked.”

CORD HISTORY:

With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?crlgrdns