Saturday, April 12, 2014

CORD Co-Founder Art Work featured at Kentler International Drawing Space

Hello from Triada CG CORD Co-Founder

My art work is featured at Kentler International Drawing Space

Saturday, April 12, 2014 LINK

My drawing, "Drifting House", is being featured in the current 100 Works on Paper Benefit exhibition at Kentler International Drawing Space.
  Artists' Reception Tonight from 6-8 PM
You are all invited!
353 Van Brunt Street, (RED HOOK) Brooklyn, New York 11231
Telephone: 718.875.2098 /

                           Triada Samaras Drifting House Acrylic/pencil on paper 8x11" 2014


Founder and Director of Clocktower Productions; Founder and Former Director of MOMA PS1
Artist, Founder and Director of Pioneer Works
, Center for Art and Innovation
Founder of The Drawing Center
OVER 100 ARTISTS generously donate original drawings & works on paper to support our 12th Annual Benefit, celebrating our 24th year.
($250 Ticket Holder plus Guest)
All proceeds support Kentler's 2014 Exhibitions, The Kentler Flatfiles and K.I.D.S. Art Education.
 Each ticket holder draws a number when they arrive at the event. This number determines when the ticket holder gets to choose one of the 100 WORKS ON PAPER
Silent Auction Artworks and
"Found in Red Hook" featuring unique items and gift certificates from artisans, businesses, and restaurants in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Tickets are limited!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting

Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Mary Star of The Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street, Brooklyn
Draft Agenda for March 25 CAG Meeting

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Project Updates
  • EPA- ROD Implementation Updates
  • Other Updates- TBD

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Draft Gowanus Canal Public Health Assessment
  • NYS Department of Health Presentation
  • Q&A

8:00 - 8:30 PM: CAG Committee Reports
  • Administration Committee
  • Archaeology Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Real Estate Committee
  • Water Quality and Technical Committee

8:30 - 9:00 PM: Other Business

9:00 PM:  Adjourn

Remaining 2014 Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting Dates
All Meetings Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Locations TBD
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 18

Thank you for your interest in the Gowanus Canal CAG, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Doug Sarno
Gowanus Canal CAG Facilitator

More info re: Gowanus Canal Historic Preservation!

Hello from CORD!

Please see this very important post at the FROGG website:
entitled: "FROGG Responds to the Delay in Gowanus Historic District Designation"
And please scroll to the bottom to see the yellowed areas to find the contact info
for where you can write a letter of support to the New York State Historic Preservation.

Thank you!

"The NYS Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) meeting scheduled for this week has been miss-characterized in this posting. The State was not going to "take a look at FROGG's Application", the State has been reviewing and even expanding the district boarders for the proposed Gowanus Historic Listing for a number of years now. And nothing, NOTHING, in this listing has any baring in the any river walk (though everyone should know that Gowanus is not a river and never has been).  The odd thing is that NYC has also received materials to review the historic listing over the years.  NYC has been fully aware of which properties NYC are within the district, for quite some time now. Yet they now ask for 60 more days after years of review?  (edit)
.....The city's request this week, for more time to look into their properties, can be seen as the means of granting additional time to Mr' Appel's group to drum up more letters of objection.

What the delay also does is give those who were asked to sign those form-style letters of objection, time to actually look at the merits of this redevelopment incentive program and submit a new letter to the State SHPO office retracting their original objection."

A letter of support (and one retracting a previous letter) can be sent to:

Ruth L. Pierpont
Division for Historic Preservation
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 189
Waterford, New York 12188-0189

Daniel McEneny
New York State Historic Preservation Office
One Delaware Avenue, North
Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 237-8643 x. 3257
See for the rest of this text.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gowanus Canal Preservation Controversy!

Hello from CORD!

Please read this wonderful response to the Gowanus Canal Preservation Controversy and respond to the mayor  -  and send to your circle of friends and other organizations that will support FROGG and the Historic Designation for Gowanus.
See sample letter (yellow highlights) at the bottom.

March 2014, Volume 11, Number 2 

Property Owners Agitate to Prevent Economic Development in Gowanus
National Packing Box Facotry 543 Union Street 
In an almost unprecedented move, two groups - the Gowanus Alliance and the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation - are protesting the proposed listing of the Gowanus Canal Historic District on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places. The community-driven campaign to  place the area on the Register in recognition of its importance to the history and development of New York City, its archaeological resources and its distinctive collection of vernacular commercial and residential architecture. The  Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) began their campaign to have the area recognized for its historic importance almost ten years ago and, as part of the environmental investigation around the proposed clean-up of the Canal, the NYS Office of Historic Preservation declared the area eligible for National Register listing in 2006. In 2011, HDC chose Gowanus as one of our "Six to Celebrate" and supported their successful application for a $7,500 grant from the Preservation League of New York Stateto help pay for the necessary research for the nomination. The research led to a nomination which was scheduled to be voted upon by the State Review Board on March 13. However, the State Historic Preservation Office was contacted by New York City's Law Department which requested a postponement of the vote for 60 days while city officials evaluated the proposal. Under state law, the City has a right to request this delay, but only has limited authority to modify the details of the proposal. We were alerted to the City's request earlier this week with the rationale that notice of the listing worked its way very slowly to the various city agencies who deal with the area, so they needed additional time - an excuse made somewhat plausible by the change in administration but still disturbing given the outreach and  broad public awareness of this proposal.
Much more disturbing is the push against the listing by the two organizations. As quoted in the Daily News:
"We don't think it's a progressive way of looking at Gowanus," said Paul Basile, the founder of the Gowanus Alliance, who owns several one-story commercial warehouses on Baltic and Seventh Sts. that fall within the proposed district lines. "This would severely limit future development and kill job growth," said Bill Appel of the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corp., which delivered a joint letter to hundreds of area property owners earlier this month urging them to reject the proposal. On the Gowanus Alliance's website, a letter is posted
which states "this proposed district could impose significant costs, complications, and restrictions on development, construction, renovation, maintenance and the operation of our properties". It goes on to state that SHPO approval will be required for permits such as shoreline stabilization permits, NYS Housing financing or HUD funding, which will "inflict costly, undue burdens on the affected property owners".
These comments do not make sense. The area was declared eligible for the National Register in 2006, which means that for the past 8 years, the State Historic Preservation Office has been reviewing and commenting on any permits which involve state or federal government actions or funds. The regulatory "burden" - what little there is - has been in place for 8 years. The sole change that listing the district on the Register would be to make it possible for projects in the district to apply for NY State and Federal tax credits for rehabilitative work. That's it. It is entirely voluntary - listing on the Register does not place private development under any kind of regulation. It encourages investment and economic development with tax incentives. But that is only a by-product of the listing. The real purpose of listing on the National Register is to acknowledge and raise awareness of the importance of a site to the history of our country, to change the conversation from "the notoriously polluted Gowanus" to "the canal which built Brooklyn". It seems that some people are happier with deriding and demeaning the neighborhood than celebrating it. Let's not let their bleak vision triumph. 

Please contact Mayor Bill de Blasio and tell him to let the State Review Board vote on the Gowanus Canal Historic District.

Tell him to:

Please permit the NYS Review Board to vote on the Gowanus Canal Historic District. Listing the area on the National Register of Historic Places will only encourage economic development and investment in the neighborhood. This is a community-driven plan which is business and development friendly, and lifts the community up by acknowledging the Canal's importance in the development of our city. There are no new regulations or requirements which will be triggered by this designation, only the possibility of incentives to development.

(you have a maximum of 300 words)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Latest Gowanus Canal CAG meeting update

CG CORD Newsletter 11/23/2013
Photo by Triada Samaras 2013

Hello from CORD!

The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group/CAG held its last meeting of the 2013 year last Tuesday night 11/19/2013 at St Mary Star of the Sea Houses.  Attended by many CAG members as well as several community residents and stakeholders, last night's meeting brought us an update from EPA Project Manager, Chistos Tsiamis,  EPA Community Coordinator, Natalie Loney and recently returned Archaeology Expert, John Vetter.
Christos informed the group that he had met with all of the Responsible Parties post ROD (Record of Decision) to insure that each of them understood what was required of them now that the ROD is actually, law. A letter was sent to each of them detailing what steps are required for them to take between now and October, 2014.  A copy of that letter can be found
Christos indicated that New York City has already expressed an interest in an additional meeting with the Project Manager to review procedures, etc. A date will be set.  EPA is in talks with the property owners at the mouth of the canal regarding restoration and repair of the bulkheads--although not specifically part of the ROD, the bulkheads can present a recontaminating influence so discussion must be part of the process and taken into consideration as  part of the eventual design. 
EPA will also be launching a pilot study on possible methods of mixing some of the removed contaminated material with cement as a means of stabilizing and reusing some of that material in a more positive, less costly manner.  The EPA is scheduled to meet with Lightstone (the current owners and developers of the former, Toll Brothers site) today, regarding the EPA's requirements, post ROD on storm water, the additional sewage the project is expected to produce and further discussion on the exact nature of the contamination on the site.
John Vetter, now working as a sub contractor for EPA is back on a limited basis to pick up the Archaeology segment of the Canal. He reminded us all of the terrific nature of the ROD as a document that both defines specifically the authority of the EPA as well as providing archaeological protection for the historic nature of the canal site itself.  He reminds us that the ROD is important reading for each member of this community.

John has also asked for the input of the community regarding your feelings on what is important to YOU historically and archaeologically about the canal. This input will provide a road map for the Archaeology Committee to pursue.  This was the last meeting for 2013. The CAG will begin monthly meetings again on the fourth Tuesday of each month in January. 

Happy Holidays to All!!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Voice of Voters re: "Married" to Bill DeBlasio....................A Joint Memoir from Some Ex-Constituents

CG CORD Newsletter 10/17/2013

The Voice of Voters

Hello from CORD!

We heard from many readers---regarding our recent piece, "Married" to Bill DeBlasio....................A Joint Memoir from Some Ex-Constituents
co-published with PMFA yesterday.

Not everyone wanted their comments published, but here is one from: Joe from Carroll Gardens.  Please read on:

"Can recall many years ago, getting a sepia-toned mailing of an old Italian immigrant and how a Bill DeBlasio reflected on that heritage etc etc

I thought his name sounded so much like Dibrienza that many of the older folks might just get confused in the voting booths?

Years later, I recall a local paper (believe the reporter was Eric Enquist now with CriansNY) saying his DeBlasio name was actually Warren Wilhelm am that a German ancestry at that time, decades ago would have made it a far harder climb into the political ranks.

He hadn't officially changed his name until a year before running for public Advocate -- which meant that each election he ran in an AKA which is against NY State law. You have to sign your real name - and attest to any AKAs, which would mean he was fraudulently identifying himself? This law prevents anyone from running as Martin Luther King Jr. Etc - but didn't slow down a Bill DeBlasio (whose wife also worked at the Board of Elections).

Today, we can google and discover that despite DeBlasio's new narrative of why/how/when he changed his name -- his own mother was using the Wilhelm name in 1988 when she published her book (covered by the NY Times). So if She was using it - and his brothers still are - what's the weight of his new story?"

"Joe from
Carroll Gardens"
We encourage all of our District 39 neighbors to send your comments and/or your Bill DeBlasio experiences to
If you would like your comments published, please give us express permission in your email to do so.

For more information:

10/16/2013  "Married" to Bill DeBlasio....................A Joint Memoir from Some Ex-Constituents 

10/16/2013  "Married" to Bill DeBlasio....................A Joint Memoir from Some Ex-Constituents

9/29/2013  Gowanus Canal to Mayoral Hopefuls DeBlasio and Lhota: "STAND BY ME!!"
(Note:  As of today's writing, we have had no response from the mayoral candidates)

9/7/2013  Questions for Christine Quinn AND all the NYC Mayoral Candidates

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Married" to Bill DeBlasio....................A Joint Memoir from Some Ex-Constituents

"Married" to Bill DeBlasio....................A Joint Memoir from Some Ex-Constituents

Our affair with Bill DeBlasio began sometime in 1999 when he became our School Board Representative.
We were attracted to his drive, his enthusiam and yes, even his ambition. He flirted with us--we responded.
The marriage was consummated when we elected him our Council Member in 2001. He married each of us...all of the men, women and children of District 39.
He appeared to be quite the catch---well-spoken, attentive, an engaged conversationalist who seemed to listen with every fiber of his being. He was tall, handsome, charming---He was a Democratic representative in a Democratic demographic--he had ties with a former President and was an advisor to a potential one---The honeymoon had begun. We were willingly seduced and felt very lucky.
We were unaware then, that we did not even know his real name.
It was not long before we learned that his style of representation was very different to what we had become accustomed to. He was not readily available by phone--he was rarely in his office and there were intermediaries that we were told to deal with instead of him.
It seemed like he was never home.
This was a very different type of commitment---one this corner of the 39th had  certainly never seen before.
Four years into our relationship, we renewed our vows, but it became clear that Bill had set his sights on much greener, much larger pastures. All of the signs were there and of course, conflicts arose.
Developers seemed to be targetting our community. High rise, out of context apartment buildings tearing the fabric of our historic brownstone neighborhood--changing our surroundings faster than our infrastructure or current environment could possibly accommodate.
What did our Champion DeBlasio do?
Then, in April of 2009, the filthy Gowanus Canal was miraculously nominated to the National Priorities List--an event that any faithful partner would have cheered....instead
Our Bill declared that the Canal "was not that dirty" and proceeded to support the New York City Plan which scoffed at the facts and scientific findings of the EPA.
Perhaps if this had been the last of our disappointments, our relationship and inevitable parting could have been more pleasant. He was now the certain Public Advocate to Be and he had more than one foot out the door.
 Bill moved on to his Public Advocate position--where his tenure left us, to put it politely, unsatisfied. The EPA vs the City of New York battle raged over the Gowanus Canal's future, and our Bill, our neighbor, our former partner and most importantly,  OUR PUBLIC ADVOCATE, had not one word to say about the environmental/public health hazard coursing through the heart of his former district.
Throwing his hat into the Mayoral race at the end of the Public Advocate gig, was not a surprise. We did find him predictable and ever self serving.
It may come as a surprise to you that Bill can deride the worst landords in New York City on one hand and accept their money with the other...but it does not surprise us.
One day Charter Schools must go--next day--they can stay if they pay rent--next day they won't be pushed out if they can't pay......all too familiar to us.
Bill tells a tale of two cities combined with the I am Robin Hood stance. It is a catchy platform--who would not fall in love iwth someone who professes to better the lives of the poor, champion the underserved and better educate our children while taxing the rich?
However, this same Robin Hood, this same equalizer, this former partner of ours has also publicly characterized himself both a progressive and a fiscal conservative. We suppose it depends on who is in the audience at the time.
It seems as though Bill is counting on the fact that New York is still a Democratic city--and what he says will not really be measured or remembered.
He is wrong.
After all these years, we can say that we know the man known as School Board Member Bill DeBlasio. We remember the man known as Councilman Bill DeBlasio and we experienced the man known as Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio.
We have seen the many shades of Bill and we know what a relationship with Bill DeBlasio might bring. Now, he is courting you.
Published jointly by CORD and Pardon Me for Asking

We encourage all of our District 39 neighbors to send your comments and/or your Bill DeBlasio experiences to
If you would like your comments published, please give us express permission in your email to do so.


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........