Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Website from the Gowanus Landmarks Coalition: Sign the Petition to Protect Gowanus!

The Gowanus Landmarks Coalition website is NOW LIVE!
See the link below and read all about this coalition.

PLEASE sign the petition and share this link with others.

Sign the petition to protect Gowanus' built environment prior to the City Planning Commission's rezoning

Learn about the Coalition:
Members of the Gowanus Landmarking Coalition include, but are not limited to:

Gowanus resident Brad Vogel

Organizations that are not officially part of the Coalition but who have submitted their own lists of proposed Gowanus landmarks to the Landmarks Preservation Commission:

Municipal Art Society

New York Landmarks Conservancy

"The Coalition arose in the summer of 2017 during the course of the Gowanus Places Study put on by the NYC Department of City Planning.  Across the span of 2018, the Coalition continued to grow, releasing lists of landmarks for designation, holding press conferences and vigils, and meeting with neighborhood, borough, and city officials regarding the need for landmarking.  In 2019, we continue to push public officials to act in Gowanus before it is too late to save the touchstone buildings and districts that impart unique neighborhood character." LINK

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

PRESS RELEASE- Gowanus Landmarking Coalition Unveils New Website Before Rezoning

PRESS RELEASE - Gowanus Landmarking Coalition Unveils New Website Before Rezoning

February 6, 2019
Gowanus Landmarking Coalition Launches Website Ahead of Rezoning

GOWANUS -  The Gowanus Landmarking Coalition unveiled its new website today in advance of tonight’s public meeting regarding the city’s Gowanus rezoning plan.
The website can be found at:
The new site highlights the Coalition’s priority list of fifteen sites and small districts in Gowanus that warrant official designation by the City of New York. 
Having waited more than two years for the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to conclude its study of potential Gowanus landmarks for designation, the Coalition continues to press public officials to designate and protect critical sites before rezoning arrives in the neighborhood.
“We’ve seen this before in recent city-led neighborhood rezonings,” said Coalition member and Gowanus resident Brad Vogel, “Landmarking has been left as something of an afterthought in places like East Harlem, Inwood, and East New York when it needs to happen prior to the major changes that come with city-led rezonings.  We hope the city will take a better course here in Gowanus.”
Some groups in the Coalition have been advocating for landmark designation in Gowanus for more than a decade.  And during that time, several quintessentially Gowanus sites, like the Burns Brothers Coal Pockets, have been lost to demolition.
“We invite community members to sign our petition found at the new Coalition website,” said Kelly Carroll of the Historic Districts Council.  “Gowanus should not be left with a paltry 3 or 4 designated landmarks when the rezoning dust settles.  Telling the full story of this neighborhood’s industrial and maritime heritage requires more than a dozen sites.  Our Coalition priority list is a good start.”
The Coalition, comprised of city-wide, neighborhood, and historical groups, continues to meet with elected officials and city agencies to advocate for landmark designation.
“Historic interpretation signage in the neighborhood as proposed by the city sounds nice.  But first we need to save the buildings that still exist and give Gowanus a real sense of place,” said Linda Mariano of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus.  “We ask our public officials to do right by Gowanus and landmark the important buildings shown on our website as soon as possible.”
For more information:

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Petition for Landmarking in Gowanus!


Below, you will find the link for a petition for landmarking in Gowanus before rezoning.
Please consider signing the petition and sharing with others interested in historic preservation in Gowanus.  Scroll down to see the yellowish "TAKE ACTION" box 
and click to sign.  

If you wish, you can send the pre-written letter to LPC and Councilman Brad LanderOr you can word the letter yourself.

Petition for Landmarking in Gowanus

Scroll down to see the yellowish "TAKE ACTION" box 
and click to sign.  

This is very important if you envision the future of Gowanus to stand on some of the highlights of its past!

Landmarking in Gowanus:

  • Gowanus Flushing Tunnel Pumping Station, 209 Douglass Street
  • ASPCA Memorial Building, 238 Butler Street
  • Gowanus Station, 234 Butler Street
  • BRT Powerhouse, 322 Third Avenue
  • National Packing Box Factory, 280 Nevins Street
  • T.H. Roulston Inc., 70-124 9th Street
  • American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street
  • “The Green Building”, 460 Union Street
  • Ice House & Brewing Complex, 401-421 Bond Street
  • Union Street Bridge Control Tower
  • R.J. Dun & Company, 237-257 Butler Street
  • Norge Sailmakers Building, 170 Second Avenue
  • Bowne Grain Storage, 398 Smith Street
  • 2nd Street Historic District (between Bond & Hoyt Streets)
  • Head of Canal District
Thank you, 


For more background on the Gowanus area please see:

Can the Gowanus' industrial past be saved?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Does anyone really want more condos in the Gowanus? Who?

Will the Gowanus rezoning be what developers hoped?
After nearly a decade of uncertainty, a new proposal outlines the neighborhood’s residential and commercial needs — and condos aren’t on the wish list
By Erin Hudson | July 01, 2018 01:00PM
Rezoning Gowanus has been on the agenda of developers and politicians alike for a decade. As a result, investors have paid what many saw as speculative prices for land up for rezoning. And one-third of the 130 properties along the coveted, albeit polluted, Gowanus Canal have traded hands over the past decade, according to a study by DNAinfo last year. Although rezoning efforts are still in a nascent stage, prices keep climbing. For example, Kushner and SL Green Realty paid $70 million for a 140,000-square-foot property in 2014. This spring, Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty bought the parcel from them for $115 million. Meanwhile, home prices rose 7.2 percent in 2017 and are expected to increase 8.8 percent in 2018, according to Zillow. The median listing price is $1,107 per square foot."

See link below for the rest of this article:

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Petition to Landmark the S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse

Please sign this petition to: 

Landmark the S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse

FDNY suspects fire in Chetrit warehouse was set intentionally

Blaze gutted Red Hook property as locals sought to landmark it

Sunday, July 22, 2018

EPA Invites Media to View Cleanup of Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The EPA has just sent out thus notice:

EPA Invites Media to View Cleanup of Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Contact: Elias Rodriguez,, (212) 637-3664
(New York, N.Y. – July 20, 2018) EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez will be at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York, one of the nation’s most seriously contaminated bodies of water, on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with other dignitaries to discuss the progress of the dredging and capping pilot project. The media are invited to witness the ongoing project at the Gowanus Canal’s Fourth Street Turning Basin (located at the intersection of 4th St. and 3rd Ave). The pilot project will help inform EPA on how best to clean up the rest of the canal. 
What: View and discuss the pilot project at the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site. Photo op, question and answers with EPA leadership and subject-matter experts, site tour.
Who: EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez, Dan Wiley, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez’s District Director for Southwest Brooklyn and a community representative
When/Where: Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at 214 3rd St, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11215. On the banks of the Gowanus Canal next to the Whole Foods supermarket parking lot overlooking the Fourth Street Turning Basin.


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........