Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday Week in Review: June 29, 2009

Happy July Fourth Weekend!
This week has seen a flurry of new activity for CORD! The petition 's call for a moratorium on the building of or alteration of any structure to a height of over fifty feet until WE can be presented with and decide upon the type of zoning or landmarking that will reshape our beloved neighborhood, is rapidly spreading! Numerous blogs, newspapers, and people on the street are carrying the word, and to date we have 800+ signatures in under a week and we are still collecting!

We urge, no, we BEG you to please keep spreading the word.Encourage your Carroll Gardens neighbors to get informed.If you love living here, love the neighborhood we have all made, and what we say makes sense to you,please sign the petition.

It's the Fourth of July so why not reflect on what the word DEMOCRACY means to you and your family, friends and neighbors? For a democracy to work for the benefit of ALL THE PEOPLE concerned, the people must speak up! Why not make an effort and contact the POLS over the next two weeks and let them know how you really feel about this important movement? How do you really feel about outside developers coming into and irreversibly changing your neighborhood because Carroll Gardens has no TIMELY down-zoning and/or landmarking plan? Tell the POLS we need them to COME TO THE TABLE IMMEDIATELY!

News Update:
Last night in "PM Update" on Gowanus Lounge Mr. Bob Guskind reported:
"Permits are here (for 360 Smith Street. " (See
He even explains how you see that for yourself at the DOB website. Thank you, Bob!

In today's Gownaus Lounge Mr. Guskind, in the story, "Carroll Gardeners React to Smith Street Permits, Suggest Lack of Action", quotes an angry Carroll Gardens resident,
"Where is Bill deBlasio when really we need him? ??
Carroll Gardens is not stupid!"

We know the real issue at 360 Smith Street is building for excessive profit with absolutely no regard for the community or its residents, not [architect Robert] Scarano per se."Bill, if Mr. Scarano is being placed under some type investigation as your mass e-mail campaign reported, then why is the DOB still issuing permits and approvals this week?......."

Mr. Guskind closes with,
"To think that barely a month ago no one had even heard of 360 Smith Street! That statement should bring a smile to your lips if you have recently signed our petition and have been following our story!

That should bring a smile to the lips of many of you for the holiday weekend! Cord


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........