Sunday, July 15, 2007


This is a document the public should read! LINK
"Carroll Gardens: A Portrait of Neighborhood Issues"
Prepared by the District Office of Community Board Six
for Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association (CGNA)
November 2006
Excerpts from the text are as follows:
"Charming....Wonderful.... Stable..... Brownstone.....Close Knit.... Above the Rest.... A "Real"Neighborhood....... Home.....
"These are the words used by members of the CGNA Executive Committee when asked to describe their neighborhood in just one word. Collectively they convey an important set of community values strong and proud sense of place and being. Residents of Carroll Gardens have been increasingly expressing their concern over recent trends in the neighborhood, some of which could ultimately threaten their essential neighborhood character. Not being content to simply share observations from stoop to stoop.......It was the preservation of these community values that prompted CGNA to approach Community Board Six or assistance in late 2005...."

"...Economic pressure to overdevelop the built form of the neighborhood was resulting in the construction of out of character buildings which sought to maximize the allowable bulk that current zoning would permit. The loss of several "Mom and Pop" specialty stores, predominantly food suppliers , and their subsequent replacement with non-equivalent, national corporate chain stores and banks forced a change in personal shopping habits. It was the collective feeling of the CGNA representatives that the civic organization (CGNA) must be more pro-actively involved in setting the course for the neighborhood's destiny."

"When asked if the respondent was concerned about the height or size of new buildings in the neighborhood 91 per cent of those responding indicated that they were either very concerned (60 per cent) or concerned (31 per cent) the majority being very concerned. These concerns were evident in that only 5 per cent of the respondents did not favor stricter limits on the height size and/or overall bulk of the new buildings, 83 per cent did favor stricter limits while 12 per cent were unsure. It was clear that the neighborhood favors better land use controls to help insure the preservation of the built form of the community.Results were not as clear on the subject of whether to expand the existing landmark historic district designation......"

Given this document above, and given the overwhelmingly favorable response to the CORD Protect Our Home/s in Carroll Gardens, and given the extreme dissatisfaction with the overdevlopement proposal for 360 Smith Street, it is high time to demand concrete actions be taken to safeguard our neighborhood. CG CORD is calling for a BUILDING MORATORIUM effective immediately! No more empty words; we want actions!

Our numbers are rapidly growing and we will only support those elected officals who respond to and show an interest in us and our concerns! What are CB 6 and the local elected officals and the appointees and the community leaders and the civic groups going to DO? about the express wishes of the people of Carroll Gardens?


Read our petition and sign! if you have not already done so. Would you like to VOLUNTEER at Cord? Write to us at!


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........