Thursday, January 17, 2008

CARROLL GARDENS is not only exhibiting an unprecedented amount of development, it is also exhibiting a great deal of spirit, enthusiasm and a wonderfully high level of interest in community affairs. No matter which side of the fence you choose to stand on, it has always been and continues to remain a place of intense passion.

CORD is interested in your stories of what makes Carroll Gardens special to you.......your memories, your experiences here.We wish to display and celebrate that depth of passion, that thoughtful interest . We want you to share the stories of the neighborhood you found, what has changed since then and what you see and/or wish for the future.
Here is the first of what we hope will be many stories. This was sent to us today ..... CORD

"I am a third generation Carroll Gardens resident. Both of my parents and both sets of grandparents were born and raised here.

It is difficult for me to walk down almost any street in Carroll Gardens and not have some familiarity with at least one house. Whether it was the home of a family member or a childhood friend of mine, or perhaps it was the home of one of my sisters' or parents' or cousins' friends. At one time or another, I had walked through its doors, climbed its stair and took a peek out the window to see if and how the view differed from my own......story in full at CG CORD here to sign up

by, GPS, Sackett Street, Carroll Gardens

We want to encourage everyone to contribute to this newsletter. Share your essays, short stories, poems, artwork, memories, maybe even a photo that means Carroll Gardens to you. Send it via email to

Each submission should reflect an aspect of having lived in, living in, leaving or returning to Carroll Gardens. Whether you are new here, or a "lifer",whether you lived here long ago, just arrived, or came back here after an absence, we would love to hear your impressions, your memories, your stories about why our little place is so special to you. CORD
(This story, in full, is also featured at Gowanus Lounge today!)


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........