Friday, September 12, 2008

The neighborhood speaks out to the Councilman DeBlasio

Here are some of the responses we have already received from our question in yesterdays' post:

How do YOU feel about whether or not our Councilman should support us at the upcoming BSA HEARING?
Please write to us at if you would like to speak out.

"I could say that I am very disappointed with Mr De Blasio posture. But what strikes me as a logical conclusion is that he has other interests which conflict with ours.
Too bad. I will remember that in elections day."

Iliana Mindlin

"Dear CORD,

Thank you for all your hard work. I support your efforts and would like to urge Councilman De Blasio to step up to the plate and support the on-going efforts of CORD. Please keep Carroll Gardens from becoming just another unaffordable high rise neighborhood with no character and just for the very rich."

Thank you.
Carrie Rubinstein

4th Place

"Thank you for the recent communication about the building going up at 2nd Place and Smith Street.

"As Councilmember Bill de Blasio has been showing up so strongly on this issue and taking the ball down the field so to speak, it makes no sense to me why he would not wish to “touch down” for the community by showing up at the hearing on September 24. If he does not, it will make a very strong statement to the Carroll Gardens Community especially about the lack of follow through.

"I strongly encourage Councilmember to go for the goal: “touch down.”

"Appreciate your continued efforts to preserve this fine community."


Javier B. García
15 4th St.
Apt. 2
Brooklyn, New York

"Councilman Bill deBlasio:

"As a Carroll Gardens resident and your constituent, I urge you to
stand with the community and CG Cord in the upcoming BSA hearing."


Javier B. García

"I own the house at 70 1st Place.

The Developer has apparently misrepresented the extent of the foundation.
For this reason, he is no longer credible and should not be trusted.
He was aware of the community opposition to the height of the building
when he commenced the project, flouted this community sentiment and
undertook the risk that the decision on limitations would go against him.
Therefore, he should not be "grandfathered in" and allowed to continue
to violate the new rules.

I would expect Bill di Blasio to continue to support the residents and
home owners of the neighborhood in oppostion to this out of scale
illegal development."

Barbara Lowe


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........