Wednesday, October 1, 2008

CG CORD IS featured in amNewYork Thursday, Oct 2!

Hello! Carroll Gardens CORD is being featured in the NYC Daily Newspaper:
amNewYork on Thursday, October 2, 2008!

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn: City Living among old and new"|Special to amNewYork Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

"Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn: City Living among old and new""As the F or G train transitions to the elevated tracks after leaving the Carroll Street station, the first thing many straphangers notice are the unusually expansive gardens sprawling out in front of the surrounding brownstones....(edit)

"This unique layout originated in the mind of Richard Butts, who in 1846 envisioned an elegant neighborhood with spacious yards and narrow streets....(edit)

"These 'gardens' -- along with the Revolutionary War veteran Charles Carroll -- would later be the inspiration for the naming of the area during a period of revival in the 1960s....(edit)

Later, in a section called, "THE BUZZ", CG CORD is featured!

"When asked what they love most about their neighborhood, many residents cite Carroll Gardens's historic charm, low-rise buildings and peaceful tree-lined streets....

"Unfortunately, new real estate developments have started to eat away at the area's history and character....

"Developers are attracted to our proximity to Manhattan and old-world charm," said Triada Samaras, co-founder of CORD (Coalition for Respectful Development), a local group that has pushed for landmarking and downzoning.......

(SEE LINK THIS FOR ENTIRE ON-LINE ARTICLE):,0,5039159.story?page=8)

There is a CG photo gallery at,0,5528198.photogallery

AM NY is distributed daily at all the subway stations and is also available on-line 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........