Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday is now our day to feature a letter from the Carroll Gardens community.

We at CORD are very grateful to have the following powerful and clear letter from one of our neighbors to publish for others to read as well.

We encourage more people to do the same! Please send us your thoughts, concerns, memories, of Carroll Gardens etc., so that we could keep in touch with one another. You can use our address at for your submissions.

Letters like the one below are seen and read by so many different people in our community including our electeds. We encourage you to use your voice to fight with, and to join us!

United, we can fight more effectively for the preservation and much- needed respectful development of our beloved Carroll Gardens! Register for our free newsletter on the right hand side of our blog at This way you will be sure to get all the latest news and communications from CORD.

Thank you.

A Carroll Gardens Community Member Writes:

As a resident of Carroll Gardens for eighteen years, I have watched the neighborhood change from a small, quiet mixed enclave of Italian-American senior citizens and young urban professionals into a hubbub of restaurant rows, family-friendly naves and younger urban professionals. The unique charm of Carroll Gardens makes this an attractive neighborhood for Brooklynites, but that will change with unrestrained over-development. What was once a peaceful Brooklyn South neighborhood is slowly evolving into a crowded, noisy urban sprawl. With no adequate parking facilities, or infrastructure in terms of subway and limited bus transit, current building prospects will change the landscape of the neighborhood. Large scale development, such as the Clarett Group's project on Court St. and Union St. or the Oliver House on Smith St. and 2nd place (and also the proposed Toll Brothers' proposed project) will likely turn this unique neighborhood into an anonymous cookie cutter blandness and change the landscape of Carroll Gardens forever. The residents deserve a say in which way this neighborhood should go and we desperately need a scaled back plan to preserve our neighborhood.



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........