Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Lovely Tribute to Bob Guskind from Phil DePaulo

CORD has just received this lovely note from Phil DePaulo:

"Yesterday we celebrated the life of Bob Guskind at the historic chapel at Green-wood Cemetery. A small group of friends and family exchanged stories and the impact Bob had on our lives. I hope the ceremony brought a moment of comfort for Bob’s wife Olivia and his mom Sally. It was great to meet some of Bob’s friends from his days in Washington and connect faces to the stories Bob told me about his past. He was very lucky to have friends that loved him unconditionally. I remember the pastor saying that he attends many funerals that no one had anything to say about the deceased and how moved he was about the stories he had just heard about Bob. In life you meet very few people like Bob and that’s why it’s so hard to say goodbye. But yesterday was beautiful and I think Bob would have been very pleased. Bob’s memorial is posted on the Gowanus Lounge site. I hope you will take a moment to read it"



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........