Monday, April 13, 2009

A Carroll Gardens Community Member Writes

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:

"My husband and I have lived in Carroll Gardens for 23 years. We've seen many changes and we've loved living here. We've lived in three homes in Carroll Gardens -- an apartment on Carroll Street, a beautiful single family home on 2nd Place, and now a sunny and beautiful apartment on Union Street. We raised our son, now 18, in this neighborhood. There are many things we love about Carroll Gardens: the quiet, the sky, the light, how friendly everyone is, the wonderful small stores on Court Street, the proximity to other wonderful neighborhood and to Manhattan, the low crime rate.
We've thoroughly enjoyed the development of new businesses, i.e. more restaurants and stores. We are opposed to the chain stores and chain restaurants that have moved into the neighborhood. They destroy the heart and character of the neighborhood. They lack soul and they lack beauty. They don't employ people who care about the neighborhood and the people who live here. We also strongly oppose the building development that is underway. New buildings should remain the same height and character of existing buildings. We especially oppose the development on 2nd Place and Smith Street, and on Union and Court Streets. We will continue to do what we can to preserve the beauty and integrity of this neighborhood."
Maura McGratH


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........