Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rally This Thursday Evening to Protest Lightstone Development along Gowanus Canal! Bill Thompson to attend.

Coalition for Respectful Development
Newsletter 8/5/2013

Hello from CG CORD.
This just in from the FROGGS:
Thursday August 8th at 7:15pm
Carroll Street bridge, Gowanus

There will be a rally on Thursday night at the Carroll Street bridge to protest the Lightstone 12 story, 700 unit project on the toxic Gowanus Canal and publicly air our grievances.  Bill Thompson is scheduled to attend and will be speaking with concerned community members. The media has also been invited. This is not a rally to endorse Thompson's mayoral candidacy; instead, it is a chance to bring broader attention to our issue of irresponsible development (which endangers scale, zoning, schools, transit and health and safety) in the context of the mayoral race.

It is extremely urgent that as many of you attend as possible. Please invite your neighbors as well. We need to show all our elected representatives how important this issue is to our community. They've already heard from the developers and their lobbyists; now it's our turn to be heard. This is the protest that will hopefully help bring attention to our issue in the media and the mayoral race.

Please be there and bring the kids and a friend. 

And please pass along this flyer!

Find More info about the Lightstone Development here:




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........