Monday, May 12, 2014

Gowanus Canal District Deadline May 13!

Hello from CORD!
Please see the approaching deadline below (May 13) and take action and contact Mayor DeBlasio about the historical designation of the Gowanus Canal District !  Watch the video and see the instructions below.  Thank you.

FYI: In March NYC halted the NY State Office of Preservation from moving forward with the listing of the Gowanus Canal District to the State and National Registry of Historic Places

Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 17:14:07 -0400
Subject: UPDATE: Gowanus Canal Historic District Designation

The case for Gowanus on the National Register of Historic Places: Marlene Donnelly at TEDxGowanus
Gowanus is one of America's first Urban Industrial Districts: known as the final link in the Erie Canal System. Marlene is a founding member of a group that nominated this unique area of Brooklyn to…
Added on 4/24/14
435 views is May 1st. The 60 day extension to allow the city additional time to consider the Gowanus listing to the State and National Registry of Historic Places will close on May 13.  If you haven't already done so, please send in your comments of support to the city for their consideration in these final weeks. If you have already, pass this along to some others. Let the city  know you support this action. Use the link below to email your letter.

Please contact Mayor Bill de Blasio

and tell him to let the State Review Board vote on the Gowanus Canal Historic District.   Listing the area on the National Register of Historic Places will only encourage economic development and investment in the neighborhood. This is a community-driven plan which is business and development friendly, and lifts the community up by acknowledging the Canal's importance in the development of our city. There are no new regulations or requirements which will be triggered by this designation, only the possibility of incentives to development.

(you have a maximum of 300 words)

The following is taken from the HDC posting on the matter. Please encourage your friends to send along a note of support to the city.

The real purpose of listing on the National Register is to acknowledge and raise awareness of the importance of a site to the history of our country, to change the conversation from "the notoriously polluted Gowanus" to "the canal which built Brooklyn". It seems that some people are happier with deriding and demeaning the neighborhood than celebrating it. Let's not let their bleak vision triumph.


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........