Friday, October 13, 2017

Linda Mariano quoted in this NY Times Article "Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?"

Brooklyn's very own Linda Mariano, a founder of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus is quoted in this NY Times article on Gowanus.

"Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?"
by Andy Newman
NY Times

Left Image:
Stroller traffic on Carroll Street. Credit Stephen Speranza for The New York Times

Those opposed to high-end housing along the canal remain unimpressed. Among them is Linda Mariano, a founder of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus. She was recently persuaded to take a stroll along the waterfront walkway, which is open to the public though largely hidden from the street.

“This is not Gowanus,” said Ms. Mariano, a retired art teacher who bought a fixer-upper on President Street in 1974. She brushed past a beach rose in a planter. “This is not the beach,” she said. “We should be retreating from the water, not creating an artificial utopia.”

The neighborhood should refit old industrial buildings for small manufacturers and artists, Ms. Mariano said. “What Gowanus had — and still has to a certain extent — is what America used to be,” she said. “We made things. We had jobs here, and people could live near where they worked.”


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........