Monday, March 23, 2015

Next Gowanus Canal CAG meeting is Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Mary Star of the Sea

Hello from CG CORD,

The next Gowanus Canal CAG meeting is 
Tuesday March 24, 2015 
6:30 PM
Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments
41 1st Street (between Hoyt and Bond)
Carroll Gardens Brooklyn

The main topic for this meeting is CAG strategic planning. There are no significant project updates or topics anticipated. Committees will provide updates on current activities and then members will spend the bulk of the time in internal strategic planning. 


CORD


Monday, February 23, 2015

Brad Lander to talk about "Bridging Gowanus" at CAG Meeting Tuesday 2/24

Hello from CG CORD!

There will be an important Gowanus Canal CAG meeting on Tuesday evening Feb. 24 in Carroll Gardens.


When:  Tuesday 2/24/2015 at 6:30 PM
Where:  Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments
     41 First St. Carroll Gardens (btwn Hoyt and Bond)
Who:  All are welcome to attend

Councilman Brad Lander will be talking about "Bridging Gowanus".

John Vetter will be discussing archeology issues and setting up a Consulting Party Group under Section 106 of the NHPA.

CORD


Monday, February 9, 2015

CAG MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT FEB 10

HELLO FROM CG CORD

THERE WILL BE A CAG MEETNG TUESDAY at 6:30 at 
Mary Star of the Sea Senior Center
41 1st Street (Hoyt/Bond).
This is a  makeup meeting for the cancelled meeting on 1/27. 

A second CAG meeting will follow on Feb 24.

Here is where the various topics fall out for the two meetings:

February 10
Project Engineer, Christos Tsiamis will be present to talk about upcoming activities on the Gowanus Canal

February 24
The CAG will also be holding a meeting on February 24 at 6:30 (location to be announced)
Councilmember Brad Lander will present the results of "Bridging Gowanus", a proposed framework for the future development of the Gowanus area.

All CAG meetings are open to the community and we urge everyone to attend.

In other news:

DEC Class I and SD swimmable standards Hearing Rescheduled
The hearing is rescheduled to March 9 at 12:00 PM at the EPA office in NYC.  The comment period now closes at 5 PM on Monday March 16. Please see http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/99546.html



Friday, November 21, 2014

Brad Lander's Critical AND FINAL Bridging Gowanus Meeting This Monday/Thanksgiving Week

Hello from CG CORD!

There is a critical meeting to attend this coming Monday!
We know it's Thanksgiving Week and this is a difficult time to attend a meeting but this one is IMPORTANT!

What:     Final "Bridging Gowanus"
When:     Monday, November 24 at 6:30, at 
Where:    PS 32  317 Hoyt St, Brooklyn

There has been a great deal of criticism of how Councilman Brad Lander's Bridging Gowanus process has NOT been democratic, and has NOT been hearing our community voices.

That is why it is important to attend the meeting this Monday.

We agree with PMFA:
"As Councilman Lander is asking us to convene one last time  for Bridging Gowanus, it behooves all of us to come together and to ask him to put his words into action and to give some power back to the community.
We should all demand a process of validation at the end of Bridging Gowanus.  Is the document really a reflection of what the community envisioned at the meetings?  We should be able to vote to make sure of that.

Bridging Gowanus could be the beginning of so much.  It could be a new forward-thinking, true democratic community planning process. Let's see if Councilman Brad, who prides himself on giving power (and a vote) back to the people through Participatory Budgeting, is courageous enough  to give his Gowanus constituents a real voice." PMFA

CG CORD

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE READ:

Of Councilman Brad Lander, Pratt Center for Community Development, and the Final Bridging Gowanus Meeting Next Monday
http://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/2014/11/of-councilman-brad-lander-pratt-center.html

LINKS to Other "Take Back Gowanus" Stories

On-air 
The Brian Lehrer Show:  Taking Back the Gowanus Canal
WNYC story about Gowanus that aired recently 

Gowanus Residents Debate Future of Area

Disparate Factions Unite to Take Back Gowanus From Overdevelopment

Take Back Gowanus Challenges Brad Lander's "Shared Values"


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting: Think Health, Think Environment and then Think of a BIGGER and BETTER Gowanus Canal Area Post-EPA Clean-Up


Hello from CG CORD!
Above:  Riverbank State Park Olympic Size Swimming Pool
679 Riverside Drive Manhattan, NY

Here is our report on the meeting of the Community Advisory Group (CAG) from last week with much new information interspersed.

As we said, Tuesday, October 28th, the General Meeting of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) was held at the St Mary's Residences.

EPA Project Manager/Engineer Christos Tsiamis came to speak with the CAG to dispel some of the inaccurate and misleading information that has recently been circulated regarding  the  toxic contamination in and around the Thomas Greene Park and particularly, its pool and the role of the EPA.  

He mentioned the Gowanus Canal Competition Winners at http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/14/gowanus_canal_competition_winners_get_creative.php as a creative point of departure for the CAG members to begin to envision the bigger and better future possible for us in the Gowanus area post EPA clean-up.

For whatever reason, there is a fear amongst the residents who live closest to the pool that they will lose the pool completely and permanently if it is determined that the well documented contamination lurking beneath the pool requires that it be removed for a proper and healthy cleanup of the land.  

Maria Pagano, a CAG member representing the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, brought up that she has been informed that a replacement pool would cost in the neighborhood of  sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) and implied that the cost would eliminate the possibility of that replacement. (THAT MUST BE SOME POOL THE CITY LOOKED AT AS A COST BASE!)

So, therefore, the advocates for the park are so fearful of losing an amenity that they think may not be replaced  that they opt for a lesser cleanup of the place their children play????? 
CORD does not understand this logic.

Why would "advocates" for the park and pool ask for less of a cleanup rather than more?
Why would these advocates not be screaming at the top of their lungs for the cleanest, safest, healthiest environment for those who most enjoy the park and pool?

Witness Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, a 28 acre park built on top of a sewage treatment facility complete with an olympic sized  swimming pool and a skating rink.  http://nysparks.com/parks/93/details.aspx  (See pool image above)

Seeing that last Tuesday was Election Day, and so few people turned out to vote, perhaps it is the time for all of us to reflect upon what election day and CHOICE really means.  Often, Election Day is just a confusing jumble of information, mailings, TV ads, phone calls and hand shaking from strangers.  The ads, in one way or another, spend their time telling us why one candidate is no good for us while the other is perfect for us.

We try to care but the truth is, we mostly feel removed, powerless and inconsequential.
Well, we should make a conscious decision that from now on, WE elect, WE choose US because  WE are best for US.

What does that mean? It means that we choose common sense. It means that we say, in unison,  the area under and around the park is contaminated---especially under the pool which Mr. Tsiamis pointed out has in some places lakes and deep puddles of this dangerous, toxic goo.

It means we elect say---NY State--you are responsible for the actual cleanup of this site. WE want and deseve the BEST and most thorough cleanup not some quasi spit and a prayer.   
It means we elect to say--National Grid--you are the responsible party for the pollution of this site and should not only remediate as you are supposed to do but help replace any of the amenities--- think of it as another "Cinderella Project".

To clearly envision what we mean check out any of these great examples: 

The Manayunk Sewer Basin Project in Philadelphia
the Juan Solomon City Pari in Indianapolis
and Venice Island in Philadelphia
http://gizmodo.com/philadelphias-newest-park-is-built-on-top-of-a-sewage-o-1647780534?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29

It means we ELECT to say to the City of New York---you chose to build a park on this site. 

You chose to MAINTAIN and help MAKE IMPROVEMENTS to this site--even when you were aware that there was a strong probability of contamination that eventually would have to be remediated. Now--- CLEAN IT UP PROPERLY AND REPLACE and IMPROVE, ANY AMENITIES THAT ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THE CLEANUP.

Please click the links above to see what other areas that hold underground retention tanks and even sewage treatment plants now offer above the ground to their community residents.
We found a proof that creativity and purpose can produce some extraordinary results when it comes to turning something that sounds awful into something wonderful.

It means we elect to say that the responsible parties involved here HAVE AN OBLIGATION to set aside those monies now and reveal what they are planning to do for US.
It means we stand together as a community and ELECT to CHOOSE what is best for us...how about a beautiful indoor pool as well as an outdoor one---something that can be enjoyed year round instead of just a couple of months a year?

Let's put our heads together---maybe a beautiful community center- as well--think of the jobs created around such an amenity...Let's think out of the box---let's think BIG
Will it cost? Yes, it will. But the City of NY knows it must pay its share in the cleanup. And part of its share should be that they FULLY REPLACE and improve the amenities that are suspended or removed during the cleanup.

THE EPA is NOT THE ENEMY. They are not looking to take anything--they are here to help keep all of us safer and healthier---

LET'S ELECT to DEMAND THE BEST. Let's starty choosing what we want and make it known....
Let's CHOOSE to put our efforts there instead of looking for ways and means to divide us and have us bicker when we really all want the same thing.....
Let's CHOOSE to stop thinking small----let's CHOOSE to start really thinking about what is safest and best for our community!

WE ARE NOT REMOVED. WE ARE NOT POWERLESS. WE ARE NOT INCONSEQUENTIAL.
WE ELECT OUR COMMUNITY!

If you are truly a friend of Thomas Greene Park---think HEALTH, think ENVIRONMENT, and then THINK BIGGER... Let's work and dream together!

We invite people to share their ideas/visions/hopes/dreams with us for the site/park:
Please email us at cgcord@gmail.com

CG CORD

For more information please see:

"Think With Us:  EPA Provides Bigger Picture in Regards to Siting One of Two Gowanus Retention Tanks"

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We Elect Our Community! Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Meeting

Christos Tsiamis, EPA Region 2 Project Manager for Gowansu Canal Superfund Site

Hello from CG CORD!

On Tuesday, October 28th, the General Meeting of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) was held at the St Marys Residences.
EPA Project Manager/Engineer Christos Tsiamis came to speak with the CAG to dispel some of the inaccurate and misleading information that has recently been circulated regarding  the  toxic contamination in and around the Thomas Greene Park and particularly, its pool and the role of the EPA.

For whatever reason, there is a fear amongst the residents who live closest to the pool that they will lose the pool completely and permanently if it is determined that the well documented contamination lurking beneath the pool requires that it be removed for a proper and healthy cleanup of the land.
Maria Pagano, a CAG member representing the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, brought up that she has been informed that a replacement pool would cost in the neighborhood of  sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) and implied that the cost would eliminate the possibility of that replacement. (THAT MUST BE SOME POOL THE CITY LOOKED AT AS A COST BASE!)

So, therefore, the advocates for the park are so fearful of losing an amenity that they think may not be replaced  that they opt for a lesser cleanup of the place their children play????? 
CORD does not understand this logic.
Why would "advocates" for the park and pool ask for less of a cleanup rather than more?
 Why would these advocates not be screaming at the top of their lungs for the cleanest, safest, healthiest environment for those who most enjoy the park and pool?
Seeing that this is Election Day, perhaps it is the time for all of us to reflect upon what election day and choice really means.

Often, Election Day is just a confusing jumble of information, mailings, TV ads, phone calls and hand shaking from strangers.
The ads, in one way or another, spend their time telling us why one candidate is no good for us while the other is perfect for us.
We try to care but the truth is, we mostly feel removed, powerless and inconsequential.
Well, we should make a conscious decision this Election Day that from now on, WE elect, WE choose US because  WE are best for US.
What does that mean? It means that we choose common sense. It means that we say, in unison,  the area under and around the park is contaminated---especially under the pool which Mr. Tsiamis pointed out has in some places lakes and deep puddles of this dangerous, toxic goo.

It means we elect say---NY State--you are responsible for the actual cleanup of this site. WE want and deseve the BEST and most thorough cleanup not some quasi spit and a prayer.   
It means we elect to say--National Grid--you are the responsible party for the pollution of this site and should not only remediate as  you are supposed to do but help replace any of the amenities--- think of it as another "Cinderella Project"
It means we ELECT to say to the City of New York---you chose to build a park on this site. 

You chose to MAINTAIN and help MAKE IMPROVEMENTS to this site--even when you were aware that there was a strong probability of contamination that eventually would have to be remediated. Now--- CLEAN IT UP PROPERLY AND REPLACE and IMPROVE, ANY AMENITIES THAT ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THE CLEANUP.
It means we elect to say that the responsible parties involved here HAVE AN OBLIGATION to set aside those monies now and reveal what they are planning to do for US.
It means we stand together as a community and ELECT to CHOOSE what is best for us...how about a beautiful indoor pool as well as an outdoor one---something that can be enjoyed year round instead of just a couple of months a year?

Let's put our heads together---maybe a beautiful community center- as well--think of the jobs created around such an amenity...Let's think out of the box---let's think BIG
Will it cost? Yes, it will. But the City of NY knows it must pay its share in the cleanup. And part of its share should be that they FULLY REPLACE and improve the amenities that are suspended or removed during the cleanup.

THE EPA is NOT THE ENEMY. They are not looking to take anything--they are here to help keep all of us safer and healthier---
LET'S ELECT to DEMAND THE BEST. Let's starty choosing what we want and make it known....
Let's CHOOSE to put our efforts there instead of looking for ways and means to divide us and have us bicker when we really all want the same thing.....
Let's CHOOSE to stop thinking small----let's CHOOSE to start really thinking about what is safest and best for our community!

WE ARE NOT REMOVED. WE ARE NOT POWERLESS. WE ARE NOT INCONSEQUENTIAL.
WE ELECT OUR COMMUNITY!

CG CORD

For more information please see:

"Think With Us:  EPA Provides Bigger Picture in Regards to Siting One of Two Gowanus Retention Tanks"

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gowanus Community Represented at People's Climate March



Photos Above:  Courtesy of PMFA Blog

http://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/2014/09/gowanus-community-represented-at.html

From the PMFA Blog today:
"In the midst of the 300,000+ people who attended the People's Climate March this past Sunday in Manhattan were members of the Gowanus Community. 
Their signs reminded of Hurricane Sandy, the fact that most of the neighborhood is in Flood Zone A and that global warming will have a huge impact on the area.
It was quite impressive how many fellow marchers who had come from all over the country, seemed to respond or ask about the Gowanus. 
Obviously, there is national interest in the area. No doubt, the community is a poster child for all the issues associated with climate change."


http://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/2014/09/gowanus-community-represented-at.html

CORD HISTORY:

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........

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?crlgrdns