Friday, October 9, 2015

October CAG 2015 Meetings

Hello from CG CORD!

The following are the October 2015 Meetings for the Gowanus Canal CAG/Community Advisory Committee

Outreach Committee, Friday October 9, 8:30 AMFifth Avenue Committee (621 Degraw Street), upstairs

Admin Committee, Tuesday, October 13th at 9 AM
250 Baltic street

Archeology Committee, Tuesday, October 13 at 7 PM
543 Union Street,(former Proteus Gowanus location) entrance is via alley on Nevins Street

Water Quality & Technical Committee, Tuesday October 20, 7 PMMary Star of the Sea, 41 First St.


Full CAG, Tuesday October 27, 6:30 PMMary Star of the Sea, 41 First St. (confirmed)
(Facilitation Team to meet at 5:30)

The public is always welcomed!


Saturday, September 19, 2015

CAG Meeting This Tuesday Sept 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Carroll Gardens

The Gowanus Canal CAG  (Community Advisory Group) will be meeting this coming Tuesday, September 22 at 6:15 in Carroll Gardens as Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments.  Below is the agenda. All are welcome!  CORD

Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Mary Star of The Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street, Brooklyn
DRAFT AGENDA (all times are approximate)

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Introductions and Updates
  • Introductions
  • Project Updates (EPA)
  • CAG Updates and Issues     
    • Status of web site

7:00 – 8:00 PM: Fulton Street ROD discussion

8:00 PM: CAG Committee Updates
  • Administration Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Archaeology Committee
  • Water Quality and Technical Committee

8:30 PM:  Adjourn

Remaining 2015 Meeting Dates, Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Locations TBD

  • October 27
  • December 1 (off schedule to accommodate holidays)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mayor Bill DeBlasio and I Meet Again!

Just now, I overheard Mayor DeBalsio talking on a cell phone outside my window and so I went outside to greet him.  I asked him if he remembered me?  I am quite a vocal activist in my neighborhood and we have clashed on some issues to put it mildly.  

He said "Yes."  We posed for this nice picture here.  While we disagree on development, I do like his work in public education and I told him so. I wonder if he thinks the Gowanus Canal is still "not very dirty"?  Does he remember Carroll Gardens CORD?  T.S.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dear Councilman Brad Lander: The "Community Input" process in "Bridging Gowanus" is/was a total FARCE!

CG CORD recent submitted the following comments re: the supposed “community” framework thats is “Bridging Gowanus”

Dear Councilman Brad Lander:

The "community based" Bridging Gowanus framework supposedly represents our community's wishes and input for the future.

We at CORD, feel as though it is a more specific part of the community, the Real Estate Developers Community that is represented instead.

CORD attended two of the three meetings. It is extremely difficult to understand where a great deal of the actual Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope community voices as presented here, came from. They were certainly not within our earshot.

We heard residents and business owners expressing concerns regarding current infrastructure inadequacies and how analysis of the current as well as a plan for the future would be necessary to support any further development.

We heard voices clearly expressing disdain for out of context, oversized dense development--- using the spot-rezoned Lightstone project as a specific example of what they wished to avoid.

We heard residents and business owners speaking of their growing community as a place where residential and commercial use was not only thriving but cohabiting happily---and a desire to allow that happy union to continue to grow.

We heard quite a lot of distaste expressed for the final questionnaire--a survey with content worded within such narrow context that it was both inappropriate and insulting.

What we saw in the framework was a sentence that said a few refused to fill out the survey but no explanation as to why--which we know was written on those pages!

For CORD, that survey represented the entire Bridging Gowanus exercise. It was obvious that the plan was to reach the point where that survey could be filled out and then labeled the "voice of the people".

The questionnaire zeroed in on trade offs. That is when you give the developers more stories on their buildings in exchange for amenities.

We question the feasibility of some of the trade offs suggested. For example, extra floors for a NYC Library? NYC park space?

On whose property would these amenities sit? Who would build, fund, insure and maintain them for the use by the community? All of that was a bit fuzzy and was not covered (or even mentioned) when we were cleverly asked if we would "give"  2 or 3 or 4 stories in return for these and other amenities.

So, as participants, it strikes us that this "planning" was simply the groundwork for a Stoler Report episode.

You know that cable TV show where a panel of wealthy developer heavy hitters sit around and talk about the great real estate "opportunities" that are out there in whatever neighborhood (s) are on the plate that day.

Those fellas' attitudes so often remind us of the old movies where the Greek gods of Olympus move the lives of the mortals down on earth for their own amusement---the effects on those mortals mildly entertaining and never important.

It is abundantly clear that the whole Milking---oops, Bridging Gowanus process was engineered to eventually allow the possibility for lucrative developer opportunities--and we will be 'on the plate' very soon.

So, let's just call this what it is----a green lit script for an upcoming episode on the Stoler Report------brought to you by, Your Councilman, Brad Lander.


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. 


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.


Monday, February 9, 2015



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


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........