Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Atlantic Avenue Bulb Planting Day

Atlantic Avenue Bulb Planting Day 
is Saturday November 12, 2016 
Meet at Nevins St & Atlantic Ave at 8am 
Join the effort to beautify Atlantic Avenue: Brooklyn's Main Street 
Please sign up and RSVP at: http://bit.ly/atlanticbulbs


Monday, October 24, 2016

BQE Rehabilitation Public Meeting

The DOT is hosting a public meeting about the BQE Rehabilitation plan for the triple cantilever, between Atlantic Ave. and Sands Street. Details in the flyer below:

BQE Rehabilitation Public Information Session
Tuesday, November 1st
6:00pm - 8:30pm
NYU Poly Tandon Auditorium
#5 Metro Tech
Ground Floor Entrance 

Monday, October 17, 2016

2016 Halloween Parade

The Cobble Hill Halloween parade will be on Halloween evening, Monday, October 31st at 4:00pm. Meet in Cobble Hill Park dressed to impress. Please contact us at cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering to help decorate the park and clean up.
Photo Credit Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two More Autumn Concerts in the Park!


Great news for fans of music in Cobble Hill Park! The summer concert series was so popular, two more events have been scheduled:

The Jose Conde trio
Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 pm

Audra Rox
Saturday, November 5 at 3:00 pm

See you in the park! 

4 Questions for Cobble Hill Association on Citi Bike, Small Business, LICH | DNAinfo

DNA info reporter Nikhita Venugopal interviewed Cobble Hill Association President Amy Breedlove and Communications Chair Rebecca Johnson. Read the full story below:
4 Questions for Cobble Hill Association on Citi Bike, Small Business, LICH | DNAinfo

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Next Concert in the Park Tuesday August 2, Featuring AudraRoxSteady


If you were at Cobble Hill Park last night for the second of our annual outdoor concerts then you had a fabulous evening! The Brooklyn band Rookin was cookin'! Don't miss the next one: Audra Rox on Tuesday, August 2. Concerts begin at 7pm in Cobble Hill Park. We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Next Concert in the Park Tuesday the 26th, Featuring Rookin


This Tuesday, SweetCane brought out the neighbors to groove out in the park. The second concert of the series features Brooklyn-based folk/soul group Rookin. You can listen to and buy their EP The Lookout here. As always the concert is free and open to the public, at 7:00pm, Tuesday the 26th in Cobble Hill Park.

The final concert of the season will be the following Tuesday, August 2nd, featuring AudraRoxSteady.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer concerts return to Cobble Hill Park

Save the dates! Cobble Hill Music in the Park returns, beginning July 19 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a carefully curated musical series of outstanding performers. Forget about the construction and mingle with the good people of our neighborhood.

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Cobble Hill Park

July 19
SweetCane

Get ready for SweetCane’s vintage Reggae and Afrobeat rhythms with infusions of bluesy funk, soul, and R&B.

July 26
Rookin

This Brooklyn-based folk-soul quartet sings selections from their latest EP, "The Lookout."

August 2
AudraRoxSteady

Don’t miss local hero Audra Rox and her family-friendly Rock Steady Reggae.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Senior Resource Fair on June 24

Attention, Cobble Hill seniors! Our Assemblymember, Jo Anne Simon, is hosting her annual Senior Resource Fair this coming Friday, June 24, from 11 AM to 2 PM at St. Francis College. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fence upgrade at Cobble Hill Park

If you’ve noticed that the iron fence around Cobble Hill Park is looking better and brighter, you’re seeing correctly! With the collaboration of The Friends of Cobble Hill Park, local businesses, the Cobble Hill Association, and private donations, a major rehabilitation and painting of the perimeter fence is currently underway. Much of the labor is being supplied by The Friends of Cobble Hill Park, the volunteer group that has tended the half-acre park for nearly 30 years.

In conjunction with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and supported by the Cobble Hill Association, the volunteers of FCHP regularly plant, water, weed, clean, and repair the park’s greenery and grounds. They also spearhead special improvement projects, like last year’s tree survey, which involved the surveying, pruning, and protecting of the park’s forty trees, an endeavor funded by the Cobble Hill Association and the Cobble Hill Tree Fund.

This year’s special assignment is the fence upgrade, organized by longtime resident Barbara Krongel, in which several hundred feet of fencing are being scraped, primed, and painted. "That fence is a major feature," Krongel said, "and when it's shabby, the entire place is affected." John Parker, owner of JP Interiors, arranged for a Benjamin Moore representative to inspect the site and make recommendations. "I know many of my customers love the park and I wanted to contribute," he said. And JP Interiors’ staffers contributed as well, by helping with scraping and prep work. They aren’t the only generous friends of the park: Matt Mazzone of Mazzone's Ace Hardware donated paint and supplies, while store manager Liz Civiletti and staff answered endless questions from the willing but inexperienced volunteers. The local NYC Parks Department district office has provided logistical support.

Because the job is so enormous, other organizations are also pitching in. Hannah Gall and Jaimie Beddoe of Partnership for Parks, a joint program of City Parks Foundation and the NYC Parks Department, recently fielded a crew of over seventy fence-painting volunteers from Viacom. And new Cobble Hill resident, Liz Ott, an operations manager with YouTube, is recruiting colleagues from her office for a June 30th volunteer day at the park.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Recycle Your E-Waste at P.S. 29 This Saturday

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is holding an e-waste drop off event this Sunday at P.S. 29 from 10am - 4pm. You can bring old phones, computers, batteries, light bulbs, and other defunct electronics for them to be recycled or properly disposed of through the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse. Event details and flyer below:

E-Waste Drop Off with LES Ecology Center
Sunday, May 22nd
10:00am - 4:00pm
at P.S. 29 on Baltic Street between Henry and Clinton


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MTA Announces Express F Service to Return in 2017

On Tuesday the MTA announced that express service is set to return to the F line in Brooklyn beginning this summer and with full implementation in 2017. Express service was cancelled in 1987, but due to a political campaign led by City Council Member David Greenfield, who represents Borough Park, it will be reinstated during rush hour.

The change will save time for many south Brooklyn commuters, but it does mean that express trains will skip Bergen Street, Carroll Street, 4th Ave - Smith Street, and 4th Ave - 9th Street. According to the MTA's ridership data (below) these are some of the most heavily used F stations in Brooklyn. Every other train will go express, and since MTA is unable to run additional trains that means a 50% service reduction at local stations.

In MTA's analysis express stop riders will save an average of 3.4 minutes on trips into Manhattan, while local stop riders will add 1.3 minutes to their trip. In exchange, the agency claims local trains will be less crowded, which may be attractive to Bergen Street riders who sometimes must let packed trains pass them by.

Our local representatives Council Member Lander, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon released a joint statement with other officials expressing dismay at the decision and the MTA's opaque process.

Bergen Street has an express platform on the lower level that has sat defunct for years. The $75 million renovation required to open it to the public means it will not be an option MTA considers any time soon.

2015 MTA ridership data. Express stops in red.
All The MTA's Depressing Details About F Train Express, Like 50% Less Peak Service For Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens | Gothamist
(Includes full text of statements from officials in support and against)
Report: Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn | MTA