Friday, April 29, 2016

BQE Triple Cantilever Rehabilitation to Begin Soon


Last week the CHA joined other local associations and elected officials for our first look at the rehabilitation plans for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway triple cantilever. This is the layered section of the expressway nested under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade as the road runs adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

NYC DOT states that design is set to begin in 2016, and construction will start in 2021 and last for 5 years with a completion date of 2026. During construction the agency has examined multiple alternatives for rerouting traffic, but none are entirely viable. In any case, this plan will unleash a good deal of traffic in and around the neighborhood through the course of its work. Community outreach is scheduled to continue throughout multiple stages of the project.

The plan includes a traffic study at the Atlantic Avenue interchange, to explore possible improvement to the "sub-standard geometry" at ramps. This has the potential to result in safer conditions on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks and Columbia Street, along the entry way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Click here to see the NYC DOT 04/20/2016 presentation

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This Saturday: Help Prep the Fence at CH Park for a Fresh Coat of Paint


Care to help out in the park this Saturday morning? Join your neighbors to prep the perimeter fence for an upcoming paint job — no heavy lifting or painting required. Weather forecast predicts another lovely spring day!

If you have them, bring your garden/work gloves and scrapers.

Cobble Hill Park Fence Prep
Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00am
Cobble Hill Park

If you are able to pitch in, a quick RSVP to Barbara Krongel would be appreciated.

THANK YOU!

Town Hall Meeting on Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Issues

The Brooklyn Heights Association along with its coalition partners –Save the View Now, Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund  and People for Green Space Foundation– invite you and your neighbors to a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 4th to hear an update on three important development issues within Brooklyn Bridge Park:

1. The obstruction of the views of the Brooklyn Bridge by the Pierhouse
2. The violation of the Scenic View District (SV‐1)
3. The unnecessary towers proposed for  Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.

BBP Development Town Hall
Wednesday, May 4th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street


Monday, April 25, 2016

Support Area Farms by Joining a Local CSA

Cobble Hill is lucky to have two Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs operating in our neighborhood. Joining a CSA is a great way to get fresh, seasonal, local produce on your table, and support regional farmers. CSA supporters offer important capital to local farmers at the beginning of the growing season to support farms with sustainable practices. In exchange for investing in the CSA, farmers send you their fresh harvest, week by week.

This year marks the 21st season for the Cobble Hill CSA, started in 1996. This CSA works with Green Thumb Organic Farms in Long Island and Wikklow Orachards in the Hudson Valley. In addition to vegitable shares, members can sign up to recieve optional shares of flowers, herbs and other products. Weekly pickup is at the Kane Street Synagogue. This Tuesday, April 26th, meet the farmers to find out more about the CSA, and learn what types of produce you'll get this summer, at the Synagogue on 236 Kane Street. For more information about the event see the flyer below. Fore more about joining, visit the Cobble Hill CSA website here.

Cobble Hill CSA Meet & Greet
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Kane Street Synagogue
236 Kane Street (btwn Court St. and Tompkins Pl.)


Local Roots CSA is another great option with a Tuesday pickup location at 61 Local on Bergen. This CSA offers members a wide array of choices in their weekly pickups. In addition to produce, options are available for eggs, meat, cheeses, teas and specialties like gluten-free packages and more. Local Roots is hosting the Good Food Mini Fest on May 15th, at Threes Brewing in Gowanus. You'll find workshops about sustainable agriculture, and talks with local farmers. For more information about joining and about the conference visit the Local Roots CSA website here.

UPDATE: Use the code "chacha" at checkout on orders over $250, and Local Roots will donate $10 to the CHA!

Local Roots CSA Good Food Fest
Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Threes Brewing
333 Douglass Street (btwn 3rd Ave. & 4th Ave.)


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Annual Plant Sale May 14th

It seems like spring is finally here for good, and that means it's time to spruce the garden. Join us at our annual Cobble Hill Tree Fund Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14th. The event details are below and see the flyer for more information.

Cobble Hill Tree Fund Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14th, 10:30am - 3:00pm
Cobble Hill Park (Clinton and Congress Streets)

Volunteers Needed: The Tree Fund is seeking volunteers to help run the plant sale and children's activities. Ideally 2-3 hour shifts between 9:30am & 4:30pm. If you would like to help out, please email Georgia Willett at gawillett@earthlink.net.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Join the Cobble Hill Association and Make Your Voice Heard!

May 1st will be the start of the new fiscal year for the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) and we hope that you will consider becoming a member or renewing your membership for the 2016-2017 year.

Click the "Join the Cobble Hill Association" button at the bottom of this email or simply click this link, where you can quickly and easily sign up using a credit card:

http://nycharities.org/app/cha/

Membership starts at just $25.  We ask that you please consider joining at the Sustaining Member level of $100 if that is comfortable for you.  Your dues are needed and will be well used in the coming months.

In addition, we hope  you will attend our annual meeting on May 11 where members will vote in a new governing board.

The Cobble Hill Association was formed as a non-profit organization over 50 years ago in order to protect and promote the interests of the community. Today our mission is more important than ever as we face the construction of the largest new residential complex in the history of our neighborhood on the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

In the coming months, we will be engaged in the public rezoning process of the LICH site known as ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Process).  Well-informed, motivated, and active community members will be our best chance to influence the outcome of this massive development at our doorstep.

In addition to aggressively promoting the community’s interest during the ULURP, the CHA will continue performing its vital duties in the neighborhood. The CHA maintains Cobble Hill Park, organizes events such as the Halloween Parade and the summer concert series, and serves as the main liaison between the community and our local elected officials.
                                                         
Please join or renew your membership today so you will be eligible to vote on May 11 and make your voice heard.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

News from the Cobble Hill Assocation

As was reported on this blog last January, Fortis still has not provided a more detailed plan for its proposed development of the LICH site. However, the Cobble Hill Association has been hard at work on a number of fronts relating to the LICH development, as well as organizational issues of the Association.

Legal developments. As we wait for Fortis to file a ULURP for the LICH project, our attorney Marvin Mitzner has been actively corresponding with the Department of Parks and Buildings to have public access restored to the northern Henry Street playground and the Pacific Street pedestrian walkway.

Urban Planning Issues. CHA's Urban Planning Committee—nine members including architects, urban planners, a landscape architect and community members—has met weekly since late February to formulate "foundational principles" that will serve as guidelines for evaluating the components of Fortis’ ULURP proposal once it is filed and the review process begins.

CHA Nominating Committee. A Nominating Committee has been formed to propose a slate of new board officers for the next two-year term. Service on the board is open to all Cobble Hill Association members in good standing. The election will take place at the May 11 spring meeting.

Membership Drive. A membership campaign will be taking place over the coming weeks.  Watch for forthcoming emails and mailings, and please consider joining or re-joining. Your engagement and support will be so important over the coming year.


SAVE THE DATE!
Cobble Hill Association Spring General Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
7pm
P.S. 29

All are welcome! Please attend! Make your voice heard!


Friday, April 1, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!

The Spring General Meeting of the Cobble Hill Association will be held the evening of Wednesday, MAY 11th, at P.S. 29, 7:00 pm.

Please attend! All are welcome!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

E-Waste Recycling Drop Off Next Saturday

Remember that old printer sitting in your closet? That tangled knot of wires haunting your drawers? And don't forget all your old cell phones, tapes, and VCRs. It's time to do some spring cleaning and recycle all that E-junk the right way. Next Saturday, April 2nd, the Lower East Side Ecology Center's E-Waste Warehouse in Gowanus will set up shop on Smith Street between President and Union to take all that stuff off your hands.

It's a great time to sift the useless tech and obsolete clunkers out of your house, and send them to a new home, or to be properly disposed. Don't get fined by the city for chucking your electronic waste into your curbside trash. The Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse ensures that the harmful chemicals and heavy metals in all our electronics are disposed of safely, and don't end up in land fills. Items that still works can be refurbished and sold from their space at President Street and Nevins Street, and vintage items are rented as props for plays and movies.

E-Waste Recycling Drop Off
Saturday, April 2
10am - 4pm
On Smith Street between President and Union Street



Thursday, March 10, 2016

Participatory Budgeting Vote Week is Coming Up!

Participatory Budgeting is back for its fifth year with a new set of proposals! This NYC Council initiative encourages its members to set aside a portion of their budget dedicated to funding proposals that are created, and voted on, by their constituents. Our representative Brad Lander was among the first four Council Members to bring this innovative process of community engagement to New York, and this year he will be joined by 27 of his peers.

Council Member Lander's office accepted proposals for PB capital projects through the fall. Since then, volunteer budget delegates have refined the proposals and had vetted them with the relevant city agencies. The 13 projects below will appear on the 2016 District 39 PB ballot, competing for $1.5 million in funds that CM Lander dedicated to the process. Any District 39 resident 14 years or older may vote for up to 5 proposals. Participants do not have to be a registered voters, they must only show proof of address.
  • Create New Teen Space at Carroll Gardens Library
  • Beautify Outdoor Space at Borough Park Library
  • "Mobile Studios" for Artists and Orgs in Gowanus
  • Retrofit 75 Auditorium Lights for Safety at PS 282
  • PS 124 Dye Garden/Makerspace STEAM Enrichments 
  • West Brooklyn Community HS Portable Laptop Lab
  • New “Lake Mess Monster,” an aquatic weed harvester
  • Year-round, freeze-resistant drinking fountains along Prospect Park Drive
  • New Kensington Dog Run: Areas for Big and Small Dogs
  • Curb extension & safer crossing near Carroll Park
  • Pedestrian safety: Curb extension on Columbia St
  • Replace painted cross-hatch with concrete on PPSW
  • "Bus Clocks” on B67/B69: see when bus will arrive!
To view the full ballot with price estimates and short descriptions, visit: bradlander.nyc/2016-pbnyc-ballot

Participatory Budgeting Vote Week
March 28 - April 3
See here for the full list of voting sites

PBNYC Expo & Vote Kick Off
Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Park Slope Library
431 6th Ave., between 8th St. and 9th St.

The Voting times at our closest locations:
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St. (at Court St)
Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1
10am - 5pm

Carroll Gardens Library
396 Clinton St at Union St
Saturday, April 2
10 am – 6 pm

If you're interested in volunteering to help get out the vote, or run a voting site, visit: http://bradlander.nyc/pbVolunteer.

Watch this video for more about PBNYC

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Brooklyn-Queens Street Car

At Thursday night's State of the City address, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced a proposal to add a new street-level tram along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront. The BQX street car would run from Sunset Park up to Astoria, passing through several waterfront neighborhoods that do not have subway access, like Red Hook. Preliminary maps show the trolley traveling along Columbia Street, with a station at Pier 6. In addition to the expanded East River Ferry service, this is the second new transit route proposed for the Columbia waterfront.

The plan's $2.5 billion price tag has been criticized by some transit advocates, who suggest that the money could be put to better use increasing express bus service or expanding transit options in more poorly served areas. Questions about the future line's ridership and its integration with the MTA Metrocard are still unanswered. The project will begin gathering community input this year, and is expected to get construction permits no earlier than 2017.

Brooklyn train enthusiast Bob Diamond, who discovered the Cobble Hill Tunnel under Court and Atlantic in 1981, has long been an advocate for the return of the waterfront trolley that ran through Red Hook and DUMBO. He lauded Thursday's news, and hopes to work with the De Blasio administration to make the new proposal a reality.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Public Meeting with NYU Langone

This Wednesday, representatives from NYU Langone will present updates on their Cobble Hill healthcare operations to the Community Board Six Human Services Committee. The committee will discuss the current, and future, healthcare offerings in the neighborhood. Community Board committee meetings are open to the public. The meeting details are below, and available on the Community Board Six website.

6:30 pm Wednesday, January 27th 
Cobble Hill Health Center 
380 Henry Street 
(Congress & Warren Streets)