Monday, July 21, 2014

Music in the Park Concert series begins this week

The Cobble Hill Association kicks off our 2014 summer concert series this Thursday at 7pm with young folk singer Nadim Silverman. Come join us at Cobble Hill Park and enjoy the music, the park, and a perfect summer evening in the neighborhood.

Share traffic safety concerns by 7/31

Mayor DeBlasio's Vision Zero plan aims to end the epidemic of traffic crashes that claim nearly 200 lives each year and severely injure thousands more. Since January, the city has brought the Department of Transportation, NYPD, Taxi & Limo Commission, and Department of Health together in workshops, presentations, and public meetings to discuss the problems in all communities and solicit feedback on solutions. For those who haven't made any of the meetings in person, they have allowed for online exchanges via a mapping tool at the website below.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/visionzero/pages/dialogue/map.html

Cobble Hill is not immune from traffic violence and we all see too much of it every day. Please take time to add your own input, and comment on suggestions others have already made, before the public dialogue period ends July 31st.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Judge blocks towers, Politicians hope to halt development

As Mary Frost reports in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a new park advocacy group - People for Green Space Foundation - has won a temporary restraining order that prevents Brooklyn Bridge Park from moving forward with its Request for Proposals (RFP) that could bring two residential towers to the foot of Atlantic Avenue adjacent to Cobble Hill. The advocates have argued that the RFP was altered after the fact to include affordable housing, a key issue that Mayor DeBlasio has raised citywide in all potential developments.

In response, the four local elected officials - State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin - released a joint statement below:
"This lawsuit is yet another example of why we have urged the administration to stop moving forward at a breakneck speed on the Bloomberg-era plan for housing at Pier 6, and instead begin to work with the community.
“We have long voiced concern about housing in the park and will continue to do so, especially in light of the continued unknowns at the LICH site, which is a stone’s throw from Pier 6 and will have infrastructure and planning impacts on the same immediate area. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation and the Administration should immediately cease any action on this RFP and begin a community-driven process to revisit other viable options to the Bloomberg plan for housing at Pier 6."
The Cobble Hill has long been opposed to housing within Brooklyn Bridge Park, and instead hopes to see all park land maximized for the active use of the residents of Brooklyn. Judi Francis, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund - of which the CHA is a coalition partner - added, “We are now at a crossroads and look to the Mayor’s leadership to pull us away from the draconian Bloomberg policy of privatizing our public parks with private housing.” The Defense Fund's full statement can be found here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Volunteer at Cobble Hill Park, Tuesdays @ 7 am

Cobble Hill Park is our neighborhood gem, but sparkles even brighter with volunteers's weekly elbow grease. Join us for some morning park-keeping!

What: Cobble Hill Park volunteers needed
When: every Tuesday morning @ 7:00 am (rescheduled when it rains)
Where: Meet at the Clinton Street entrance to the park
Please RSVP to cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to join. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

2014 Summer Concert Series Line Up Announced

Summer is in full swing and that means Thursday nights in Cobble Hill Park will once again be full of music. Join us for 4 evening concerts, all beginning at 7pm. Many thanks to our sponsors Ted & Honey, Ridgewood Savings Bank, and Brooklyn Bridge Realty.

July 24th - Nadim Silverman - singer, songwriter
July 31st - Bodega Tall Boys - urban american folk music
August 7th - Kelly McRae - R & B recording artist
August 14th - Adam Smale - seven string jazz guitar

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"The Intern" filming in Cobble Hill on Thursday 6.26

Our neighborhood continues to draw attention citywide, and this week Warner Brothers is coming to visit. They'll be using our local park for a scene in an upcoming project called 'The Intern.' You've likely already seen signs posted in the neighborhood as some parking restrictions will be in effect in and around Cobble Hill Park. We thank the studio for reaching out to the community in advance and know they will be partners in resolving any issues that may arise from this temporary inconvenience. 

For the purposes of staging scenes and parking production vehicles, PARKING will be held in advance of filming on these blocks:
  • Amity St, South Side, b/t Henry St & Court St
  • Amity St, North Side, b/t Henry & Court St [2 truck lengths near Clinton St]
  • Clinton St, East Side, b/t Congress St & Amity St
  • Clinton St, East Side, b/t Warren & Verandah Pl
  • Congress St, Both Sides, b/t Clinton & Henry St [1/2 street mid block + 1 truck length @
    Henry St]
  • Congress St, Both Sides, b/t Clinton St & Court St 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cobble Hill Association Statement on Long Island College Hospital

BROOKLYN – Today, the Cobble Hill Association released the following statement regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH):
The Cobble Hill community is deeply disappointed that the SUNY Board has chosen a developer who is not committed to building and maintaining a full service hospital in Brooklyn – especially as viable alternatives existed that would have provided for the immediate resumption of ambulance service and the ER department and which would have conducted a critically needed community needs assessment to help guide healthcare decision-making. SUNY's decision to proceed with the sale of LICH marks the end of a purely benevolent institution that served its community for over 156 years with compassion and dignity. There were no reasons for this tragic closure other than SUNY's mismanagement, lack of vision, andgreed. We still have much work to be done, but today we mourn the passing of our beloved institution.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Children's Music at Carroll Gardens Library

This coming Friday, swing by the Carroll Gardens Library at 4 pm for entertaining children's music by Brooklyn based band Circuit & Jojo. 
Circuit & Jojo are two Brooklyn-based musicians that combine electronica and acoustic guitar to create a contemporary and colorful kid friendly sound. Circuit is a parent, musician, and visual artist who spends his time juggling creative and parental responsibilities. Jojo is a musician and photographer who also facilitates workshops in music and photography for children of all ages.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Carroll Gardens Library
396 Clinton Street @ Union Street

Monday, June 16, 2014

Volunteer at Cobble Hill Park, Tuesdays @ 7:30 am

Cobble Hill Park is our neighborhood gem, but sparkles even brighter with volunteers's weekly elbow grease. Join us for some morning park-keeping!

What: Cobble Hill Park volunteers needed
When: every Tuesday morning @ 7:30 am (rescheduled when it rains)
Where: Meet at the Clinton Street entrance to the park
Please RSVP to cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to join. 

Save LICH Updates

This weekend, the fight to keep our hospital alive had additional twists and turns, from Judge Baynes tossing out our case to re-score the blatantly suspect RFP evaluations to SUNY moving one step closer to a new LICH deal with Fortis Developers.  With countless ups and downs happening in the blink of an eye during this ongoing effort, our Cobble Hill Association twitter feed - @CobbleHillAssoc - has always the best place to get updates on that topic. Please continue to follow the feed for the latest.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New CHA executive board begins June 16th

Jeff Strabone receives a Cobble Hill Hero award for his ongoing fight to Save LICH
If you missed our Cobble Hill Association Spring General Meeting last month, you unfortunately missed some wonderful insights from our new neighbor, the Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. She spoke about the agency at large, the Mayor's Vision Zero safety plan, and took note of local needs in our vicinity on Atlantic Avenue, Court Street, Hicks Street, and more.

In addition, Cobble Hill Hero awards were given out to Jeff Strabone for leading the long fight to Save LICH as well as to DOT's Chris Hrones and the CHA's Dave 'Paco' Abraham for tireless efforts to improve pedestrian safety throughout the neighborhood. Lastly, a new slate of executive board officers were approved by the membership and are listed below.

Monday, June 16th will be the new board's first meeting and will cover many topics. Though the meeting itself is for CHA officers, we welcome residents' concerns and will block out some time for public input if necessary - but please first contact us at cobblehillassociation@gmail.com to be put on the agenda.

2014-2016 Cobble Hill Association Executive Board

Recording Secretary - Jerry Armer
Corresponding Secretary - Jeff Strabone
Membership Secretary - Laurel Burr
Treasurer - Rich Petersen
2nd Vice President - Daniel Arbeeny
1st Vice President - Roy Sloane
President - Dave 'Paco' Abraham
DOT's Chris Hrones & the CHA's Dave 'Paco' Abraham show off their awards for improving pedestrian safety. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

LICH Rally: Tuesday at 9 am on the Courthouse steps

Tuesday may be our very last hope. With SUNY having executed Peebles just days after our settlement with them, it seems very clear that misconduct continues to occur. We need to stand together in this next fight, which may be our last. Thanks to our sleuth extraordinaire, Barbara Gartner, our motion is strengthened by important new evidence. We need all community members and elected officials to stand with us Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. We will gather on the steps of the courthouse. I believe Peebles, Prime Health and BHP representatives will stand with us together to decry SUNY’s manipulation of this process, effectively denying us the benefit of our original settlement. Please gather with us in force to make Albany understand clearly that Brooklyn will long remember this treachery. Our motion will be heard at 10 am.

Date: Tuesday, June 3rd
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: New York State Supreme Courthouse at 360 Adams Street.