Thursday, April 30, 2015

Update from the 76th precinct

Deputy Inspector Natalie Maldonado, Commanding Officer of our local 76th precinct, recently sent along this important message for residents of Cobble Hill.
The 76th Precinct would like to make you aware that there has been a slight increase in Residential Burglaries recently. However, the good news is that during two separate incidents last week, two perpetrators were arrested for Burglary. One of the perpetrators revealed that he felt that Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill were easy targets, because many residents are known to leave their doors unlocked.

This bold statement made by a criminal should serve as a reminder to everyone that you must, at the very least, take basic precautions to protect your home and your property by keeping your doors and accessible windows locked.
The 76th precinct and the CHA strongly urge residents to be alert at all times, call 911 if you see or suspect a crime is in progress, and to take full advantage of the excellent Crime Prevention Programs NYPD already offers free of charge. Upon request the 76th will work on sending Crime Prevention Officer Bredy to do a full home Security Survey that can identify weaknesses and make security recommendations. 

Successful crime prevention is incredibly important to keeping Cobble Hill a safe neighborhood for our residents to walk about with peace of mind. However, it takes community involvement so be sure to work with our local law enforcement and try to attend one of the 76th precinct's monthly community meetings too, held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at the precinct.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Save the Date - May 18th, Spring General Meeting


The Cobble Hill Association's Spring General Meeting is coming up next month, on Monday, May 18th at 7:30pm at 380 Henry Street. Now that everyone has had a chance to thaw out, let's reconvene to mark our progress and look at the road ahead. Join us to see what's upcoming at Cobble Hill Park, give us your input on the future of LICH, and get to know your neighbors.

At the general meeting the Association will present our Long Island College Hospital Development Guidelines and we want community feedback. Lend us your support, and tell us what you want to see happen at the LICH site. There will also be updates about summer events at Cobble Hill Park, and the Tree Fund. See you on the 18th!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rally for LICH - Tomorrow at Appellate Court


Come out tomorrow, April 23rd, for a rally to keep healthcare present at the site of Long Island College Hospital. Lend your support to The Concerned Physicians of LICH as they appeal the Supreme Court decision to sell the site to Fortis Properties. If you want to see full service healthcare continued at LICH join tomorrow, 11am - 1pm, at Appellate Court. Stay tuned in May for more about the ongoing sale and development of the LICH site.

Additional information:

The message: " We are still here ".
The sun will shine...
meet with friends, bring friends and pass the word.
Come and support the Concerned Physicians for LICH motion before the Appellate Division
to revisit the RFP that stole our Hospital.


SUPPORT THE PHYSICIANS' APPEAL

TO SAVE LICH


R A L L Y 
F O R 
L I C H


THURSDAY APRIL 23
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Appellate Court
corner of Monroe Place and Pierrepont Street






Thursday, April 16, 2015

E-waste recycling on Sunday

This weekend, on Sunday April 19th, local elementary school P.S. 29 will host its annual Spring Rummage & Recycling Event. It is now illegal, and punishable by a hefty fine, to toss your electronics in the curbside trash. So be sure to dispose of them properly at this pre-Earth Week event. For loads more detail on the specific items you can drop off as well as the vintage clothes you can pick up, click here.

If you can't make it to the event but still have electronics to discard, bring them to Borough Hall next week when Borough President Eric Adams hosts a week long collection in honor of Earth Day in which to shred, swap, recycle and more.  Full details on the flyer below. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Court-Smith Cleanup April 18th

A new Court Street/ Smith Street Business Improvement District has been in the works but even before it becomes official, it hopes to flex it's clean up muscles. Tom Williams of the BID's Steering Committee just passed along this flyer and the following details.
We’re holding a neighborhood cleanup event next Saturday, 4/18, from 11am to 4pm. Local residents, businesses, and property owned are going to be partnering with Atlantic Maintenance to sweep, scrape, and wash away the trash, dirt, and grime of this past winter. There will also be people on hand to talk about the proposed Court Smith BID, what we hope it would accomplish, and how people can make it a reality. Our BID isn’t enacted yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a taste of some of the benefits it would bring. We’d love to have members of the community join us (families are welcome!) as we band together to scrub away winter. Free t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers. If people are interested in volunteering, they should email us at courtsmithbidsc@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reminder: Vote for a safer Hicks Street

Make sure you've got next week's voting times and dates on your calendar as Participatory Budgeting is right around the bend. This is your chance to decide how $1.5 million will be spent in the 39th District Council and a great way to ensure a long planned, much-needed safety improvement on Hicks Street comes to fruition.

It would continue upon past efforts in which we worked with the Councilman and Department of Transportation to install painted curb extensions on Hicks as part of a traffic calming treatment. Those changes have increased safety but are not yet permanent. We hope to see that paint turn to concrete and need your vote to make it happen.

Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street
$300,000
Augment an existing project to make painted curb extensions permanent with concrete, at four high-crash intersections: Kane, Sackett, Union, and Summit Streets. Improve pedestrian & traffic safety.
Location: Hicks St b/w Kane & Summit Sts (Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens)


Expo and Vote Kick-Off
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm339 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Those in attendance will be able to cast their ballot at the event.

Local Voting Location
Tuesday, April 14th – Thursday, April 16
8 am – 7 pm
@ Brad Lander's District Office
456 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, between 9th and 10th Sts

Saturday April 18
10 am – 6 pm
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton St at Union St

Sunday April 19
10 am – 6 pm
Carroll Park House, Smith St between President and Carroll Sts

Even if you are not a registered voter you can vote in the PB elections. You need either an ID, a utility bill, or some other documentation stating your address.


Councilman Brad Lander & members of the CHA stand in a painted curb extension on Hicks Street

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April meeting at the 76th precinct

Each month, NYPD precincts invite the community to come to a general meeting for recent updates and take any resident's concerns. Our own 76th precinct meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm at the precinct on Union Street between Clinton and Henry. If you have any pressing issues or just want to learn more about policing in the neighborhood, come out and meet Captain Natalie A Maldonado.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Reminder: Senator Squadron's Community Convention April 12th

Albany's budget is done and so our local State Senator can once again direct his focus on community issues in a big way. Daniel Squadron's seventh annual Community Convention invites all constituents to give direct feedback on an assortment of topics. Though it is held in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn viewpoints are of course welcomed and encouraged.

Please RSVP via this webform or call Squadron's office at 212-298-5565.

The event is on Sunday, April 12 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Lower East Side Preparatory High School at 145 Stanton Street (btwn Norfolk & Suffolk)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cobble Hill Tree Fund's Annual Plant Sale - May 2nd

Spring is in full bloom and so it's time for the Cobble Hill Tree Fund's annual plant sale. Save the date for the event at Cobble Hill Park. And while you're thinking of plants to improve your own garden, why not consider a donation to help improve our neighborhood's green space?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vote for a Safer Hicks Street during Participatory Budgeting

The Participatory Budgeting process gives New Yorkers the power to decide how to spend tax dollars in our neighborhoods. Over the past three years, thousands of have given ideas, researched needs, developed proposals, and come out to vote. This year 24 different Council Members have opted in to the program. Local Councilman Brad Lander was an early supporter of this process and already funded 22 projects throughout the 39th Council district. This year, he is increasing his commitment from $1 million dollars to $1.5 million dollars. 

The Cobble Hill Association hopes some of that money comes to our area to fund a much needed street safety improvement to Hicks Streets. It would continue upon past efforts in which we worked with the Councilman and Department of Transportation to install painted curb extensions on Hicks as part of a traffic calming treatment. Those changes have increased safety but are not yet permanent. We hope to see that paint turn to concrete and need your vote to make it happen. 

Please see the project summary and voting calendar below. With your help, Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens can give Hicks Street the safety treatment it needs.

Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street
$300,000
Augment an existing project to make painted curb extensions permanent with concrete, at four high-crash intersections: Kane, Sackett, Union, and Summit Streets. Improve pedestrian & traffic safety.
Location: Hicks St b/w Kane & Summit Sts (Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens)


Expo and Vote Kick-Off
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm339 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Those in attendance will be able to cast their ballot at the event.

Local Voting Location
Tuesday, April 14th – Thursday, April 16
8 am – 7 pm
@ Brad Lander's District Office
456 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, between 9th and 10th Sts

Saturday April 18
10 am – 6 pm
Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton St at Union St

Sunday April 19
10 am – 6 pm
Carroll Park House, Smith St between President and Carroll Sts

Even if you are not a registered voter you can vote in the PB elections. You need either an ID, a utility bill, or some other documentation stating your address.
Councilman Brad Lander & members of the CHA stand in a painted curb extension on Hicks Street

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Avoid the April 1st fines for Electronics Recycling


New recycling laws went into effect in January of 2015 to ensure electronics were responsibly discarded. Starting April 1st however, the three month grace period is over and now a $100 penalty kicks in should you forget to recycle those old computers, TVs, phones etc ing your electronics. Check out the city's list of items which can no longer be disposed of with your regular trash and be sure to keep an eye out for E-Waste events citywide in which you can safely drop off your electronics and avoid the fines.

The next E-Waste event happening here in Cobble Hill will be April 19th at PS 29's schoolyard on Baltic street between Henry & Kane. Click here for further details.