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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Citibike to Present Its CB6 Locations on Thursday

The Community Board Six Transportation & Public Safety Committee will meet on Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the P.S. 58 auditorium. Items on the agenda include:
  • Presentation and discussion with representatives of the Kings County District Attorney's Frauds Bureau and Police Department on the prevention and reporting of debit/credit card and ID theft.
  • Rescheduled update and presentation on the Department of Transportation's plans to roll-out CitiBike, the City's bike share program, to the district.
  • Presentation and discussion with representatives for the Department of Transportation on a proposal to upgrade the existing Bond Street bicycle lane in the district.
The Citibike presentation is on this month's schedule after being postponed at March's meeting. The Committee expects the company to present it's final locations after conducting community outreach about station locations beginning last summer. Last fall, the Cobble Hill Association worked with CB6 to submit feedback based on local input to Citibike and the DOT about the docks slated for our neighborhood. See the results at this Thursday's meeting.

CB6 Transportation and Public Safety Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 19 at 6:30pm
P.S. 58 Auditorium 
330 Smith Street at 1st Place

Friday, May 13, 2016

Welcome to the New Board

At the Spring General Meeting of the Cobble Hill Association Wednesday night, the following officers were elected to a two-year term, effective immediately:

Amy Breedlove, President
Michael Epstein, First Vice President
George Sanchez, Second Vice President
Charles “Chip” McEnhill, Treasurer
Leslie Cohen, Membership Secretary
Bennette Kramer, Recording Secretary
Susan Mulcahy, Corresponding Secretary

Please lend them your support and offer help where and when you are able. We, former members of your Board, will be doing the same. There will be significant challenges ahead but, as we heard from Councilman Lander, our strength is found in our active and unified community.

It has been a privilege to meet so many neighbors during my time on the board and I look forward to working closely with the new team.

With sincere congratulations from former members of the CHA board and best wishes for the new board going forward as they work to represent our community,

Laurel Burr

Friday, May 6, 2016

Spring General Meeting on Wednesday, May 11th

Come to the Cobble Hill Association Spring General Meeting this Wednesday, May 11th. Along with neighborhood updates, we will discuss developments at the Fortis site with Council Member Brad Lander, and vote in the 2016-2017 CHA Executive Board. On the agenda:
  • The current board will provide a brief update.
  • We will hold the election of new officers.
  • Council Member Brad Lander will recap How We Got to Now on the Fortis/LICH
  • Richard Bearak will provide an overview of the ULURP process.
  • Richard is the Director of Land Use for the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams.
All are welcome. Voting is open to everyone who is current (2016) on their membership dues and a resident or business owner within the Cobble Hill Historic District.

To join or renew your membership, visit: http://nycharities.org/app/cha/ 

Cobble Hill Spring General Meeting
Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm
P.S. 29, 425 Henry St 
(between Baltic and Kane Streets)

“This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.”

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.