Thursday, December 18, 2014

Citibike Expansion to Cobble Hill

In late October, the NYC Department of Transportation announced the expansion of its bike sharing system. Citibike is slated to come to Cobble Hill in the 2nd phase of the expansion, approximately 2017. Though DOT has already come to our local community to seek input for locations of potential bike share stations, it has now launched an online map that allows more New Yorkers to weigh in and give feedback. If you haven't done so already, please visit the web portal and provide your own thoughts.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cobble Hill Holiday Tree Recycling

With the holiday season upon us, there will soon be many Christmas trees to discard. Don't toss them out with the trash, bring them over to Cobble Hill Park for the Tree Fund's annual recycling event in cooperation with the Brooklyn Parks and Recreation Department.
Saturday, January 3
Cobble Hill Park  9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Monday, December 15, 2014

Press conference for the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act

This just in from our local electeds...

Would Require Improved State Process in Wake of LICH Closure

Simon-Squadron Bill Based on Longstanding Stringer Proposal

BROOKLYN – TomorrowTuesday, December 16, at 11 a.m. elected officials, patients, community members, and healthcare workers will announce the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act.

WHO: Comptroller Scott Stringer; State Senator Daniel Squadron; Assemblymember-elect Jo Anne Simon; Public Advocate Letitia James; Borough President Eric Adams; representatives from SEIU 1199 and NYSNA; Jim Walden; community members.

WHAT: Announce the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act

WHERE: LICH Playground (Henry Street between Amity & Pacific Streets)

WHEN: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 11 a.m.

New Tree to Honor an Old Friend

The Cobble Hill Association is happy to announce 4 new tree plantings in the neighborhood. Courtesy of the Cobble Hill Tree Fund, new Silver Linden trees have been placed in restored tree pits on both Warren Street and Congress Street. The Warren Street additions are near the corner of Court Street while the Congress Street addition is beside the Cobble Hill Health Center's newly landscaped perimeter.

We appreciate seeing all the new trees that keep our streets beautiful and our air clean, but we are most especially grateful to see the Silver Linden on Congress Street between Henry and Hicks. The Association made a request to plant this tree here in honor of our dearly departed friend, former Cobble Hill Association president Murray Adams. He offered tireless service to better the community and was especially focused on improving health care in Cobble Hill. With that in mind, we wanted to situate this new tree near the Cobble Hill Health Center, a source of remedy and rehab for so many lives in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Town Hall on Government Reform

This week, State Senator Squadron is hosting a town hall focused on ways to make our state government work better. His email blast suggested "There are a whole lot of ways that improving the system — whether reigning in unlimited campaign contributions, closing gaps in ethics laws, or making it easier to vote — can improve people's lives."

You can RSVP here or by calling his office at 212-298-5565.

Thursday, December 11th at 6:30pm
Forchelli Conference Center (22nd Floor)
Brooklyn Law School
205 State Street (between Boerum Pl and Court St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sunday: Eat Pie & Shop at PS 29

Eat Pie and Shop at Brooklyn’s PS 29 
Sunday, December 7th 11a-4p
425 Henry Street, between Baltic and Kane
  • Pie Social: Taste delicious homemade and premium pies for $5 a slice or 5 for $20. Both sweet and salty options, so come for lunch and desert. 
  • Celebrity-judged pie contest At 2pmGail Simmons, judge of “Top Chef,” Melissa Clark, food columnist for the New York Times, Kelsey Nixon, Host of Kelsey’s Essentials, Paulette Goto, host of The Cooking Channel'sf Unique Sweets and other kitchen pros will name the best pie of the pie contest. Taste the winning pie. 
  • Artisan Holiday Gift Fair: Take care of your holiday shopping while the kids do crafts. More than 30 of Brooklyn’s best artisans are selling their wares, including jewelry, clothing and beautiful paper products as well as books and classic toys from fork + pencil.
  • Children's Crafts and Activities: Face painting, crafts and a Kids Choice pie contest of kid baked pies. Your kids will have a blast!
  • Professional Portrait StudioYou can get a beautiful portrait of your child/children taken during the event. $30 for one high-resolution image which you can print, email, gift to grandparents, etc. 
  • Toys for Tots:  U.S. Marines will be on hand to pick up all donations of holiday gifts

All proceeds go to PS 29 programs. For more information, contact or visit

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cobble Hill Association speaks for the Trees

"Yes, I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please."   Dr. Seuss
The Lorax does not live in Cobble Hill, but fortunately many green minded residents do.  Every Tuesday morning from Spring through Fall you will find volunteers out in Cobble Hill Park out in force to complement the tremendous efforts of NYC Parks Department. The extra bit of TLC ensures the flowers always look their brightest, the leaves look their healthiest, and children's playground area is always swept. Unfortunately, there is some work that park volunteers cannot do like overhead tree pruning.

When done well and routinely, this work goes unnoticed. When too much time has lapsed.... dangerous conditions can result, such as last week when a large limb on a callery pear tree by the children's area snap. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the Parks Department took swift, necessary action removing it tree entirely.
The Cobble Hill Association thanks the Parks Department and its staff for stewarding the park with our residents. To ensure those efforts go even farther, the Association will soon launch a fundraising drive to provide an extra level of maintenance that will keep Cobble Hill park a safe oasis for many decades to come.

Stay tuned on details for that drive. In the meantime, when you see Parks employees or local volunteers weeding and pruning... say thanks!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In opposition to proposal, CHA prevails

At the intersection of Henry Street and Atlantic Avenue sits a simple gas station. Its use is atypical of the Atlantic Avenue retail corridor and its design is atypical of the Cobble Hill historic district. Fortunately, the 100' by 55' foot lot is being redeveloped to include ground floor businesses and residential units above. That is good news for the Cobble Hill Association. However, the proposal rendered in the image above stands as a bulky anomaly which would be out of context with the neighborhood.

This week, the Cobble Hill Association testified against the current design by BKSK architects in a hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Council. Joining our opposition were several residents of Cobble Hill as well as representatives from Society for the Architecture of the City and the Historic Districts Council. We made clear that many distinct features of the building were unbecoming to the character of the neighborhood including the proposed marquee entrance on Henry Street, the Shoji-style floor-to-ceiling fenestration, the transparent corner aesthetic, and most especially the excessively large mechanical bulkheads that would soar well above the 50 foot height limit and be visible from the interior of the historic district.

As noted in the press here and here, the LPC sided with the Cobble Hill Association. Though it did not outright deny the application as we requested, it did ask the developers to come back with amended plans that would fit the contextual 19th century architecture better than its current renderings which instead evoke a 20th century industrial design. Additionally, LPC eliminated elevator access to the roof thereby reducing the bulkheads by a full ten feet.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book some time to visit the local library

photo by Pardon Me For Asking
Please stop by the Carroll Gardens Library this Thursday night for an Open House from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to see what improvements the Carroll Gardens Friends Group has made in our local branch. They'll be thanking Councilman Brad Lander for supportive grants that have helped the branch install WiFi, and a participatory budgeting item that brought more computers to the main floor. They'll also be taking feedback so feel free to share your views on what you would like to see happen in the library.

Bridging the Gowanus - Community Planning Report

The Gowanus area sits just a few blocks away from Cobble Hill and so many residents have been closely following the community planning process this past year called "Bridging Gowanus." It sought to identify goals, discuss viewpoints, and build consensus around a framework for the infrastructure and land use regulations needed in the Gowanus Canal area.  Hundreds of local residents have been involved and all their collective input has informed the creation of a draft community planning framework, which will be presented on Monday November 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at PS 32 (Hoyt and Union Streets). 

Following the presentation, those in person can provide their feedback. The presentation will also be posted on the web, with comments being directed towards through the end of the year.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tribute to D.I. Cassidy

This just in from our local Community Board, regarding the passing of Deputy Inspector Joseph Cassidy who had helped keep Cobble Hill safe as head of our local precinct beginning in 2004. Read this link for an interview with him from when he first took command of the 76th.

We regret to inform you of the passing of Deputy Inspector Joseph T. Cassidy, former Commanding Officer of the 76th Precinct.

Deputy Inspector Cassidy is being waked on Friday, November 14th from 2-4pm and7-9pm at the Clavin Funeral Home, 7722 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.

A funeral mass will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, November 15th at St. Ephrem R.C. Church, 929 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The benefit of benches

Whether you're waiting to meet a friend or need to take a break when walking with packages, street seating is an often overlooked element that helps make a neighborhood more livable. Many people already benefit from the benches by the Bergen Street subway station at Smith Street, but a recent walk through Cobble Hill found our own small neighborhood offers ample room to sit too.
Beyond the oasis that is Cobble Hill Park, we noticed the adjacent restaurants La Vara and Ted & Honey both offer a place to pause.

On Court Street, several businesses have done the same including Rag & BoneCafe PedlarThe Cobble Creperie, and the whimsically designed spot in front of Darna Falafel. Next time you're passing by and need catch your breath, make a call, or take a glance at the area be sure to use one of these benches and thank the owners for adding a small, but significant, element to Cobble Hill's charm.