Thursday, October 23, 2014

Electronic Waste Recycling - Sunday, 10.26 @ PS29

Got a new smart phone? Upgraded your TV? Don't throw away the outdated models of your electronics... recycle them! This Sunday, the Lower East Side Ecology Center is again teaming up with our local elementary school PS29 for an e-waste collection day. Can't make the drop off, but have e-waste to discard? Fortunately, the LESEC also has their warehouse just a few blocks away in the Gowanus area at the intersection of President & Nevins. Check this website for drop off hours.

What: Electronics recycling
When: Sunday, October 26th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Schoolyard at P.S. 29, 425 Henry Street, entrance on Baltic between Henry and Clinton

All of the following will be accepted in either working or non-working condition:
-Computers and monitors
-Printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers
-Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
-Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
-PC components (hard drives, cd-roms, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
-Television sets, VHS and DVD players
-Radios and stereos
-Phones of all sorts, answering machines, pagers
-PDAs and games

UPDATE: Goodbye Shell, Hello Retail?

While the small Cobble Hill Historic district is blanketed with residential brownstones, its perimeter is lined with commercial properties. Thursday, October 23rd, Community Board 6's landmarks committee will hear from developers looking to add to the neighborhoods retail edges. 
One site is the current Shell station at 112 Atlantic Avenue (intersection w/ Henry Street), where a 50 foot residential unit with ground floor retail is being proposed across the nearly 100 foot wide lot. The other is a 50 foot by 55 foot site, currently home to a small parking lot at 178 Court Street (intersection w/ Congress Street). This is being developed by Lonicera Partners who are already at work developing other nearby projects such as 183 Amity and 267 Pacific in Boerum Hill.

*****Please note. As of today... the 178 Court Street proposal has been laid over until next meeting on 12/3.

If interested in proposed additions to the Cobble Hill, consider attending the 6pm meeting on Baltic Street. Full details below.

Presentation and review of a Certificate of Appropriateness application submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a new 4-story residential building with commercial storefront at 112 Atlantic Avenue (southeast corner Atlantic Ave/Henry Street), Cobble Hill Historic District.

Presentation and review of a Certificate of Appropriateness application submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a new 2-story (30-feet tall) commercial building to be erected at 178 Court Street (northwest corner Court/Congress Streets), Cobble Hill Historic District.

Cobble Hill Community Meeting Room
250 Baltic Street  (between Court/Clinton Streets)
@ 6:00 PM

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reminder: Next Monday, CHA general meeting

Next Monday, we welcome the community to get neighborhood updates, learn about the Move-NY plan, and raise any issues or concerns to the Cobble Hill Association's executive board at our Fall general Meeting.

7pm at the Cobble Hill Health Center, 380 Henry Street.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Walking Tour postponed & other updates

Unfortunately, today's scheduled Cobble Hill Walking Tour with Francis Morrone has been postponed. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date to be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, save the dates for these great events around the bend.

Sunday 10/26
P.S. 29 and Cobble Hill community will be hosting an e-waste collection event run by LESECOctober 26th, 10am-4pm, PS 29, Baltic Street (between Henry/Clinton Streets)
More info here.

Monday 10/27
The Cobble Hill Association invites the community to its Fall General Meeting. Please see full details and flyer here
October 27th, 7pm-8:30pm, Cobble Hill Health Center, 380 Henry Street 

Friday 10/31
Cobble Hill's annual Children's Halloween Parade. More details here
October 31st, 4pm. at Cobble Hill Park. Come in costume!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cobble Hill Health Center

While much of the health news in Cobble Hill has been focused on the Long Island College Hospital saga, we must not forget there is another important institution within our borders - The Cobble Hill Health Center. With over 350 beds and state of the art facilities, it is regarded as Brooklyn’s most innovative and progressive nursing and rehabilitation center. They admit hundreds each year recovering from strokes, cardiac events, fractures or amputation, knee and hip replacement, etc all with the prime objective of restoring the patient to full health through Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Pain management, Dialysis, wound care, and other vital services.
Tony Lewis, the Health Center's President & CEO, took over in 2012 and has been an active part of the community. With a deep commitment to health care and a masters in Health Policy and Management, Mr. Lewis has been well aware that the success of his own rehab facility is dependent upon a nearby hospital capable of doing emergency work that the Health Center cannot and so he stood with local advocates throughout the protests of LICH's closure. He has also opened up the Health Center's rooms to several Cobble Hill Association meetings (including the upcoming Fall 2014 general meeting).

For those who do not benefit from the Cobble Hill Health Center's care inside the building, take note of the newly completed landscaping on the outside. Where gray slabs of concrete once sat, beautifully trimmed bushes and colorful plants now line the Henry and Congress street perimeter along the landmarked Romanesque revival building. This adds life to the building's edge and enhances the streetscape for all residents as well as the many visitors who use Congress street as an entrance to Brooklyn Bridge park.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Save the Date - 10.27 - Cobble Hill Association Fall General Meeting

Two weeks from today, the Cobble Hill Association will hold its fall general meeting. In addition to brief updates on the area's most pressing issues like Long Island College Hospital & Pier 6 developments at Brooklyn Bridge Park, we'll host a presentation by Jonathan Matz, Campaign Coordinator and Analyst for Move NY, a transportation reform group run by former NYC Department of Transportation commissioner, Sam Schwartz. In addition, officers of the Cobble Hill Association will host an open question session to get full feedback from the community.

What: Cobble Hill Association Fall General Meeting
When: Monday, October 27th @ 7pm
Where: Cobble Hill Health Center, 380 Henry Street

Cobble Hill History Walking Tour - 10/19

Mark your calendars. One of NYC's most accomplished historians Francis Morrone will offer a walking tour of the Cobble Hill historic district on Sunday, October 19th. The walking tour is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP early.

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $20 per person ($10 for Cobble Hill Association members)

Details: Join Francis Morrone, director of the CHA Cobble Hill History Project, on a walking tour of Cobble Hill history and architecture, ranging from Jennie Jerome to the impact of the BQE to Cobble Hill's unparalleled collection of ornamental ironwork--and much, much more. The roughly two-hour walk begins at Court and Congress streets in front of St. Paul's Church. The tour will also be a chance to learn more about the History Project and opportunities to volunteer and share information.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween is almost here

One of our neighborhood's most beloved events, the Cobble Hill Halloween Parade is right around the bend. Get your costumes ready and save the date and time to join us!

Also know, its success is always based on volunteer help. If you're available to help decorate at noon or clean up at 8:30pm, please email

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Participatory Budgeting is Back

Local Councilman Brad Lander is kicking off his 4th year of Participatory Budgeting and wants your input. Throughout October, he and his staff will hold a series of assembly workshops to gather ideas, present proposals, and eventually vote on projects seeking $1.5 million of your tax dollars.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hicks Safety Fix

The Cobble Hill Association has been working in tandem with the NYC Department of Transportation to blanket our neighborhood with small, but significant street enhancements over the last few years. These additions improve pedestrian quality of life and make our area safer for all road users. Recently, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced another small step forward  along the lines - a leading pedestrian interval (LPI) at Hicks and Atlantic. This change will give pedestrians an extra few seconds to cross before turning cars get the green light and will reduce potentially dangerous conflicts between those on two feet and those behind the wheel.

See Senator Squadron's press release link below for further details.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Atlantic Avenue BID updates

One of several spots from the AA BID's "Park(ing) Day" celebration
Tens of thousands came to our area this past weekend for the 40th annual Atlantic Antic. As always, it was a tremendous success in which local shops and Brooklyn businesses and institutions came out to welcome New Yorkers to a car-free boulevard from Hicks Street to Flatbush Avenue.

On the heels of that celebration, the Atlantic Avenue Business District has provided us with some updates of their many recent activities, including new banners which were unveiled during the Antic itself.

1) New banners designed by artist Josh Gosfield have been installed... and featured in the New York Daily News. 

2) 2nd Halloween Pub Crawl was announced via a 'Thriller' group dance at the Antic. (See some amateur video of it here To purchase wristbands for the event visit (of course only after first coming to the family friendly Halloween Parade at Cobble Hill Park that day)

3) Multiple businesses partnered with the Atlantic Avenue BID and Transportation Alternatives to temporarily redesign parking spaces on the Avenue into new uses. Check out pics from the event here.

4) Long-awaited tree guards have finally been installed between 3rd and 4th Avenue. Based on the board's decision to invest in the streetscape, they were ordered in the Spring and installed in the past week. Here is a picture: 

5) A new shopping guide will be distributed to stores on the avenue in the coming week. Be sure to check out local merchants and grab a copy!