Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LICH Development Survey

Last night, the Cobble Hill Association held its Spring General meeting to discuss our development guidelines for pending development at the former Long Island College Hospital site. The developers, Fortis, also joined and made their first proposal to the community by showing an as of right option and a rezoning (ULURP) option. Read summaries of the meeting at the links below.
DNAinfo - Soaring Towers Enrage Neighbors
Star Revue - Cobble Hill to Change Forever
BK Paper - Towers in Cobble Hill
Gothamist - Cobble Hill Locals Declare War
Curbed - LICH's hated residential conversion

Please read those for background, but also please offer us your final comments on the Association's own development guidelines. While they were very well received by the 100+ community members in attendance last night, we want to offer more time for people who could not attend to still weigh in.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cobble Hill Skyscrapers?

Please join us for our Spring General Meeting this Monday, May 18th at 7:30pm.  The evening will be chock full of neighborhood updates, refreshments from Ted & Honey, a few words from our local 76th precinct police captain, and a deep spotlight on imminent development and construction at LICH.

We've also received word that Fortis, the developers who now own LICH properties, will be on hand to present some early ideas and begin a fruitful community discussion.  As-of right development scenarios could legally bring 40 story towers to our neighborhood's low rise feel. Rezoning ideas already being floated could double the amount of square footage built and change the configurations of our area's beloved children's parks along Henry Street.

It is vitally important for the neighborhood to come to the meeting, hear the ideas, and be an active part of the conversation to ensure whatever gets built is a clear benefit to the community.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

76th precinct Blood Drive

Cobble Hill's local precinct will be hosting a Blood Drive, sponsored by the New York Blood Center, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Blood Drive Bus will be parked in front of the 76th Precinct Station House at 191 Union Street and will accept blood donations from 12:30 PM, through 6:30 PM.

Giving blood is incredibly easy so if your healthy enough to donate, please do. Some reasons to give... 
  • Every three seconds, someone in this country needs a lifesaving blood transfusion.
  • One pint of blood can help save as many as three lives.
  • The demand for transfusions is increasing as the population ages and more sophisticated medical care and surgeries, requiring transfusion support, become more commonplace.
  • New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.

Upcoming Free Healthcare Events

Two healthcare events with free examinations are coming up on Friday the 15th and the Tuesday 26th!

On Friday, May 15th, from 9:00am-4:30pm free mammograms are being offered to women over 40, at the Arab American Family Support Center. The Mobile Care Clinic will be parked outside at 150 Court St. Call Ms. Maha Attieh at (718)-643-8000 ext. 25 to schedule an appointment.
See the flyer below for more information:
On Tuesday, May 26th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm, the Emergency Department at NYU Langone Cobble Hill will be giving free blood pressure readings and stroke risk screenings at their 83 Amity Street location. Attend the Stroke Health Fair to learn the warning signs of a stroke and how to reduce your and your family member's risk of suffering a stroke. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LICH Development Updates & more

Be sure to come to the Spring General Meeting - Monday, May 18th @ 7:30pm - for Cobble Hill neighborhood updates, including a focused discussion on guidelines for development on the former site of Long Island College Hospital.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cobble Hill CSA Accepting Members for 2015 Season

Courtesy Green Thumb Organic Farm

The Cobble Hill CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is starting again this coming June! There's no better place to get your fruits and vegetables than through a local CSA, so be sure to sign up by the 15th! Members fund a local farmer's growing season, (in this case Green Thumb Farm and Wilklow Orchrids), and in return get a share of the harvest each week from June to December. Supporting a CSA helps sustain regional agriculture, and ensures that you get the freshest seasonal produce in your kitchen.

Shares are distributed to members every Tuesday from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at the Christ Church, 326 Clinton at the corner of Clinton and Kane Streets. You can find the sign up form here.

More info from the Cobble Hill CSA:
Celebrating 19 Years of Local Food Straight From The Farm

Cobble Hill CSA Now Accepting New Member Applications through May 15th

Brooklyn, NY, May 1, 2015—Cobble Hill CSA has opened registration to new members for the 2015 season, which will run from June 2-December 8. The Cobble Hill CSA is proud to work with vegetable farmer Bill Halsey of Green Thumb Organic Farm, located on Long Island’s South Fork, and fruit farmer Fred Wilklow of Wilklow Orchards in the Hudson Valley.

Launched in 1996, 2015 marks the 19th year of the CSA partnership with Green Thumb Organic Farm. In a CSA (community supported agriculture), members purchase a share from a farmer in the spring and share in the risk and reward of the farmer’s harvest throughout the season. CSA is a great way for New Yorkers to get the best quality produce at an affordable price and to support local family farms that use sustainable growing practices.

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.



R A L L Y 
F O R 

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.