Friday, October 9, 2015

Compost and E-Waste are coming to Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill is getting even greener this fall, and it won't be the leaves. The city's organic waste pilot program has arrived in Cobble Hill. Starting October first, you may have seen little brown bins delivered to your home or your neighbor's yards. All single family homes and residential buildings up to nine units are included. The bins are collected from the curb along with your trash two times a week. The compost collection accepts all food scraps excluding meat, fish, and dairy. Yard waste is also accepted. For more information see the DSNY website.

Also coming up on Sunday, October 18th the Lower East Side Ecology Center's E-Waste Warehouse is hosting an electronics recycling day at PS 29. Bring your old batteries, lightbulbs, cell phones, computers and more. Proper disposal ensures these hazardous materials stay out of the earth and are reused if possible.

E-Waste Recycling
Sunday, October 18th
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PS 29 on Baltic Street
between Henry and Clinton Street

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Free Upcoming Health Fair

The NYU Langone Emergency Department is hosting a free Health Fair the weekend of the 17th and 18th. Free flu shots and healthcare screenings will be available. For more information see the Flyer below.

Saturday October 17th &
Sunday October 18th
10:00 AM - 3:00PM both days
83 Amity Street (corner of Hicks Street)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon is Coming to a Stoop Near You

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon has a few more months at home before it's back to Albany, and she wants to use them to meet her neighbors. The state representative wants to discuss our concerns in a less formal setting, so Simon is migrating from stoop to stoop in district 52 asking constituents to share their thoughts and questions. She will be in Park Slope tonight, and come to Cobble Hill on Tuesday, (details below). More info on the Daily Eagle.

Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill
Tuesday, October 6, 6:00pm-7:30 p.m.
On the stoop of 380 Clinton St. 
(between Sackett and DeGraw streets).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Participatory Budgeting Returns

What is Participatory Budgeting? from PBP on Vimeo.

Participatory budgeting is back this year offering residents the opportunity to tell our City Council Members what we want done in our communities. Over the next few weeks Council Member Brad Lander's office will be holding meetings to seek capital project proposals that total $1.5 million. Twenty four of the city's representatives have opted in to allot funds to PB, now in it's fifth year. For more information see CM Brad Lander's participatory budgeting page here. The first PB workshop is next Wednesday (details below). You may also contact the Council Member's office directly.

PB Assembly at PS 118
Wednesday, September 30th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
211 8th St (near 4th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Last Chance to Save on Solar with Solarize CB6

Solarize Community Board Six will be holding it's final two informational workshops this week and next. If you're thinking about going solar, act now! All home and business owners must sign up before September 30th. Installing solar through the Solarize program saves you money by entering a collective installation deal with lower rates, and leveraging existing federal, state, and city tax breaks and subsidies. The information session details are below, and if you can't attend you can also sign up for a free, no obligation site assessment here.

Thursday, September 24
6:30 to 8:30 PM (Evening)
Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tuesday, September 29
9:30 to 11:00 AM (Morning)
Roof at Whole Foods
3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cobble Hill Association Installs New Executive Board

Last night a large crowd of residents gathered at the Cobble Hill Health Center to vote on a new line up of officers for the Cobble Hill Association's executive board. There had been several recent vacancies, but with massive development looming at the former LICH site locals did not want there to be any lapse in leadership positions.

Below is a summary of the now approved slate, along with bios of each person after the jump.

President: Laurel Burr
First Vice President: Adrian (Buzz) Doherty
Second Vice President: Daniel Arbeeny
Treasurer: Ezana Bocresion
Membership Secretary: Amy Breedlove
Corresponding Secretary: Kathryn Yatrakis
Recording Secretary: Laurie Maurer

Click for Bios (in alphabetical order)

Monday, September 7, 2015

First Fortis Conversion: Polhemus Building to Landmarks Hearing

Dear Cobble Hill,

Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, September 8th, proposed alterations to the Polhemus Building, 350 Henry Street, will come before the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). This is the first LICH building to be converted to residential use by the developer, Fortis, and one of the very few LICH structures governed by landmark status.

The hearing is open to the public and attendees need to be at 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor, Manhattan, by 9:30 am.

Here is a link to the architect’s plans:

I am as sorry as you are about the short notice. I just discovered it was on the calendar for tomorrow. If you are able to attend, could you reply to this with a quick email? Whether you have opinions about the proposed changes to the structure or are able to make a show of community force by simply appearing, your attendance is helpful.

Then on Wednesday morning, there is an important hearing on a proposed change to NYC landmarks legislation in the City Council, called Intro 775. The hearing will take place at 11:00 am, September 9th, at City Hall, City Hall Park, between Park Row and Broadway (bring photo ID).

The Historic Districts Council states that “this bill…has the potential to affect all future designation activities of the LPC”.

If Landmarks and Historic Preservation are important to you, please read about the proposed changes and lend your voice in opposing this bill by attending the hearing or by contacting Brad Lander, our city councilman, at, or by phone at 718-499-1090.

Here are just a few articles and posts about Intro 775:

Historic Districts Council:

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation:


September is off to the races.

Laurel Burr
Membership Secretary

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Welcome New CO Captain Elliot Colon at Tuesday's Precinct 76 Meeting

Precinct 76 will have it's first meeting after the summer recess on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:30pm. The community council gathers every month at the precinct on 191 Union Street between Henry and Hicks Streets. This month residents will be introduced to our new Commanding Officer Captain Elliot Colon. The new appointment follows the retirement of Captain Natalie Maldonado in earlier this year in June.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Cobble Hill Association Retains Walden Macht & Haran

Jim Walden, a nationally recognized litigator, has been retained by the Cobble Hill Association to help the community explore legal options regarding the proposed Fortis development on the former LICH Campus. Walden has extensive experience working on behalf of community and preservation groups over land-use disputes. Among his other matters, Walden successfully challenged of the Department of Corrections’ plan to double the capacity of the Brooklyn House of Detention. He also helped lead a trial-court ruling against a massive expansion plan in Greenwich Village (a verdict later overturned on appeal). In another matter, after successfully suing over the illegal conversion of parkland in Brooklyn Bridge Park, he subsequently negotiated a deal to add parkland to the site, while permitting a local theater group to develop part of the parcel. Walden was also then-Councilmember Letitia James’ choice to help her and community groups evaluate legal options when facing expansion of a homeless intake center at Bedford-Atlantic Armory. Walden brought all this litigation and negotiation experience to bear for CHA when SUNY sought to illegally close LICH. His work there resulted in a settlement resetting the RFP process to try to find a hospital operator. Before representing the CHA and other community groups, he was then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s “go to” lawyer in that matter, and once elected, Mayor de Blasio aptly described Jim’s special skills: “If there is magic in the law, Jim Walden has found it because we sometimes seemed out of options. And Jim Walden would typically burst into the room and come up with a new option. And [those options] had the extraordinary tendency to work.”

Jim was the unanimous choice of the Cobble Hill Association's Executive Board.

Friday, August 21, 2015

CHA Response to Fortis' Current Plans

Here is the complete text of the Cobble Hill Association’s response to the Fortis As-of-Right and ULURP Proposals (as they were presented on May 18, 2015). This was first presented on July 14, 2015 to local elected officials including Council Member Brad Lander, State Assemblywoman JoAnne Simon, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, Council Member Levin’s deputy chief of staff, Casey Adams, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s Brooklyn director, Dan Wiley, Brooklyn Community Board 6 and the Fortis Property Group development team. This was also handed out in printed form at the meeting held by Council Member Lander on August 6th.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Muyassar Moustapha, Owner of Oriental Pastry & Grocery, was Killed in a Crash on Atlantic

Late Sunday night Muyassar Moustapha was killed in a car crash at Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street while returning to his store from Key Foods. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene while the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad conducted conducted its survey. Moustapha was the owner of Oriental Pastry & Grocery, a family owned staple of the Arab-American community on Atlantic Avenue for over 60 years. The tragedy shocked those who knew him well as Al Shaia told the Gothamist, "he always crossed at the light and he was always careful."

Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise to those of us who know this street's dangerous conditions well. Less than two years ago another fatal crash at Atlantic and Clinton shook the neighborhood.  Last year, as part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative aimed at reducing traffic deaths, the speed limit on Atlantic Avenue was reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph. Although traffic engineers assert that crashes at this slower speed have a far lower fatality rate, the new regulation has seen little enforcement and is often ignored. At night drivers will often exceed speeds of 35mph.

Year to date there have been 66 NYPD recorded traffic collisions along Cobble Hill's Atlantic Avenue border, 18 of which have occurred on, or near Clinton Street. Since the beginning of 2013 there have been a total 343 traffic crashes on Atlantic from Hicks to Court Street, resulting in 58 injuries and now, 2 deaths. Data source: NYPD motor vehicle collisions.

Bill de Blasio has promised to address the dangerous arterial roadway in his Great Streets initiative announced in March. The program sets aside $276 million dollars to install engineering improvements on four of the city's most deadly arterial roadways. Construction has already begun on Queens Boulevard with improvements to Atlantic Ave slated to begin in Community Board Five in spring of 2017. Advocates at Transportation Alternatives, which runs the People First on Atlantic campaign, laud mayor's efforts but say that the DOT should study the entire Avenue, from the bay to Queens, to propose comprehensive safety improvements. Those of us who cross Atlantic daily know safety improvements can't come too soon. While not everyone agrees with the implementation of New York's Vision Zero initiative, Charlie Sahadi states the salient point,
"I don't agree with some of the things Mayor de Blasio came up with, but if that car was driving at 25 miles per hour, this gentleman would not be dead today"
-Charlie Sahadi 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CitiBike is Coming Soon and Seeks Feedback on Station Locations

After a rocky first year CitiBike is now expanding its service area. New docking stations have already opened up in Long Island City with more slated to arrive in Bed Stuy later this month. This phase of expansion will also include Community Board Six, covering all of Cobble Hill. This can't come too soon for some of our more transit deprived neighbors in Red Hook and Gowanus. The company is currently gathering local feedback on the new stations' proposed locations.

On June 11 CitiBike held a public planning workshop at PS 58, where it unveiled the CB6 proposed station map available here. Brad Lander has joined the DOT to solicit community feedback on these dock locations through an online form available here. Use the form to tell CitiBike which location in your sector is best, and which ones just won't work.

Once they receive the community's comments CitiBike will prepare its final location proposals with the DOT, and present them to Community Board 6. The bike share says stations will be open by the end of 2017. Yearly memberships have increased to $149 per year, but to promote the expansion customers will save $25 by signing up before the end of August.