Does Contextual Rezoning Actually Save The Neighborhood?

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.aaron@ccgreenwoodhts.com First the AIA’s questionable zoning text changes and now this… Just in from DOB’s “My Community” service: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?boro=3&houseno=187&street=23rd+Street&go2=+GO+&requestid=0 Just in under the 100-150 ft. commercial overlay (need to confirm this with DCP) from 4th Avenue, R8A zoning. And guess what? Current Applicant of Record: Henry RaduskyPhone: 718-259-1100Bricolage […]

Carroll Gardens Landmarking Information Meeting

It feels unseemly to report on an event which I served on as an invited panelist, but the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association’s Landmarking Forum last night was well-attended (at least 120 + people from where I was sitting). The LPC sent two representatives who patiently and consistently explained how buildings were regulated by the agency, […]

PortSide New York: Party at the Brooklyn Navy Yard!

Readings from The Graving Dock by Gabriel Cohen A Multimedia Book Event A Book Launch Where Ships Launch Location: GMD Shipyard, Tailshaft and Valve Shop (a heated, hangar-sized shed), in The Brooklyn Navy Yard Sponsored by New York Magazine. PortSide NewYork was recently in the news for staging a Puccini opera aboard our tanker in […]

Unexpected New York – in Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-wood Historic Fund presents: Unexpected New York87 New York City places you thought you knew.87 surprising but true stories you’ve never heard before. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007 at 1:00 PMThe Historic Chapel @ Green-Wood Cemetery The Green-Wood Historic Fund proudly presents Chester Burger, America’s first on-air television news reporter, former national manager of CBS […]

Admiral's Row Public Meeting: December 11th

More on the Row soon….This ‘Admiral’ is demotedBy Dana RubinsteinThe Brooklyn Paper This may be your last chance to save the Admirals Row. On Dec. 11, the National Guard, which still controls the 10 150-year-old mansions in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will hold its first public hearing about the fate of the buildings, the embodiment […]

Carroll Gardens Forum on Landmarking & Zoning, November 19th

Thankfully copied from Pardon Me For Asking I’m going to one of the speakers on the panel. CGNA Landmarking ForumBy Glenn KellyThe Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association (CGNA) has requested NYC Planning to change the zoning of Carroll Gardens (CG) to protect the brownstone row houses and control the scale of new development.This request was made […]

Greenwood Heights Construction Update

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.aaron@ccgreenwoodhts.com 614 7th Ave (aka the Minerva Building): full rescind of the BSA stopping SWO from Nov. 2005. While we’ll be glad to see the garbage and mosquito pit go in lieu of new housing, we are wary of our friends on the corner. After filing the original […]

Coney Island Saved?

From Crain’s New York Bloomberg unveils Coney Island planNovember 08. 2007 3:32PMBy: Kira Bindrim The rezoning would create a 15-acre outdoor amusement park east of Keyspan Park, thwarting plans by developer Thor Equities to build condominiums on the land. Department of City Planning Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled a rezoning plan for Coney Island […]

Greenpoint Industrial Complex become NYC's 89th Historic District

From the Downtown Brooklyn Star Dateline : Thursday, November 08, 2007Designation Sharpens Greenpoint’s History At least this part of Greenpoint rich industrial past won’t be erased.The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted last week to landmark the Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory. Located on Greenpoint Avenue and West and Kent streets, the factory complex consists of nine […]

Community Reaction to Press Praise of South Slope Blockbuster

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts.aaron@ccgreenwoodhts.com To the Editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, While I can appreciate your paper’s want to highlight new residential development in the borough of Brooklyn, I feel you have made a grave mistake in publishing what reads as a complete shilling for 162 16th Street, aka “The […]