Thursday, August 28, 2008

We need your help at Thursday's Land Use Meeting at CB 6

Hello from CORD!

Monday morning we received this heartfelt email from a passionate Carroll Gardens resident, and we are re-printing it for all to see in anticipation of tomorrow night's (Thrs., Aug. 28th) important Community Board 6 Public Land Use Meeting at PS 32 on Hoyt Street in CG. (Meeting details below). It captures the emotions of so many of us.

"Attn: All.....We need your help.
As you know, the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment passed recently protecting the beautiful 15 blocks of garden streets that truly represent this great neighborhood. It was a tough fight and with the persistent of great people from CORD, CGNA, SoBNA, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Red Hook, Columbia Heights, and other surrounding grassroot associations, we won. This was a small and significant win for the whole community in helping to prevent the out-of-scale developments that can destroy the integrity of this historic community. The zoning text amendment limited height at a 55' maximum level (approx. 5 stories high).

Our next important step is to get a contextual rezoning study in place to protect the rest of this unique neighborhood. To achieve this successfully, we need to continue to demand for respectful developments throughout this community. The developer of 360 Smith Street (above the subway) is petitioning for an exemption with the BSA (Board of Standard and Appeal) claiming that he has laid a substantial amount of his foundation (according to DOB... only 20%) and is requesting to have an extension to continue his development of 7 stories.

We as a whole community need to stand and say "NO". If he is allowed to continue, not only will this be a contradiction to the hard work and fight to preserve this great neighborhood by so many, but it may be a start in damaging our chances of getting contextual rezoning for us all.
I love Carroll Gardens. I love the sunshine, open space, and the sounds of quiet calm when I walk the streets. I love the friends I have met and the kind neighbors and families of many generations. I love the history and the stories being told while sitting on stoops by tree-lined streets. I LOVE CARROLL GARDENS. This is my "HOME". I will continue to protect it as best as I can. Will you help me too? The Community Board 6 LandUse committee is meeting to heard Stein's petition. We need you to come and stand by us to say "NO" to Stein. We need to let the Community Board members and the BSA know that this community is against Stein's petition. If you can make it, the time and location is below. If not, please cut-n-paste the letter also below and email to the community board at

Thank you everyone. Thank you for all your great support and help..."

Maryann and Ringo"

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th/CB 6 Land Use Meeting

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: P.S. 32 317 HOYT ST. (bet. Union and President)
ENTRANCE on Union St

Monday, August 25, 2008

PUBLIC HEARING on 131 2nd Place

Important CB6 MEETING This Thursday August 28th!
The developer of 360 Smith Street (aka 131 2nd Place) has filed an application with the Board of Standards and Appeals for permission to continue to build to the fully proposed 70 ‘ height and bulk.Many Carroll Gardens residents vigorously pursued our newly passed zoning text amendment to specifically prohibit this very type of oversized development.


WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th/CB 6 Land Use Meeting

TIME: 6:00 PMPLACE: P.S. 32 317 HOYT ST. (bet. Union and President)

ENTRANCE on Union St


Aug 28 Landmarks/Land Use

PUBLIC HEARING on 131 2nd Place/360 Smith Street (BSA Cal. No.
Discussion and formulation of a recommendation on an application submitted to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA Cal. No. 202-08-BZY) for an extension of time to complete construction pursuant to Zoning Resolution section 11-331, property located at 131 Second Place aka 360 Smith Street (Block 459, Lot 24).

Continued review of a Certificate of Appropriateness application submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for the legalization of various storefront alterations at 164 Court Street, Cobble Hill Historic District.

Presentation and review of a Certificate of Appropriateness application submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for the construction of a new 2-story retail building to replace an existing 1-story building at 79-81 7th Avenue, Park Slope
Historic District.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Please attend Landmarks/Land Use Meeting 5/28/08

May 29
Landmarks/Land Use

Update and presentation by representatives for the Department of City Planning on the next phase of the Gowanus Land Use Framework planning being developed by the department. For background on the work done to date visit:

P.S 32 Auditorium
317 Hoyt Street
(at Union/Hoyt Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Important info for Carroll Gardens residents - Zoning!

a little late but...


The value of your home should increase. It is the law of supply and demand. By limiting the size of new buildings or additions (the "supply"), all of the existing buildings in Carroll Gardens will be worth more with respect to the rest of Brooklyn and the city. Your Front Gardens are not affected.
Nothing. Your house is protected as it is. This happens all of the time, all over New York City, whenever City Planning makes any kind of ZONING change. Your value remains the same and in fact, will grow along with the rest of the neighborhood. This change will not require you to take any action.
You have some room to grow. You and all of your neighbors will have the same limits. You may still build an addition, within those limits. And, even if you cannot afford to build an addition, or plan on selling your home with the potential of an addition, you do not have to worry about someone blocking your light with a seven (7) story, 65 foot deep new structure or addition (which can happen now under the current regulations and is happening all over the neighborhood).
Right now, the blocks specified in this amendment are treated, zoning-wise, just like Court Street—where, for example, the developers of the ILA site are allowed according to the rules, a 70 foot, very bulky building. Our little side streets are obviously not the same as Court Street! This change would make these blocks just like the rest of the side streets in our neighborhood.
The measurement number used to govern how big and bulky the building can be is called, Floor Area Ratio, or FAR. Under the Quality Housing Program in the current zoning laws, the FAR for these few side streets is 3.0.; height limit-70 feet. Under the change, these side streets will have a FAR of 2.2., height limit-55 feet-just like all the other side streets in Carroll Gardens.
Very simply put, if your FAR is less than 2.2 now, you may build up to that point. If your FAR is at or more than 2.2 now, you cannot.
To find out your FAR, you can go this web site: (or just google OASIS MAP NYC) and type in your street address or your block and lot number. Scroll down until you find the area on the page that lists your home's information. Your current FAR is there. Look and see if you are under, at or over, 2.2.
Generally, it is developers and property owners who want to convert their property into condos. They want to build as big as possible to maximize their profit. Some homeowners, who have the means and plan to build REALLY big additions may be against this as well.
Do you like what you see happening to the buildings around you ? Without some protection, greed will forever change the character of our neighborhood.
Statistics show that neighborhoods that remain intact and maintain their size, scale and character are the ones that retain the highest possible value. We have a beautiful brownstone neighborhood here. Its integrity, heritage and visual beauty is being assaulted by these out of scale and out of character structures that are going up.
In the end, these larger buildings will only serve to lower the value of our original beauties.
If you are still unsure; talk to ask a trusted architect for professional advice.

Notice is hereby given that the Brooklyn Borough President will hold a public hearing on the following matter in the

Community Room, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street,
Brooklyn, New York 11201,
commencing at 5:30 P.M. on May 7, 2008.

080345 ZRK

The Department of City Planning has submitted an application for amendments to the Zoning Resolution. The proposed text amendments would apply the narrow street zoning provisions for height, setback and floor area ratio to streets which are mapped as wide on the City map but share a similar character to other narrow streets in the area. These streets are 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, 4th Place, and Second Street, Carroll Street and President Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street in Brooklyn Community District 6.
What is the Place block text amendment?
A text amendment is the tool used by City Planning to correct an inappropriate zoning designation. The zoning remains the same; in this application, the text amendment simply restores the Place blocks to their original street width designation at the City Planning office. They will then match the other streets in the neighborhood.
How did this happen?
When the Place blocks were designed by Richard Butts in 1846, there were no zoning laws. He laid out the first "planned" brownstone community in Brooklyn to his own standards. He plotted blocks with lots of 100 feet, and front courtyards of 33 feet. Between the courtyards, he defined a 50-foot wide "street", consisting of 13 foot sidewalks and a 24 foot wide "carriage way" down the center of each block. This was written into the law that created this planned community.
The City of NY organized a zoning plan in 1961 and measured the streets differently. A Street was defined as the distance from property line to property line. This makes the Place block front gardens part of the street. The streets are now classified as "wide" (75 ft. or more), as in arterial streets like Court St or Atlantic Avenue as compared with "narrow" (less than 75 ft) side streets, often residential.
The Place blocks are now treated like Court St; a wide street. The problem: A wide street can be developed deeper, bigger and taller which permits out of character and out of scale designs like the Clarett development for the ILA site on Court Street. This is not appropriate, as the gardens were never intended to be included in the street measurement. Butts wrote his intended courtyard use into law; homeowners can check their deeds to find these regulations attached.
Supported by: The South Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance
Baltic-Warren Neighbors, CGNA, CORD, Cobble Hill Association, Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, Committee for the Historical Integrity of Cobble Hill, South Brooklyn Local Development Corp, Union-Sackett Block Association, Warren Street Block
*Links to Zoning Text Amendment at the NYC Dept. of City Planning website:
* Overview:
* Existing Context and Zoning:
* Proposed Actions
See Also:
"All You Ever Wanted to Know About The Carroll Gardens Zoning Text Amendment" at Pardon Me for Asking Blog
"Carroll Gardens Group Takes Zoning Amendment to Subway Plaza" at Gowanus Lounge Blog.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gowanus Residents ( & their neighbors ) Unite!

[this post re-produced from the FOB mailing list]

There are a number of issues important to Carroll Gardens residents that have been brought into public discussion. Acknowledging the interest and concern we have expressed, three separate meetings have been scheduled for next week by city agencies,elected officials and KEYSPAN.

The members of the CGNA Board encourage everyone to attend at least one of the meetings. Bring a family member, a friend, a neighbor! (I don't think pets can be accommodated).

These three meetings are all scheduled for Wednesday, May 7.

In time order:

1. Check your mail. A notice was sent out from KEYSPAN/NATIONAL GRID.
They will hold the first public meetings to "discuss the remedial investigation of a former manufactured gas site located at DeGraw near the Gowanus Canal". This is the beginning KEYSPAN's participation in the public discussion on cleaning up the Gowanus gas sites. There are a total of 17 sites. Meetings on Public Place, the Toll Bros site, etc to follow.

Meeting site: PS 32 (317 Hoyt St at Union)
Times: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM and 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

2. Borough President Marty Markowitz will hold a public meeting
to discuss the pending text amendment proposed by the Department of City Planning. This text amendment will correct the inappropriate "wide street" designation currently applied to the Place blocks; they will be designated as narrow streets, as they were originally defined by law
when they were created, and will match the bulk permitted on the other residential blocks of Carroll Gardens.
Meeting site: Borough Hall, Community Room
Joralemon St entrance
Time: 5:30 PM

3. Plan for the Future Forum: The Gowanus
Sponsored by City Councilmember Bill DeBlasio, CB6, Gowanus Dredgers, Gowanus Canal
Development Corporation and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Representatives of the NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation, Education, City Planning, Buildings, NYPD, FDNY and NYC Parks and Recreation will be on hand to answer questions. For more info and to pre-register questions,
call Tom Gray at 718 854 9791.
Meeting site: 2nd St at the Gowanus Canal (off Bond)
There will be a tent at the site if the weather is bad.
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Once again, we urge everyone to attend at least one of these meetings!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Renderings Presented By T.B.

I just found these renderings on flickr

thanks to "gabby.warshawer" !!

What do the Toll Brothers Have to Offer: Reactions to the 4/26 Presentation

As you all know, last night representatives of the Toll Brothers' Bond Street development team took the opportunity of the CB6 Meeting at PS 32 to tell their side of the story. Personally I think it's a good sign that they were there at all, as opposed to acting like us and the CB6 didn't exist, but as you can see it was a mixed bag.

The following is from a message posted to the FOB list, by a neighbor:

Hi All,

Here's my addition to the reports about last night's CB6-Toll Brothers' meeting.

The lead guy and much of his crew came either without doing their homework, or intending to obfusticate.

They were asked about "affordable" housing - but they had no hard $ figures as to how much a simple apartment might cost. The figure of a family of 4 making $48,000 annually and about 1/3 of that going for rent was thrown around. That's about $1500/ month - after taxes. You do the math. Also, how many of our senior citizens will be able to go anywhere near that when they
are making less than $12,000 a year from Social Security. It was also mentioned that there would be two different construction crews - one for the "affordable" apartments, and one for the "market can also do the figuring on that situation.

They were asked about seems they have changed their tune about how to build the garage (which will fit LESS then half the number of cars per apartment). When last detailed, the garage would be built underground. Not so anymore, I guess they figured out most cars don't double as submarines. They are talking about the possibility of valet parking...probably because of the tight fit in their proposed garage. It is now proposed that the garages (one on each side of First Street between Bond and the canal)will be built at ground level and covered by some of the
designs by the landscape architect. Nowhere was it mentioned whether the 12 foot platform on which the entire development was supposed to be built on is still in the plans. Is it because that at the scoping meeting that idea, which would create an ugly water challanged Bond Street during rains, received a lot of criticism/ or is it because they forgot to mention it they for got to mention the ...

Shadows from the tall buildings. They did say that they have worked on that issue, but forgot the drawings . Yeah.

They were asked about the water issues, and here their lack of homework really showed. The engineer who has worked on this issue essentially stated that they will build two new systems to deal with sanitary and unsanitary waste water - and a treatment plant to deal with the sanitary water which, when treated and dumped into the canal, will be cleaner than the canal water...isn't that water cleaner than the canal water even BEFORE they treat it? Is this "treatment" another sop or smoke screen to hide the fact that their other system to deal with "unsanitary" water is nothing more than an additional pipe to channel this water to the old and soon to be very overtaxed main which, during rainstorms, overflows into the canal? One can hear the sewer caps popping already.

They did not respond coherently to the problem of ground seepage...they are building in a tidal/drainage area. Homes in the area ALREADY have water in their basements during heavy rains (which have increased measurably in the past decade). The Toll project will take away more soil needed for drainage and increase the seepage throughout the neighborhood.

There were other inconsistant and ignorant, at best, comments about the enviromental effects of their project - let others address those. Additionally, effects on schools and public transportation were not mentioned at all, and effects on parking, traffic, and shopping only glanced over. There is so much more to be said, but I'll finish with the obvious realization that, even if everything last night was presented in good faith, these people have no idea of the total enviromental effect of their project - especially when combined with what has already happened on 4th Avenue, and
on Bond and Carroll, and what is planned on Court Street, 360 Smith Street, and the Public Place.

Let's hang tough.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Meeting Reminder PS 32 Thursday March 27th

Informational presentation by representative for Toll Brothers, Inc. of a pre-certified application, known as 363-365 Bond Street, that would allow the redevelopment of two blocks fronting on the Gowanus Canal including the block bounded by 2nd Street, the canal, 1st Street and Bond Street (Block 458, Lot 1) and part of the adjacent block bounded by Carroll Street, the canal, 1st Street and Bond Street (Block 452, Lot 1 and 15) with a mixed-use development. The proposed project would result in approximately 447 dwelling units, 1,500 gross square footage (gsf) of neighborhood retail space, 1,500 gsf of community facility space, 260 below-grade parking spaces and 0.6-acres of publicly accessible open space along the Gowanus Canal.

P.S 32 Auditorium
317 Hoyt Street
(at Union/Hoyt Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231

6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

An Important date coming up for FOB

Meeting Reminder:
Toll Brothers is doing a presentation on their Gowanus Project Plans this week!
Who: Toll Brothers
When: Thurs. March 27
Where: PS 32 (Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens)
What Time: 6 PM
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
( thanks )

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Written Response to Toll Brothers Scope Document

Dear Neighbor,

There’s just one week before the March 24th deadline to submit a written response to City Planning regarding the Scope of Work Document for the proposed Toll Brothers development on the Gowanus Canal. In order for the community’s responses to be considered, and the issues we want to be addressed, they must be received in writing by the March 24th deadline.

There are many areas to focus on related to the Toll Brothers project and the Gowanus area, such as: Shadows, Historic Resources, Community Facilities (i.e. Daycare), Neighborhood Character, Hazardous Materials, Infrastructure, Solid Waste and Sanitation, Traffic and Parking, Construction Impacts, and Public Health, to name a few.

How to start? First, go online to look at the Toll Brothers Proposed Draft Scope of Work on Community Board 6’s website:

here, or use the following link:

1) What SPECIFIC issue (or issues) do you have concerns about? Find your issue (if you can) in the Scope Document and note the number of the task and its heading, i.e. “TASK 13: INFRASTRUCTURE”, and be sure to make reference to it in your letter.

2) Go to the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) Technical Manual (on CB6 site- see above link). Look up your task (concern) in the CEQR- each task has a chapter. How does the Toll Brothers Scoping Document appear to meet or not meet what’s outlined in the CEQR? Does the scoping document satisfy the community’s concerns?

3) Format for your response: Write an opening paragraph, followed by the specific Task # and Heading and how you think that issue(s) needs to be more thoroughly addressed in the scoping process. The tone of what you write should be specific and incorporate supporting data.

Mail your response to: & Send a copy to:
Robert Dobruskin Community Board 6
Dept. of City Planning 250 Baltic Street
22 Reade St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
New York, NY 10007 Attn: Craig Hammerman, Dist. Manager

Any questions? Please contact us and we will try to help you as best we can. Good luck!

-Friends of Bond

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A reminder… see you there!

A reminder… for those of you able to go today… see you there!

NYC, 10007

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Letter to Councilman deBlasio

Honorable Councilman deBlasio,
I don't know who is giving you advice on land development but it is really bad.
You have taken some baby steps in your tepid involvement in the "AtlanticYards" boondoggle (a little late) and Carroll Gardens. You seem to be AWOL on the Toll Bros. Gowanus project. You can be sure that there will be an UNRELENTING WAR on a project that does not deal effectively with the CSOs and brownfield situation by the Gowanus canal. Your political legacy is being written as we speak and will impact your future aspirations.

You will have to weigh your obligations to Bloomberg, his developer friends versus your constituents. It is an an easy choice for a venal, ambitious politician. I hope that does not describe you. I am pleased to see your name printed the garbage cans that grace our commercial corridors. Much more courageous work must be done.

I will work with Park Slope Neighbors, FROGG, Friends of Bond Street, CB6, Park Slope Civic Council and unaffiliated residents of your district to insure that another dangerous boondoggle does not get shoved down our throats.

Paul Heller, Park Slope

Email Bill deBlasio

Monday, March 10, 2008

Documents to help you at the meeting

Dear Neighbor,
Please let us know if can attend the scoping hearing with City Planning on Thursday, 3/13 @ 2:00pm regarding the Toll Brothers development. We would like you to confirm via email that you are attending.

These hearings are extremely important as they give the community a chance to formally raise questions and concerns about the Toll Brothers project. So, if at all possible, we strongly ncourage you to be there- now's the time to speak your mind, from the heart about the possible effects of this large-scale, luxury development on our neighborhood.

Below are two documents to assist you in preparing a spoken statement (up to 3 minutes). You should have as your focus one of the areas outlined in the scoping document, i.e.Public Health or Historic Resources, but cross-overs are fine, too.

Again, please let us know if you will be attending so that we can communicate with you again before Thursday with more information.



Amanda M. Burden, AICP, Director

Department of City Planning
Robert Dobruskin, Director
James Merani, R.A., Deputy Director
22 Reade Street, New York, N.Y. 10007-1216 Room 4E
TEL (212) 720-3420 FAX (212) 720-3495

Protocol for Public Scoping Meetings
- NYC Department of City Planning
Environmental Assessment & Review Division

As per Section 5.07 of the Rules of Procedure for City Environmental Quality Review, as
adopted June 26, 1991, the following will serve as guideline to participation in a public scoping meeting for the preparation of a draft environmental impact statement.
Discussions regarding the scope of work will first be held between lead agency, applicant, interested and involved agencies. Following that discussion, the chair will allow the public to comment in accordance with the rules described below.

1) The Environmental Assessment & Review Division, acting on behalf of the CPC as the

lead agency, will chair the scoping meeting.

2) All attendees of the scoping meeting will sign in on an attendance sheet, clearly printing
their name, address, telephone number and affiliation.

3) Those members of public wishing to speak will also sign in on a "Request for Speaking
Time" sheet at the start of the scoping meeting.

4) Opening remarks will be made by the lead agency, followed by introductions.

5) The applicant and/or consultants, attorneys and representatives will provide a

presentation of the proposal and an overview of the draft scoping document. Potential
impacts, proposed methodologies and assessments will also be discussed.

6) Following the presentation, the lead agency will receive comments from the
representatives of the involved and interested agencies, public officials and community boards regarding methodologies and issues to be addressed in the draft environmental impact statement.

7) All requests for additional information and/or technical memoranda are subject to review
and approval by the lead agency, in this case the Environmental Assessment & Review Division.

8) After the conclusion of the discussions with the interested/involved agencies, public

Robert Dobruskin, Director
James Merani, R.A., Deputy Director
22 Reade Street, New York, N.Y. 10007-1216 Room 4E
TEL (212) 720-3420 FAX (212) 720-3495

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Will you be at the meeting on 3/13 ?

Will you be at the Scoping Meeting on 3/13 ?

If so - please let us know! Mail us at

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Re-cap of Meeting with Craig Hammerman

Here is a quick recap of what happened at Friday's meeting with DM Hammerman

We met with Craig Hammerman at CB6 on Friday morning; FOB (Karla & Lizzie),along with several other people from CORD, FROGG, and CGNA. Craig spokewith us in clarifying detail (on his day off!) about the scoping processand how to prepare for it. He referred to both the scoping documentsubmitted by the Toll Brothers (available via the CB6 website) and the CEQR (City Environmental Quality Review- also available via CB6 site)for specific issues and guidelines that must be addressed through CityPlanning's scoping process. The overall question the community must askis whether the scoping document is sufficient enough and does itsatisfy the community's concerns?

Craig had a few suggestions about how to respond. First, pick an issueor several issues (refer to the CEQR chapter headings) that you wouldlike to focus on. When responding orally- at the hearing on March 13 (upto 3 mins.)- be specific about the issue, but include personal experiences and anecdotes. Let it be heartfelt and know that a live person with a real story can be extremely effective when addressingcomplicated issues related to development. Craig also suggested having'tag teams'. with more than one person speaking to a specific issue. Ifyou want to respond in writing (letters are due March 24), you need tobe very precise and laser-specific. Support the issue or concern that you're addressing with factual data.

The need for a consortium or coalition of various neighborhood groups was also discussed at the end of our meeting. We all expressed a desire to consolidate communication on the web and via email, as well as ways we might strengthen each other's outreach by forming a larger network of concerned, active community groups and their members.

Preparing for the Scoping Meeting:3/13

Hey All
Read Below and get ready for the meeting!

NYC, 10007



Dear Neighbors,

As many of you are aware, the Toll Brothers, a very large, luxury developer has set its sights on two blocks in our neighborhood. Some of you may have attended the community meeting on Monday, March 3rd to learn more about this project. Toll Brothers wants to build approximately six hundred units of housing, ranging in heights up to twelve stories in that three acre space.

Since the area is not zoned for this type of development, several steps must be taken with the city before any construction work can begin.

One of these procedures is a scoping hearing with City Planning where the residents of our neighborhood get to speak their mind, raising important questions and issues about the things they like or dislike about the proposed project.

The following is a list of subjects that the developer must address according to a Scoping Document which must be filed with the city before work can begin on the site. Look over the list. Whether you are concerned, for instance, about how larger-sized buildings might affect your sunlight, how almost 600 new units and their occupants will affect the amount of raw sewage flowing into the canal, or how the additional cars might affect parking and traffic conditions, this is your chance make your voice heard.

At the scoping hearing, each person has three (3) minutes to orally communicate their concerns. It’s best to speak from the heart, sharing a personal anecdote or experience related to your question or area of concern.

Here is the list of subjects:

Land Use, Zoning and Public Policy, Socioeconomic Conditions (what will happen to the residents and businesses as a result of this project), Community Facilities and Services (this includes schools, emergency response availability, health services) Open Space, Shadows, Historic Resources, Urban Design/Visual Resources, Neighborhood Character, Natural Resources, Hazardous Materials, Waterfront Revitalization Program, Infrastructure, Solid Waste and Sanitation Services, Energy, Traffic and Parking, Transit and Pedestrians, Air Quality, Noise, Construction Impacts, Public Health, Alternatives (what kind of development/improvements could you envision there?)


There is also an opportunity to address your concerns in writing. Written comments must be sent in before March 24, 2008 and should be focused on a particular area of concern, using factual data to support your points. If you are planning on writing a letter, one copy should be sent directly to City Planning, to the following address:

Robert Dobruskin
Dept. of City Planning
22 Reade St.
New York, NY 10007

A copy of the same letter should be sent to Community Board 6, to be kept on file:

Community Board 6
250 Baltic St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Got any other Ideas? Please leave a comment!

Meeting with Craig Hammerman, District Manager

On Friday March 7th, FOB and a number of community group representatives met with Craig Hammerman, CB6 District manager, to discuss the Toll Brothers Propasal and the related scoping meeting coming up this Thursday March 13.

check back soon for some details of what happened at the meeting

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

More links & reactions to the Toll Brothers proposal

Friends of Bond links

What is Friends Of Bond ?

Welcome to the Friends Of Bond Home Page!!
FRIENDS OF BOND is a group of Bond Street area neighbors who initially came together in response to the proposed Toll Brothers development on the Gowanus Canal. FOB seeks to bring together individual residents and community groups in order to effectively address questions and issues of concern about development in the Gowanus area.

If you wish to get in touch with us, you can reach us at