In the Press: Eagle Clothes Sign Could Be Restored, U-Haul Says


The eagle could soar again.

The vintage Eagle Clothes sign removed last week from a Gowanus rooftop could once again grace the Brooklyn skyline, if the building owner can win permission from the Department of Buildings.

"We know that sign is important to the community, and we want it to continue to be part of the community in one way or another," said Stuart Shoen, executive vice president of U-Haul International, which owns the building on which the Eagle Clothes sign was placed in 1951.

He added, "U-Haul loves that sign and it's something we've been proud of since we’ve owned the building. If we didn't like it, we would have put up a U-Haul sign."

News of the Eagle Clothes sign's demise struck a nerve in Brooklyn, where many saw its disappearance as yet another symbol of the borough's march toward gentrification.

City Councilman Brad Lander wrote to U-Haul asking that the company restore the marquee to Third Avenue and Sixth Street. Lander offered to help U-Haul acquire the proper city permits to do so.

Lander said he was "saddened" by the sign's disappearance, calling it "a significant contributor to the unique character of the Gowanus neighborhood and one of the defining features of the Brooklyn skyline." Read more »

Lander sends letter to U-Haul urging preservation of Eagle Clothes sign

On July 30th, Councilmember Lander sent a letter to U-Haul imploring the company to restore the iconic Eagle Clothes sign. The sign is located on top of the U-Haul building at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 6th Street and has been partially removed. Residents have petitioned to have U-Haul restore this cherished symbol from our past.

See the letter below.

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In the Press: City should help foot bill to spread Citi Bike program, Councilman Brad Lander says

NY Daily News

Citi Bike appears to be stuck in first gear, and one City Councilman says it’s going to require an injection of city cash to make sure that the popular cycling initative doesn’t stay docked in Manhattan and north Brooklyn.

The program, launched in May, has been funded entirely through sponsorship agreements with privately-run companies, including a $41 million, five-year commitment from Citigroup.

But the city government is going to need to get involved — and quickly — if the more than 300 docking stations and their bright blue bikes are to be pedaled across a wider swath of the city, says Councilman Brad Lander, who was recently honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for creating a way to allow his constituents to vote on how to spend $950,000 in City Council funds.

The Brooklyn pol said he would use capital funding to make sure the bikes — which are now limited to Manhattan south of 59th St. and northern Brooklyn — keep rolling into his central Brooklyn district.

“It’s a piece of public transportation infrastructure,” he said. “I’d be glad to allocate some city capital to expanding bike share stations.” Read more »

Councilmember Lander Statement on Attempted Abduction in Carroll Gardens

BROOKLYN, NY - City Councilmember Brad Lander had the following statement following the arrest of a suspect in Monday morning’s attempted abduction in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn:

“Earlier this week, there was an attempted abduction in Carroll Gardens. Thanks to the extraordinarily brave action of the attempted victim, she escaped without serious harm. Thanks to the rapid and diligent work of the officers and detectives of the 76th Precinct, the suspect was arrested and identified within 24 hours. I want to express the deep gratitude of our community to the NYPD officers at the 76th, who work so hard every day to keep us safe.

“The attack reminds of the need for all of us to be vigilant against violence in our community, and especially violence against women. We are fortunate to have many organizations in our community who help in standing up to violence, including the Center for Antiviolence Education, Hollaback, Sanctuary for Families, Safe Homes Project, and our local precinct community councils. As we approach 'National Night Out' next week, this is a good time to get involved with anti-violence efforts. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these efforts, please contact my office at (718) 499-1090 or lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov." Read more »

In the Press: Eyes on the Street: Bike Contraflow Over the Gowanus


Reader Keith Williams, who blogs at The Weekly Nabe, recently got a few shots of the brand new contraflow bike lane in progress on Union Street. This project will add a sorely needed westbound bike connection across the Gowanus Canal — part of a route that jogs from Degraw, down to Union, then back up to Sackett.

The contraflow lane on Union is notable for a few reasons.

One, it came out of Council Member Brad Lander’s 2012 participatory budgeting process. In the end it wasn’t paid for with Lander’s discretionary funds (other projects got more votes), but because Lander put out the call for ideas, it got NYC DOT’s attention. So, chalk one up for community-based planning. Read more »

From the White House to the jail house – a busy week!

Lander and activists block traffic at the Brooklyn Bridge

This summer has been one of the busiest periods in my time on the City Council. While working to pass landmark legislation in the Council and protect our community institutions in the district

I had a number of exceptional experiences this week that I wanted to share with you. Read more »

In the Press: NYC Council Bill Calls for Citywide Bus Rapid Transit Network


New York City's transit authority has introduced five Select Bus Service routes in recent years and proposed more than 20 others, but that's not enough for some supporters of faster buses who want to use legislation to speed the city's adoption of Bus Rapid Transit.

Council Member Brad Lander introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the MTA and the NYC Department of Transportation to create plan for a citywide system of Bus Rapid Transit, like the existing Select Bus Service express buses. Read more »

Civil Disobedience to Defend our Hospital

Today, I was arrested while standing up to the illegal closure of Long Island College Hospital.

With LICH nurses and other workers from SEIU 1199 and the New York State Nurses Association, the National Action Network, and other community members, we blocked traffic to draw attention to the increasingly dire situation at the hospital.

Civil disobedience was central to many important struggles in our nation’s history, including in the civil rights movement. But the decision to risk arrest for what is right is not something I take lightly. Read more »

Response to Mayor Bloomberg’s “Veto Message”

New Yorkers have long-called for more accountable, respectful policing. Under the Bloomberg administration, the number of stops under the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk program grew from 97,296 stops in 2002 to 685,724 stops in 2011. Nearly 90% of those stopped are Black and Latino. With a national conversation underway about the dangers of racial profiling, now is the time for New York City to act. Read more »

New Council Bill Aims to Bring Bus Rapid Transit Throughout NYC

Neighborhoods without subway access would be prioritized for a citywide network of high-speed buses to help commuters get to their destination
July 24, 2013

Today, New York City Council Member Brad Lander introduced legislation that will advance the creation of a citywide bus rapid transit (BRT) network for New York City. This bill would lay the groundwork for such a system by requiring that the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the MTA, adopt a citywide bus rapid transit plan with public input. Read more »

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