Carroll Gardens

Gowanus: Cleaning up and looking forward

When I visited Gowanus as Hurricane Sandy first made landfall, I saw the canal rising over its banks, flooding neighboring streets, and approaching businesses and homes.

Like many of you, I was very concerned. The cleanup of the Gowanus Canal has long been a priority of this community and thanks to the efforts of local advocates, the canal is now an EPA Superfund Site. The flooding we saw during Hurricane Sandy made it clear why it is so important for us to continue to push for a comprehensive, forward-looking cleanup plan. Read more »

Behind the Scenes of Participatory Budgeting in District 39

By Rachel Fine of the Participatory Budgeting District Committee 

As a District Committee member, I have been focusing on getting the word out about participatory budgeting and engaging our district’s diverse communities in this process. Although the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for the neighborhood assemblies, our outreach efforts have targeted a number of communities. Read more »

EPA results of post-Sandy tests in Gowanus

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many neighbors who live and work in Gowanus have reached out to my office with concerns about the impact of flooding near the canal. Since the arrival of the storm, Councilmember Lander has been in communication with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland. Both responded quickly and committed to work together to conduct any sampling needed to address potential issues of toxicity created by the flooding. Read more »

Three shelters from the storm

Over the past week, we wrapped up operations at one hurricane evacuation shelter (John Jay High School campus), continued to provide an incredible level of compassion and support to evacuated high-needs residents in another (Park Slope Armory), and welcomed evacuated homeless veterans into a third (on West 9th Street in south Carroll Gardens).  And we continued to do all we could to help our neighbors down in Red Hook, more than 3,000 of whom are still – unacceptably – without power or heat twelve days later. Read more »

Providing shelter for Sandy victims in Carroll Gardens

As you are likely aware, yesterday evening the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) relocated 120 homeless veterans to 165 West 9th Street, between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue, in Carroll Gardens. During Hurricane Sandy, these veterans were evacuated from a shelter in Long Island City and, for the last week, had been staying on the drill floor of the Bedford-Atlantic Armory with hundreds of other hurricane victims. DHS plans to house these veterans here until the shelter in Long Island City is repaired, which DHS estimates will take several weeks. Read more »

Responding to Gowanus Canal Flooding

Many neighbors have reached out to our office over the course of the last week with concerns about flooding near the Gowanus Canal during Hurricane Sandy. As you may know, Councilmember Lander has been in communication with EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland, who responded quickly and committed to work together conduct any sampling needed to address potential issues of toxicity created by the flooding. Read more »

Hurricane Recovery: Ways to Help Sunday

Here are some ways you can help out with hurricane relief efforts today (Sunday, November 4) at the two evacuation shelters in Park Slope, in Coney Island, and in Red Hook:

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Behind the Scenes of Participatory Budgeting

As a District Committee member, I have been focusing on getting the word out about participatory budgeting and engaging our district’s diverse communities in this process. Although the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for the neighborhood assemblies, our outreach efforts have targeted a number of communities. Read more »

Elected Officials Advocate on Proposed Carroll Gardens Shelter

Many constituents have contacted my office this about the news that Housing Solutions USA (a social services organization) intends to open a 170-bed homeless shelter at 165 West 9th Street, between Court Street & Hamilton Avenue, in Carroll Gardens, in partnership with the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS). 

As a lifelong housing advocate, I believe strongly in the right to shelter.  I also know that every neighborhood - including Carroll Gardens - has a role to play in housing our homeless neighbors. But I have real concerns about this proposal. Read more »

Response from Dept of Homeless Services on Shelter Proposal

Last Tuesday, I joined with Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblywoman Joan Millman to send a joint letter to DHS to demand that the Department of Homeless Services provide written responses, by the close of business last Friday, October 19th, to our numerous questions about this proposal – primarily how the City intends to squeeze 170 people into a 10-unit building, with no plans provided for social services or security, and dis Read more »