Gowanus

“Bridging Gowanus” Community Planning Process Moves Into Next Phase

New website at BridgingGowanus.com, online survey, open houses invite residents to update and prioritize recommendations for a sustainable, livable, inclusive future for the Gowanus area

NYC Department of City Planning to begin working with community on planning and land use framework this Fall

Brooklyn, NY –The next phase in the Bridging Gowanus community planning process launched today, providing new ways for community members to prioritize recommendations that were developed over 20 public meetings (including ideas for public investments, land use regulations, zoning designations, and programs). First convened in August 2013, Bridging Gowanus is a community planning process to shape a sustainable, livable, and inclusive future for the Gowanus neighborhood – in the face of ongoing change, the Superfund cleanup, and real estate pressure. Read more »

Bridging Gowanus: A Brief Introduction

Since August 2013, we have been grappling with important questions through the “Bridging Gowanus” community planning process. Across dozens of meetings, more than 300 stakeholders – including long-time and newer homeowners, tenants, and NYCHA residents, small business owners, environmental activists, artists, affordable housing advocates – identified broadly-shared goals, discussed diverse viewpoints, and built consensus around a planning framework for the Gowanus area. The complete Bridging Gowanus Community Planning Framework is available here

The issues we face in Gowanus are serious ones: How do we confront the legacy of industrial pollution, and the challenges of climate change and resiliency? How can we create inclusive neighborhoods – with room for working- and middle-class families, for public housing, for artists, for manufacturing – amidst skyrocketing real estate values? What’s the right balance of housing and jobs? Can we preserve, (or even strengthen) the mixed-use, eclectic, creative character of the neighborhood amidst change?

The posts below provide a series of updates on issues facing Gowanus, including describing the work that’s been done to make progress, and outlining the work that remains. Read more »

Bring back our bus! Restore the B71 with a new link through Red Hook to Manhattan

 Brooklynites were hit hard in 2010 when the MTA eliminated the B71, which ran along Union Street, and was a lifeline for seniors, students, and families.

To this day, every time I visit the Eileen Dugan Senior Center, they have a very clear message: “Bring back our bus!” Despite economic recovery and significant population growth along the route, the line has never been restored, leaving thousands of riders stranded. Read more »

Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on MTA’s Emergency Rescue Plan

 Statement of City Council Member Brad Lander on MTA’s Emergency Rescue Plan

A Good Start, but Nowhere Near Enough. Real Progress Will Require Significant, Long-Term Investment from Smart, Progressive Revenue Sources.

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Here’s what your neighbors are saying about Gowanus. What about you?

“The historic landmark bridge is fantastic – one of my favorite parts of the neighborhood.”

 “A volunteer-run emerging office complex with gallery & studio space, plus woodworking, printmaking & metal shops for artists and fabricators. Cool stuff happens here.” Read more »

Governors Island is open! (Here’s how to get there)

Over the past 10 years, Governors Island as become a great part of summer in New York City, a whimsical island full of culture, music, and food. If you made it last summer, you got to climb & slide down The Hills.

This year, the season has started even earlier! For the first time ever, the island opened on May 1 and will stay open until October 1st. The island is open Monday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday-Sunday from 10 AM - 7 PM.

On the weekends, it will be easier than ever to get there from Brooklyn. Read more »

Our Schools Are Too Hot To Learn!

On too many days, in over 10,000 classrooms (about 25%), it is simply #TooHotToLearn. In those rooms, rising temperatures have made it unbearable on an increasing number of hot days in May, June, September, and October. Students and teachers report sweltering classrooms. Some have reached 100 degrees. In that heat, students experience headaches, dehydration, and are unable to focus. Students with asthma can’t even safely attend. 

How can we expect teachers to teach, or students to learn? Read more »

Blizzard Advisory: What You Need to Know

It looks like Winter isn’t ready to let go of us yet. A major winter storm is heading our way -- a final parting shot from the season as we head into Spring. Late tonight until tomorrow evening will see about 16-20 inches of snow with worst case scenarios seeing up to 24 inches. Plus, strong gusts of wind.
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Save the Date: Planning for Resiliency and Sustainability in Gowanus

The second public meeting in the NYC Department of City Planning’s Gowanus PLACES study will focus on grounding our planning work in the critical issues of resiliency and sustainability – including the risks of flooding (from sea level rise, storm surge, and rain), the EPA’s Superfund cleanup, and what we can do to make Gowanus a model of environmental sustainability.

Gowanus PLACES Meeting on Environmental Resiliency and Sustainability
Thursday, December 8, 2016
6:30 PM
Wyckoff Gardens Community Center
280 Wyckoff St 9 (at 3rd Ave)

For the better part of two centuries, the Gowanus Canal functioned as both sewer and symbol of our country’s environmental neglect, as industrial pollution, the toxic waste of making energy through coal gasification, and combined sewer overflows (CSOs) poured into the Canal. The dissolved oxygen level in the Canal reached zero in about 1904, and stayed that way for most of the past century. Read more »