Gowanus

Public Art is Coming to Gowanus!

In your walks around Gowanus, you might have noticed a few more art pieces popping up over the last several months – like this colorful new mural on the side of the Dykes Lumber building, or the new "lounge area" at Ennis Playground.

These pieces, and several others throughout the neighborhood, are all part of a new Gowanus Public Art program that I’m launching with community partners at Arts Gowanus, the Old Stone House & Washington Park, and Groundswell. Read more »

Help Citi Bike Expand to Our Neighborhood

Since Citi Bike launched in 2013, many of you have been asking the same question: When is it coming to our neighborhood?

I’m pleased to report that we’ve got an answer: 2016.

Next year, Citi Bike will be expanding into Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook. And right now, you’ve got a chance to help identify good locations for the bike-share stations (or places you don’t think a station would make sense). Read more »

“Bridging Gowanus” Community Planning Framework Details Shared Values and Planning Recommendations for the Future of the Gowanus Canal Area

“Bridging Gowanus” Community Planning Framework Details Shared Values and Planning Recommendations for the Future of the Gowanus Canal Area

Comprehensive planning framework brings together 300 voices from the Gowanus community. Priorities are investments in sustainable infrastructure, strengthening manufacturing, maintaining the mix of uses, and preserving and creating affordable housing – to be achieved through a pathway for responsible growth, with creative new planning strategies, that makes sure the rules are followed. Read more »

Brooklyn Parole Headquarters Siting and Our Concerns

Recently the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) announced their decision to relocate their Brooklyn Borough Parole Office from Downtown Brooklyn to 2nd Avenue in Gowanus. Many constituents have written or called my office to express concerns about this siting – and I agree that the lack of transparency and community engagement in the planning for a facility of this scale has been deeply distressing. Read more »

Planning for the future of Gowanus

When we launched the “Bridging Gowanus” community planning process a year ago, we knew we were taking on a big challenge. 

We’ve seen (and smelled) the fetid water after a rainfall.  I was there when it flooded its banks during Hurricane Sandy.  And we knew these toxic waters might seem still compared to asking Brooklynites to debate too-often-polarizing questions about development, density, infrastructure, industry, and housing. 

But deciding not to engage seemed worse.  Should we just wait and let developers make plans of their own (or pretend that they won’t)?  Should we allow hotels, big-box stores, and self-storage facilities (all currently allowed “as-of-right” throughout the Gowanus) overrun the whole area?  Should we miss the opportunity to frame the community’s priorities for the new mayoral administration? Read more »

Kentile Floors sign will get a new home

I'm pleased to report that we've reached an agreement with the owner of the Kentile Floors sign to save the letters and give them a new home. You can read coverage about it in the New York Times and I wanted to give you all the details. The sign's owner, Ely Cohen, has agreed to preserve the letters of the sign during removal, and donate them to the Gowanus Alliance (a neighborhood not-for-profit organization) for preservation.  Read more »

Update on Construction Noise at the Lightstone Site

Thank you to all the constituents who have reach out to my office regarding the pile driving at the Lightstone site. Residents in the area have been pushing hard for some relief from the noise, and I have been in repeated touch with the developer urging them to address this problem. 

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Bridging Gowanus Second Meeting Thursday

On Thursday, we are holding the second community planning meeting about the future of Gowanus. The meeting is Thursday, March 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Wyckoff Gardens Community Center.

Last fall, I joined together with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Council Member Stephen Levin to announce Bridging Gowanus, an inclusive community-driven planning process to develop a long-term vision for a safe, vibrant, and sustainable Gowanus.

Bridging Gowanus is an effort to bring together a wide range of community members to identify broadly-shared goals, discuss different viewpoints, and build consensus around a neighborhood framework for the infrastructure and land use regulations needed in the Gowanus Canal area. Read more »

Locals and Officials to Brainstorm Improvements for Gritty Fourth Avenue

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01/14/2014

Fourth Avenue is an "unwelcoming" thoroughfare with a lifeless streetscape, and new luxury highrises aren't doing much to improve it.

Those are a few of the gripes local residents shared in a recent survey about Fourth Avenue, the gritty, industrial stretch on the western edge of tree-lined Park Slope where several residential towers have sprung up in recent years.

The Park Slope Civic Council will present the survey results at a Tuesday meeting where locals and elected officials will brainstorm an action plan for improving Fourth Avenue.

City Council members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin are scheduled to present their visions for the avenue's future, and residents, business owners and community groups will share their top priorities for the busy street. Read more »