Friday, November 9, 2012
Please join them on Monday, November 12th, 6:00-9:00pm, at the new Chio' Restaurant in the Columbia Waterfront District, at the corner of Columbia and Kane. More information about the event here.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The first assembly begins 6:30pm, Monday, September 24, at the Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street at Union. More information about Participatory Budgeting available here from Brad Lander's website. RSVP is requested.
For residents of the Columbia Waterfront, this is an opportunity to promote long desired improvements to the BQE 'ditch' such as pedestrian enhancements like sidewalk extensions and planting along Hicks Street. Please participate and help make our neighborhood even more terrific than it already is!
Monday, September 3, 2012
|Columbia Street Clock - source: Lost City Blog|
|Port Gantry Cranes - source: PortSide NewYork|
The winning artwork will be used as design for the Street Banners that will installed along the commercial corridor. Winning entries will also be used on t-shirts, stickers, posters, coffee mugs, hats, and other promotional materials to both publicize the Columbia Waterfront District and raise funds for the neighborhood’s signage and banners that will be installed along the Columbia Waterfront District’s Commercial Corridor. The neighborhood’s commercial corridor extends from Atlantic Avenue to Hamilton Avenue along Columbia Street and from Van Brunt Street to Hicks Street along Union Street.
Complete details and rules of the contest can be downloaded here.
Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. will be holding the 4th Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The annual Street Fair runs from the DeGraw Street to Union Street along Columbia Street and from Columbia Street to Hicks Street along Union Street. This year’s Street Fair is anticipated to be well attended by thousands of visitors and community residents enjoying a day of food, fun for all ages, shopping, live entertainment, games and rides. This year’s event is sponsored by Apple Bank, Ascot Properties, Jabus Building Corporation, and Downstate Long Island Hospital.
For more information click here.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A local resident is soliciting signatures on a petition to the DOT to address this matter. Sign up at https://www.change.org/petitions/nyc-dept-of-transportation-slow-the-traffic-speed-on-congress-street-between-columbia-hicks.
More exciting: Channel 12 News will be at the corner of Hicks and Congress tomorrow, Thursday August 2 at 8:30a. Come out and show your support.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Guests of honor will include Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez and NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn.
When: Thursday, June 21, 2012 6:00p to 9:00p
Where: Williamsburg Edge
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Date: Sunday April 22, 2012
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Place: Pok Pok NY, 127 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY
More information about the event here.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Saturday, March 31
Windsor Terrace Library
160 East 5th Street
10:00am - 4:30pm
330 Smith Street
10:00am - 6:00pm
Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, April 1
Beth Jacob Day
1363 46th Street
10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
10:00am - 5:00pm
Carroll Street between Court and Smith
10:00am - 5:00pm
Ballots listing the projects and more information is available at www.bradlander.com/pb.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
This is your chance to influence how approximately $1 million of capital funds will be spent. The projects are spread throughout the district and target parks, education, transit as well as other needs.
Friday, March 16, 2012
BrooklynGreenway Initiative (BGI) is thrilled to announce the opening of our new storefront office space at 153 Columbia Street. To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 22nd, 5:00PM-8:00PM.
BGI is grateful to the many local businesses and volunteers who have contributed their time and expertise to help renovate and outfit our new office space, and we are especially thankful for capacity-building funding from the Lu Esther T. Mertz Advised Fund of the New York Community Trust and the Brenner Family Foundation. BGI's office move would not have been possible without their generous support.
BGI’s new office features reclaimed antique flooring from The Hudson Co., installed by local carpenter Rob McBride with finishing by Red Hook Flooring; reclaimed windows from Alma Viva Restaurant and modern furnishings designed and built by Pickett Furniture. Additional contributors include A-One Locksmiths, Inc.; Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition; Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop; Franke, Gottsegen, Cox Architects; Beth Kenkel; Ohm Acoustics Corp.; O’Lampia Studio, Inc.; Pro Electric Corp.; Peter Raymond; Vincente Painting and Waterfront Kitchens. In addition, BGI extends our sincere thanks to all of the enthusiastic and tireless volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty to get our new office space into tip-top shape.
To officially celebrate our new home and to acknowledge everyone who helped build out and equip the space, BGI invites all greenway supporters to our Open House on Thursday, March 22nd, 5:00PM-8:00PM. Thank you to our event sponsors: Waterfront Wines & Spirits at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Brewery, Nine Cakes, Denise Fasanello Floral Design, and Fairway Red Hook. Special thanks to The O’Connell Organization for ongoing support.
To RSVP, email your full contact information to email@example.com. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Monday, March 19th
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Meeting the new stevedoreTwo weeks ago, many of you joined me for a meeting with the new operator of the Red Hook Container Terminal, the piers along the Columbia Waterfront and northwest Red Hook. At the meeting, Greg Brayman of Phoenix Beverage Company introduced residents to the staff and operations of the new Red Hook Container Terminal operator, which replaced American Stevedoring last fall as the operator of the port (a.k.a. "the stevedore"). Greg gave an overview of port operations and of some of their plans for the future. He provided the following two e-mail addresses for ongoing communication:
- For general information regarding port operations: Info@RedHookTerminal.com
- For complaints about truck traffic -- especially when trucks are on Columbia Street south of Degraw, which is not a truck route -- residents should send the truck number, truck type and location to trucktraffic@PhoenixBeverages.comA big resident concern at the meeting was about trucks using local streets, as opposed to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which Phoenix Beverages agreed to use at least for the duration of the Van Brunt Street Reconstruction Project. We are still going to need a longer-term solution to keep trucks off local streets after the reconstruction is finished. Another issue raised was the conversion of Phoenix Beverages' truck fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce air pollution in our community. Phoenix has begun converting its fleet, and remains committed to converting all its trucks to CNG within seven years, which is what they promised to do when they moved in.Residents also expressed their support for the passage of the federal Clean Ports Act [see here -ed.], which would give ports across the country the tools to curb diesel emissions and promote fairer labor practices. Residents also stated their interest in keeping the Customs Inspection Station at the port open. I agree that both measures are important to an active, clean and safe waterfront.Thanks to the community organizations and elected officials with whom I worked to organize the event, including the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Councilmember Sara González and Community Board 6.Shore powerSince the meeting, you may have heard that the Port Authority Board of Commissioners has raised questions about the cost of bringing shore power to the Red Hook Cruise Terminal -- something that they committed to by a vote of their board last year. Shore power is vital, so that the enormous cruise ships can plug into an electrical grid, rather than keeping their diesel engines running at the terminal and emitting dangerous fumes for hours at a time. I am joining together with other local elected officials to insist that the Port Authority live up to the commitment that it made to us last year, and that shore power move forward without delay.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
When: Monday, February 27.
Time: 6:30p - 8:30p.
Where: LICH corner of Atlantic + Hicks, enter on Hicks Street.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
CoWNA has endorsed the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act (A8997), and I want to take a minute to explain why.
This bill would protect truck drivers—like the ones who work on the Red Hook port—from misclassification as independent contractors. For neighborhoods like ours, this is not only a moral concern. It's actually a serious public health hazard.
Trucking companies engage in misclassification in order to increase profits by shifting business costs onto their employees. So, misclassified truck drivers are made to shoulder the cost of buying and maintaining their own trucks. But in the ports of New York and New Jersey, drivers who are misclassified as independent contractors earn just $28,000 a year, on average. That means the ports are filled with old, highly polluting trucks—many of them as much as 18 years old!
The results are dirty air and an estimated 1,663 premature deaths, 1,444 non-fatal heart attacks, 59,871 childhood asthma attacks and 3,630 cases of acute childhood bronchitis a year.
It’s time to clean up the port trucking industry.
But on $28,000 a year, misclassified truck drivers cannot afford the cost of new clean trucks. Only trucking companies have the economic power to do what is needed. Yet they will avoid the responsibility as long as they can misclassify their drivers as independent contractors.
CoWNA has urged Assemblywoman Millman to add her name to A8997 as a cosponsor. When the bill is introduced in the State Senate, we’ll ask the same of Senator Squadron.
We’ll keep you posted with any news.
UPDATE: Whaddya know! There is a Senate bill--S6267. A note to Senator Squadron is on its way.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association seeks nominations for the following executive positions in our organization: President, Vice President, Secretary.
Please submit an email or letter of interest with a short, one-paragraph bio and statement of interest. We will hold elections at a general meeting to be scheduled for spring 2012. For submittal or more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
A brief overview of our activities is available here.
The problem with Loading Dock 5's project is just that it is not very good, not that it is 'contemporary'. And being 'green' does not compensate for clumsiness. Unfortunately one can't refer to it any longer. That the image of the building was removed from their website indicates that either they or their client was not happy about it being seen by the public. Why would that be, if the designers and the developer were confident of their work?
I am encouraged that there is some discussion about this project! I hope that others, plus the developer and designers (with plans and images, hopefully) join in: we'd love to see a lively exchange about this: it would help all of us clarify what kind of city we hope to live in and signal our expectations to the inevitable future developers.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Date: 9 February 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Postgraduate Center, 177 Columbia Street
Our neighborhood is uniquely affected by the port: idling ships pollute our air, truck traffic on our local streets contributes to pollution and is a safety concern, and the salt pile is a corrosive nuisance. However, the port is also a valuable and essential resource: it has the capacity to accommodate a wide variety of activities, from cruise ships to water taxis, shipping, recreational boating, cultural and educational centers to maintenance facilities. Whether the port remains a viable enterprise for years to come should be a major concern for all in the Waterfront. If it does not, then we will witness an all-to-familiar real estate free-for-all as agencies and developers rush to exploit what is one of the most desirable locations in Brooklyn. Please join us, meet your neighbors and learn more about the port.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 6:30p - 8:30p
Location: Union Street Star Theater, 101 Union Street
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
An application for a new 7 story building at 255 Columbia Street (the former furniture store) has been filed at the Department of Buildings. The proposed building will reach a height of 70 feet and contain 13 apartments. The designer's blog includes a brief description of the building and an image of the street front. [Update 1/14/12 - the image on the designer's blog has apparently been removed].
Although we applaud the developer's commitment to constructing to Passive House standard, we are displeased with lack of sensitivity to the character of the neighborhood the image of the project reveals. Our hope is that the drawing is a very early sketch and that further refinement of composition, proportions, and detailing is forthcoming. As it is presented, this structure unfortunately resembles many of the mediocre contemporary infill buildings scattered throughout Williamsburg.
We welcome responsible development in our neighborhood and the influx of new residents who will be customers for our local businesses. We urge the developer of this project to demand of his designers a more sophisticated design. One that evinces a sensitivity to context and demonstrates an understanding of the meaningful differences in composition of building elements relative to the street, the property line, the building silhouette. With a little care, we believe that this site could hold a building that both its owners and its neighbors will love.