A site to advocate for the future of our neighborhood
Let us say it right upfront: we support responsible planning. We’re not against development. In fact we support responsible development that takes into account the people who live here. And we support affordable housing 100%. In fact, some of us think the entire campus should be turned into affordable housing.
But almost all of us think downtown Brooklyn schools and streets are choking from over-development and the answer is not more towers. Profit has been put above all other goods on Brooklyn's waterfront, and it's time to take a deep breath and see if this is really good for New York and for the residents who have shown their committment to improving their neighborhoods. This is what has created Cobble Hill's value in the first place.
We want to be taken into consideration in the development process. Putting four towers in a corner of a tiny landmarked community with recognized historical value, and with neighbors who simply don't want an out-of-scale project imposed on them, makes no sense.
Some people have already publicly (on blogs and in comments) tried to characterize Cobble Hill as rich folks trying to bar the door behind them. The fact is, many of us who live in this neighborhood came here because we couldn't afford to live in Manhattan and chose to live in an affordable, low key neighborhood. Cobble Hill was an inexpensive place to live, right up until the late 1990s when Cobble Hill, like every other neighborhood with good transportation, experienced a boom.
Given this, most people here support affordable housing, whatever their income level. And yes, the neighborhood has changed. $15 million dollar sales make headlines, and our property is now amongst the most expensive in the city. But we have never understood the point of view that thinks residents of "hot" neighborhoods should be punished, and their neighborhoods ruined by condo towers, as if they somehow "deserve" it. Who do these critics think is going to purchase these condos? The towers springing up all over New York are catering to money from around the world, and they are often left empty. (See this NYT article.) They are built to benefit developers. How is this an improvement over responsible planning?
For those of you who are gleeful about seeing a neighborhood ruined, remember: they're coming to your neighborhood next.
Here is the Cobble Hill Associations Development Survey. There is a great deal of consensus among the residents of Cobble Hill. Read it here: