360 Smith Street and C.O.R.D on the News

In case you don't get Channel 12 as I do, check out the recent interview with representatives from C.O.R.D with coverage of the "Democracy Wall" (I do believe The Gowanus Lounge coined that name). The interview takes place at the Carroll Street subway plaza in front of 360 Smith Street where members of the community have not given up the fight to stop architect Robert Scarano from constructing another building which is out of character and out of scale with the existing neighborhood. Please note that at the end of the broadcast it is said that Councilman Bill DeBlasio's office says that Robert Scarano will be "submitting a revised plan for 360 Smith Street in the New Year that will work more with the community".

Let's hope so, but it seems nothing stops this man from doing what he wants. Will C.O.R.D be the first?

Meanwhile the community in Carroll Gardens and also in Kensington are well aware that Councilman Bill DeBlasio has been more unavailable than usual as he is in Ohio with Hilary Clinton rather than answering his constituents questions.


Lorraine Hicks said...

Dear Bill DeBlasio,

Do the words "Marc Rich" ring any bells you fatuous prick? Way to stand firm and "back a winner." Although I don't think there's much crossover with FIB, if even one of Brooklyn's insufferable Hillary apologists is here, you need only rewind a couple years to her "accidental" negative comments about the so-called Brooklyn Bridge "park" to suss what her true "values," although that's but the tip of a very large, very ugly iceberg.

Bill, because I care, here's your New Year's Revolution for 2008: Read Jimmy Breslin's "The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez" and, until then, spare us all your fake populist, fake pro-labor happy horseshit. Thanks!

And Assemblywoman Joan Millman says...

what precisely?

Kind Regards,

Lorraine Hicks
South Brooklyn

The Music Director, WWIB said...

Mornin' ya'll. This dialogue reminded me of a favorite Tom T. Hall song. Is it ok if I sing a little here? Music maestro, please!!

"Kentucky Feb. 27, '71"

There were signs beside the road like "Jesus Saves"
And "Relieve yourself the fast and gentle way"
I was lookin' for an old man who lived way back in these hills
Who just might have a story I could tell

Pretty soon the blacktop disappeared
I felt the car change to a lower gear
I took a drink of liquor just to chase away the chill
I was 27 miles from Olive Hill

Ahead I saw the bridge where I turned right
A dirt road led straight up a mountainside
I pulled up to a farmhouse I thought I had seen before
An old man and his dog were at the door

They told me this old-timer knew this land
I told him, "Sir, I just don't understand
Why the kids in this state just grow up and move away
And leave the land where they were born and raised."

He said, "Son, you can't make it on this land
Unless you're happy workin' with your hands
There ain't no kids today that wanna stay and work it out
They wanna see the things they hear about."

He said, "I cleared this whole farm off myself
And I'd work it now but time has got my health."
Then starin' out the window restin' in his easy chair
He told me what I'd really come to hear

"You know, son, people used to tell their kids
'Now, I don't want you to have to work the way I did.'
They don't and some will tell you that it's a shame
But you have to think before you place the blame."

I guess we must have talked for half a day
'Til I told him that I'd best be on my way
He shook my hand and said, "I'm glad I met you, Mr. Hall
But I guess there ain't no song here after all."