Carroll Gardens is unique. We were blessed with beautiful deep front gardens. These "courtyards" are specifically protected under old Brooklyn Law from having any structures built upon them.
That law is about to be changed. It is being tampered with by our exiting Councilman, Bill de Blasio.
We learned today that DeBlasio, who has publicly supported and taken credit for maintaining neighborhood character, (link to campaign platform below) will be introducing a bill to amend the old brooklyn law on December 9th. He will be requesting a change that will allow a two story structure to be built on a courtyard on a Place block.
Once this dangerous precedent is set, there is no way of knowing what else could follow.
This is unacceptable and completely bewildering to the many many people who have worked so diligently over the years to insure that Carroll Gardens did not lose its identity in the face of overwhelming overdevelopment.
"Fighting Overdevelopment: Bill fought to close a longstanding loop hole in the zoning text that left many streets in Carroll Gardens vulnerable to overdevelopment. The narrow residential streets were labeled “wide street” in the Zoning Resolution allowing for developers to build larger buildings. The change, advanced by Bill, appropriately characterized the narrow streets helping to preserve Carroll Gardens' character by disallowing out-of-context structures to rise on several residential blocks."
A page full of irony from Bill De Blasio's Public Advocate Website entitled: Neighborhood Preservation.
Some people apparently don't want Carroll Gardens to be landmarked, either.