Monday, January 26, 2009

HDC Coffee Talk - Community Blogging!

Community Blogging
Monday Morning Coffee Talk, with the Flatbush Gardener

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

Community bloggers are increasingly the voice of local neighborhoods. As larger newspapers focus less and less on the day to day, neighborhood-based blogs have assumed the role of providing updated, detailed accounts of the issues that directly affect built environment and quality of life. With little more than an internet connection and a digital camera, these activist reporters monitor communities with a passion and in the process end up mobilizing their fellow neighbors to take action and make change.

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Anonymous said...

And how does HDC take it when bloggers criticize some of HDC's
own shortcomings ?

H-m-m-m-m ? !!!

Anonymous said...

Just curious. How relevant is HDC in our city's problems with overdevelopment, illegal conversions, constant teardowns, etc? I don't know if I've read or heard any statements made by them publicly regarding this stuff. Shouldn't they be very vocal?

Anonymous said...

The are vocal only for the things that happens in the Village, Brooklyn Heights, Landmarks West. Upper class white communities that might not reflect the city, but are supported by everyone in the city with landmark designation.

The feeling is, if it doesn't happen there, its not important. And with groups like Queens Historical and Queensboro Presvation you cannot expect any leadership here in Queens.

They think you need to turn to the 4 Boros. Take a look at that lineup for future prospects.

Anonymous said...

I don't see how these groups can call themselves preservationists if they have been ignoring all of us here in Queens who have been screaming for landmarking or rezoning. What in the world do they want to work for these organizations if they don't intend to "preserve" our communities? I guess we can add these groups to the very long list of jokes in this city. And unfortunately the jokes are on all of us.

Anonymous said...

Italian girl, they are sensative to bad press.

Also considering that many of these programs have a major taxpayer component (think landmark commission) they are obligated to respond.

So blog away and let you friends know about this injustice.

It will change.

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Anonymous said...

Miles, they can't be all that sensitive if they are constantly criticized for being complacent and ignoring residents demand for landmarking. Sounds to me like they're more afraid of the mayor and his posse then they are of the poeple they supposedly represent.

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like they're more afraid of the mayor and his posse then they are of the poeple they supposedly represent.

Not the case at all. Remember, most of the movers and shakers (including the mayor's posse) lives in landmark designated communities.

Their problem is that they are selfish and look down on the rest of us. Go to a preservation event and see the wine and the pompous white folks (that tawlk funny).

They are on the gravy train and do not want to share information or resources.

If we landmark and enjoy things like that, it would lose its cache.

All this I could stand. Its the quislings in the outer boroughs that run to sustain this f"ked up system.

I have nothing but contempt for them - and whose removal is the first step from getting their feet off our throats.

Anonymous said...

I am a tanned and fit hairy guy.

When is that speaker showing up?

Anonymous said...

Most of these historical
(hysterical) societies
are scared to death of their own shadows.

They initially mean well but fear that their funding will be cut if they speak up too loudly.

The need for money doth make cowards of them all!

I hope this answers one of your questions "Italian girl"...
having once been a board member of one of these societies.

Anonymous said...

I guess that all makes sense.

Thanks anonymous.