Carroll Gardeners Testy About Council Member's Iowa Foray
The news that City Council Member Bill de Blasio is in Iowa stumping for Sen. Hillary Clinton appears to be leaving a sour taste in the mouths of some Carroll Gardens residents. We got one email from a neighborhood resident on New Year's Eve with the subject line: "Carroll Gardens Going to the Dogs?" that complained that Mr. de Blasio--who was Sen. Clinton's campaign manager in 2000--is ignoring the neighborhood in order to help the Democratic candidate. The email said in part:
DeB's ofc is calling for VOLUNTEERS in freakin' IOWA!!! Has he left Carroll Gardens to the dogs? Umm, looks that way, yup. Go ask the folks at 333 Carroll St.The 333 Carroll Street reference is to the controversial building with a large addition on top (aka The Carroll Gardens Hell Building) designed by Robert Scarano whose permits were reissued before the holidays by the Department of Buildings. Neighborhood blogger Pardon Me for Asking posted a long and interesting item on the subject of neighborhood issues versus Presidential politics and related matters, on New Year's Eve. In the meantime, there's the new artwork that has appeared at the Democracy Wall at the Carroll Street subway stop. It includes an image of a proposal for the Public Place development in Gowanus, the Council Member's telephone number and the tart message: "Sorry, but he might be a little too busy with Hillary in Iowa." (Before Christmas, there was word Mr. de Blasio's office was promising "action after the holiday" in Carroll Gardens.) If it's any comfort to residents, the primary scrambling should be over earlier than in the past, given the front-loaded election schedule.