Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Engine Company 204 Protest

Councilman Bill de Blasio wants YOU to join him on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m. to protest the city's plans to sell a Cobble Hill firehouse -- Engine 204 at 299 DeGraw Street -- to the highest bidder.

We all remember those glory days in 2003 when Assemblywoman Joan Millman, actor Steve Buscemi, Bill de Blasio, Chris Owens and eight others were hauled off to jail for defying the Man during an Engine 204 demonstration. After forming a human chain outside the firehouse, they were part of a group of protesters that stormed the building before being arrested.

Despite all that, the fire house was shut down and now the city is on the verge of selling it.

An April 19 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle notes: "The neighborhood hoped that eventually the city would see the error of its ways in closing a firehouse in a community undergoing a population boom and filled with 19th century homes neither equipped with firefighting devices such as sprinkler systems nor built with fire-retarding materials. It was also noted that the building dates back to 1855, making it an important historic structure."

Here's your chance to tell the City Council to take that application and .... send it right back to the City Planning Commission!

Date: May 15th, 2007
Time: 12:30PM
Location: Steps of City Hall (R to City Hall Stop)
Contact: Tom Gray 718-854-9791 or

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