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Martin Schneider

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: 12 Monroe Place
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Posted: Dec 28, 2009 11:16 AM       Post Subject: Why the BHA Was Formed in Feb 1910

The BHA was founded at a public meeting in the 'Long Island Island Historical Hall', it was reported in the NYTimes on Sunday, February 6, 1910. The headline, poetically, and uncannily predictive was "HEIGHTS DEMANDS RIGHTS"
The leaders talked "energetic[ally] and clearly" about getting attention paid to its own priorities. The neighborhood needed and deserved a subway entrance in the then proposed tube up Pineapple Street.
There was also the pressing matter of the unsightly storage houses and workshops at the foot of the bridge. A resolution was passed calling for that mess to be replaced with a proper plaza.
The new activism was summed up by the Rev. Newell Dwight Hillis, vice president of the "newly formed association," who declaimed that it is time we looked after our own interests and should "get busy" doing so.The Reverenc said that the Heights had been more than generous in supporting borough-wide developments but that "...not even the Bible requires us to love Flatbush more than the Heights."
There are more details to be mined, if anyone is interested, from the Times of that year. It is clear from this report that from the beginning,the BHA was dedicated to standing up for both the aesthetics and the practical virtues of the neighborhood. It was true in 1910 and continues to 2010.
This is not elitism as is sometimes charged; it is, rather, justifiable neighborhood self-interest against harmful and destructive forces.

Steve R

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Location: Brooklyn Heights
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Posted: Dec 28, 2009 03:20 PM

Very interesting, Martin. Thanks for posting.
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