The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed http://www.thebha.org/ BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion E- WASTE RECYCLING EVENT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>E- WASTE RECYCLING EVENT </p> <p>The BHA&nbsp;is a co-sponsor of this two-day event, held in the Chapel of the First Unitarian Church on Pierrepont Street, corner of Monroe Pl.&nbsp;&nbsp; <u>Only residential e-waste will be accepted. </u></p> <p>Saturday, May 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM</p> <p>Sunday, May 17th from 12:30 to 2 PM</p> <p><strong>Click<a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/E-Recycling(4).pdf"> here </a>for the flyer listing all electronic items to be accepted.</strong>&nbsp; For more information, call 718-858-9193</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/328/ Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT - RESIDENTIAL WASTE ONLY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>E- WASTE RECYCLING EVENT</p> <p>The BHA is a co-sponsor of this two-day event, which&nbsp; is held at the Chapel of the First Unitarian Church on Pierrepont Street, corner of Monroe Pl.&nbsp; Only residential electronics waste will be accepted at this event.</p> <p>Saturday, May 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM</p> <p>Sunday, May 17th from 12:30 to 2 PM</p> <p><strong>Please click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/E-Recycling%284%29.pdf">here</a> for the flyer listing all electronic items to be accepted.&nbsp; Or call the BHA office (718-858-9193) for more information.</strong></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/327/ Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 2015 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>2015 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LANDMARK&nbsp;HOUSE &amp;&nbsp;GARDEN TOUR CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NYC LANDMARKS LAW AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS' HISTORIC DISTRICT&nbsp;DESIGNATION</p> <p>The&nbsp;house&nbsp;tour takes place on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 from 1 to 5 PM. The is&nbsp;a self-guided tour of five private homes in Brooklyn Heights. This will be the BHA's 31st annual house tour, and all five houses are&nbsp;being shown for the first time.&nbsp; This is a rain or shine event!</p> <p>Our space will be limited this year,&nbsp;and advance purchase is recommended.</p> <p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebha.org/">HERE</a> to purchase tickets and read all about the tour.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/334/ Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 2015 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 9TH - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold its 31st Annual Landmark House &amp; Garden Tour on Saturday, May 9th from 1-5 PM. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law and historic district designation of Brooklyn Heights. This go-at-your-own-pace, self-guided tour will allow visitors a rare opportunity to experience the architecture and decoration of five private historic townhouses in Brooklyn Heights. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://thebha.org/houseTour2015"><img width="292" height="91" alt="" src="http://www.thebha.org/images/banner_hometour_small.gif" /></a> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TICKET INFORMATION:</strong><br /> BHA Member tickets are $65 when purchased in advance. General admission tickets, and all tickets purchased on the day of the tour, are $80. Advance purchase is recommended. Click link above to purchase your tickets now. <strong>You can join the BHA&nbsp; </strong><a href="https://brooklynheightsassociation.org/join-the-bha/"><strong>HERE</strong></a> or call the BHA office at 718-858-9193.</p> <p>We do not mail tickets. The pick up location is 129 Pierrepont Street, open from 12pm to 3:30 pm on the day of the tour only.&nbsp; We will also be selling tickets at this location on the day of the tour.&nbsp; Please allow 2-3 hours to tour all the houses, which close promptly at 5 PM.</p> <p><strong>The BHA is a not-for profit organization, and the full price of the ticket is tax deductible.</strong></p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192,52,3)"><span style="font-size: large">We wish to thank our generous corporate sponsors: Brown Harris Stevens,&nbsp;Corcoran&nbsp;and Douglas Elliman Real Estate</span></strong></p> <p><strong>TOUR INFORMATION:</strong><br /> The ticket is a Guidebook containing a map of the neighborhood and a brief description of each of the five houses, including their history, architecture, and decoration.</p> <p>The tour takes place, rain or shine, and tickets are not reimbursable. Children under 13 will not be allowed in the houses, except for infants in front packs. Comfortable walking-shoes are recommended. Cell phones and photography are prohibited inside the houses.</p> <p>We thank the generous homeowners who make this unique day possible, as well as the many volunteers whose presence ensures the success of this tour.</p> <p><strong>DIRECTIONS:</strong><br /> The closest subway stops to 129 Pierrepont Street are Court Street-Borough Hall for the R train, and Borough Hall for the 2, 3, 4, 5 trains. The A and C train stop at High Street and the F train stop at Jay Street-Metrotech are also nearby. <br /> Parking is extremely difficult in Brooklyn Heights. Public garages are located at 180 Montague Street, 225 Atlantic Avenue, 75 Henry Street, and 38 State Street.</p> <p><img width="252" height="37" alt="" src="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHS_logo_westbury-1.jpg" />&nbsp; <img width="124" height="36" alt="" src="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/corcoran(1).jpg" />&nbsp; <img width="216" height="37" alt="" src="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/DE_logo_Blue+Gray_RGB_JPG.jpg" /></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/2015 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 9TH / Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 "REDEFINING PRESERVATION FOR THE 21st CENTURY": A Symposium and Exhibition Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law at the Museum of NYC. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century: A Symposium on Monday, April 20th <br /> </strong></u></p> <p>Organized in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of New York City&rsquo;s landmark law, the Museum of the City of New York announces that its upcoming exhibition &quot;Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks&quot; will launch with &ldquo;Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century&rdquo;, a multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the challenges and the opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time?</p> <p>A distinguished group of speakers will examine how preservation shapes and strengthens our neighborhoods and our city as a whole.<br /> <strong>Vishaan Chakrabarti</strong>,<strong> </strong>AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects &amp; Director of CURE, Columbia University<br /> <strong>Roberta Brandes Gratz</strong>, Urban Critic and Journalist<br /> <strong>Michael Kimmelman</strong>, New York Times Architecture Critic<br /> <strong>Steven Spinola</strong>, President, Real Estate Board of New York<br /> <strong>Robert A. M. Stern</strong>, FAIA, Founder Robert A.M. Stern Architects &amp; Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University<br /> <strong>Adele Chatfield-Taylor (moderator)</strong>, Former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome</p> <p><strong><u>LOCATIO</u><u>NS &amp; TIMES</u></strong> <br /> 5:30&ndash;7:00 pm: Symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine (1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street)<br /> 7:00&ndash;9:00 pm: Opening Reception street at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street).</p> <p>The symposium is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, The Institute of Classical Architecture &amp; Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, The Municipal Art Society, New York School of Interior Design, Neighborhood Preservation Center, NYC Landmarks 50, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York Preservation Archive Project, Pratt Institute, Preservation League of New York State, and Society of Architectural Historians.</p> <p><strong>SYMPOSIUM TICKETS</strong>: BHA&nbsp;members are offered discounted tickets at $20, per tkt. The <strong>discount code for the BHA network is BHA20</strong>.&nbsp; The $20 ticket price includes admission to the opening reception as well as the symposium and exhibition. If you wish to receive the discount, you must first log in to set up an account with your email address, then sign in to your account on the <a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/redefining-preservation-21st-century-symposium">ticketing page</a> to order your tickets. For the discount,&nbsp; enter the code BHA20&nbsp; in the discount area which appears in the second page, just before checking out.</p> <p>If you plan to attend the opening reception for &quot;<strong>Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks&quot;</strong>, please <a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/redefining-preservation-21st-century-symposium"><span style="font-size: smaller">REGISTER HERE</span></a><span style="font-size: smaller">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">The exhibition will run from April 20th to September 13th, 2015.</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/3de10c3c4d72b4856e7530b3989938d7/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 "MOVE NY" PLAN - BHA SEEKS RESIDENT FEEDBACK WITH SURVEY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>&quot;MOVE NY&quot; PLAN </strong></u></p> <p>The BHA is surveying the community on the &quot;Move NY&quot; Fair Plan, a comprehensive approach to New York City&rsquo;s significant transportation infrastructure needs, growing congestion and rising tolls and transit fares.</p> <p>The BHA believes some action must be taken to support infrastructure investments, rationalize the tolling system, and ensure transportation access and affordability for all New Yorkers in the long-term.</p> <p>We expect that a variation of this plan will be brought to a vote of the City Council and State Legislature. Your input will help to frame the BHA's position.</p> <p>Please complete <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M7HJ2JC">this brief survey</a>, making sure to give us your comments about any aspects of the proposal.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/eee631e5ae2d200a6ed3681e9bfd986e/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA SOCIAL! - PLEASE JOIN US ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17 AT 7:30 PM FOR THE BROOKLYN FOLK FESTIVAL AT ST. ANN & THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>BHA SOCIAL!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.downhomeradioshow.com/"><strong>Down Home Radio Show</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.jalopy.biz/"><strong>The Jalopy Theatre</strong></a> are proud to announce the 7th annual <a href="http://www.brooklynfolkfest.com/">Brooklyn Folk Festival</a> taking place Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th, 2015!</p> <p>The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more!</p> <p>The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, songwriters, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Irish and Balkan music, and much more! This year the festival will be held at the beautiful historic <a href="http://www.stannholytrinity.org/?doing_wp_cron=1428623724.9483449459075927734375">St. Ann &amp; the Holy Trinity Church</a> located at 157 Montague St. between Clinton and Henry in Brooklyn Heights. The venue is wheelchair accessible.</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: FRIDAY, APRIL 17 at 7:30PM</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>: ST. ANN &amp; THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH<br /> 157 MONTAGUE ST., BROOKLYN, NY</p> <p><strong>TIME AND SHOW INFO</strong>: <strong>Join us at 7:30pm for some mingling before the festival starts in the Second Stage area by the bar, after you check in. Wine and Beer will be available for sale.</strong> The festival starts at 8 pm and lasts until 12:30am.</p> <p>HERE'S THE LINEUP:</p> <p>8:00PM Jackson Lynch &ndash; Blues guitar, old time fiddle and banjo breakdowns<br /> 8:45PM Horse Eyed Men &ndash; Original folk/country outer-space music<br /> 9:30PM Michael Hurley &ndash; Legendary folk musician, needs no introduction!<br /> 10:15PM Jerron &ldquo;Blindboy&rdquo; Paxton - Country blues, fiddle and banjo<br /> 11:00PM Terry Waldo&rsquo;s Rum House Band - Legendary early Jazz and Ragtime pianist with his band<br /> 11:45PM Feral Foster and His Band &ndash; Excellent songwriting based solidly in Blues, Folk, Gospel and Balkan music</p> <p>TICKETS: JUST JUST $12.50! 50% off $25 Full Price tickets when you mention code &quot;BHA&quot; at the box office. These tickets will be available ONLY at the door (cash or credit), NOT in advance through the Brooklyn Folk Festival ticketing website. This discount is only available to BHA Members, but you can sign up to become a member <a href="https://brooklynheightsassociation.org/join-the-bha/">here</a>.&nbsp; You can call us at 718-858-9193, if you'd like to know more about the BHA.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/66fd0662311a19f63f7de718ba481aa1/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PARTICIPATORY BUDGET VOTING STARTS APRIL 13TH: PS 307 IS ON THE BALLOT FOR A MUCH NEEDED NEW LIBRARY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING - VOTING STARTS MONDAY, APRIL 13!<br /> </strong></u></p> <p>Participatory Budgeting is a democratic economic precess in which residents of NYC may decide how to spend a portion of the city's capital budget.&nbsp; Council Member Stephen Levin invites residents of his Council District to become a part of the decision making for the 33rd District's Participatory Budgeting Process for 2015, by voting next week for the projects that are being proposed to share in excess of $1M available for this process.&nbsp; In 2014, CM Levin committed $1.6 M to the <a href="http://pbnyc.org/d33">5 winning projects. </a></p> <p>Anyone at least 14 years of age who lives in the 33rd district is eligible to vote in this project. Voting will take place during the week of April 13th at the times and locations listed in this <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/PBvotelocationflyer.pdf">flyer</a>.&nbsp;Please forward this to&nbsp;your friends and neighbors, who may not see this post.&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Please note:</strong></u>&nbsp; <strong>PS307 in Vinegar Hill has a project for a much-needed new library listed on Levin's participatory budget ballot this year.&nbsp;This is our chance to support a neighbor school in need of a crucial resource. Please vote!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Click <a href="http://stephenlevin33.tumblr.com/pbballot15">here</a> to view the list of eligible projects.</p> <p>PS 8 is the only voting site in Brooklyn Heights. Voting hours there are on Friday, April 17th from 8-10 AM, at 37 Hicks Street.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/e7e7f0abf95403e6f65defa57599b0f0/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 REMEMBERING JOHN LOSCALZO AND "HOMER FINK", BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>REMEMBERING JOHN LOSCALZO AND &quot;HOMER FINK&quot;, BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT</strong></u></p> <p>The Board of the BHA is saddened by the death of John Loscalzo, founder of the Brooklyn Heights Blog. John was our good friend and attentive Brooklyn Heights neighbor. He was a 2011 recipient of the BHA's Community Service Award, and we will remember his smart writing, penetrating observations, dazzlingly quick wit and appreciation of all things Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>With his creation of the Brooklyn Heights Blog, Brooklyn Bugle, and Cobble Hill Blog, John played a significant part in unifying and supporting our neighborhood, providing a ready forum for residents to communicate with one another on local issues. We will miss his commentary, and his often-irreverent and hilarious posts and tweets.</p> <p>Many Brooklyn Heights residents and tourists enjoyed John's &quot;Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tours,&quot; guided by his alter ego Homer Fink, in which John provided an insider's glimpse of historical secrets. By day John was the Director of Music for CBS Local. He will sorely be missed by many. We hold his wife, Tracy and daughter Gracie in our thoughts and prayers.</p> <p>A Memorial Service is planned for this coming Wednesday evening, April 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at Scotto&rsquo;s Funeral Home, 106 1st Place, at Court Street, Brooklyn. There will be prayers and remarks at 8:00 PM. </p> <p>In lieu of flowers, an education fund has been created for John's daughter, Gracie. Checks made out to Grace Loscalzo may be deposited directly to her savings account, number 3044158243, at any Chase branch, or sent to her mother, Tracy Zamot, at 33 Willow Street, Apt 1, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1367.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller;">Posted 4/4/15</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/cfdee263cb234a701fa255772f56f06f/ Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 JOIN THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY AND MARVEL ARCHITECTS FOR A BRANCH PLANNING WORKSHOP, APRIL 20 AT 6:30 PM IN THE LIBRARY, 280 CADMAN PLAZA WEST <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>GIVE COMMUNITY INPUT FOR THE NEW BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY - ATTEND THE NEXT BRANCH DESIGN WORKSHOP ON APRIL 20&nbsp; &amp; COMPLETE THE SURVEY</u></strong></p> <p>The next planning workshop will be Monday, April 20, 2015&nbsp; at 6:30pm at the Brooklyn Heights Branch, 280 Cadman Plaza West. This is an open invitation to library users to come with&nbsp; your thoughts on the features and services that you would like to see in the new library.&nbsp; In addition, the BPL is conducting a survey to gather community feedback.&nbsp;We urge our readers to complete the <a href="http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2039374/Brooklyn-Heights-Usage-Survey?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=this%20survey&amp;utm_campaign=Brooklyn%20Heights%20Community%20Meeting%203/2015">survey here</a>.</p> <p>As has been reported, the Brooklyn Heights Library is facing more than $9.2 million in unfunded repairs. Its HVAC system is broken, resulting in unplanned closures and unreliable service for patrons during summer months. Much of the branch&rsquo;s space is cellar storage, unavailable for public use.</p> <p>Following its decision to sell the site to raise funds to repair this branch as well as others in the BPL system, the trustees of the BPL selected the team of Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects to redevelop the Cadman Plaza West site with a mixed-use building anchored by a state-of-the-art, 21,500-square-foot library. The proposed project will generate $52 million, $40 million of which is reportedly going towards repairs in other Brooklyn branches, three of which are within Community Board 2: Walt Whitman, Washington Irving and Pacific Street libraries. The developer is required to create affordable units and Hudson is building 114 units of affordable housing off site but still within Community Board 2 at 1021 Fulton Street and 911 Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>The BPL will provide interim service during the period of construction in the community room of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street.</p> <p>At its March 9th Community Advisory Committee meeting, the BPL presented a power point with more details about the project. Click <a href="http://www.bklynlibrary.org/heights/CAC-PRESENTATION.pdf?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=details&amp;utm_campaign=Brooklyn%20Heights%20Community%20Meeting%203/2015">here</a>&nbsp;for the presentation. &nbsp;The Brooklyn Heights project is subject to the City&rsquo;s environmental review and land use process (ULURP), which requires review by the Community Board, Borough President, City Planning Commission and the New York City Council. The BPL hopes to begin construction in 2016.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA has so far not opposed the project since the money from the sale goes to the BPL, the BPL plans to provides interim service, and the new library branch is of adequate size. For a fuller discussion of our position, and our efforts to ensure that the new building is the best possible building for the neighborhood, click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/alerts/0e18f96dfd6eb9c35fa40d3cf1d0fc12">here</a> and <a href="http://www.thebha.org/alerts/0e15d67de28d8e6de7daae78a29c60f4">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/471b8bab75517d8ac92c9ae575e0c2f6/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN: Next public meeting of the Community Advisory Committee is Monday, March 9 at 6:30 PM. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN </u></p> <p>There is an upcoming meeting of the Community Advisory Committee on Monday, March 9 at 6:30 PM in the library auditorium. Click<a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHCACAgenda09-MAR-2015.pdf"> here</a> for the meeting agenda.</p> <p>The public should soon be shown the Hudson Company's plans for redeveloping the Brooklyn Heights Library on Cadman Plaza. Hudson Companies/Marvel Architects are the team chosen by the Brooklyn Public Library's trustees to do the project.</p> <p>Michael Kimmelman, NYTimes Architecture Critic wrote an article <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/arts/plans-for-brooklyn-branches-have-merit.html">here</a>, essentially praising the project.</p> <p>At the BHA, our board has responded with both concern and cautious optimism to their selection.&nbsp; We believe that the project, as described in the original Request for Proposals, has the potential to make a significant contribution. We want to see a distinctive and welcoming public building that provides a graceful transition from the civic buildings on Cadman Plaza to the residences of Brooklyn Heights and a library that is a visual gateway to the neighborhood.</p> <p>Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects are local businesses whose partners are well acquainted with our neighborhood: Jonathan Marvel has the ability to design a new building which addresses the complexities of this project on such an important site. Hudson Companies has an established track record for project completion --including affordable housing components.</p> <p>Hudson/Marvel is required to provide interim library space during construction of the new library, and the interim space will be in an 8,000 sf room at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street. Construction on the site will not begin until the temporary library space is ready.</p> <p>The new branch library is to be 21,000 sf.&nbsp; The off-site affordable housing, which must be within Community District 2 boundaries, will allow for a less bulky building on this constricted site. It is an important BPL condition that the condominium certificate of occupancy be tied to the completion of the affordable housing component.&nbsp;</p> <p>BPL trustees have said, &ldquo;This is the beginning.&rdquo; That is indeed true in the sense that the city&rsquo;s public land use review process (ULURP) has not yet begun. Going forward, we expect our Brooklyn Heights Association members and all library neighbors and users to comment constructively towards the goal of housing a light-filled, welcoming library, in an exceptionally well designed new building. We'll need everyone's help to get us there.</p> <p>We urge everyone to attend the next CAC meeting!</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted 02/8/15, Updated 03/7/15 to add CAC meeting agenda <br /> </span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/467e91376f6f278842bc89119e2e8f21/ Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 FDNY AMBULANCES ARE NOW SERVING NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IN COBBLE HILL, WHICH IS OPEN 24/7 AT THE FORMER LICH EMERGENCY ROOM SITE: Continue reading for more information on the medical services currently provided there. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>FDNY AMBULANCES ARE NOW SERVING NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WHICH IS OPEN 24/7 IN COBBLE HILL&nbsp;AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE&nbsp;ON AMITY STREET&nbsp;</u></p> <p>NYU-Langone Cobble Hill Medical Center has sent us the following information about the kind of cases that are being treated at their&nbsp;free-standing ED, which opened on 10/31/14:</p> <p><strong><u>&bull; Stroke and heart attack<br /> &bull; Pulmonary embolus (lung blood clots), DVT (leg blood clots),<br /> intracranial hemorrhage<br /> &bull; Severe asthma, COPD, pneumonia, bloodstream infection (sepsis),<br /> congestive heart failure, respiratory failure<br /> &bull; Appendicitis, gallbladder stones and infections, bowel obstruction<br /> &bull; Hip, facial, arm, and leg fractures<br /> &bull; Tubal pregnancy, ovarian torsion, vaginal bleeding, kidney stones<br /> and infections<br /> &bull; Childhood fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses<br /> </u></strong></p> <p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/CobbleHill_FactSheet.pdf">HERE</a> for&nbsp;the full release, received today 3/4/15 from&nbsp;NYU Langone Medical Center's Cobble Hill Emergency Department.&nbsp;</p> <p>NYU Langone-Cobble Hill receives walk-in patients as well as those arriving by private and&nbsp;FDNY 911 ambulances.&nbsp; This new ED is said to have the full capabilities to care for acutely-ill patients, but if admission to a hospital is required, two&nbsp; ambulances are available at all times&nbsp;to transfer patients to NYU Langone in Manhattan, or to one of several Brooklyn-based hospitals, such as Lutheran Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, or Brooklyn Hospital Center.</p> <p>Late last year, we were advised that&nbsp;NYU Langone also plans to bring a wide range of ambulatory services to the neighboring communities with the construction of a new medical facility, that is&nbsp;expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018, and&nbsp;will comprise four stories and approximately 125,000 square feet of space. Once fully operational,&nbsp; NYU says&nbsp;it will&nbsp;provide competitive jobs for the community, with an expected need for more than 400 staff and 70 doctors.</p> <p>The&nbsp;coalition of community groups&nbsp;(including the&nbsp;BHA)&nbsp;who worked to&nbsp;save LICH have urged&nbsp;NYU Langone Cobble Hill&nbsp;to conduct a community health needs assessment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/e355f457eab20ff90401767eccc6efed/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 BHA ANNUAL MEETING WILL FEATURE JUSTIN DAVIDSON OF NEW YOUR MAGAZINE! PLEASE JOIN US FOR A STIMULATING DISCUSSION <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BHA ANNUAL MEETING</strong></u></p> <p>The BHA's upcoming Annual Meeting of Members will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 7 PM at Grace Church, located on the corner of Hicks Street and Grace Court.&nbsp; The doors will open at 6:30 PM.</p> <p>We'll have an annual report from BHA President <strong>Alexandra Bowie</strong>. <strong>Tom Stewart, </strong>Channel 13 Announcer<strong>&nbsp;</strong>will present our Community Service Awards. Representatives of <strong>Save The View Now</strong> and <strong>People for Green Space Foundation </strong>will provide brief updates regarding their status on the Pierhouse and Pier 6 issues.</p> <p><strong>Justin Da</strong><strong>vidson</strong>, the Pulitzer Prize winning critic and currently the architecture and classical music critic for New York Magazine, will be our guest speaker.&nbsp; His topic: Preservation As An Agent of Radical Change.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://nymag.com/nymag/justin-davidson/">here </a>for his NY&nbsp;Magazine&nbsp;Archive and <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/2/9/brooklyn-heights-association-annual-meeting-features-music-architecture-critic">here</a> for Brooklyn Eagle article by Mary Frost.</p> <p>Wheel chair access&nbsp;into the church&nbsp;is available through the red doors on Grace Court.</p> <p>The BHA Annual Meeting is open to the&nbsp;public. Reservations are not necessary. Following the meeting, we will have a reception&nbsp;serving light refreshments.</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Article updated 2/22/15 &nbsp;</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/8d426944d969559cab7d486de9739b2b/ Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER TO ADDRESS CITYWIDE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><span style="font-size: medium"><u><strong>&ldquo;Gridlock&rdquo; Sam Schwartz to Present Move NY Plan At Brooklyn Town Hall </strong></u></span></p> <p>Below is the Press Release sent from Move NY:</p> <p>Brooklyn, NY (February 16, 2015) &ndash; A coalition of neighborhood groups, merchants associations, and elected officials representing Downtown and brownstone Brooklyn today announced a town hall meeting to discuss how to address the challenge posed to all New Yorkers by crumbling transportation infrastructure, growing congestion, and rising tolls and transit fares. The focus of the town hall meeting will be a plan put forward by Move NY, a transportation policy group.</p> <p>&ldquo;Gridlock&rdquo; Sam Schwartz &ndash; a former NYC Traffic Commissioner &ndash; will present the Move NY plan, a leading proposal to address New York City&rsquo;s numerous transportation needs in a comprehensive fashion. Members of the community will have the opportunity to discuss the plan during break out sessions to take place after the initial presentation. The town hall meeting is open to the public and will be held on February 19 at 6:00 PM EST at Brooklyn&rsquo;s 3rd Avenue YWCA. Interested New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in the conversation on social media using the hashtags #MoveNYBK and #fillthegapNY.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone in the New York area benefits from the fact that we have one of the best public transportation systems in the world,&rdquo; said Alex Matthiessen, Campaign Director for Move NY. &ldquo;What we need to be able to figure out is how we preserve and improve this system, not just for our own benefit, but for future generations of New Yorkers. We&rsquo;re excited to hear the input of everyday Brooklynites on how this plan can better help us achieve this shared goal.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Move NY plan aims to support the New York metropolitan area&rsquo;s economic and cultural dynamism by ensuring a strong and sustainable transportation network. It seeks to accomplish this by instituting a fair tolling plan that ensures adequate investment in transportation infrastructure, improves transit speed and safety, and distributes responsibility for maintaining the region&rsquo;s transit system equitably. The plan has generated the enthusiasm of a diverse group of supporters including AAA-NY, Transportation Alternatives, and the editorial board of Crain&rsquo;s New York Business. Details of the plan can be found on Move NY&rsquo;s <a href="http://iheartmoveny.org/">website.</a></p> <p>Assembly member Walter Mosley, Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Stephen Levin, Community Boards 2, 6 and 8, and nearly a dozen community groups are convening the town hall meeting. The groups hosting the forum include the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, the Boerum Hill Association, the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, the Cobble Hill Association, the Myrtle Avenue Partnership, the Park Slope Civic Council, Park Slope Neighbors, and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council.</p> <p>Quotes from Sponsors</p> <p>Assemblymember Walter Mosley, who represents the 57th Assembly District, said: &ldquo;As Brooklyn moves forward into the 21st century our public transportation must keep pace with the increasing demand for fast, efficient, and reliable service. We have seen an exponential increase of new members to our communities of central Brooklyn, which, in turn has put higher stress on our aging transportation system. Crowded platforms, dirty stations, and delay in services can no longer define outer borough service. I am proud that my community is involved with the dialogue on how to shape our mass transit in the coming years and look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues in the State Legislature to implement their recommendations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, who represents the 52nd Assembly District, said: &ldquo;The New York metropolitan area needs a better way of moving people and goods. We simply must encourage better mass transit service to underserved neighborhoods, discourage unnecessary traffic through our communities, and bring rationality and equity to our discombobulated toll system. Move NY presents a serious and thoughtful approach that respects neighborhoods and addresses health and safety concerns in a constructive way. &ldquo;</p> <p>Council Member Brad Lander, who represents the 39th City Council District, said: &ldquo;&ldquo;New Yorkers need a transportation system that&rsquo;s dependable and efficient, and the Move NY plan addresses many of the current issues the system faces in a thoughtful and forward looking way. A comprehensive plan like Move NY can improve the way we all move about the city, and I look forward to hearing from our community at today&rsquo;s town hall.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Council Member Stephen Levin, who represents the 33rd City Council District, said: &ldquo;New Yorkers depend on having a reliable transportation system and we should be seeking new ways to make necessary improvements. I look forward to this important town hall and an engaging discussion of the Move NY plan.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Community Board 2 Chairwoman Shirley McRae said: &ldquo;Community District 2 has a major public transportation hub, including a commuter rail terminal, a portion of an Interstate highway, and two East River crossings. We need to learn how to use the infrastructure we have in a more efficient way.&rdquo;</p> <p>Community Board 6 Chairman Gary Reilly said: &quot;We see the same problems come up time and time again: street safety, traffic congestion, crumbling infrastructure, air quality. And always, a shortage of resources we need to address them. The Move-NY plan looks to be a smart way to finally finance the investments everyone agrees on by recognizing the value of mobility, reduced travel times, and safety for all users of the transportation system. It deserves our serious attention.&quot;</p> <p>Community Board 8 Chairwoman Nizjoni Granville said: &ldquo;Brooklyn&rsquo;s communities are suffering from our broken transportation system. The problems arrive on our agenda every month: overcrowded subways, congested bridges, truck traffic on our residential streets. What is clear is that these issues are part of a larger trend, and they require a comprehensive solution. The Move NY plan is a serious proposal that we believe is worthy of the community&rsquo;s consideration.&rdquo;</p> <p>Contact:&nbsp;&nbsp;Chris DeVito<br /> Phone: 201-675-1473<br /> Email: <a href="mailto:chris.devito@gmail.com">chris.devito@gmail.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ###<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/93588c4531fceb864c2f3adf63c2aafc/ Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500