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 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LANDMARK HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR - SATURDAY OF MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND</p> <p><strong>Saturday, May 10th</strong> is the date. We'll show 5 private homes with gardens and/or landscaped decks. From 3 to 5 PM we serve iced tea, lemonade and homemade cookies at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims. Church docents provide a tour of the sanctuary at 3:30 and at 4:30.</p> <p>Tour hours: 1 to 5 PM.&nbsp; Tickets are $40. BHA members who buy their tickets in advance will receive a $10 discount.&nbsp; Tickets will be held at the door on the day of tour. (The ticket is a small guidebook with descriptions of each house on the tour.)&nbsp;</p> <p>To purchase tickets, please go to our website article about the tour, <a href="http://www.thebha.org/infocus/24ab84abdfaf1bb294720ecc1dadfcb5/">here</a>.&nbsp; With questions about our tour, call the BHA&nbsp;office at 718-858-9193 or send an email to <a href="mailto:http://www.thebha.org/infocus/24ab84abdfaf1bb294720ecc1dadfcb5/?subject=2014%20House%20Tour%20">housetour@thebha.org</a>.&nbsp; <strong>Note</strong>:&nbsp; Children under 13 are not permitted in the houses. We make an exception for infants in front backs.</p> <p>We hope to see you for a sunny day on Saturday, May 10th!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/273/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society</strong></u></p> <p>Tue, Apr 29, 6:30pm<br /> $5/Free for Brooklyn Historical Society&nbsp; Members<br /> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-landmarks-a-panel-discussion-tickets-10821267703">Reserve tickets</a></p> <p>You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but what happens when you want to make a repair or change? Learn about what the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission does, what your neighborhood association can do, the research resources Brooklyn Historical Society can provide, and your neighbors&rsquo; experiences.</p> <p>Panelists include Tom van den Bout, architect and former Brooklyn Heights Association President, William Neeley, Jr., Deputy Director of Preservation at NYC Landmarks, Elizabeth Call, Head of Reference and User Services at BHS, as well Prospect Heights homeowner Leslie Feder and a local building manager. This panel will give attendees practical tips on how to navigate a construction or renovation project through the Landmarks approval process.</p> <p>The event is also listed on the BHS website <a href="http://brooklynhistory.org/visitor/calendar.html">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/274/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 SENATOR SQUADRON'S COMMUNITY CONVENTION - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>YOU ARE&nbsp;URGED TO ATTEND THE &nbsp;COMMUNITY CONVENTION HOSTED BY&nbsp;STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON </strong></u></p> <p>NYS Senator Daniel Squadron, representing Brooklyn Heights will hose his sixth&nbsp;annual Community Convention&nbsp;&nbsp;on <strong>Sunday, April 27 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.&nbsp; at Seward Park Educational Campus 350 Grand St. (Btwn Ludlow and Essex). </strong></p> <p>There will be 15 break-out sessions covering a wide range of neighborhood topics.&nbsp; This is an ideal occasion for you to bring your specific neighborhood concerns and issues to the Senator's attention.&nbsp;&nbsp; Topics range from&nbsp;Arts and Culture, to Streets/Transportation and Zoning/Neighborhood/Quality of Life issues.</p> <p><br /> With questions:&nbsp; <strong>Call 212-298-5565 </strong>or click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/SquadronCommunityConventionMailerv2(1)(1).pdf">here</a> for the&nbsp;flyer listing&nbsp;all the session topics and other meeting details.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/277/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 2014 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10TH - 2014 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10TH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold its annual, self-guided Landmark House &amp; Garden Tour, showing five privately owned historic townhouses in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday, May 10th from 1-5 PM.</p> <p>This go-at-your-own-pace, self-guided tour for the benefit of the BHA allows visitors a rare opportunity to experience the architectural grandeur and contrasting styles found inside the finest homes of Brooklyn Heights, New York City's first historic district.&nbsp; BHA members receive a discount on tickets!</p> <p><u><strong>ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:</strong></u></p> <p>This tour takes place, rain or shine. Tickets are $40 per person and the entire cost of tickets is tax-deductible. Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/houseTour2014">here</a> to purchase tickets.&nbsp; You may also call us with your credit card, we'll be glad to take your reservation over the phone at the BHA office (718) 858-9193. OR, if you prefer to wait, we will be selling tickets at 129 Pierrepont Street, at 129 Pierrepont Street. Your ticket is actually a Guidebook containing a map of the neighborhood and a brief description of each house on the tour.&nbsp; We recommend reserving in advance because it results in a faster pick-up when the doors at 129 Pierrepont open on tour day.</p> <p>Do you know about the 25% discount offered to BHA&nbsp;members only?&nbsp; BHA&nbsp;members receive a $10 discount and pay just $30 per ticket.&nbsp;You are welcome to join the BHA&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebha.org/join-the-bha/">here</a> (or call us up at 718-858-9193). We'll sign you up for membership and a simultaneous house tour discount!</p> <p><em><strong>A word about reservations:&nbsp; </strong></em>We do not mail tickets. They are held at the door on the day of the tour (only) at 129 Pierrepont Street, which is at the&nbsp; corner of Clinton Street in the St. Ann&rsquo;s School lobby.&nbsp; If you have&nbsp; pre-paid reservations, you'll go through a much faster line to be on your way to the houses, with more time at the end to relax with cookies and lemonade in the Plymouth Church arcade.</p> <p>Included in the price of the ticket is a delicious array of homemade cookies, served with lemonade in the arcade of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims on Orange Street. A harpist will play during the tea hours from 3-5 PM. Docent-led tours of the historic church sanctuary are given at 3:30 and 4:30 PM.</p> <p>Remember, the houses close promptly at 5 PM, and it takes 2-3&nbsp; hours to get around to the 5 houses so be sure to allow enough time.</p> <p>Except for infants in front packs, children under 13 will not be allowed to go into the houses. Photo-taking and cell phone use inside the houses is prohibited.</p> <p>We thank our corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2014 BHA House Tour. <br /> <span style="font-size: larger;"><u><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);">LEAD SPONSORS</strong></u>: <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: large;">Brown Harris Stevens, Douglas Elliman, Stribling &amp; Associates</span></strong><br /> <u><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);">PRINCIPAL SPONSOR</strong></u><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);">: </strong></span><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Corcoran</span></strong></p> <p>We also thank our&nbsp; generous merchant donors whose in kind donations help to make our house tour all the more successful. Special thanks go to: <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Heights Chateau, Michael's Wines and Spirits, Key Food and James Weir Florist</span></strong> for their support.</p> <p>We salute the&nbsp; generous homeowners whose houses make this tour possible as well as our multitude of responsible volunteers (house staff and tea bakers alike) who ensure the success of this singular BHA fundraiser. Thank you for furthering the work of the BHA!</p> <p>SUBWAY INFORMATION: Borough Hall is the closest subway stop to 129 Pierrepont Street, for the 2,3,4,5 trains.&nbsp; If you are coming from within Brooklyn, you can take the R train to Borough Hall.&nbsp; The A,C, F and R stop at Jay Street-Metrotech and the A, C stop at High Street. Parking is extremely difficult in Brooklyn Heights.&nbsp; Public garages are located at 180 Montague Street, 225 Atlantic Avenue, 75 Henry Street, and State Street between Hicks Street and Columbia Place.. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Posted 4/23/14</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/2014 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10TH / Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 COMING SOON: VISION ZERO PUBLIC WORKSHOP AT PLYMOUTH CHURCH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>NYC DOT ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF VISION ZERO PUBLIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED IN EACH BOROUGH, THE NEXT STEP IN THE CITY'S STREET SAFETY ACTION PLAN</strong></u></p> <p>Nine public workshops planned citywide will provide for extensive community input and pedestrian safety planning as DOT and the NYPD pursue the Vision Zero initiatives announced earlier this year.</p> <p>New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today announced details on the nine upcoming street safety public workshops, allowing for extensive community input and collaboration as DOT and the New York City Police Department develop comprehensive pedestrian safety plans for each borough.</p> <p>Building on the ongoing series of Vision Zero town halls held in coordination with the City Council and other stakeholders, the workshops mark the first step in the planning process for safer streets across the city. Each workshop is designed for members of the public to learn more about the Vision Zero blueprint, provide input on conditions in neighborhoods where they live, work and visit, and to aid in the prioritization of street safety initiatives.</p> <p>During the events, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to contribute specific suggestions or concerns, participate in mapping activities to pinpoint issues, and join in small discussion groups moderated by agency staff, allowing community members to collaborate with their neighbors.</p> <p>&quot;Making Vision Zero a reality means more than just engineering, education and enforcement: it's a collaborative effort that will require every New Yorker to play their part,&quot; said DOT Commissioner Trottenberg. &quot;These workshops are an open call for all citizens looking to shape the future of their neighborhoods. Building on a city's worth of local insight, they will lay the groundwork for streets that work better for everyone.&quot;</p> <p>Meeting details are as follows:</p> <p><strong>Brooklyn<br /> Thursday, April 24<br /> Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall)<br /> 75 Hicks Street<br /> 6:30-8:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p>Contact: Scott Gastel/Nicholas Mosquera, (212) 839-4850</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/60157e11e89af37a4c571398fa973dd3/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 FOOD SCRAP AND TEXTILE COLLECTIONS AT BOROUGH HALL GREEN MARKET: EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>SIMPLE STEPS TO IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT</strong></u></p> <p>Don't forget that you can collect food scraps and textiles and drop them off at the Borough Hall Greenmarket, Saturdays (8-4) and Thursdays (8-2). In Brooklyn Heights alone we have collected and contributed 148,749 pounds of food scraps since the program started in 2011.</p> <p><strong>Why compost?</strong>&nbsp; According to Grow NYC:&nbsp; <br /> Food comprises about 17% of NYCs waste stream. When this material is sent to a landfill it contributes to NYCs disposal costs and can create greenhouse gas emissions. When composted, food scraps and other organic waste become a useful product that adds nutrients and improves the quality of soil for street trees, gardens and more.</p> <p>You can find more information about what can and cannot be composted <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/compost">here.</a> For details on textile recycling click <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/clothing">here</a>.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/905e86322620ee7dab63d87f31468336/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 DEMYSTIFYING LANDMARKS: A PANEL DISCUSSION AT BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>DEMYSTIFYING LANDMARKS - PANEL DISCUSSION CO-SPONSORED BY THE BHA AND BHS</strong></u></p> <p>The BHA is pleased to present a panel discussion about the&nbsp;whys and wherefores of&nbsp; the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, to be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event date is <strong>Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 PM</strong>.:&nbsp; Tickets are $5 but the&nbsp;event is free for Brooklyn Historical Society members.&nbsp; Please click <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-landmarks-a-panel-discussion-tickets-10821267703">here</a> to reserve your tickets.</p> <p>You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but do you know what happens when you want to make a repair or change? Learn about what the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission does, what your neighborhood association can do to help, the research resources Brooklyn Historical Society can provide, and your neighbors&rsquo; experiences.</p> <p>Panelists include <strong>Tom van den Bout</strong>, <strong>architect</strong> and former Brooklyn Heights Association President, <strong>William Neeley, Jr., Deputy Director of Preservation at NYC</strong> <strong>Landmarks, Elizabeth Call, Head of Reference and User Services at BHS</strong>, as well as <strong>Prospect Heights homeowner Leslie Feder </strong>and a local building manager. This panel will give attendees practical tips on how to navigate a construction or renovation project through the Landmarks approval process.</p> <p>Following the discussion, we hope&nbsp;you'll join us for&nbsp;a BHA&nbsp;Social! - serving&nbsp;light refreshments and&nbsp; conversation.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/9b06802cd7ef97d7a6ad95f1dbd92ddb/ Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: BROOKLYN HEALTH PARTNERS IS THE WINNING BIDDER PROPOSING TO OPEN A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL AT LICH. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>LICH UPDATE: BROOKLYN HEALTH PARTNERS WINS THE BID FOR LICH WITH A PROPOSAL TO&nbsp;OPEN A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL. </strong></u></p> <p><strong>Background information</strong>:&nbsp; On March 19, nine groups submitted proposals in response to the revised RFP, including four proposals that included full-service hospitals.&nbsp;At our &nbsp;Community Forum on March 25th,&nbsp; hosted by the six community groups who were plaintiffs in the LICH litigation, we summarized the nine&nbsp;proposals, with the help of an expert&nbsp;panel, including attorney Jim Walden, doctors, architects, and community representatives. A resolution presented by Patients for LICH, in favor of a full-service hospital, was passed overwhelmingly by attendees.</p> <p>The Technical Committee that evaluated the proposals &ndash; composed of 51% SUNY representatives and 49% representatives of the six community groups, doctors, nurses, and Local 1199 &ndash; submitted its scores to SUNY&nbsp;on March 31st.&nbsp; On April 4, SUNY&nbsp;announced that&nbsp;the proposal submitted by Brooklyn Health Partners&nbsp;had received&nbsp;the highest score.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Currently,</strong> SUNY has begun negotiations with BHP.&nbsp; Brooklyn Eagle Reporter Mary Frost provides coverage re their winning proposal <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014-04-03-190000">here</a>.</p> <p>Representatives of the six community groups, doctors, and Patients for LICH&nbsp; have expressed their&nbsp;concern&nbsp;&nbsp; about the continued factual misrepresentations&nbsp;made by SUNY&nbsp;about LICH, and repeated by members of the press who&nbsp;persist with claims that Brooklyn has too many hospital beds. This despite the fact that&nbsp;SUNY stated in its own legal papers filed in 2011 that Brooklyn has a &quot;relatively low hospital bed per 1000 population&quot; and it was therefore &quot;critical that LICH remain open and viable.&quot; Moreover, with 2.5 beds per thousand residents, Brooklyn trails Manhattan with 6 beds per thousand residents and New York State generally with 3.3 beds per thousand.</p> <p>We believe that&nbsp;Brooklyn needs LICH and we await&nbsp;the results of SUNY/BHP negotiations.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/21f96afc916d6e447fbdd7d225fc24a5/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF VISION ZERO: Brooklyn residents and elected officials call for action, demanding an end to Albany's control of NYC's streets. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BROOKLYN TOWN HALL MEETING : PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF &quot;VISION ZERO&quot;</u>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Brooklyn Heights Association Testimony in support of the Vision Zero Plan</u><strong><br /> &nbsp; <br /> </strong></p> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association is an enthusiastic supporter of Vision Zero. As the original Swedish summary of Vision Zero puts it, &ldquo;No loss of life is acceptable.&rdquo; In order to achieve the Vision Zero goal of allowing everyone &ndash; pedestrians, cyclists, drivers &ndash; to move freely and feel safe at the same time we need a change in approach, and a change in the culture of the street.</p> <p>Last year 178 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in traffic crashes. They deserve a full investigation into the circumstances that caused their deaths. We are pleased that New York City&rsquo;s Vision Zero plan proposes fuller accident investigations and more reasonable standards for holding drivers accountable after crashes.</p> <p>We are also encouraged by the City&rsquo;s commitment to street redesign work. Here in Brooklyn Heights we are surrounded by Atlantic Avenue, Jay Street, and Tillary Street, all broad, busy, and dangerous arteries, and all candidates for thoughtful redesign. We want to acknowledge that DOT has been creative and willing to work closely with our community in street redesign. We also applaud the work of Transportation Alternatives and the network of volunteers and community groups it has assembled to advance the Atlantic Avenue and Jay Street redesign plans. Commissioner Trottenberg&rsquo;s recent endorsement of a Vision Zero-based review of Atlantic Avenue is tremendous news.</p> <p>But more can be done. Speed up the Slow Zones! We in Brooklyn Heights were delighted to have won a slow zone designation in the last year, especially in light of the fact that one of our own board members was killed just last year while walking on a sidewalk. But winning in this case means waiting up to two more years for implementation. Speeding up implementation, and increasing the number of slow zones will be a significant kickoff of Vision Zero. No driver wants to kill a pedestrian - slow zones will help us all to remember what&rsquo;s really at stake when we are trying to make a green light. They are an important start in the efforts to change the culture of the streets that we think is crucial.</p> <p>The speed humps, signs and other passive enforcement efforts of Slow Zones, however good a start, are not enough. We endorse red light cameras, speed cameras, count-down pedestrian signals, slower speeds &ndash; 20 is plenty! &ndash; and other means that discourage and penalize unsafe driving. We welcome such tools in our neighborhood. The decision to install them should be the City&rsquo;s, not the State Legislature&rsquo;s.</p> <p>The NYPD can play a central role in changing the culture. Enforcement of driving regulations, particularly speed limits and the yielding to a pedestrian in a crossing, are a start. An approach to enforcement that is as rigorous as parking enforcement will go a long way toward changing the culture. But enforcement, even with Slow Zones and intersection redesign, is not enough. Traffic engineering that recognizes that bikes are here to stay, that integrates pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers throughout New York City, not just at 50 intersections and corridors, is integral to success for the plan. Major European cities, including Amsterdam and Copenhagen, while smaller than New York, have been able to create effective and safe systems. We can do it too. We can make ours a kinder, more human City. Walking down a street should be a social experience rather than a look-over-the-shoulder experience, and Vision Zero can help us get there.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>4/01/14</strong></p> <p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/visionzero/pages/home/home.html">here </a>for&nbsp;the Vision Zero website, which includes information about the plan and ways in which the public can participate in making this plan a reality.</p> <p>Posted 4/2/14<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/c9a76374b099708f7811ecffcdfafe09/ Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH COMMUNITY FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE DRAWS A CAPACITY CROWD <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>LICH&nbsp;COMMUNITY FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE &nbsp;DRAWS A CAPACITY CROWD</u></strong></p> <p>We thank all those who attended our LICH&nbsp;Community Forum.&nbsp; The purpose of this public forum, held Tuesday, March 25&nbsp;at St. Francis College, &nbsp;was to&nbsp;add greater&nbsp;transparency to the RFP&nbsp;process being followed to select the new operator for LICH.&nbsp; The new RFP is an outgrowth of the litigation which ended in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/LICH_Stipulation-and-Order.pdf">settlement.</a></p> <p>Our effort to bring the LICH&nbsp;bidders to the&nbsp;forum&nbsp;was compromised&nbsp;when, at SUNY's directive, the&nbsp;RFP respondents&nbsp;whose proposals to acquire LICH&nbsp;were submitted yesterday (Wednesday, March 26), were not permitted to participate in the meeting. SUNY&nbsp;had advised the bidders that their proposals risked being disqualified from&nbsp;the RFP selection process if they were to appear or hand out literature at our public forum. Instead, the&nbsp; six community organizations** who were petitioners in the LICH litigation&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;co-sponsors of the forum invited a panel of local &quot;experts&quot; to speak about the proposals which had been summarized in a handout from information available on SUNY's website.&nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/Overview of the nine Long Island College Hospital.pdf">here</a> to read the summaries.&nbsp; The full proposals can be found on SUNY's website <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/">here</a>.</p> <p>Brooklyn Eagle reporter, Mary Frost, provides extensive coverage of the forum, complete with a video.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/lich-full-service-hospital-bids-get-positive-reaction-brooklyn-forum-2014-03-26-165600">here </a>for her story and link to the videos.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/after-allegations-state-interference-lich-panelists-get-extra-time-reconsider-hospital-bids">here</a> for the latest news&nbsp;regarding the Technical Committee's scoring of bids.</p> <p>Please click <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/LICH_Stipulation-and-Order.pdf">here</a> to&nbsp;read the terms of the settlement, which was signed by&nbsp;State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on&nbsp;2/24/14, &nbsp;which&nbsp;brought about the new&nbsp;RFP process.&nbsp;</p> <p>**Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and Wyckoff Gardens Association, Inc.<br /> were the forum's sponsors and co-petitioners in the litigation that also included the NYC Public Advocate, NYS Nursing Association and 1199&nbsp;SEIU Healthcare&nbsp;Workers.</p> <p>Posted 03/27/14&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/1fe2954b0b9845112f512097436fed7d/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH COMMUNITY FORUM TO BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 6 PM at ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AUDITORIUM <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>LICH COMMUNITY FORUM TO BE HELD AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE</u></strong></p> <p>We hope you'll join us at this community forum to&nbsp; review responses to SUNY's request for proposals to&nbsp; acquire LICH.&nbsp; More information about the forum is <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/LICHPublicForumFlyer.pdf">here.</a></p> <p>The six community organizations** who were petitioners in the LICH litigation are co-sponsors of the forum. We will provide summaries of the proposals. Our attorney, Jim Walden, will explain next steps.The full proposals can be found on the SUNY&nbsp;website <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/">here.</a>&nbsp; There will be opportunities for questions from the audience.</p> <p>We are pleased to report that several bidders are proposing to operate a full-service hospital at the LICH site.</p> <p>&nbsp;**Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and Wyckoff Gardens Association, Inc.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/e8a79599ce77cc1bf59ee1a8d8ed397d/ Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 ROBBERY ALERT FROM 84TH PRECINCT: RECENT CELL PHONE ROBBERIES HAVE OCCURRED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>CELL PHONE THEFT: IT'S A COMMON OCCURRENCE</u></strong></p> <p>Brooklyn Heights residents should be aware of the very real risks of using one&rsquo;s cell phone when out in the street, whether&nbsp;during the day or in the evening. Cell phone theft has become a common occurrence everyday in NYC and Brooklyn Heights is no exception. It is easy to avoid becoming the next victim.</p> <p>The 84th Precinct has notified us of two such robberies that occurred in Brooklyn Heights within the same week, during the late afternoon, between 5-6 PM. In the most recent cases, the victims were women, pushing a stroller, while using their phones. Both were approached from behind by a young (in his twenties), black male, wearing all black clothes. He is described as 5&rsquo;9&rdquo; tall and is said to have a very large nose. In both instances, he asked the women for directions to Jay Street before snatching their phones and running off.</p> <p>There are&nbsp;patrol cars and plainclothes cops in and&nbsp;around the neighborhood,&nbsp;but the suspect in question has not been caught.&nbsp;The precinct captain asks us to ask you to please: 1) Keep your cell phone hidden; 2) Call 911 if you see anyone fitting the above description and, above all, 3) Pay attention to your surroundings. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Posted on 3/17/14</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/3337304e65525324834bb62ba8ac6bfa/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: COMMUNITY HOPES RENEWED WITH PROSPECT OF 3 BIDDERS PROPOSING A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>For ImmedIate release, March 14, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> The six community organizations who were petitioners in the LICH litigation met this week with all potential RFP respondents who accepted our invitation to meet. The potential respondents described their plans, beginning with a 15-minute overview, followed by questions and discussion. The community organizations reiterated their desire for a full-service teaching hospital at the LICH site.</p> <p>Three groups presented plans to operate a full-service hospital at the LICH site. The other three groups, who all submitted proposals in the first RFP process, have substantially the same plans as before. two teams offered stand-alone er's with 10 to 15 bays and no more than 10 observation beds with no in-patient beds. By comparison the current LICH emergency room has 40 bays. the third non-hospital proposal called for outpatient services with urgent care.</p> <p>We are pleased that, at this point, half of the respondents are proposing a hospital. Final proposals are due March 19 at 3 PM, with a seven-day review period to follow before a proposal is selected. According to the <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/LICH_Stipulation-and-Order.pdf">settlement</a> all offers should be made public by March 26.</p> <p>The community organizations&nbsp;(listed below)&nbsp;plan to hold an open forum during the review period so that all members of the LICH community have an opportunity to discuss the proposals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Released by:&nbsp;Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and Wyckoff Gardens Association, Inc.</p> <p>Posted 3/15/15&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/1fdf5b504cb36bd125bbb995b7e405b7/ Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS: Clark's Restaurant wins the most votes in the People's Choice survey for best Brooklyn Heights Diner. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong> BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS PRESENTED AT THE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MEETING BY </strong><strong>TOM STEWART, &quot;VOICE OF THIRTEEN&quot; </strong></p> <p>At the BHA's Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 27, held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Channel 13 Announcer Tom Stewart presented the BHA's Awards for Outstanding Community Service.&nbsp; This year there were five categories as follows:</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #1:&nbsp; The Members Vote Award</span></strong><strong>:</strong> This is a new BHA award, eliciting the participation of all BHA&nbsp;members. Deciding on a category that fueled sharp debate, the BHA Awards Committee asked members to choose their favorite diner by voting in our online &quot;People's Choice&quot; survey.&nbsp; Our neighborhood is&nbsp; blessed with excellent diners. Everyone has a favorite and you won&rsquo;t be surprised that several hundred votes were cast and many voters wrote enthusiastic comments, often telling us how important their favorite diner was to an entire family:</p> <p><strong>About Grand Canyon</strong>: &ldquo;Our kids grew up on their omelets and pancakes, and when they come home now, it's the first place we dine!&rdquo;<br /> <strong>About Park Plaza on Pineapple Walk</strong>: &quot;It is an extension of our kitchen.&rdquo;<br /> <strong>About Teresa's</strong>: &ldquo;My father simply loved the short walk over to Teresa's to have breakfast &hellip;&hellip; For the rest of his life, he always said how much he loved Teresa's of Brooklyn Heights!<br /> <strong>About Clark's</strong>: Any parent will relate to this comment from a Clark's regular -- &ldquo;When our daughter was 2, she projectile vomited in a booth. The owners and staff could not have been kinder to our horrified family. We have been welcomed back for the past 17 years!&rdquo;</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">And the winner is: Clark's!</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong> Clark's Restaurant won the most votes in our &quot;People's Choice&quot; Survey.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #2:&nbsp; Best Renovation:</span></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; There have been several truly excellent renovations this year. The BHA&rsquo;s Landmark&rsquo;s Committee had a tough time deciding but after much consideration, the award goes to Patricia and John Duffy for the outstanding and ambitious renovation of <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">265 Hicks Street.</span></strong> Congrats to the Duffys AND to their architect, AnneMarie Lubrano of Lubrano Ciavarra Architects in Dumbo!</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #3: Contribution by a Local Business:</span></strong><strong> &nbsp;</strong>This year the award goes to the Alperin family and Herminia Sullivan, grandmother to Marissa and David Alperin. These long time residents of Brooklyn Heights and local real estate owners have created several stores that are distinctly local in flavor and have helped raise the profile of the neighborhood. The stores are <strong>jeweller </strong><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Marissa Alperin Studio</span></strong>, <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Goose Barnacle</span></strong><strong> (run by David Alperin)</strong> and<strong> </strong><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Junior Lowe</span></strong><big><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"> </strong></big><strong>(run by Marissa&rsquo;s husband, John Lowe)</strong>.&nbsp; We applaud <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Herminia Sullivan</span></strong> for her family&rsquo;s resolve to find a tenant willing to preserve the interior and exterior of the <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Long Island Restaurant</span></strong>. From 1955 until last year, Herminia owned and managed the restaurant for decades with her husband (who died in 1977) and her 2 cousins.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #4</span></strong>:&nbsp; <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Best New Addition to the Neighborhood</span></strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; It is a real indication of what a wonderful era we are living through that this year we have another completely compelling new addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Squibb Park Bridge.&nbsp; This year our Best New Addition Award goes to <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Ted Zoli</span></strong><strong>, National Bridge Chief Engineer of HNTB and the designer of the <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Squibb Park footbridge</span></strong>. </strong>The bridge opened last spring and now provides a spectacular, elegant and safe pedestrian walkway from Columbia Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #5: Martha Atwater Award:</span></strong>&nbsp; The fifth and final award to announce is a new award, the Martha Atwater Award. It is named after the BHA&rsquo;s late board member, the energetic, youthful, talented, beautiful, TV show producing, book-writing, award-winning, family loving, and universally loved, Martha Atwater.</p> <p>Martha was a passionate supporter of our neighborhood and joined the BHA board of Governors in 2010. Her last duty for us was to chair the awards committee for this event last year. Eleven days later she was killed on Clinton Street when a pick-up truck mounted the pavement at speed and knocked her down. And we lost a gem.</p> <p>Martha cared deeply about the BHA and took her work extremely seriously. She was a tireless supporter of people in general, and of people in this community in particular. She viewed the awards as a way to recognize those who contribute most to our neighborhood. It was all about recognizing the &ldquo;local heroes&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> That is the purpose of the Martha Atwater Award that now carries her name. <strong>It is to be given to the person or organization that most exemplifies Martha&rsquo;s values of community service.</strong> The award may not be given every year, but only in those years in which a candidate meets the profile of exemplary and altruistic community service.&nbsp; Tom, Chloe, Olivia, and Martha&rsquo;s entire family are proud to have this award named after her. Martha wanted to make a difference in people's lives, and they can't think of a tribute she would be more proud of than to have the first recipient be local journalist,&nbsp; <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Mary Frost</span></strong>. <br /> <br /> In the words of Martha&rsquo;s husband, &ldquo;Mary Frost has profiled the fate of Long Island College Hospital in daily reports for the Brooklyn Eagle, and has stayed on the story through all of its ups and downs. We have watched the passionate struggle she waged with her words; and as LICH was where Martha was treated, I can't think of a more appropriate person to receive the award. Without Mary Frost&rsquo;s voice this issue might have faded out of public awareness. We are most grateful for her dedication. Martha would be so proud that Mary will be the first recipient of this award and I 'm sure she would agree that Mary truly is a local hero.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/5ca3d43ab37328ebed73a444edadf3f9/ Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500