The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion P.S.8 OPEN HOUSE AND TOUR <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>P.S. 8 OPEN HOUSE &amp; TOUR</strong></u></p> <p><strong>Wednesday, December&nbsp;3, 2014&nbsp;at 9 AM. </strong></p> <p><strong>Entrance to the school is at 37 Hicks Street, between Middagh and Poplar Streets.</strong></p> <p>The Open House is for parents who are interested in learning more about PS 8 for their children. All are invited to attend the Open House, and take a tour through the school.</p> <p>For more information, call the school: 718-834-6740<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 BHA STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6 - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>BHA STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The board of the Brooklyn Heights Association has reaffirmed the BHA&rsquo;s longstanding position regarding the funding of Brooklyn Bridge Park in relation to the housing being proposed for Pier 6,&nbsp;by urging the Park Corporation to reconsider the proposals for a 31-story tower. While we have long accepted housing as the primary source of operating and maintenance funds for the Park, we believe that a 315 foot structure on Pier 6 is simply too tall and will overpower the surrounding landscape. In a recent letter to Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, we asked the Park to reduce the size of the buildings and voiced our support of the Community Advisory Council&rsquo;s request for more detailed revenue and cost projections. Please click <a href=",20140001.pdf">here </a>to read our letter detailing the BHA&rsquo;s comments on the Pier 6 design proposals.</p> </body> </html> STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LOTS OF PIES ARE NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER SERVING OVER 200 SENIOR CITIZENS ON NOVEMBER 27, 2014! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>PIES ARE NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER SERVING SENIOR CITIZENS!</strong></u></p> <p>In an annual tradition that has continued for over 42 years, the Heights and Hills communities come together every year to prepare a Thanksgiving luncheon for older adults, and the wider community is called upon to bake lots of pies. The dinner is held in Grace Church Guild Hall, 254 Hicks Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.&nbsp;The Cobble Hill Health Center cooks the turkeys and fixings. 84th Precinct officers help transport the food to the church. Many hard working volunteers lend a hand that morning and/or donate baked goods to complete the meal.</p> <p><u>Please see below for details on volunteering to help at the Church and/or for the <strong>pie delivery information</strong>:</u>&nbsp;</p> <p>Many pies are needed so that each guest can take home a freshly baked pie. If you can contribute:&nbsp; Please bring the pie(s) on Wednesday afternoon before 4 PM&nbsp;or Thursday morning from 8:30-10:30 AM to Grace Church, which is located at 254 Hicks Street, between Joralemon and Remsen Streets. Ring the bell, if the entry doors are locked.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the pie baking, volunteers are needed at the luncheon to serve &amp; chat with the guests, help hand-deliver meals to those too frail to attend the luncheon and to clean up afterwards.&nbsp;<strong> </strong>Depending on the task, volunteers report for duty on Thursday, between 10 AM and 3 PM.</p> <p><strong>To sign up or get more information, please call Heights and Hills at (718)596-8789 or email them at On Thanksgiving Day, call (718) 625-8229.</strong></p> <p>Thank you to all who volunteer!</p> </body> </html> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 BHA POSITION ON THE HEIGHT OF THE PIER 1 HOTEL AND RESIDENCE AS SEEN FROM THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA POSITION&nbsp; REGARDING THE HEIGHT OF THE PIERHOUSE AS SEEN FROM THE&nbsp;&nbsp; PROMENADE </u></p> <p>Historically, the Cold Storage Warehouse located near Pier 1 blocked the Promenade view of the Brooklyn Bridge span in several places. Once it was decided to demolish those buildings and to permit new housing construction inside the park boundaries, the BHA strongly advocated that any new buildings should have less visible impact against the Bridge than the Cold Storage buildings. Representatives of the BHA successfully negotiated with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation to limit the Pier 1 building height at 100 ft., the approximate height of the Cold Storage Warehouse, above which the views of the Brooklyn Bridge&nbsp;tower and span would be&nbsp;maintained as seen from the Promenade. At the time, our representatives believed that the mechanicals would be contained within that 100 ft. envelope.</p> <p>This development was delayed for several years because of the recession and Hurricane Sandy. During that time period, there were numerous personnel changes at the BBPDC (which evolved into the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation&nbsp;during that period) and at the BHA. When the Request for Proposals and General Project Plan&nbsp;for the Park&nbsp;were published, they reflected the 100 ft. limitation on height but not that the mechanicals had to be contained within that height.</p> <p>We have been informed by the BBPC that after Hurricane Sandy, the point at which the 100 ft. limitation was measured was raised by approximately 4 1/2 ft. because of changes in the flood plain and that the bulkheads, encasing the mechanicals, will rise 30 feet above that. The bulkheads now rise high enough to block the view of stays and cables as well as the view of the Chrysler Building.</p> <p>During the project design phase (2012-2013), our representatives at meetings of the Community Advisory Council (a committee that can recommend but not force design changes) advocated that the bulkhead height be kept as low as possible in order to protect the view of the Bridge from the Promenade. Our Board and public are angered that the new buildings have seriously compromised that iconic, world class view.&nbsp; We&nbsp; communicated the Board's position to the BBPC and&nbsp; requested that its leadership and the Pierhouse developers take any steps possible to mitigate the Pierhouse development's visual obstruction of the Bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Park Corp President Regina Myer responded on Nov 7. Her letter is posted <a href="">here</a>. Click <a href=",20140001(1).pdf">here</a> to read the BHA reply.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted&nbsp; 9/23/14, updated 11/21/14<br /> </span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 P.S. 8 PTA HELD A PUBLIC MEETING TO ADDRESS OVERCROWDING ISSUES OF LOWER SCHOOL: All are urged to sign their petitions. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>P.S. 8 IS SO POPULAR AS TO BE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS! THE SCHOOL IS OVER CAPACITY NOW AND GROWING!</p> <p>At a crowded meeting on Thursday night, November 20, parents listened as&nbsp; PS 8's PTA Co-Presidents, Kim Glickman and Ansley Samson &nbsp;presented&nbsp;a series of slides to discuss a ten year history of the school's growth and popularity.&nbsp;Parental concerns about&nbsp;overcrowding at PS8 were clearly expressed and, together with the elected officials, everybody is leaning on&nbsp;the Department of Education to find a solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>The PTA&nbsp;has compiled some&nbsp;compelling statistics on student enrollment issues&nbsp;based on current and future residential development in our zone. Click <a href="">here </a>to read their complete presentation.&nbsp;All are urged to <a href="">sign the petitions</a>.</p> <p>The PTA hopes&nbsp;that the outcome of this meeting will give our &nbsp;elected officials the support needed&nbsp;to&nbsp;push for short and long term solutions to this problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is an excerpt of the PTA's report on current trends:</p> <p>&bull;According to the DOE&rsquo;s most recent official assessment (based on our student population last year), we were at 142% of our capacity (among the top 10% most-crowded schools in NYC in 2013-14).</p> <p>&bull;The last 3 years have seen us bring in 6 kindergarten classes (about 140 students, the overwhelming majority being in-zone students) while only 3-4 fifth grade classes have left; we&rsquo;ve lost all of our pre-K and some specialty classrooms to make room for more students, and had classrooms in several grades with 28-31 students. This pattern of growth is unsustainable: we do not have enough classrooms to support this many students.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: large">.</span></strong> Next year there may not be enough Kindergarten seats&nbsp;at PS 8&nbsp;to admit all zoned 5 year olds. Parents were advised to consider other alternatives.</p> <p>&bull;Additional housing already approved and under construction in our zone will likely exacerbate our overcrowding even beyond what we are seeing now, based on the School Construction Authority&rsquo;s formula for calculating the elementary school needs of new residential housing.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are persuaded, please sign the petitions <a href="">here</a>.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS OPEN IN COBBLE HILL AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>Below is a Press Release from 10/31/14 announcing the opening of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Cobble Hill Emergency Department : <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>NYU Langone announced today that it opened NYU Langone-Cobble Hill, a free-standing emergency department (ED) at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn that is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. </p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to serve as a major emergency services provider in southwest Brooklyn and are committed to delivering the highest quality of care to the residents of Cobble Hill,&rdquo; said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. </p> <p>The renovated interim location is staffed by an experienced, interdisciplinary team of more than 100 skilled clinicians and support personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also features high-definition telemedicine capabilities, enabling NYU Langone&rsquo;s Manhattan-based experts in orthopaedics, cardiology, and plastic surgery to consult on cases and further extend the highest quality specialty care to the residents and workers in the neighboring Brooklyn communities. </p> <p>NYU Langone-Cobble Hill will have the full capabilities to care for acutely-ill patients, but if admission to a hospital is required, two ambulances are available 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. In addition, NYU Langone is currently working with the New York State Department of Health and the FDNY to facilitate acceptance of 911 ambulances as soon as possible.</p> <p>In the future, NYU Langone also plans to bring a wide range of ambulatory services to the neighboring communities with the construction of a new medical facility. This world-class, NYU Langone-owned facility, expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018, will comprise four stories and approximately 125,000 square feet of space. Once fully operational, it will provide competitive jobs for the community, with an expected need for more than 400 staff and 70 doctors. In addition to a permanent, free-standing emergency department (NYU Langone-Cobble Hill), the facility will include:</p> <p>&bull; Outpatient ambulatory operating rooms and office-based surgical suite;<br /> &bull; Multi-specialty practices covering a broad spectrum of primary and specialty care services;<br /> &bull; Full-service satellite of NYU Langone&rsquo;s Perlmutter Cancer Center, including an infusion center and a clinical pharmacy;<br /> &bull; On-site clinical laboratory and pathology team; and<br /> &bull; Medical imaging with a range of radiology modalities.</p> <p>For additional information regarding services provided at NYU Langone, please visit</p> </body> </html> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 VISION ZERO UPDATE - STARTING NOV.7, NYC RESIDENTIAL SPEED LIMIT DROPS TO 25 MPH UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BROOKYN HEIGHTS SLOW ZONE UPDATE</strong></u></p> <p><u>SLOW ZONE</u>: We are pleased to report that the implementation of our neighborhood Slow Zone will begin a year earlier than originally announced! The NYC DOT plans to start on&nbsp;the Brooklyn Heights Slow Zone&nbsp;next Spring, 2015. <strong>Click </strong><a href=""><strong>here</strong></a><strong> for the DOT website page describing neighborhood slow zones.</strong></p> <p><u>NEW 25 MPH SPEED LIMIT</u>: Even as Brooklyn Heights awaits&nbsp;the increased safety we hope for with the Slow Zone, the&nbsp;speed limit for <u>all</u> residential streets throughout New York City will be&nbsp;changed to 25 MPH, starting on Friday, Nov. 7 unless otherwise posted.&nbsp;<strong>Click </strong><a href=""><strong>here</strong></a><strong> to read the DOT&nbsp;fact sheet on the speed reduction.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Post updated 10/30/14</span></p> </body> </html> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS CHILD SAFETY ALERT FOR PARENTS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA has been in touch with the 84th Precinct, after reading Wednesday's posting in the Brooklyn Heights Blog about a suspicious woman in Cadman Plaza Park.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 84th Precinct Community Affairs office has this advice for residents: &quot;The right response by anyone who observes this woman approaching children is to calmly and&nbsp;promptly call 911 with the exact park or other location where they see the woman,&nbsp;along with a&nbsp;good description of her.&quot; Callers&nbsp;can&nbsp;mention the Blog report as well as the fact that there was already a 911 call on Wednesday, as reported in the Blog, and 911 operators will alert the police to respond right away.&nbsp;It is the job of the NYPD to evaluate the person.&nbsp;Observers should <u>not</u> take the time to try engaging with her themselves. Meanwhile, we are assured that the 84th Precinct is&nbsp;looking out for the woman as they patrol our area.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As all parents know, always keeping young children in your sight and within close range will&nbsp;make them safe.&nbsp;Click <a href="">here</a> for the Blog&nbsp;post, dated 10/16/14.</p> </body> </html> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: NYU LANGONE IS NOW BACK IN THE FORTIS DEAL! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>LICH UPDATE: NYU LANGONE IS NOW SAID TO BE BACK IN&nbsp; THE FORTIS DEVELOPMENT GROUP DEAL&nbsp;</u><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Following the announced closing of Long Island College Hospital (&ldquo;LICH&rdquo;), residents remain confused about the future of the LICH campus in Cobble Hill.</p> <p>As of September 19, 2014, we&nbsp;were reading reports that NYU had pulled out of the Fortis Development Group's deal to buy the hospital, &nbsp;leaving no medical services on the table.&nbsp;Meanwhile,&nbsp;NYSNA (The NY State Nurses Association) went back to&nbsp;the State Supreme Court&nbsp;with a claim against&nbsp;Fortis&nbsp;and NYU for failing to hire LICH nurses as promised.&nbsp; However, Judge Baynes dismissed that lawsuit on Sept. 29.</p> <p>Now, &nbsp;NYU Langone is reportedly back in the deal with Fortis, but we do not know what that will bring to the community in the way of needed medical services at LICH.&nbsp;</p> <p>SUNY must continue operating what remains&nbsp;of the hospital's&nbsp;emergency department&nbsp;until the NYS Attorney General and NYS Comptroller approve the sale of the hospital to Fortis. Reportedly, emergency rooms elsewhere in Brooklyn are now overwhelmed by incoming cases, creating delays throughout the system.</p> <p>The Brooklyn Eagle's indefatigable&nbsp;reporter Mary Frost manages to keep up with all of it.&nbsp;Click&nbsp;<a href="">here </a>for&nbsp;her Brooklyn Eagle article on the latest update.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;Article updated on 10/09/14</span>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! THE MONTAGUE STREET PHOTO CONTEST IS STILL UNDERWAY. YOU HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 28 TO SUBMIT PHOTOS AND WIN BIG PRIZES! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>THE MONTAGUE STREET BID HAS ANNOUNCED A PHOTO CONTEST&nbsp;</p> <p>There are some great prizes to be awarded to winning images that capture Montague Street&rsquo;s unique character. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $400 gift certificate at the Montague Street store of their choice.</p> <p>Photographs taken along Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights may be submitted. Areas of interest include Montague Street&rsquo;s architecture, storefronts and displays, people, streetscape elements, or a combination thereof. Of particular interest are images showcasing Montague Street&rsquo;s vibrancy and activity.</p> <p>The deadline to enter the Montague Street Photo Contest has been extended to Nov. 28, 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to find out more about the contest and entry details.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN </u></p> <p>The BHA is responding with concern and cautious optimism to the Brooklyn Public Library's (&quot;BPL&quot;) selection of Hudson Companies/Marvel Architects for redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.</p> <p>We believe that the project, as outlined in the original Request for Proposals, has the potential to make a significant contribution--if the developers and BPL trustees will take the time to re-evaluate their design, and engage in an open process with the broader library and civic center community. The current design gives no indication that the building houses an important civic institution - the 21st century descendant of the legendary Carnegie Libraries. Instead, what we are seeing is a clunky condominium sitting atop generic retail space. 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 &ndash; a library that is a visual gateway to the neighborhood.&nbsp; Moreover, the project can and should address broader community priorities.</p> <p>Our optimism stems from the knowledge that these two firms are local businesses whose partners are well acquainted with our neighborhood: Jonathan Marvel has the ability to design a new building which truly 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>We are pleased by Hudson/Marvel's commitment to provide interim service during construction of the new library, which was a clear requirement in the RFP. 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.</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><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted 09/29/14</span></p> </body> </html> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 THE BQE UPPER DECK OF THE CANTILEVER IS NOW SMOOTH! The eastbound (upper deck) of the cantilever has recently been milled and paved. Let's hope it lasts! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>GOOD NEWS! NYC DOT ANSWERED THE&nbsp; BHA REQUEST TO RESURFACE THE BQE CANTILEVER&nbsp;</u></p> <p>The eastbound (upper deck) of the BQE&nbsp;Cantilever has been milled and repaved. When trucks pass under the Promenade now, it no longer shakes!</p> <p>We are happy to report that the NYC&nbsp;DOT has addressed the community's requested milling and paving of the full surface of the <u>eastbound </u>(towards Queens) BQE from Atlantic Ave to Cadman Plaza West.&nbsp; Residents living near the BQE are reporting relief from what they described as &quot;earthquake-like tremors&quot; caused by the uneven deck surface.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Not since 2002 has there been a complete milling and repaving of the upper BQE roadway, and the BHA was &lsquo;on the case&rsquo; for sometime. This work was overdue and badly needed.</p> <p>We are grateful to the DOT for scheduling this much-needed project and to Councilman Steve Levin for his advocacy.&nbsp; We expect work on the westbound (lower) deck of the cantilever to be scheduled in the near future. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Article updated 09/10/14</p> </body> </html> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400