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 Council Member Levin and Senator Squadron Support BHA and STVN in SV-1 Violation Lawsuit - Council Member Levin and Senator Squadron Support the BHA and STVN in SV-1 Violation Lawsuit <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA and Save The View Now jointly released the following press statement on February 9, 2016:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On February 4, following oral arguments in the BHA and Save the View Now&rsquo;s lawsuit regarding Pierhouse&rsquo;s intrusion into the Brooklyn Promenade&rsquo;s Special Scenic View District (&ldquo;SV-1&rdquo;), NYS Supreme Court Judge Knipel reserved judgment on Plaintiffs&rsquo; motion for a preliminary injunction and Defendants&rsquo; motion to dismiss in order to review the testimony and materials submitted.</p> <p>In support of the lawsuit by the BHA and Save the View Now, Council Member Stephen Levin, a Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) Board member, submitted an affidavit that stated in part: &ldquo;I am very dismayed that DOB and BBPC staff would, in my opinion, misinterpret the clear language of the Zoning Resolution (SV-1) &hellip;.. I am also very dismayed that, to my best recollection, BBPC staff never brought that issue to the attention of the BBPC Board&rdquo;.</p> <p>Senator Daniel Squadron also issued a joint statement with Councilmember Levin that concluded: &ldquo;At the request of our constituents, including Save the View Now and the Brooklyn Heights Association, we have reviewed the Zoning Resolution establishing the Scenic View District and the SV-1, as well as calculations from the developer and city pertaining to the Pier 1 project. It is our view that SV-1 zoning rules have been incorrectly applied. This incorrect application should be addressed, and compliance with the SV-1 zoning rules should be ensured.&quot;</p> <p>The BHA and STVN are grateful to Councilmember Levin and Senator Squadron for their support.</p> <p>Rather than address the merits of the case, the Defendants&rsquo; argue that the BHA and STVN are too late in bringing the lawsuit, which is simply not the case. Indeed, when the BHA and STVN&rsquo;s attorney informed the City on November 25, 2015 that we would commence legal action, Sarah Kogel-Smucker, a Corporation Counsel attorney, responded: &ldquo;I see this is your &ldquo;final notice&rdquo; but urge against rushing to court next week as it is unripe.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> First the City states that it is too early to bring our lawsuit, then it argues before the court that it is too late. The Defendants are simply hoping that their illegal changes to the project plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park will go unnoticed. This type of behavior by government agencies is unacceptable.</p> <p>After reviewing the full record, it is our hope that Judge Knipel will allow the case to proceed on the merits and will find that Defendants have violated SV-1. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/Council Member Levin and Senator Squadron Support BHA and STVN in SV-1 Violation Lawsuit/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 TIKCETS AVAILABLE FOR THE "BACH IN THE HEIGHTS" CONCERT ON MARCH 20. The BHA is sponsoring the Bach in the Heights Chorus and Orchestra performance of Arias and Choruses from "The Saint Matthew Passion" by Johann Sebastian Bach on Sunday, March 20 at 3 PM at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 125 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA and Bach in the Heights Baroque Chorus and Orchestra will present Arias and Choruses from &quot;The Saint Matthew Passion&quot; by Johann Sebastian Bach on Sunday, March 20th at 3 PM at Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church at 125 Henry Street, Brooklyn.</p> <p>Conducted by Heights resident Edward Houser, Bach in the Heights is composed of singers and instrumentalists who have studied at top music schools - Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis and Eastman - and now perform with New York's major performing ensembles.</p> <p>Their recent performances in the Heights of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat and Orchestral Concertos delighted local audiences and charmed the local press. Now they are coming &quot;bach&quot; for their only spring performance.</p> <p>Advanced tickets at $16 can be purchased online <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bach-in-the-heights-concert-tickets-21319584451">HERE</a>.&nbsp;After March 18, tickets will be available for $20 by cash or check at the door on the day of the concert.</p> <p>For serious Bach lovers, a limited number of Patron Level tickets at $100 are also available <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bach-in-the-heights-concert-tickets-21319584451">online</a> through March 18. Ticketholders at the Patron Level are guaranteed premier seats at the front of the sanctuary and are invited to a special reception after the concert at the Heights Casino, 75 Montague Street, from 5:30 &ndash; 7 pm. Cocktails and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres will be served with a lively and entertaining musical accompaniment.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/97d7a553b361ee0a7deb9c22eda38b2d/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 BROOKLYN D.A. THOMPSON TO SPEAK AT BHA ANNUAL MEETING ON FEB. 24. The Annual Meeting will begin at 7 pm at St. Francis College’s Founders Hall at 180 Remsen Street with a featured address by D.A. Thompson speaking on “Keeping Brooklyn Safe in an Equal and Just System." <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA Annual Meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at St. Francis College&rsquo;s Founders Hall at 180 Remsen Street will feature Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth A. Thompson. He will be speaking on &ldquo;Keeping Brooklyn Safe in an Equal and Just System,&rdquo; a topic that has taken on added resonance as community policing policies, sentencing reform, and the exoneration of wrongfully convicted individuals are issues that confront New York City and the nation.</p> <p>Doors will open at 6:30 pm. D.A. Thompson will be speaking at 7 pm, which will be followed by the business portion of the Annual Meeting.</p> <p>This year, the Martha Atwater Award will be presented to Steve Guterman, founder of Save the View Now, with additional Community Awards given to the Whitman Owners Corporation, the board of 75 Henry Street, for its decision to not sell Pineapple Walk; Toba Potosky, the Founder and President of the Cadman Park Conservancy; and Mark Lahm, Owner of Henry&rsquo;s End Restaurant.</p> <p>Please come hear the presentation by D.A. Thompson and show your support of this year&rsquo;s recipients of the BHA&rsquo;s Annual Awards. Refreshments will be served immediately following the Annual Meeting in the Callahan Center.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/f86d20d75cbac63eb3b5410f9e43aa14/ Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 BHA STATEMENT ON THE POTENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT OF PINEAPPLE WALK. A developer has made an offer to purchase Pineapple Walk from Whitman Towers Corp., the coop at 75 Henry Street, which owns the land occupied by the Park Plaza Diner and other businesses on the north side of Pineapple Walk. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>A public forum was held on January 6 at the community room of 101 Clark Street to air the views of Brooklyn Heights residents and the immediate neighbors of 75 Henry Street in response to the offer from an unnamed developer to buy a portion of the Whitman Owners&nbsp;Corp. property on which the retail establishments on Pineapple Walk are situated. The developer has offered the cooperative and its shareholders $75 million for the property for purposes of&nbsp;building a 40-story luxury residential condominium tower and new retail spaces.</p> <p>The Whitman coop board has scheduled a closed-door meeting of the 75 Henry Street shareholders on Monday, January 11, 2016 to discuss&nbsp;whether to reject the offer&nbsp;entirely or to approve authorizing the board to evaluate the offer as a prelude to a later decision to accept the offer or a negotiated new offer. The board has asked that its shareholders inform the board of their decision by January 15th.</p> <p>In writing to its shareholders, the Whitman board acknowledged that the sale of Pineapple Walk and the resulting development would bring considerable disruption to the neighborhood during a multi-year construction period and would engender opposition from Heights residents.</p> <p>The board of Cadman Towers, which abuts 75 Henry Street to the south and includes the residents of 101 Clark Street and 10 Clinton Street, wrote to the shareholders of 75 Henry to convey its strong concerns.&nbsp; Among those are that the new tower would block the views of many of Cadman Towers' residents, overwhelm the neighborhood's subways, school and other municipal services, and add tremendous congestion from the estimated 400 new residential units and&nbsp;200 or more cars.&nbsp; In addition, the letter decried the loss of the locally owned businesses along Pineapple Walk that have served the community for many years.</p> <p>The BHA&nbsp;submitted a letter that&nbsp;also raised significant concerns by the community, while &nbsp;recognizing at the same time that the 75 Henry Street shareholders did not solicit this offer and face a momentous decision in deciding whether to reject it or approve further evaluation of the offer. The letter can be found below.&nbsp;</p> <p>A full accounting of the comments made by the BHA and the board representatives of Cadman Towers and 140 Cadman Plaza&nbsp; can be found in the coverage&nbsp;of the&nbsp;forum by the Brooklyn Eagle&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2016/1/7/brooklyn-heights-residents-work-convince-neighbors-pass-pineapple-walk-offer">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>BHA Letter, dated January 4, 2016</p> <p>Dear Neighbor:</p> <p>We are writing to acknowledge the momentous decision before you regarding whether to pursue the offer from a developer to purchase and build upon the cooperative&rsquo;s property along Pineapple Walk.<br /> Without a doubt, we recognize the significant additional financial security it would bring to you and your family. That makes it difficult to say &ldquo;no.&rdquo; However, we must appeal to you, as neighbors, and convey our deep concern about what a high-rise, luxury tower in that location would mean for you and all the residents of Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>As you know, 75 Henry Street was built along with 140 Cadman Plaza West, 101 Clark Street, and 10 Clinton Street as part of a 1960s Federal program to house families of moderate means. The site was never intended for luxury condos to house families with many other housing options. While current zoning changes and market conditions enable this offer to exist, you should be aware that a luxury development was not originally contemplated &ndash; and would not have been supported - by the community that endorsed the moderate-income housing created 50 years ago.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Most importantly, the benefits of the luxury tower would not be shared with your immediate neighbors or with the wider community. In fact, it would only have adverse consequences for them. <br /> The small businesses on Pineapple Walk &ndash; All In One Mart, Rocco and Jezebel, Heights Kids, Images and Park Plaza Diner - are owned by people that have invested their savings and hard work in their businesses. In return for their livelihood, they have served the community, in many cases, for decades. The new retail would no longer be affordable to locally-owned entrepreneurs and Pineapple Walk&rsquo;s unique character would be destroyed.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The new tower would block the north facing views of 25% of the families within your own building, as well as half the residents who live next door to you at 101 Clark Street. They, too, have enjoyed residing in housing built for moderate-incomes and would lose significantly from the new tower.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The redevelopment would bring major environmental problems to the area during the several years while demolition and construction would occur and for the foreseeable future. It would bring an estimated 400 new residents and their cars into an already highly congested area. More than 100 students would be added to the local schools, which are now at 140% of capacity, and it would affect the quality of education for all students. The additional residents would also tax the already overburdened subways and health care system, as well as other municipal services, for which the City neither plans nor makes the needed infrastructure investments. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>We call upon you to carefully consider the consequences of a &ldquo;yes&rdquo; vote on January 15th and ask you to uphold the quality of life that you and your neighbors have enjoyed for many years. Please vote &ldquo;no.&rdquo;<br /> Sincerely yours,</p> <p>Patrick Killackey, President&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; Peter L. Bray, Executive Director<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/bafa6d72c112953e17c5477ac827a6c8/ Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Don't Miss the world-renowned Harvard Krokodiloes in concert at the Heights Casino in a benefit performance for the BHA on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>The world-renowned Harvard Krokodiloes, Harvard's oldest and finest a cappella singing group, will perform on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the Heights Casino</strong>. The proceeds will benefit the BHA.&nbsp; Ticket holders who are not currently BHA members will receive a free one-year membership at the Household/Family Level through their purchase of a ticket to one of the two concerts.</p> <p>The <strong>Warm-Up Concert </strong>at 6:45 PM will be performed in the Casino Doubles Squash Court. Ticketholders will be treated to pop tunes while they enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while listening from the gallery above.</p> <p>At 7:30 pm, the Kroks will ascend for their <strong>Formal Concert </strong>in the Governors Room where they will perform a repertoire from the Great American Songbook mixed with their witty musical humor. Listeners will be able to mingle with the Kroks at the reception after the Formal Concert at which cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the bar.</p> <p>Tickets are $75 for the Warm-Up Concert and $100 for the Formal Concert, which includes the Warm-Up Concert. <strong>Tickets can be reserved through Sunday, January 3rd by calling the BHA at 718-858-9193 or emailing info@thebha.org.</strong> The BHA will accept credit card info or ticket holders can bring a check payable to &quot;The Heights Casino&quot; on the evening of the event. Tickets will not be&nbsp;available at the event. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/964d993546fdd3984e120b167631ceab/ Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Brooklyn Heights Library Plan Is Approved by the City Council. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>In its final meeting of the year, the New York City Council approved today the plan to sell the existing Brooklyn Heights Library and&nbsp;create a new, state-of-the-art library branch in the base of the condominium tower at 280 Cadman Plaza West.</p> <p>The Council's approval of the plan followed modifications to the project that include&nbsp;expanding the size of the branch, lowering the income requirements for the affordable housing units to be built in connection with the project, creating a mini-library in Vinegar Hill&nbsp;serving residents of the&nbsp;Farragut&nbsp;Houses,&nbsp;DUMBO, and Vinegar Hill,&nbsp;and incorporating additional&nbsp;space for a dedicated STEM lab serving&nbsp;public school students throughout Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA will work closely with the&nbsp;&nbsp;Hudson Companies, the project's developer,&nbsp;on elements of the new library's design&nbsp;and to make sure that&nbsp;the Brooklyn Public Library and the developer abide by their&nbsp;agreements.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>An interim library is expected to open on Remsen&nbsp;Street by June 2016.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/15d02dbadef78e6d91dc46188c32be15/ Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY PASSES A BIG HURDLE. After months of careful consideration, Council Member Levin announced on Dec. 10 his support for the sale of the current Brooklyn Heights Library and its replacement by a new, state-of-the-art library in the base of 280 Cadman Plaza West. His <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>After months of careful consideration, Council Member Levin announced on December 10 his support for the sale of the current Brooklyn Heights Library and its replacement by a new, state-of-the-art library in the base of 280 Cadman Plaza West. His support was subject to important project modifications. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Levin&rsquo;s support came at the public hearing sponsored by the City Council&rsquo;s Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions after he gained several significant improvements to the project from the Hudson Companies, the project&rsquo;s developer. The last step in the project&rsquo;s 6-month ULURP approval process will be the full City Council&rsquo;s vote on December 16.</p> <p>&nbsp;The project&rsquo;s modifications will include: <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; An expansion of library from 21,500 to 26,620 square feet, including 3,000 SF set aside for a Technology and Business Services Center.<br /> &bull; A new 5,000 square foot library serving the residents of Vinegar Hill, the Farragut Houses and DUMBO.<br /> &bull; Another 9,000 SF will be set aside in 280 Cadman Plaza West for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab serving all District 13 students.<br /> &bull; A seven day per week operating schedule.<br /> &bull; Lowering of the income limits for the affordable housing units to be built in Clinton Hill ; and<br /> &bull; A profit sharing arrangement above a benchmark rate of return with the Brooklyn Public Library.</p> <p>The library to be built in Vinegar Hill will be the library system&rsquo;s first new branch since 1983 and will make library services available to a long underserved community.</p> <p>For more information on the Subcommittee&rsquo;s action, click <a href="http://stephenlevin33.tumblr.com/post/134934097267/council-member-stephen-levin-announces-support-for">here</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/62ad44de1fc597212b5c94b431c62bcd/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 CITY COUNCIL VOTE ON THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY. The full City Council will be voting on its disposition of the Brooklyn Heights Library at its meeting on December 16th. It will provide Brooklyn Heights with a state-of-the-art branch library at the base of 280 Cadman Plaza West. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The full City Council will likely be voting on its disposition of the Brooklyn Heights Library at its meeting on December 16th. It will provide Brooklyn Heights with a state-of-the-art branch library at the base of 280 Cadman Plaza West.</p> <p>The BHA testified in support of the disposition action at the City Planning Commission&rsquo;s public hearing on November 18. In its statement, found <a href="http://www.thebha.org/alerts/f0837f8ee1f3571372f3bb225102d402/">here</a>, the BHA called for a significant enlargement of the new branch to equal the useable area of the existing branch. The project will also provide affordable housing located within Community Board 2 and generate a significant amount of funding to fund substantial repairs to at least four branch libraries within the Brooklyn Public Library&rsquo;s system.</p> <p>To learn more about the reasons to support the disposition action, you can read this <a href="https://bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/standup/bkletter.aspx">letter </a>from a Brooklyn Heights resident. You can demonstrate your support for the new library by signing a <a href="https://bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/standup/contactcm.aspx">petition</a> to Council Member Steve Levin, whose vote will be crucial to outcome of the City Council vote. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/e815068ef84488d75c38220e5adbec69/ Tue, 08 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500 THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT REACHED THE FINAL STAGE OF THE PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS. BHA SPEAKS AT THE PUBLIC HEARING HELD BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 18, 2015 (read more). <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Statement of the Brooklyn Heights Association In The Matter of the Disposition of 280 Cadman<br /> Plaza West, November 18, 2015</strong> <br /> </u><br /> The Brooklyn Heights Branch Library is central to our community. A library serves its community best when it is comfortable and up-to-date. Features like reliable online access, good lighting, size and air-conditioning matter. What&rsquo;s true of the Brooklyn Heights Branch is true of the rest of the Brooklyn Public Library system. This proposal will provide funds for the renovation of other BPL branches, and that is why the BHA and its members support it. After the Brooklyn Heights branch has been outfitted, the remaining money will pay for repairs at the Walt Whitman, Pacific Street, Washington Irving and Sunset Park branches, benefitting many BPL users.</p> <p>The experience of the NY Public Library with the reconstruction of the Donnell Branch has been instructive. As a result, the Brooklyn Heights branch project is subject to strict terms outlined in both the original Request for Proposals and a Memorandum of Understanding between the BPL and the City. Those requirements include: an interim library; time limits on construction; completion of the affordable housing before issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the condominium; and that all proceeds from the sale will be for the use of the BPL.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, we have concerns. Community Board 2 has requested that the usable area of the new library equal the usable area of the existing branch. We completely agree. The preliminary plans show the branch to have 21,500 square feet of usable space, but we would like to see this figure significantly enlarged. A welcoming library space, with natural light and working air conditioning, will attract significantly more visitors than the existing branch, already one of the busiest in the system, and the new branch must accommodate them.</p> <p>Our local school is at 140% of capacity, and the addition of 139 apartments to the school zone will increase the overcrowding. The City Council must insist that the New York City Department of Education address the burden that surging development in Brooklyn causes. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Many in our community have requested &ndash; and we concur &ndash; that the developer and BPL give further consideration to the configuration of the related affordable housing. The apartments are targeted to residents making 60-165% of area median income, which may be too high. Three-quarters of the affordable apartments will be studios or one-bedrooms, which means the project will not address the enormous need for two, three, and four bedroom family apartments. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The BPL has gone far to meet and address the concerns of our community. We look forward to:<br /> &bull; a spacious, state-of-the art branch library in our neighborhood<br /> &bull; well-designed, affordable housing in our district<br /> &bull; substantial repairs and infrastructure upgrades in at least four Brooklyn branch libraries.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>We support this proposal, for the Heights, for Brooklyn Community District 2, and for all of Brooklyn, and we urge you to support it too.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/f0837f8ee1f3571372f3bb225102d402/ Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 The BHA is sponsoring Cocktails and Conversation: An Evening to Honor NYC's First Historic District on Monday, November 23rd in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and of the NYC Landmarks Law. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA is sponsoring <strong>Cocktails and Conversation</strong>: <strong>An Evening to Honor NYC's First Historic District </strong>on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Brooklyn Historical Society&nbsp;in celebration of the&nbsp;50th anniversary of the designation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and of the NYC Landmarks Law.</p> <p>This fun-filled, enchanting event will feature cocktails in the elegant Othmer Library followed by an evening of conversation between architectural historian Francis Marrone and Anthony C. Wood, the founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project (NYPAP).&nbsp; A special display of artifacts related to the creation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District will be on display outside the library.</p> <p>Tickets for the event can be purchased <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-and-conversation-an-evening-to-honor-nycs-first-historic-district-tickets-18042586863">HERE</a>.&nbsp; BHA members receive the $80 discounted price&nbsp;by entering &quot;BHA20&quot; as the promotional code.</p> <p>In conjunction with the event, the BHA and the Brooklyn Historical Society have reprinted Clay&nbsp;Lancaster's book, <u>Old Brooklyn Heights: New York's First Suburb</u>,&nbsp;first published in 1961.&nbsp; The book surveys the architectural&nbsp;styles of&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights' oldest&nbsp;houses with descriptions of 619 of its buildings. Copies of the&nbsp;book will be available for sale at the event.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/d9f43633983a81c3a6da82ab04cd2628/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 SLOW ZONE COMING TO BROOKLYN HEIGHTS IN LATE SEPTEMBER The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it will begin implementing the Slow Zone in Brooklyn Heights this month. The speed limit on all streets will be lowered to 20 mph and 21 speed bumps installed starting in late September <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that it will begin implementing a Neighborhood Slow Zone Project in Brooklyn Heights this month. The speed limit on all streets in the zone, which encompasses the entire neighborhood,&nbsp;will be lowered to 20 mph. As a part of the project, DOT will begin installing 21 speed bumps throughout the neighborhood in late September. They rise gradually at each location and are designed to encourage drivers to slow down.&nbsp;</p> <p>The speed bumps are entirely within the travel lane and do not extend into the&nbsp;parking lane.&nbsp; A DOT spokesperson indicated the street will be blocked during a portion of the day when the bump is being installed.&nbsp; However, DOT has not yet released a schedule that includes information on when to anticipate specific street closings.&nbsp;The BHA has requested this&nbsp;information, and if it becomes available,&nbsp;this posting will be updated.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The project will also include 9 sets of signs and markings at the entrances to the Slow Zone, an upgrade of existing roadway markings, and high-visibility crosswalks.</p> <p>For a map of the speed bump locations, click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/Brooklyn Heights Slow Zone WHH v01.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>The Slow Zone Program has been used successfully throughout the city, reducing injuries to both pedestrians and motorists. DOT awarded Brooklyn Heights the Slow Zone on a competitive basis earlier this year, following the BHA&rsquo;s submission of an application last year.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/8906a1552f24cf7aac86371958b26a77/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400