The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion IN FOCUS - Town Hall Meeting on Brooklyn Bridge Park Developments Draws Full House <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA and its three partners, Save the View Now (&ldquo;STVN&rdquo;), People for Green Space Foundation (&ldquo;PFGSF&rdquo;) and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund (&ldquo;BBPDF&rdquo;), led a Town Hall meeting on May 4th to update our community on the status of three major development issues in Brooklyn Bridge Park on which the BHA continues to play an active role. First, we support STVN&rsquo;s fight against the Pierhouse violation of the height limit that was designed to protect views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade. Second, we are the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that seeks to prevent the Pierhouse violation of the Scenic View District. And third, with PFGSF and the BBPDF,&nbsp;we are leading the effort to prevent further residential development on Pier 6 that is not necessary to support the park.</p> <p>The Town Hall was a huge success. The ground floor of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church was filled to capacity with&nbsp;400 people in attendance. Councilman Stephen Levin spoke eloquently in support of our efforts.&nbsp; Additionally,&nbsp;representatives from the offices of State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joanne Simon, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Borough President Eric Adams were also present.</p> <p>Speakers at the Town Hall pointed out that the three issues share two common themes:</p> <p>1. <u><strong>Broken Promises</strong></u></p> <p>The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (the &ldquo;Park Corporation&rdquo;) has repeatedly broken promises made to our community during the long environmental review process&mdash;promises that were incorporated in the documents that served as the foundation for the park. The General Project Plan (&ldquo;GPP&rdquo;), the Final Environmental Impact Statement (&ldquo;FEIS&rdquo;) and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (&ldquo;SEQRA&rdquo;) findings all contain commitments that have now been ignored:</p> <p>a. The promise to protect views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade and views of the East River from the Squibb Park area has been broken. Pierhouse is much higher and bigger than we had been told it would be and the high northern section extends far to the south of where we were told it would be located&mdash;thus destroying those views;</p> <p>b. The promise to protect the Scenic View District (&ldquo;SV-1&rdquo;) has been broken by the penthouse on top of the southern part of Pierhouse, which intrudes into the City&rsquo;s one and only Scenic View District;</p> <p>c. The promise to build housing on Pier 6 only if the revenue to be generated was necessary to maintain the Park has been broken by the Park Corporation's insistence on building two huge towers even though our independent analyses demonstrate that the Park Corporation, given the huge increase in area real estate values over the last decade, has ample resources from the existing commercial and residential projects in the park. To evade its commitment to reduce housing if financial circumstances permitted it, the Park Corporation has asked the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to eliminate that commitment from the GPP.</p> <p>2. <u><strong>Misleading and Incomplete Information</strong></u></p> <p>With all three of these issues, the Park Corporation failed to provide up-to-date and transparent information that would have enabled the community to see that these fundamental commitments were not being honored. Not until Pierhouse was under construction did the community realize that it was much higher than had been promised and that views of the Brooklyn Bridge were being destroyed. Not until Steve Guterman of STVN carefully studied the FEIS did it became clear that the high northern part of Pierhouse was located much closer to the Promenade than where we had been told. All of the negotiations between Toll Brothers and the Park Corporation over the size, height and location of Pierhouse were carried out without community participation and without adequate disclosure to the community. We still do not know when and where the decision to cast aside the height limitations of Pierhouse was made or by whom .</p> <p>Not until the penthouse was built on top of the southern part of Pierhouse did anyone realize that it was violating the Scenic View District. The Park Corporation had continually stated that it would not permit SV-1 to be violated. Indeed, only after hiring our own surveyor did we confirm that the penthouse did violate SV-1. The response of the Park Corporation, Toll Brothers, and other defendants in the lawsuit that we were forced to commence to protect the Scenic View District strains credulity: they claim that the end point of the reference line defining SV-1 sits in mid-air over Furman Street rather than on the Promenade.</p> <p>Similarly, not until Ren Richmond of PFGSF explored public records did we learn that the Park Corporation&rsquo;s revenue projections were woefully deficient. To this day the Park Corporation has refused to make public its complete financial model and the data underlying it that it claims demonstrate that Pier 6 housing is necessary&mdash;despite numerous requests for that information from the Park Community Advisory Council, the BHA and our local elected officials. The revenue numbers originally presented to us were patently lower than they could possibly be and the expenses of the Park have been unnecessarily inflated through the Park Corporation&rsquo;s&nbsp;maintenance approach to the piles holding up the piers that the expert retained by the BHA has found makes no economic sense.</p> <p>The BHA will continue to participate in and lead on these three issues. The lawsuit seeking to reduce the height of Pierhouse is presently on appeal; the lawsuit seeking to prevent the violation of SV-1 is awaiting decision by Justice Knipel of the New York State Supreme Court; the process to prevent unnecessary housing on Pier 6 and to preserve parkland is awaiting a decision from&nbsp;ESDC on whether the General Project Plan can be amended to eliminate the commitment to build only what is needed to support the park.</p> <p><strong>We need the support of all of our members!&nbsp; There are two things that members can do.</strong></p> <p><strong>First</strong>, please sign and return to us the letter&nbsp;to the Mayor, who controls the Park Corporation. If you did not receive a copy of the letter, you can find a link to it below.&nbsp;&nbsp;Add your name and address and mail it to the BHA or scan&nbsp;the signed letter and email it to <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Second</strong>, please donate to help us fund the two pending lawsuits. The New York law firm Jenner and Block has generously been donating legal services to the BHA in connection with our Pier 6 efforts, but we are single-handedly paying a lawyer to represent us on our&nbsp;Scenic View District litigation and assisting STVN in the original Pierhouse litigation. Donations for these lawsuits can be made by calling the BHA at 718-858-9193 with your credit card or by mailing to the BHA office at 55 Pierrepont Street #17D, Brooklyn, New York 11201.</p> <p>We expect Mayor de Blasio to live up to promises made to our community. The Brooklyn Bridge Park was not intended to enrich developers but to provide as much green space as possible for the people of Brooklyn.</p> <p><a href=" to Mayor de Blasio0001.pdf"> to Mayor de Blasio0001.pdf</a></p> </body> </html> FOCUS/ Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 BHA AND ITS COALITION PARTNERS RESPOND TO CITY AND STATE "DEAL" ON PIER 6 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA learned on May 15th that the City had reached an agreement with&nbsp;Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) to&nbsp;construct housing on Pier 6. Within days we learned that the agreement had fallen apart, but the City has vowed to proceed anyway and to potentially&nbsp;ignore the&nbsp;procedures that govern development in the park.</p> <p>The General Project Plan (GPP) for Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was arrived at after extensive community input in 2005, clearly states&nbsp;that no housing&nbsp;be built on Pier 6 unless it is necessary to support the park. Given the huge increases in real estate values in our neighborhood since 2005 and the enormous revenues for the park generated by One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pierhouse, the Empire Stores, and John Street, the BHA believes that no additional revenue is needed from Pier 6. That belief is supported by an appraisal expert hired by our community coalition who estimated that the Park Corporation would have a surplus of more than $800 million over the next 50 years without any housing on Pier 6.</p> <p>Eager to nonetheless proceed with the two high towers that were thought necessary in 2005, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) attempted to remove the requirement that only housing needed to support the park be built by asking ESD to modify the GPP. ESD was apparently prepared to permit a modification that would enable the project to move forward; however, ESD&nbsp;changed its mind and withdrew its support for the project, citing potential conflicts of interest within the de Blasio Administration. Unfortunately, despite the earlier statement from ESD encouraging the BBPC to work with our community, a deal was reached without any input from our coalition or&nbsp;our local elected officials.</p> <p>While the Pier 6 deal is dead for now, we fear that either the City and State will resurrect it or the City will decide to proceed without State approval. Indeed, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen has publicly stated that the City would proceed on its own to develop Pier 6 without ESD approval.</p> <p>The BHA joined this week with its partners, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund (BBPDF) and People for Green Space Foundation (PGSF), in condemning the back room deal between the City and State. <br /> The coalition issued a public statement expressing its dismay at the secret negotiations and the failure by the City to reach out to the community to attempt to resolve this contentious issue.</p> <p>Coalition representatives submitted a joint letter&nbsp;(<a href="">here</a>) to the ESD Board at its May 19th meeting criticizing the secret negotiations, which contradicted &ldquo;all principles of good governance and transparency &hellip; (taking) place in back rooms without any community or local elected official presence.&rdquo; We requested that the community be included in any future negotiations between the City and State.</p> <p>The coalition is grateful to the unwavering support of our local elected officials &ndash; State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman&nbsp;Jo Anne Simon, and Council Members Steve Levin and Brad Lander &ndash; in opposing this development. They submitted a letter (<a href=" BBP letter 05_17_16 Final(1).pdf">here</a>) on May 17th to Alicia Glen and ESDC President Howard Zemsky that stated that &ldquo;we &hellip;. urge you to honor our requests to build no more housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6. We do not believe the park requires any more housing to support it.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 DOT MOVING FORWARD WITH A PROJECTED 10-YEAR REHABILITATION OF THE BQE. The project will address the deterioration of the BQE, first opened in 1954, which is suffering the ills of old age and overuse. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>It comes as no surprise that the BQE, first opened in 1954, is urgently in need of rehabilitation. The daily pounding of&nbsp;traffic, which now exceeds 140,000 vehicles (up from 123,000 in 2006) has taken its toll on the highway's many structural elements. Trucks comprise 17% of its volume during peak periods and&nbsp;subject Heights' residents to excessive noise and vibration in their homes. After years of discussion, the BQE&rsquo;s rehabilitation process is now beginning to move forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation briefed&nbsp;the BHA and other community stakeholders on April 20, 2016 on&nbsp;the projected 10-year BQE Rehabilitation Project. &nbsp;The $1.7 billion project will extend from the Columbia Street exchange south of Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street,&nbsp;just north of the&nbsp;Manhattan Bridge, and will&nbsp;include 21 bridges as well as the triple cantilever under the Promenade.</p> <p>Because much preliminary work is needed by DOT to analyze conditions, perform design, award contracts, and coordinate with other agencies and the community, DOT is projecting a construction period between&nbsp;2021 and 2026. But as we know, these timeframes are notoriously subject to change.</p> <p>Despite an earlier planning effort between 2006 and 2011 by New York State DOT, which considered six tunnel options, NYC DOT has ruled out a tunnel due to the need to maintain the BQE&rsquo;s connections to the local street network and the East River bridges. These connections would not be possible with a tunnel configuration.</p> <p>DOT&rsquo;s planning will&nbsp;take into account&nbsp;meeting current highway standards and maintaining traffic during construction, the BQE&rsquo;s proximity to adjacent buildings and transit structures, and environmental concerns. Once completed, the rehabilitated BQE will provide for a safer,quieter roadway, and new ramps, among other improvements.</p> <p>The BHA will work closely with DOT and other community stakeholders to ensure that the project addresses neighborhood concerns, including mitigating impacts during construction and improves the way the BQE integrates with adjacent communities.&nbsp; It will provide Heights residents with ongoing updates and notices of public meetings.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>DOT's briefing report can be found <a href="">HERE</a>.</p> </body> </html> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 MAY 4th TOWN HALL MEETING ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT ST. ANN & THE HOLY TRINITY CHRUCH. The community is invited to receive an update and ask questions on contentious issues regarding obstruction of views from the Promenade and unnecessary development. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA and its coalition partners &ndash; Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, People for Green Space Foundation and Save the View Now - are inviting the community to a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 4th from 7 &ndash; 9 PM at St. Ann &amp; the Holy Trinity Church at 157 Montague Street, entrance on Clinton Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees will&nbsp;hear an update on three contentious development issues within Brooklyn Bridge Park:</p> <p>1) the obstruction of the views of the Brooklyn Bridge by Pierhouse,</p> <p>2) the violation of the Scenic View District (SV-1), and</p> <p>3) the unnecessary towers proposed for Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>&nbsp;The status of the ongoing lawsuits with regard to SV-1 and Pierhouse will also be reviewed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 WATCHTOWER RESIDENTS TO MOVE OUT BEGINNING MAY 2. After 107 years in the Heights, the Watchtower has announced that they will relocate nearly 1,000 of their residents upstate between May 2 and January 2017. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Watchtower, which&nbsp;moved into Brooklyn Heights 107 years ago and greatly expanded its presence by acquiring more properties in succeeding years, is shortly&nbsp;moving out of&nbsp;many north Brooklyn Heights buildings as part of its ongoing disinvestment of its Brooklyn Heights real estate holdings.&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning&nbsp;May 2nd&nbsp;through January 2017,&nbsp;the Watchtower will relocate nearly 1,000 residents, as well as hundreds of headquarters&rsquo; workers, to its upstate facilities. To&nbsp;inform the community&nbsp;of the relocation, Watchtower representatives shared&nbsp;with the BHA&nbsp;its plans to minimize disruption to the community.</p> <p>The seven dormitory properties being vacated are at 21 Clark Street, 80 and 86 Willow Street, and 97, 107, 119 and 124 Columbia Heights. During the above mentioned timeframe, various offices from 25, 30 and 50 Columbia Heights and 55 and 67 Furman Street will also be moved upstate.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tunnels connecting its seven dormitory buildings will enable the Watchtower to perform the move from just&nbsp;three locations. At 21 Clark Street, the Watchtower is seeking to establish a No Parking Zone extending 85 feet on the south side of Clark to the corner of Hicks Street during the relocation period. This zone will affect parking on that side of the street that is only permitted on Wednesdays. &nbsp;A second location will be through the loading dock on the Orange Street side of 107 Columbia Heights, situated between Willow Street and Columbia Heights. The third location, the Willow Street entrance to 21 Clark Street, will only be used if necessary.</p> <p>Beginning May 2nd, six households per day will be moved using 26-foot trucks, five days per week; as each truck can accommodate two households, there will be&nbsp;three trucks&nbsp;daily. Then starting September 1st, six households will be moved six days per week, again using three trucks per day. The loading period will be in the morning hours, so that the residents being relocated can occupy their new apartment upstate the same day.</p> <p>The&nbsp;trucks,&nbsp;owned and operated by the Watchtower, will be loaded by hand without the use of&nbsp;fork lifts. At the 21 Clark Street location, the belongings being moved will be kept within the interior of the building so that pedestrians will have clear passage along the sidewalk. The Watchtower will ensure that&nbsp;sidewalks are unimpeded for pedestrians.</p> <p>The move out from the headquarters&rsquo; buildings will be from Furman Street, and as with the residential move, 26-foot trucks rather than tractor trailers will be used.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to the commencement of these relocations, the Watchtower will also undertake a door-to-door campaign to inform immediate neighbors of the moving plans.</p> <p>Should Heights residents have questions or complaints&nbsp;prior to or during&nbsp;the move, they should call 718-560-5000, the Watchtower&rsquo;s main phone number, and ask for Robert Alexander.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 PARKING LIMITED, LANE CLOSED AND SIDEWALK NARROWED ON COLUMBIA HEIGHTS ON UPCOMING TUESDAYS, APRIL 19 - MAY 3. In preparation for the upcoming rehabilitation of the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street, DOT will perform inspections on two Tuesdays between April 19 and May 3 between Cranberry <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will close travel lanes on Columbia Heights from&nbsp;Cranberry Street to Middagh Street&nbsp;on two of the three Tuesdays between April 19 and May 3 from 9 AM to 3 PM.&nbsp; DOT will be inspecting the bridges along the BQE from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street in preparation for a major rehabilitation of the highway and the bridges in this area.&nbsp; These inspections are the beginning phase of the project, whose full scope and timetable have yet to be established.</p> <p>The inspection work will occupy one lane and part of the sidewalk on Columbia Heights on those two Tuesdays.&nbsp; The parking restriction will enable traffic to travel on the remaining lane.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>DOT also announced&nbsp;it will be closing lanes on the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street during early morning hours to perform inspections of the highway structure between April 14 and May 2.&nbsp; These closures will be on the eastbound roadway, westbound roadway, or both.</p> <p>A single lane will be closed on the BQE starting at 12:01 AM and a second lane will be closed Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1:00 AM and Sundays at 2:00 AM.&nbsp; Any Monday morning closures will be a single lane only.&nbsp; All lanes will reopen by 5:00 AM Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday.&nbsp; At least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times.</p> </body> </html> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 NATIONAL GRID WILL INSTALL GAS SAFETY EQUIPMENT IN 1 AND 2-FAMILY HOMES IN THE HEIGHTS IN THE COMING WEEKS. Owners of these homes should expect to receive a letter a week or two before work is planned to begin. Homeowners must schedule an appointment. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>National Grid and its contractor, Hallen Construction,&nbsp;will be installing new equipment in 1 and 2-family homes throughout Brooklyn&nbsp;Heights in the coming weeks.&nbsp; The devices will allow emergency responders to quickly turn off gas service in the&nbsp;event of an emergency.</p> <p>National Grid&nbsp;will send a letter to&nbsp;the affected homeowners a week or two before the work is expected to begin in order to schedule an appointment.&nbsp; While the work will be performed at no charge to the homeowner, the homeowner MUST schedule an appointment.&nbsp; If the homeowner does not schedule an appointment, National Grid will interrupt gas service at the contractor's convenience.</p> <p>Hallen Construction will need access to the gas meter, the gas service valve, and all gas appliances in the home.&nbsp; A clear space of at least 4 square feet is required in front of the meter and the service valve.&nbsp;&nbsp;It will take 2-4 hours for the work to be completed.&nbsp; Before Hallen leaves the home, it will restore the gas service and relight&nbsp;the appliances.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING VOTING EXTENDS THROUGH APRIL 3. Participatory budgeting is an opportunity for residents above the age of 14 to vote on allocating $1 million or more to capital projects in their City Council district. This year, residents can vote among 15 projects, including one for PS 261 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The annual participatory budgeting process extends&nbsp;through Sunday, April 3rd. Participatory Budgeting is an opportunity for residents (above the age of 14) to vote on how to allocate $1 million or more on capital budget projects in their City Council district.&nbsp; Residents can cast their ballot for more than one project.</p> <p>This year, among the proposed 15 projects is a $140,000 project to fund new computers at PS 261, which serves the southeast corner of Brooklyn Heights. The school has upgraded the electrical system in the library but more funds are needed now to purchase the computers. The description of this project and others, as well as voting sites and their schedules, can be found <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The nearest voting sites are PS8 from 8-11 am on March 30 &amp; 31 and Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, from 9 am&ndash;5 pm, March 28 - April 2.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 BHA AND PARTNERS DOCUMENT THAT PIER 6 DEVELOPMENT IS UNNECCESSARY DUE TO $800 MILLION IN SURPLUS TAX REVENUE. The BHA and its coalition partners are releasing three reports on February 29th demonstrating that surplus revenues over 50 years will negate the need for further Pier 6 development. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA and coalition partners are issuing three reports on Monday, February 29, 2016&nbsp;that demonstrate that existing Brooklyn Bridge Park development will generate $800 million in surplus funds over the next 50 years. As a result, the BHA and partners have concluded that no residential or commercial development on Pier 6 is necessary, allowing for a significant addition to parkland space and for the creation of a welcoming, and desperately needed, park entrance at Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>The BHA, with its partners People for Green Space Foundation and Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, commissioned two independent reports by nationally recognized experts, one in marine engineering and one in commercial real estate. These firms found that Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) has dramatically underestimated the property tax revenue it will receive from existing development in the Park and has recently altered its many-year planned approach to pier maintenance to adopt a plan that requires an unnecessary increase in immediate expenses and a shorter useful life.</p> <p>These findings are significant because the BHA had only agreed to support housing in the Park in 2006 if it was necessary to support the Park. That understanding was explicitly incorporated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Project Plan. It was clear then, and continues to be clear today, that no housing should be built on Pier 6 if the revenue is not needed to build or maintain the Park. The reports issued today show that no additional revenue is needed. The extraordinary growth of real estate values in Brooklyn and at the Park itself has brought expected tax revenues to levels far surpassing original estimates.</p> <p>The BHA is hopeful that the BBPC will use the opportunity provided by these fact-based findings to re-engage with the community as had been the case in the early stages of planning. The BHA and other community organizations played a significant role in park design, and we call upon the BBPC to take the needs of the surrounding communities into consideration once again.</p> <p>Community groups surrounding the Park and our elected officials have been working together for more than 18 months to ensure that the fundamental commitment to limit development to only that which is necessary is kept and that the BBPC account for the huge increases in real estate values in its financial projections. These reports are a major outcome of that effort.</p> <p>The BHA will provide updates as this issue develops<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 BHA SEEKING AN EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT. The part-time position will require a 20-25 hour weekly commitment and offer a flexible schedule. It is available April 1, 2016 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA is seeking to fill a part-time Executive Assistant position, which is a 20-25 hour weekly commitment with a flexible schedule. The position, which will become available on April 1, 2016, will report directly to the Executive Director.</p> <p>The Executive Assistant will be generally responsible for daily office functions that assist the Executive Director, help support the Board of Governors, and contribute to fulfilling the mission of the BHA. It will involve limited evening and weekend responsibilities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the Executive Assistant's specific responsibilities are: managing daily office functions, including mail, phone and email inquiries from BHA members; maintaining the membership database and assisting with membership retention and development; supporting fundraising activities and special event planning; and social media communications.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> for a detailed job description.</p> <p>The BHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</p> </body> </html> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 TICKETS 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="">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="">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> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500