The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY</u></p> <p>All registered voters are urged to go to the polls for NYS Primary Elections on September 9, 2014.</p> <p>NYS Assembly Member Joan Millman will retire and there are two Democratic candidates for her 52nd Assembly District office:&nbsp; Pete Sikora and JoAnne Simon. </p> <p>Governor Cuomo will have challengers. </p> <p>We'll be posting more information about the candidates closer to the elections date. </p> </body> </html> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME IN BOROUGH HALL PLAZA <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME IN BOROUGH HALL PLAZA</strong></u></p> <p>All are welcome to join&nbsp;the 84th Precinct Community Council, the 84th Precinct, elected officials, merchants and your neighbors on <strong>Tuesday, Aug 5 at 5 PM&nbsp;</strong>for <strong>The National Night Out Against Crime.</strong></p> <p>This is a neighborhood safe streets rally taking place in <strong>Borough Hall Plaza </strong>attended by many officers of the 84th Precinct.&nbsp; There will be refreshments i.e. Cookout , Ice Cream &amp; More&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>NOTE:&nbsp; The&nbsp;police will conduct&nbsp;free bike and scooter registration plus bike helmet fittings and distribution.&nbsp;</p> <p>Click <a href=" 5 Night Out Against Crime0001.pdf">here</a> for the event flyer with more information. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 HISTORIC STREET LIGHTS ARE RETURNING TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT - HISTORIC STREET LIGHTS ARE RETURNING TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>We're delighted to report that the historic Bishop's Crook street lights are returning to the Brooklyn Heights Historic District- or at least to its southern portion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to a federal grant awarded in 2010 under the auspices of Congresswoman Velazquez, and a 2009 City Council funds allocation sponsored by our then-Council Member David Yassky, we have enough monies to install approximately 60 historic lights.</p> <p>As you may know - at least from photographs - Bishop&rsquo;s Crooks were the basic lighting fixture in Brooklyn Heights from the first quarter of the 20th century up to their replacement with the modern steel and aluminum street lights (called &ldquo;cobras&rdquo;) in the early &lsquo;60&rsquo;s. The historic fixtures will hold modern high-efficiency LED bulbs and will cost the same to operate as the cobras they are replacing. <br /> The Brooklyn Heights side of Atlantic Avenue is already lined with historic street lights, as is Montague Street.</p> <p>The New York City DOT will replace the cobra poles with the cast-iron Bishop's Crooks on streets south of Remsen Street and west of Clinton Street. Included in this first grid are Joralemon, Henry and Hicks Streets, between Atlantic Avenue and Remsen Street, and the Place streets in between.&nbsp;Already you'll see&nbsp;evidence&nbsp; of the changeover as the Wellsbach Contracting Co. crews are selectively removing&nbsp;cobra&nbsp;poles&nbsp;to be replaced with the historic poles.&nbsp; It should be noted that,&nbsp;instead of&nbsp;doing all lights&nbsp;at once on any given&nbsp;block, they are gradually staggering&nbsp;the timing of the replacements&nbsp;to avoid&nbsp;leaving&nbsp;streets in the dark.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope one day to raise the money necessary to complete this&nbsp;project, and we are thrilled to be getting started with the installations this spring.</p> <p>We invite you to join us on June 30 at 5:30 PM at an outdoor celebration of the light installations on Willow Place (mid-block). Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be on hand to speak and you'll hear from others who were instrumental to this exciting project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Refreshments will be served.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Post updated 6/20/14</p> </body> </html> STREET LIGHTS ARE RETURNING TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT/ Wed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 NYC DOT ANSWERS BHA REQUEST TO BEGIN WORK ON THE BQE CANTILEVER - WORK TO START MONDAY, AUGUST 4TH! At least one lane will be open to traffic at all times <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>GOOD NEWS! NYC DOT ANSWERS BHA REQUEST TO BEGIN MILLING, PAVING &amp; JOINT REPAIRS ON THE BQE CANTILEVER&nbsp;</u></p> <p>The community-requested milling and paving of the full surface of the eastbound (towards Queens) BQE from Atlantic Ave to Cadman Plaza West is scheduled to begin <strong>Monday August 4th</strong>. Also, the needed joint repairs will be performed concurrently with the mill and pave job.</p> <p>BQE lane closures will be in effect Monday through Friday 10 PM -5 AM. The milling and paving work will last approximately 2 weeks. <strong>At least one lane will be open to traffic at all times.</strong></p> <p>Not since 2002 has there been a complete milling and repaving of the upper BQE roadway, and the BHA has been &lsquo;on the case&rsquo; for sometime. It is our expectation that the above-described work will help to mitigate the extreme vibrations felt in homes along the BQE, caused by unevenness in the BQE deck surface.</p> <p>We are grateful to the DOT for scheduling this much needed project and to Councilman Steve Levin for his advocacy. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 FIRE AND DISASTER DRILL TO BE CONDUCTED AT CADMAN PLAZA EAST AND RED CROSS PLACE BY THE OEM BUILDING THURSDAY, JULY 24, 6:30 PM <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>As part of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class, a controlled fire and disaster drill will be conducted at Cadman Plaza East and Red Cross Place, Brooklyn at 6:30 PM tomorrow, 7/24. Expect to see FDNY and NYPD personnel in action. To learn more about CERT, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> </body> </html> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 MONTAGUE STREET PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>THE MONTAGUE STREET BID HAS ANNOUNCED A PHOTO CONTEST&nbsp; <br /> Prizes Awarded to Winning Images that Capture Street&rsquo;s Unique Character</p> <p>The Montague Street BID invites photography enthusiasts to enter the Montague Street Photo Contest. 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>Click <a href="">here</a> to find out more about the contest and entry details.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: WHAT WILL THE FORTIS EMERGENCY ROOM PROVIDE? <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>LICH UPDATE: WHAT WILL THE FORTIS EMERGENCY ROOM PROVIDE?</strong></u></p> <p>Following the announced closing of Long Island College Hospital (&ldquo;LICH&rdquo;), residents are confused by a letter they received that is signed by Gary Reilly, Carroll Gardens Assn. board member, bearing the return address &quot;The Campaign for One New York&quot;. In the letter, which he said he &quot;was asked to send by Mayor de Blasio&quot;, Reilly says the LICH site will have a &quot;free-standing, high-quality emergency room&quot;, which, he acknowledges, will not provide &quot;in-patient services like elective surgery and some very specialized forms of care.&quot;</p> <p>LICH&rsquo;s buyer, Fortis Property Group, has said it has no plans to open a hospital on the LICH site. Instead, Fortis has said that NYU-Langone, Lutheran Family Services and Lutheran Medical Center will provide ambulatory healthcare services in a new building they will build, with a stand-alone emergency department that has 20 observational beds.</p> <p>What does the term &ldquo;ambulatory health care services&quot; mean?&nbsp; In an effort to prepare Heights residents for what to expect, in the absence of a hospital to back up the ER, the BHA asked several doctors formerly associated with LICH to explain specifically what services the stand-alone emergency room &ndash; as Fortis has described it - would provide. They said that walk-in non-emergency illnesses and injuries such as sprains, cuts and bruises, flu, sore throats and fever could be treated there. To read Fortis' description of medical services to be offered at LICH, click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>When seconds count, we&rsquo;ll be out of luck. Ambulance/EMT protocol requires technicians to take anyone with serious medical problems, including: acute heart attack or cardiac arrest, acute stroke, most pediatric emergencies, massive gastrointestinal bleed, pulmonary embolism, appendicitis, overwhelming infection leading to acute shock, high-risk pregnancy with bleeding, or other major traumas, including car accidents, to the nearest hospital with the capabilities to treat such conditions. The Fortis ER will not have the capacity to treat such serious medical emergencies.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to read Brooklyn Eagle Reporter, Mary Frost's coverage of latest activities by the LICH Community Coalition.</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted 7/11/14</span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 JULY 4TH FIREWORKS – HEADS UP! IMPORTANT STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE NYPD <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>JULY 4TH FIREWORKS &ndash; HEADS UP! IMPORTANT STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE NYPD</u></p> <p>Macy&rsquo;s Fireworks will take place on the East River from 9:28 PM to 9:45 PM. In Brooklyn Heights they will be visible from the Promenade, which has a weight limit capacity to be regulated by the NYPD, and from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The NYPD has established a traffic and crowd management plan to ensure a safe July 4th for everyone, as well as emergency vehicle access throughout the area.</p> <p><strong>Please take note of the following areas of Brooklyn Bridge Park that will&nbsp;be closed during all or part of&nbsp; July 4, 2014:</strong><br /> <br /> Pier 5 B.B.Q. will be closed all day. <br /> Pop-up Pool, Pier 2, Soccer Fields, Children&rsquo;s Park and Volleyball court will be open until 4 pm.<br /> The Taxi Ferry will run until 5 p.m. <br /> Viewing area entrances for Brooklyn Bridge Park will be Pier 1 (Old Fulton St. and Furman St. ) and Pier 6 (Atlantic Avenue and Furman St.).</p> <p>Brooklyn Bridge will have one Brooklyn bound lane closed starting on 7/2/14.<br /> On July 4th, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will have entrances at four locations (EVERYONE IS SUBJECT TO BAG CHECKS)</p> <p><strong>The following streets will have no parking </strong><u><strong>starting at midnight on the night of&nbsp; July 3:</strong></u><br /> &bull; Joralemon St from Furman St to Court St. <br /> &bull; Montague St from Hicks St to Columbia Heights<br /> &bull; Columbia Heights from Remsen St to Old Fulton St<br /> &bull; Water St from Main St to Old Fulton St<br /> &bull; Middagh St from Cadman Plaza West to Dead End<br /> &bull; Cranberry St from Columbia Heights to Hicks St<br /> &bull; Vine St from Columbia Heights to Hicks St<br /> &bull; Cadman Plaza West from Tillary St to Furman St.&nbsp;</p> <p>To state this even more explicitly, what the police are saying here is that<u> all parked cars on&nbsp; the above-listed blocks must be moved out of those blocks by midnight on the night of July 3rd. </u></p> <p><strong>Starting at 4 PM on July 4, the 84th Pct plans a freeze on vehicles traveling in any direction West of Cadman Plaza.&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Residents of Brooklyn Heights residents should carry their ID with them in order to gain access to their homes with their vehicles after 4 PM. </strong></p> <p><u>The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to vehicles in both directions commencing at&nbsp;5 PM. </u></p> <p><u>The Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridge footpaths will be closed to pedestrians and bikes starting at 6 PM.</u></p> <p><u>Re Bus Transit</u>:&nbsp;the B25 and B63 service will change.&nbsp; Please click <a href="">here</a> for the MTA's latest service updates.</p> <p>We hope all have a safe and enjoyable holiday!</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192,52,3)"><span style="font-size: larger">All of the above is subject to change at any time!! We will update this page&nbsp;whenever we receive new information.</span></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 EXTREME LITTER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON JULY 4TH: The NYC Department of Sanitation will remove corner litter baskets, on orders from the NYPD. Extra sanitation clean up crews will be assigned to the neighborhood all day Friday-Saturday. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYC DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION WILL&nbsp;HAVE SWEEPING CREWS WORKING ON JULY 4TH</u></p> <p>There will be NO regular garbage collection on Friday, July 4th.&nbsp; Residential garbage pick-ups will resume on Monday, July 7. Property owners should hold all garbage back from the curbs until early Monday morning.</p> <p>On orders from the NYPD, the Sanitation Department (&quot;DSNY&quot;) must remove all litter baskets from corner intersections on the following streets in Brooklyn Heights before midnight on the night of July 3:</p> <p>Columbia Heights from Pierrepont St. to Old Fulton St.<br /> Hicks St. from Atlantic Ave. to Old Fulton St.<br /> Remsen Street from Court to Montague Terrace<br /> Montague Street from Court to Pierrepont Place/Promenade<br /> Old Fulton Street<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The baskets should all be brought back by midnight on the night of July 6.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mechanical brooms and DSNY clean-up personnel will be working throughout the Heights on Friday July 4th, both morning and night,&nbsp; to compensate for extra litter in the absence of litter baskets. Overnight Friday and into Saturday, July 5th until 2 PM,&nbsp; the DSNY&nbsp;clean-up crews will&nbsp;continue&nbsp;cleaning services&nbsp;throughout the Heights and&nbsp;DUMBO.</p> <p>Fireworks are great, but there is always a big mess to be cleaned up afterwards!&nbsp; We hope that all building owners&nbsp;and custodians will&nbsp;take responsibility for cleaning up in front of their own residences.</p> <p>We hope all have a safe and enjoyable holiday!</p> </body> </html> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 UNIFIED COMMUNITY STATEMENT REGARDING LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>UNIFIED COMMUNITY STATEMENT REGARDING LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL</strong></u></p> <p>Concerned Physicians of LICH and the six community groups involved in litigation with the State University of New York regarding the fate of Long Island College Hospital&mdash;Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants&rsquo; Association, and Wykoff Gardens Association, Inc.---announce their decision to refrain from further litigation at this time.</p> <p>Because we have reason to believe that the State University of New York (&ldquo;SUNY&rdquo;) has acted illegally, and continues to do so, we call on the Department of Justice, the King&rsquo;s County District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, and the New York State Inspector General to investigate SUNY&rsquo;s actions.</p> <p>For almost a year, we have been fighting in Kings County Supreme Court to protect and preserve LICH, a community teaching hospital, which has served the health needs of this growing community for 150 years &ndash; with more than 50,000 emergency room admissions a year. Our litigation kept vital health care open for a year, and preserved jobs during that time. We believe our lawsuit had merit. SUNY and the Department of Health hired four private law firms to defend their decision to close the hospital, wasting millions of dollars in tax payers&rsquo; money that could have sustained health care at LICH for months. Our lawyers, all working pro bono, uncovered evidence which they believe indicates SUNY acted illegally. We took this fight to SUNY&rsquo;s Board of Trustees who permitted SUNY to engage in this conduct.</p> <p>We have always kept our focus on a health care solution. This is why we decided, on May 19 to resolve our differences with the Peebles Corporation, the second-highest bidder, because Peebles promised to conduct a meaningful medical-needs assessment to determine whether the LICH-catchment area needed a hospital and, if so, to restore one under reasonable feasibility conditions. SUNY, after encouraging our settlement with Peebles, inexplicably reversed course and discontinued negotiations with Peebles. We stand by that settlement and we support Peebles in their continuing quest to take over health-care operations at LICH. Peebles has filed a protest with DOH, and we hope Peebles succeeds in reversing that decision.&nbsp;</p> <p>We want to be clear: From the beginning, there were indications that SUNY favored the Fortis Group, the third-ranking proposer, over the other bidders. The RFP process has raised real questions &ndash; that need to be answered &ndash; about whether Peebles, one of the largest and most prestigious minority-owned real-estate development companies in the country, was shut out merely because of Fortis&rsquo; political influence and connections. We say this, mindful of the report issued by the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption on December 2, 2013, detailing its searing findings on the corruption, pay-to-play culture, and conflicts of interests in our state government. Accordingly, with local emergency rooms now seriously overcrowded and refusing patients, we call upon the Department of Justice, the King&rsquo;s County District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, and the New York State Inspector General to investigate the process by which SUNY awarded a contract to Fortis and deprived the burgeoning downtown and northwest Brooklyn community of critical medical services.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 REPORT ON STATUS OF LICH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>&nbsp;<strong>THE STATUS OF LICH</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>On June 14, NYS Supreme Court Judge Baynes announced his decision to dismiss the LICH advocates' motion.&nbsp; This&nbsp; means that SUNY&nbsp;is now free to close the hospital,&nbsp; and to continue its negotiations with Fortis, a developer who plans to build residential condos with&nbsp; a much reduced medical facility on the LICH site. See below for more background on our litigation which has sought to keep LICH&nbsp;open as a full service hospital. Excerpted <a href="">here</a> is a description of health care services Fortis proposed to offer at LICH.&nbsp;</p> <p>On May 28, 2014, SUNY announced that it had suspended negotiations with the second-highest bidder, Peebles. While Peebles had not proposed a full-service hospital, it signed a Statement of Principles with the community groups, including BHA, who are plaintiffs in the case before Judge Baynes.</p> <p>Peebles agreed to provide 'necessary' medical services to be identified in a community health assessment which would be conducted by an independent entity. In announcing its unilateral decision to abandon negotiations with Peebles, SUNY said that Peebles, like BHP (the winning bidder previously rejected by SUNY), had made promises it could not deliver. Afterward, a Peebles representative told a reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle that SUNY had not met with them after Peebles signed the Statement of Principles with community groups.</p> <p>SUNY immediately began negotiating with Fortis, the developer SUNY had awarded LICH to after the first RFP. Fortis' proposal, with NYU Langone and Lutheran Health Care, included a free-standing ER and certain ambulatory services but not a full-service hospital -- as well as rental, condo, and townhouse units.</p> <p>(Inasmuch as non-hospital providers use the terms, it is important to be clear what a 'free-standing ER' or 'critical care center' is and what it is not. Unlike a hospital, such facilities would provide no surgical services or in-patient beds. Thus, despite what it may sound like, such facilities cannot treat a person suffering a stroke or heart attack or a child requiring an appendectomy or a pregnant woman who is bleeding.)</p> <p>On June 3, Gibson Dunn Attorney Jim Walden, on behalf of the plaintiffs, appeared before Judge Baynes to argue our motion that the evaluation process was flawed and that certain evaluations should accordingly be disqualified. The result would be that Prime Healthcare would have the highest score. Prime, which operates 25 hospitals, proposed a full-service hospital for the LICH site.</p> <p>The motion is based on the fact that under the settlement agreement with SUNY, proposals lacking medical services, including ER's, intensive care units, and at least 100 inpatient beds, were &ldquo;subject to&rdquo; receiving lower technical scores. In the most egregious example, one of SUNY's evaluators had given ''0's' to all proposals that included a full-service hospital and a perfect score of '70' to the Fortis proposal which did not.</p> <p>Prior to argument on the motion, Walden asked the court for time to meet with Fortis to see if Fortis, like Peebles, were willing to sign a Statement of Principles, requiring medical facilities based on a community health assessment. Judge Baynes granted an adjournment to the afternoon, in the interest of resolving the matter.Walden&nbsp; requested, in addition, that Fortis agree to provide an HIV clinic, a dialysis center, and a medical facility in Red Hook. Fortis, however, has been unwilling to sign.</p> <p>On June 10, Judge Baynes heard argument from LICH community plaintiffs, SUNY, DOH, 1199 (opposing the motion), NYSNA (the nurses, who took no position), and on June 14th he reached his decision to dismiss our motion.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller;">Posted 6/20/14</span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT - RESIDENTIAL WASTE ONLY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>E-WASTE RECYCLING DAYS - WE ARE ACCEPTING RESIDENTIAL WASTE ONLY</strong></u></p> <p><strong>WHEN:</strong> Saturday, May 31: 10 AM &ndash; 4 PM<br /> <strong>Sunday, June 1: 12:30 PM &ndash; 2 PM<br /> WHERE</strong>: Chapel of First Unitarian Church<br /> On Pierrepont Street (between Clinton St. &amp; Monroe Place)</p> <p><strong>ITEMS ACCEPTED</strong>: Click <a href="">here </a>for a printable flyer listing all acceptable items.</p> <p>Pagers<br /> Answering Machines&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; Personal computers <br /> CD Players&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; Printed Circuit Boards <br /> Cell Phones&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; Remote Controls Radios <br /> Copiers (floor and desk models)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remote Controls<br /> DVD players&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; Scanners <br /> Electric&nbsp;Typewriters&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;Servers <br /> FAX Machines&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;Stereos <br /> Hard Drives&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; Tape Players <br /> Household batteries&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; Telephones<br /> Laptops&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Transparency Makers <br /> Mainframes&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; TVs <br /> Modems&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; VCRs</p> <p>Sponsored By: <br /> Brooklyn Heights churches and synagogues and the Brooklyn Heights Association, in cooperation with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. For more information, call (718) 624-5466.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE FROM THE 84TH PRECINCT: We've received a "Protect Your Identity" advisory message from the NYPD which we are reprinting here as a matter of public interest and safety. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>ATM SKIMMERS </u></strong></p> <p>The theft of credit/debit card information at bank ATM machines is a crime increasing in frequency. This process is referred to as ATM &quot;skimming,&quot; whereby a criminal will attach a phony card reading device over the authentic card reader. This skimming device may be located either at the lobby entrance door or on the ATM machine itself. The phony device looks identical to the real device and is equipped with electronic recorders that will capture your financial information from your card. This data is later used to create &quot;cloned&quot; cards which will later be used to withdraw money from your account.</p> <p>Please consider following this Crime Prevention tip when going to use an ATM:</p> <p>When you use an ATM after banking hours, and need to use a card to enter a bank ATM lobby/kiosk, it is recommended that you use two (2) different cards; a credit card to enter into the lobby and your bank card for the ATM machine itself.</p> <p>In order for a skimming thief to gain access to your account they will need both the account information stored on the magnetic strip on the back of your bank card and your PIN code.</p> <p>If thieves have placed a skimming device on the door entry mechanism, and you use a credit card to enter the lobby, the thieves only obtain the information on the credit card. While this not a good thing, what thieves&nbsp; are really looking for is the information on your bank debit/credit card's magnetic strip.</p> <p>To collect PIN codes, thieves have been placing pinhole cameras in bank lobbies pointed at the ATM keyboards. Pinhole cameras are sometimes concealed in the walls, the ceilings, or even in pamphlets adjacent to the ATM machine. To prevent an unseen camera from filming you typing in your PIN code, we recommend shielding the keyboard with your body and covering the keyboard with your non-typing hand.</p> <p>Thieves need BOTH pieces of information; your PIN code and the information on your card's magnetic strip. Employing these tips and denying them one or both pieces of information will go a long way towards preventing them from accessing your bank account.</p> <p>Banks are working on solving this problem, but until then you might also consider looking into whether your bank has a fraud alert security program. For more crime prevention and personal safety tips visit the NYPD&nbsp; website: <a href=""></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400