The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion JULY 4TH FIRE WORK DISPLAYS AT 9 PM <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>July 4, 2015 - Macy's Sponsors Fireworks On The East River</strong></u></p> <p>The following description is taken from the NYCGO website: </p> <p>&quot;It wouldn't be the Fourth of July in New York City without the annual Macy's fireworks show, which made its debut in 1976 to commemorate the nation's bicentennial. The iconic display will return to the East River this year; fireworks will be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges in the water below. The best viewing spots will be from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and along the east side of Lower Manhattan. </p> <p>If you plan on heading to where the action is, arrive by 5pm to snag a good spot (the light show starts at 9pm).&quot;</p> <p>For more information, click <a href="">here.</a>&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT REGARDING THE PS 8 WAITLIST AND PUBLIC SCHOOL OVERCROWDING - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association demands that the Department of Education and our elected officials immediately begin developing solutions to address the overcrowding at PS8 for implementation in September 2016. PS8 currently has a wait list of 50 families for the 2015-16 school year. Despite PS8 starting the year well over capacity, despite population increases within the PS 8 zone and despite the tireless work of the PS8 PTA to alert planners to the problem, the DOE has taken no action. </p> <p>DOE negligence has been extreme. PS8 enrollment was at approximately 140 per cent capacity (~700 students vs ~500-seat capacity) this past September. The PS8 school building, designed to house 4 classes per grade, now routinely supports 5-6 classes per grade in our lower grades, with 28+ kids in several of these classrooms. </p> <p>Despite the Mayor&rsquo;s push for Pre-K for All and his promise to add 25,000 new Pre-K seats citywide this year, the scramble for space last September pushed out PS8&rsquo;s only two pre-K classes to make room for the growing K to 5 enrollment. Looking ahead to the coming September, overcrowding is likely to worsen significantly despite the wait list of 50 families. Eighty 5th graders will graduate but 125 K students will arrive.</p> <p>Future Septembers will only bring more students. Studies show that approximately 3,750 new housing units will have been developed in the PS8 zone from 2004 through 2017. None of these new development projects include additional school capacity.</p> <p>The BHA believes that every neighborhood should have enough excellent public school options to serve the resident population. We have been a strong supporter of PS8. In the early 2000s, when the under-enrollment threatened closure, we worked closely with the SCA, DOE and Principal Seth Phillips to promote PS8 to Brooklyn Heights families. Now, the success of those efforts, which included the support of DOE, has led to the grossly overcrowded and worsening conditions. </p> <p>The BHA remains committed to public education. We call upon the Department of Education to act immediately on a plan to add school seats in the PS8 zone. The DOE must immediately begin a realistic analysis of the needs in this zone and its surrounding areas in order to develop a plan in time to positively affect the 2016-17 school year. Furthermore, we call on our elected officials to ensure that no new additional housing be approved in our school zone without the construction of new school seats to match the increased demand that the new buildings will create!<br /> &emsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> STATEMENT REGARDING THE PS 8 WAITLIST AND PUBLIC SCHOOL OVERCROWDING/ Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BQE CANTILEVER MAINTENANCE WORK ON SOUTHBOUND LANES <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation Division of Bridges is continuing repairs on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (278I) from Cadman Plaza to Atlantic Avenue, including removing loose concrete, installing under deck shielding, repairing concrete curbs, and repointing loose panels.</p> <p>Early morning Staten Island&ndash;bound lane closures will be in effect on Tuesdays and Thursdays&nbsp;through August 27. One lane will close at 12:01 a.m., and a second lane will close at 1:00 a.m. Both lanes will reopen at 5:00 a.m. the following morning. At least one lane will remain open to traffic at all times.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 ALL BHA MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE THE PARKS SURVEY INITIATED BY COMMUNITY BOARD 2! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>Brooklyn Community Board 2 would like to hear how you view your favorite park or playground. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. The data collected will be incorporated into a narrative profile of the community district, and an assessment of its needs and concerns will be submitted to the Department of City Planning.</p> <p><strong>NOTE</strong>: If you would like to comment on more than one park, please complete a seperate survey for each park. Your time is appreciated. The survey will run to June 15th. Please send to your Brooklyn Heights neighbors also. </p> <p>Click <a href="">HERE</a> for the survey. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT - RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL OF YOUR UNWANTED ELECTRONICS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>E-WASTE RECYCLING</strong></u></p> <p>On Saturday, May 16 from 10:30 AM - 4 PM, and Sunday, May 17th from 12:30-2 PM, we are holding an electronic waste recycling event at the First Unitarian Chuch on Pierrepont Street (corner of Monroe Place).</p> <p>Please click <a href="">here</a> for the flyer listing all items to be accepted.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PRESERVING THE FABRIC OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS - BHA CO-SPONSORS PANEL DISCUSSION ON MAY 26 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><a href=""><u><strong>Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods</strong></u></a>: <strong>Panel Discussion -&nbsp;Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30pm at the Museum of New York City</strong></p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen to make affordable housing one of his administration&rsquo;s chief policy initiatives. &ldquo;As we invest in more affordable housing,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;we will also work with communities to preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods and invest in things that great neighborhoods need.&rdquo;</p> <p>Join a group of leading experts as they explore the intersections between historic preservation and affordable housing, portraying how preservation encourages sustainable development and helps to stabilize communities facing financial distress.</p> <p><strong>PANEL PARTICIPANTS</strong>:<br /> <strong>Gale Brewer</strong>, Borough President of Manhattan<br /> <strong>Ingrid Gould Ellen</strong>, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Director of the Urban Planning Program at NYU Wagner<br /> <strong>Ellen Baxter</strong>, Executive Director of Broadway Housing Communities<br /> <strong>Michelle de la Uz</strong>, Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee <br /> <strong>Simeon Bankoff </strong>(moderator), Executive Director, Historic Districts Council</p> <p><strong>TICKETS</strong><br /> The BHA is a&nbsp; Saving Place public programs co-sponsor, and <strong>BHA members are entitled to discounted tickets at&nbsp;$10.</strong>&nbsp; <strong>Use the code SAVE26 to book your seats for the panel discussion. Click <a href="">here </a>for tickets.</strong></p> <p>This program accompanies the City Museum&rsquo;s exhibition Saving Place: 50 years of New York City Landmarks, on view from April 21 through September 13, 2015.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 ENVISIONING THE NEW BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY AT A DESIGN WORKSHOP ON MAY 18 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>HOW WOULD YOU PLAN YOUR NEW BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY?</u></p> <p>Join the Brooklyn Public Library and Marvel Architects in envisioning the new branch library!</p> <p>Design Workshop #3: On Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's ground floor auditorium at 280 Cadman Plaza West, the Brooklyn Public Library will host the third design workshop to plan the new Brooklyn Heights Library.</p> <p>For more information, please click <a href="">here. </a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 "REDEFINING PRESERVATION FOR THE 21st CENTURY": A Symposium and Exhibition Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law at the Museum of NYC. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century: A Symposium on Monday, April 20th <br /> </strong></u></p> <p>Organized in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of New York City&rsquo;s landmark law, the Museum of the City of New York announces that its upcoming exhibition &quot;Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks&quot; will launch with &ldquo;Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century&rdquo;, a multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the challenges and the opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time?</p> <p>A distinguished group of speakers will examine how preservation shapes and strengthens our neighborhoods and our city as a whole.<br /> <strong>Vishaan Chakrabarti</strong>,<strong> </strong>AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects &amp; Director of CURE, Columbia University<br /> <strong>Roberta Brandes Gratz</strong>, Urban Critic and Journalist<br /> <strong>Michael Kimmelman</strong>, New York Times Architecture Critic<br /> <strong>Steven Spinola</strong>, President, Real Estate Board of New York<br /> <strong>Robert A. M. Stern</strong>, FAIA, Founder Robert A.M. Stern Architects &amp; Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University<br /> <strong>Adele Chatfield-Taylor (moderator)</strong>, Former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome</p> <p><strong><u>LOCATIO</u><u>NS &amp; TIMES</u></strong> <br /> 5:30&ndash;7:00 pm: Symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine (1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street)<br /> 7:00&ndash;9:00 pm: Opening Reception street at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street).</p> <p>The symposium is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, The Institute of Classical Architecture &amp; Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, The Municipal Art Society, New York School of Interior Design, Neighborhood Preservation Center, NYC Landmarks 50, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York Preservation Archive Project, Pratt Institute, Preservation League of New York State, and Society of Architectural Historians.</p> <p><strong>SYMPOSIUM TICKETS</strong>: BHA&nbsp;members are offered discounted tickets at $20, per tkt. The <strong>discount code for the BHA network is BHA20</strong>.&nbsp; The $20 ticket price includes admission to the opening reception as well as the symposium and exhibition. If you wish to receive the discount, you must first log in to set up an account with your email address, then sign in to your account on the <a href="">ticketing page</a> to order your tickets. For the discount,&nbsp; enter the code BHA20&nbsp; in the discount area which appears in the second page, just before checking out.</p> <p>If you plan to attend the opening reception for &quot;<strong>Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks&quot;</strong>, please <a href=""><span style="font-size: smaller">REGISTER HERE</span></a><span style="font-size: smaller">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">The exhibition will run from April 20th to September 13th, 2015.</span></p> </body> </html> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 "MOVE NY" PLAN - BHA SEEKS RESIDENT FEEDBACK WITH SURVEY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>&quot;MOVE NY&quot; PLAN </strong></u></p> <p>The BHA is surveying the community on the &quot;Move NY&quot; Fair Plan, a comprehensive approach to New York City&rsquo;s significant transportation infrastructure needs, growing congestion and rising tolls and transit fares.</p> <p>The BHA believes some action must be taken to support infrastructure investments, rationalize the tolling system, and ensure transportation access and affordability for all New Yorkers in the long-term.</p> <p>We expect that a variation of this plan will be brought to a vote of the City Council and State Legislature. Your input will help to frame the BHA's position.</p> <p>Please complete <a href="">this brief survey</a>, making sure to give us your comments about any aspects of the proposal.</p> </body> </html> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA SOCIAL! - PLEASE JOIN US ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17 AT 7:30 PM FOR THE BROOKLYN FOLK FESTIVAL AT ST. ANN & THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>BHA SOCIAL!</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Down Home Radio Show</strong></a> and <a href=""><strong>The Jalopy Theatre</strong></a> are proud to announce the 7th annual <a href="">Brooklyn Folk Festival</a> taking place Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th, 2015!</p> <p>The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more!</p> <p>The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, songwriters, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Irish and Balkan music, and much more! This year the festival will be held at the beautiful historic <a href="">St. Ann &amp; the Holy Trinity Church</a> located at 157 Montague St. between Clinton and Henry in Brooklyn Heights. The venue is wheelchair accessible.</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: FRIDAY, APRIL 17 at 7:30PM</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>: ST. ANN &amp; THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH<br /> 157 MONTAGUE ST., BROOKLYN, NY</p> <p><strong>TIME AND SHOW INFO</strong>: <strong>Join us at 7:30pm for some mingling before the festival starts in the Second Stage area by the bar, after you check in. Wine and Beer will be available for sale.</strong> The festival starts at 8 pm and lasts until 12:30am.</p> <p>HERE'S THE LINEUP:</p> <p>8:00PM Jackson Lynch &ndash; Blues guitar, old time fiddle and banjo breakdowns<br /> 8:45PM Horse Eyed Men &ndash; Original folk/country outer-space music<br /> 9:30PM Michael Hurley &ndash; Legendary folk musician, needs no introduction!<br /> 10:15PM Jerron &ldquo;Blindboy&rdquo; Paxton - Country blues, fiddle and banjo<br /> 11:00PM Terry Waldo&rsquo;s Rum House Band - Legendary early Jazz and Ragtime pianist with his band<br /> 11:45PM Feral Foster and His Band &ndash; Excellent songwriting based solidly in Blues, Folk, Gospel and Balkan music</p> <p>TICKETS: JUST JUST $12.50! 50% off $25 Full Price tickets when you mention code &quot;BHA&quot; at the box office. These tickets will be available ONLY at the door (cash or credit), NOT in advance through the Brooklyn Folk Festival ticketing website. This discount is only available to BHA Members, but you can sign up to become a member <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; You can call us at 718-858-9193, if you'd like to know more about the BHA.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PARTICIPATORY BUDGET VOTING STARTS APRIL 13TH: PS 307 IS ON THE BALLOT FOR A MUCH NEEDED NEW LIBRARY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING - VOTING STARTS MONDAY, APRIL 13!<br /> </strong></u></p> <p>Participatory Budgeting is a democratic economic precess in which residents of NYC may decide how to spend a portion of the city's capital budget.&nbsp; Council Member Stephen Levin invites residents of his Council District to become a part of the decision making for the 33rd District's Participatory Budgeting Process for 2015, by voting next week for the projects that are being proposed to share in excess of $1M available for this process.&nbsp; In 2014, CM Levin committed $1.6 M to the <a href="">5 winning projects. </a></p> <p>Anyone at least 14 years of age who lives in the 33rd district is eligible to vote in this project. Voting will take place during the week of April 13th at the times and locations listed in this <a href="">flyer</a>.&nbsp;Please forward this to&nbsp;your friends and neighbors, who may not see this post.&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Please note:</strong></u>&nbsp; <strong>PS307 in Vinegar Hill has a project for a much-needed new library listed on Levin's participatory budget ballot this year.&nbsp;This is our chance to support a neighbor school in need of a crucial resource. Please vote!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Click <a href="">here</a> to view the list of eligible projects.</p> <p>PS 8 is the only voting site in Brooklyn Heights. Voting hours there are on Friday, April 17th from 8-10 AM, at 37 Hicks Street.</p> </body> </html> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 REMEMBERING JOHN LOSCALZO AND "HOMER FINK", BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>REMEMBERING JOHN LOSCALZO AND &quot;HOMER FINK&quot;, BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT</strong></u></p> <p>The Board of the BHA is saddened by the death of John Loscalzo, founder of the Brooklyn Heights Blog. John was our good friend and attentive Brooklyn Heights neighbor. He was a 2011 recipient of the BHA's Community Service Award, and we will remember his smart writing, penetrating observations, dazzlingly quick wit and appreciation of all things Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>With his creation of the Brooklyn Heights Blog, Brooklyn Bugle, and Cobble Hill Blog, John played a significant part in unifying and supporting our neighborhood, providing a ready forum for residents to communicate with one another on local issues. We will miss his commentary, and his often-irreverent and hilarious posts and tweets.</p> <p>Many Brooklyn Heights residents and tourists enjoyed John's &quot;Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tours,&quot; guided by his alter ego Homer Fink, in which John provided an insider's glimpse of historical secrets. By day John was the Director of Music for CBS Local. He will sorely be missed by many. We hold his wife, Tracy and daughter Gracie in our thoughts and prayers.</p> <p>A Memorial Service is planned for this coming Wednesday evening, April 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at Scotto&rsquo;s Funeral Home, 106 1st Place, at Court Street, Brooklyn. There will be prayers and remarks at 8:00 PM. </p> <p>In lieu of flowers, an education fund has been created for John's daughter, Gracie. Checks made out to Grace Loscalzo may be deposited directly to her savings account, number 3044158243, at any Chase branch, or sent to her mother, Tracy Zamot, at 33 Willow Street, Apt 1, Brooklyn, NY 11201-1367.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller;">Posted 4/4/15</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400