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 BHA LANDMARK HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>This year's &nbsp;house tour web&nbsp;page isn't up yet,&nbsp;but check back in mid-April for ticket information and tour highlights.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/273/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society</strong></u></p> <p>Tue, Apr 29, 6:30pm<br /> $5/Free for Brooklyn Historical Society&nbsp; Members<br /> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-landmarks-a-panel-discussion-tickets-10821267703">Reserve tickets</a></p> <p>You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but what happens when you want to make a repair or change? Learn about what the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission does, what your neighborhood association can do, the research resources Brooklyn Historical Society can provide, and your neighbors&rsquo; experiences.</p> <p>Panelists include Tom van den Bout, architect and former Brooklyn Heights Association President, William Neeley, Jr., Deputy Director of Preservation at NYC Landmarks, Elizabeth Call, Head of Reference and User Services at BHS, as well Prospect Heights homeowner Leslie Feder and a local building manager. This panel will give attendees practical tips on how to navigate a construction or renovation project through the Landmarks approval process.</p> <p>The event is also listed on the BHS website <a href="http://brooklynhistory.org/visitor/calendar.html">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/274/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 SENATOR SQUADRON'S COMMUNITY CONVENTION - YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>YOU ARE&nbsp;URGED TO ATTEND THE &nbsp;COMMUNITY CONVENTION HOSTED BY&nbsp;STATE SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON </strong></u></p> <p>NYS Senator Daniel Squadron, representing Brooklyn Heights will hose his sixth&nbsp;annual Community Convention&nbsp;&nbsp;on <strong>Sunday, April 27 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.&nbsp; at Seward Park Educational Campus 350 Grand St. (Btwn Ludlow and Essex). </strong></p> <p>There will be 15 break-out sessions covering a wide range of neighborhood topics.&nbsp; This is an ideal occasion for you to bring your specific neighborhood concerns and issues to the Senator's attention.&nbsp;&nbsp; Topics range from&nbsp;Arts and Culture, to Streets/Transportation and Zoning/Neighborhood/Quality of Life issues.</p> <p><br /> With questions:&nbsp; <strong>Call 212-298-5565 </strong>or click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/SquadronCommunityConventionMailerv2(1)(1).pdf">here</a> for the&nbsp;flyer listing&nbsp;all the session topics and other meeting details.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/277/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 VISION ZERO PUBLIC WORKSHOP <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>NYC DOT ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF VISION ZERO PUBLIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED IN EACH BOROUGH, THE NEXT STEP IN THE CITY'S STREET SAFETY ACTION PLAN</strong></u></p> <p>Nine public workshops planned citywide will provide for extensive community input and pedestrian safety planning as DOT and the NYPD pursue the Vision Zero initiatives announced earlier this year</p> <p>New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today announced details on the nine upcoming street safety public workshops, allowing for extensive community input and collaboration as DOT and the New York City Police Department develop comprehensive pedestrian safety plans for each borough. Building on the ongoing series of Vision Zero town halls held in coordination with the City Council and other stakeholders, the workshops mark the first step in the planning process for safer streets across the city.</p> <p>Each workshop is designed for members of the public to learn more about the Vision Zero blueprint, provide input on conditions in neighborhoods where they live, work and visit, and to aid in the prioritization of street safety initiatives. During the events, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to contribute specific suggestions or concerns, participate in mapping activities to pinpoint issues, and join in small discussion groups moderated by agency staff, allowing community members to collaborate with their neighbors.</p> <p>&quot;Making Vision Zero a reality means more than just engineering, education and enforcement: it's a collaborative effort that will require every New Yorker to play their part,&quot; said DOT Commissioner Trottenberg. &quot;These workshops are an open call for all citizens looking to shape the future of their neighborhoods. Building on a city's worth of local insight, they will lay the groundwork for streets that work better for everyone.&quot;</p> <p>Meeting details are as follows:</p> <p>Brooklyn<br /> Thursday, April 24<br /> Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall)<br /> 75 Hicks Street<br /> 6:30-8:30 p.m.</p> <p>IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE # 14-034<br /> Contact: Scott Gastel/Nicholas Mosquera, (212) 839-4850</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/275/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 EGG HUNT IN PIERREPONT PLAYGROUND <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>&nbsp;<u><strong>Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee's Announces the Annual Spring Egg Hunt <br /> </strong></u></p> <p>Please join the BHPC's&nbsp;annual Spring Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground on Saturday April 19th at 10 am.</p> <p>The Spring Egg Hunt is an annual tradition for many families, organized by the all volunteer BHPC. <strong>Volunteers are still needed! Please </strong><a href="mailto:info@bhplaygrounds.org ?subject=Willing%20to%20%20Help%20With%20this%20Year's%20Egg%20Hunt%20"><strong>email </strong></a><strong>if you can help - it is fun and a great way to meet local families.</strong></p> <p>In order to ensure there are enough eggs for everyone there is a limit of 3 eggs per child.</p> <p>Heather White, Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;See you soon and happy hunting!&nbsp; <br /> <strong>P.S</strong>. There is a <strong>suggested contribution of $3 per child to attend the egg hunt. </strong>To contribute to the BHPC using a credit card or PayPal simply click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bhplaygrounds.org/">here</a>. The BHPC thanks you!<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/278/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS SELECTED TO BECOME SLOW ZONE- BHA TO PUSH FOR EARLIER IMPLEMENTATION - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA is pleased that NYC DOT has selected Brooklyn Heights as one of 15 new Slow Zones. Brooklyn Heights was selected because of our strong application emphasizing the number of schools and day care centers, and our documentation of strong community support expressed through a survey and many letters of support from schools, houses of worship, elected officials and businesses.</p> <p>Slow Zone status will reduce the speed limit within the neighborhood from 30 mph to 20 mph, using speed humps, white lettering in the street&nbsp;and neighborhood entry gates to indicate and enforce the limit.&nbsp;&nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2013-10-neighborhood-slow-zones-brooklyn-hts-bk.pdf">here</a> to link to DOT&rsquo;s program description page for more specifics.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the BHA is pleased that Brooklyn Heights will become a Slow Zone, DOT has unfortunately indicated that implementation is not planned until 2016, based on operational constraints. Of the neighborhoods selected, Brooklyn Heights was placed at the end of the line because we have had fewer crashes than other neighborhoods that applied. Nevertheless, the BHA plans to move aggressively in coordination with Councilmember Steve Levin, who sponsored the Brooklyn Heights&rsquo;s application, and other elected officials to argue for nearer-term implementation.</p> <p>We intend to also advocate for increased Slow Zone program resources so that all selected applicants can realize the important safety benefits sooner. Furthermore, we hope DOT can think past the application-based pilot stage and consider implementing the Slow Zone model across all residential neighborhoods in which they make sense. As we write this, a bill (Intro 535) proposing a 20 mph speed limit on all residential streets narrower than 60 feet wide is scheduled to be heard by the City Council this month. Councilman Levin is a co-sponsor of the bill.</p> <p>The perplexing exclusion of PS 8 and Willowtown from the Slow Zone map is based on the need to place speed humps away from firehouses. The BHA is confident we can work with DOT and NYFD to address the needs of the firehouse and the school. More generally, we hope to work closely with DOT on the overall design of the Slow Zone to ensure the most beneficial placement of speed humps and to consider options for entry gate designs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to all the many neighborhood residents who responded to the survey. Of the 560 survey respondents who said they lived in the neighborhood, over 90 percent said they were in favor. Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHASlowZoneApplicationPackage(1).pdf">here </a>to see the BHA Slow Zone application, which includes a summary of the survey and support from community leaders. Posted 10/17/13</p> <p><u><strong>Update added 1/30/14: Mayor Bill DeBlasio's recently anounced 'Vision Zero' Plan to prevent pedestrian fatalities is described <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/023-14/mayor-de-blasio-launches-interagency-working-group-implement-vision-zero-prevent-pedestrian#/0">here</a>.</strong></u></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/BROOKLYN HEIGHTS SELECTED TO BECOME SLOW ZONE- BHA TO PUSH FOR EARLIER IMPLEMENTATION / Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 COMING SOON: VISION ZERO PUBLIC WORKSHOP AT PLYMOUTH CHURCH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>NYC DOT ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF VISION ZERO PUBLIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED IN EACH BOROUGH, THE NEXT STEP IN THE CITY'S STREET SAFETY ACTION PLAN</strong></u></p> <p>Nine public workshops planned citywide will provide for extensive community input and pedestrian safety planning as DOT and the NYPD pursue the Vision Zero initiatives announced earlier this year.</p> <p>New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today announced details on the nine upcoming street safety public workshops, allowing for extensive community input and collaboration as DOT and the New York City Police Department develop comprehensive pedestrian safety plans for each borough.</p> <p>Building on the ongoing series of Vision Zero town halls held in coordination with the City Council and other stakeholders, the workshops mark the first step in the planning process for safer streets across the city. Each workshop is designed for members of the public to learn more about the Vision Zero blueprint, provide input on conditions in neighborhoods where they live, work and visit, and to aid in the prioritization of street safety initiatives.</p> <p>During the events, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to contribute specific suggestions or concerns, participate in mapping activities to pinpoint issues, and join in small discussion groups moderated by agency staff, allowing community members to collaborate with their neighbors.</p> <p>&quot;Making Vision Zero a reality means more than just engineering, education and enforcement: it's a collaborative effort that will require every New Yorker to play their part,&quot; said DOT Commissioner Trottenberg. &quot;These workshops are an open call for all citizens looking to shape the future of their neighborhoods. Building on a city's worth of local insight, they will lay the groundwork for streets that work better for everyone.&quot;</p> <p>Meeting details are as follows:</p> <p><strong>Brooklyn<br /> Thursday, April 24<br /> Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall)<br /> 75 Hicks Street<br /> 6:30-8:30 p.m.</strong></p> <p>Contact: Scott Gastel/Nicholas Mosquera, (212) 839-4850</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/60157e11e89af37a4c571398fa973dd3/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 DEMYSTIFYING LANDMARKS: A PANEL DISCUSSION AT BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>DEMYSTIFYING LANDMARKS - PANEL DISCUSSION CO-SPONSORED BY THE BHA AND BHS</strong></u></p> <p>The BHA is pleased to present a panel discussion about the&nbsp;whys and wherefores of&nbsp; the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, to be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event date is <strong>Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 PM</strong>.:&nbsp; Tickets are $5 but the&nbsp;event is free for Brooklyn Historical Society members.&nbsp; Please click <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-landmarks-a-panel-discussion-tickets-10821267703">here</a> to reserve your tickets.</p> <p>You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but do you know what happens when you want to make a repair or change? Learn about what the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission does, what your neighborhood association can do to help, the research resources Brooklyn Historical Society can provide, and your neighbors&rsquo; experiences.</p> <p>Panelists include <strong>Tom van den Bout</strong>, <strong>architect</strong> and former Brooklyn Heights Association President, <strong>William Neeley, Jr., Deputy Director of Preservation at NYC</strong> <strong>Landmarks, Elizabeth Call, Head of Reference and User Services at BHS</strong>, as well as <strong>Prospect Heights homeowner Leslie Feder </strong>and a local building manager. This panel will give attendees practical tips on how to navigate a construction or renovation project through the Landmarks approval process.</p> <p>Following the discussion, we hope&nbsp;you'll join us for&nbsp;a BHA&nbsp;Social! - serving&nbsp;light refreshments and&nbsp; conversation.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/9b06802cd7ef97d7a6ad95f1dbd92ddb/ Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: BROOKLYN HEALTH PARTNERS IS THE WINNING BIDDER PROPOSING TO OPEN A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL AT LICH. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>LICH UPDATE: BROOKLYN HEALTH PARTNERS WINS THE BID FOR LICH WITH A PROPOSAL TO&nbsp;OPEN A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL. </strong></u></p> <p><strong>Background information</strong>:&nbsp; On March 19, nine groups submitted proposals in response to the revised RFP, including four proposals that included full-service hospitals.&nbsp;At our &nbsp;Community Forum on March 25th,&nbsp; hosted by the six community groups who were plaintiffs in the LICH litigation, we summarized the nine&nbsp;proposals, with the help of an expert&nbsp;panel, including attorney Jim Walden, doctors, architects, and community representatives. A resolution presented by Patients for LICH, in favor of a full-service hospital, was passed overwhelmingly by attendees.</p> <p>The Technical Committee that evaluated the proposals &ndash; composed of 51% SUNY representatives and 49% representatives of the six community groups, doctors, nurses, and Local 1199 &ndash; submitted its scores to SUNY&nbsp;on March 31st.&nbsp; On April 4, SUNY&nbsp;announced that&nbsp;the proposal submitted by Brooklyn Health Partners&nbsp;had received&nbsp;the highest score.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Currently,</strong> SUNY has begun negotiations with BHP.&nbsp; Brooklyn Eagle Reporter Mary Frost provides coverage re their winning proposal <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014-04-03-190000">here</a>.</p> <p>Representatives of the six community groups, doctors, and Patients for LICH&nbsp; have expressed their&nbsp;concern&nbsp;&nbsp; about the continued factual misrepresentations&nbsp;made by SUNY&nbsp;about LICH, and repeated by members of the press who&nbsp;persist with claims that Brooklyn has too many hospital beds. This despite the fact that&nbsp;SUNY stated in its own legal papers filed in 2011 that Brooklyn has a &quot;relatively low hospital bed per 1000 population&quot; and it was therefore &quot;critical that LICH remain open and viable.&quot; Moreover, with 2.5 beds per thousand residents, Brooklyn trails Manhattan with 6 beds per thousand residents and New York State generally with 3.3 beds per thousand.</p> <p>We believe that&nbsp;Brooklyn needs LICH and we await&nbsp;the results of SUNY/BHP negotiations.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/21f96afc916d6e447fbdd7d225fc24a5/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF VISION ZERO: Brooklyn residents and elected officials call for action, demanding an end to Albany's control of NYC's streets. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BROOKLYN TOWN HALL MEETING : PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF &quot;VISION ZERO&quot;</u>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Brooklyn Heights Association Testimony in support of the Vision Zero Plan</u><strong><br /> &nbsp; <br /> </strong></p> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association is an enthusiastic supporter of Vision Zero. As the original Swedish summary of Vision Zero puts it, &ldquo;No loss of life is acceptable.&rdquo; In order to achieve the Vision Zero goal of allowing everyone &ndash; pedestrians, cyclists, drivers &ndash; to move freely and feel safe at the same time we need a change in approach, and a change in the culture of the street.</p> <p>Last year 178 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in traffic crashes. They deserve a full investigation into the circumstances that caused their deaths. We are pleased that New York City&rsquo;s Vision Zero plan proposes fuller accident investigations and more reasonable standards for holding drivers accountable after crashes.</p> <p>We are also encouraged by the City&rsquo;s commitment to street redesign work. Here in Brooklyn Heights we are surrounded by Atlantic Avenue, Jay Street, and Tillary Street, all broad, busy, and dangerous arteries, and all candidates for thoughtful redesign. We want to acknowledge that DOT has been creative and willing to work closely with our community in street redesign. We also applaud the work of Transportation Alternatives and the network of volunteers and community groups it has assembled to advance the Atlantic Avenue and Jay Street redesign plans. Commissioner Trottenberg&rsquo;s recent endorsement of a Vision Zero-based review of Atlantic Avenue is tremendous news.</p> <p>But more can be done. Speed up the Slow Zones! We in Brooklyn Heights were delighted to have won a slow zone designation in the last year, especially in light of the fact that one of our own board members was killed just last year while walking on a sidewalk. But winning in this case means waiting up to two more years for implementation. Speeding up implementation, and increasing the number of slow zones will be a significant kickoff of Vision Zero. No driver wants to kill a pedestrian - slow zones will help us all to remember what&rsquo;s really at stake when we are trying to make a green light. They are an important start in the efforts to change the culture of the streets that we think is crucial.</p> <p>The speed humps, signs and other passive enforcement efforts of Slow Zones, however good a start, are not enough. We endorse red light cameras, speed cameras, count-down pedestrian signals, slower speeds &ndash; 20 is plenty! &ndash; and other means that discourage and penalize unsafe driving. We welcome such tools in our neighborhood. The decision to install them should be the City&rsquo;s, not the State Legislature&rsquo;s.</p> <p>The NYPD can play a central role in changing the culture. Enforcement of driving regulations, particularly speed limits and the yielding to a pedestrian in a crossing, are a start. An approach to enforcement that is as rigorous as parking enforcement will go a long way toward changing the culture. But enforcement, even with Slow Zones and intersection redesign, is not enough. Traffic engineering that recognizes that bikes are here to stay, that integrates pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers throughout New York City, not just at 50 intersections and corridors, is integral to success for the plan. Major European cities, including Amsterdam and Copenhagen, while smaller than New York, have been able to create effective and safe systems. We can do it too. We can make ours a kinder, more human City. Walking down a street should be a social experience rather than a look-over-the-shoulder experience, and Vision Zero can help us get there.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>4/01/14</strong></p> <p>Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/visionzero/pages/home/home.html">here </a>for&nbsp;the Vision Zero website, which includes information about the plan and ways in which the public can participate in making this plan a reality.</p> <p>Posted 4/2/14<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/c9a76374b099708f7811ecffcdfafe09/ Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH COMMUNITY FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE DRAWS A CAPACITY CROWD <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>LICH&nbsp;COMMUNITY FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE &nbsp;DRAWS A CAPACITY CROWD</u></strong></p> <p>We thank all those who attended our LICH&nbsp;Community Forum.&nbsp; The purpose of this public forum, held Tuesday, March 25&nbsp;at St. Francis College, &nbsp;was to&nbsp;add greater&nbsp;transparency to the RFP&nbsp;process being followed to select the new operator for LICH.&nbsp; The new RFP is an outgrowth of the litigation which ended in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/LICH_Stipulation-and-Order.pdf">settlement.</a></p> <p>Our effort to bring the LICH&nbsp;bidders to the&nbsp;forum&nbsp;was compromised&nbsp;when, at SUNY's directive, the&nbsp;RFP respondents&nbsp;whose proposals to acquire LICH&nbsp;were submitted yesterday (Wednesday, March 26), were not permitted to participate in the meeting. SUNY&nbsp;had advised the bidders that their proposals risked being disqualified from&nbsp;the RFP selection process if they were to appear or hand out literature at our public forum. Instead, the&nbsp; six community organizations** who were petitioners in the LICH litigation&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;co-sponsors of the forum invited a panel of local &quot;experts&quot; to speak about the proposals which had been summarized in a handout from information available on SUNY's website.&nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/Overview of the nine Long Island College Hospital.pdf">here</a> to read the summaries.&nbsp; The full proposals can be found on SUNY's website <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/">here</a>.</p> <p>Brooklyn Eagle reporter, Mary Frost, provides extensive coverage of the forum, complete with a video.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/lich-full-service-hospital-bids-get-positive-reaction-brooklyn-forum-2014-03-26-165600">here </a>for her story and link to the videos.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/after-allegations-state-interference-lich-panelists-get-extra-time-reconsider-hospital-bids">here</a> for the latest news&nbsp;regarding the Technical Committee's scoring of bids.</p> <p>Please click <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/LICH_Stipulation-and-Order.pdf">here</a> to&nbsp;read the terms of the settlement, which was signed by&nbsp;State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on&nbsp;2/24/14, &nbsp;which&nbsp;brought about the new&nbsp;RFP process.&nbsp;</p> <p>**Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and Wyckoff Gardens Association, Inc.<br /> were the forum's sponsors and co-petitioners in the litigation that also included the NYC Public Advocate, NYS Nursing Association and 1199&nbsp;SEIU Healthcare&nbsp;Workers.</p> <p>Posted 03/27/14&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/1fe2954b0b9845112f512097436fed7d/ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH COMMUNITY FORUM TO BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 6 PM at ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AUDITORIUM <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>LICH COMMUNITY FORUM TO BE HELD AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE</u></strong></p> <p>We hope you'll join us at this community forum to&nbsp; review responses to SUNY's request for proposals to&nbsp; acquire LICH.&nbsp; More information about the forum is <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/LICHPublicForumFlyer.pdf">here.</a></p> <p>The six community organizations** who were petitioners in the LICH litigation are co-sponsors of the forum. We will provide summaries of the proposals. Our attorney, Jim Walden, will explain next steps.The full proposals can be found on the SUNY&nbsp;website <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/">here.</a>&nbsp; There will be opportunities for questions from the audience.</p> <p>We are pleased to report that several bidders are proposing to operate a full-service hospital at the LICH site.</p> <p>&nbsp;**Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and Wyckoff Gardens Association, Inc.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/e8a79599ce77cc1bf59ee1a8d8ed397d/ Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 ROBBERY ALERT FROM 84TH PRECINCT: RECENT CELL PHONE ROBBERIES HAVE OCCURRED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>CELL PHONE THEFT: IT'S A COMMON OCCURRENCE</u></strong></p> <p>Brooklyn Heights residents should be aware of the very real risks of using one&rsquo;s cell phone when out in the street, whether&nbsp;during the day or in the evening. Cell phone theft has become a common occurrence everyday in NYC and Brooklyn Heights is no exception. It is easy to avoid becoming the next victim.</p> <p>The 84th Precinct has notified us of two such robberies that occurred in Brooklyn Heights within the same week, during the late afternoon, between 5-6 PM. In the most recent cases, the victims were women, pushing a stroller, while using their phones. Both were approached from behind by a young (in his twenties), black male, wearing all black clothes. He is described as 5&rsquo;9&rdquo; tall and is said to have a very large nose. In both instances, he asked the women for directions to Jay Street before snatching their phones and running off.</p> <p>There are&nbsp;patrol cars and plainclothes cops in and&nbsp;around the neighborhood,&nbsp;but the suspect in question has not been caught.&nbsp;The precinct captain asks us to ask you to please: 1) Keep your cell phone hidden; 2) Call 911 if you see anyone fitting the above description and, above all, 3) Pay attention to your surroundings. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Posted on 3/17/14</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/3337304e65525324834bb62ba8ac6bfa/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: COMMUNITY HOPES RENEWED WITH PROSPECT OF 3 BIDDERS PROPOSING A FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>For ImmedIate release, March 14, 2014</strong><br /> <br /> The six community organizations who were petitioners in the LICH litigation met this week with all potential RFP respondents who accepted our invitation to meet. The potential respondents described their plans, beginning with a 15-minute overview, followed by questions and discussion. The community organizations reiterated their desire for a full-service teaching hospital at the LICH site.</p> <p>Three groups presented plans to operate a full-service hospital at the LICH site. The other three groups, who all submitted proposals in the first RFP process, have substantially the same plans as before. two teams offered stand-alone er's with 10 to 15 bays and no more than 10 observation beds with no in-patient beds. By comparison the current LICH emergency room has 40 bays. the third non-hospital proposal called for outpatient services with urgent care.</p> <p>We are pleased that, at this point, half of the respondents are proposing a hospital. Final proposals are due March 19 at 3 PM, with a seven-day review period to follow before a proposal is selected. According to the <a href="http://www.suny.edu/hospitals/downstate/newrfp/LICH_Stipulation-and-Order.pdf">settlement</a> all offers should be made public by March 26.</p> <p>The community organizations&nbsp;(listed below)&nbsp;plan to hold an open forum during the review period so that all members of the LICH community have an opportunity to discuss the proposals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Released by:&nbsp;Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and Wyckoff Gardens Association, Inc.</p> <p>Posted 3/15/15&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/1fdf5b504cb36bd125bbb995b7e405b7/ Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS: Clark's Restaurant wins the most votes in the People's Choice survey for best Brooklyn Heights Diner. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong> BHA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS PRESENTED AT THE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MEETING BY </strong><strong>TOM STEWART, &quot;VOICE OF THIRTEEN&quot; </strong></p> <p>At the BHA's Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 27, held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Channel 13 Announcer Tom Stewart presented the BHA's Awards for Outstanding Community Service.&nbsp; This year there were five categories as follows:</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #1:&nbsp; The Members Vote Award</span></strong><strong>:</strong> This is a new BHA award, eliciting the participation of all BHA&nbsp;members. Deciding on a category that fueled sharp debate, the BHA Awards Committee asked members to choose their favorite diner by voting in our online &quot;People's Choice&quot; survey.&nbsp; Our neighborhood is&nbsp; blessed with excellent diners. Everyone has a favorite and you won&rsquo;t be surprised that several hundred votes were cast and many voters wrote enthusiastic comments, often telling us how important their favorite diner was to an entire family:</p> <p><strong>About Grand Canyon</strong>: &ldquo;Our kids grew up on their omelets and pancakes, and when they come home now, it's the first place we dine!&rdquo;<br /> <strong>About Park Plaza on Pineapple Walk</strong>: &quot;It is an extension of our kitchen.&rdquo;<br /> <strong>About Teresa's</strong>: &ldquo;My father simply loved the short walk over to Teresa's to have breakfast &hellip;&hellip; For the rest of his life, he always said how much he loved Teresa's of Brooklyn Heights!<br /> <strong>About Clark's</strong>: Any parent will relate to this comment from a Clark's regular -- &ldquo;When our daughter was 2, she projectile vomited in a booth. The owners and staff could not have been kinder to our horrified family. We have been welcomed back for the past 17 years!&rdquo;</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">And the winner is: Clark's!</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong> Clark's Restaurant won the most votes in our &quot;People's Choice&quot; Survey.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #2:&nbsp; Best Renovation:</span></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; There have been several truly excellent renovations this year. The BHA&rsquo;s Landmark&rsquo;s Committee had a tough time deciding but after much consideration, the award goes to Patricia and John Duffy for the outstanding and ambitious renovation of <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">265 Hicks Street.</span></strong> Congrats to the Duffys AND to their architect, AnneMarie Lubrano of Lubrano Ciavarra Architects in Dumbo!</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #3: Contribution by a Local Business:</span></strong><strong> &nbsp;</strong>This year the award goes to the Alperin family and Herminia Sullivan, grandmother to Marissa and David Alperin. These long time residents of Brooklyn Heights and local real estate owners have created several stores that are distinctly local in flavor and have helped raise the profile of the neighborhood. The stores are <strong>jeweller </strong><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Marissa Alperin Studio</span></strong>, <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Goose Barnacle</span></strong><strong> (run by David Alperin)</strong> and<strong> </strong><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Junior Lowe</span></strong><big><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"> </strong></big><strong>(run by Marissa&rsquo;s husband, John Lowe)</strong>.&nbsp; We applaud <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Herminia Sullivan</span></strong> for her family&rsquo;s resolve to find a tenant willing to preserve the interior and exterior of the <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Long Island Restaurant</span></strong>. From 1955 until last year, Herminia owned and managed the restaurant for decades with her husband (who died in 1977) and her 2 cousins.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #4</span></strong>:&nbsp; <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Best New Addition to the Neighborhood</span></strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; It is a real indication of what a wonderful era we are living through that this year we have another completely compelling new addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Squibb Park Bridge.&nbsp; This year our Best New Addition Award goes to <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Ted Zoli</span></strong><strong>, National Bridge Chief Engineer of HNTB and the designer of the <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Squibb Park footbridge</span></strong>. </strong>The bridge opened last spring and now provides a spectacular, elegant and safe pedestrian walkway from Columbia Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">AWARD #5: Martha Atwater Award:</span></strong>&nbsp; The fifth and final award to announce is a new award, the Martha Atwater Award. It is named after the BHA&rsquo;s late board member, the energetic, youthful, talented, beautiful, TV show producing, book-writing, award-winning, family loving, and universally loved, Martha Atwater.</p> <p>Martha was a passionate supporter of our neighborhood and joined the BHA board of Governors in 2010. Her last duty for us was to chair the awards committee for this event last year. Eleven days later she was killed on Clinton Street when a pick-up truck mounted the pavement at speed and knocked her down. And we lost a gem.</p> <p>Martha cared deeply about the BHA and took her work extremely seriously. She was a tireless supporter of people in general, and of people in this community in particular. She viewed the awards as a way to recognize those who contribute most to our neighborhood. It was all about recognizing the &ldquo;local heroes&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> That is the purpose of the Martha Atwater Award that now carries her name. <strong>It is to be given to the person or organization that most exemplifies Martha&rsquo;s values of community service.</strong> The award may not be given every year, but only in those years in which a candidate meets the profile of exemplary and altruistic community service.&nbsp; Tom, Chloe, Olivia, and Martha&rsquo;s entire family are proud to have this award named after her. Martha wanted to make a difference in people's lives, and they can't think of a tribute she would be more proud of than to have the first recipient be local journalist,&nbsp; <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: larger;">Mary Frost</span></strong>. <br /> <br /> In the words of Martha&rsquo;s husband, &ldquo;Mary Frost has profiled the fate of Long Island College Hospital in daily reports for the Brooklyn Eagle, and has stayed on the story through all of its ups and downs. We have watched the passionate struggle she waged with her words; and as LICH was where Martha was treated, I can't think of a more appropriate person to receive the award. Without Mary Frost&rsquo;s voice this issue might have faded out of public awareness. We are most grateful for her dedication. Martha would be so proud that Mary will be the first recipient of this award and I 'm sure she would agree that Mary truly is a local hero.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/5ca3d43ab37328ebed73a444edadf3f9/ Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 BHA ANNUAL MEETING OPENS WITH A REPORT BY BOARD PRESIDENT ALEXANDRA BOWIE: If you were unable to attend the meeting, we invite you to read the speech here. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>FEBRUARY 27, 2014 BHA ANNUAL MEETING </strong></u></p> <p>BHA President Alexandra Bowie delivered a report of the BHA activities during the past year.&nbsp; It is reprinted here:</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: smaller">GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION. MY NAME IS ALEXANDRA BOWIE, AND I AM THE BOARD PRESIDENT OF THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. </span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>WE WILL WAIVE READING THE MINUTES OF OUR 2013 MEETING &ndash; COPIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE TABLE.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>I WOULD LIKE FIRST TO ASK OUR TREASURER, DANIEL WATTS, FOR THE FINANCIAL REPORT. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>MANY THANKS GO TO THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR ALLOWING US TO MEET IN THIS BEAUTIFUL SPACE.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR DEDICATED BOARD MEMBERS FOR ALL THEIR WORK. BOARD MEMBERS ARE WEARING NAME TAGS &ndash; YOU SHOULD FEEL FREE TO ASK THEM QUESTIONS. THIS YEAR, WE ELECTED SHEILA BALTZELL, DONALD BRENNAN, JEN DONAKER, PATRICK KILLACKEY, PHILIP MAGNUSON, DANIEL WATTS, INGER YANCEY, AND CRISTINA SOTO TO THE BOARD FOR THREE-YEAR TERMS. TWO MEMBERS WHO SERVED LONG AND DISTINGUISHED TERMS, OUR IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT JANE MCGROARTY AND DON FRASER, HAVE LEFT THE BOARD. WE RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>WE ARE VERY SAD TO LEARN OF THE DEATH YESTERDAY OF OUR FORMER BOARD MEMBER BRIAN MCGORRY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>NO ANNUAL MEETING WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF OUR DEDICATED AND TALENTED STAFF MEMBERS JUDY STANTON AND IRENE JANNER. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK FOR ALL OF US IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS. JUDY, WITHOUT YOU, THE BHA &ndash; AND THIS EVENT &ndash; WOULD NOT BE THE ENDURING INSTITUTIONS THAT THEY ARE.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>AND WELCOME TO OUR FRIENDS FROM CITIZENS DEFENDING LIBRARIES. I SEE MICHAEL WHITE, CAROLYN MCINTYRE, JUSTINE SCHWARZ, MARSHA RIMLER, AND MARTHA ROWAN. I AM SO GLAD HAVE COME TO HEAR CLAY SHIRKY SPEAK, TO WATCH US PRESENT OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS, AND TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE TERRIFIC WORK THE BHA HAS DONE OVER THE PAST YEAR. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THE GREAT ALBUS DUMBLEDORE ONCE OPENED A SCHOOL YEAR AT HOGWARTS BY SAYING, &ldquo;I&rsquo;D LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS AND HERE THEY ARE: NITWIT! BLUBBER! ODDMENT! TWEAK!&rdquo; THEN HE RETURNED TO HIS SEAT.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>I&rsquo;D LIKE TO OPEN OUR ANNUAL MEETING WITH A FEW NUMBERS, AND DON&rsquo;T WORRY ABOUT REMEMBERING THEM. HERE THEY ARE: 30. 1,420. 289,000. 968 </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><br /> I&rsquo;M NOT GOING TO RETURN TO MY SEAT JUST YET, AS I HAVE A FEW WORDS TO ADD TO THEM.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>30. IN 2013 IN NEW YORK A PEDESTRIAN WAS KILLED BY A CAR EVERY 30 HOURS. WE HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN TRAFFIC CALMING ISSUES FOR A LONG TIME, AND THE FACT THAT ONE CRASH LAST YEAR CLAIMED THE LIFE OF OUR FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, AND BOARD MEMBER MARTHA ATWATER HAS MADE US MORE DETERMINED TO ACT. WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD&rsquo;S OVERWHELMING APPROVAL WE APPLIED FOR A SLOW ZONE DESIGNATION FOR BROOKLYN HEIGHTS. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>IN A SLOW ZONE THE SPEED LIMIT IS 20 MPH RATHER THAN THE 30 STANDARD THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY. BUT THE SLOWER SPEED NEEDS ENFORCEMENT IN ORDER TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND REDUCE TRAFFIC CUTTING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SIGNS, STREET MARKINGS, AND SPEED HUMPS, ARE THE MAIN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>YOU KNOW WHAT A SPEED BUMP IS. A SPEED HUMP HAS MORE BLUBBER: IT&rsquo;S WIDER AND MORE GRADUAL THOUGH NOT AS HIGH. THERE IS A SLOW ZONE IN BOERUM HILL, FROM ATLANTIC AVENUE TO UNION STREET AND FROM SMITH STREET TO THIRD AVENUE, IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE ONE IN PLACE. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT OUR APPLICATION WAS SUCCESSFUL. THE LESS GOOD NEWS IS THAT BECAUSE WE ARE THE LEAST DANGEROUS OF THE DESIGNATED BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS OUR SLOW ZONE IMPLEMENTATION WILL NOT HAPPEN FOR A FEW YEARS. SO WE ARE PLEASED THAT THE CITY&rsquo;S NEW VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN RELIES ON SLOW ZONES AS AN IMPORTANT STRATEGY, AND HOPE THAT MEANS THAT WE WILL HAVE OUR SLOW ZONE FASTER, IF I CAN SAY THAT.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>SLOW ZONES ALONE WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. OTHER INITIATIVES IDENTIFIED IN THE MAYOR&rsquo;S VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN, INCLUDING ENFORCEMENT OF TRAFFIC LAWS AGAINST DRIVERS, BETTER CRASH INVESTIGATIONS, AND TRAFFIC AND RED LIGHT CAMERAS WILL HELP END TRAFFIC DEATHS AND INJURIES ON NEW YORK CITY STREETS. SEVERAL OF THESE MECHANISMS WILL NEED STATE LEGISLATION, AND WE WILL WORK ON OBTAINING IT IN THE COMING YEAR.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>AS TRAFFIC PATTERNS CHANGE TRAFFIC CONTROL NEEDS CHANGE, AND WE INVITE YOU TO BRING YOUR IDEAS TO THE BHA TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, WHICH PATRICK KILLACKEY CHAIRS. THE CITY&rsquo;S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS ALREADY AGREED TO A STUDY OF THE INTERSECTION OF HICKS AND REMSEN STREETS, AND WE ARE REQUESTING A STUDY OF HICKS STREET BETWEEN CLARK AND MIDDAGH. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONS WILL USE THE DATA IT GENERATES TO DECIDE IF SOME ADDITIONAL MEASURE, SUCH AS A STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC LIGHT, IS NEEDED. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>TREES ARE ALSO VULNERABLE TO TRAFFIC. UNLIKE PEOPLE, TREES CAN BE REPLACED. IF YOU WITNESS A CRASH BETWEEN A VEHICLE AND A TREE, LIKE THE ONE THAT CLAIMED A LARGE, OLD TREE ON HENRY STREET LAST WEEK, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE LICENSE PLATE AND, IF IT IS A TRUCK OR BUS, THE COMPANY&rsquo;S NAME. PASS IT ON TO US, SO WE CAN INFORM THE POLICE AND THE PARKS DEPARTMENT, WHO WILL SEEK COMPENSATION FOR A REPLACEMENT TREE FROM THE COMPANY.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THERE IS MORE GOOD NEWS ON THE TRANSPORTATION FRONT. WE HAVE SUPPORTED BIKE SHARE AS A TRANSPORTATION MODE THAT REDUCES AUTOMOBILE CONGESTION AND POLLUTION AND INCREASES SAFETY. WHILE THE PROGRAM MAY STILL NEED TWEAKS, STUDIES SHOW THAT OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS CYCLISTS ARE INCREASINGLY STOPPING AT RED LIGHTS AND OBEYING OTHER TRAFFIC LAWS. IT APPEARS THAT RIDERS ON CITIBIKES ARE MORE CAUTIOUS AND MORE COMPLIANT WITH TRAFFIC RULES THAN OTHER CYCLISTS. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><br /> ON ANOTHER TRANSPORTATION ISSUE, THE BQE IS VIBRATING, AND RESIDENTS ALONG COLUMBIA HEIGHTS ARE FEELING THE SHAKING IN THEIR HOMES. WE ORGANIZED A LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN AND, WITH HELP FROM COUNCILMEMBER STEVE LEVIN, YOUR EFFORTS HAVE PERSUADED THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO REPLACE DEFECTIVE JOINTS AND TO MILL AND RESURFACE THE UPPER DECK SOMETIME THIS SPRING. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><br /> I WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH ON THE RECENT ADDITIONS TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK. WE CONGRATULATE OUR FRIENDS AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK ON THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE SQUIBB PARK BRIDGE, THE BEAUTIFUL WALKS AND LOOKOUTS IN THE UPLANDS BETWEEN PIERS 2 AND 4, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF PIER 2 IN THE SPRING. THE AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION&rsquo;S NATIONAL PLANNING EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN, GIVEN TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK THIS YEAR, IS RICHLY DESERVED.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>SPEAKING OF AWARD-WINNING GREEN SPACES, I OWE YOU ANOTHER NUMBER: 1420. LAST YEAR VOLUNTEER GARDENERS SPENT 1420 HOURS TENDING THE PROMENADE GARDENS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF GARDENER MATTHEW MORROW. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS, AND WE LOVE THE FACT THAT THE GARDENING PROGRAMS REACH EVERYONE FROM CHILDREN AT PS 8 TO SENIORS. THE BHA&rsquo;S PROMENADE GARDEN CONSERVANCY IS COMMITTED TO PAYING HALF THE GARDENER&rsquo;S SALARY. PLEASE COME TO THE GARDEN SALES &ndash; THEY NOW INCLUDE BAKED GOODS, BOOKS AND GARDEN ODDMENTS. BUYING A TREAT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO THANK THE GARDENERS AND TO HELP SUPPORT THE WORK. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><br /> THIS PAST YEAR IS ONLY THE INTRODUCTION TO WHAT WILL BE DIFFICULT AND EXTRAORDINARY CHANGES COMING &ndash; NOT JUST TO BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, BUT TO BROOKLYN GENERALLY. THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT IS SUCH THAT A GREAT DEAL OF CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY JUST OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS. THE DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ALLIANCE REPORTED LAST MONTH THAT THERE ARE 3300 HOUSING UNITS UNDER CONSTRUCTION NEARBY, WITH ANOTHER 9000 UNITS IN DEVELOPMENT.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THERE IS A PROPOSAL TO REDEVELOP THE LAND UNDER THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH OF THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, JUST OUTSIDE THE HISTORIC DISTRICT. THERE IS A LONG-SIMMERING PLAN TO REDEVELOP THE SITE OF LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL, JUST ACROSS ATLANTIC AVENUE. CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY ON 10 WATER STREET IN DUMBO, ALONG WITH THE RESIDENCES AND HOTEL ON PIER ONE. SOMETIME IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK WILL DEVELOP TWO BUILDINGS ON PIER 6. THAT&rsquo;S A LOT OF HOUSING, AND THAT IS BEFORE WE THINK ABOUT THE IMPACT TWO OTHER INITIATIVES MAY HAVE: THE BROOKLYN TECH TRIANGLE AND NEW YORK CITY&rsquo;S STORM PROTECTION PLAN.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>ALL THOSE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING AROUND US MAY CHANGE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE CAN&rsquo;T CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS; WHAT WE CAN CONTROL IS HOW WE RESPOND TO IT. WE AT THE BHA HAVE SEVERAL AVENUES OF ACTION. FIRST, WE COOPERATE AND COLLABORATE WITH OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN ADVOCATE FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE WE NEED. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>SOMETIMES WE SUE, AND WE JOINED WITH OUR NEIGHBORS IN A SUIT AGAINST THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK ASKING THE COURTS TO BRING SOME ORDER TO THE HASTY AND DESTRUCTIVE PLANS TO CLOSE LICH. IN THIS CASE, WE FELT THAT LITIGATION WAS THE BEST ROUTE TO ADVOCATE FOR LOCAL INTERESTS: A TRANSPARENT AND INCLUSIVE PROCESS THAT RESULTS IN THE NECESSARY MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR A RAPIDLY GROWING SECTION OF BROOKLYN. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>WE AND OUR MEMBERS SPENT UNCOUNTABLE HOURS ON MEETINGS, PHONE CALLS, MARCHES AND PROTESTS, EMAILS, COURT HEARINGS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING DEVOTED TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE ARE PLEASED THAT THE SETTLEMENT RECOGNIZES THE COMMUNITY&rsquo;S DESIRE FOR A HOSPITAL AND ENSURES THAT OUR NEEDS WILL BE AT THE FOREFRONT WHEN AN OPERATOR IS SELECTED. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO JIM WALDEN, OUR LEGAL COUNSEL, FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>BUT WE DON&rsquo;T ALWAYS, OR EVEN OFTEN, SUE. SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER WHAT OUR PAST PRESIDENT DEIRDRE CARSON SAID WHEN SHE MADE THIS SPEECH SEVERAL YEARS AGO:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>WHERE POSSIBLE, AND UNLESS A PROJECT WOULD VIOLATE SOME FUNDAMENTAL ASPECT OF THE HEIGHTS&rsquo; CHARACTER . . . IT MAY BE PREFERABLE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THOSE WHO ARE DEVELOPING AROUND THE HEIGHTS, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS AND AMENITIES. NEGOTIATION IS PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WHEN NO RESPONSIBLE AND MEANINGFUL BASIS OR OPPORTUNITY FOR CHALLENGING A PROJECT EXISTS.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><br /> THIS IS THE APPROACH WE HAVE CHOSEN TO TAKE WITH THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH OF THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY. WHICH BRINGS ME BACK TO ANOTHER OF THOSE NUMBERS: 289,000. THAT&rsquo;S THE NUMBER OF CHECKOUTS LOCAL BORROWERS MADE FROM THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH DURING 2012. IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, WE LOVE OUR LIBRARY. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>WE BELIEVE PASSIONATELY THAT LIBRARIES ARE CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF ANY COMMUNITY, INCLUDING OURS. WE NEED SPACE FOR CHILDREN, WE NEED BATHROOMS FOR THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING BUS DRIVERS, AND YES, WE NEED A WARM SPACE IN WINTER AND A COOL ONE IN SUMMER FOR THOSE WHO NEED A SAFE PLACE TO SPEND THE DAY. WE NEED THE COMMUNITY ROOMS. AND OF COURSE WE NEED THE BOOKS, DIGITAL MEDIA, COMPUTERS AND BROADBAND ACCESS THE LIBRARY PROVIDES.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS PROPOSED REDEVELOPING THE LAND &ndash; OUTSIDE THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT - ON WHICH THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH SITS. WE THINK IT&rsquo;S IMPORTANT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE BUILDING THAT HOUSES THE BRANCH, AND THE BRANCH ITSELF. THE LIBRARY IS PROPOSING TO SELL THE BUILDING AND TO RETAIN THE BRANCH. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>IF THE PROJECT MOVES FORWARD, THERE WILL BE INTERIM SERVICES. IF THE PROJECT MOVES FORWARD, THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL USE THE MONEY FROM THE SALE TO BUILD A NEW BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH AND TO REBUILD OTHER BRANCHES THROUGHOUT THE BROOKLYN LIBRARY SYSTEM. IF THE PROJECT MOVES FORWARD ANY NEW BUILDING WILL HOUSE A BRANCH LIBRARY. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. PARK. HOSPITAL. LIBRARY. DON&rsquo;T EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT THE BHA CARES ONLY ABOUT THE BUILDINGS. TO US, THE PEOPLE COME FIRST. WE ALSO CARE ABOUT THE PHYSICAL FABRIC OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND LAST YEAR THE BHA&rsquo;S LANDMARKS COMMITTEE REVIEWED ABOUT 20 PROPOSALS. OUR LANDMARKS COMMITTEE PROVIDES ADVICE AND COMMENTS TO APPLICANTS WHO REQUEST OUR HELP AND TESTIFIES BEFORE THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION. WE POST OUR TESTIMONY ON OUR WEBSITE WHEN WE THINK THERE&rsquo;S A LOT OF INTEREST IN IT, AS WE DID IN THE CASE OF 70 HENRY STREET. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE, WE ARE COLLABORATING ON A PANEL DISCUSSION, CALLED &ldquo;DEMYSTIFYING LANDMARKS&rdquo; TO BE HELD APRIL 29, HERE AT THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>YOU WILL HAVE NOTICED A LOT OF NUMBERS IN MY SPEECH. WE ARE STARTING TO RELY MORE ON, WELL, WE&rsquo;RE NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR BIG DATA, SO LET&rsquo;S CALL IT MEDIUM DATA. OTHER CHANGES ARE COMING: SOON YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR, IF YOU PREFER, TO MAKE A MONTHLY DONATION TO THE BHA VIA CREDIT CARD. WE ARE INCREASING OUR PRESENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND WE HAVE REVAMPED OUR WEBSITE TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION, FASTER. THE ANNUAL HOUSE TOUR REMAINS OUR MAJOR FUNDRAISER &ndash; WE THANK THE RESIDENTS WHO OPEN THEIR HOUSES TO THE TOUR AND THE MANY ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS AND BAKERS. ERIKA BELSEY WORTH IS OUR ABLE AND DEDICATED HOUSE TOUR CHAIR &ndash; PLEASE SEE HER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THIS BRINGS ME TO FINAL NUMBER, 968 &ndash; THAT&rsquo;S THE BHA MEMBERSHIP AS OF JANUARY 31. WE ARE A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION. OUR MEMBERSHIP GROWTH HAS NOT BEEN AS ROBUST RECENTLY AS WE WOULD LIKE, AND WE HAVE PUT A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT INTO INCREASING IT. WE STARTED A NEW INITIATIVE CALLED BHA SOCIAL! THAT HOLDS REGULAR EVENTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES. IT&rsquo;S DESIGNED TO INTRODUCE THE BHA TO NEW MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. </strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>IF YOU ARE A MEMBER, THANK YOU. TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN! IF YOU ARE NOT YET A MEMBER, PLEASE JOIN! BECOME INVOLVED, JOIN A COMMITTEE, COME TO ONE OF OUR EVENTS, VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOUSE TOUR. OUR VOICE IS ONLY AS STRONG AS OUR MEMBERS. TOGETHER, WE MAKE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>THANK YOU.</strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: larger">BHA Community Service Awards</span></strong><span style="font-size: larger">:&nbsp; Click </span><span style="font-size: smaller"><a href="http://www.brooklynheightsassociation.org/alerts/5ca3d43ab37328ebed73a444edadf3f9"><span style="font-size: larger">here</span></a></span><span style="font-size: larger"> for a description of this year's awards.</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/63fda8f173f07e1a878e2fe64ff45fdf/ Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500