The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion BHA DOG SHOW <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>FIFTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION DOG SHOW</u></strong></p> <p>All are invited to join us for our community dog show to be held in the middle of Montague Street on <strong>Sunday, September 21st, from 3 to 5 PM.</strong></p> <p>For the list of&nbsp; categories and prizes, please click <a href="">here&nbsp; </a>to view our event poster.</p> <p>TO REGISTER YOUR DOG CLICK&nbsp;<a href=";rank=9">HERE</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Treat Bag Donors</strong></span>:&nbsp; The first 50 dogs to register will receive free treat bags donated by <a href="">Perfect Paws</a>,&nbsp; <a href="">Pet's Emporium</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;and <a href="">Rocco and Jezebel for Pets. </a></p> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Best in Show Prize</strong></span>: Dinner for 2 at&nbsp; <a href="">Dellarocco's of Brooklyn. </a></p> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Raffle Prize Donors</strong></span>:&nbsp; BHA members who register their dogs and new members who join at the dog show will be entered in our raffle for a $25 gift certificate donated by <a href="">Chocolate Works </a>and a gift basket donated by <a href="'s%20since%201851&amp;gclid=CKzK5JCkscACFYMF7Aod5CsAgA">Kiehl's Since 1851</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Best in Show</strong> is selected by audience applause. If you love dogs, you're invited to join the audience and help cheer for your favorite!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We extend special thanks to <a href="">Issue Project Room</a> for managing our sound system and to Ashley Kalmar for filming the show.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Brookly Heights Association's Community Dog Show is a <a href="">Summer Space</a> activity sponsored by the Montague Street Business Improvement District.</p> </body> </html> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - REGISTERED DEMOCRATS URGED TO VOTE!<br /> </u></p> <p>All registered Democrats are urged to go to the polls to vote in the&nbsp;<strong>State Primary Elections </strong>on September 9, 2014:</p> <p><strong><u>NYS Governor:&nbsp; Governor Cuomo's nomination for re-election is&nbsp;challenged by: &nbsp;</u></strong>Zephyr Teachout, for Governor and Tim Wu, for Lt. Governor. Also Randi Credico will be listed on the primary ballots as a Democratic candidate for Governor</p> <p><u><strong>NYS Assembly, 52nd District:</strong></u><strong>&nbsp; </strong>Doug Biviano, Peter Sikora and JoAnne Simon are on the ballot to replace our outgoing incumbent Assemblymember Joan Millman.&nbsp; Note: Joan Millman has diligently served this District since 1997. She has announced her retirement from the Assembly, but will continue in public service, taking a new position with the&nbsp; NYC Department of the Aging.</p> <p><u><strong>Voter Alert</strong></u><strong>: Be sure to verify your current polling site because we are aware of at least one change</strong>:&nbsp; Click <a href="">here</a> for the Poll Site Locator, enter your street address, and pay attention to your election district number.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There is no&nbsp; Republican primary.</p> </body> </html> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 52ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT CANDIDATES' FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>Please join us on Tuesday, September 2 at 7 PM&nbsp; at St. Francis College for the 52nd Assembly District Candidates' Forum, sponsored by the <strong><a href="">Brooklyn Heights Blog</a>.</strong>&nbsp; The candidates are<strong>:&nbsp;</strong><a href="">Doug Biviano</a>,<a href=""> Peter Sikora</a>, <a href="">Jo Anne Simon</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Moderator</strong>:&nbsp; John Loscalzo, Founder, Brooklyn Heights Blog (aka Homer Fink)</p> <p><strong>Panelists</strong>:<br /> - Claude Scales (BHB)<br /> - Ted Hamm (St. Joseph's)<br /> - Marla G. Simpson (Brooklyn Heights Association Governor)</p> <p><strong>Format:</strong><br /> - Each candidate will have 2 minutes for an opening statement (candidates will agree on the order)<br /> - Panelists will ask questions<br /> - The candidates will be invited to ask one question of each of their opponents <br /> - Select questions from the floor, as time permits</p> <p>The event hours are 7-9 PM and we will be in Founders Hall at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street (doors open at 6:30 pm).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Reserve your free ticket <a href="">here</a>, to be sure of getting a seat!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Visit the BHBlog </strong></span>for exclusive interviews of candidates here:&nbsp; <a href="">Doug Biviano</a>, <a href="">Pete Sikora&nbsp;</a>and <a href="">Jo Anne Simon.</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> ASSEMBLY DISTRICT CANDIDATES' FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 ANNOUNCING THE BHA'S FIFTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION DOG SHOW TO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 FROM 3-5 PM ON MONTAGUE STREET. This event is pure fun -- equally entertaining for the dogs, their owners and everyone on the sidelines. All are welcome. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>ANNOUNCING THE BHA'S FIFTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION <strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192, 52, 3);"><span style="font-size: large;">DOG SHOW</span></strong> TO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 FROM 3-5 PM ON MONTAGUE STREET.</strong></p> <p>The show is held in the middle of Montague Street, between Hicks and Henry, in front of Pet's Emporium and Hotel Bossert.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>You must pre-register if you wish to enter a dog in the show. </strong>Click </span><a href=""><span style="font-size: larger;">HERE</span></a><span style="font-size: larger;"> to register</span></p> <p>This event is pure fun --&nbsp;qually entertaining for the dogs, their owners and everyone on the sidelines. This is not the Westminster Dog Show. Whether pure-bred or mixed breed - all are eligible to register! We can show up to 60 dogs.<span style="font-size: larger;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><u><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Competition Categories</strong></span></u> (2 per dog, please): <strong>Talented Trickster</strong>, <strong>Fashionista </strong>(Best Costume), <strong>Teacher&rsquo;s Pet</strong> (Most Obedient),<strong> Sweet Talker </strong>(Most Talkative/Best Bark), <strong>Who Wore It Best </strong>(Dogs That Look Like Their Owners), <strong>Fantastic Features</strong> (Most Outrageous Ears, Tail or Head), <strong>Ki</strong><strong>sser Extraordinaire</strong>, <strong>Most Precious Petite Pooch</strong> (up to 15 lbs), <strong>Most Magnificent Medium Dog </strong>(16-40 lbs), <strong>Most Lovable Large Dog </strong>(over 40 lbs).</p> <p><strong>AND THE WINNER IS</strong>......&nbsp; The winner of each category will be chosen by a majority vote of three (esteemed amateur) judges. Each category winner goes on to compete for the Best in Show, to be selected by audience applause.</p> <p>Winners of 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place in each category will receive certificates signed by our judges.</p> <p><u><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Prizes for Dogs</strong></span></u>: The <u>first 50 dogs</u> to pre-register will receive complimentary treat bags donated by <a href="">Perfect Paws</a>, <a href="">Pet's Emporium,</a> <a href="">Rocco and Jezebel For Pets.</a></p> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><u><strong>Prize for Best in Show</strong></u></span><strong>:&nbsp;</strong> Dinner for 2 at <a href="">Dellarocco&rsquo;s in Brooklyn. </a></p> <p><u><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Raffle Prizes</strong></span></u>: BHA members who register their dogs and new members who join at the dog show will be entered in our Raffle for a $25 gift certificate to <a href="">Chocolate Works</a> and a gift basket of products to pamper yourself and your dog from <a href="'s%20since%201851&amp;gclid=CKzK5JCkscACFYMF7Aod5CsAgA">Kiehl&rsquo;s Since 1851. </a></p> <p><u><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Registration Rules</strong></span></u>: Advance registration is required. Our capacity limit is 60 dogs. Check-in for already registered dogs opens at 2 PM on 9/21. All must be checked in no later than 2:45, or their slot will be cancelled.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><u><strong>Special Thanks:</strong></u><strong> &nbsp; </strong></span><a href="">Issue Project Room</a> for providing our sound system for the show, and <strong>Ashley Kalmar, </strong>videographer<strong>.&nbsp;</strong> .</p> <p><u><span style="font-size: larger"><strong>Your vote counts!</strong></span></u> If you are not a dog owner but love dogs, come as a spectator. The Best in Show Dog will be chosen by the crowd's applause!</p> <p>If you have questions or would like to talk to us about the dog show, call us up at 718-858-9193, or send an email to <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Remember to check back here for posted updates.&nbsp;</p> <p>*Note: Montague Street will be closed to traffic from 12-5:30 pm.&nbsp; The Dog Show is held in conjunction with <a href="">&ldquo;Summer Space&quot;</a> which is a day-long celebration of Montague Street sponsored by the <a href="">Montague Street BID.</a>&nbsp; NO&nbsp;RAIN&nbsp;DATE: &nbsp;In the event of rain, our dog show will be cancelled!<u><strong> </strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 UPDATE: BROOKLYN HEIGHTS STREETS SCHEDULED FOR REPAVING FROM AUGUST 4-7. Parked cars will be ticketed and relocated. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>BROOKLYN HEIGHTS STREETS SCHEDULED FOR REPAVING ON AUGUST 4-7</u></strong></p> <p>Parked cars will be relocated. Clinton Street appears to be done already.&nbsp; Here is the schedule we have received from the NYC DOT:</p> <p><u><strong>Monday, August 4:</strong></u><br /> Clark Street between Cadman Plaza West and Columbia Heights<br /> Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue</p> <p><strong><u>Tuesday, August 5: </u></strong><br /> Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue</p> <p><u><strong>Wednesday, August 6:</strong></u><br /> Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue<br /> Pierrepont Place between Montague Street and Pierrepont Street<br /> Montague Terrace between Montague Street and Remsen Street</p> <p><strong><u>Thursday, August 7: </u></strong><br /> Pierrepont Street between Columbia Heights and Cadman Plaza West</p> <p>Brooklyn Heights received very late notice from the NYC DOT, who is also responsible for posting signs on the affected streets in enough time to warn residents. We hope all whose vehicles are parked in the way of the paving are aware of the schedule for moving their cars to avoid being towed.</p> </body> </html> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 84TH PRECINCT ADVISES BHA ON NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY: The BHA contacted the 84th Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Maximo Tolentino, to bring the Brooklyn Heights Blog post regarding vandalism in the North Heights in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 19 to his attention. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>84TH PRECINCT ADVISES BHA ON NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY </strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA contacted the 84th Precinct&rsquo;s Commanding Officer, Maximo Tolentino, to bring the recent <a href="">Brooklyn Heights Blog</a> post regarding vandalism in the North Heights to his attention.</p> <p>We were also very troubled to learn of the security breach in which someone replaced the flags on the Brooklyn Bridge. Although that turned out to be a harmless caper on the Manhattan side of the Bridge, it raised disturbing questions about the NYPD&rsquo;s security apparatus covering the Bridge.</p> <p>We spoke with Captain Tolentino about overall safety in Brooklyn Heights, on the Brooklyn Bridge and in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where an increase in Park visitors has brought noticeably more pedestrian traffic through Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>Regarding the vandalism, the police learned of it when two car owners filed complaints about the broken mirrors the next day. After the BHA&rsquo;s call, 84th Pct detectives searched the&nbsp;locations hoping to find video camera&nbsp;footage but there was none. Captain Tolentino urges residents to telephone 911 whenever they see a quality of life crime of any kind occurring. The 911 dispatchers will determine if it&rsquo;s an emergency requiring a rapid response. The NYPD assigns police coverage based on types and frequency of crimes. He also urges residents to report after the fact, non-urgent complaints to 311. 311 reports will reach the relevant precinct, and the 84th bases its coverage on 311 calls as well as 911 calls.</p> <p>&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights does not need officers on every other corner. According to Captain Tolentino, there are cops on patrol, undercover as well as uniformed, on foot and in sector cars throughout Brooklyn Heights at all times. You&rsquo;ll see uniformed cops in more crowded areas, i.e. there is always a foot patrol officer on Montague Street and another on Court Street. At night, more cops are covering Brooklyn Bridge Park, given the increasing numbers of people using the park since Pier 2 opened. In addition, more cops are assigned to the Promenade, Squibb Bridge and in Brooklyn Bridge Park after 1 AM when the park closes. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Regarding the Brooklyn Bridge white flag caper: The security breach brought out changes in NYPD coverage as follows: The 84th Precinct now bears entire responsibility for patrolling the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan Bridge is now the sole responsibility of the 5th Precinct. (The 5th Precinct is in Manhattan. Coverage of both bridges had been a shared responsibility between the two precincts.) Vendor carts have added to congestion on the bike and foot paths of the Brooklyn Bridge and are to be removed. We will see scooter and foot patrol cops going back and forth on the Bridge, day and night, but no fixed posts with NYPD cars parked at the Bridge ramps. There will still be a fixed post by the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage at Old Fulton Street at all times.&nbsp; Also, according to the Brooklyn Heights Press, the NYPD's Counter Terrorism Bureau has beefed up its Bridge surveillance with both helicopter sweeps and marine unit patrols. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesday, August 5th at 5 PM is the 84th Precinct Community Council and NYPD Annual Night Out Against Crime. The event is held in Borough Hall Plaza, and will include free bicycle and scooter registration, and free bike helmets. It&rsquo;s a good opportunity for anyone with any questions related to neighborhood crime to have a one on one conversation with cops in attendance. Click <a href="">here</a> for the event flyer. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Post updated 8/2/14</p> </body> </html> Thu, 31 Jul 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 began&nbsp;on <strong>Monday August 4th</strong>.&nbsp; Joint repairs will be performed concurrently with the mill and pave job.&nbsp;</p> <p>This work is expected to take&nbsp;several weeks. BQE lane closures will be in effect Monday through Friday 10 PM -5 AM for the next several weeks.&nbsp; At lease one lane in each direction will be open to traffic at all times.</p> <p>In addition, Staten Island-bound lane closures for repair of under-deck shielding remain in effect on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 31.</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 work will help to mitigate the extreme vibrations the uneven deck surface&nbsp;causes in homes along the BQE.</p> <p>We are grateful to the DOT for scheduling this much-needed project and to Councilman Steve Levin for his advocacy.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Article updated 08/14/14</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