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 PROMENADE GARDEN CONSERVANCY FALL BAKE SALE! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>PROMENADE GARDEN CONSERVANCY BAKE SALE</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll follow up with more information in a couple of weeks. But we just wanted to make sure this wonderful event is on your calendar.</p> <p>The Promenade Garden Conservancy is a&nbsp;group of volunteers who work to maintain the Promenade gardens, meeting every Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM at the lawn behind the Pierrepont Street playground.&nbsp;We meet early Spring through late Fall (approximately April 1st to December 15th).&nbsp; In the hotter months of July through September, we usually meet at 9 AM.<br /> <br /> You may drop by for any session and leave when you need to. Please wear layers in cold weather, a sun hat and sunblock in heat, and no open-toed shoes. Wear leather boots in all weather, if you can. It's a good idea to bring water, though there are drinking fountains.<br /> <br /> Follow us on Facebook or twitter @BKPromenade<br /> <br /> Our photo albums are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlandsman/collections/72157624711172562/</p> <p><small>Posted 10/02/14</small><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/301/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6 - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>BHA STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The board of the Brooklyn Heights Association has reaffirmed the BHA&rsquo;s longstanding position regarding the funding of Brooklyn Bridge Park in relation to the housing being proposed for Pier 6,&nbsp;by urging the Park Corporation to reconsider the proposals for a 31-story tower. While we have long accepted housing as the primary source of operating and maintenance funds for the Park, we believe that a 315 foot structure on Pier 6 is simply too tall and will overpower the surrounding landscape. In a recent letter to Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, we asked the Park to reduce the size of the buildings and voiced our support of the Community Advisory Council&rsquo;s request for more detailed revenue and cost projections. Please click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHA_Comments_Final_Pier_6_Oct_29,20140001.pdf">here </a>to read our letter detailing the BHA&rsquo;s comments on the Pier 6 design proposals.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/BHA STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 VISION ZERO UPDATE - STARTING NOV.7, NYC RESIDENTIAL SPEED LIMIT DROPS TO 25 MPH UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BROOKYN HEIGHTS SLOW ZONE UPDATE</strong></u></p> <p><u>SLOW ZONE</u>: We are pleased to report that the implementation of our neighborhood Slow Zone will begin a year earlier than originally announced! The NYC DOT plans to start on&nbsp;the Brooklyn Heights Slow Zone&nbsp;next Spring, 2015. <strong>Click </strong><a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/slowzones.shtml"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> for the DOT website page describing neighborhood slow zones.</strong></p> <p><u>NEW 25 MPH SPEED LIMIT</u>: Even as Brooklyn Heights awaits&nbsp;the increased safety we hope for with the Slow Zone, the&nbsp;speed limit for <u>all</u> residential streets throughout New York City will be&nbsp;changed to 25 MPH, starting on Friday, Nov. 7 unless otherwise posted.&nbsp;<strong>Click </strong><a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/25MPHFAQ.PDF"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> to read the DOT&nbsp;fact sheet on the speed reduction.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Post updated 10/30/14</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/68c923320054306068e2a17f250f0143/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT REGARDING THE HEIGHT OF THE PIER 1 HOTEL AND RESIDENCE AS SEEN FROM THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA STATEMENT REGARDING THE HEIGHT OF THE PIERHOUSE AS SEEN FROM THE&nbsp;&nbsp; PROMENADE </u></p> <p>Historically, the Cold Storage Warehouse located near Pier 1 blocked the Promenade view of the Brooklyn Bridge span in several places. Once it was decided to demolish those buildings and to permit new housing construction inside the park boundaries, the BHA strongly advocated that any new buildings should have less visible impact against the Bridge than the Cold Storage buildings. Representatives of the BHA successfully negotiated with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation&nbsp;to limit the Pier 1 building height at 100 ft., the approximate height of the Cold Storage Warehouse, above which the views of the Brooklyn Bridge&nbsp;tower and span would be&nbsp;maintained as seen from the Promenade. At the time, our representatives believed that the mechanicals would be contained within that 100 ft. envelope.</p> <p>This development was delayed for several years because of the recession and Hurricane Sandy. During that time period, there were numerous personnel changes at the BBPDC (which evolved into the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation&nbsp;during that period) and at the BHA. When the Request for Proposals and General Project Plan&nbsp;for the Park&nbsp;were published, they reflected the 100 ft. limitation on height but not that the mechanicals had to be contained within that height.</p> <p>We have been informed by the BBPC that after Hurricane Sandy, the point at which the 100 ft. limitation was measured was raised by approximately 4 1/2 ft. because of changes in the flood plain and that the bulkheads, encasing the mechanicals, will rise 30 feet above that. The bulkheads now rise high enough to block the view of stays and cables as well as the view of the Chrysler Building.</p> <p>During the project design phase (2012-2013), our representatives at meetings of the Community Advisory Council (a committee that can recommend but not force design changes) advocated that the bulkhead height be kept as low as possible in order to protect the view of the Bridge from the Promenade. Our Board and public are angered that the new buildings have seriously compromised that iconic, world class view. We have communicated this to the BBPC and&nbsp; requested that its leadership and the developers of this project take any steps possible to mitigate the Pierhouse development's visual obstruction of the Bridge.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/Letter to BBP re Pierhouse, October 23, 20140001.pdf">here</a> to read the BHA's letter to the BBPC.</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted&nbsp; 9/23/14</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/d9767008602d4f52b885bf49172a6934/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS CHILD SAFETY ALERT FOR PARENTS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA has been in touch with the 84th Precinct, after reading Wednesday's posting in the Brooklyn Heights Blog about a suspicious woman in Cadman Plaza Park.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 84th Precinct Community Affairs office has this advice for residents: &quot;The right response by anyone who observes this woman approaching children is to calmly and&nbsp;promptly call 911 with the exact park or other location where they see the woman,&nbsp;along with a&nbsp;good description of her.&quot; Callers&nbsp;can&nbsp;mention the Blog report as well as the fact that there was already a 911 call on Wednesday, as reported in the Blog, and 911 operators will alert the police to respond right away.&nbsp;It is the job of the NYPD to evaluate the person.&nbsp;Observers should <u>not</u> take the time to try engaging with her themselves. Meanwhile, we are assured that the 84th Precinct is&nbsp;looking out for the woman as they patrol our area.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As all parents know, always keeping young children in your sight and within close range will&nbsp;make them safe.&nbsp;Click <a href="http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71453">here</a> for the Blog&nbsp;post, dated 10/16/14.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/473b43767d8e14e45ba9853f5a14f9a9/ Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: NYU LANGONE IS NOW BACK IN THE FORTIS DEAL! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>LICH UPDATE: NYU LANGONE IS NOW SAID TO BE BACK IN&nbsp; THE FORTIS DEVELOPMENT GROUP DEAL&nbsp;</u><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Following the announced closing of Long Island College Hospital (&ldquo;LICH&rdquo;), residents remain confused about the future of the LICH campus in Cobble Hill.</p> <p>As of September 19, 2014, we&nbsp;were reading reports that NYU had pulled out of the Fortis Development Group's deal to buy the hospital, &nbsp;leaving no medical services on the table.&nbsp;Meanwhile,&nbsp;NYSNA (The NY State Nurses Association) went back to&nbsp;the State Supreme Court&nbsp;with a claim against&nbsp;Fortis&nbsp;and NYU for failing to hire LICH nurses as promised.&nbsp; However, Judge Baynes dismissed that lawsuit on Sept. 29.</p> <p>Now, &nbsp;NYU Langone is reportedly back in the deal with Fortis, but we do not know what that will bring to the community in the way of needed medical services at LICH.&nbsp;</p> <p>SUNY must continue operating what remains&nbsp;of the hospital's&nbsp;emergency department&nbsp;until the NYS Attorney General and NYS Comptroller approve the sale of the hospital to Fortis. Reportedly, emergency rooms elsewhere in Brooklyn are now overwhelmed by incoming cases, creating delays throughout the system.</p> <p>The Brooklyn Eagle's indefatigable&nbsp;reporter Mary Frost manages to keep up with all of it.&nbsp;Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/10/9/suny-approves-sale-lich-developer-fortis">here </a>for&nbsp;her Brooklyn Eagle article on the latest update.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;Article updated on 10/09/14</span>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/63c491288a6a75d78c9cf436ae3a4d2a/ Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! THE MONTAGUE STREET PHOTO CONTEST IS STILL UNDERWAY. YOU HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 28 TO SUBMIT PHOTOS AND WIN BIG PRIZES! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>THE MONTAGUE STREET BID HAS ANNOUNCED A PHOTO CONTEST&nbsp;</p> <p>There are some great prizes to be awarded to winning images that capture Montague Street&rsquo;s unique character. 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>The deadline to enter the Montague Street Photo Contest has been extended to Nov. 28, 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>Click <a href="http://montaguebid.com/contest/">here</a> to find out more about the contest and entry details.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/57b8d15d27f5bc26222e216eb309935c/ Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA STATEMENT ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT PLAN </u></p> <p>The BHA is responding with concern and cautious optimism to the Brooklyn Public Library's (&quot;BPL&quot;) selection of Hudson Companies/Marvel Architects for redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.</p> <p>We believe that the project, as outlined in the original Request for Proposals, has the potential to make a significant contribution--if the developers and BPL trustees will take the time to re-evaluate their design, and engage in an open process with the broader library and civic center community. The current design gives no indication that the building houses an important civic institution - the 21st century descendant of the legendary Carnegie Libraries. Instead, what we are seeing is a clunky condominium sitting atop generic retail space. We want to see a distinctive and welcoming public building that provides a graceful transition from the civic buildings on Cadman Plaza to the residences of Brooklyn Heights &ndash; a library that is a visual gateway to the neighborhood.&nbsp; Moreover, the project can and should address broader community priorities.</p> <p>Our optimism stems from the knowledge that these two firms are local businesses whose partners are well acquainted with our neighborhood: Jonathan Marvel has the ability to design a new building which truly addresses the complexities of this project on such an important site. Hudson Companies has an established track record for project completion --including affordable housing components.</p> <p>We are pleased by Hudson/Marvel's commitment to provide interim service during construction of the new library, which was a clear requirement in the RFP. The off-site affordable housing, which must be within Community District 2 boundaries, will allow for a less bulky building on this constricted site. It is an important BPL condition that the condominium certificate of occupancy be tied to the completion of the affordable housing component.</p> <p>BPL trustees have said, &ldquo;This is the beginning.&rdquo; That is indeed true in the sense that the city&rsquo;s public land use review process (ULURP) has not yet begun. Going forward, we expect our Brooklyn Heights Association members and all library neighbors and users to comment constructively towards the goal of housing a light-filled, welcoming library, in an exceptionally well designed new building. We'll need everyone's help to get us there.</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted 09/29/14</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/a1e693b661f63c5b09edabcefef21249/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 THE BQE UPPER DECK OF THE CANTILEVER IS NOW SMOOTH! The eastbound (upper deck) of the cantilever has recently been milled and paved. Let's hope it lasts! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>GOOD NEWS! NYC DOT ANSWERED THE&nbsp; BHA REQUEST TO RESURFACE THE BQE CANTILEVER&nbsp;</u></p> <p>The eastbound (upper deck) of the BQE&nbsp;Cantilever has been milled and repaved. When trucks pass under the Promenade now, it no longer shakes!</p> <p>We are happy to report that the NYC&nbsp;DOT has addressed the community's requested milling and paving of the full surface of the <u>eastbound </u>(towards Queens) BQE from Atlantic Ave to Cadman Plaza West.&nbsp; Residents living near the BQE are reporting relief from what they described as &quot;earthquake-like tremors&quot; caused by the uneven deck surface.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Not since 2002 has there been a complete milling and repaving of the upper BQE roadway, and the BHA was &lsquo;on the case&rsquo; for sometime. This work was overdue and badly needed.</p> <p>We are grateful to the DOT for scheduling this much-needed project and to Councilman Steve Levin for his advocacy.&nbsp; We expect work on the westbound (lower) deck of the cantilever to be scheduled in the near future. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Article updated 09/10/14</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/bb8d8fce8434e2c3cce618ae99d0f2ce/ Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 ANNOUNCING THE BHA'S FIFTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION DOG SHOW TO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 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, 2014&nbsp; 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="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifth-annual-dog-show-tickets-12582603907"><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="http://perfectpawsinc.com/perfect_paws_web_site_builder_002.htm">Perfect Paws</a>, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/pets-emporium-brooklyn">Pet's Emporium,</a> <a href="http://www.roccoandjezebel.com/">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="http://www.dellaroccospizza.com/">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="http://www.chocolateworks.com/customer-service/store-locator.php">Chocolate Works</a> and a gift basket of products to pamper yourself and your dog from <a href="http://www.kiehls.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-kiehls_us-Site/default/Default-Start?cm_mmc=LabeliumSearch-_-GoogleBrand-_-Kiehls+Brand-_-kiehl'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="http://issueprojectroom.org/">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="mailto:dogshow@brooklynheightsassociation.org">dogshow@brooklynheightsassociation.org</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="http://montaguebid.com/summerspace/">&ldquo;Summer Space&quot;</a> which is a day-long celebration of Montague Street sponsored by the <a href="http://montaguebid.com/">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> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/232f35bd963975dd487cdfe983faede6/ 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> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/4452461fa75357d12e0fe93d5601bba4/ 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="http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/68763">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="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/Aug%205%20Night%20Out%20Against%20Crime0001.pdf">here</a> for the event flyer. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Post updated 8/2/14</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/71884fcf0ad9d8cab9c16794e7d089a0/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400