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 STATEMENT REGARDING THE PS 8 WAITLIST AND PUBLIC SCHOOL OVERCROWDING - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association demands that the Department of Education and our elected officials immediately begin developing solutions to address the overcrowding at PS8 for implementation in September 2016. PS8 currently has a wait list of 50 families for the 2015-16 school year. Despite PS8 starting the year well over capacity, despite population increases within the PS 8 zone and despite the tireless work of the PS8 PTA to alert planners to the problem, the DOE has taken no action.</p> <p>DOE negligence has been extreme. PS8 enrollment was at approximately 140 per cent capacity (~700 students vs ~500-seat capacity) this past September. The PS8 school building, designed to house 4 classes per grade, now routinely supports 5-6 classes per grade in our lower grades, with 28+ kids in several of these classrooms.</p> <p>Despite the Mayor&rsquo;s push for Pre-K for All and his promise to add 25,000 new Pre-K seats citywide this year, the scramble for space last September pushed out PS8&rsquo;s only two pre-K classes to make room for the growing K to 5 enrollment. Looking ahead to the coming September, overcrowding is likely to worsen significantly despite the wait list of 50 families. Eighty 5th graders will graduate but 125 K students will arrive.</p> <p>Future Septembers will only bring more students. Studies show that approximately 3,750 new housing units will have been developed in the PS8 zone from 2004 through 2017. None of these new development projects include additional school capacity.</p> <p>The BHA believes that every neighborhood should have enough excellent public school options to serve the resident population. We have been a strong supporter of PS8. In the early 2000s, when the under-enrollment threatened closure, we worked closely with the SCA, DOE and Principal Seth Phillips to promote PS8 to Brooklyn Heights families. Now, the success of those efforts, which included the support of DOE, has led to the grossly overcrowded and worsening conditions.</p> <p>The BHA remains committed to public education. We call upon the Department of Education to act immediately on a plan to add school seats in the PS8 zone. The DOE must immediately begin a realistic analysis of the needs in this zone and its surrounding areas in order to develop a plan in time to positively affect the 2016-17 school year. Furthermore, we call on our elected officials to ensure that no new additional housing be approved in our school zone without the construction of new school seats to match the increased demand that the new buildings will create!<br /> &emsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/BHA STATEMENT REGARDING THE PS 8 WAITLIST AND PUBLIC SCHOOL OVERCROWDING/ Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 84TH PRECINCT OUTLINES STREET PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR SAFER JULY 4TH FIREWORKS VIEWING: Parking restrictions will be in effect from 11 pm on July 3rd to 11 PM on July 4th. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>JULY 04, 2015 INFORMATIONAL DISTRIBUTED&nbsp; BY NYPD</u></p> <p>MACYS WILL HOST THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS FROM THE EAST RIVER WITH ONE (1) BARGE VISIBLE FROM BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE, BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK AND THE DUMBO AREA</p> <p>PARKING OF PERSONAL VEHICLES IS PROHIBITED FROM JULY 3, 2015 @ 11P.M. TO JULY 4, 2015 @ 11 P.M. AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:</p> <p>A)<strong> </strong>CADMAN PLAZA WEST FROM TILLARY STREET TO PROSPECT STREET<br /> B) OLD FULTON STREET FROM PROSPECT STREET TO FURMAN STREET<br /> C) FURMAN STREET FROM OLD FULTON STREET TO ATLANTIC AVENUE<br /> D) WATER STREET FROM OLD FULTON STREET TO WASHINGTON STREET<br /> E) DOCK STREET FROM FRONT STREET TO WATER STREET<br /> F) MAIN STREET FROM FRONT STREET TO PLYMOUTH STREET<br /> G) JOHN STREET FROM JAY STREET TO ADAMS STREET<br /> H) WASHINGTON STREET FROM FRONT STREET TO PLYMOUTH STREET<br /> I) MONTAGUE TERRACE<strong> </strong>FROM REMSEN STREET TO MONTAGUE STREET<br /> J) COLUMBIA HEIGHTS FROM PIERREPONT STREET TO OLD FULTON STREET<br /> K) REMSEN STREET FROM HICKS STREET TO MONTAGUE TERRACE<br /> L) MONTAGUE STREET FROM MONTAGUE TERRACE TO HICKS STREET<br /> M)<strong> </strong>PIERREPONT STREET<strong> </strong>FROM WILLOW STREET TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS<br /> N) CLARK STREET FROM WILLOW STREET TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS<br /> O) PINEAPPLE STREET FROM WILLOW STREET TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS<br /> P) ORANGE STREET FROM WILLOW STREET TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS<br /> Q) CRANBERRY STREET FROM WILLOW STREET TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS<br /> R) JORALEMON STREET FROM COLUMBIA PLACE TO FURMAN STREET <br /> S) VINE STREET FROM HICKS STREET TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS<br /> R) PIERREPONT PLACE FROM MONTAGUE STREET TO PIERREPONT STREET</p> <p>&bull; THE ABOVE LOCATIONS ARE CONSIDERED FROZEN ZONES AND WILL HAVE TRAFFIC CLOSURES. ALL CLOSURES WILL GO INTO EFFECT AT APPROXIMATELY 4 P.M. ON SATURDAY (TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE)</p> <p>&bull; BROOKLYN BRIDGE FOOTPATH WILL BE CLOSED TO BIKES/PEDESTRIANS COMMENCING AT 7 P.M. FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS (TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE)</p> <p>&bull; ANYONE VIEWING THE FIREWORKS FROM THE ABOVE VIEWING LOCATIONS IS SUBJECT TO BAG CHECKS</p> <p>&bull; RESIDENTS DRIVING HOME ON JULY 4TH AND WANTING TO ENTER THE FROZEN ZONE MUST HAVE AN ID AND WILL NEED TO PARK IN A GARAGE</p> <p>&bull; ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/ccca41c9d2651e903e1a70edc69b19fe/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PIER 6 UPDATE: BHA OPPOSES PARK CORP'S PRE-EMPTIVE DEVELOPER SELECTION BEFORE COMPLETION OF AGREED TO PUBLIC PROCESS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>PIER 6 Update: BHA Opposes the Park Corp's Premature Developer and Plan Selection Before Completion of Agreed To Public Process<br /> </strong></u></p> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association is troubled by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/press/plans-unveiled-for-pier-6-residential-buildings-at-bbp">announcement</a> on June 30th that it has chosen a recommended developer and plan for Pier 6. Moving forward on the award of this contract with so many open questions and in the midst of public hearings on the very same subject, makes it clear that the BBPC has every intention to build in violation of prior commitments and without consideration of the impact of its decisions on our community.</p> <p>The public discussion begun just last week raised significant issues that BBPC has been unable to address in a satisfactory way. Public school overcrowding will be exacerbated by the additional development. PS 8 is already operating at more than 140% capacity and turning away local kindergarteners for this Fall.</p> <p>Inadequate park access already has generated burdensome car and pedestrian traffic in the streets approaching the Park. These two large residential buildings will only add to this traffic.</p> <p>Abandonment of the fundamental public agreement behind the Park&mdash;to limit development to only what is necessary to support it financially&mdash;leaves the community&rsquo;s faith in fair process in tatters. Ironically, the BBPC has not yet even released the results of a financial review it has commissioned. After months and months of requests for full transparency from all local community groups and elected officials, the BBPC&rsquo;s financial status remains opaque.</p> <p><strong>The next&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://esd.ny.gov/PublicMeetings_Notices/2015/FINAL_73015_GPP_Notice.pdf"><strong>public hearing </strong></a><strong>is&nbsp;on Thursday, July 30th from 6-9 PM in the St. Francis College Auditorium,&nbsp;180 Remsen Street</strong>. Despite today&rsquo;s announcement, the BHA will continue its engagement in the public review process that must still run its course before this project is finalized.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&nbsp;will expect the members of the BBPC Board, the Brooklyn Park Development Corporation Board and the Empire State Development Board to live up to the commitments they have made in the past and to consider the needs of our community. We will also continue to expect the Mayor to recognize that however laudable several of his present policy objectives for our City might be, promises made should be kept.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/610d9e4c2559d6724998571a127eb888/ Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 SIX BROOKLYN HEIGHTS STREETS ARE SLATED FOR REPAVING: The NYC DOT has released the list of streets to be repaved during the current summer cycle. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>THE LIST OF CITY STREETS TO BE REPAVED THIS SUMMER&nbsp; INCLUDES SIX IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS <br /> </strong></u></p> <p>The NYC DOT is responsible for keeping the city's streets in good repair.&nbsp; Typically, the milling and resurfacing of city streets is done during the summer months.&nbsp;</p> <p>The milling is noisy and may cause discomfort in the affected neighborhood for several days. Much of the work is done at night in order to minimize disruptions to traffic. Although DOT takes steps to minimize the inconvenience, milling requires trucks, special machinery and portable lights. To minimize disruption, machinery is fitted with noise reduction equipment and crews attempt to keep noise to a minimum.</p> <p>The following&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights streets are to be milled/repaved:</p> <p><strong>Joralemon Street between Hicks and Court Streets<br /> Columbia Heights between Pierrepont and Cranberry Streets<br /> Pineapple Streets between Columbia Heights and Henry Street<br /> Remsen Street between Clinton &amp; Court Streets<br /> Montague Street between Montague Terrace and Court Streets<br /> Court Street between Montague and Atlantic Avenue</strong></p> <p>The NYC DOT posts each week's repaving schedule&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/resurfintro.shtml">HERE</a>.&nbsp; We don't yet&nbsp;know&nbsp;which week to announce for&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights, so&nbsp;keep checking the DOT website for their weekly updates.&nbsp;&nbsp; Feel free to call the BHA office (718-858-9193)with any questions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather or emergencies.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/aac8fc5250ad2a6d60aa711778fb1943/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 TREESCOUNT! 2015 - BHA SIGNS UP TO HELP NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT'S CITY STREET TREE CENSUS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>TREES COUNT! 2015 - BHA SIGNS UP TO HELP NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT'S CITY STREET TREE CENSUS</u></p> <p>It&rsquo;s time for the NYC Street Tree Survey! You may have seen ads for TreesCount! 2015, posted in the subway. In a nutshell, TreesCount! 2015 is the NYC Parks Department&rsquo;s digitally organized census project to assess the numbers and condition of every sidewalk tree in NYC.<br /> <br /> The BHA has signed up to help by recruiting volunteers to help survey all the trees in Brooklyn Heights.&nbsp; <br /> We will be using a new app developed for this purpose by the Parks Department who supplies the tool kit to go with it. To get started, there is a brief online training to complete as part of the registration process. That is followed by a hands on training where the tool kits are issued. The BHA hopes to coordinate small groups of volunteers to help with the count. You can learn all about it by following this <a href="https://treescount.nycgovparks.org/faq/">link</a>.</p> <p>The first step in the census is to <a href="https://treescount.nycgovparks.org/">Register</a>,&nbsp; then take the online training so you can sign up to go out into the field.&nbsp; We will be partnering with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy in jointly recruiting volunteers and sharing of mapping tools.</p> <p>If you are interested in doing this, please let us know via <a href="mailto:jstanton@thebha.org?subject=TreesCount!%202015">email</a> or calling the BHA&nbsp;office 718-858-9193.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: #c03403"><span style="font-size: medium"><u>Tree Care Tips</u>:</span></strong>&nbsp;If there is a tree near your home that does not show signs of having&nbsp;a good steward taking care of it,&nbsp;we encourage you to&nbsp;consider adopting the tree by following&nbsp;the&nbsp;simple stewardship practices as recommended by the NYC Parks Department and found <a href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/tree-pit-care">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/1e944c4376b2580b2d48d68010e48660/ Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENTS AT THIS WEEK'S PUBLIC MEETINGS ON PIER 6 - HIGH STAKES TO BE CONSIDERED! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>BHA STATEMENTS AT THE PUBLIC MEETINGS ON PIER 6</p> <p>The governmental process to modify the Brooklyn Bridge Park General Project Plan to permit non-income producing residential development on Pier 6 began this week. At stake is the decades-long commitment of the government authorities that own and operate the Park to build only the minimum amount of housing necessary to support the financial needs of the Park. Unfortunately, the Boards of Directors of both the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) voted on Monday and Thursday, respectively, to support the modification that would authorize housing that is not needed to support the Park&rsquo;s finances.</p> <p>On the positive side, despite the extremely short notice for the meetings, the community showed up in force at both meetings and presented extraordinary testimony on the issues and implications of the decisions before the boards from a variety of vantage points. At the ESD meeting, these comments elicited vigorous questioning by Board members of Park and ESD staff on the school crowding, economic, and transportation environmental impacts, which Park staff have minimized but the community of course knows to be so significant. The Park was put on notice that more scrutiny and skepticism is to come.</p> <p>The next steps in the process are a public hearing in Brooklyn, to be convened jointly by the BBPDC and ESD in 30 or more days, followed by final voting meetings for each entity 30 or more days after that. The BHA will continue to participate in the governmental process and will keep you informed of developments. We remain somewhat skeptical about the potential for this process to influence the outcome, so we are considering the best route forward to protect the Park and surrounding communities.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHA%20Statement%20at%20BBPDC%20June%2022,%202015.pdf">here</a> to see the BHA&rsquo;s statement delivered to BBPDC on Monday. Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHA ESD Testimony (ltrhead) 6-25-15 for website.pdf">here</a> to see the BHA statement delivered to ESD on Thursday.&nbsp; You can watch a&nbsp;webcast of the ESDC&nbsp;meeting <a href="http://mediasite.yorkcast.com/webcast/Play/d2ae7186e3354dd3ab9af9ae94af87c41d?catalog=6cbecc25-907f-4f74-86db-34c30a7e946c&amp;autoStart=false&amp;popout=true">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/7907dc463b29b3bac54eb916dcf470ee/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA STATEMENT AT PUBLIC MEETING ON PIER 6 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BHA STATEMENT AT PUBLIC MEETING ON PIER 6</strong></u></p> <p>The governmental process to modify the Brooklyn Bridge Park General Project Plan to permit non-income producing residential development on Pier 6 began on Monday. At stake is the decades-long commitment of the government authorities that own and operate the Park to build only the minimum amount of housing necessary to support the financial needs of the Park. Unfortunately, the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation voted on Monday to support the modification that would authorize housing that is not needed to support the Park&rsquo;s finances.</p> <p>We will continue to participate in the governmental process to the extent it is open to the public and will keep you informed of developments. However, we must note our skepticism as to whether this process is meaningful. The community was given very little notice of Monday&rsquo;s late afternoon meeting&mdash;it was not announced until last Thursday. Despite this, numerous concerned residents and representatives of community groups, including the BHA, appeared at the meeting and expressed thoughtful opposition to the proposed plan from a variety of vantage points. After approximately 90 minutes of compelling public comment, the BBPDC Board chose not to engage in any discussion at all about any of the public comments and instead voted immediately to support the modification.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHA Statement at BBPDC June 22, 2015.pdf">here </a>to see the BHA&rsquo;s statement delivered on Monday.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/fd61570eb323f6b113cc2b584a510e1f/ Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING PIER 6 - AMOUNT AND TYPE OF HOUSING TO BE ALLOWED <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>PUBLIC MEETING&nbsp; REGARDING THE AMOUNT AND TYPE OF HOUSING TO BE ALLOWED ON PIER 6 <br /> </u></p> <p>On <strong>Monday, June 22 at 3 PM</strong>, there will be a public meeting of the Directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development.</p> <p>Meeting location: Office of the Empire State Development, <strong>633 Third Avenue &ndash; 37th Floor Conference Room</strong>, New York, New York 10017.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>At this meeting, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (&quot;BBPDC&quot;) Board will consider the recommendation for adoption of the General Project Plan&nbsp;modification to the Empire State Development (&quot;ESDC&quot;) Directors.</p> <p>Members of the public will be permitted to speak on issues related to the adoption of the modification immediately after the presentation to the Board by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation,&nbsp;and before the Board votes on the modification. Individuals are asked to limit their comments to two minutes each; representatives of organizations are asked to limit their comments to four minutes each.</p> <p><strong>The BHA continues to oppose any housing that is not necessary to support the Park. We will ask the BBPDC to pause before recommending the modification, in order to review - with the community &ndash; the commitments made in 2005, the financial needs of the Park and the changed economic and school realities.</strong></p> <p>In the event that the BBPDC Board votes to adopt, the modification would go to the ESDC Board on Thursday, 6/25 at 9:30 am. That meeting will also provide an opportunity for public comment according to the same time limits as above.</p> <p>Web casting of the meeting is available at <a href="http://www.esd.ny.gov/webcasts">http://www.esd.ny.gov/webcasts</a>.</p> <p>If you plan to attend,&nbsp;building procedures require an&nbsp;RSVP by noon on Monday, June 22, 2015. <br /> RSVP line for press (800) 260-7313; <strong>RSVP line for public (212) 803-3818</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/f5e8bb0a2905ade385004c31538043b3/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA TESTIMONY RE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>Statement by the Brooklyn Heights Association In The Matter of the Disposition of 280 Cadman Plaza West (Brooklyn Heights Public Library), for Acquisition by Cadman Associates LLC </strong></p> <p><strong>Public Hearing Before the Land Use Committee of Community Board #2</strong></p> <p><strong>June 17, 2015</strong></p> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association (the BHA) has cautiously supported the Brooklyn Public Library&rsquo;s plan to develop the site of the Brooklyn Branch since its inception. Libraries are critical to the continuing life of New York City, and we believe that government funding of library operations and maintenance is the best public policy. But since New York City no longer provides full funding we do not oppose the plan to redevelop the branch library site. Our support has been conditional, , and our continued support depends on those conditions being met. With the selection of Hudson / Marvel as the developer / design team, and their subsequent presentations, we have been assured that our key conditions have been met:</p> <p>1) The new building will house a new branch library of 21,500 sq ft.<br /> 2) All proceeds from the sale will go to the BPL, which will use them to renovate other branch libraries. <br /> 3) The library will ensure uninterrupted library service &ndash; preferably air-conditioned &ndash; in a convenient location in the neighborhood.<br /> 4) Occupancy of the luxury condominiums will be tied to completion of the off-site affordable housing.</p> <p>In addition, the BHA would like to make public the following conditions, concerns and comments:</p> <p>1) The new building must be an architectural landmark, consistent with its prominent position. It is a gateway to Brooklyn Heights and a bridge between the civic buildings of Cadman Plaza and the residential buildings of the Heights. With the release of renderings showing elegant massing of a very tall but relatively slender building, and the selection of limestone cladding, we feel that Hudson / Marvel are indeed pursuing this important architectural goal. <br /> 2) Sanitation service, parking entrance, and all deliveries to the Library and the condominium must occur on the Cadman Plaza side of the building. Clinton Street is a major, but narrow, artery through Brooklyn Heights and it cannot tolerate additional traffic or standing vehicles without significantly, and negatively, affecting the neighborhood.<br /> 3) We support Hudson / Marvel&rsquo;s decision to include only local, micro-retail in the building. The neighborhood does not need additional chain stores or large retail. We would prefer library or community-based uses and local retail uses for these &ldquo;pop-up&rdquo; spaces.<br /> 4) Given the recent announcement that Saint Ann&rsquo;s School will not purchase the space originally assigned to them, we urge the Brooklyn Public Library to consider negotiating with Hudson for additional space in the building. In the event that the underground space is unsold, we welcome Hudson&rsquo;s plan to excavate less of the site. <br /> 5) Access to the Library&rsquo;s auditorium off-hours for use by local community groups should be required and incorporated into the design. The RFP for the Library design has not yet been issued, and we request that this condition be included.</p> <p>Most importantly, and this is an overarching concern of ours beyond the specifics of this proposal, we urge our elected officials to focus on the consequences of this and other development in and around our neighborhood: we need additional public schools. PS 8, our local K through 5 school, has lost its pre-K classrooms due to overcrowding. It is currently at 140% capacity. There are no clear plans for an additional local primary school within walking distance, and no proposals to provide pre-K. With approximately 400 new apartments online or nearing completion in DUMBO and the Pierhouse the situation will only get worse. We turn to our local officials to address this crisis. We call on you to ensure that approval of additional housing in our school zone be accompanied by the construction of new schools to match the increased demand that these buildings will create.</p> <p>The BPL's presentation to the Community Board is <a href="http://280cadman.com">here</a>. The complete application as certified by the NYC&nbsp;City Planning Department can be read <a href="http://280cadman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/EAS-RevisedFinal2015-06-17-2.pdf">here.</a></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/d9b9a504544ba8ac34061c0bd7535476/ Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 DECISION REACHED ON THE LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY SAVE THE VIEW NOW VS. BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CORP ET AL REGARDING THE PIERHOUSE: Judge denies STVN's request for a preliminary injunction. BHA disagrees with the court's conclusion that agreements made in 2005 were not legally relevant. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>BHA Statement On Pierhouse Decision</strong></span></u></p> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association has publicly supported Save the View Now as it has attempted to enforce commitments made to our community in 2005 and 2006 during the environmental review process for the Brooklyn Bridge Park&mdash;commitments that we worked hard with others to procure. We are thus disappointed by Friday&rsquo;s interim <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/150612_DecisiononPIMotion-2(1).pdf">decision </a>that denied STVN&rsquo;s request for a preliminary injunction.</p> <p>Although the Judge found that even to a casual passerby it is clear that these buildings &ldquo;are simply too large&rdquo; and that the decision to build them &ldquo;may have been shortsighted&rdquo;, he was not persuaded that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (the &ldquo;BBPC&rdquo;) has acted illegally.</p> <p>We disagree with the court&rsquo;s conclusion that the agreements made in 2005 were not legally relevant and take issue with other aspects of the court&rsquo;s decision. Legalities aside, the BBPC certainly violated the commitments it made to our community in 2005 to limit the heights of the Pierhouse buildings, to measure those heights from the ground, and to include any mechanical structures within the maximum heights agreed to; we have not seen a single statement from any individual involved in reaching those agreements challenging any of these understandings. We also know that common sense alone dictates that if the height of a building is capped to protect a view, you cannot place 30 feet of mechanical equipment on top without blocking the view that was to be protected. As confirmed in Friday&rsquo;s decision, &ldquo;protection of views&rdquo; was one of the three basic principles governing this project from its earliest days.</p> <p>Whatever limited information was given to the Community Advisory Council (&ldquo;CAC&rdquo;), the BBPC never clearly disclosed that the plans reviewed and adopted in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the SEQRA Findings and the Modified General Project Plan had been significantly altered and that views that we all thought were to be protected would disappear.</p> <p>We salute STVN for all of its efforts to date.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/150612_DecisiononPIMotion-2.pdf">here </a>to read NYS Supreme Court Judge Lawrence Knipel's decision. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Posted 6/14/15</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/77751399a5dfd4a6cc897ecaa7df0182/ Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BQE CANTILEVER MAINTENANCE WORK ON SOUTHBOUND LANES <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation Division of Bridges is continuing repairs on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (278I) from Cadman Plaza to Atlantic Avenue, including removing loose concrete, installing under deck shielding, repairing concrete curbs, and repointing loose panels.</p> <p>Early morning Staten Island&ndash;bound lane closures will be in effect on Tuesdays and Thursdays&nbsp;through August 27. One lane will close at 12:01 a.m., and a second lane will close at 1:00 a.m. Both lanes will reopen at 5:00 a.m. the following morning. At least one lane will remain open to traffic at all times.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/f966064eb8fa1af244f07e000b097791/ Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400