The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion 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=",20140001.pdf">here </a>to read our letter detailing the BHA&rsquo;s comments on the Pier 6 design proposals.</p> </body> </html> STATEMENT ON THE DESIGN PROPOSALS FOR PIER 6/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH ACT - A BILL SPONSORED BY NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER JOANNE SIMON AND NYS SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON: This bill would provide for a greater community voice and a thorough health care assessment in proposed hospital closures. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY NYS SQUADRON AND NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER SIMON SEEKS TO REFORM THE&nbsp;CURRENT&nbsp; SYSTEM FOR CLOSING HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK</u></p> <p>On Tuesday, December 16th, at 11 a.m. City Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Squadron and State Assembly Member Simon will announce the LICH Act.</p> <p>The Squadron-Simon proposal (which is based on a&nbsp;previous proposal by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer) would allow the Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH) to only approve a hospital closure application if the needs of the community and&nbsp;affected stakeholders, including access to emergency medical care, can be adequately met.</p> <p>Under the proposal, the Commissioner would not be allowed to close a hospital without a significant and thorough community input process dictated by a statutorily imposed timeline.&nbsp;Current law only requires a community forum to be held after a hospital has already been closed. In addition, current law does not require the Commissioner to consider the healthcare needs of the community, including emergency medical care or transitional care, as part of the Commissioner&rsquo;s decision to approve a hospital closure.</p> <p>Within 30 days of an application for closure&nbsp;of a general hospital, this legislation&nbsp;would require the Commissioner of the State Department of Health to explain in a report :</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.</strong></span>&nbsp;The anticipated impact of closure on the surrounding community&rsquo;s access to care, including the uninsured and underserved.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>What measures DOH and others have taken or plan to take to lessen any negative impacts.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Why the State cannot assume financial responsibility for the hospital or identify an alternate operator.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot;</strong></span> Hold a community forum within six weeks of application, giving community members and local elected officials the chance to raise questions, voice concerns, and offer alternatives.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot; </strong></span>Respond to community input by:</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Answering, in summary, comments received from community members and local elected officials.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Explaining why significant alternatives were or were not incorporated into a final closure plan.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.</strong></span>&nbsp;Identifying any changes to the plan resulting from community concerns or suggestions.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Only approve the application if needs of the community and impacted stakeholders, including access to emergency medical care, can be adequately met.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot;</strong></span> Explain options for transitional medical services to impacted communities, including arrangements for continuity of care.</p> <p>Posted 12/15/14</p> </body> </html> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 NYC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ISSUES FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS, URGING RESIDENTS TO HELP CLEAN CATCH BASINS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>NYC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ISSUES FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS, URGING RESIDENTS TO HELP CLEAN CATCH BASINS </u></strong></p> <p>Below is a message received&nbsp;today, December 8, &nbsp;from Community Board 2 in anticipation of flash flooding predictions by the NYC DEP:</p> <p>&quot;Due to the forecasted rain for Monday night through Tuesday night, DEP has activated its Flash Flood Emergency Plan. All chronic flooding locations will be pre-inspected. Weather conditions will continue to be monitored and staffing will be augmented as needed</p> <p>&quot;We would like to urge homeowners, merchants and commercial property managers to keep catch basin grates clear debris in order to maintain proper drainage. &quot;Please report any flooding conditions to 311 by calling or visiting;</p> <p>Clearing leaves from the corner sewer grates will help to prevent basement flooding.</p> <p>&nbsp;Click <a href="">here</a> for the&nbsp;DEP article on causes of flooding.</p> </body> </html> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS OPEN IN COBBLE HILL AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE - NON-CRITICAL AMBULANCES RETURN <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS OPEN IN COBBLE HILL&nbsp;AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE - NON-CRITICAL AMBULANCES RETURN</u></p> <p><strong><u>Update</u></strong>:&nbsp;Today, &nbsp;December 5,&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Basic Life Support&quot; ambulance service resumed at the NYU Langone - Cobble Hill Emergency Room (which is located in the former LICH ER site), and is described <a href="">here</a> by Brooklyn Eagle reporter Mary Frost.</p> <p>Below is a Press Release from 10/31/14 announcing the opening of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Cobble Hill Emergency Department : <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>NYU Langone announced today that it opened NYU Langone-Cobble Hill, a free-standing emergency department (ED) at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn that is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to serve as a major emergency services provider in southwest Brooklyn and are committed to delivering the highest quality of care to the residents of Cobble Hill,&rdquo; said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center.</p> <p>The renovated interim location is staffed by an experienced, interdisciplinary team of more than 100 skilled clinicians and support personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also features high-definition telemedicine capabilities, enabling NYU Langone&rsquo;s Manhattan-based experts in orthopaedics, cardiology, and plastic surgery to consult on cases and further extend the highest quality specialty care to the residents and workers in the neighboring Brooklyn communities.</p> <p>NYU Langone-Cobble Hill will have the full capabilities to care for acutely-ill patients, but if admission to a hospital is required, two ambulances are available to transfer patients to NYU Langone in Manhattan, or to one of several Brooklyn-based hospitals, such as Lutheran Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, or Brooklyn Hospital Center.</p> <p>In the future, NYU Langone also plans to bring a wide range of ambulatory services to the neighboring communities with the construction of a new medical facility. This world-class, NYU Langone-owned facility, expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018, will comprise four stories and approximately 125,000 square feet of space. Once fully operational, it will provide competitive jobs for the community, with an expected need for more than 400 staff and 70 doctors. In addition to a permanent, free-standing emergency department (NYU Langone-Cobble Hill), the facility will include:</p> <p>&bull; Outpatient ambulatory operating rooms and office-based surgical suite;<br /> &bull; Multi-specialty practices covering a broad spectrum of primary and specialty care services;<br /> &bull; Full-service satellite of NYU Langone&rsquo;s Perlmutter Cancer Center, including an infusion center and a clinical pharmacy;<br /> &bull; On-site clinical laboratory and pathology team; and<br /> &bull; Medical imaging with a range of radiology modalities.</p> <p>For additional information regarding services provided at NYU Langone, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Post updated 12/5/14</p> </body> </html> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 MONTAGUE STREET HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT - THIS WEEKEND! Celebrate the holidays on Montague Street on December 5th and 6th. There'll be caroling by the Grace Chorale, Chamber Music, Photos With Santa, Store Discounts and more! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>MONTAGUE STREET HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT - THIS WEEKEND! </strong></u></p> <p><span style="font-size: large">Come join&nbsp;your neighbors on December 5th and 6th in a celebration of&nbsp; the winter holiday season on Montague Street. There'll be caroling by the Grace Chorale, Chamber Music, Photos With Santa, Discounts&nbsp;and more! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large">Be sure to vote for the winning photo submission in Montague Street's&nbsp; Photo Contest. The finalists will be on display for a public vote at Custom House, 137 Montague Street on Saturday from 1-7&nbsp;pm. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large">Please click </span><a href=""><span style="font-size: large">here</span></a><span style="font-size: large"> for the Montague Street Business Improvement District's complete listing of the shopping &amp; dining promotions and free events.&nbsp;<br /> </span>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 LOTS OF PIES ARE NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER SERVING OVER 200 SENIOR CITIZENS ON NOVEMBER 27, 2014! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>PIES ARE NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER SERVING SENIOR CITIZENS!</strong></u></p> <p>In an annual tradition that has continued for over 42 years, the Heights and Hills communities come together every year to prepare a Thanksgiving luncheon for older adults, and the wider community is called upon to bake lots of pies. The dinner is held in Grace Church Guild Hall, 254 Hicks Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.&nbsp;The Cobble Hill Health Center cooks the turkeys and fixings. 84th Precinct officers help transport the food to the church. Many hard working volunteers lend a hand that morning and/or donate baked goods to complete the meal.</p> <p><u>Please see below for details on volunteering to help at the Church and/or for the <strong>pie delivery information</strong>:</u>&nbsp;</p> <p>Many pies are needed so that each guest can take home a freshly baked pie. If you can contribute:&nbsp; Please bring the pie(s) on Wednesday afternoon before 4 PM&nbsp;or Thursday morning from 8:30-10:30 AM to Grace Church, which is located at 254 Hicks Street, between Joralemon and Remsen Streets. Ring the bell, if the entry doors are locked.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the pie baking, volunteers are needed at the luncheon to serve &amp; chat with the guests, help hand-deliver meals to those too frail to attend the luncheon and to clean up afterwards.&nbsp;<strong> </strong>Depending on the task, volunteers report for duty on Thursday, between 10 AM and 3 PM.</p> <p><strong>To sign up or get more information, please call Heights and Hills at (718)596-8789 or email them at On Thanksgiving Day, call (718) 625-8229.</strong></p> <p>Thank you to all who volunteer!</p> </body> </html> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 BHA POSITION ON 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 POSITION&nbsp; 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 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.&nbsp; We&nbsp; communicated the Board's position to the BBPC and&nbsp; requested that its leadership and the Pierhouse developers take any steps possible to mitigate the Pierhouse development's visual obstruction of the Bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Park Corp President Regina Myer responded on Nov 7. Her letter is posted <a href="">here</a>. Click <a href=",20140001(1).pdf">here</a> to read the BHA reply.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted&nbsp; 9/23/14, updated 11/21/14<br /> </span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 P.S. 8 PTA HELD A PUBLIC MEETING TO ADDRESS OVERCROWDING ISSUES OF LOWER SCHOOL: All are urged to sign their petitions. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>P.S. 8 IS SO POPULAR AS TO BE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS! THE SCHOOL IS OVER CAPACITY NOW AND GROWING!</p> <p>At a crowded meeting on Thursday night, November 20, parents listened as&nbsp; PS 8's PTA Co-Presidents, Kim Glickman and Ansley Samson &nbsp;presented&nbsp;a series of slides to discuss a ten year history of the school's growth and popularity.&nbsp;Parental concerns about&nbsp;overcrowding at PS8 were clearly expressed and, together with the elected officials, everybody is leaning on&nbsp;the Department of Education to find a solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>The PTA&nbsp;has compiled some&nbsp;compelling statistics on student enrollment issues&nbsp;based on current and future residential development in our zone. Click <a href="">here </a>to read their complete presentation.&nbsp;All are urged to <a href="">sign the petitions</a>.</p> <p>The PTA hopes&nbsp;that the outcome of this meeting will give our &nbsp;elected officials the support needed&nbsp;to&nbsp;push for short and long term solutions to this problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is an excerpt of the PTA's report on current trends:</p> <p>&bull;According to the DOE&rsquo;s most recent official assessment (based on our student population last year), we were at 142% of our capacity (among the top 10% most-crowded schools in NYC in 2013-14).</p> <p>&bull;The last 3 years have seen us bring in 6 kindergarten classes (about 140 students, the overwhelming majority being in-zone students) while only 3-4 fifth grade classes have left; we&rsquo;ve lost all of our pre-K and some specialty classrooms to make room for more students, and had classrooms in several grades with 28-31 students. This pattern of growth is unsustainable: we do not have enough classrooms to support this many students.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: large">.</span></strong> Next year there may not be enough Kindergarten seats&nbsp;at PS 8&nbsp;to admit all zoned 5 year olds. Parents were advised to consider other alternatives.</p> <p>&bull;Additional housing already approved and under construction in our zone will likely exacerbate our overcrowding even beyond what we are seeing now, based on the School Construction Authority&rsquo;s formula for calculating the elementary school needs of new residential housing.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are persuaded, please sign the petitions <a href="">here</a>.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 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=""><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=""><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> Thu, 30 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="">here</a> for the Blog&nbsp;post, dated 10/16/14.</p> </body> </html> 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="">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> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400