The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion IN FOCUS - SUPPORT THE BILLS THAT WOULD BAN SIGHTSEEING HELICOPTERS: TESTIFY ON NOV. 12 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>After years of complaints by city residents and persistent advocacy by a coalition of groups, including the BHA, two bills are being considered by the City Council on November 12 that would&nbsp;ban sightseeing helicopter flights from using City-owned property. In 2010, all such helicopter flights were moved to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH), which imposes significant and growing levels of noise and pollution on Brooklyn Heights and other communities along NY Harbor.</p> <p>The legislation would not affect essential helicopter flights operated by police, fire and other emergency services. These flights would continue. The only operations that would be banned are the flights of short duration for the benefit of tourists.</p> <p>The City Council&rsquo;s Committee on Environmental Protection will hold a hearing, to which the public is invited to attend and testify, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm in City Hall Chambers. A rally on the steps of City Hall will precede the hearing at 12 noon. Due to security at City Hall, please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to clear the security screening.</p> <p>We urge all concerned Heights&rsquo; residents to attend the November 12 public hearing and rally in favor of two pending bills:<br /> &bull; Intro. 859-2015 would prohibit the operation of Stage 1 and Stage 2 sightseeing helicopters, which constitute the noisiest and most polluting helicopters in use.<br /> &bull; Intro. 858-2015 would prohibit the operation of Stage 3 sightseeing helicopters, which would be subject to approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.</p> <p>For these bills to be enacted, the committee will have to approve the legislation before they can go to the full Council for a vote. The Stage 3 bill (Intro. 858-2015) would have to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.&nbsp;The New Jersey State Assembly is considering similar legislation that would similarly ban tourist helicopters from using heliports and airports in New Jersey, which would prevent their operation from continuing from a nearby location.</p> <p>City Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Helen Rosenthal and Margaret Chin have introduced the two bills. Brooklyn Heights&rsquo; Councilmember Stephen Levin, who is also a member of the committee, is among the co-sponsors.</p> <p>All sightseeing helicopter flights were moved to the DMH after two other heliports operated by the City of New York were closed to tourist helicopters: East 34th Street in 1997 and West 30th Street in 2010, the latter of which closed down completely. The DMH is located at Manhattan&rsquo;s Pier 6 on the East River, just north of the Governors Island Ferry Terminal and directly across from the Promenade. It is owned by the City and managed by the NYC Economic Development Corporation and is used by several helicopter companies.</p> <p>The number of helicopter flights has zoomed upwards because of this consolidation of operations and the popularity of tourist flights, which account for up to 300 flights per day &ndash; or one every two minutes at peak periods&ndash; during the busiest days of the year. Annually, these sightseeing flights have increased 600% since 2002 to 60,000 flight operations per year.</p> <p>&nbsp;While Brooklyn Heights experiences the noise and pollution from these flights, it is by no means alone. The problem similarly affects residents of Red Hook, Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, as well as Battery Park City, Staten Island and communities along the Hudson River.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>For&nbsp;background on the BHA&rsquo;s advocacy over the years on eliminating these non-essential helicopter flights, click <a href="">HERE</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> FOCUS/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 The BHA is sponsoring Cocktails and Conversation: An Evening to Honor NYC's First Historic District on Monday, November 23rd in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and of the NYC Landmarks Law. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA is sponsoring <strong>Cocktails and Conversation</strong>: <strong>An Evening to Honor NYC's First Historic District </strong>on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Brooklyn Historical Society&nbsp;in celebration of the&nbsp;50th anniversary of the designation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and of the NYC Landmarks Law.</p> <p>This fun-filled, enchanting event will feature cocktails in the elegant Othmer Library followed by an evening of conversation between architectural historian Francis Marrone and Anthony C. Wood, the founder of the New York Preservation Archive Project (NYPAP).&nbsp; A special display of artifacts related to the creation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District will be on display outside the library.</p> <p>Tickets for the event can be purchased <a href="">HERE</a>.&nbsp; BHA members receive the $80 discounted price&nbsp;by entering &quot;BHA20&quot; as the promotional code.</p> <p>In conjunction with the event, the BHA and the Brooklyn Historical Society have reprinted Clay&nbsp;Lancaster's book, <u>Old Brooklyn Heights: New York's First Suburb</u>,&nbsp;first published in 1961.&nbsp; The book surveys the architectural&nbsp;styles of&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights' oldest&nbsp;houses with descriptions of 619 of its buildings. Copies of the&nbsp;book will be available for sale at the event.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500 SLOW ZONE COMING TO BROOKLYN HEIGHTS IN LATE SEPTEMBER The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced it will begin implementing the Slow Zone in Brooklyn Heights this month. The speed limit on all streets will be lowered to 20 mph and 21 speed bumps installed starting in late September <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that it will begin implementing a Neighborhood Slow Zone Project in Brooklyn Heights this month. The speed limit on all streets in the zone, which encompasses the entire neighborhood,&nbsp;will be lowered to 20 mph. As a part of the project, DOT will begin installing 21 speed bumps throughout the neighborhood in late September. They rise gradually at each location and are designed to encourage drivers to slow down.&nbsp;</p> <p>The speed bumps are entirely within the travel lane and do not extend into the&nbsp;parking lane.&nbsp; A DOT spokesperson indicated the street will be blocked during a portion of the day when the bump is being installed.&nbsp; However, DOT has not yet released a schedule that includes information on when to anticipate specific street closings.&nbsp;The BHA has requested this&nbsp;information, and if it becomes available,&nbsp;this posting will be updated.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The project will also include 9 sets of signs and markings at the entrances to the Slow Zone, an upgrade of existing roadway markings, and high-visibility crosswalks.</p> <p>For a map of the speed bump locations, click <a href=" Heights Slow Zone WHH v01.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>The Slow Zone Program has been used successfully throughout the city, reducing injuries to both pedestrians and motorists. DOT awarded Brooklyn Heights the Slow Zone on a competitive basis earlier this year, following the BHA&rsquo;s submission of an application last year.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 IS BROOKLYN HEIGHTS GOING TO THE DOGS... SHOW? Not yet! But the Sixth Annual BHA Dog Show will be taking place on Saturday, October 3 at Cadman Plaza Park at 2 pm. Come one, come all for a frolicking good time! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>SIXTH ANNUAL BHA DOG SHOW!</u></strong></p> <p>Canine Fun! Raffle! Prizes! Take off your leash and come to <strong>Cadman Plaza Park on Saturday, October 3</strong> to have some tail wagging fun at the Brooklyn Heights Association's Annual Dog Show! Enter your favorite pooch or just come to enjoy this zany event, and maybe even win a raffle prize!</p> <p><strong>Advanced registration is required for all dogs entering the show.</strong> <strong>Show time is 2 pm! Please sign-in between 1:00 and 1:45 pm to receive your dog's badge number.</strong></p> <p><strong>Categories include: </strong>Waggiest Tail, Canine Couture, Fang-Tastic Features, Trick for Treat,Cutest Toy Sized Dog, Best Fun Sized Dog, and Greatest Super&nbsp;Sized Dog. Doggie treat bags for first place winners in each category are courtesy of <a href="">Rocco and Jezebel for Pets</a>.</p> <p>Click&nbsp;<a href="">HERE</a> to register your dog AND to buy raffle tickets. BHA members will receive a free raffle ticket.</p> <p>Present at the show to promote their pet services will be:&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights&nbsp;Veterinary Hospital, DogBoy, Inc., Little Dipper Pet Care, Wag Club, Woofs &amp;&nbsp;Wags, and Zango Dog Walking.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Agility training by </strong><a href=""><strong>Dogboy, Inc</strong></a><strong>. provided from 1-1:45 pm!&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>Spectators choose the Best in Show Winner.</strong> The show's MCs are <strong>Shelly Colman </strong>and <strong>Dean Masello </strong>- beloved duo from Brooklyn Heights Comedy Nights at Vineapple!</p> <p>Great raffle prizes&nbsp;include gifts from&nbsp;<a href="">Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Hospital</a>, <a href="">Brooklyn Roasting Company</a>, <a href="">Chocolate Works</a>, <a href="">City Chemist</a>, <a href="">Dog Boy, Inc.</a>, <a href="">Gallito's Kitchen</a>, <a href="">Juliana's Pizza</a>, <a href="">Le Pain Quotidien</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Little Dipper Pet Care</a>, <a href="">Salon Van Sickel </a>, <a href="">Wag Club</a>, <a href="">Woofs &amp; Wags</a>, <a href="">Xtend Barre</a> and <a href="">Zango Pet Care.</a>&nbsp; And more to come!</p> </body> </html> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 HELICOPTER NOISE POLLUTION: Tourist helicopters operating at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport remain a major nuisance to our quality of life in Brooklyn Heights. Relief could come with new legislation being proposed by NYC Council Members to regulate the tourist helicopter industry. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>HELICOPTER NOISE POLLUTION: RELIEF COULD COME WITH NEW LEGISLATION BEING PROPOSED BY MEMBERS OF THE NYC COUNCIL&nbsp;TO REGULATE THE TOURIST HELICOPTER INDUSTRY</u></p> <p>Background Information: The <a href="">Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH)</a> at Pier 6 in the East River&nbsp;is owned by the NYC Economic Development Corporation. It is the&nbsp;only heliport in NYC that serves tourist helicopters. This translates to more than 100 take offs and landings per day. The noise of that activity is inescapable for all who live or work within earshot of the East River. It&nbsp;destroys any peace and quiet for people wishing to enjoy&nbsp;the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or&nbsp; Brooklyn Bridge Park.</p> <p>Brooklyn Heights is not alone in experiencing the negative impacts of&nbsp; helicopter traffic.&nbsp; This is a city-wide problem, affecting residents and their elected officials from Red Hook, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, in Brooklyn, as well as Battery Park City, up and down the Hudson River, Staten Island and over to New Jersey.</p> <p>This summer, July 2015, New York City Council Members Carlos Menchaca (Brooklyn), Helen Rosenthal (Upper West Side) and Margaret Chin (Lower Manhattan, Governors Island) introduced two bills which would eliminate sightseeing helicopter tours in Manhattan by banning the types of choppers used by the tour industry. Their press release announcing the legislation is <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA has joined in the grass roots movement&nbsp;that is gathering steam in support of these bills, which should be considered by the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection,&nbsp;chaired by Councilman Costa Constantinides,&nbsp;from Queens. The good news is that our own Councilman Stephen Levin is a member of that committee, and he co-sponsors&nbsp; both bills.&nbsp;However, there is&nbsp;much more advocacy work to be&nbsp;done to ensure that&nbsp;the <a href=";GUID=1BCC7F1F-B28A-4630-B4B3-A6E3559938B6&amp;Options=ID|Text|&amp;Search=helicopter">proposed legislation </a>will be&nbsp;heard <u>and</u>&nbsp;adopted by the City Council.</p> <p>Councilman Constanides needs to hear from all those who are affected&nbsp;by helicopters circling the city.&nbsp;You can help by letting&nbsp;him know that you support banning tour helicopters from NYC.&nbsp; To find out how you can help, please click <a href="">here.</a></p> </body> </html> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS CONTINUES REGARDING THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT. BHA SPEAKS AT THE PUBLIC HEARING HELD BY BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS ON AUGUST 18, 2015 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><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 , August 18, 2015</strong></u></p> <p>Libraries are crucial to all communities; we believe that passionately.&nbsp;A library serves its community best when it is comfortable, efficient, and up-to-date. Features like reliable online access, good lighting and air-conditioning matter to all users. Also important is the distribution of libraries throughout our neighborhoods. That is why the BHA has supported this proposal for the new Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library from the start. Now, as we track the design progress of the new library-- and the affordable housing units associated with it-- we continue to believe that the proposed&nbsp;project deserves our support, and yours.</p> <p>Clearly Manhattan's Donnell Library has cast a long shadow on this proposal. In this case however, the Brooklyn Heights branch project is subject to strict terms outlined in both the original Request for Proposals and a Memorandum of Understanding between the BPL and the EDC. Those requirements include: an interim library; time limits on construction; completion of the affordable housing before issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the condominium; and finally, that all proceeds remain with the BPL and not disappear into the City's general fund.</p> <p>Here are some of the details of the project which we believe are most important:</p> <p>&bull; Community Board 2 has requested that the usable area of the new library equal the usable area of the existing one. We agree. The preliminary plans show this to be the case, but we urge the Library to take advantage of any additional space available. At the same time, it is important to note that square footage is not the only metric by which to evaluate space. We look forward to a well-designed library which will be<br /> open on summer afternoons. We have been assured that the air conditioning system will be tied to the condominium's system and, if it breaks down, the condominium will cover repairs. Precious library maintenance funds will not be used.</p> <p>&bull; The architect / developer team is being responsive to neighborhood concerns:<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>1. A lease will soon be signed with Our Lady of Lebanon for the interim library location, and the developer has selected an architect to design the space.<br /> 2. The design of the building has evolved--and improved--significantly. The developer's commitment to a building of architectural importance is evident, for example, in the selection of materials: limestone cladding for both the library and the condominium tower.<br /> 3. The preliminary plans show that the community will be able to access the auditorium outside library hours, as we had requested. Service and parking entrances will be located on Cadman Plaza West, as the neighbors requested, and not on Clinton Street.<br /> 4. The BPL has held multiple, well-attended, workshops and is preparing an RFP for the interior design of the Library, based on the community feedback.</p> <p>&bull; We note the selection of the same architect for the affordable housing units as for the luxury condominium units: and we appreciate the fact that there's not an A team and a B team.</p> <p>&bull; After the Brooklyn Heights branch has been fully outfitted, the remaining $40 million will be directed to repairs at the Walt Whitman, Pacific Street, and Washington Irving branches. Recently, the BPL announced that the Sunset Park Branch would be added to this list. We are&nbsp;glad&nbsp;that the funds generated by this project will benefit so many library users.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do we relish the prospect of a very, very tall building on Clinton Street? One hundred and thirty-nine new apartments in the neighborhood? The resulting additional burden on our already overcrowded local public school? Of course not. The school issue in particular must be addressed soon.</p> <p>But what do we get in return?<br /> &bull; a state-of-the art library in our neighborhood<br /> &bull; 114 units of well-designed, affordable housing in our district<br /> &bull; additional funds to upgrade at least four Brooklyn libraries</p> <p>The BHA believes that it's worth it. We support this proposal, for the Heights, the district, and Brooklyn, and we urge you to support it too.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a>&nbsp;for details on the project proposal. The complete application as certified by the NYC City Planning Department can be read <a href="">here.</a></p> <p>The BHA posting will be updated when the Borough President releases his opinion.&nbsp; Meanwhile, Brooklyn Eagle reporter Mary Frost's coverage of the August 18 public hearing is <a href="">here</a>.</p> </body> </html> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS IS UNDERWAY FOR BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT. NEXT PUBLIC HEARING IS AUGUST 18 AT BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><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></u></p> <p><strong>Delivered at a 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>We urge all neighbors to attend the Brooklyn Borough President's <a href="">public hearing </a>on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street from 6-8 PM. .</p> <p>The BPL's presentation to the Community Board is <a href="">here</a>. The complete application as certified by the NYC&nbsp;City Planning Department can be read <a href="">here.</a></p> <p><span style="font-size: small">This post has been updated from 6/19/15.</span></p> </body> </html> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 TREESCOUNT! 2015: BHA'S TREE CENSUS GROUP IS FIRST TO REACH 100% COMPLETION, SURVEYING 1245 TREES IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BHA'S GROUP IS FIRST TO REACH 100% COMPLETION, AFTER SURVEYING 1245&nbsp;TREES IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS </strong></u></p> <p>We wish to thank all 45 volunteers who helped the Brooklyn Heights Association Group with the NYC Trees Count 2015! street tree census in Brooklyn Heights! Thanks to this volunteer effort, the BHA Group's census tract was the first in the city to reach 100% completion. What this means is that a total of 1245 trees&nbsp;have been&nbsp;assessed for the health of their roots, trunks, branches and quality of tree pits. The information gathered will serve to help the Parks Department (and the BHA) to do a better job caring for our neighborhood's street trees.</p> <p>TreesCount! 2015&nbsp;is continuing throughout NYC, and the Parks Department still needs help because all of NYC&rsquo;s street trees must be surveyed to bring the agency database up to date. We encourage all who read this to visit <a href="">TreesCount! 2015 </a>and get involved. No experience is necessary, training is included.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: #c03403"><span style="font-size: medium">Tree Care Tips</span></strong>: Trees die without enough water! Rain is not enough during the hot months of summer. This is especially true for young trees. So, if there is a tree near your home that does not show signs of a good steward taking care of it, we encourage you to consider adopting the tree by following the simple stewardship practices as recommended by the NYC Parks Department and found <a href="">here</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 NYU LANGONE COBBLE HILL FREE STANDING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR WALK-IN VISITS AND AMBULANCES <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYU LANGONE COBBLE HILL&rsquo;S FREE STANDING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT</u></p> <p>The NYU Cobble Hill Langone Emergency Room is located at 87 Amity Street, where the former LICH Emergency Room was.&nbsp; As a public service&nbsp;we are posting&nbsp;information and a short video provided to us by the NYU Langone Government Affairs Office.&nbsp; The video outlines the services and capabilities of the NYU Cobble Hill Emergency Department <a href=" ">here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA posed a&nbsp;follow-up question about where treated patients at the ER who require hospital admission are being transferred, and we received the&nbsp;following response from NYU Langone&rsquo;s Government Affairs Officer:</p> <p>&ldquo;When a patient needs further inpatient care after being treated at Cobble Hill, we can coordinate with the surrounding neighborhood hospitals in Brooklyn for that purpose. The decision involves the patient and if they have one, their private physician as well. If they request to be sent to a particular Brooklyn institution, then we arrange that. We have already had many patients (100+) receive ongoing inpatient care from their own doctors at local hospitals like Methodist, Brooklyn, Maimonides, and Downstate. We also have sent patients to New York Presbyterian and Mount Sinai if they so request so they can receive coordinated care. We try to keep ongoing doctor-patient relationships intact. However, if a patient has no preference or if they do not have a physician, we have pre-set arrangements with NYU Langone and NYU Lutheran to provide a range of services. For example, we choose NYU Langone for their excellent stroke care, and NYU Lutheran for their expertise in trauma.</p> <p>FDNY EMS has their own protocols that they follow. In the case of major trauma, if it is a matter of only a few minutes transport, they may well choose the trauma center. Although Cobble Hill has the capability to treat and stabilize patients with extreme conditions just in case, major trauma patients often require admission and they will go to a trauma center for that.</p> <p>Every patient we see at Cobble Hill, including those who are transferred, receive a follow up phone call and survey and I&rsquo;m happy to report our patient satisfaction results are in the 95th percentile of all Emergency Departments In the country. We will continue to monitor this trend to ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality health care delivery.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 13 Aug 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> 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="">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=""><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 <a href=" Modification Process Steps0001.pdf">public review process </a>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> <p>Background info: Click <a href="">here</a> for the Stipulation and Order of Settlement, signed by NYS Justice Knipel on May 27, 2015.</p> </body> </html> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400