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 Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors - Symposium at MCNY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><u><strong><a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/inside-four-seasons-and-other-new-yorks-landmarks">Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors</a></strong></u></span></p> <p><strong>Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of NY, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St. </strong></p> <p>The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York will take us behind the scenes of some of the City&rsquo;s most interesting spaces:&nbsp; With Judith Gura (New York School of Interior Design), Kate Wood (LANDMARK WEST!), and Larry Lederman (Photographer). <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The MCNY graciously offers our members a discounted ticket price of $10 (regularly $16) using the code <strong>SAVE50</strong>. Please click <a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/inside-four-seasons-and-other-new-yorks-landmarks">HERE</a> to purchase tickets.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/349/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 DIANE RAVITCH SPEAKS AT BROOKLYN HEIGHTS LIBRARY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>Friends of Brooklyn Heights Branch Library&rsquo;s Annual Benefit. </u></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Literary Brooklyn Benefit will be Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm and will be honoring Diane Ravitch, a research professor and historian of education, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, and author of <em>Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America&rsquo;s Public Schools.</em></p> <p>Ms. Ravitch will be speaking, and a cocktail reception will follow where books will be available for purchase and autographing.</p> <p>This evening will raise funds for children&rsquo;s programming and services at the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library.&nbsp; Click <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/FBHBL-October-Save-the-Date.pdf">here</a> for the flyer. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/346/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 INVENTING PRESERVATION - Symposium at MCNY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><span style="font-size: larger"><u><strong><a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/inventing-preservation">Inventing Preservation </a></strong></u></span></p> <p><strong>Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 pm at The Museum of the City of NY, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St.</strong></p> <p>Join us to recount the triumphs, failures, and tactics of these early preservationists, and discuss what they might teach us moving forward:&nbsp;&nbsp; With Michael Miscione (Manhattan Borough Historian), Anthony Wood (New York Preservation Archive Project), Amy Freitag (JM Kaplan Fund), and Seri Worden (National Trust for Historic Preservation).</p> <p>The MCNY graciously offers our members a discounted ticket price of $10 (regularly $16) using the code <strong>SAVE50</strong>. Please click <a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/inventing-preservation">HERE </a>to purchase tickets. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/348/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 FIREWORKS DISPLAY VISIBLE FROM PROMENADE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>FIREWORKS DISPLAY VISIBLE FROM PROMENADE</p> <p>At Manhattan's Pier 16 in the East River, there will be a fireworks display sponsored by the Association of Indians in America, starting at 7:00 pm.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/351/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA SOCIAL! HAPPY HOUR & SHOPPING PARTY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BHA SOCIAL! HAPPY HOUR &amp; SHOPPING PARTY</strong></u></p> <p><strong>DATE</strong>: Monday, September 21, 2015&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TIME</strong>: 6:30-8:30PM</p> <p><strong>PLACE</strong>: Brooklyn Women's Exchange, &nbsp;55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY</p> <p><strong>HOW MUCH</strong>: FREE!</p> <p><strong>Please RSVP</strong> with the exact number in your party to <a href="mailto:info@thebha.org?subject=BHA%20Social!%20Monday%2C%20September%2021">info@BHA.org</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://brooklyn-womens-exchange.org/">BROOKLYN WOMEN'S EXCHANGE</a></strong></p> <p><strong>ABOUT</strong>:&nbsp;Located in the heart of the beautiful historic neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Women's Exchange sells unique knits, greeting cards, children's clothes, toys, christening gowns, and gifts lovingly handcrafted by local artisans. Of every dollar spent on a handcrafted item, 70 cents goes directly to the crafter.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">*Celebrating 160 years of supporting independent artisans.* <br /> </span></strong></p> <p>HISTORY AND MISSION:&nbsp; The Brooklyn Women&rsquo;s Exchange was founded in 1854, during a particularly volatile time in American economic history. Many women in Brooklyn found themselves in need of income but with no means of support. Following the lead of church ministers who were training indigent women in the craft of needlework, a group of concerned local women began the Brooklyn Female Employment Society providing a discreet enterprise, or &ldquo;exchange,&rdquo; through which women could sell their needlework and handcrafts. As the organization evolved into the Brooklyn Women&rsquo;s Exchange, a small sewing school and storefront enabled women to care for their families and earn income without having to work in a factory or other dangerous environment.</p> <p>In addition to selling their wares, the women of the Exchange made &ldquo;warm garments&rdquo; for soldiers in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. During the Civil War, the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the Abolitionist preacher of Plymouth Church, bought &ldquo;coarse garments&rdquo; from the Exchange to be distributed to the poor.</p> <p>Today, the Brooklyn Women&rsquo;s Exchange stands at the forefront of the American crafts movement, representing hundreds of craftspeople from Brooklyn and across the country.</p> <p>The Brooklyn Women's Exchange is a member of the National Federation of Women's Exchanges.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/344/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA SOCIAL! PHOTOVILLE TOUR <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>BHA SOCIAL!&nbsp; <a href="http://www.photoville.com/">PHOTOVILLE TOUR</a></strong></u></p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 6:15-7:00PM<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WHERE:</strong> PHOTOVILLE<br /> BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK, PIER 5 OFF FURMAN ST.</p> <p><strong>HOW MUCH</strong>: FREE!</p> <p><strong>RSVP</strong>: Please RSVP with the exact number in your party to <a href="mailto:info@thebha.org?subject=BHA%20SOCIAL!%20PHOTOVILLE%20TOUR">info@theBHA.org.</a></p> <p><strong>PHOTOVILLE</strong>: New York City&rsquo;s FREE premier photo destination produced by United Photo Industries &ndash; is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers.</p> <p>By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience &ndash; a veritable cross-section of the world photographic community.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/352/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 FIREWORKS DISPLAY VISIBLE FROM PROMENADE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>FIREWORKS DISPLAY VISIBLE FROM PROMENADE</p> <p>At Manhattan's Pier 16, in the East River, there will be a fireworks extravaganza sponsored by Kamal-Daga Indo American Festival. The show starts at 7:30 pm.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/350/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICE - COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH CANDLE-LIGHT SERVICE ON THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>9/11 MEMORIAL:&nbsp; COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH CANDLE-LIGHT SERVICE ON THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE </u></p> <p><strong>THURSDAY EVENING </strong><br /> <strong>September 10, 2015<br /> 7:30-8:00pm </strong>on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade near the Montague Street Entrance</p> <p>This&nbsp;will be a&nbsp;brief, community-wide, interfaith, candle-light memorial service sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association.</p> <p>This annual 9/11 Interfaith Prayer Service, sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Clergy Association, is being held on Thursday, September 10 (to accommodate Jewish communities who cannot attend on Friday evening after sunset).<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/345/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 PRESERVATION IN GLOBAL CITIES - Symposium AT MCNY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong><a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/preservation-global-cities-new-york-mexico-city-paris-shanghai">Preservation in Global Cities </a>-</strong></u>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of Ney York,&nbsp;&nbsp;1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.</strong></p> <p>Join an international panel of architects, planners, and academics to explore the contrasting approaches and strategies of preservation faced by global cities in Europe, Asia, and America:&nbsp; With Calvin Tsao (Tsao &amp; McKown), Lisa Ackerman (World Monuments Fund), Jorge Otero-Pailos (Columbia University and Future Anterior Journal), and Budd Mishkin (NY1 News).</p> <p>The MCNY graciously offers our members a discounted ticket price of&nbsp;$10 (regularly $16) using the code SAVE50.&nbsp; Please click <a href="http://www.mcny.org/event/preservation-global-cities-new-york-mexico-city-paris-shanghai">HERE</a> to purchase tickets.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/events/347/ Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 BHA Joins with 16 Other Organizations to Oppose Unnecessary Pier 6 Housing - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong>The BHA joined with 16 other organizations and Public Advocate Letitia James today in submitting joint testimony to Empire State Development (ESD) in opposition to the proposed modification of the Brooklyn Bridge Park General Project Plan</strong>, following the end of the&nbsp;30-day comment period. The modification would permit the construction of two tall towers, including a 315-foot building on Pier 6 without regard to their financial necessity to the Park. In the view of the BHA and the other organizations, the State&rsquo;s commitment to build &ldquo;only what is necessary to support annual maintenance and operations&rdquo; of the park would be breached by the modification.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Joining the BHA in today&rsquo;s action were these organizations:</p> <p>&bull; Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association<br /> &bull; Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund<br /> &bull; Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association<br /> &bull; Cobble Hill Association<br /> &bull; DUMBO Neighborhood Association<br /> &bull; Ft. Greene Association<br /> &bull; Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus<br /> &bull; Fulton Ferry Landing Association<br /> &bull; NYC Park Advocates<br /> &bull; Park Slope Civic Council<br /> &bull; People for Green Space Foundation<br /> &bull; Park Slope Neighbors<br /> &bull; Project for Public Spaces<br /> &bull; NYC Sierra Club<br /> &bull; Vinegar Hill Association<br /> &bull; Willowtown Association</p> <p>Our joint testimony can be viewed <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/ESDC_TestimonyBBP_MGPP Umbrella Letter.pdf">here</a> and the BHA&rsquo;s own comments <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/BHA Pier 6 statement 8_30 FINAL 11_30 formatted.pdf">here</a>. We are grateful to all the BHA members who submitted their comments to the State in response to the ESD public hearing. <br /> The ESD Board will make the final decision whether or not to affirm the modification. This action will follow separate public meetings by the BBPDC Board and by the ESD Board, notices of which will be provided to BHA members when the dates have been posted.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/infocus/BHA Joins with 16 Other Organizations to Oppose Unnecessary Pier 6 Housing/ Mon, 31 Aug 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>Take off your leash and come to <strong>Cadman Plaza Park on Saturday, October 3&nbsp;</strong>for&nbsp;some tail wagging fun at the Brooklyn Heights Association's Sixth Annual Dog Show! Enter your favorite pooch or just come to enjoy this zany event, and maybe even win a raffle prize!&nbsp; You'll find us north of the War Memorial Building.&nbsp; <strong>Show time is 2 pm!</strong></p> <p><strong>Categories include</strong>: Waggiest Tail, Canine Couture, Trick for Treat, Fang-Tastic Features, Cutest Toy Sized Dog, Best Fun Sized Dog, and Greatest Super Sized Dog. The&nbsp;Best in Show Winner is chosen by audience applause.</p> <p><strong>Advance registration is limited to 60 dogs</strong>.&nbsp; Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixth-annual-bha-dog-show-tickets-18004098744?aff=erelexporg">HERE</a> to register.</p> <p>Come for the Raffle! Prizes! Canine Fun! The show's MCs are <strong>Shelly Colman </strong>and <strong>Dean Masello </strong>- beloved duo from Brooklyn Heights Comedy Nights at Vineapple!</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/413cd1c1ccc5c481a6c851d9bfb13c8f/ 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="http://www.newyorkhelicopter.com/location/">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="http://helenrosenthal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015.07.23-Helicopters-Intro-Release-2.pdf">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="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2386619&amp;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="http://www.stopthechopnynj.org/how-you-can-help.html">here.</a></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/758ae0f20f106e3d6558ef247c8c75bf/ 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="http://280cadman.com/">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="http://280cadman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/EAS-RevisedFinal2015-06-17-2.pdf">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="http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/8/19/impassioned-debate-continues-mobbed-brooklyn-heights-library-hearing">here</a>.</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/420428b6be5bc2645c65920ebb768f9e/ 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="http://brooklyn-usa.org/event/uniform-land-use-review-procedure-public-hearing-5/">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="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> <p><span style="font-size: small">This post has been updated from 6/19/15.</span></p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/ac540d9bbfc94f67df6820cdf60fb74d/ 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="http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/tree-pit-care">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="http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/tree-pit-care">here</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/35d667c6c64bf82efeb8cc05617d7732/ 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="http://nyulangone.org/locations/nyu-langone-cobble-hill ">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> http://www.thebha.org/alerts/4269677204e56f2158a1e9ee83e4c4f5/ 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> 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 <a href="http://www.thebha.org/userfiles/GPP 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="http://media.virbcdn.com/files/7a/e6dad922645c9a5b-May272015_Stip.pdf">here</a> for the Stipulation and Order of Settlement, signed by NYS Justice Knipel on May 27, 2015.</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.</p> <p>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;Trees die without water! Rain is not&nbsp;enough,&nbsp;during&nbsp;the hot months of summer.&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