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 - Have Pity on Your Street Tree: Participate in the BHA's Tree Pit Enlargement Project <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>Last year, BHA volunteers performed a census of the Heights' street trees.&nbsp; As part of TREES COUNT 2015, we found that many of our street trees suffer from overcrowded roots and tree pits that are too small to enable the trees to survive and grow.&nbsp; To provide our street trees with adequate nutrients and water, the BHA is launching a project during Summer 2016 to enlarge sub-standard tree pits by working with cooperating tree owners</p> <p>The BHA will devote its accumulated Tree Funds to this project.&nbsp; In return, we ask tree owners to contact the BHA and let us know your interest in participating in the project.&nbsp; The BHA's responsibilities and the owner's eligibility requirements are detailed below:</p> <p>The BHA will:</p> <p>&bull; Ensure that each location meets Parks Department guidelines<br /> &bull; Meet with the tree owner to review the project<br /> &bull; Contribute up to 50% of each project&rsquo;s estimated $500-$600 cost<br /> &bull; Find licensed tree contractors to perform the work<br /> &bull; Ensure proper insurance coverage and obtain all necessary permits<br /> &bull; Coordinate with the contractor and City agencies</p> <p>To participate in the project, tree owners must meet these eligibility requirements: <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; Be a BHA member prior to the start of the project (join the BHA <a href="">here</a>)<br /> &bull; Have a tree pit smaller than 25 square feet (approx. 5 x 5 ft)<br /> &bull; Have a sidewalk that is entirely concrete<br /> &bull; Provide owner&rsquo;s consent to the BHA</p> <p>The BHA reserves the right to select all qualifying locations. Preference will be given to blocks with multiple tree pit enlargement applications, so if you are an interested owner, encourage your neighbors to apply as well. We hope to complete this work by the spring of 2017.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>If you are concerned about keeping the Heights verdant and shaded, give your tree more room to grow. Call the BHA (718-858-9193) or write us&nbsp;today at <a href=""></a> for more information.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> FOCUS/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 BHA SUPPORTS RETAINING THE PARK'S POP UP POOL. The August 18 press conference sponsored by Senator Squadron highlighted the importance of the pool for the Brooklyn community and advocated for its retention until a permanent solution is found. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>Fifty years&nbsp;ago this month, in August 1966, the Lovin&rsquo; Spoonful&rsquo;s &ldquo;Summer in the City&rdquo; reached #1 on the pop charts with lyrics that could have been written about this month&rsquo;s string of hot and muggy days:&nbsp;</p> <p>Hot town, summer in the city<br /> Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty<br /> Been down, isn't it a pity<br /> Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city&nbsp;</p> <p>Brooklyn Bridge Park&rsquo;s pop-up pool has offered one of the very few ways to beat the heat this summer, but&nbsp;without a change in policy by the Park, the pool will be gone at the end of the summer.</p> <p>To rally support to keep the pop-up pool until a permanent pool can be built,&nbsp;Senator Daniel Squadron, who helped secure the pool in 2011, released his report, &ldquo;Making a Splash: The Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park,&rdquo; at a press conference alongside the pool&nbsp; on August 18th. A survey of park users found strong support for keeping a pool in the park. Council Member Stephen Levin, Borough President Eric Adams, the organizers of Love Our Pool: Families United for a Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and several young swimmers also spoke.</p> <p>The press release (<a href="">here</a>) and report (<a href="">here</a>) issued by Senator Squadron&nbsp;included the following statement from the BHA: &ldquo;This long hot summer has amply demonstrated the importance of the welcome relief it provides, particularly given the dearth of public pools available to the Brooklyn community. A pool has been an integral part of Brooklyn Bridge Park&rsquo;s design since its 2001 Master Plan, and for that reason, we call upon the Park Corporation to operate the pop-up pool until a permanent solution can be found. The BHA is grateful to State Senator Squadron for bringing attention to this important issue and will work with him and other community advocates to retain the pop-up pool until a permanent replacement is available.&rdquo;</p> <p>The BHA also&nbsp;commented that Brooklyn&rsquo;s 2.6 million residents have access to only 15 public pools, a ratio of 176,000 persons per pool. With the loss of the pop-up pool and the proposed closing of the nearby Gowanus pool and the rapidly growing population of Brooklyn, that ratio will considerably worsen. The dearth of public pools mean that Brooklyn residents will find keeping cool during the &ldquo;summer in the city&rdquo; increasingly challenging.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 LONG AWAITED PRESERVATION PROJECTS ADVANCE. 100 Clark Street wins LPC approval of plans that will return it to its former glory. The LPC will also calendar 181 and 185 Montague Streets for designation as individual landmarks . <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>After decades of abuse and neglect by prior owners, followed by 10 years of bureaucratic red tape, there is a brighter future in store for 100 Clark Street aka 1 Monroe Place. On August 2nd, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved an application&nbsp;by Newcastle Realty Services, which acquired the property in 2010,&nbsp;to reconstruct the former 1852 Greek Revival house that stood on the site.&nbsp; The original house was&nbsp;partly demolished in 2008 by the Department of Buildings, which deemed it structurally unsound.&nbsp;When 100 Clark Street is returned to its former glory, neighbors will no longer have to live alongside what has been a forlorn wreck and eyesore for far too long.</p> <p>Stephen Culhane, who resides next door at 3 Monroe Place expressed his delight with the LPC&rsquo;s decision: &ldquo;Everyone is pleased that the site has at last completed the long journey through the many clearances associated with this project, and to see a sensitive design to an important landmarked location in this great neighborhood. Kudos to all involved, including the BHA which has been closely following the status of the building for so many years.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The approved plans, shown <a href=" Clark St Drawings.pdf">here</a>, are nearly identical to what the LPC approved in 2006, but whose permits had expired. The completed project will again feature beautiful cast iron railings, a slate mansard roof, oriel windows, and a wide stoop on the Monroe Place. The rebuilt structure will house rental apartments.<br /> In its testimony, <a href=" Statement on 100 Clark aka1 Monroe Place0001(1).pdf">here</a>, before the LPC, the BHA lauded the design and the opportunity before the LPC to enable a distinguished work of architecture to again occupy this prominent corner and to have its special sense of place restored.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Another long-awaited piece of good news was yesterday&rsquo;s announcement by the LPC that it will calendar 181 and 185 Montague Street for individual landmark status. These two buildings were included in the BHA&rsquo;s proposal for the Borough Hall Skyscraper District, but the LPC eliminated the north side of Montague Street between Clinton and Court Streets when that district was designated in 2011. A separate Request for Evaluation was submitted in 2014. Citibank&rsquo;s &lsquo;Roman Temple&rsquo; at 185 Montague was completed in 1903 to a design by Mowbray and Uffinger, which designed the Dime Savings Bank building on DeKalb and Flatbush. The Art Deco Corbett building at 181 Montague, the work of Corbett, Harrison &amp; MacMurrey, foreshadowed their contribution to the design of Rockefeller Center.</p> <p>&nbsp;We are pleased that the LPC is committed to completing the half century effort to preserve Brooklyn Heights&rsquo; architecture. Its designation of these two buildings will protect one of the very finest assemblages of 19th century commercial architecture anywhere in the city.&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400 BHA FILES LAWSUIT TO STOP TOWERS ON PIER 6. The lawsuit asks the NYS Supreme Court to annual the BBPC's June 7th decision to build two huge towers on Pier 6 near Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA filed a lawsuit on July 7th against the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC), Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) and its subsidiary, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, and named the two real estate developers selected to build on Pier 6 - RAL Development Services and Oliver&rsquo;s Real Estate Group - as interested party-respondents. Our lawsuit asks the NYS Supreme Court to annul the BBPC&rsquo;s June 7th decision to build two huge towers on Pier 6 &ndash; more than 400,000 square feet - near Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street.</p> <p>The BHA, other community groups, and local elected officials have strongly advocated that this land instead be used as parkland and that the long-promised Atlantic Avenue entrance to the Park be created.</p> <p>According to BHA President Patrick Killackey, &ldquo;the BBPC is violating the fundamental commitment on which the BHA and the community supported the Park&rsquo;s creation: that real estate development at the park would be limited to only the amount necessary to fund the Park&rsquo;s financial needs.&rdquo; He added that &ldquo;we need open space at the Park, not needless new condo towers.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In its lawsuit, the BHA claims that the BBPC&rsquo;s action violates the law that governs development at the Park as well as its own procedures. Additionally, the BHA asks that ESD require an updated environmental review due to the considerable changes throughout the area since an earlier review in 2005.&nbsp;</p> <p>The lawsuit asserts that in an attempt to demonstrate that revenue from Pier 6 development is necessary, the BBPC has seriously undervalued the revenue that will be generated from its new projects in the Park &ndash; Pierhouse, the Pier 1 Hotel, John Street, and Empire Stores &ndash; which will all be assessed by the Department of Finance in early 2017. For example, the BHA points out that the current average Department of Finance (DOF) value for relevant properties in Brooklyn Heights is 55% higher than BBPC&rsquo;s prediction of DOF&rsquo;s future value for Pierhouse, one of the two most expensive condos in Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA&lsquo;s lawsuit also highlights that the BBPC tried to eliminate the financial need requirement over the last year by seeking ESD&rsquo;s approval to modify the General Project Plan, and that when ESD declined to approve that modification in May 2016, the BBPC instead announced that the modification was no longer needed. The BBPC now claims that it can proceed with Pier 6 development regardless of whether this development is necessary to provide financial resources to maintain and operate the park.</p> <p>The BHA&rsquo;s press release&nbsp;<a href=" Pier 6 Lawsuit Press Release 7-7-160001.pdf">here</a>, and the petition and&nbsp;brief filed with the court <a href=" Verified Petition Re Pier 6 July 7 2016(1).pdf">here</a> and <a href=" Brief in Support of Pier 6 Petition July 7 2016(1).pdf">here</a>, respectively, provide a more detailed description of the BHA&rsquo;s grounds for the lawsuit. The BHA is represented by Jenner &amp; Block, a law firm that is well known for its litigation expertise and commitment to pro bono matters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 DOT Public Meeting on BQE Triple Cantilever Rehabilitation Project. Project Engineers presented an overview of the 10-12 year project whose planning began this spring and answered questions from the community. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>At a public meeting on June 29, DOT officials, including Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, addressed the community&rsquo;s questions regarding a decade-long project to repair the BQE&rsquo;s 75 year old triple cantilever. Bob Collyer, DOT&rsquo;s Chief Bridge Engineer, reported that DOT is &ldquo;just getting started&rdquo; on the planning phase. Completion of the project is anticipated in the&nbsp;mid 2020s.</p> <p>The BQE&rsquo;s cantilever design presents significant engineering challenges, which require engineers to peer inside the structure to assess its structural condition. This summer crews will cut 20-24 four foot square openings into its walls at night to assess its condition. This work should not be confused with the start of the lengthy construction phase that will not begin for another 4-5 years. DOT&rsquo;s presentation can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;DOT has issued a Request for Proposals to select a consulting firm that will undertake an environmental assessment and develop design alternatives. The chosen consultant is expected to release a draft environmental report in 2018 and complete preliminary design in 2019. DOT would prefer to complete the rehabilitation on a Design/Build basis, by which a single firm performs the detailed final design and construction. This approach saves having two separate contracts, which takes longer and raises the project&rsquo;s cost. However, the Design/Build approach requires State authorizing legislation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The presentation elicited many questions from the community. Tony Manheim, who was instrumental in conceiving the idea of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, asked about widening an existing tunnel from the Clark Street subway station for pedestrians to access the park, using Federal funds to build noise barriers, and recapturing space from the existing berm in the park for additional park uses as part of the BQE project.</p> <p>Others raised questions about how traffic will be managed during the construction period, whether eminent domain will be used, and if the reconstructed highway will be required to meet current Federal highway regulations. Since no design has yet been undertaken, DOT could not provide detailed responses to these questions, but promised to continue&nbsp;to&nbsp;engage with the communities as planning proceeds.&nbsp;</p> <p>In response to complaints from Heights residents, DOT also announced that it will undertake a milling and repaving of the Staten Island-bound portion of the BQE between Joralemon Street and Atlantic Avenue beginning this month.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 NYPD ISSUES STREET CLOSURE ALERT FOR JULY 4TH FIREWORKS CELEBRATION. All cars must be removed from blocks adjacent to the Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>Macys will again host this year's July 4th fireworks celebration from the East River.&nbsp; There will be one barge visible from the Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Dumbo area.</p> <p><strong>The NYPD&nbsp;has issued a notice that there will be NO PARKING of vehicles on the following streets beginning Sunday, July 3rd at 11 PM and until Monday, July 4th at 11 PM.</strong>&nbsp; Additional streets may&nbsp;be utilized as No Parking&nbsp;and Frozen&nbsp;Zones, as determined by the NYPD, which will post signs in advance on trees and lamp posts.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>These streets are designated as NO PARKING/STREET CLOSURE/FROZEN ZONES</strong>:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Montague Street &ndash; Hicks Street to Columbia Heights<br /> Old Fulton Street &ndash; Prospect Street to Furman Street<br /> Cadman Plaza West -Tillary Street to Prospect Street<br /> Furman Street &ndash; Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue<br /> Columbia Heights &ndash; Remsen Street to Old Fulton Street<br /> Atlantic Avenue &ndash; Hicks Street to Furman Street<br /> Joralemon Street &ndash; Hicks Street to Furman Street<br /> All streets north of Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights leading to the Promenade<br /> All streets north of Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights leading to the Promenade&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; John Street - Adams Street to Bridge Street<br /> Water Street - Old Fulton Street to Washington Street<br /> Front Street - Old Fulton Street to York Street<br /> Main Street -Front Street to Plymouth Street<br /> Dock Street - Front Street to Water Street<br /> All streets north of Plymouth Street in DUMBO leading to the waterfront<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Anyone parked in a parked garage within the frozen zone must get their vehicle into or out of the garage before 4 PM on July 4th.</strong></p> <p>Both bridge footpaths and bike paths will be closed at 7 PM on July 4th (Time is subject to change)</p> <p><strong>Members of the community should give themselves extra time getting to and from their destinations due to possible unscheduled street closures.&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: larger">VIEWING LOCATIONS</span></p> <p>Brooklyn Bridge Park &ndash; Pier 1 through Pier 6<br /> Brooklyn Heights Promenade<br /> Brooklyn Bridge Park &ndash; Main Street/Carousel Area</p> <p>BAG CHECKS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT ALL ENTRANCES TO THE PARK AND PROMENADE</p> <p>THE NYPD FURTHER ADVISES THAT STREET CLOSURES, FROZEN ZONES, <br /> AND NO PARKING LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, IF NECESSARY,<br /> WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400 BHA AND ITS COALITION PARTNERS RESPOND TO CITY AND STATE "DEAL" ON PIER 6 <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA learned on May 15th that the City had reached an agreement with&nbsp;Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) to&nbsp;construct housing on Pier 6. Within days we learned that the agreement had fallen apart, but the City has vowed to proceed anyway and to potentially&nbsp;ignore the&nbsp;procedures that govern development in the park.</p> <p>The General Project Plan (GPP) for Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was arrived at after extensive community input in 2005, clearly states&nbsp;that no housing&nbsp;be built on Pier 6 unless it is necessary to support the park. Given the huge increases in real estate values in our neighborhood since 2005 and the enormous revenues for the park generated by One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pierhouse, the Empire Stores, and John Street, the BHA believes that no additional revenue is needed from Pier 6. That belief is supported by an appraisal expert hired by our community coalition who estimated that the Park Corporation would have a surplus of more than $800 million over the next 50 years without any housing on Pier 6.</p> <p>Eager to nonetheless proceed with the two high towers that were thought necessary in 2005, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) attempted to remove the requirement that only housing needed to support the park be built by asking ESD to modify the GPP. ESD was apparently prepared to permit a modification that would enable the project to move forward; however, ESD&nbsp;changed its mind and withdrew its support for the project, citing potential conflicts of interest within the de Blasio Administration. Unfortunately, despite the earlier statement from ESD encouraging the BBPC to work with our community, a deal was reached without any input from our coalition or&nbsp;our local elected officials.</p> <p>While the Pier 6 deal is dead for now, we fear that either the City and State will resurrect it or the City will decide to proceed without State approval. Indeed, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen has publicly stated that the City would proceed on its own to develop Pier 6 without ESD approval.</p> <p>The BHA joined this week with its partners, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund (BBPDF) and People for Green Space Foundation (PGSF), in condemning the back room deal between the City and State. <br /> The coalition issued a public statement expressing its dismay at the secret negotiations and the failure by the City to reach out to the community to attempt to resolve this contentious issue.</p> <p>Coalition representatives submitted a joint letter&nbsp;(<a href="">here</a>) to the ESD Board at its May 19th meeting criticizing the secret negotiations, which contradicted &ldquo;all principles of good governance and transparency &hellip; (taking) place in back rooms without any community or local elected official presence.&rdquo; We requested that the community be included in any future negotiations between the City and State.</p> <p>The coalition is grateful to the unwavering support of our local elected officials &ndash; State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman&nbsp;Jo Anne Simon, and Council Members Steve Levin and Brad Lander &ndash; in opposing this development. They submitted a letter (<a href=" BBP letter 05_17_16 Final(1).pdf">here</a>) on May 17th to Alicia Glen and ESDC President Howard Zemsky that stated that &ldquo;we &hellip;. urge you to honor our requests to build no more housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6. We do not believe the park requires any more housing to support it.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 DOT MOVING FORWARD WITH A PROJECTED 10-YEAR REHABILITATION OF THE BQE. The project will address the deterioration of the BQE, first opened in 1954, which is suffering the ills of old age and overuse. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>It comes as no surprise that the BQE, first opened in 1954, is urgently in need of rehabilitation. The daily pounding of&nbsp;traffic, which now exceeds 140,000 vehicles (up from 123,000 in 2006) has taken its toll on the highway's many structural elements. Trucks comprise 17% of its volume during peak periods and&nbsp;subject Heights' residents to excessive noise and vibration in their homes. After years of discussion, the BQE&rsquo;s rehabilitation process is now beginning to move forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation briefed&nbsp;the BHA and other community stakeholders on April 20, 2016 on&nbsp;the projected 10-year BQE Rehabilitation Project. &nbsp;The $1.7 billion project will extend from the Columbia Street exchange south of Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street,&nbsp;just north of the&nbsp;Manhattan Bridge, and will&nbsp;include 21 bridges as well as the triple cantilever under the Promenade.</p> <p>Because much preliminary work is needed by DOT to analyze conditions, perform design, award contracts, and coordinate with other agencies and the community, DOT is projecting a construction period between&nbsp;2021 and 2026. But as we know, these timeframes are notoriously subject to change.</p> <p>Despite an earlier planning effort between 2006 and 2011 by New York State DOT, which considered six tunnel options, NYC DOT has ruled out a tunnel due to the need to maintain the BQE&rsquo;s connections to the local street network and the East River bridges. These connections would not be possible with a tunnel configuration.</p> <p>DOT&rsquo;s planning will&nbsp;take into account&nbsp;meeting current highway standards and maintaining traffic during construction, the BQE&rsquo;s proximity to adjacent buildings and transit structures, and environmental concerns. Once completed, the rehabilitated BQE will provide for a safer,quieter roadway, and new ramps, among other improvements.</p> <p>The BHA will work closely with DOT and other community stakeholders to ensure that the project addresses neighborhood concerns, including mitigating impacts during construction and improves the way the BQE integrates with adjacent communities.&nbsp; It will provide Heights residents with ongoing updates and notices of public meetings.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>DOT's briefing report can be found <a href="">HERE</a>.</p> </body> </html> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 MAY 4th TOWN HALL MEETING ON BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT ST. ANN & THE HOLY TRINITY CHRUCH. The community is invited to receive an update and ask questions on contentious issues regarding obstruction of views from the Promenade and unnecessary development. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The BHA and its coalition partners &ndash; Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, People for Green Space Foundation and Save the View Now - are inviting the community to a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 4th from 7 &ndash; 9 PM at St. Ann &amp; the Holy Trinity Church at 157 Montague Street, entrance on Clinton Street.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees will&nbsp;hear an update on three contentious development issues within Brooklyn Bridge Park:</p> <p>1) the obstruction of the views of the Brooklyn Bridge by Pierhouse,</p> <p>2) the violation of the Scenic View District (SV-1), and</p> <p>3) the unnecessary towers proposed for Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.</p> <p>&nbsp;The status of the ongoing lawsuits with regard to SV-1 and Pierhouse will also be reviewed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 WATCHTOWER RESIDENTS TO MOVE OUT BEGINNING MAY 2. After 107 years in the Heights, the Watchtower has announced that they will relocate nearly 1,000 of their residents upstate between May 2 and January 2017. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Watchtower, which&nbsp;moved into Brooklyn Heights 107 years ago and greatly expanded its presence by acquiring more properties in succeeding years, is shortly&nbsp;moving out of&nbsp;many north Brooklyn Heights buildings as part of its ongoing disinvestment of its Brooklyn Heights real estate holdings.&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning&nbsp;May 2nd&nbsp;through January 2017,&nbsp;the Watchtower will relocate nearly 1,000 residents, as well as hundreds of headquarters&rsquo; workers, to its upstate facilities. To&nbsp;inform the community&nbsp;of the relocation, Watchtower representatives shared&nbsp;with the BHA&nbsp;its plans to minimize disruption to the community.</p> <p>The seven dormitory properties being vacated are at 21 Clark Street, 80 and 86 Willow Street, and 97, 107, 119 and 124 Columbia Heights. During the above mentioned timeframe, various offices from 25, 30 and 50 Columbia Heights and 55 and 67 Furman Street will also be moved upstate.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tunnels connecting its seven dormitory buildings will enable the Watchtower to perform the move from just&nbsp;three locations. At 21 Clark Street, the Watchtower is seeking to establish a No Parking Zone extending 85 feet on the south side of Clark to the corner of Hicks Street during the relocation period. This zone will affect parking on that side of the street that is only permitted on Wednesdays. &nbsp;A second location will be through the loading dock on the Orange Street side of 107 Columbia Heights, situated between Willow Street and Columbia Heights. The third location, the Willow Street entrance to 21 Clark Street, will only be used if necessary.</p> <p>Beginning May 2nd, six households per day will be moved using 26-foot trucks, five days per week; as each truck can accommodate two households, there will be&nbsp;three trucks&nbsp;daily. Then starting September 1st, six households will be moved six days per week, again using three trucks per day. The loading period will be in the morning hours, so that the residents being relocated can occupy their new apartment upstate the same day.</p> <p>The&nbsp;trucks,&nbsp;owned and operated by the Watchtower, will be loaded by hand without the use of&nbsp;fork lifts. At the 21 Clark Street location, the belongings being moved will be kept within the interior of the building so that pedestrians will have clear passage along the sidewalk. The Watchtower will ensure that&nbsp;sidewalks are unimpeded for pedestrians.</p> <p>The move out from the headquarters&rsquo; buildings will be from Furman Street, and as with the residential move, 26-foot trucks rather than tractor trailers will be used.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prior to the commencement of these relocations, the Watchtower will also undertake a door-to-door campaign to inform immediate neighbors of the moving plans.</p> <p>Should Heights residents have questions or complaints&nbsp;prior to or during&nbsp;the move, they should call 718-560-5000, the Watchtower&rsquo;s main phone number, and ask for Robert Alexander.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 PARKING LIMITED, LANE CLOSED AND SIDEWALK NARROWED ON COLUMBIA HEIGHTS ON UPCOMING TUESDAYS, APRIL 19 - MAY 3. In preparation for the upcoming rehabilitation of the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street, DOT will perform inspections on two Tuesdays between April 19 and May 3 between Cranberry <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will close travel lanes on Columbia Heights from&nbsp;Cranberry Street to Middagh Street&nbsp;on two of the three Tuesdays between April 19 and May 3 from 9 AM to 3 PM.&nbsp; DOT will be inspecting the bridges along the BQE from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street in preparation for a major rehabilitation of the highway and the bridges in this area.&nbsp; These inspections are the beginning phase of the project, whose full scope and timetable have yet to be established.</p> <p>The inspection work will occupy one lane and part of the sidewalk on Columbia Heights on those two Tuesdays.&nbsp; The parking restriction will enable traffic to travel on the remaining lane.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>DOT also announced&nbsp;it will be closing lanes on the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street during early morning hours to perform inspections of the highway structure between April 14 and May 2.&nbsp; These closures will be on the eastbound roadway, westbound roadway, or both.</p> <p>A single lane will be closed on the BQE starting at 12:01 AM and a second lane will be closed Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1:00 AM and Sundays at 2:00 AM.&nbsp; Any Monday morning closures will be a single lane only.&nbsp; All lanes will reopen by 5:00 AM Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday.&nbsp; At least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times.</p> </body> </html> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400