The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion IN SYMPATHY FOR TWO OFFICERS OF THE 84TH PRECINCT WHO WERE MURDERED ON SATURDAY - <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>IN SYMPATHY FOR TWO OFFICERS OF THE 84TH PRECINCT WHO WERE MURDERED ON SATURDAY:</p> <p>The BHA expresses its profound sorrow over the horrifying and senseless murders of Police Officer Rafael Ramos and Police Officer Wenjian Liu of the 84 Precinct. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families and to the brave men and women of the 84th Precinct and of the entire NYPD.<br /> <br /> We are hopeful that this tragedy will serve to unite the City and its leadership in our determination to ensure trust in the public safety system and mutual respect between residents and police officers who protect our communities. The officers of the 84th Precinct are exemplary public servants and our partners in building the sense of community that we value so much. The loss of these officers is a deeply felt loss for all of Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> SYMPATHY FOR TWO OFFICERS OF THE 84TH PRECINCT WHO WERE MURDERED ON SATURDAY/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 SAVE THE VIEW NOW - PROTECT VIEWS OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>SAVE THE VIEW NOW - PROTECT VIEWS OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE </p> <p>A decade ago, the BHA lobbied on behalf of our community to protect the iconic views of the Brooklyn Bridge by limiting the height of development in the park. In recent months, we have watched in stunned disbelief as construction of the Pierhouse has obscured those views.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, Brooklyn Heights resident Steve Guterman started an on-line campaign: <a href="">Save the View Now. </a>As a new, independent, grass-roots organization, Save the View Now is ready to take a fresh stand. Save the View Now promises, in Steve&rsquo;s words, a &ldquo;laser-like focus&rdquo; on the singular goal of saving the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, a goal we whole-heartedly support. The BHA encourages our members to sign his petition, available <a href=";utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=share_email_responsive">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 PIERHOUSE HEIGHT: NEIGHBORS UNITE TO SEEK REMEDIAL ACTION! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>Pierhouse Height: Neighbors Unite To Seek Remedial Action</strong></u>.</p> <p>We wish all BHA members to know about a newly formed grass roots campaign, which is being organized by Brooklyn Heights resident, Steve Guterman. Calling it &quot;Save The View Now&quot;, Mr. Guterman has gathered over 700 signatures since Christmas week, with dozens of neighbors offering to help him organize an action plan.&nbsp;</p> <p>The goal of this campaign is to return the construction of the Pierhouse to be consistent with the originally approved plan.&nbsp; The group is&nbsp;holding an organizational meeting on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 PM in the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, 131 Remsen Street, Room 2C.</p> <p>Click <a href=";utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=share_email_responsive">here </a>to find the petition, and you can read more information about this initiative at <a href=""></a>.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 BHA ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF ITS LONGTIME EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUDY STANTON. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>The Brooklyn Heights Association Board announces Executive Director Judy Stanton&rsquo;s plan to retire on August 31, 2015.</p> <p>Since the early 1980&rsquo;s Judy has served the BHA, first as a member of the Board of Governors and later as its first Executive Director. Known to many as &ldquo;the face of the BHA,&rdquo; her tenure reflects an exceptional dedication, integrity and passion for dealing with all issues that concern Brooklyn Heights. Her experience and deep community roots have been invaluable to the neighborhood. She has set a high bar for the BHA Board, and her example will inspire us as we look to the future.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 LICH ACT - A BILL SPONSORED BY NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER JOANNE SIMON AND NYS SENATOR DANIEL SQUADRON: This bill would provide for a greater community voice and a thorough health care assessment in proposed hospital closures. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY NYS SQUADRON AND NYS ASSEMBLY MEMBER SIMON SEEKS TO REFORM THE&nbsp;CURRENT&nbsp; SYSTEM FOR CLOSING HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK</u></p> <p>On Tuesday, December 16th, at 11 a.m. City Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Squadron and State Assembly Member Simon will announce the LICH Act.</p> <p>The Squadron-Simon proposal (which is based on a&nbsp;previous proposal by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer) would allow the Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH) to only approve a hospital closure application if the needs of the community and&nbsp;affected stakeholders, including access to emergency medical care, can be adequately met.</p> <p>Under the proposal, the Commissioner would not be allowed to close a hospital without a significant and thorough community input process dictated by a statutorily imposed timeline.&nbsp;Current law only requires a community forum to be held after a hospital has already been closed. In addition, current law does not require the Commissioner to consider the healthcare needs of the community, including emergency medical care or transitional care, as part of the Commissioner&rsquo;s decision to approve a hospital closure.</p> <p>Within 30 days of an application for closure&nbsp;of a general hospital, this legislation&nbsp;would require the Commissioner of the State Department of Health to explain in a report :</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.</strong></span>&nbsp;The anticipated impact of closure on the surrounding community&rsquo;s access to care, including the uninsured and underserved.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>What measures DOH and others have taken or plan to take to lessen any negative impacts.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Why the State cannot assume financial responsibility for the hospital or identify an alternate operator.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot;</strong></span> Hold a community forum within six weeks of application, giving community members and local elected officials the chance to raise questions, voice concerns, and offer alternatives.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot; </strong></span>Respond to community input by:</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Answering, in summary, comments received from community members and local elected officials.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Explaining why significant alternatives were or were not incorporated into a final closure plan.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.</strong></span>&nbsp;Identifying any changes to the plan resulting from community concerns or suggestions.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></span>Only approve the application if needs of the community and impacted stakeholders, including access to emergency medical care, can be adequately met.</p> <p><span style="font-size: x-large"><strong>&middot;</strong></span> Explain options for transitional medical services to impacted communities, including arrangements for continuity of care.</p> <p>Posted 12/15/14</p> </body> </html> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 NYC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ISSUES FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS, URGING RESIDENTS TO HELP CLEAN CATCH BASINS <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>NYC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ISSUES FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS, URGING RESIDENTS TO HELP CLEAN CATCH BASINS </u></strong></p> <p>Below is a message received&nbsp;today, December 8, &nbsp;from Community Board 2 in anticipation of flash flooding predictions by the NYC DEP:</p> <p>&quot;Due to the forecasted rain for Monday night through Tuesday night, DEP has activated its Flash Flood Emergency Plan. All chronic flooding locations will be pre-inspected. Weather conditions will continue to be monitored and staffing will be augmented as needed</p> <p>&quot;We would like to urge homeowners, merchants and commercial property managers to keep catch basin grates clear debris in order to maintain proper drainage. &quot;Please report any flooding conditions to 311 by calling or visiting;</p> <p>Clearing leaves from the corner sewer grates will help to prevent basement flooding.</p> <p>&nbsp;Click <a href="">here</a> for the&nbsp;DEP article on causes of flooding.</p> </body> </html> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS OPEN IN COBBLE HILL AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE - NON-CRITICAL AMBULANCES RETURN <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS OPEN IN COBBLE HILL&nbsp;AT THE FORMER LICH ER SITE - NON-CRITICAL AMBULANCES RETURN</u></p> <p><strong><u>Update</u></strong>:&nbsp;Today, &nbsp;December 5,&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Basic Life Support&quot; ambulance service resumed at the NYU Langone - Cobble Hill Emergency Room (which is located in the former LICH ER site), and is described <a href="">here</a> by Brooklyn Eagle reporter Mary Frost.</p> <p>Below is a Press Release from 10/31/14 announcing the opening of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Cobble Hill Emergency Department : <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>NYU Langone announced today that it opened NYU Langone-Cobble Hill, a free-standing emergency department (ED) at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn that is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to serve as a major emergency services provider in southwest Brooklyn and are committed to delivering the highest quality of care to the residents of Cobble Hill,&rdquo; said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center.</p> <p>The renovated interim location is staffed by an experienced, interdisciplinary team of more than 100 skilled clinicians and support personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also features high-definition telemedicine capabilities, enabling NYU Langone&rsquo;s Manhattan-based experts in orthopaedics, cardiology, and plastic surgery to consult on cases and further extend the highest quality specialty care to the residents and workers in the neighboring Brooklyn communities.</p> <p>NYU Langone-Cobble Hill will have the full capabilities to care for acutely-ill patients, but if admission to a hospital is required, two ambulances are available to transfer patients to NYU Langone in Manhattan, or to one of several Brooklyn-based hospitals, such as Lutheran Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, or Brooklyn Hospital Center.</p> <p>In the future, NYU Langone also plans to bring a wide range of ambulatory services to the neighboring communities with the construction of a new medical facility. This world-class, NYU Langone-owned facility, expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018, will comprise four stories and approximately 125,000 square feet of space. Once fully operational, it will provide competitive jobs for the community, with an expected need for more than 400 staff and 70 doctors. In addition to a permanent, free-standing emergency department (NYU Langone-Cobble Hill), the facility will include:</p> <p>&bull; Outpatient ambulatory operating rooms and office-based surgical suite;<br /> &bull; Multi-specialty practices covering a broad spectrum of primary and specialty care services;<br /> &bull; Full-service satellite of NYU Langone&rsquo;s Perlmutter Cancer Center, including an infusion center and a clinical pharmacy;<br /> &bull; On-site clinical laboratory and pathology team; and<br /> &bull; Medical imaging with a range of radiology modalities.</p> <p>For additional information regarding services provided at NYU Langone, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Post updated 12/5/14</p> </body> </html> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 MONTAGUE STREET HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT - THIS WEEKEND! Celebrate the holidays on Montague Street on December 5th and 6th. There'll be caroling by the Grace Chorale, Chamber Music, Photos With Santa, Store Discounts and more! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>MONTAGUE STREET HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT - THIS WEEKEND! </strong></u></p> <p><span style="font-size: large">Come join&nbsp;your neighbors on December 5th and 6th in a celebration of&nbsp; the winter holiday season on Montague Street. There'll be caroling by the Grace Chorale, Chamber Music, Photos With Santa, Discounts&nbsp;and more! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large">Be sure to vote for the winning photo submission in Montague Street's&nbsp; Photo Contest. The finalists will be on display for a public vote at Custom House, 137 Montague Street on Saturday from 1-7&nbsp;pm. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large">Please click </span><a href=""><span style="font-size: large">here</span></a><span style="font-size: large"> for the Montague Street Business Improvement District's complete listing of the shopping &amp; dining promotions and free events.&nbsp;<br /> </span>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 LOTS OF PIES ARE NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER SERVING OVER 200 SENIOR CITIZENS ON NOVEMBER 27, 2014! <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>PIES ARE NEEDED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER SERVING SENIOR CITIZENS!</strong></u></p> <p>In an annual tradition that has continued for over 42 years, the Heights and Hills communities come together every year to prepare a Thanksgiving luncheon for older adults, and the wider community is called upon to bake lots of pies. The dinner is held in Grace Church Guild Hall, 254 Hicks Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.&nbsp;The Cobble Hill Health Center cooks the turkeys and fixings. 84th Precinct officers help transport the food to the church. Many hard working volunteers lend a hand that morning and/or donate baked goods to complete the meal.</p> <p><u>Please see below for details on volunteering to help at the Church and/or for the <strong>pie delivery information</strong>:</u>&nbsp;</p> <p>Many pies are needed so that each guest can take home a freshly baked pie. If you can contribute:&nbsp; Please bring the pie(s) on Wednesday afternoon before 4 PM&nbsp;or Thursday morning from 8:30-10:30 AM to Grace Church, which is located at 254 Hicks Street, between Joralemon and Remsen Streets. Ring the bell, if the entry doors are locked.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the pie baking, volunteers are needed at the luncheon to serve &amp; chat with the guests, help hand-deliver meals to those too frail to attend the luncheon and to clean up afterwards.&nbsp;<strong> </strong>Depending on the task, volunteers report for duty on Thursday, between 10 AM and 3 PM.</p> <p><strong>To sign up or get more information, please call Heights and Hills at (718)596-8789 or email them at On Thanksgiving Day, call (718) 625-8229.</strong></p> <p>Thank you to all who volunteer!</p> </body> </html> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 BHA POSITION ON THE HEIGHT OF THE PIER 1 HOTEL AND RESIDENCE AS SEEN FROM THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>BHA POSITION&nbsp; REGARDING THE HEIGHT OF THE PIERHOUSE AS SEEN FROM THE&nbsp;&nbsp; PROMENADE </u></p> <p>Historically, the Cold Storage Warehouse located near Pier 1 blocked the Promenade view of the Brooklyn Bridge span in several places. Once it was decided to demolish those buildings and to permit new housing construction inside the park boundaries, the BHA strongly advocated that any new buildings should have less visible impact against the Bridge than the Cold Storage buildings. Representatives of the BHA successfully negotiated with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation to limit the Pier 1 building height at 100 ft., the approximate height of the Cold Storage Warehouse, above which the views of the Brooklyn Bridge&nbsp;tower and span would be&nbsp;maintained as seen from the Promenade. At the time, our representatives believed that the mechanicals would be contained within that 100 ft. envelope.</p> <p>This development was delayed for several years because of the recession and Hurricane Sandy. During that time period, there were numerous personnel changes at the BBPDC (which evolved into the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation&nbsp;during that period) and at the BHA. When the Request for Proposals and General Project Plan&nbsp;for the Park&nbsp;were published, they reflected the 100 ft. limitation on height but not that the mechanicals had to be contained within that height.</p> <p>We have been informed by the BBPC that after Hurricane Sandy, the point at which the 100 ft. limitation was measured was raised by approximately 4 1/2 ft. because of changes in the flood plain and that the bulkheads, encasing the mechanicals, will rise 30 feet above that. The bulkheads now rise high enough to block the view of stays and cables as well as the view of the Chrysler Building.</p> <p>During the project design phase (2012-2013), our representatives at meetings of the Community Advisory Council (a committee that can recommend but not force design changes) advocated that the bulkhead height be kept as low as possible in order to protect the view of the Bridge from the Promenade. Our Board and public are angered that the new buildings have seriously compromised that iconic, world class view.&nbsp; We&nbsp; communicated the Board's position to the BBPC and&nbsp; requested that its leadership and the Pierhouse developers take any steps possible to mitigate the Pierhouse development's visual obstruction of the Bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Park Corp President Regina Myer responded on Nov 7. Her letter is posted <a href="">here</a>. Click <a href=",20140001(1).pdf">here</a> to read the BHA reply.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted&nbsp; 9/23/14, updated 11/21/14<br /> </span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 P.S. 8 PTA HELD A PUBLIC MEETING TO ADDRESS OVERCROWDING ISSUES OF LOWER SCHOOL: All are urged to sign their petitions. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>P.S. 8 IS SO POPULAR AS TO BE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS! THE SCHOOL IS OVER CAPACITY NOW AND GROWING!</p> <p>At a crowded meeting on Thursday night, November 20, parents listened as&nbsp; PS 8's PTA Co-Presidents, Kim Glickman and Ansley Samson &nbsp;presented&nbsp;a series of slides to discuss a ten year history of the school's growth and popularity.&nbsp;Parental concerns about&nbsp;overcrowding at PS8 were clearly expressed and, together with the elected officials, everybody is leaning on&nbsp;the Department of Education to find a solution.&nbsp;</p> <p>The PTA&nbsp;has compiled some&nbsp;compelling statistics on student enrollment issues&nbsp;based on current and future residential development in our zone. Click <a href="">here </a>to read their complete presentation.&nbsp;All are urged to <a href="">sign the petitions</a>.</p> <p>The PTA hopes&nbsp;that the outcome of this meeting will give our &nbsp;elected officials the support needed&nbsp;to&nbsp;push for short and long term solutions to this problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is an excerpt of the PTA's report on current trends:</p> <p>&bull;According to the DOE&rsquo;s most recent official assessment (based on our student population last year), we were at 142% of our capacity (among the top 10% most-crowded schools in NYC in 2013-14).</p> <p>&bull;The last 3 years have seen us bring in 6 kindergarten classes (about 140 students, the overwhelming majority being in-zone students) while only 3-4 fifth grade classes have left; we&rsquo;ve lost all of our pre-K and some specialty classrooms to make room for more students, and had classrooms in several grades with 28-31 students. This pattern of growth is unsustainable: we do not have enough classrooms to support this many students.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: large">.</span></strong> Next year there may not be enough Kindergarten seats&nbsp;at PS 8&nbsp;to admit all zoned 5 year olds. Parents were advised to consider other alternatives.</p> <p>&bull;Additional housing already approved and under construction in our zone will likely exacerbate our overcrowding even beyond what we are seeing now, based on the School Construction Authority&rsquo;s formula for calculating the elementary school needs of new residential housing.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are persuaded, please sign the petitions <a href="">here</a>.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500