B’Paper: Coens Gave BHA $10Gs

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As previously reported, after filming Burn After Reading in Brooklyn Heights the Coen Brothers and their production company showed their appreciation to several neighborhood organizations with cash.  The Brooklyn Paper reports that the Brooklyn Heights Association came out the biggest winners in the Hollywood lottery, taking in a donation of $10,000 from the filmmakers.

Brooklyn Paper: Movie Crew Tosses Dough Around Heights: Other beneficiaries of the Coen Brothers’ generosity include the HOPE Program, a Smith Street charity that helps disadvantaged and chronically unemployed people find jobs (which got $2,000); the St. Francis College scholarship fund ($1,000); PS 8 ($1,000); and the State Street Block Association ($1,000).

Foley said the production also wanted to send $1,000 to Community Board 2, but the board would rather pass that along to a deserving charity — so they’re trying to decide who will get their gift.

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  • Beavis

    Clearly the BHA needs 5x the money as the HOPE Program, a Smith Street charity that helps disadvantaged and chronically unemployed people find jobs. Got to find something for the uberadvantaged and chronically unemployed.

  • nabeguy

    State Street Block Associtaion? Jeez, if I could have gotten my neighbors on Middagh Street to speak up, we would have held out for $2G minimum!

  • ABC

    does Middagh have a block assoc?

  • lifer

    Maybe the BHA can donate some of that money to the reward for finding the hate crime culprits?…would love to hear what they will earmark the money for..

  • ABC

    there is already a 10k reward for that — and it really does seem like a job for the cops.

    why are people so anti-BHA here? can’t understand it.

  • lifer

    I guess its just frustrating to think that charities and schools get a fraction of the amount of what an upper middle class/rich neighborhood’s association gets (especially after all the complaining they did-calling government agencies in protest of the parking and telling residents “dont let the movie people into your homes” -etc) I have a friend that works at P.S.8, they could really use the scratch, as in many public schools, teachers there are using their own money to buy supplies. I’m one person with one opinion.Its the movie company’s dough, they can do with it what they will.whaddayagonnado?

  • Publius

    What I\’d like to know is what did the movie company feel they have to gain by giving a $10k payola to BHA. This is 5x more than to the next deserving nabe not-for-profit. If MovieCo was just being a good corporate citizen, why not dole out the donations more equitably?

    Nothing against the BHA, though I\’ve disagreed with some of their positions in the past, and currently disagree with their willful lack of support with our neighbors in Boerum Hill who are fighting against the double expansion of the Brooklyn House of D. If that was happening in the Heights, you know BHA would be whistening a different tune and fighting tooth and nail rather than saying it\’s a \”done deal\”.

  • ABC

    I think if it were payola it would have paid out before, not after.

    And I agree with lifer’s last thought: They gave money to a lot of groups. It’s their money to give and I think it’s great. To quibble about who get what seems ungrateful. Wish the TV production cos. would do the same.

  • marsha rimler

    The BHA does it again- it gets the best or the most for itself. It is an elitist, organization that represents the old line of the heights. How many of their governors park on the street and were inconvenienced by the film shoot? Perhps next time they should trade their high priced private garage spots with the ordinary folk. Then they would have at least earned the money

  • GHB

    Oh, stop bitching already. They didn’t have to give $ to anyone!

  • steve

    I think it was very nice of the production company to give the donations. And I don’t get this BHA bashing. What exactly is it that gets so many folks ticked off at the BHA? I think that over the decades the BHA has been an important and effective force against, for example, greedy and rapacious developers.

  • Tilly

    I think one of the things that irritate some people about the BHA is that they are snooty and elitist. They are about as white-bread as you can get outside Montana.
    And not only are they snooty, but they are proud of it.
    Hidebound dinosaurs. Other than that, they’re perfect.

  • No One of Consequence

    Now we’re picking on Big Sky Country and calling BHA snooty and elitist in the same post?
    Oh, the irony.

  • lifer

    My point was, the BHA was publicly against the filming from the beginning to the point of trying to impede the production… P.S.8 welcomed the film crew,allowed them to use their facilities, made them feel welcome without thought of recompense. BHA are largely rich/uppper middle class people who dont really need money, the school is an underfunded public educcational institution teaching the BHA members of the future how to read and write… who deserves more money?…if anything they should have evenly distributed the dough, there would be no “bitching”…and by the way, thats what these blogs facilitate, you guys bitch about things like restaurants and George Clooneys ass all day long, why cant the above be a valid topic of consternation?

  • CJP

    Hmmm. If someone has a beef with the makeup of the BHA why not join and push for change from within?

  • ABC

    lifer, the BHA gave PS8 50k not too many years ago and is partyly credited with jump-starting it. PS8 has been a BHA priority for years.

    It may be “rich/upper middle class” but that’s because it’s a neighborhood assoc, made up of people who pay $40 a year in a rich/upper middle class neighborhood. See how that works?

    Now, everyone can lay out where/how much they gave to charities this year and we’ll all take turns talking about how well you allocated it or how we think you should give next time.

  • hoppy

    My $.02– I’ve always heard (from ‘urban legend’ perhaps) that if not for the BHA, then Robert Moses would have sent the BQE right through the Plymouth Church, and this neighborhood would have ceased to exist as it does today. Snootiness aside, if the BHA continues a mission to preserve the history and classic architecture of the neighborhood, and be a formidible defense against any developers who plan to defile it with square glass towers and whatnot, then it can’t be all that bad. I sense that the problem people have with the “donations” is that the BHA was given a disproportionate share. In that case, concerns should be forwarded to the Coens and/or their production company, which decided on the respective allocations.

  • Lifer

    As far as Robert Moses goes, as stated on this fine site itself “To some Robert Moses was the most brilliant urban planner who ever lived. Others will argue that Moses’ cold and wreckless vision stymied beauty and fostered the urban blight of the mid-twentieth century.
    Among his accomplishments, Moses built the Belt Parkway and replaced Brooklyn’s shorefront towns with horrific high-rise apartments worthy of the Eastern Bloc.
    His 1947 master plan for the BQE would have cut through Brooklyn in a manner similar to his borough hacking construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway proposed at about the same time.
    Moses succeeded in destroying a portion of Hicks Street by laying down his 6 lane highway through Red Hook. He met with little opposition from the poor, immigrant Italian community there who feared retaliation — or worse, deportation — from City Hall if they protested. “And you say the BHA helped in this..
    He tore apart Hicks streeet, a main thoruoghfare in the 50’s, a poor working class neighborhood, to accomodate the rich… some fella, but of course you will come to his defense, because, it accomodates you.I’m not here to battle the heights resdients, and I wasnt the one saying you guys are “snooty, elitist, whitebread,hidebound dinosaurs”, but thats the image you are apparently giving off. Wether you care about that or not ,doesnt really bug me. I was born and raised in Cobble Hill, and all through the 60’s,70’s and 80’s the heights was uptight, we were a broke, slowly becoming liberal neighborhood, and now, Montague street is a ghostown,upper Henry street cant get themselves going (both discussed on this board), while heights residents come to eat and shop and find nitelife on Smith, Atlantic and Court street. No one wants to hang out up there anymore, and I can hear you now “so be it”.. and thats fine, you guys dont care what people think, and dont care about outside commerce, but dont get uptight when you are perceived as “snooty”…I have plenty of friends in the heights, and thanks to transplants like Homer here, you guys still have hope. there is no honor in the rich defending the rich.
    I just dont think the BHA deserves the money, thats my opinion, i am free to verballize it. I am not going to challenge the Coen brothers with my “concerns”, this is a discussion board, I am discussing.I am much more into healthy debates like this than talking about what celebrities put on their bagels and failed restaurants on Henry street. For chrissakes, the anniversary of the promenade came and went, and nobody blinked an eye (at least on this board) but there are pages and pages of George Clooney sightings.. and on that note, I am done.

  • http://http:www.myspace.com/billyreno Billy Reno

    All I know is that my wife and I lazed on the recycled lawn in Cadman Plaza while my kids happily danced to the music of the Deedle Deedle Dees. The BHA made that happen, so they’re alright in my book.

  • nabeguy

    As Billy points out, the BHA was insturmental in the It’s Our Park Day celebration, which benefitted not only the park but the efforts of the PS 8 fifth grade to raise money for a school trip. The BHA was actively soliciting for new members and specifically targeted young parents. Were any of you naysayer’s there? As CJP says, if you want to change something, it might help to learn about it from the inside. And I would hardly call $25 for an individual membership an elitist burden.

  • lifer

    didnt mean to bust a gasket..I guess there were lingering “us verses them” feelings from me growing up in Cobble Hill, I am sure the BHA is not the source of all that. They were very against the filming from the beginnning however. So them being rewarded confused me. I guess I should have stuck to that point rather than rambling…i’m over it, and happy to move on…