Help Council Member Levin Spend $1 Million

It’s time once again to help City Council Member Steve Levin decide how to spend a kitty of $1 million in his district, which includes Brooklyn Heights. There will be a community meeting on Thursday, October 16 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, at which you may present and discuss your ideas. You may also present them on line here.

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  • Remsen Street Dweller

    May I suggest we buy a politician or judge to save LICH? After all, so much real estate political contribution money bought its destruction?

  • DoBro84

    I think the process Levin has put in place is good public policy and I look forward to reading about the ideas people have.

  • Monty

    Serious suggestion: Upgrade Pierrepont Playground. It’s not decrepit by any stretch, but it’s super busy every day. Lots more kids in the area, plus a lot of visitors to the promenade and the neighborhood, plus it’s the only public toilet in the area so all the tourists pop in the playground which is not ideal. Not to mention the bathrooms are dirty and closed half the time.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I hope you’re not implying that my suggestion was not serious. It is dead serious. All those kids using Pierrepont Playground lost their neighborhood hospital — so did their parents, nannies, friends, community members, visitors and tourists.

  • TMS

    Add another addition to PS8 or build outdoor play space for the kids on the roof.

  • GHB

    How about fixing some of the dangerous and broken sidewalks (Pierrepont & Willow, west side, Clark, south side @ Hicks

  • DoBro84

    I want to thank BHB for the reminder about this process and for the link!

    I submitted an online request for more street lamps at the intersection of Boerum Place and Joralemon. You have to be especially careful at night when crossing Joralemon as the west side of the intersection is quite dark.

    You can be crossing Joralemon with the “walk” signal and discover north bound traffic from Boerum is coming at you at 25 mph as it makes a left turn onto Joralemon.

    I’ve taken to waiting until all the north bound Boerum traffic has gone by before I’ll try to cross.

  • Rock E. Fella

    How about an inexpensive, high-volume zip line from Squibb Park to BBP? Maybe right through the middle of Pierhouse?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    That is a property owner’s responsibility — not that of the city.

  • marshasrimler

    Councilman Levin needs to account for all the lunches he has had at the home of Peter Aschkenasy BPL Treasurer and (BBPDC Board Member) and Pam Brier Maimo Hospital CEO. I have been told ( by him) that he has lunched at their home monthly since his election.
    Is it love of Lobbying? Is it on the Councilman’s financial disclosure forms? Why are certain people allowed to skirt around the public process and the others like Mr. Aschkenasy et al allowed to
    get special treatment. I am sure Mr. Aschanenasy does not attend public budgeting sessions and compete with like projects for either the BPL or BBPDC
    The amount to be divided up is not all that much into todays world.
    Small change to a developer like Mr. Kramer or Mr. Aschkenasy

  • gatornyc

    I hate to be the “off-topic” police, but this has nothing to do with the article posted and you have made the same comment on several other threads. Why must you clog this blog with your clutter?

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  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Want to sign a petition to rout out the source of this problem?

  • Doug Biviano

    Think about participatory budgeting for a moment. We get a say in $1 million on a $75 billion dollar budget. Put another way that’s a pimple on an elephant’s ass. It is designed to make voters feel they have a say in their community (despite being mostly cut out of the most important decisions and the remaining 99.999% of the budget). It’s quite a con job.

    I’ll give another for instance of where real chunks of the budget are controlled. Our BPL libraries are said to need $300 million (inflated I’m sure) and is the pretext behind the library sell-off to developers for mere fractions of the true value to our communities of the land beneath. It is my understanding that the Brooklyn Borough President (like all BPs) is given control of 5% of the NYC Capital Budget of $6.1 Billion (2015) or approximately $300 million. So if the BP cares about his constituents and their Brooklyn libraries he could create a 5 year plan where he allocates $60 million a year for the next five years to fix the libraries and still have $240 million to allocate elsewhere each of the years.

    The libraries could be saved and other priorities can be funded, but only if it is truly a priority to save them.

  • Monty

    I don’t understand how you can pin this on Cuomo. It’s not like he swooped in and kicked out all the patients. There was simply no one willing to run it and he declined to force it open and let it hemorrhage cash forever. I understand people’s concerns, but rather than protesting, how about donating $100M to pay for operations?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Monty, please — before you write a comment like that, find out what really happened. It’s been spoken about here many times. It’s written up in the Brooklyn Eagle, the Red Hook Star Revue. Talk to your neighbors who’ve been involved in this fight to save LICH for nearly 2 years. It’s Cuomo.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I can’t believe you gave Monty a
    ‘like’ for his comment, Brooklyn Bugle.

    Haven’t you been following this story? You really think that there was no one willing to run LICH as a full-service hospital? You really think it was hemorrhaging cash?

  • gatornyc

    I have been following the story closely, but I’ll bite anyway: who was willing to run LICH as a full-service hospital?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Prime Healthcare, for one. I guess you didn’t read the RFPs submitted to SUNY after the “legal” settlement. The Brooklyn Eagle printed information about all the proposals.

  • gatornyc

    I honestly don’t think there is a single truth in your post. As for your idea for providing funding to the libraries I’ve addressed that in another thread (where it was on topic) so I won’t belabor the point.

  • gatornyc

    I read all of the RFPs. Prime was going to operate an acute care hospital not a “full-service” hospital. And do you really think that Prime was the best choice to provide medical services (an organization that principally operates acute care facilities located in the Western U.S.) as compared to NYU and the other major hospital operators here in NY/NJ?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    yes, acute care — that is what Mt. Sinai, Beth Israel and all full-service hospitals are defined as (as opposed to long term care). And yes, Prime is a great choice — NYU just wants to milk the community to serve it’s Manhattan hospital.

    Now, would you like some more SUNY/NYU Kool-Aid?

    Here’s a link to Prime’s RFP:

  • ujh

    Yes, but don’t forget that it has to be ADA accessible!

  • ujh

    Whatever the BP has at his disposal, Brooklyn consists of more than Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and Downtown. Forget your myopic vision.

  • cindy sm

    Firefighting is BORING?!!!
    Want to know what is real high rise fire
    Is like? Remember the Hotel Margaret
    Fire and it’s aftermath was like? WHAT
    AN AREA AFTER A MAJOR FIRE. My boyfriend was at 170 Broadway on 9-11.
    Just as important is police and EMS….
    As EMS, how much is every additional
    Second of wait worth if God forbid a
    Child as per ates food or a loved one is in flatline?

  • cindy sm

    Sorry if comment while valid was mis
    Routed. Our error.

  • johnny cakes

    Wrong. Prime was willing to operate a larger full-service hospital than Lich existed in 2012. The unions blocked it. They were looking at 450 beds, which was the optimal level to maximize their cost efficiently.