Open Thread Wednesday 11/26/14

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  • DoBro84

    CB2 Calling for Ideas for the Brooklyn Strand

    This is a great opportunity to get involved. If you have ideas but couldn’t make it to last week’s CB2 meeting on the Brooklyn Strand it’s not too late. Note that WXY Studio is hoping to continue gathering ideas via email at brooklynstrand@wxystudio.com

    For background, here’s a link to the October 2014 Urban Design Action Plan:

    http://www.brooklyneagle.com/sites/default/files/2014-10-30_brooklyn-strand_stakeholder-meeting-2_final-lres-2014-10-30_.pdf

  • Justine Swartz

    Marvel Architects has been given the go ahead by BHA to build the condominium in the space that our Cadman Plaza Library occupies.   Mr. Kramer, of Marvel Architects, refused to state the proposed height of the building at the Borough hall CAC meeting in Oct. 2014.
             The Brooklyn Heights Association has a Mission Statement “protecting Our Neighborhood: The BHA is pushing to limit building heights on our perimeter.” 
         Marvel Architects has already betrayed BHA trust, the spirit
    of their agreement by planning and building the Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in excess of 100 ft. 
         Alexandra Bowie, President of BHA wrote the Pierhouse “seriously compromising that iconic world class view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade. Marvel Architects was to preserve the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond” 
           On behalf of the Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood I ask BHA
    to withdraw their approval of Marvel Architects to build a condominium in the Brooklyn Heights Library’s footprint. They have shown their true colors and in your own words, ” Have angered The Board and Public”.  Bad actions should not be without consequences. Protect our neighborhood. It is not too late.

  • WOW

    I am glad they are building it. The community wants a smaller, state of the art library with the business library housed somewhere else. As far as the tower, it is not in the historic district and there is no reasonable reason why anyone should fight it. Quality housing is not going to hurt the hood.

  • CassieVonMontague

    I, too, look forward to a state-of-the-art library. One with reliable air conditioning will be great. One request: Please save the Greco-Deco reliefs and incorporate them in the new building. I’m also worried about the art that was on the old NYC College of Technology building on Jay Street. Does anyone know the fate of the blue mosaic that adorned that building?

  • Justine Swartz

    The community wants, needs more schools.
    P.S. 8 is overcrowded.
    Cadman Plaza Library is a perfect place to house a new school. The children of Brooklyn Heights are in need of classrooms. There are many condominiums already being constructed
    in the Heights.
    The quality of education for our children, less crowded classrooms are a number 1 reason for everyone to protest the selling off of our Public Space to real estate developers!

  • Carlotta

    What community would ever want a smaller library? And who are those who want another high rise surrounding Brooklyn Heights and who wants more crowded classrooms and more traffic? I heard only one woman state she wanted more light in the library everyone else abhorred the takeover of public property at the meeting in Oct. And Mr. Kramer,who won the bid for a new bldg. somehow lost his initial plans and stated he was now in the scratch paper stage.Looks like he keeps on scratching at Pier 1.

  • north heights res

    I’m in the market for some kind of padding to go underneath rugs to decrease everyday apartment noise. Any suggestions?

  • DoBro84

    According to this story in the NY Daily News only the two school crests were saved. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/city-tech-destroy-artist-famed-mural-article-1.1371643

  • miriamcb

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Stay dry and have fun in the snow (when/if it comes!).

  • Cindy sm

    One of the VERY serious problems
    Is some of “journalists” who pose as
    Protectors of this community are
    Actually noticably pro real estate
    Take the treatment of Jeffrey Smith
    When he reported misconduct by a
    Major real estate operator (38 Monroe
    Place et al)

    IMMEDIATELY the Brooklyn bugle
    Attacked him as being “racist”
    Huh? It’s also that many publica
    Tions carry complaints about real
    Estate misconduct but they
    Never remotely make any attempt
    To bring effective solutions to
    Public attention. No editorial
    Campaigns urging civic leaders
    To take effective legal action etc

    So a major problem is the press
    And which side are they really
    on….

  • ionFreeman

    What’s going on with the Clark street station elevator? Does anyone have news?

  • bklynchickadee

    Better Carpet Warehouse on Atlantic Ave has a good selection, and they deliver. Look under “accessories” on their website.

  • WOW

    What do you mean, exactly – was fine this morning…

  • WOW

    Clearly you have not spent much time in our current library…

  • ionFreeman

    The middle one? It’s open? I was there Monday, I think, and it was still out of order. November, 2014, the last target month I heard, is slipping away.

  • north heights res

    Thank you!

  • nicky

    the library giveaway will not happen. a school and a refurbished library are much preferred by the community at large

  • nicky

    you can look forward all you want
    it is a giveaway to a favored developer and Guttamn crony.
    We need a refurbished library and a school not more condos

  • ionFreeman
  • WS Gilbert

    And clearly, YOU are a estate shill!

  • Jorale-man

    Interesting pattern: the same houses that don’t shovel or salt their sidewalks in the winter are the ones who don’t clean up the leaves after they’ve fallen and covered everything, leaving a slippery mess. I wonder if there’s any enforcement mechanism to get these places to clean up their acts a bit?

  • DoBro84

    My suggestion was the design ought to consider the significant uphill climb from the waterfront to the Korean War Memorial park–the elevation gain is about 80 feet. I suggested providing attractive, accessible spaces in the park area at the top of the hill for people who might find the hill a barrier, e.g., seniors or families with small children.

  • miriamcb

    I think you can call 311 to report unsafe sidewalk stretches. I seem to remember a few years ago the city was actually issuing tickets for hazardous sidewalk conditions.

  • Andrew Porter

    Numerous retailers offer those. Company Store, LL Bean, etc., all offer those things.

  • Andrew Porter

    Photo above shows the old buildings on Fulton Street, now Cadman Plaza West, after the park was installed, but before Robert Moses got around to destroying what was there in favor of the enormous Mitchell-Lama towers. You can see how what he tore down was exactly what the rest of BH consisted of.

  • Andrew Porter

    Just discovered that Grimaldi’s is now a nationwide chain of pizza restaurants which, while claiming Brooklyn roots, is not connected to the one on Old Fulton Street:

    http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/our_story.aspx

  • peterbrooklyn
  • MyShinyNewHandle

    Yes, ban them! There’s one right now on my block and certain of those leafblower frequencies just carry and carry…

  • MonroeOrange

    SHILL! Andrew ‘works for Grimaldi’s’ Porter!

  • Andrew Porter

    I’m retired, a former magazine editor/publisher. As my Wikipedia page says. The only time I ate there, I had diarrhea afterwards…