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  • RJG

    Our nearby downtown neighborhood continues to evolve. A new building plan has been filed for 146 Pierrepont.

    Plan is for a mixed use building with 68 dwelling units and 6,200 sq. ft. of commercial space. Building will be 185 feet high and have 19 stories.

    NYC DOB details at:

  • Willow Street Watch

    What did everyone think of Mary Frost’s article in the Brooklyn Eagle on the CB2 land use committee’s meeting and vote on the BH library?

    The ending was certainly socko…

  • MaryT

    Thanks, RJG. Scary. It is wrong, wrong, wrong and very bad planning for multiple high rise developments to abut and tower over low rise neighborhoods. Mandated open space buffers are needed, at the least.

    On the brighter side, NY1 reports this a.m. that the City Council is poised to shut down the tourist copters operating out of the downtown heliport.

    The choppers move out, the jackhammers move in.

  • RJG

    For me all the downtown development has had lots of ups and downs but on balance I think the Community Board 2 area is much better off than it was several years ago. We’ve been owners at 96 Schermerhorn since 1984. We started out with a small co-op at 245 Henry in 1981 but needed more space; the downtown fit our budget.

    New projects are disruptive for a couple of years but then the benefits begin to flow in: new stores and restaurants, active BIDs with substantial resources, etc. Right now our building is preparing for a new development next door at 88 Schermerhorn. When all is settled I plan on making a point of saying hello whenever I see one of our new neighbors

  • Willow Street Watch

    OK, well say hello to the crips and the bloods, loud music, traffic jams, loads of out of town “tour” types annually and thinned out/ruduced public safety resources all to Regina’s wonderful (new palisades) park.

  • CHatter

    Anyone happen to know when we can expect the porta-potties on Columbia Heights to be removed?

  • CHatter

    Very promising news about the bill to reduce the chopper traffic and noise, but at the moment it is just a bill being drafted, and clearly will face opposition from tour companies. Interesting that it is being proposed by the Councilman representing District 38 (Red Hook, south through Sunset Park, where the issue is probably less pronounced). I hope we can assume Councilman Levin is going to offer vocal support?

  • KXrVrii1

    Anyone know why there is (or at least was a few days ago) some kind of antenna in the parking lot of the old urban classics garage down by fulton ferry, accompanied by a fence warning of danger if you get any closer?

  • MonroeOrange

    the crips and the bloods???

    You may or may not be aware, but Brooklyn Heights has had affordable housing since the 70’s and i don’t see any criminal activity that has been based in BH (that isn’t white collar)?

    What you SHOULD be concerned with is the amount of PEOPLE (regardless of income) that all these new buildings are bringing to BH. A BH that lacks adequate resources to handle such an influx of people.

    You speak often as someone who has live here their whole life, as i have i…yet you seem to lack the very thing that makes BH great..the fact that we live in a place without prejudice (well almost without, you may be the exception).

  • Neighborhoodpottywatch

    Seriously those things should have been removed this past Monday latest. They stink! I’m sure they’re full to capacity.

  • MonroeOrange

    i hear they are staying, finally i don’t have to pee on the promenade!

  • Willow Street Watch

    I really shouldn’td answer a PC rant such as yours, but for the record, I constantly decried the total number of people in all reality project-ed to be brought to the area by the park, far beyond our physical facility to handle.

    But, yes, there IS going to be a disorderly/criminal element that I and I suspect 99 percent of Heights residents do not want Anywhere in or near the Heights. Is this bias or somehow not PC to say?…make the most of it!

    Who recently shot up the park? Some St Ann’s kids or Groton grad- uates?

    The safety of the Heights is my first concern. Then the safety and comfort of the overall area effected by this seriously questionable social venture. I object to the danger involved in ALL its aspects and I refuse to strike my colors when I am well based for any reason in the face of this threat. Again I invite anyone feeling that any or all of the above should be left unsai…to make the most of what I said.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Nice “manners” from a “life long resident” displaying just the diivrrsity to be via!used….ugh! By the way, although they don’t often post, kids 15 years and under do read these comments, so…

  • neighboronhicks

    i would like to see the moderators take steps to mitigate the racism that has lately been a blight on this blog in the comment section

  • MonroeOrange

    You failed in your response…i gave examples of the fact for the last 40 years we have had buildings that are for affordable housing in BH and we haven’t had an influx of crime bc of it….you showed me no proof that your doomsday attitude about lower social economic classes in based in any facts, while i showed you factual evidence. And furthermore, there are going to be bad apples in any group of people…it probably accounts for 5%, regardless of class.

    The only threat is your outdated attitude.

  • MonroeOrange

    can’t wait to pee on willow street today!

  • RJG

    I keep trying to get the dog to leave the tourist buses alone.

  • Concerned

    Graffiti. Big problem. Needs to go.

  • Willow Street Watch

    My response was very adequate and accurate. Perhaps not in your distorted view.

    We have tons of low income seniors and long term residents in this area. This has NEVER been a problem.

    But this is largely because they are culture bearing elements or at least admirers of the unique and highly valuable culture and heritage of the Heights.

    What the park has ALREADY brought in is people who either don’t or to a very reduced level even understand let alone value the unique treasure they are passing through.

    And again, YOU didn’t properly address the danger issue. If ONE assailant like the ones who opened fire in the park approaches a loved one and that ONE assailant represents .O000001 percent of park users…how would you (or anyone reading this) feel about it?

    And please, no more vulgarity or obscenity on these pages…..

  • Willow Street Watch

    Again, can possibly we get by without vulgarity or obscenity?

  • Willow Street Watch

    And can we get by without PC attempts to limit honest community comment?

    Really, can we get past the Frankfurt school then the late 60’s SDS-oid nonsense of using the R word every time you start to loose a debate or anyone wants to avoid a subject being examined….

  • neighboronhicks

    hate is the poison that you take to hurt others.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Besides canards, can you speak to my above points on PC and the use of the R word to limit (fully legitimate) national discourse? ….

  • RJG

    Reading seveneves by Neal Stephenson and am captivated. Incredibly thought provoking. It’s a treat every night to read some pages and I am actually “rationing” them so I can savor the details more. Haven’t read his other books but will go back and pick them up when I’m through with this one.

  • StoptheChop

    It’s quite pronounced in Red Hook– they fly right by Valentino Park. And other electeds have already said they support a ban, so we’ll see how engaged they are in the drafting, hearings, etc. But now would be a great time to contact them to keep pressing the issue!

  • StoptheChop

    Almost had yet another head-on collision as cars were passing a poky, traffic congesting tour bus heading south on Furman. NYPD refuses to do anything about them– City Council is finally thinking about regulating them!

  • Roberto Gautier

    As we know, jackhammers, backup alarms, waivers of the noise code to permit after-hours construction all pose serious health hazards.
    Noise is more than a pesky annoyance.

  • Eddyde

    ^^ Battle of the Trolls ^^

  • Jorale-man

    A Curbed editorial argues for a Brooklyn Bridge scenic view district: “The Brooklyn Bridge deserves offense, not defense, because there will always be a developer dangling a middle school, a glass tower shown as transparent in the renderings, a forgotten agreement, an offensive mechanical unit. The Brooklyn Bridge needs a special zoning district of its own: an invisible tube stretching from the anchorages on one side of the East River to those on the other, elastic enough to reach to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Police Plaza, both raised, public platforms that offer distinctive, leveled-up perspectives on the roadway.”

  • Rick

    Can you suggest who Brooklyn Heights residents should contact for maximum effect?