Concerned About Library Project? Contact Council Member Levin

We noted that the City Planning Commission approved the proposed acquisition of the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of Brooklyn Public Library by developer Hudson Comapnies, which would demolish the existing library building (library service would be provided on an interim basis at space leased from Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on Remsen Street) to build a high rise residential and commercial structure with a new library on its ground level and lower floors. The proposal must still be considered by the City Council, and by tradition heavy weight is accorded to the views of the council member in whose district the proposed structure lies. That would be Council Member Stephen Levin, whose 33rd District includes Brooklyn Heights.

So, if you want to register your opinion about the library proposal, whether pro, con, or pro with proposed changes, you may call Council Member Levin’s office at 718-875-5200. My wife did today, and spoke with a most helpful and receptive staffer.

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  • Roberto Gautier

    In my experience, Steve Levin’s staff has always been open and accessible. To get your point across on any issue, be crystal clear, follow up with an email and recognize the basics of politeness. At times, you may have a much more detailed understanding of a policy or issue, so this is a teaching opportunity.
    The sale of the library is critical. Steve’s soul is on the line. This is a classic damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t bind.
    My neighbors and I are not for the sale. It’s a red line in the sand.

  • HereToStay

    I live in the Heights and everyone I know is all for the tower and the new library — it is a win/win. There are more towers to come – it’s progress; we have to evolve and grow. Outside of the protected area of BH, vertical is the way to go.

  • Arch Stanton

    HTS Are you a Shill for the developers? Cause you sure sound like one. How long have you lived here and how many people are included in “everyone you know”? I have lived her all of my life and know a lot of BH natives, all of whom are not in favor of the new developments.

  • Still Here

    I have lived here for over 30 years. Almost everyone I know is for the library plan. Your shill comment is offensive.

  • E280

    Please call Councilman Levin about the helicopters, too — the NYC Council hearing is tomorrow, I believe.

  • elmer jones

    Slow-down is the way to go. Brooklyn is loosing it’s character and identity from over-building.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’d be curious to know what Brooklyn’s “character and identity” is, and how such a thing can be lost when it has always been and will always be, by nature, in constant flux.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve lived here 47 years and I’m opposed to it. I know very few people who are in favor.

  • elmer jones

    Brooklyn is getting buried by a new influx of wealthy, arrogant, selfish, rude people who give nothing back to their new community. Brooklyn used to have neighborhoods with unique people who cared about each other. Brooklyn is becoming soul-less with the newbies buying in.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m sorry you feel that way. It seems to me that the quality of life in brooklyn has never been better. If you only look at it quantitatively, yes, there is a significant downside to how expensive it has become. On the other hand, it’s safer, there is better infrastructure, better amenities, and it’s a better investment for people who are able to buy property here.

    And as long as we’re going on empirically unsubstantiated anecdotal arguments, I’ve only been in Brooklyn for less than a decade (as have most of the people I know here), but none of us are wealthy, arrogant, selfish, or rude. Well, I’m a little arrogant. But I’d thank you to check your prejudice about people just based on how long they’ve lived somewhere.

  • elmer jones

    You are a jerk. One less community hospital, over-crowded schools, over-crowded transportation, more crime, more noise, more dog-poop, less police service, etc. And after ten years of being here, you claim the infrastructure is better, and you claim things are better? Where do you live? It can’t be in BK.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    “You are a jerk.”

    I didn’t realize we were already into the portion of the discussion where we volley personal remarks. I’m new to this. How does it work? Do I go next?

    I’ll leave you to think about that while I respond on topic.

    Obviously I don’t have a great basis of before and after comparison, but the stories I keep hearing are about how much crime there used to be in Brooklyn back in the “good old days”, when rent was low and you could get stabbed just for stepping on the wrong curb. As far as I understand, you now have to travel pretty far out on the 3 or L lines to accomplish such idyllic quality of life.