Asked if he was aware of the shooting incident at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 last April, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson (photo) said he was. He noted that there were two arrests immediately after the incident. A grand jury found evidence sufficient to indict one of those arrested but not the other. The D.A.’s office is proceeding against the one indicted. The D.A. also described another incident in which members of rival gangs got into a shootout in DUMBO, after which some of them drove through Brooklyn Heights, throwing weapons from their cars. He said that anyone who witnesses a crime should first report it to the police, but that it should also be reported to the D.A.’s office (see phone numbers listed at linked web page). His office, as well as the police, should also be told of any situation that seems likely to give rise to criminal activity.
There will be no BHA House Tour this year, or likely ever again. Asked why, BHA President Patrick Killackey said it was “a victim of Facebook and Instagram.” (Would you want the interior of your residence displayed to the world on social media?) He noted that the House Tour has been the BHA’s largest source of funds, and that they are looking for an event to replace it.
Despite a vigorous challenge from Michael D.D. White of Citizens Defending Libraries, who cited a recent New York Post story, cited here, that reports the winning bid by Hudson Companies was lower than other bids, Mr. Killackey said the BHA would stand by its decision to support the deal as struck, including modifications to the original plan secured by City Council Member Steve Levin. He said the BHA believes this, while not optimal, is the best result available for the community.
The BHA is now actively involved in issues concerning real estate development in Brooklyn Bridge Park, including keeping such development to the minimum necessary to provide funding for park maintenance, and being a plaintiff, along with Save The View Now, in the lawsuit alleging that a penthouse on the Pierhouse intrudes on the protected view from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
Awards for the year: (1) Business of the Year: Henry’s End and owner Mark Lahm; (2) Outstanding Community Service Award: Toba Potosky and the Cadman Park Conservancy; (3) Good Neighbor Award: Robert Sage and Marilyn Brainin, representing the the co-op board of 75 Henry Street (Whitman Owners Corporation), whose residents voted against a lucrative offer from a developer to build a high rise building at Pineapple Walk: and (4) the BHA’s highest award, the Martha Atwater Award for Outstanding Community Activism; Steve Guterman, founder of Save The View Now.