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  • M PIERCE

    AND THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN
    As more and more of the Heights Library shelves
    empty out. Per staff sometime before end of June
    library to officially close.
    lovebrooklynlibrariesinc.org
    is willing to take the developer, BPL and the
    politicians to court on June 10th.
    Will you stand with us and help before the
    bulldozers have their say?

  • CHASESGILBERT

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  • Diesel

    Nice pix but “self promotion” is a TOS violation, Woof!

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  • StudioBrooklyn

    Some ado in New York Kids Club this evening. Didn’t hear what happened or whether everyone is okay but hoping it was a non-event.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    I’m giving you a pass this time because they are photos of the neighborhood, but please refrain in future.

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  • HereToStay

    As you already know, the VAST MAJORITY of the hood is in favor of the new, smaller, community-focused library and the condo. So, I don’t think you are going to find any takers…

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Thanks for the heads up. I’m a parent of a Kids Clubber – just called and they said everything is fine. Person I spoke with didn’t even know what happened.

  • AbeLincoln

    That’s not true AT ALL.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I don’t feel I know enough about the project to understand the pros and cons of either argument, but isn’t the deal already done?

  • Jorale-man

    I noticed a handful of newly chopped down trees on Joralemon Street and on Hicks. Hopefully it’s not a trend.

    Also, I tried BGood on Montague last week for the first time. As fast food goes, it was quite good. The staff seemed friendly and eager to please too. We’ll see how it pans out.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Now you’ve gone and done it. Just by mentioning Joralemon Street, this OTW is going to get hijacked into a basketball court thread.

  • HereToStay

    LOL – yes it is. Go walk down the street and ask first 40 people you see that live here. Then report back. The only people I have known to be against the new library are the very few folks that comment here about it and a couple of activist-types who are against all development.

  • ToddCastilow

    I guess you didn’t attend the public hearings where there was a fairly large and resounding response from the local community against the sale of the library. From my recollection, the main proponents of the sale were BPL board members, the architect and developer, library employees, unionized laborers and others with obvious conflicts of interest. I don’t understand how you arrive at VAST MAJORITY in support of the sale.

  • Jorale-man

    Uh-oh. I swear I was only commenting on the trees!

  • HereToStay

    Like I said, walk down the block and ask people… Seriously. Interview the parents outside of PS8 picking up their kids… Ask shopkeepers, ask many of our elderly who enjoy stting outside of their homes and reading… I know many people here – and everyone, mostly, is for it. Not if it was going to include affordable housing, but without it, they all want it. Everyone wants a nice library to bring their kids for events like every other library in the country. What we had was not a very nice place – bums used to pee in the hallway. And the condo is going to bring people and activity to Cadman Plaza West, which is dark and lonely at night near the current library. Most reasonable people are not against development if it is legal, tastefully done, includes community input, and brings something positive to the neighborhood.

  • gc

    wrong!!

  • Concerned

    What!?! Did someone say Joralemon street!?!?!?!?! I….Can’t…..Control….Myself!!!!!!!!!

  • Concerned

    I’m not sure that’s the argument, though. I think those that are against the new library DO want an upgrade, but don’t think that a) a new condo and b) less library space, are necessary to make that upgrade. In other words, the improvements needed to the library are somewhat of a simple fix, but the real estate developers have taken that mole hill and made it into a mountain for their own profit. If I’m wrong, then someone can correct me, but it doesn’t seem like there’s much argument coming from the other side except “you’re wrong” and “people are on our side.”

  • AbeLincoln

    May I point out that not only has PS 8 been overcrowded for years, it just went through a pretty tough reasoning battle. You’d be hard pressed to find PS 8 parents in favor of new development in the zone.

  • Diesel

    Please provide proof of your thesis.

  • ToddCastilow

    As a current and longtime parent and board member at PS8, I can tell you that there’s not a lot of enthusiasm from parents about more housing in the neighborhood especially at the expense of a neutered library. The recent rezoning to alleviate overcrowding was an extremely divisive issue and didn’t even begin to fix the systemic problem facing PS8. As soon as the BPL condo comes online with Pierhouse and Pier 6 thereafter, the school which remains today at 130-140% capacity will quickly be facing a 50-100 family waitlist. At what point will the city finally realize that housing without basic infrastructure is just a recipe for disaster, regardless of what a random poll of neighborhood people reveals.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Again, I don’t have a good idea of the arguments against or in favor of the new development, but what’s the basis for opposing “affordable housing”?

  • MPIERCE

    Per H.T.S.: can find at least 40 people who are for a new library.
    H.T.S. seems to have missed the over 2 thousand SIGNED
    PETITIONS submitted to B.P. Adams office. Most collected
    in front of the Library.
    lovebrooklynlibrariesinc.org
    looks forward to meeting all 41 as well as the politicians, now under Federal investigation,
    the BPL, and developer in
    court on June 10th.
    Let’s let these folks know that
    sale (AKA theft) of a public
    library is NOT acceptable
    HERE!

  • gc

    Not sure how you missed all the arguing back and forth on this issue in the past couple of years. For my money this is just another case of the real estate interests and their political toadies rolling over neighborhood opposition.

  • Sharon T

    My husband is an attorney for 35 years, and he made the observation that no one has asked for any kind of official probe of the personal finances of BPL Board members.
    Also, family members, business associates, all the channels you look at when a deal this controversial goes through with this spèed.

    So we’re blind as to even the most gross possible corruption which could be.

    Proponents, opponents(!), The Press, ALL
    have avoided this “little” aspect in this entire matter.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m not sure how I missed it either, except that I just can’t be aware of everything that goes on in the neighborhood or on this site. Perhaps you could give me a summary or synopsis of the arguments?