Brooklyn Bridge Park: The park will include a water reclaimation system as well as :reclaiming" wood from the Cold Storage Warehouse that is being demolished for reuse in the park. The Brooklyn Waterfront LDC is continuing its transportation and access study. Late last year, they held hearings covering topics including pedestrian access, bike and bus routes and a link to the park from the Clark Street subway station. The LDC will most likey has a report ready at their next public meeting on March 20 from 6pm – 8pm at St. Francis College. The developer of 360 Furman Street (aka One Brooklyn Bridge Park) is adding two floors and public parking to the building. The BHA says it "welcomes" Governer Spitzer's review of the BBP plan and stresses that the strategy to cover the cost of the project be sound. The Purchase Building will not be demolished eventhough the Office of Emergency Management has moved. The building is now being used by the City Medical Examiner in it ongoing efforts to identify WTC remains.
Atlantic Yards: The BHA urges residents to visit the Brooklyn Speaks website to send letters to elected officials who will be voting on the project. The BHA will be screening the film Brooklyn Matters on March 22 at St. Francis College.
Crime: The BHA recognizes what appeared to be a mini-crime wave in the nabe recently. It adds that even if recent events do not contribute to "an increase in overall criminal activity, they are cause for concern." The BHA says that if you are a victim of crime, call 911 and report it and then call the BHA and they'll help follow up.
On the Streets: The death of Brooklyn Law Professor Sara Robbins is troubling for everyone in the neighborhood. The BHA believes that if more of our streets were equipped with "LPI" (Leading Pedestrian Interval), the risk of being a pedestrian would be greatly decreased. Currently, only the corners of Remsen and Court Streets and Clinton Street and Atlantic Avenue are fitted with LPI. The BHA is also monitoring the problem of reckless bike messengers. Businesses employing bikers must outfit them with ID tags visible from 10 feet away. Also, as reported here earlier, the BHA is conducting a survey of residents regarding Resident Permit Parking. This is a result of reservations on the part of the DOT on the desire for the plan among residents.