BHA Sends New Letter to DOT; Harvard “Kroks” Benefit Concert for BHA and A Better Way NYC

The Brooklyn Heights Association, in a letter sent today to Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, noted that the announcement of an alternative plan for repair of the L train tunnel should inspire DOT “to re-think DOT’s approach to the BQE reconstruction project.”

The parallels seem clear: each project poses huge engineering challenges, and in each
case the government’s initial approach would impose unthinkably devastating
consequences. The exciting new approach for the L Train, devised in a brief period and
announced only a few months before the start of the planned shut-down approach,
shows it is not too late to solve the BQE challenge. It also demonstrates that the fresh
perspective of creative, independent experts can identify far preferable solutions … DOT seeks to rebuild (and modernize a bit)
exactly what was built from 1951-54. But a highway that made sense for the NY
metropolitan area for the last 75 years cannot possibly be the right way to serve the
region’s transportation needs for the next 75 years.

The full text of the letter is here.

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In further news on the BQE front, the Harvard Krokodiloes, a men’s chorus that performs “popular music from the Great American Songbook” and is “America’s oldest collegiate social organization”, will sing at the Heights Casino this Friday, January 11 at 6:00 PM. Tickets are pricey: “a cocktail reception and warm-up concert in the Doubles Court for $100, or the above including a formal concert in the upstairs Governors Room followed by a private dinner with The Krokodiloes for $250.” However, “[a]ll proceeds will benefit the efforts by the BHA and A Better Way to defeat the DOT’s 6-lane highway on the Promenade.” You may purchase tickets here.

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  • Arch Stanton

    That ought to do the trick… LOL

  • Andrew Porter

    The prices for the concert are waaay out of my price range. I’m currently in the process of buying a boat for my dentist.

    There must be a cheaper way to support the legal efforts. As Sym’s Clothing used to say, “Quick nickels are better than slow dollars.”

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    There’s a stigma about Brooklyn Heights that everyone is a super-rich NIMBY. I believe that gets in the way of legitimate issues and complaints that residents and business owners may have. I think the switch from “Save the Promenade” to “A Better Way” was intended to deflect away the NIMBY accusations.

    A $250-a-plate fundraiser with “elitists” from Harvard doesn’t help to accomplish that.

  • Canonchet

    Actually, $400 a head for the dinner, a nominal sum for most Heights Casino patrons, perhaps. Yes, an all-male Harvard chorus performing at a members-only squash club conveys just the kind of inclusive outreaching all-Brooklyn image the BHA needs to project to overcome its reputation (fair or not) as zealous defenders of their own immediate environs and property values but not much beyond that. The DOT BQE plan must be opposed as a terrible idea for all of Brooklyn (which it is), not just Brooklyn Heights.

    The letter is quite good though. Wonder why the Mayor not also cc’d.

  • Herman on Henry

    If you dentist is looking for a boat send them my way. I’m thinking about selling mine.