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  • skb

    Good morning, neighbors! I’m wondering if anyone has seen/heard any information about voting in the general election in our neighborhood. In other words, I’ve heard about polling locations potentially being open sooner for longer, locations changing, etc.
    Thanks, and have a great day.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Look up your address here:

    Early voting is Oct 24 through Nov 1. I believe the early voting site for the neighborhood is 285 Jay Street.

    As of now, poll sites will be open on election day from 6AM to 9PM. The early voting site has different hours each day so check the website to make sure it is open before you go to the early voting site.

    Request your absentee ballot here

    If you are affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus, please check the box for “Temporary Illness” on the application. The definition has been temporarily expanded to include “a risk of contracting or spreading a disease” such as COVID-19.

  • CassieVonMontague

    The Eco–Yogi Slumlords of Brooklyn: How did a couple who built an empire of yoga studios and homes with “living walls” end up as pandemic villains?

    “I used to call them the Brooklyn Heights Bonnie and Clyde,” says a former Area employee.

    An article about the Area Kids owner and her husband. Area Kids used to have a store on Montague Street, otherwise they have no other close association with Brooklyn Heights.

  • Teresa

    I think I wrote here a while back about her being charged with shoplifting from Whole Foods.

  • CassieVonMontague

    The article says the charges were dropped.

  • Robert Perris

    The last time I took a screen grab of the census self-response rate in Community District 2 (CD2) was May 12, almost four months ago. Since then, every census tract has improved its rate of response except for Census Tract 3.01, bounded by Upper New York Bay and Pineapple, Hicks and Joralemon streets. The rate there is still below 50 percent. The overall response rate for CD2 is around 65 percent. Residents who have not yet responded can do so without a census identification number at

  • Clinton

    The Area yoga studio on Montague was popular and in business until March of this year.

  • Andrew Porter

    More photos from the Olde Days. Well, not so old: here’s Cadman Plaza and Pierrepont Street, before 300 Cadman Plaza West was built, from March 21st, 1977:

  • Andrew Porter

    And here’s the Brooklyn House of Detention under construction, in this photo by M.H. Hubacher, from 1954:

  • Bornhere

    What a nostalgia jolt to see the Rooney sign.

  • Reggie

    A sliver of 10 Clinton Street (c. 1971), a building that I think is architecturally underrated, at far right.

  • meschwar

    PLEASE use those links to identify your polling location and it’s hours. Don’t rely on what your neighbors told you. Check your voter registration here as well:

  • CassieVonMontague

    i listened to the podcast Nice White Parents, which is about the Boerum Hill School for International Studies in District 15.

    What are popular middle schools in our district, District 13? Where do the students from PS 8 go to middle school?

  • Reggie

    I am also interested in the answer to this question. Is there still a PS 8 middle school co-located with Westinghouse High School?

  • CassieVonMontague

    Especially interesting because he’d been dead for a year and a half when that photo was taken.

  • Jeremy

    If you zoom in, you can see the restaurant (with the “LIQUORS” sign) in the old Crescent Club building:

    Does anyone know when St. Ann’s took over all of 129 Pierrepont? Their website says the church bought the building for the school in 1966, and transferred the building to the school when they split in the 1980s. But from this pic, looks like there were still Crescent vestiges in the 70s…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I try not to post negative stuff about locally owned stores here but, perhaps by coincidence, our experiences at the Area Kids on Montague were horrible. Attempts to purchase, always respectfully and politely, were always met with surliness, eye-rolling, or being ignored outright by the staff. After five or six times we decided not to give them our business anymore.

  • Heights

    Hicks Street between, Pierrepont and Clark was resurfaced a couple of weeks ago. The speed bump was removed as a result. Anyone know if it will be replaced?

  • Teresa

    I had the same experience there.

  • JaneonOrange

    I am pretty certain the store and diner were gone by 1980

  • Jorale-man

    Requested and shared widely…

  • SongBirdNYC

    I’ve listened to one episode so far and it was sooooo cringy and a little too close for comfort. But then again, that’s probably a good thing for me to recognize that. MS915 is now an independent Middle School and was once MS8, part of PS8 (meaning same budget, one principal). It is the MS that is located in Westinghouse on Tillary. The other school close to BH is Dock Street in Dumbo. Supposedly the DOE is building another MS at Atlantic Yards (referred to as MS One) but it has been delayed, delayed, delayed and came about because of pressure for more quality middle schools from parents in Prospect Heights. There are other schools that are merit based and have screenings like Mark Twain (in Coney Island) and Arts & Letters in Fort Greene. One of the fastest and no nonsense ways to learn about Middle Schools is to take Joyce Szuflita’s seminar. She knows the whole Brooklyn school scene, both public and private, inside out. She will also do individual consultations with parents. Keep in mind that the discussions around equity and diversity and the complications of the pandemic will influence the screenings for the specialty schools. In fact many schools are doing away with screenings all together. To keep up on what’s happening I also suggest you read Chalk Beat and follow NPR’s education reporting. Here’s the 2020 Middle School Admissions Guide.

  • SongBirdNYC

    Yes, I read (somewhere) that it will be replaced eventually. The Brooklyn Heights Association might know. And Hicks was resurfaced from Poplar to Atlantic, fyi.

  • skb

    All of this was so helpful, thank you both!

  • aeshtron

    Hooray for MS915, it has caring/engaging teachers, a solid curriculum and is close-by.

    Some PS8 (my estimate is 33%) students choose to attend Brooklyn Prospect Charter Middle School.

    And a big THANK YOU to teachers : )

  • Reggie

    Good report, ‘Birdy.’ Isn’t Arts & Letters moving to Bed-Stuy? And so my question is not misunderstood, I am asking from the perspective of traveling to-and-from school.

  • Robert Perris

    Speed bumps are always (except for error) replaced but they are installed by a different unit at DOT than the folks who repave the streets. Ditto bike lanes, with the markings sometimes taking months to go back.

  • CHatter

    That map is interesting. I’ll note that there are a couple of former JW buildings within that small tract that are in transition (including the very big one that they are in the process of converting into a senior care facility, and another series of connected houses that are being turned into student housing), which may account for some of the non-responses. Also note we are CD7 (not 2) for anyone else who wants to have a look.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Brooklyn Friends is trying to dissolve a faculty and staff members’ union.

  • SongBirdNYC

    Yes, thanks for the reminder. Arts & Letters is moving to Bed-Stuy. Still D13. There are several buses you can catch at Tillary that will go to that neck of the woods. Not sure about what the closes subway is.