Brooklyn Heights Blog » Claude Scales http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 BHA: de Blasio “Blindsided” Brooklyn Heights on BQEhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87275 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87275#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:43:46 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87275

Brooklyn Heights Association President Martha Bakos Dietz (in photo, helping at Save the Promenade’s stand during the Montague Street Sunday Social today) issued this statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that he favors the city DOT’s “innovative” option for BQE reconstruction:

As the President of the Board of Governors of the Brooklyn Heights Association, I was stunned to read the Crain’s report that Mayor de Blasio supports the New York City Department of Transportation’s so-called ‘Innovative’ approach to the reconstruction of the BQE.

At a time when the BHA has been trying to meet again with the DOT to urge serious consideration of alternatives to its two proposals, the Mayor makes it clear that the City does not care to hear our community’s opinion.

We certainly agree that the rehabilitation of the BQE is necessary and urgent and we are willing, as a neighborhood, to share the pain.

But the Mayor’s reference to the DOT’s alternative plan as a Band-Aid approach is condescending and dismissive of the very real consequences to Brooklyn Heights of an approach that would place six lanes of highway traffic in close proximity to an historic district and its almost two-centuries-old buildings.

We truly think there are other options to be considered and the City needs to meet with us as soon as possible to discuss these.

The BHA urges local residents and anyone concerned with the preservation of the Promenade to support Save the Promenade and to email the Mayor’s representative to Brooklyn Heights, Mr. Daniel Abramson, at dabramson@cityhall.nyc.gov

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Coming This Week at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87272 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87272#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:46:55 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87272

This coming Wednesday evening, October 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present social historian and York University (U.K.) professor emeritus James Walvin, author of Sugar: The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity. in which

he uncovers the fraught history of one of our most prevalent ingredients: sugar. From its role in catalyzing colonialism and slave trading, to its current contributions to health crises, Walvin delivers this history without any sugar coating.

There’s more information here

On Thursday evening, October 18 from 6:30 to 8:00, Mark Noonan and Benjamin Shepard, authors of Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough

uncover the local consequences of globalization through the literature, social activism, and changing tides of capital as it crashes onto the shores of this ever-transforming borough.

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Repast Baroque Ensemble Presents “Them Foreigners” at First Unitarian Thursday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87268 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87268#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2018 04:50:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87268

The Repast Baroque Ensemble returns to Brooklyn Heights, and to the McKinney Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street, this Thursday evening, October 18, starting at 8:00. They will present “Them Foreigners,” a program of baroque music exemplifying the fact that

[m]any Baroque composers made musical characterizations of peoples who were exotic to them, such as Native Americans, Turkish, Polish, and French. Tapping into the current national issues about immigration and racism, Repast presents a cultural flashback to relevant issues of encountering “the other” in musical discourse.

The concert will include works by Telemann, Rameau, and Guignon. In addition to Repast’s usual complement of outstanding musicians, this concert will feature Arash Noori on theorbo. You may buy tickets here.

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Mayor Prefers Replacing Promenade With Highway During BQE Reconstructionhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87261 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87261#comments Sat, 13 Oct 2018 02:40:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87261

The Brooklyn Paper reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed a preference for the City Department of Transportation’s “innovative” plan that would close the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for at least six years and replace it with a temporary six lane highway that would render some residences virtually uninhabitable. The Brooklyn Paper story quotes the Mayor:

It will definitely have a big impact, but I think it’s the way to address the bigger problem once and for all, and as quickly as we can … It’s a painful approach, it will definitely create a lot of inconvenience for people — I don’t want to underestimate what impact it would have.

The Mayor is also quoted as saying the “traditional” option of rebuilding the BQE in segments while keeping some lanes open and closing portions of the Promenade in order would divert too much traffic to local streets. He didn’t mention any other options, still on the table, such as a tunnel, or some that could reduce truck traffic and allow more time for reconstruction, such as putting two way tolls on the Verrazano Bridge, or tolls on the East River Bridges, or congestion pricing (which would require federal, in the case of Verrazano tolls, or otherwise state cooperation). The Mayor described replacing the Promenade with a highway as “kind of the pull-the-band-aid off approach.” A band-aid that takes six years or more to pull off?

Photo: By Kevin Case from Bronx, NY, USA (Bill de Blasio) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87257 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87257#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2018 02:09:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87257

I’m calling this a “green light” weekend – late Friday night, October 12 to early Monday morning, October 15 – because there are no planned service changes that directly and adversely affect travel to or from any local stations. N trains will replace R trains in both directions at Court and Jay streets late at night.

Things get more complicated on late nights the following work week: Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19. Each night from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no 2 or 3 service in either direction at Clark Street or Borough Hall. Use 4. A, C, or N trains as options. During these same late night hours, there will be no Manhattan bound service at High Street, as Manhattan bound A and C trains are being diverted to the F line between Jay and West 4th streets.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87252 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87252#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2018 02:55:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87252

On Friday evening, October 12, starting at 7:00, Bargemusic will present pianist Sara Davis Buechner (photo) playing works by Suesse and by George Gershwin, including a solo piano rendering of the famous “Rhapsody in Blue.”

On Saturday evening, October 13, starting at 6:00, violinist and Bargemusic Artistic Director Mark Peskanov, and pianinst Maureen Volk will perform works by Handel, Schubert, and Mozart.

On Sunday afternoon, October 14 starting at 2:00, and again, starting at 4:00, the Amernet Quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Guillaume, and Schumann.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87248 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87248#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:20:28 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87248

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Travails of Eighteen Wheelers in Brooklyn Heightshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87237 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87237#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2018 02:20:26 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87237

Several days ago, your correspondent spotted this huge tractor-trailer rig trying unsuccessfully to turn from Montague to Hicks Street. Its way was blocked by a smaller bread delivery truck parked on the west (left) side of Hicks, close to the intersection. I didn’t stay around to see how this finally was resolved (I had to make it to my day job), but I suspect it was when the bread truck driver, having finished his delivery, showed up and moved.

IMG_1726Behind the big rig was an FDNY ambulance; fortunately not on an emergency mission, as its siren was silent, as were the horns of the cars stopped behind it.

Earlier the same day, a similar eighteen wheeler tried to make a left from Montague to Pierrepont Place (perhaps because the same bread truck was blocking the turn to Hicks) and struck a tree on the west side of Pierrepont Place.

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Coming This Week at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87211 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87211#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2018 20:28:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87211

This coming Wednesday evening, October 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice,” in which award winning journalist and author Bernice Yeung will discuss her writings and work concerning the protection of immigrant women in the work force from violence, sexual harassment, and exploitation. She will be joined in discussion by three other women active in this field. More information here.

On Thursday evening, October 11 from 6:30 to 8:00, historian, biographer, and Brooklyn resident Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the musical that became Broadway’s hottest ticket, will read from and discuss his latest work, Grant, a biography of Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. More information here.

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Have You Seen Fay Livingstone?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87206 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87206#comments Sat, 06 Oct 2018 21:20:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87206

Notify NYC has alerted us to a missing person last seen in our neighborhood. Fay Livingstone (photo) was last seen yesterday (Friday, October 5) at about 9:52 AM, near Court and Remsen streets. She is 5’5″ tall, weighs about 120 pounds, and has gray hair. When last seen she was wearing a black leather jacket, a white and purple striped dress, gray leggings, and black and white sneakers. She has dementia and may be in need of medical attention. If you see her, please call 9-1-1.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87180 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87180#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2018 03:44:30 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87180

This weekend, from 9:45 PM Friday,October 5 to 5:00 AM Monday, October 8, 3 trains will replace the 4 in Brooklyn. We’re not sure if they will be using the 2/3 or the 4 platform at Borough Hall, though we suspect the former. That means no service in either direction on the 4/5 platforms (no 5 service to Brooklyn on weekends) at Borough Hall. 2 trains should be running normally (along with 3 trains) at Clark Street in both directions. This substitution of 3 for 4 service will continue the following work week – Monday, October 9 to Friday, October 12, each night from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM. Apart from this, there are no planned service changes affecting local stations this weekend.

The following work week, apart from the 3 for 4 substitution noted above, each night from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no Manhattan bound service at High Street, as A and C trains will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-Metro Tech and West 4th Street. Also, each night from 10:45 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no Manhattan bound service at Court Street or at the N/R platforms at Jay Street, as N and R trains are being diverted to the Q line from DeKalb Avenue to Canal Street. During these hours, your only service to Manhattan will be the 2 or 3 train from Clark Street or Borough Hall.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87174 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87174#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2018 02:03:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87174

Bargemusic’s weekend begins tomorrow (Friday, October 5) evening at 7:00 when flutist Brandon George (photo) and guitarist Jordan Dodson, of the Semplice Players, will perform works by Bach, Debussy, Robert Beaser, Roland Dyens, and Piazolla.

On Saturday evening, October 6 at 6:00, violinist Semmy Stahlhammer will play the first of a series of concerts presenting J.S. Bach’s Bach Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo. The second concert in the series will be on Sunday afternoon, October 7 at 4:00.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87170 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87170#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2018 04:12:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87170

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BHA to DOT on BQE: “Back to the Drawing Board”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87166 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87166#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2018 02:15:38 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87166

The Brooklyn Heights Association has issued a statement, following last Thursday evening’s meeting with City Department of Transportation representatives, at which many Heights residents expressed strong opposition to the DOT’s “innovative” plan for the needed reconstruction of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below the Heights that would involve building a temporary six lane expressway at the level of, and replacing, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for a six year duration. The BHA says it was “extremely heartened” by the community’s response; its statement is:

The message to DOT is clear: Back to the Drawing Board.

The BHA calls upon DOT to work with the community to identify and evaluate other options that do not prioritize motorists at the complete expense of residents.

In addition to the “Traditional” incremental, lane-by-lane approach, DOT must consider other locations for the temporary roadway, including pushing it west of Furman Street.

Other community suggestions that deserve more attention:

• implementing strategies to reduce the volume of BQE traffic, such as reinstituting two-way tolls on the Verrazano Bridge, which requires Congressional approval;
• instituting tolls at East River crossings which would require State approval of the MoveNY Plan;
• using transit solutions similar to the plan for the L train shutdown;
• considering other traffic management measures, such as HOV lanes.

The BHA is committed to leading a campaign to protect the Heights community, as we did in organizing a borough-wide campaign to secure Design-Build authorization.

We ask that DOT take the Innovative Approach off the table. We need to see more options, and we ask that DOT listen to and be responsive to the concerns of our community.

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Brooklyn Historical Society Presents Gargoyle Epic Tuesday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87157 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87157#comments Mon, 01 Oct 2018 02:54:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87157

If you’re an admirer of gargoyles, the decorative, often grotesque drainage pieces that adorn many gothic, beaux arts, and art deco (see examples on 55 Pierrepont in the photo) buildings, you may wish to attend a presentation at the Brooklyn Historical Society this Tuesday evening, October 2, starting at 6:30 PM. In “New York’s Gargoyles: The Immigrants Who Made Them and the Hunters Who Saved Them” John Freemen Gill, author of the novel The Gargoyle Hunters, will tell of their history and preservation in a discussion moderated by writer and documentary filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro. There are more details here.

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City Will Consider Options for BQE Reconstructionhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87140 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87140#comments Sun, 30 Sep 2018 18:30:39 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87140

A large crowd assembled for Thursday evening’s meeting at which City Department of Transportation officials discussed plans for the reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. I took the photo some minutes before the program began; by the time it did there were even more standing in the back or along the sides, and some were turned away because of lack of space. The size of the crowd, almost all of whom made the trek from the Heights to Myrtle Avenue just beyond the Flatbush Avenue Extension, was occasioned by the DOT’s recent announcement of an “innovative” plan to build a temporary elevated highway that would replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for six years and put highway traffic, including many trucks, close to residences and playgrounds. These are my takeaways from the meeting; for other accounts see The Brooklyn Paper and Curbed.

Nothing is settled. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said that this meeting was only the first of many public events to be held as part of the environmental review process that will continue from now until 2020, when the request for proposals to design and rebuild the BQE will be issued. While the DOT’s Chief Engineer, Robert Collyer, stated his preference for the “innovative” plan, he allowed that the decision on how to proceed would be made as a result of the environmental assessment. Even the tunnel option is still a conceivable outcome, although DOT’s Senior Program Manager Tanvi Pandya noted that the only tunnel alignment the DOT considers feasible would place its northern entrance and exit north of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. This means that traffic to and from these bridges would still have to use the present BQE alignment, or else be routed over local streets. Other means of reducing the traffic burden on the BQE, such as putting tolls on the East River bridges and effecting congestion pricing in Manhattan, would require cooperation at the state level. State Senator Brian Kavanagh, addressing the meeting, said he would support whatever state actions were necessary. Any action with regard to the Verazzano Bridge tolls would require federal approval.

The temporary highway may be re-routed over part of Brooklyn Bridge Park. This was suggested by a local resident during the question and answer period, and was also alluded to by City Council Member Steve Levin, who noted in his remarks at the meeting, “there are these berms ….” The Wall Street Journal reports that, after the meeting, Commissioner Trottenberg expressed willingness to consider this option.

No matter what, the Promenade must be rebuilt. In her opening remarks, Commissioner Trottenberg said that like many of Robert Moses’s structures, the cantilevered portion of the BQE “was not built to last.” Ms. Pandya noted that the Promenade is part of this “not built to last” structure and that, while it doesn’t bear the weight burden that the BQE lanes below do, it is still structurally unsound. The question is whether the rebuilding of the Promenade will be done in one fell swoop (and, under the “innovative” plan, following a six year closure) or in segments, allowing access to parts of the Promenade while work is done on others.

Direct access from Columbia Heights to DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Squibb Park, and Hillside Dog Park will be interrupted. This is because the bridge that carries Columbia Heights over the BQE must be removed during the reconstruction. This will also entail temporary loss of the Harry Chapin Playground, which sits atop that bridge. Asked about the effect of the “innovative” plan on the Pierrepont Playground, which would abut the temporary elevated highway, Ms. Pandya said the playground would be all right. There were also assurances that, apart from the access issue, Hillside Dog Park would not be affected.

Existing BQE environmental problems may not be cured. During the question and answer period, Willowtown Association member Martin Hale said he had measured noise levels from BQE traffic at Adam Yauch Park, near his home, and found they sometimes exceeded eighty decibels. He said the federal regulations governing environmental assessments included provisions allowing the grandfathering of pre-existing conditions or those that cannot be mitigated by technically available means, and asked if the DOT would rely on these. Mr. Collyer said they would not rely on them with respect to the construction work, and would do their best to mitigate any noise and air quality problems. However, no assurance was given that, following completion of the project, pre-existing environmental problems would be alleviated.

Update: The BHA has now announced its opposition to the “innovative” proposal and urged the DOT to “work with the community to identify and evaluate other options that do not prioritize motorists at the complete expense of residents.” The BHA has yet to take a position. The first speaker during the question and answer period was Peter Bray, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association. He began by comparing the available options to the circles of Dante’s Inferno, an analogy with which Commissioner Trottenberg agreed. Mr. Bray said he had heard from many Heights residents, all of whom were strongly opposed to the elevated highway proposal. He said the BHA “will listen to all alternatives and be responsible to the community.” He also noted concerns that the city would run short of money needed to complete the restoration of the Promenade. Commissioner Trottenberg replied that it’s not up to DOT which option to choose, that there are “many stakeholders” as well as those directly affected by the elevated highway proposal, and that the “Design/Build” procedure authorized by the state for the project meant that the contractor would agree to a firm price. Ms. Pandya added that bonds and insurance would cover the contractor’s obligations.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87135 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87135#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2018 03:22:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87135

It’s a three-peat. Service changes affecting local stations this weekend – late Friday evening, September 28 to early Monday morning, October 1 – will be the same as last weekend’s. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday all F trains are being diverted to the Q line between Lexington Avenue-63rd Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, so there will be no service at York Street in DUMBO, nor from the LES stops on the F. To get to or from the LES stops on the F take a shuttle bus to or from West 4th Street, connecting there With A, C, or F trains to or from Brooklyn. A shuttle bus will also connect Jay Street and York Street. Once again we have extra service at Court and Jay streets, as N trains are being diverted to the R line from 10:00 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday.

The following work week – Monday, October 1 to Friday, October 5 – each night from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no service from Manhattan to High Street, as A and C trains will be diverted to the F line from West 4th Street to Jay Street-MetroTech. Each night from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM no 3 trains will be running, but 2 trains should provide service in both directions. Each night Monday to Thursday starting at 10:30 PM Manhattan bound N trains will be running on the R line at Court Street and Jay Street.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Reminder: Meeting Thursday Evening on BQE Repairs and Promenadehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87113 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87113#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:28:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87113

The Brooklyn Heights Association has details on the Update meeting on BQE Rehabilitation, a project that could include closing the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for years and building a temporary six lane highway that would bring traffic to the level of Heights residences. Alternatively, it could cause major diversions of truck and car traffic to local streets.

The meeting will be held at the National Grid Auditorium, on the second floor of One Metrotech Center (enter from Jay Street). Presentations begin at 6:30 and ends at 8:30, but doors open at 5:30; best to get there early if you want a good seat. The presentations by officials will be followed by time for comments from the audience. The meeting location is ADA accessible.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87118 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87118#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:27:03 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87118

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87125 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87125#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:23:56 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87125

Bargemusic’s weekend starts early, on Thursday evening, September 27 at 7:00 when pianist Gloria Cheng (photo) plays a series of short pieces, “Garlands for Steven Stucky” written by many contemporary composers in memory of one who died in 2016, at the height of his career, and concluding with one piece by Stucky himself. Details and buy tickets here.

On Friday evening, September 28 at 8:00, violist Andrew Gonzalez and pianist Carlos Avila will play works by Bach and Rachmaninoff.

On Saturday evening, September 29 at 6:00 and again on Sunday afternoon, September 30 at 4:00 a quartet led by Bargemusic’s Artistic Director Mark Peskanov on violin, will perform works by Schubert, Schumann, and Mozart.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87107 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87107#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:59:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87107

With respect to service at local stations, this coming weekend — late Friday evening, September 21 to early Monday morning, September 24 — will be pretty much a repeat of last. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday all F trains are being diverted to the Q line between Lexington Avenue-63rd Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, so there will be no service at York Street in DUMBO, nor from the LES stops on the F. To get to or from the LES stops on the F take a shuttle bus to or from West 4th Street, connecting there With A, C, or F trains to or from Brooklyn. A shuttle bus will also connect Jay Street and York Street. Once again we have extra service at Court and Jay streets, as N trains are being diverted to the R line from 10:00 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday.

The following work week — Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28 — each night from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no 2 or 3 train service in either direction at Clark Street or Borough Hall. Use 4. A, or N trains as options. These same nights, from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM, the same re-routing of the F train in both directions described above will take place, with the same transportation options available.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Americana Music Festival At Brooklyn Bridge Park This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87102 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87102#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:23:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87102

The 4th Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival will take place this Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM both days, on Pier 3, Brooklyn Bridge Park. It will feature “original and traditional country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass artists.” Admission is free, and there’s more information here.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87096 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87096#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:09:55 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87096

Bargemusic’s weekend begins Friday evening, September 21 at 8:00 when violinist Yevgeny Kutik and pianist Anna Polonsky play works by Strvinsky, Prokofiev, Rubinstein, Razaz, Andrela Pinto Correla, and Schnittke.

On Saturday evening, September 22 at 6:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, September 23 at 4:00, violinist and Bargemusic Artistic Director Mark Peskanov, cellist Julian Schwarz, and pianist Misha Dichter will perform works by Handel, Halvorsen, and Schubert.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pianist Marika Bournaki will perform the third in a series of concerts that, when completed, will have presented all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87091 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87091#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:46:58 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87091

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Hearing on New Brooklyn Jail Thursday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87085 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87085#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:15:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87085

As you may know, the City is proposing to close Rikers Island and expand jail capacity in all boroughs to make up the difference. This includes a large expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue, just a few blocks from Brooklyn Heights. The good folks at the Brooklyn Heights Association have notified us that there will be a hearing “on the scope of the environmental assessment” for this and other proposed new jails, on Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 PM at PS133, the William A. Butler School, 610 Baltic Avenue at 4th Avenue.

According to the BHA, its “position is that the planning process is seriously flawed and should be halted to allow the affected communities to help shape a better plan.”

In particular, the [BHA and other community groups object] to the enormous scale of the new jail that would replace the current Brooklyn House of Detention. At a Floor Area Ratio of 20 and a height of 430 feet (excluding rooftop mechanicals), and holding up to 1,510 detainees, the project’s density and impacts are too great for this sensitive site.

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Atlantic Antic This Sundayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87077 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87077#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:34:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87077

The 44th annual Atlantic Antic will be this Sunday, September 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue. There will be live and DJ’d music, food, vendors, activities for kids, and special deals from merchants along Atlantic. More information here.

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St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Celebrates Designation as a Pro-Cathedralhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87068 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87068#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 03:44:29 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87068

Today St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, at Clinton and Montague streets, was made a Pro-Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. As a Pro-Cathedral, it will serve as a secondary seat from which the Bishop may officiate. The celebration of this event began with a procession (photo) beginning at the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade and continuing along Montague to Clinton and the church.

Once in the church, the celebration continued with an evensong service. In his remarks, Bishop Lawrence Provenzano noted that Holy Trinity, as the church was known before the merger with St, Ann’s, was the original cathedral of the Diocese of Long Island. He was delighted to make it a Pro-Cathedral in recognition of the importance of Brooklyn and Queens in the diocese.

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Is 186 Remsen Doomed to the Wrecking Ball?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87060 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87060#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 02:54:57 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87060

I wish I could have gotten a better photo of what I consider to be a magnificent building, but the lighting and shadows were against me, as was a bit of sidewalk shed protecting pedestrians from falling debris generated by renovation work on the building at the corner of Court and Remsen. “Magnificent?” I know some readers are thinking. “That old pile?” Old it is, completed in 1887. It was designed by Parfitt & Parfitt, two English brothers who also gave us the Montague and the Grosvenor, on Montague Street. I’ll also confess that I have a love for Victorian Romanesque architecture, of which I think this is a fine example. In 2012, its history was related as a Brownstoner Building of the Day.

As for its recent history, when I arrived in the Heights in 1983 it was the National Headquarters of the NAACP. After the NAACP departed for Baltimore, the building was taken over by the Little Flower Children’s Services. Then it became vacant, and has remained so for some years. I kept hoping St. Francis College, its next door neighbor to the west, would find some use for it. Now, according to this New York YIMBY post, it’s been acquired by Upventures LLC, who have filed plans for a fourteen story hotel on the site. The plans do not contemplate keeping the existing building and adding to it, but demolition plans have not yet been filed.

186 Remsen, which is between Court and Clinton streets, is outside the Heights Historic District, but it is inside the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, which means that any plan to demolish 186 Remsen would need approval of the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Open After Summer Vacationhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87049 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87049#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 23:31:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87049

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry), has re-opened following its customary summer break, occasioned by the fact that it is staffed by volunteers (disclosure: your correspondent’s wife is one of those volunteers), most of whom take summer vacations. It is a not-for-profit craft and gift shop that supports “craftspeople from Brooklyn and beyond.”
IMG_8997The exchange’s fall offerings include children’s clothes, toys, and books as well as items for adults, including t-shirts, housewares, condiments, and books.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87046 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87046#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 04:12:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87046

From 9:30 PM Friday, September 14 to 5:00 AM Monday, September 17 all F trains are being diverted to the Q line between Lexington Avenue-63rd Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, so there will be no service at York Street in DUMBO and no F service at Jay Street, nor from the LES stops on the F. To get to or from the LES stops on the F take a shuttle bus to or from West 4th Street, connecting there With A or C trains to or from Brooklyn. A shuttle bus will also connect Jay Street and York Street. Over the weekend there will be no 3 trains running overnight, but 2 trains should be running as normal, so there will be service at Clark Street and Borough Hall. Once again we have extra service at Court and Jay streets, as N trains are being diverted to the R line from 10:00 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday.

The following work week — Monday, September 17 to Friday, September 21 — each night from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no Manhattan bound service at High Street, as Manhattan bound A and C trains are being diverted to the F line between Jay Street and West 4th. Each night from Monday through Thursday from 9:45 PM to 11:45 PM there will be no 3 trains running, but 2 trains should be running normally.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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