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Poll on Closing Montague Street for Outdoor Dining

Update: the survey resulted in Montague being kept open to car traffic on weekends. Our friends at the Montague Street BID and at Brooklyn Community Board 2 have alerted us to a poll being run by the BID asking whether Montague Street should be closed to auto traffic on Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. […]

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Montague BID Head Tapped to Lead Atlantic Avenue BID; Will Have Both Roles

The Eagle has reported that Kate Chura has been named the new Executive Director of the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), of which she has been serving as interim Executive Director for some time. She has also served as Executive Director of the Montague Street BID for almost five years, and will continue to […]

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Brooklyn Folk Festival Goes Virtual

Your correspondent has long been a fan of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. Until this year, it has been held in the spring, at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. This year, it was announced that an indoor festival in the spring was impossible, but it would be re-scheduled for the fall. It has now […]

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Citi Bike Stations in Brooklyn Heights to Expand

The Eagle reports that the city’s Department of Transportation has plans to expand existing Citi Bike docking stations throughout Brooklyn (and the city), and to add new ones in an effort to expand availability and reach of the service. According to the list in the Eagle story, these are the Heights locations to be expanded: […]

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Local Electeds Move Against City Parking Placard Abuse

Kings County Politics reports that State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (photo) and City Council Member Stephen Levin are urging the city to enforce parking regulations, particularly with respect to abuse of city issued parking placards, in Downtown Brooklyn. As has been noted here before, this is a problem that extends into Brooklyn Heights, especially along […]

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Brooklyn Book Festival Goes Virtual This Year

The Brooklyn Book Festival will be back for its fifteenth year from September 28 to October 5, but not in its usual location in front of Borough Hall (photo). This year, thanks to COVID-19, it will be held on line. As Kevin Duggan reports in The Brooklyn Paper, one of the Festival’s co-producers sees a […]

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Virtual Events Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society is presenting virtual events, all of which are free, but for which registration is required. Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 11) starting at 6:30 p.m. Fordham law professor and political activist Zephyr Teachout, along with Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra, will discuss the ideas set forth in Ms.Teachout’s book, Break ‘Em Up, in […]

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Haves and Have Nots: Elite Brooklyn Private Schools Rake in Millions in Federal Paycheck Aid-DOE Budgets Slashed

Gothamist reports elite Brooklyn Heights private schools are among institutions that received millions from the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Private schools are eligible for PPP because they are considered non-profit businesses. According to data released by the Small Business Association, St. Ann’s, Packer Collegiate, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori all received loans. This money is in […]

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DeBlasio Announces Hybrid Back-To-School Plans For September

Amid the reports of dangerous spikes of Covid-19 across the country, Mayor DeBlasio announced on July 8th NYC public schools will open in September on a “hybrid” schedule. The tentative plan entails three versions of staggered in-school instruction. Protocols include mandatory masks for children, teachers, and staff and nightly deep cleanings of school facilities. In a letter […]

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Artist, Philanthropist, Carousel Namesake, Jane Walentas Dies at 76

As reported by Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Paper, Philanthropist, Artist, Real Estate Developer, and “First Lady of Dumbo,” Jane Walentas passed away July 5th after a brief battle with cancer. She was 76 years old. The Walentas Family and their management company, Two Trees, is synonymous with DUMBO as we now know it. And […]

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