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Will the BQE Panel Defer to Another Panel?

The issue of repairing the cantilevered stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Heights is one that those in authority have, for some years, as the saying goes, “kicked down the road.”  Any solution was bound to raise problems, whether for drivers and truckers who use the BQE, Brooklyn Heights […]

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What’s in the Crystal Ball for Brooklyn?

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed prominent Brooklynites, asking for their views on Brooklyn’s future. Carlo Scissura, head of the Mayor’s panel studying the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, predicts that “the BQE will get some much-needed love and attention.” Love? He also thinks the Nets will make the playoffs. Karen Johnson, owner of DUMBO’s Olympia Wine Bar, thinks […]

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WSJ: BQE Panel Considering Short Term Repairs; Long Term Re-Design – Report Now Expected January

The Wall Street Journal reports that unidentified members of the panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio have said data from sensors indicates the cantievered section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway under brooklyn Heights is in worse shape than prevously believed. Some panel members have indicated that trucks over a certain weight may have to be banned […]

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Architects Ponder BQE Options

On Monday evening the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (“AIANY”) presented a panel discussion, “The BQE in Context: Communities, Infrastructure and Public Space.” AIANY has formed a Task Force to study the plans for reconstruction of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. At the beginning of the program Robert Eisenstadt, […]

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City Council Hires Firm To Study BQE Options

Mary Frost reports in the Eagle that the City Coucil has decided it needs a new perspective regarding the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The council has selected multinational engineering firm Arup to provide “independent, outside expertise” on the city Department of Transportation’s plans, according to [Council Speaker Corey] Johnson’s office. According to the […]

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BQE Vibrations Affect North Heights Residents

Scott Enman in the Eagle reports that residents of the North Heights, particularly at the north end of Willow Street, near where the Brooklyn Queens Expressway curves, are frequently disturbed by strong vibrations that disturb their sleep. These often happen in the early morning and late evening when traffic on the BQE isn’t backed up, […]

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Elected Officials Press DOT on BQE Plans

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that local elected officials; federal. state, and local, have joined to sign a letter to New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking for clarification concerning the plans for repair or reconstruction of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade. The […]

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Eagle’s Mary Frost Goes Deep With New BHA Exec Director

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed in depth the new Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Lara Birnback. Ms. Birnback is a California native, but has lived in the Heights for many years. Her husband grew up here. She has extensive experience in community development in the U.S. and abroad. As a Heights resident she is aware […]

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Scissura to Community Groups: “Very Little Chance” of Promenade Highway

The Brooklyn Heights Association has reported that, in his strongest statement yet on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway reconstruction plans, Carlo Scissura, chair of the panel studying the issue, said the Department of Transportation’s “innovative” proposal to build a temporary six lane highway in the location of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade “has very little chance of […]

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Scissura: “Brooklyn Heights will bear brunt of pain” during BQE reconstruction.

Carlo Scissura, chair of the committee appointed by Mayor de Blasio to study the reconstruction of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights, was the featured speaker at this evening’s meeting of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats. This was not widely publicized until this morning, when Toba Potosky alerted some of us — […]

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