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Scissura: BQE Panel Faces “Daunting Task”

Carlo Scissura, chair of the panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio to study the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, told Mary Frost of the Eagle that the panel must undertake “a daunting task.” He said that, contrary to the expectations of many, the panel’s work is not to evaluate the many proposals for BQE […]

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BHA Has Two New BQE Plans

It’s not quite to the point that there are more alternative plans for the rehabilitation of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights than there are aspirants to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. As the Eagle’s Mary Frost reports, the Brooklyn Heights Association has presented two new plans, both by the firm […]

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First Word From BQE Panel; Website Available

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that the panel studying options for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has issued its first report. It has begun studying the various proposals as well as existing structural conditions and traffic flows, and is meeting with potentially affected or interested agencies as well as community groups. The Panel’s chairman, Carlo Scissura, […]

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Borough President Adams Weighs In On BQE Plans

We recently published a letter from a Brooklyn Heights resident to various elected officials, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, responding to what NYC Department of Transportation representative Tanvi Pandya told a neighborhood group concerning DOT’s intentions about the repair of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Borough President Adams has responded to our neighbor’s letter, as […]

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BQE Updates: Expert Panel Meets With BHA, Community Leaders, and Electeds; DOT Clarifies Position

Our friends at the Brooklyn Heights Association have told us that the expert panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio to study and make recommendations about the repair of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights “met last [Thursday, April 25] evening with representatives from 16 community organizations, local elected officials, and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg […]

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DOT Representative Tells Poplar Street Residents it Remains Committed to “Temporary” Promenade Destruction; a Heights Resident Responds

At a recent meeting with Poplar Street residents, the city Department of Transportation’s representative, Tanvi Pandya, made it clear that DOT isn’t giving an inch in its desire to effectively destroy our neighborhood by demolishing the Promenade for a minimum of six years (good luck with meeting that timetable) and putting a six lane highway […]

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Quick Takeaways From Tonight’s BQE Town Hall

The Town Hall convened just hours after a bombshell announcement by Mayor de Blasio that he has appointed a panel of experts to evaluate the various proposals for repair of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, thereby backing away from his earlier support of a City Department of Transportation proposal that would replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade […]

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Reminder: BQE Town Hall on Wednesday, April 3

Don’t forget: the Brooklyn Heights Association will present a Town Hall meeting to discuss plans concerning reconstruction of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway this coming Wednesday, April 3 starting at 7:00 p.m. at Plymouth Church, 57 Orange Street. Among those present will be City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Borough President Eric Adams, and City Council Member Steve […]

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BHA’s Exec Director Peter Bray Leaving; Replacement Sought

The Brooklyn Heights Association has announced that “with much regret, … it has begun a search for a new Executive Director to replace Peter Bray, who will be leaving his post at the end of June to attend to a serious health issue within his family.” Mr. Bray has served as BHA’s Executive Director since […]

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CB 2 Chairman Says DOT “Back to Square One” on BQE Plans

Kevin Duggan in The Broklyn Paper quotes Brooklyn Community Board 2 Chairman Lenny Singletary quoting City Department of Transportation officials as saying, at the closed door meeting with Community Board representatives a week ago, that they moved away from the agency’s two initial plans proposed last fall — which would either turn the Brooklyn Heights […]

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