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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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Chair of Mayor’s BQE Expert Panel at St. Francis Tonight

From neighborhood advocate, Toba Potosky: Carlo Scissura, Chair of Mayor de Blasio’s BQE Expert Panel will be the featured speaker at the Independent Neighborhood Democrat (IND) Club meeting. Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 PM at St. Francis College (180 Remsen Street). This meeting is open to non-members, however, you will be asked to provide a current email […]

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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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