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BHB Exclusive: Willowtown Association “Coup” Ousts Park Community Council Rep For Pier 6 Litigant

Editor’s Note: The following guest post is written by Ben Bankson, longtime resident of Willowtown and a member of the Brooklyn Heights community who has been prominently featured on the Brooklyn Heights Blog. In a surprise coup carried out at the end of the fall meeting of the board of directors of the Willowtown Association [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

A replica of the slave ship Amistad (photo above from her 2006 visit to the Battery Park City marina), built for Steven Spielberg’s 1997 movie about the rebellion aboard her in 1839, and subsequent trial in a U.S. court, arrived today at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the foot of Joralemon Street. Amistad will [...]

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“Billion Oyster Project” Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park Tomorrow

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fulton Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, there will be a tour, guided by the New York Harbor School’s Sam Janis, of the Park’s oyster gardens. Mr. Janis will explain “the power of these tiny ecosystem engineers” and show how they are being [...]

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Height of BBP’s Pierhouse Hotel: What Exactly IS the Deal?

To understand the disputed height restrictions of the Pierhouse Hotel structure in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, a number of variables need clarification, including the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s (BBPC’s) adherence to its own agreement, how the NYC Department of Planning Brooklyn Heights Scenic View District figures into the discussion, and the the impact of [...]

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Brooklyn Heights Preservation Pioneers Speak Out Against Pierhouse’s Height Blocking View

Brownstoner reports on the battle over the height of Toll Brothers Pierhouse condos and hotel now in construction at Pier 1. This latest dispute about the Park has raised the ire of two of Brooklyn Heights most beloved and passionate community activists, Otis Pratt Pearsall and Martin Schneider. RELATED: Read Heights Preservation Leaders’ History of [...]

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BHB Exclusive: Q & A Nancy Webster, Executive Director BBP Conservancy

Last week Brooklyn Heights Blog spoke with Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy since 2010, on the role of the conservancy in supporting BBP, her history with the park, and her views regarding the determined opposition to further housing development on BBP’s Pier 6. Ms. Webster, a resident of Carroll Gardens, [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

There’s a lot going on this weekend. The Brooklyn Book Festival is already underway with “Bookend” events, but the main program is on Sunday, September 21, with events starting from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. (schedule here). Also on Sunday there’s the Montague Street Summer Space from noon to 5:00 p.m.–come meet the BHB crew [...]

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Literary Tour in Brooklyn Bridge Park Wednesday Evening

Update: the tour has been cancelled. “My Hand in Yours, Walt” will be “a literary walk through the legacy of the Brooklyn Bridge in works by Whitman, Crane, Bishop, and Moore” this Wednesday evening, September 17, starting at 6:30 at the entrance to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park (near the foot of Old Fulton Street). [...]

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Photoville Returns Thursday, September 18

Photoville, “a pop-up, modular venue built from shipping containers re-purposed into galleries exhibiting a wide array of cutting-edge photography,” will return for its third visit to Brooklyn Bridge Park beginning this coming Thursday, September 18. It will be open Thursdays through Sundays from September 18 through 28: Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.; [...]

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Brooklyn Book Festival Next Sunday, September 21

The ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Borough Hall and Columbus Park (immediately north of Borough Hall). There will be readings by and discussions with writers, readings and activities for children, and books for sale. There’s more information here. During the coming week [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Tomorrow (Saturday, September 13) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a kite festival on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event is free; you may bring your own kite, or they will be available for purchase. The forecast calls for rain in the afternoon, so best to arrive [...]

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Squibb Park Bridge Needs Repairs – Will Re-Open In 2-3 Weeks

Many BHB readers have asked about Squibb Park Bridge, which has been closed – ostensibly due to the construction of the Pierhouse – for the last few weeks. Now comes word from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Belinda Cape that there’s another issue as well:

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Saturday, September 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park will host a “Mets Jam Music Festival” on the Pier 2 uplands. Head to Pier 2 for an afternoon of activity including a live performance by Oh Honey and appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Met, John Franco, Edgardo Alfonso, Doc Gooden and Ed [...]

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