Brooklyn Heights Blog » brooklyn bridge park http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Fri, 23 Oct 2020 03:14:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Brooklyn Bridge Park Presents “Open Studios” This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91944 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91944#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2020 03:14:38 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91944

On Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, Brooklyn Bridge Park will present “Open Studios” on the Harbor View Lawn (photo) of Pier One. These will be opportunities to see dance, theater, and music groups in live rehearsal. These events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both days, with different groups taking two hour segments of each day. It’s all free. There’s a complete schedule and more information here.

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“Orange is the New Black” Author Piper Kerman Featured at Last “Books Under the Bridge” Virtual Event Mondayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91911 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91911#comments Sat, 17 Oct 2020 04:10:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91911

This Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park, in conjunction with Freebird Books, will present the last of this season’s “Books under the Bridge” virtual events. It will feature Piper Kerman, the author of the book that inspired Orange is the New Black, along with Vikki Law. They

will discuss how prisons make access to literature exceptionally difficult, compounding institutional barriers to education. Often books are the sole instruments of learning for an inmate. Books-to-prisons programs remain some of the few supply chains for making this happen. It’s particularly critical now, as many of the incarcerated are in lockdown due to the pandemic.

The program is free. It includes a reading by Ms. Kerman and an opportunity for questions and answers. To participate, please register here.

Photo: Mark Schierbecker, Wikimedia Commons

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Presents “Movies with a View” Trivia Eventhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91848 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91848#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2020 02:23:14 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91848

For obvious reasons, there couldn’t be a “Movies with a View” series of screenings at Pier One, Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Still, Brooklyn Bridge Park, in conjunction with The Big Quiz Thing, on Thursday, October 29 starting at 7:00 p.m., will present “a fun trivia evening, featuring questions based on movies that have been screened in the Park. Come play with your friends, family, or anyone who has watched movies with you on Pier 1!”

Advanced reservation is required; follow the link here.

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Photoville is Back, but in a New Format, and Many New Locationshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91783 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91783#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2020 01:51:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91783

Photoville, the exhibit of contemporary photography that, in recent years has been held in shipping containers in an empty lot beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, has, because of COVID-19, been taken outdoors. It’s now on billboard like structures, as in the photo, taken near the Old Fulton Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. These displays are scattered throughout the Park. A list of the exhibitions in Brooklyn, most of which are in the Park or DUMBO, is here. This year, there are Photoville exhibits in all five Boroughs. Photoville will be up through November 29.

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Bluegrass and Books on Line from Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91756 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91756#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2020 02:17:16 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91756

This Sunday, September 13 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, in conjunction with Brooklyn Bridge Park, will present on line the “Women’s Stage” portion of its 2020 “Long Distance” festival, featuring a diverse group of women musicians with styles “spanning traditional and modern Country, Folk, Blues, Old Time, Bluegrass, and Jazz.” The opening act will be Nora Brown, a young Brooklynite who is a stellar banjo artist, having been taught by the late Shlomo Pestcoe. The photo, which I took at the 2018 Brooklyn Folk Festival, shows her at age twelve. The Festival is free; there’s more information here.

Another of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s traditional outdoor events, Books Beneath the Bridge, goes virtual this year and will begin this Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. with an event presented by Cobble Hill’s Books are Magic that will feature a group of poets and prose writers reading poetry that will “navigate themes of protest poetry, migrant voices, gender-queer perspectives, the richness and resilience of black girl culture, modern-day parenting, and more.” There will be a question and answer session with the readers. If you wish to participate, please register here.

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Artist, Philanthropist, Carousel Namesake, Jane Walentas Dies at 76http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91340 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91340#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:56:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91340

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 the carousel, which has delighted children and adults alike since September 2011, is inseparable from Jane.

A New York Times article from 2011 traces the journey of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel, originally installed in Youngstown, OH in 1922, to Brooklyn. Purchased by the Walentas’ in 1984, much of the tedious scraping away of decades of paint was carried out by Jane herself with an Exacto blade. She told WNYC in 2011, “It’s not a labor of love, it’s an obsession.”

In November 2012 Hurricane Sandy threatened to wash the carousel away. Fortunately, it endured, as will Jane’s legacy of creativity and generosity. We at the blog send our deepest condolences to the entire Walentas family.

Photo credit: SongBirdNYC

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New Section of Brooklyn Bridge Park Openshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91337 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91337#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2020 03:08:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91337

A new section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, upland from Pier Two (the one with the basketball courts and other athletic facilities), opened recently. It includes a water feature, seen in the photo taken by your correspondent today), with fountains that jet up at intervals, providing cooling relief on hot days like today and fun for kids. At the left of the photo is part of an oval shaped lawn that will probably, like others in the park, be popular for sunbathing.

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Missing Part of Brooklyn Bridge Park to be Completed Starting This Fallhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91069 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/91069#comments Mon, 25 May 2020 02:44:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=91069

The vacant, fenced off wasteland seen in the photo, which lies just under the Brooklyn Bridge between Water Street and the East River will be made into an attractive bit of parkland that will finally join Brooklyn Bridge Park’s northern and southern sections. For a rendering of what the new parkland should look like, see Ranaan Geberer’s Eagle story. Work is to begin this fall, IAGW.

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Squibb Bridge is Back!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90912 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90912#comments Tue, 05 May 2020 01:05:39 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90912

The blog reported on the demolition of the original Squibb Bridge last October. To the surprise of many, the bridge has been rebuilt and reopened today in what seems record time, and during a pandemic no less. If you’re in the mood for controversy over the reopening, head over to the Gothamist. If you’d rather just mindlessly look at some photos from a jaunt down the new bridge at about 7:30 this evening, here they are.

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Squibb Bridge to Re-Open Monday, May 4http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90864 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90864#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:26:20 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90864

According to Caroline Spivack in Curbed  the pedestrian bridge linking Squibb Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park (and presumably Squibb Park itself, which provides access and egress) will re-open this coming Monday, May 4. Early this month your correspondent noted that the bridge’s restoration appeared to be nearly complete, but speculated that the suspension of non-essential construction would freeze further work until the COVID-19 crisis passed. Evidently, the bridge was considered essential.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB.

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Mystery Sailboat at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina Houses Healthcare Workershttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90826 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90826#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2020 00:56:25 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90826

Those of you who, like me, have taken solitary, or with spouse/partner, exercise on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade may have noticed a single white hulled sailboat docked at the ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, located between piers 4 and 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This New York Magazine “Intelligencer” Article by Laura Van Straaten explains how it came and what it’s doing there. The boat, named Turning Point, belongs to Rachel Hartley, an ICU nurse from Virginia, and her husband, Taylor Hartley. When Ms. Hartley learned there was a critical shortage of ICU nurses in New York, she left her job in Virginia to come here, sailing north with Mr. Hartley. She now works in the ICU at NYU Langone in Sunset Park. Ms. Hartley invited two friends, a nurse and paramedic from Cleveland, Ohio, and another paramedic from Virginia, to join them and live on the boat. The Marina is giving them free dockage for two months, and they are receiving meals from Estuary, the restaurant in One Brooklyn Bridge Park that is also providing meals to frontline workers in Brooklyn hospitals.

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Sorry, Brooklyn Heights Did Not Set a Property Value Recordhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90768 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90768#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2020 02:23:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90768

There’s been a lot of excitement in various forums since Curbed reported that a “Brooklyn Heights penthouse” sold for $20 million, a record for any residential property in the Borough of Brooklyn. Oddly, the New York Post story Curbed cites gives the correct location of the penthouse: Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Penthouse sits atop Quay Tower, seen in your correspondent’s photo, taken from the Promenade, looming over One Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s what’s just below that brownish structure enclosing the building’s mechanicals. To be fair, the penthouse is higher than Brooklyn Heights, but only because it’s on top of a high rise building built on a littoral plain.

Perhaps, though, we should be grateful that this geographical misattribution might boost property values in the Heights.

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“Bouncy Bridge” Replacement Appears Near Completionhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90695 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90695#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2020 03:01:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90695

Today was a pleasant day, and your correspondent decided to take some needed “solitary exercise.” Properly masked and gloved, and carefully maintaining social distance, I walked the length of the Promenade, continued down Columbia Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park, then back up and home. On the way, I saw that the “non-bouncy” replacement of the pedestrian bridge connecting Squibb Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, which had been naked pylons the last time I saw it, now has reached what appears to be a state of near completion, at least of the upper portion (see my photo). The recently announced ban on non-essential construction will likely bring further work to a stop  for an indefinite time, but at least we know the bridge hasn’t been abandoned.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park During PAUSEhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90513 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90513#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 01:25:22 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90513

Brooklyn Bridge Park President Eric Landau has issued the following guidance for use of the park while New York is on PAUSE:

The health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community is our top priority. While the Park is open, please note that it is open for passive use and solitary recreation only. We encourage people to walk their dog, go for a run, or just spend a few minutes outside. While in the Park, please be sure to practice good social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet apart from others.

In the interest of everyone’s wellbeing, areas of the Park where social distancing is not practical (e.g., Pier 6 Volleyball Courts, Pier 2 Basketball and Handball Courts) are closed until further notice. All athletic permits for Pier 5 have been suspended, including Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Youth Soccer League.

Additionally, Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, and Brooklyn Pubic Library Annex are all closed until further notice.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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More Coronavirus Updates: Borough President Adams, BPL, BHS, BBPhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90360 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90360#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2020 01:56:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90360

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (photo) has announced that, starting this coming Monday, March 16, all events at Borough Hall are cancelled, excluding “Grow Brooklyn Free Tax Prep, for which appointments remain necessary, pending eligibility.”  The Constituent Assistance Center won’t be available for walk-ins, but can be reached through email – askeric@brookynbp.nyc.gov – or by calling 718-820-7800.

The Brooklyn Public Library is suspending “public programming and events” from tomorrow, March 13 until March 31. More details are found on the BPL website. This decision was made in conjunction with the New York and Queens public libraries, who, along with BPL, issued this joint statement:

The decision to cancel library programs was not taken lightly, as programs such as story times, technology training classes, and English language classes are lifelines for so many. But considering the current situation, and the need to limit large crowds, this was the most responsible path forward to support the health and well-being of our communities.

Libraries will remain open during their normal hours, and will “continue to offer access to books, public computers, wi-fi, expert staff recommendations, and a variety of resources and computers dedicated to the Census.”

Brooklyn Historical Society will be closed to the public and all public programs cancelled from March 13 through March 31. Any registration fees or ticket purchases for these events will be refunded. BHS says: “This decision was not made lightly. We know that this is the best way to support ongoing efforts to protect our city and its inhabitants.”

Brooklyn Bridge Park will, of course, remain open, but the Environmental Educational Center will be closed from March 13 to 31.

 

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Squibb Bridge Demolished, RIP Squibb Bridgehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89506 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89506#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:20:53 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89506

What would we do without Mary Frost and her superb local reporting? In this post, we link to her report in the Brooklyn Eagle that Squibb Bridge has gone the way of the Tappan Zee. Demolished.

After years of gestation and labor that cost $5 million, Squibb Bridge was born on March 21, 2013 to the delight of all who visited Brooklyn Bridge Park. Karl Jungersfeld beautifully documented the joyous birth in a video for BHB. Every media outlet in NYC and even Popular Mechanics could not stop fawning on and on about the bridge. The birth announcement in the New York Times described the bridge as “an undeniable frisson of excitement, zigging and zagging some 50 feet above the ground.” At the time, Ted Zoli, the engineer who designed the bridge, chuckled at the overabundant praise of how the bouncy bridge complimented the Brooklyn Bridge nearby. “No bridge engineer would ever compare his work to the Brooklyn Bridge,” Zoli said. “That would be the height of hubris. But at least it doesn’t detract.” Hubris, did he say?

Squibb Bridge spent just over a year soaking in the adulation and spreading joy to all who traversed it. Until August 2013, when it closed the first time due to “warping” and with assurances that it will reopen in a few weeks. A few weeks passed, and years, and finally at a raucous community board meeting on February 26, 2015, the BBP Corp. announced that it will cost $700,000 to resuscitate the bridge. In the end, it cost $2.5 million to bring the bridge back to life 32 months later in April 2017, but with a lot less bounce in its step, as reported by the New York Times.

Alas, hopes of the Squibb Bridge returning to its glory and living a long, productive life were shattered in July 2018, when BBP announced that the bridge was “temporarily” closed due to the discovery of a piece of wood in bad condition. Over the next months, BBP updated the bridge’s prognosis which sounded more and more dire. Then, in December 2018, BBP announced that the bridge would be totally replaced with a new bridge expected in “the Summer of 2020.”

I, for one, will have a hard time calling the new bridge “Squibb Bridge,” as if the first one never existed. Tributes and odes to the bridge are welcome in the comments. I’ll start:

So long, oh, squibb bridge,

zig zag and bounce bounce no more,

7.5 mil gone.

O.G. Squibb Park        (photo courtesy Jim Henderson via wikimedia commons)

O.G. Squibb Bridge (photo courtesy Jim Henderson via wikimedia commons)

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Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89487 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89487#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2019 03:00:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89487

This Saturday, October 19 Brooklyn Bridge Park will present its tenth annual Harvest Festival on Pier 6, near the foot of Atlantic Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Activities will include a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, live animals, music, lawn games, food trucks, and more. It’s all free, except for the food trucks. There’s more information here.

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Karl Junkersfeld Reminds Me: The Dude is at Movies With a View Thursdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88962 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88962#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2019 02:23:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88962

Karl Junkersfeld, whom those who have been following BHB for years may remember for his videos, has reminded us that Movies With A View will be showing The Big Lebowski this Thursday evening, August 8, and that this will be the second time around for this 1998 classic. Karl has provided us with a link to his 2010 video of the first, and only previous time The Dude has filled the screen on Brooklyn Bridge Park. Be careful, if you’re on a diet don’t watch this while you’re hungry.

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Is Brooklyn Heights Cool?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88949 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88949#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2019 20:28:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88949

Not “cool” in the sense of “hip”, though we may be a little of that (at least Montague Street gets name-checked in a Bob Dylan song), but in terms of ambient temperature. Right now, as I write this, that’s 81 degrees Fahrenheit; not quite as bad as it’s been lately. According to Curbed NY, citing a study by Localize.city, the Heights is one of the four coolest neighborhoods in the City. The others are Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, and the Concourse in the South Bronx. What all have in common, according to the Curbed piece, is proximity to parks. It notes the Heights’ proximity to Brooklyn Bridge Park, but observes the park’s lack of mature trees. It doesn’t mention the phalanx of trees along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (photo, by C. Scales), which certainly have some effect, along with our many street trees and other abundant greenery.

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Movies With A View Returns This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88775 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88775#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2019 22:54:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88775

Hard though it may seem to believe, this summer marks the twentieth season of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s free “Movies With A View,” which are shown on Thursday evenings in July and August at the Harbor View Lawn on Pier 1. This year’s lineup includes favorites from previous seasons; among these is local hero Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, which will be shown on August 1. The season begins this Thursday, July 11 with a screening of another movie with a Brooklyn locale, Pariah. There’s more information and a full schedule here.

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How to View the 4th of July Fireworks (or Avoid the Crowds)http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88736 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88736#comments Sun, 30 Jun 2019 18:51:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88736

Brace yourselves neighbors, this year the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks return to Brooklyn Heights. The Grucci Family pyrotechnic spectacular is set to launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges in the East River between Piers 1 and 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The premium viewing locations are The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Dumbo’s Main/Street and Carousel area.

It goes without saying massive crowds are to be expected along with street closures, parking restrictions, frozen zones, checkpoints and bag inspections. The thirty-minute show pops off at 9:30. The Montague BID sent out this primer with ALL the details:

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Last but not least, Andrea from Rocco & Jezebel would like to remind you not to forget about your pets this holiday. The explosions can easily spook your fur-baby. If you must bring your dog to the show, keep them on a leash at all times to prevent them from bolting off.  Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!

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Scissura to Community Groups: “Very Little Chance” of Promenade Highwayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88739 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88739#comments Sat, 29 Jun 2019 03:42:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88739

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 being approved.” According to the BHA, he also made it clear that “any temporary alternatives encroaching on Brooklyn Bridge Park would face similar obstacles and would not be approved, thus removing the temporary parallel bypass at the eastern edge of the park – the BHA/Wouters alternative – from consideration.”

The BHA release also includes a link to the BQE Panel Update dated June 27, 2019. The Update includes the following on page 14:

There may be a need for a temporary alternative route during what may be a six to ten-year construction period, but the alternatives proposed by the city Department of Transportation present very serious issues with very little chance of being approved; other alternatives should be explored. The Commission has serious concerns about the proposed highway and encroachment on the Promenade (other than to renovate and upgrade the Promenade) or major incursion into the Brooklyn Bridge Park with a temporary highway.

Keep in mind that the panel’s report, which can be expected “in early fall” of this year (page 20 of the Update), is advisory only; while it should be very influential on the DOT and other interested agencies, there is no assurance that its recommendations will be followed.

Update: The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports on Scissura’s statement, also offering some pertinent quotations. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told the Eagle, “I look forward to working with the residents of these neighborhoods and others to find a smart 21st-century solution to the BQE problem.” Cobble Hill Association President Amy Breedlove said, “There is an opportunity to make the BQE a connector and not a divider as it has been historically.” Outgoing BHA Executive Director Peter Bray said

From the vantage point of the Brooklyn Heights Association, the tremendous focus brought by the community and the organizational efforts of the Brooklyn Heights Association and A Better Way NYC really paid tremendous dividends….It certainly makes it easier to leave at this point knowing we’re in a much better position than we were a year ago.

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Wilde Times at Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88614 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88614#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2019 03:24:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88614

Beginning this coming Tuesday evening, June 18 at 7:00 and continuing each evening at the same time through Sunday, June 23 on the Bridge View Lawn of Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the New York Classical Theatre will present free performances of Oscar Wilde’s (photo) The Importance of Being Earnest.

Considered one of the great comedies in the English language, Wilde’s 1895 classic is a satire of social manners and obligations in Victorian England. In New York Classical’s production, the entire cast will swap roles (and genders) every other performance to explore the power dynamics in the script.

There’s more information here.

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“Unplugged” Music Series Starts Friday Evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park; Stargazing Afterwardshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88536 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88536#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2019 16:31:06 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88536

Brooklyn Bridge Park presents “Unplugged,” a series of free acoustic concerts featuring folk, country, gospel, and soul musicians. The series begins this Friday, June 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with local favorites Ali Dineen and Feral Foster (photo, by C. Scales), whom your correspondent heard at this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival. They will be joined by thirteen year old banjo and singing wonder Little Nora Brown.

There will be succeeding concerts each Friday evening from 6 to 8, through August 2. A complete schedule is here. Concerts will take place at the Greenway on Pier 3 (see map at immediately previous link).

Also on this Friday evening, and each succeeding Friday evening through August 9, from 8:30 to 10:30 (weather permitting), members of the .Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will be on the Pier 1 Promenade with their high-powered telescopes for a free Journey to the Stars. The AAA members will share views through their telescopes of the moon and such planets and stars as may be visible in our sky on each night.

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Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88357 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88357#comments Tue, 07 May 2019 02:56:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88357

This Saturday, May 11, from noon to 3:00 p.m., weather permitting, there will be a Kite Festival at Pier 5, the soccer field pier near the foot of Joralemon Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park. This year’s festival will include many new features, including live music, robot demonstrations, and many more fun and educational activities. Admission is free. There is more information here.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB.

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Irish Cyclist Ends Transcontinental Ride in Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88338 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88338#comments Sun, 05 May 2019 01:55:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88338

The Irish Times reports that 26 year old Shane Finn, of County Kerry, Ireland, today completed a 36 day bicycle journey that began at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and ended at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where he was greeted by his cousin, Mary Evans, who flew over from Ireland for the event. Mr. Finn undertook the transcontinental challenge, as he has several marathon runs, to raise funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland; spina bifida hydrocephalus is a condition with which Ms. Evans was born. See photos in the story linked above. There is a U.S. organization that also raises funds for the same purpose: see here.

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Tall Ship Coming To Brooklyn Bridge Park This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88308 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88308#comments Wed, 01 May 2019 01:49:47 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88308

The brigantine Corwith Cramer (photo) will dock at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park this Thursday, May 2 and will remain until Sunday, May 12. The ship will be open for tours this Friday, May 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.; Friday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 11 from noon to 2:30 p.m. There’s more information here.

Photo courtesy of Sea Education Association | SEA Semester ® | http://www.sea.edu.

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New Design For Squibb Park Bridge; Steel Not Woodhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88271 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88271#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:03:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88271

The Brooklyn Paper reports that Brooklyn Bridge Park honchos have revealed plans for a replacement for the twice cursed Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge (photo, C. Scales for BHB), AKA the “Bouncy Bridge,” that allowed access from Columbia Heights above Squibb Park to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The new design will be close to the old, but replaces wooden slats with steel ones. It comes at an estimated cost of $6.5 million.

Tip o’ the hat to Brooklyn Paper scribe Kevin Duggan (wonder if he’s kin to my late Bells of Hell/Lion’s Head pal and distinguished journalist Dennis Duggan) for including a reference to one of my favorite bands in his headline.

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Times Reports on BHA’s BQE Plan; Guarded But Positive DOT Responsehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87871 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87871#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2019 04:08:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87871

Today’s New York Times reports that the alternative routing for the for the temporary highway to be used during reconstruction of the portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights, proposed by the Brooklyn Heights Association has, at least in an initial form, been revealed. Scroll down in the linked Times story, past the photo of the designer, Marc Wouters, with the plan in the background, to the image of the plan in full. According to the Times story, “[t]he alternative plan is still largely an untested concept and would require extensive vetting, though the [BHA] did hire a consulting firm to do an initial review.” It continues:

Even the [BHA] says its plan is not meant to be the only solution, but is intended to expand public discussion and challenge city officials to think more creatively about repairing a six-lane highway that carries 153,000 vehicles daily.

The Times story continues:

Polly Trottenberg, the city transportation commissioner, said her agency was analyzing the association’s plan as it also continues to explore other options for rebuilding the B.Q.E. “We’re working through the technical details, but we appreciate them putting it forward,” she said.

Ms. Trottenberg said she expects to end up with four to six options, which will be weighed in public discussions as part of a thorough review process that will last about two years. “We certainly acknowledge that the two we led with [the temporary six lane highway replacing the Promenade and the lane-by-lane approach likely to divert much traffic to local streets] were extremely controversial,” she said.

The alternative proposed by the BHA would place the temporary highway over a portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park, although not any part used by the public except for parking. The Times quotes Park President Eric Landau: “We have questions and concerns about this proposal, but are involved in the discussion.”

Read the linked Times story for more pertinent information, including the reaction of one Promenade visitor.

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Local News Round-Up: Kushner Gives Refunds; Changes At Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87625 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/87625#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2018 03:41:42 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=87625

One need only look the towers rising all around us to know that the little guy doesn’t often survive a battle with Big Real Estate…but at 89 Hicks Street, that’s what happened.

Crain’s reports that after a class-action lawuit by five tenants, Kushner Cos. re-paid $100,000 that it had overcharged them in “skirting” rent regulation laws.

 

Lawyers for the tenants and others in similar situations in Brooklyn Heights buildings purchased by Kushner Co. say that further litigation is likely, despite Kushner Cos.’ attorney’s contention that the matter is settled. Get the full story at Crain’s. 

Water over a troubled bridge? We hear from Curbed that repairs on the long-beleaguered Squibb Bridge will come to an end. But wait! Instead of a revamped bridge, we’re going to get a brand spanking new one…sometime in 2020.

The new bridge will dispense with the sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials that have been heretofore used, replacing them prefab steel and aluminum.

BBP president Eric Landau told Curbed, “We feel really, really strongly that having a functional bridge that doesn’t call into question whether or not it’s going to be open is paramount.”

Well, yeah. That would be good.

Cost of the new bridge is estimated at $6.5 million, just shy of the $7.5 million that’s already gone into it.  More details at Curbed.

At least all the extra steps you’ll be taking to access the Park from the Heights will justify a stop at the bottom of the hill once Ample Hills takes over the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, as reported by Eater. As the ice cream fanatics among us (myself included) know all too well, Ample Hills is already established at the south end of the Park, and if I might editorialize, it was rather nice having two types of ice cream available in the Park. But fans of the Factory, take heart: the owners hope to find another location nearby.

 

As always, please go the sources for these articles for additional details and to support their original reporting and writing. We couldn’t bring the news to you without them, and the world of digital media is not such a happy place to be these days.

Photo credit: Claire Scanlon, used with permission via Pexels

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