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Trees of Winter in Brooklyn Bridge Park

On Saturday afternoon, your correspondent joined a group of botanical enthusiasts for a “trees of winter” tour in Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by horticulturalists Marina (photo) and Chet, along with Park Program Coordinator Travis Craw. More text and photos follow the jump. Before venturing out, we spent some time in a classroom, learning how to [...]

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P.S. 8 to Cut Pre-K Class in 2014

P.S. 8, also known as The Robert Fulton School, has announced it will cut its pre-K class in 2014 due to lack of space. However, the school will be adding an 8th grade class next year. (It is currently pre-K-7th grade.) Assistant Principal Robert Mikos told DNAinfo, “We are growing and this is a matter [...]

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Squadron Faults Albany “Insanity” at Town Hall

At last night’s Town Hall meeting at Brooklyn Law School, State Senator Daniel Squadron was forceful and blunt in describing what he sees as wrong with the political culture in Albany. The discussion started with a question from an attendee who wanted to know why the state couldn’t find a way to provide adequate funding [...]

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EHS Volunteers Tidy Up Cadman Plaza Park For Earth Day

Those damn water-balloon dropping neighborhood college kids! No, wait… those lovely, responsible pillars of tomorrow’s society. Yeah, that’s it… Educational Housing Services (EHS) roused 40 area students to help tidy Brooklyn Heights’ Cadman Plaza Park last Sunday, April 21, Earth Day eve. Volunteers represented neighborhood institutes Baruch College, Berkeley College, John Jay College, Long Island [...]

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Brooklyn Public Library President Addresses Future Of Cadman Plaza Branch

Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library, sent an email to patrons Wednesday about “our efforts to create a better branch in Brooklyn Heights.” In it, she addresses her take on “innovative solutions to help us provide the service Brooklynites deserve” by “constructing a new, modern branch in Brooklyn Heights.” The [...]

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Brooklyn Public Library Eyes E-Book Sales As New Income Resource

The Brooklyn Public Library has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster to make the publisher’s complete collection of electronic books available at branch libraries, in which BPL will then get a 2% cut of profits from each book sold. The money raised is being eyed as a way to help fund the more than [...]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Logging Superstorm Sandy Stories

The Brooklyn Historical Society is looking to collect “survivor stories” from Superstorm Sandy as part of a permanent collection at the Brooklyn Heights destination. Historians are searching for residents of diverse ages, ethnicities and occupations from shoreline neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island to talk about their experiences during and after the hurricane. The [...]

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District 33 Participatory Budget Ballot: Here’s How To Help The Heights

Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Judy Stanton reminds BHB readers that this is the week to vote for four Brooklyn Heights projects that are part of the Participatory Budget Ballot for District 33. Those projects that would enhance Brooklyn Heights, according to Stanton, are: * PS8′s new Middle School (MS 8) needs funds to purchase [...]

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Vote For Local Project Funding From Councilman Steve Levin’s Kitty

As we reported last October, Steve Levin, who represents our district in the City Council, has $1 million in discretionary funds that may be used to bankroll projects in the area. Back then he had a community meeting to solicit ideas; now he has a list of sixteen “viable” projects and is asking constituents to [...]

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Community Group Continues Robust Push Against Cadman Plaza Library Closure

Citizens Defending Libraries, the Brooklyn Heights-based organization formed to oppose the sale and potential destruction of the Cadman Plaza building, continues to communicate its message in the community. On Saturday, the group was out in force in front of the branch, encouraging locals to sign its ongoing petition (8,300 signatures to date, with a goal [...]

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PS8 Acknowledges BHA Contribution For Middle School Launch

At PS8′s benefit auction last Friday at Plymouth Church, the Brooklyn Heights public school acknowledged the generous gift from the Brooklyn Heights Association last spring to help launch PS8′s new middle school. In fact, BHA offered PS8 a greater contribution than DOE. The event included a presentation from Councilman Steve Levin. In the photo: Jane [...]

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‘Citizens Defending Libraries’ Rallies In Manhattan To Protect Cadman Plaza Branch

Brooklyn Heights-based organization Citizens Defending Libraries rallied Friday during a hearing in Manhattan addressing the New York City Council’s Fiscal Year 2014 Preliminary Budget, and the Mayor’s Fiscal Year ‘13 Preliminary Management Report and Agency Oversight. The hearing was run by James G. Van Bramer, Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Relations. Testimony from [...]

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BK Public Library CEO Promises New Cadman Plaza Branch Would Be ‘Patron-Pleasing’

Brooklyn Public Library CEO Linda Johnson is taking opponents to task by promising that a potential replacement branch for Brooklyn Heights’ ailing Cadman Plaza Library will be “a light-filled facility full of patron-pleasing technology.” The New York Daily News reported last week that the proposed smaller facility—with 15,000sf, about half the size of the current [...]

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Compare & Contrast: Heights’ PS 8 & Vinegar Hill’s PS 307

DNAInfo.com offers an intriguing comparison today between P.S. 8 at 37 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights and P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill: “Despite academic struggles in the past, P.S. 8 has long been admired for its active parent groups, partnerships with local art organizations and innovative after-school programming… P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill, meanwhile, has [...]

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Two Members of the Central Park Five Visit Packer Collegiate

On Wednesday at the Packer Collegiate Institute, students and faculty listened raptly as two members of the Central Park Five shared their stories of being arrested, convicted, and jailed for the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger assault—a crime they didn’t commit. Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam spoke to members of the Packer community for two [...]

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Another Look Inside Cadman Plaza Library Potential Sale

As news continues to swirl regarding the potential sale of Brooklyn Heights’ Cadman Plaza Public Library, there’s new perspective to the story as reported by Brooklyn Daily in a post titled “The Brooklyn Public Library wants to cut off its nose to save its face.” As previously reported, the library is considering demolishing its Brooklyn [...]

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