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BHB Interview: NYC Council Member Steve Levin Discusses Brooklyn Bridge White Flags, the Brooklyn Heights Library Branch and more

Earlier this week, Stephen Levin, representative for the 33rd District of the New York City Council, spoke with BHB in a leisurely 45-minute phone interview while he was returning from a vacation on the West Coast. Council Member Levin, whose district includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, and [...]

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HVAC Miseries Point to BPL’s Fateful Decision Regarding Brooklyn Heights Library Branch

With soaring summer temperatures imposing shortened hours of operation, the non-functioning air conditioning system of the Brooklyn Heights branch library on Cadman Plaza West stands as a flagrant example of the Brooklyn Public Library’s ongoing financial woes. And BPL’s projected solution for the problem—the sale and demolition of the two-story building in favor of a [...]

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Squadron and Camara Look To Reform NYC Pot Laws

In what they hope will be ground-breaking legislation, this week New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Karim Camara announced the Fairness and Equity Act, a bill offering comprehensive reform for New York’s flawed marijuana decriminalization laws. This prospective legislation, a response to the New York Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk policing tactics, [...]

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Here Come the Candidates to Succeed Joan Millman in the 52nd NYS Assembly District

Three Democrats are lining up to win the party’s nomination to succeed Joan Millman in the 52nd AD, which covers Brooklyn Heights. Millman announced her retirement from the Assembly earlier this year. First up is Jo Anne Simon, the Democratic District Leader for the 52nd AD, who has a long history of civic activity. She [...]

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SUNY Finalizes Fortis Deal for LICH

The saga of Long Island College Hospital comes to an end:

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Baby It’s Hot In This Library

With splashy promotional pieces touting its 2014 summer reading campaign, the Brooklyn Public Library is enticing thousands of local school children, many of whose academic year ends this week, to patronize its 60 branches located throughout the vast borough. The kids just shouldn’t be surprised if the air conditioning at their local branch is on [...]

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Questions About Last Night’s Affordable Housing Forum at St. Ann’s

BHB reader/Heights Hero Martin L. Schneider comments on our Open Thread Wednesday this morning about last night’s affordable housing forum at St. Ann’s. We thought it warranted it’s own post.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Registered Democrat? Vote Tuesday!

Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 24) there is a primary election for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. The election pits incumbent Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez against Jeff Kurzon. The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can [...]

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Velasquez Challenger Jeff Kurzon Has An Interesting Idea About the Clark Street Subway Station in Brooklyn Heights

Jeff Kurzon, who is challenging Rep. Nydia Velasquez in next week’s (6/24) Democratic primary for the 7th District, tweeted about Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday.

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Local Elected Officials’ Statement on LICH

We’ve received this statement about the SUNY deal with Fortis concerning Long Island College Hospital from the office of State Senator Daniel Squadron (photo). It is also signed by Assemblywoman Joan Millman, and Councilmembers Brad Lander, Steve Levin, and Carlos Menchaca: We are distressed that SUNY has yet again ignored the needs of the community. [...]

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Watch this Video of the Pods You May Be Living In After the Next Disaster

NYC’s Office of Emergency Management announced its Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype Program yesterday in Cadman Plaza. Prototypes of pre-fab units meant to be deployed and assembled quickly after a Sandy-like event are now on display.

Video after the jump.

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Who Can You Trust in Brooklyn Heights Library Sale?

The Brooklyn Public Library’s controversial plan to sell its Brooklyn Heights library branch site begs the question: who best represents the community’s interest in this project? According to BPL senior leadership, the intent is to sell the Cadman Plaza site to a developer who will build a 40-plus-story tower housing a new library while providing [...]

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BPL’s Johnson Goes to City Hall, Hat In Hand

Yesterday morning at City Hall in Manhattan, Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library, joined fellow executives Anthony Marx of the New York Public Library and Bridget Quinn-Carey of the Queens Library to petition the New York City City Council for $65 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for their three organizations. [...]

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With LICH in Limbo, A 20 Minute Wait for an Ambulance Leads to a Death in Red Hook

At a March forum regarding proposals for LICH, Cobble Hill Association member/Homer’s cousin Jeff Strabone declared, “If we lose this hospital, people will die.” Not even a week since LICH ceased functioning as a full hospital that prediction has sadly come true. While it remains to be seen how direct the connection between the LICH [...]

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BPL’s Nachowitz, Skrodelis and Woloch Discuss Brooklyn Heights Library Plans

The BHB recently sat down with senior management of the Brooklyn Public Library to discuss how plans to sell the site of the Brooklyn Heights branch library to an as yet unnamed developer are evolving amid many variables, not the least of which is community concern about the project’s impact on its Cadman Plaza neighborhood. [...]

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Peebles Choice: Full Hospital at LICH Down for the Count As Developer Triumphs

Emergency services and an ambulatory unit will be all that remains at Long Island College Hospital as Judge Johnny Lee Baynes gave the green light to a deal between SUNY and Peebles Corporation for a mixed used complex there. Emergency services will continue there until May 27 under the auspices of North Shore-LIJ who have [...]

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