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Design/Build for BQE Renovation Approved

The Brooklyn Heights Association has let us know that the state budget, passed by the legislature and approved by Governor Cuomo on Friday, includes approval for the use of a design/build procedure for the renovation of the crumbling Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. As the BHA noted: This victory is the culmination of months […]

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Cuomo Counsel: Ask and You Shall Receive Design/Build for BQE

The Daily News reports that Alphonso David, counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, has said that the Governor is eager to sponsor approval of a procedure called “design/build” for the needed reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. Failure to provide such authorization would greatly extend […]

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NYC DOT Engineer Says Keeping Traffic Off Brooklyn Heights Streets High Priority

The Eagle’s Mary Frost has an excellent report on last week’s Brooklyn Heights Association Annual Meeting. Here are my takeaways from the meeting: 1. The featured speaker, DOT Deputy Commissioner Robert Collyer (photo) said at least twice that a primary DOT concern is keeping traffic off Brooklyn Heights streets during the BQE renovation. 2. Mr. […]

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BQE Reconstruction & “Design/Build” is Focus of Brooklyn Heights Association’s Annual Meeting This Wednesday

The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold their Annual Meeting this Wednesday, February 28th from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at St. Francis College Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street.  Robert Collyer, NYC Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Bridge Officer, will make a presentation on the BQE rehabilitation project with a Q&A and refreshments to […]

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What’s Holding Up Approval Of Design/Build For The BQE?

Last June we noted here that a procedure called “design/build”, in which the same contractors bid on both the design and construction aspects of a project, could greatly shorten the time necessary to do the vital reconstruction and repair work on the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, beneath Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade. In […]

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Vacant Retail Spaces: Why? What, If Anything, Can Be Done?

You would have to have been in Brooklyn Heights for over five years to remember when the last tenant, Starbucks, moved out of 112 Montague Street (photo) to a smaller space a block away. Since then, apart from being used as storage space for Lassen & Hennigs next door, the space has lain fallow. While […]

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Heights Residents May Be Eligible For Assistance Under “Zadroga Act”

The Eagle reports that “health and education officials” are trying to publicize the availability of “medical treatment and financial compensation” under the Federal “Zadroga Act” for people who have suffered severe illness because of exposure to toxins following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. There’s more information here. Although the linked NYC […]

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Vote Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, is election day for city offices, including Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, and City Council, for State Senator, and for Borough President and Kings County District Attorney.. Also on the ballot are three statewide propositions: (1) whether to have a Constitutional Convention to revise and amend the New York State Constitution; (2); […]

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Makeover of Cadman Plaza Park, End of Saturday Work at Former Library Site

At Mayor de Blasio’s Town Hall at St. Francis College this (Wednesday) evening, he announced that $6 million has been appropriated to renovate the northern end of Cadman Plaza Park, which he said he was surprised to learn had not been touched, apart from routine maintenance, since the late 1950s. Among the improvements will be […]

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Town Hall with Mayor de Blasio at St. Francis Wednesday, October 18

Our friends at Community Board 2 have advised us that Mayor Bill de Blasio will be at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street, on Wednesday evening, October 18, for a Town Hall to which all are invited. Admission is free. The event begins at 6:00; doors will open at 5:30 and close at […]

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