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DUMBO Leader Tweaks Raw Nerve in Brooklyn Heights Library Re-development Dispute

In Thursday’s Brooklyn Daily Eagle, community advocate Doreen Gallo tweaked the raw nerve that is the proposed sale of the Brooklyn Heights and Pacific branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. The BPL’s controversial plan to sell the two properties—eliminating costly repairs and maintenance in exchange for new much reduced libraries rebuilt by developers—has been roundly [...]

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New York Daily News: Citizens Defending Libraries Ask deBlasio To “Help Pay” BPL’s $300 Million Repair Bill

Brooklyn Heights based Citizens Defending Libraries will hold a rally tonight (4/8) at 5pm in front of the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch at Grand Army Plaza. On the docket, the NY Daily News reports, is a request that Mayor deBlasio find a way to help the system with its $300 million dollar repair bill [...]

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Sen. Squadron’s Community Convention Sunday, April 27

State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, Carroll Gardens and other Brooklyn neighborhoods, along with lower Manhattan, will host his sixth annual Community Convention at Seward Park Educational Campus, 350 Grand Street in Manhattan (Delancey Street stop on the F train), on Sunday afternoon, April 27, from 2:00 to 5:00. [...]

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LICH Update: Is SUNY Gaming Us? Will Cuomo Decide?

While we felt relief at Thursday’s announcement of SUNY’s decision to select Brooklyn Health Partners, which proposes to operate a full service hospital at Long Island College Hospital, as the preferred applicant to acquire LICH, we can’t be sure that all will turn out well. As BHB reader Rick said in his comment to the [...]

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“Vision Zero” Town Hall Tuesday Evening

The Brooklyn Heights Association has alerted us to a Town Hall meeting to discuss the City’s “Vision Zero” plan. Please join us for the Vision Zero Brooklyn Town Hall, taking place at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, April 1, from 7 pm-9pm. The NYC DOT and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Brooklyn Borough President [...]

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More Details on LICH Deal, but Questions Remain

Update-update: See Mary Frost’s Eagle story for a detailed summary of the agreement. The latest date for a SUNY exit is May 22. Also, the issue of the Othmer bequest is still open. Update: Capital’s Dan Goldberg confirms that LICH “could temporarily close” if a deal is not finalized with a new operator by May. [...]

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Has BHB Reader “Jorale-man” Spurred Borough Hall Plaza Repair?

News blog DNAInfo NYC picked up Jorale-Man’s opening comment in the New Year’s Open Thread Wednesday: At the risk of sounding a (mildly) negative note to start the year, it would be nice if 2014 is the year that the city fixes the crumbling sidewalks around Borough Hall. I noticed yesterday while lugging my rollerboard [...]

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At 2014 Inauguration, Brooklyn Rises Within NYC Political Circles

By Michael Randazzo With their respective swearing-in ceremonies on New Year’s Day at City Hall, two Brooklyn politicos ascended to the peak of New York City government: Mayor Bill de Blasio, who hails from Park Slope, and Public Advocate Letitia James, who lives in Clinton Hill, a community she represented on the City Council for [...]

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NYPD Brings Skynet Closer To Reality As It Tests ‘Robocar’ In Brooklyn Heights

Clearly, no one has learned anything from The Terminator series or Robocop. The New York Daily News reports that the NYPD has been testing a new high tech police cruiser loaded with gadgets including a high speed license plate scanner. It’s been assigned to the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn Heights.

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Tale of the Tweets: The People, United, Score A Victory Against SUNY to #SaveLICH

The SUNY trustees hearing yesterday afternoon was surreal event featuring dull Powerpoint presentations from bureaucrats and circular conversations about the state’s rules for procurement. Worst of all anyone watching (in person or on the web) had that sinking feeling that LICH was about to become a developer’s playground — a 90 square foot “medical mall” [...]

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Battle for LICH is Not Over: Lawyer for BHA and Others

The Brooklyn Heights Association has sent us a letter from Jim Walden of Gibson Dunn LLP, attorney for the BHA and other petitioners opposing the closure of Long Island College Hospital. In it, Mr. Walden assures those concerned that even if, as expected, SUNY’s Board of Trustees votes to select an as yet unnamed party [...]

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Sure Seems Like Cuomo, McCall And SUNY Still Like The Sound Of LICH Condos

The New York Times reports today, that SUNY will present a plan to sell Long Island College Hospital to a developer who would turn much of the property into condos. This is not a shock to anyone reading between the lines in the long SaveLICH drama. Last month, SUNY Board Chairman Carl McCall told attendees [...]

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Will Brooklyn Heights Lose Senator Squadron?

Crain’s New York reports today that several political aspirants are gearing up to run for Daniel Squadron’s Senate seat, in anticipation that Squadron may be headed to City Hall, possibly to serve as Parks Commissioner.  Lower Manhattan District Leaders Jenifer Rajkumar and Paul Newell, and for Brooklyn District Leader Lincoln Restler are are reportedly interested. Crain’s: [...]

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Hearing On Brooklyn Heights Library To Be Held Thursday (12/12)

This dispatch from the BHA about the Brooklyn Heights library:

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This Memo From The BPL President Says The New Brooklyn Heights Library Will Be Awesome

A BHB tipster sent us this memo from Brooklyn Public Library president Linda Johnson. In it, she says that they’ll be sharing the details from their RFP earlier this year for a new building at its current Cadman Plaza location that would house a new library (and condos) soon.

Read it and comment after the jump.

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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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