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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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Participatory Budgeting Meeting at St. Francis College Tuesday Evening, September 26

Sorry for the late notice. City Council Member Steven Levin (photo) has advised us that there will be a Participatory Budgeting meeting at St, Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, on Tuesday evening, September 26 starting at 7:00. Levin has a kitty of money to spend on projects in his district, which includes Brooklyn Heights and […]

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Kavanagh Named Democratic Nominee To Succeed Squadron

Kings County Politics reports that Brooklyn Democratic Party leader Frank Seddio announced support for State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh to be the Democratic candidate for the New York State Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Daniel Squadron. That now vacant seat will be filled after a special election to be held on November 7, […]

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Squadron Resigning From New York Senate

In an opinion column in today’s Daily News State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights along with Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens (where he resides with his wife and children) and much of lower Manhattan, announced his resignation from the New York Senate, where he has served since 2009. His resignation is effective this […]

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NYC DOT Seeks Public Comments, Suggestions Concerning BQE Repairs

We noted earlier that the New York State Legislature, which has an unfortunate stranglehold on many matters affecting New York City alone, in its recent session failed to pass the legislation required to expedite the urgently needed work to repair the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that runs below Brooklyn Heights and the […]

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