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Vote on Tuesday!

In case you hadn’t heard, this Tuesday, November 6 is a biggie: the 2018 midterm elections. A U.S. Senate seat is on the ballot. So are state offices, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller, along with State Senator and Assembly Member. Various local judges are on the ballot as well. There are also […]

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BHA Update on BQE; “Save the Promenade” is now “A Better Way NYC”

The Brooklyn Heights Association has sent us an update on efforts to have the City’s Department of Transportation to pursue alternatives to replacing the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for a period of at least six years with a temporary elevated six lane highway carrying heavy truck and auto traffic. The BHA has worked with Save the […]

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Mayor de Blasio Open to Alternative BQE Plan Levin Says “Worth Exploring”

The New York Post reports that City Council Member Stephen Levin (photo) has called a proposal to temporarily re-route the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway over the berms on the eastern edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park during reconstruction of the cantilevered portion under Brooklyn Heights, instead of putting it on an elevated six lane highway that would replace […]

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BHA: de Blasio “Blindsided” Brooklyn Heights on BQE

Brooklyn Heights Association President Martha Bakos Dietz (in photo, helping at Save the Promenade’s stand during the Montague Street Sunday Social today) issued this statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that he favors the city DOT’s “innovative” option for BQE reconstruction: As the President of the Board of Governors of the Brooklyn […]

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Mayor Prefers Replacing Promenade With Highway During BQE Reconstruction

The Brooklyn Paper reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed a preference for the City Department of Transportation’s “innovative” plan that would close the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for at least six years and replace it with a temporary six lane highway that would render some residences virtually uninhabitable. The Brooklyn Paper story quotes the […]

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City Will Consider Options for BQE Reconstruction

A large crowd assembled for Thursday evening’s meeting at which City Department of Transportation officials discussed plans for the reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. I took the photo some minutes before the program began; by the time it did there were even more standing in the back or along the sides, and […]

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Reminder: Meeting Thursday Evening on BQE Repairs and Promenade

The Brooklyn Heights Association has details on the Update meeting on BQE Rehabilitation, a project that could include closing the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for years and building a temporary six lane highway that would bring traffic to the level of Heights residences. Alternatively, it could cause major diversions of truck and car traffic to local […]

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Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 13, is the statewide primary election to choose candidates to run in the November general election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and other state offices. Polls are open from 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM. By entering your address at this website, you can see who is on the ballot in your […]

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Levin Has Big Kitty For Local Projects; Needs Your Advice

Our feline friendly City Council Member Stephen Levin has $1.5 million for capital projects and (this is new) $20,000 for expense funding, all to be distributed in accordance with the wishes of constituents in the 33rd Council District (which includes Brooklyn Heights). There will be two Neighborhood Assemblies in the Heights — one at the […]

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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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