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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

It’s spring, really spring, so you may feel like getting outside and doing a little gardening. The Poplar Street Community Garden is having their first Workday of the season this Saturday, April 12, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The Garden is located at Poplar and Hicks streets. Bring your own pruning shears, or use theirs. [...]

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Sanitation Pickup Update

This in from the Brooklyn Heights Association regarding garbage and recyclables pickups: The following information comes from the DSNY District 2 Garage Superintendent and applies to Brooklyn Heights even if snow arrives as predicted for tomorrow: 1) The DSNY advises that they could reach Brooklyn Heights for pick-ups of regular garbage as soon as tonight, [...]

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Update on Garbage Pickup from BHA

The Brooklyn Heights Association has given us this heads-up: Due to the heavy snowfall, we are advised not to expect any garbage collection until next Tuesday, February 18, at the earliest. Monday, February 17 is a DSNY holiday. Residents should keep garbage off the sidewalks until we can be certain of pick-ups. There’s a list [...]

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BHA Says Garbage Pickup Maybe Tomorrow Night; Wants to Know What’s Your Favorite Nabe Diner

The Brooklyn Heights Association has been told that there may be regular garbage (not recyclables) pickup tomorrow (Friday) night, and reminds us: “If your trash is buried under snow, please dig it out. If the men can’t see it or reach it, they’ll leave it.” Recyclables should be held back for now; we will be [...]

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BHA Updates: Vigil for Pedestrian Safety Sunday; Garbage Pickup Resumes Today

The Brooklyn Heights Association sends us this notice: We hope you will join us and other Brooklynites in a candlelight vigil for pedestrian safety at 4:30 on Sunday, January 26, at the intersection of Wyckoff, Palmetto and Myrtle Avenues, outside the Myrtle-Wyckoff subway station on the L Line. The vigil pays tribute to all New [...]

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No Garbage Pick-Up Monday

The Brooklyn Heights Association advises us that, because of the Veteran’s Day holiday, there will be no garbage pick-up this Monday, November 11. For those who have Monday recyclables collection, there will be no collection of recyclables this week; the next pick-up will be Monday, November 18. Wednesday collection of recyclables will happen as usual. [...]

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Some Autumn Color at Brooklyn Bridge Park

After taking the tour of Pier 5 and the construction zone on Sunday, I headed north to Pier 1. While fall foliage is at its peak upstate, the warmer temperatures here mean it comes later. Still, there were some hints of fall evident along the way, beginning with these staghorn sumac leaves and drupes. The [...]

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Levin to DOT: Fix BQE Below Brooklyn Heights

We’ve received this presser from City Council Member Steve Levin’s office: CM Levin has sent a letter asking the [NYC Department of Transportation] to mill and repave the cantilevered section of the [Brooklyn Queens Expressway]. There have been a number of Brooklyn Heights residents who have felt vibrations around this section of the BQE, spurring [...]

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Taking the “Birds, Bugs, Bees” Tour at Brooklyn Bridge Park

That’s a fearsome looking cicada-killer wasp peering over the edge of a flower stalk in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning. I saw it while on the Birds, Bugs, Bees tour offered by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Although skies were gray and some desultory rain was falling, I put on my slicker and walked down [...]

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BHA Urges Maintenance Work on BQE

According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle the Brooklyn Heights Association has urged the City Department of Transportation, which is responsible for routine maintenance of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, to mill the roadway and replace asphalt and concrete, as necessary, on the cantilevered portion of the BQE that runs below Brooklyn Heights. A letter to DOT Commissioner [...]

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NYT: Downtown Brooklyn Park Will Be Partially Financed By Underground Garage

Downtown Brooklyn will have a park to rival Manhattan’s Bryant Park and a high tech underground parking garage will help finance its construction. The New York Times reports that the city is planning to have the Willoughby Square opened in 2016.

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Like A Daisy I Need Water I Need Chestnuts To Consume Or A Neighbor Has A Squirrel Dilemma

This dispatch just in from an animal loving BHB reader:

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Professional Cleanup Guy Geo Friend-Lee Sweeps Up In Brooklyn Heights, Posts Wacky Video

“Geo Friend-Lee”, who calls himself “the hardest working environmentalist on the planet”, hit Brooklyn Heights recently and posted a YouTube video documenting it. His Cleaner Curbs promises to “eliminate the litter on our streets, restore the beauty of our city and help protect the planet from human destruction.” Sounds like the Guardian Angels of Cleanin’ [...]

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Environmental Assessment For Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse Released; Public Hearing Next Thursday

The Brooklyn Heights Association has advised us that an Environmental Assessment has been completed concerning the proposed adaptive re-use of the Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse buildings, located along Water Street in the Fulton Ferry Historic District and DUMBO. Links to the Environmental Assessment and Draft Conversion Application are here; they may also be reviewed [...]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Blooms and Bugs”: Lots of Blooms, No Bugs, Some Birds

As we noted before, this was a big weekend for events at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Your correspondent chose to register for the early Sunday morning “Blooms and Bugs” tour around Pier 1. The tour leader was Matthew Wills (photo), who publishes the blog Backyard and Beyond. Matthew began by noting that we weren’t likely to [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Saturday is Derby Day. So, if the thunder of hoofbeats quickens your pulse, and if you’re not attending a friend’s party or hosting your own, you may want to go to a local TV-equipped bar to enjoy the race. According to ProspectHeightsPatch, Floyd, 131 Atlantic Avenue (between Clinton and Henry), will be serving beer cheese, [...]

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