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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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Oral Arguments in Save the View Now’s Suit Against Pierhouse in Brooklyn Heights Friday

Oral arguments in the appeal of the lower court’s dismissal of Save the View Now’s suit to remedy the Pierhouse’s interference with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the protected view plane from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will be held this Friday, October 20, at the Appellate Division Courthouse, 45 Monroe Place, corner of Pierrepont. […]

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Greenpeace Ship Visiting Pier Six, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Update: Arctic Sunrise departed this (Tuesday) morning on a voyage to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico. On an afternoon walk through Brooklyn Bridge park, your correspondent was surprised to find Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise docked at Pier Six, near the foot of Atlantic Avenue. I joined the line for a free tour, and with a […]

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“Police Emergency” Caused Helicopter Noise Tonight

Having heard the noise from the helicopter hovering for hours over the Downtown Brooklyn/Brooklyn Heights border, and having received complaints from readers, your correspondent called the 84th Precinct, and was told it was because of a “police emergency.” I asked if I could be told the nature of the emergency, and was told I may […]

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Recycling and Trash Schedule for Labor Day Weekend

This in from the Brooklyn Heights Association: On Tuesday, September 5th, the DSNY will only operate its organic recycling trucks in the portion of the neighborhood south of Joralemon Street. On these streets, other recyclable materials – paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and metal – will not be collected until Monday, September 11th. On streets including […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

Aspiring Izaak Waltons will get inspiration at the Brooklyn Historical Society this Thursday evening, July 6 at 6:30 for “Gone Fishin': Brooklyn’s Favorite, Forgotten Pastime,” a panel discussion featuring local anglers and environmental advocates. There’s plenty more coming up in the next couple of weeks, including a book talk on Tuesday evening, July 11 about […]

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Thanks to Albany BQE Repairs May be Stalled; Made More Difficult

The cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, is in need of critical repairs. Concrete has eroded, exposing rusting metal reinforcements. The job will take years, and will require closure of at least parts of the BQE for long periods. Last year a City Department of Transportation Official told a […]

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Know a Spot, or Two, That Needs a Litter Can? Tell Council Member Steve Levin

In his “Word on the 33rd” e-blast today, City Council Member Stephen Levin has this message for constituents: We all need to do our part to keep our community clean. Everyone one of us should be able to take pride in the streets and sidewalks that are extensions of our homes and workplaces. To this […]

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Loud Noise From Pier 15 Assaulting Heights, Again

If you’ve noticed a loud, rhythmic noise coming from the direction of the East River today, it appears to be a repeat of a problem we had last Labor Day weekend. As best I could determine, the source is the same: Pier 15 (my photo was taken this evening, and shows a large crowd there). […]

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Future of Gowanus Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, May 17, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society, in partnership with the Van Alen Institute, will present a panel discussion, “Gowanus’ Triple Bypass: Change Through Art, Design, and the Environment.” Once an artery of commerce and industry, the Gowanus neighborhood has become emblematic of change and the forces impacting the Brooklyn […]

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