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BHA Events: “Vision Zero” Workshop April 24; BHA Social! April 29; House Tour May 10

The Brooklyn Heights Association has a full schedule of events over the coming thirty days. On Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church there will be a public workshop, sponsored by the NYC DOT, on Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic fatalities. All are welcome, and if you [...]

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Inside the Landmarks Preservation Committee’s Hearing on Modifications to Two Brooklyn Heights Properties

The owners of 13 Cranberry Street sought a Certificate of Appropriateness from the LPC last week for modifications to the rear of their home. The LPC has posted video of the hearing and it gives those who haven’t gone through the process a taste of what it’s like. While the changes requested may seem pretty [...]

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Forgotten NY Profiles Willowtown, Calls Merz Masterpiece a “Monstrosity”

Forgotten New York is one of our favorite sites. And we were pretty jazzed to see them feature Willowtown this week. However, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the shade being thrown at Willowtown’s most beloved modern structures. Numbers 40, 44 and 48 Willow Place were designed by architects and Heights Heroes Joe [...]

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1 Monroe Place aka 100 Clark Street Set for a Facelift

The neighborhood eyesore at 100 Clark Street (aka 1 Monroe Place) will get a new stoop, staircase, a restored mansard roof courtesy of owner Newcastle Realty Services. The Brooklyn Eagle also reports that floors lost due to neglect will also be replaced. DOB approval is pending.

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Brooklyn Paper Gets First Look At Bossert Hotel Renovation In Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Paper’s intrepid reporter Matthew “the next Mike McLaughlin or Kuntzman” Perlman got a peek inside the Bossert Hotel renovation this week. The legendary building has been under the care of the Watchtower since the 1980s. In 2012, the group sold it to developers David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit who are currently renovating the [...]

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Heights Hero Nancy Pearsall Schools St. Francis College Students on the Landmarking Of Brooklyn Heights

Heights Hero Nancy Pearsall addressed St. Francis College students this week and discussed the landmarking of Brooklyn Heights. Mrs. Pearsall, along with her husband Otis and the band of preservationists originally known at CCIC, fought Robert Moses and earned landmark status for Brooklyn Heights. Mrs. Pearsall talks about gathering all the data about historic homes [...]

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Winter Of Discontent: Bossert Hotel Gets A New Architect

Looks like the conversion of the Bossert Hotel will take a little longer as developers the Chetrit Group and David Bistricer have decided to change architects. This on the heels the their latest plans being nixed by the LPC. Also, residents of nearby 200 Hicks Streets have voiced their concerns about noise and other issues [...]

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New York Times Reports On A Great Discovery At Grace Church In Brooklyn Heights

A little soap and water and expertise has gone a long way at Grace Church, the New York Times reports. The landmark house of worship is currently undergoing a $5 million dollar renovation including work on “a new copper roof, new insulation, new lighting, new wiring and a much-needed cleaning of many of the 3,200 [...]

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Heights History (A Slight Return): The Brooklyn Heights Historic District

A little over a month after starting BHB in 2006, I wrote this piece about the landmarking of Brooklyn Heights. It was the beginning of my interest in the history of the neighborhood — something that has powered this blog ever since.

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Landmarks Commission Rejects Second Cinema Site Plan

Although Brooklyn Heights Cinema owner Kenn Lowy spoke in favor of the proposal, The Brooklyn Paper reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has now rejected a second plan for a structure to replace the present Cinema building at 70 Henry Street that would have several floors of apartments and space for the Cinema on the [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The Heights Players’ production of Twelve Angry Men premieres this weekend at the Players’ playhouse, 26 Willow Place, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 12:00. This now classic drama began life as a television show in the 1950s, was made into a movie (12 Angry Men) by Henry [...]

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Opening Day: A Closer Look

As mentioned in a previous post, today marks the 63rd anniversary of the opening of the Promenade. Here, for your edification, is an unreleased photo of the occasion, taken from a high floor of 2 Montague Terrace. (Click through to the photo for its highest resolution!)

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Eagle: Developers Licking Their Chops Over Brooklyn Heights Library

After the Brooklyn Public Library issued an RFP in June for development of the Brooklyn Heights branch location, they were flooded with responses, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s NYC Council Select Committee on Libraries Oversight hearing. Councilmembers Steve Levin and Letitia James were on hand. Brooklyn Eagle: “We were [...]

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Empire Stores Redevelopment Plan Revealed

It was announced last week that Midtown Equities had been chosen as the developer for the adaptive re-use of the historic Empire Stores warehouse buildings, which extend along Water Street between Dock and Main streets in DUMBO. There was, however, no immediate announcement of which of the anonymous “team” entries revealed in June was the [...]

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Karl on 177 Montague and Neighboring Brooklyn Heights Architecture

Mr. J. has put together an impressive video presentation (after the jump) focusing on the Brooklyn Trust Building, now occupied by Chase Bank, the upper floors of which are being converted for residential use. He then gives us a tour of some neighboring architectural gems, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, St. Ann and the Holy [...]

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Congregation B’nai Avraham Awarded “Sacred Sites” Grant

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that Congregation B’nai Avraham, 117 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Henry), Brooklyn Heights’ only Orthodox synagogue, has been awarded a $10,000 “Sacred Sites” grant by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The funds will be used to assist in restoration of the facade of the 1850s vintage brownstone faced Italiante style [...]

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