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Squadron Announces Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill Traffic Safety Measures

Responding to requests by community groups regarding pedestrian concerns at local traffic intersections, NYS Senator Daniel Squadron petitioned the NYC Department of Transportation to install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) where Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue cross as well as at the intersection of Congress, Bergen, and Court Streets. Following is a press release issued today [...]

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BHB Exclusive: Willowtown Association “Coup” Ousts Park Community Council Rep For Pier 6 Litigant

Editor’s Note: The following guest post is written by Ben Bankson, longtime resident of Willowtown and a member of the Brooklyn Heights community who has been prominently featured on the Brooklyn Heights Blog. In a surprise coup carried out at the end of the fall meeting of the board of directors of the Willowtown Association [...]

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Old Fulton Street Site To Remain Vacant After Landmarks Rejects Proposal

The lot at 20 Old Fulton Street (between Everit and Elizabeth) has been vacant since for nearly 40 years.

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Watch Noisy Concrete Trucks Begin Work at Empire Stores in DUMBO

Work on Empire Stores in DUMBO began yesterday. A BHB tipster sent us video of concrete being poured and notes, “They backed the pump truck in at 4am and the cement trucks came all day.”

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This will be another busy weekend, with the DUMBO Arts Festival starting tomorrow (Friday, September 26) and running through Sunday, September 28; the Atlantic Antic, celebrating its 40th year, on Sunday; and, as reader Reggie reminds us, also on Sunday the 21st Annual Bus Festival. This is also your last weekend to view Photoville. (Photoville [...]

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Elected Officials Say SUNY Actions on LICH “Disgraceful”; “Disgusting”

Speaking at a rally and press conference early this afternoon outside Long Island College Hospital called by the New York State Nurses Association, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (photo, with Democratic State Assembly Candidate Jo Anne Simon) characterized SUNY’s actions with regard to LICH as “nothing sort of disgraaceful.” He said there is a [...]

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#SaveLICH Meeting: SUNY Must Meet With Community

At a meeting Tuesday evening at the Cobble Hill Health Center, called in response to the announcement that NYU’s apparent withdrawal from the Fortis deal to purchase Long Island College Hospital, it was the consensus of those present that local elected officials should ask SUNY to participate in a public discussion of its plans for [...]

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Atlantic Antic; DUMBO Arts Festival Next Weekend

Big things will be happening to the north and south of Brooklyn Heights next weekend. To our south, on Atlantic Avenue, the Atlantic Antic, Brooklyn’s largest street fair, will have its fortieth anniversary on Sunday, September 28. The Antic features food and crafts vendors, live music from various traditions, and treats for kids such as [...]

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Fortis Deal for LICH Unravelling Due to NYU Langone Medical Center Pullout

The indomitable Mary Frost of the Brooklyn Eagle reports that the deal with Fortis Property Group to purchase the almost completely closed Long Island College Hospital site is in “tatters” due to the NYU Langone Medical Center announcement yesterday that it has pulled out of the deal to offer emergency services and ambulatory care at [...]

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Community Council Welcomes New 84th Precinct Captain Sergio Centa

The Eagle reports that, at the recent meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council, the 84th’s new skipper, Captain Sergio Centa, was welcomed back to the area. Capt. Centa had previously worked at the 84th for six months, starting in 2011. He replaces Capt. Maximo Tolentino, who led the 84th since 2012, and who has [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

There’s a lot going on this weekend. The Brooklyn Book Festival is already underway with “Bookend” events, but the main program is on Sunday, September 21, with events starting from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. (schedule here). Also on Sunday there’s the Montague Street Summer Space from noon to 5:00 p.m.–come meet the BHB crew [...]

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Aerial Tramway Proposed to Connect Brooklyn, Manhattan

According to Crain’s New York Business, at the recent Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, Daniel Levy, head of CityRealty, proposed a system of aerial tramways, similar to the existing Roosevelt Island Tramway, that would connect Brooklyn to Manhattan as well as linking various places along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. One segment of the [...]

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Watch Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ DUMBO Movie Shoot

Steven Spielberg’s Cold War movienow titled St. James Place – starring Tom Hanks, transformed the Anchorage Place area in DUMBO into the 1960s this weekend. Gothamist posted some great photos yesterday and many residents took to social media today to document the action. The film is scheduled to be released in October 2015. Filming in DUMBO ends Monday.

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