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BHA Annual Meeting: BQE, Clark Street Station, Empty Storefronts, and More

Wednesday’s Brooklyn Heights Association annual meeting began with a summary, by BHA President Martha Bakos Dietz, of BHA’s accomplishments during the previous year.  First among these was the apparent elimination of the city Department of Transportation’s plan to demolish the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and replace it with a temporary six lane highway. Both the expert panel appointed by […]

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What’s in the Crystal Ball for Brooklyn?

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed prominent Brooklynites, asking for their views on Brooklyn’s future. Carlo Scissura, head of the Mayor’s panel studying the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, predicts that “the BQE will get some much-needed love and attention.” Love? He also thinks the Nets will make the playoffs. Karen Johnson, owner of DUMBO’s Olympia Wine Bar, thinks […]

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Eagle’s Mary Frost Goes Deep With New BHA Exec Director

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed in depth the new Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Lara Birnback. Ms. Birnback is a California native, but has lived in the Heights for many years. Her husband grew up here. She has extensive experience in community development in the U.S. and abroad. As a Heights resident she is aware […]

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City Comptroller Proposes New BQE Plan

The Brooklyn Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that City Comptroller Scott Stringer (photo, Thomas Good / NLN) has proposed an alternative to the City Department of Transportation’s plan to replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a temporary six lane highway for a period not less than six years, or to repair the BQE lane by lane […]

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Simon Says: Talk to Neighbors; Examine Data; Review EIS for BQE Renovation

As expected, Thursday’s “Java with Jo Anne” event, with State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon at One Girl Cookies in DUMBO, drew a number of Brooklyn Heights residents eager to question Ms. Simon’s stance concerning the City Department of Transportation’s plan to construct a temporary six lane highway in the present location of the Brooklyn […]

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Heights Artist John Tebeau Illustrates and Chronicles the City’s Bar Scene

Brooklyn Heights resident artist John Tebeau has, in common with your correspondent, a love for good drinking spots. Several years ago he started to do drawings of some of his favorite places. With some encouragement, he expanded this to a tour of Bars, Taverns, and Dives throughout the Five Boroughs, and accompanied each drawing with […]

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Atlantic Antic This Sunday

The theme of this year’s 43rd Atlantic Antic is “The Pulse of Brooklyn.” It will be held this Sunday, September 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue. There will be live and DJ’d music, food, vendors, activities for kids, and special deals from merchants […]

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Extended LICH Demolition Hours Irk Cobble Hill Residents

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that developer Fortis Group has secured “after hours variances” from the City’s Department of Buildings that allow “late-evening and early weekend construction at 339 Hicks St[reet]”, part of the campus of the former Long Island College Hospital. Nearby residents have complained about construction noise during these hours, and, they say, […]

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We’re Losing BookCourt, but Relief May be in Sight

The news that BookCourt, a superb independent bookstore on Court Street between Pacific and Dean, will, as reported by Gothamist, close on December 31, hit me with a gut punch equivalent to that I suffered with the closing of Capulet’s on Montague in the mid 1980s. I’ve spent many a happy hour browsing in BookCourt, […]

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Two Injured, One Seriously, By Falling Bricks at Former LICH

Update: The two injured were workers on the demolition site. They were taken to New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope. Read more in Mary Frost’s Eagle story. Sadly, News 12 Brooklyn reports that today at about 1:00 p.m. two people were injured, one seriously, by falling bricks at 339 Hicks Street, the former Long […]

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