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Good-bye, Witnesses; Hello, Luxury Condos

“There is only one possible use, and that’s luxury condominiums.” So proclaimed David Lombino, the director of special projects for Two Trees, in a New York Times story published last weekend and accompanied by stunning photographs of the landscape currently inhabited by the Jehovah’s Witness complex that straddles Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. His conclusion is hardly a surprise, given […]

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Learn Secrets of the Creative Mind at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO Thursday Evening

This Thursday evening, January 21, from 7:00 to 9:00, co-authors Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire will be at Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main street, at Water Street, in DUMBO, for a launch and discussion of their new book, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. Kaufman is also author of Ungifted: Intelligence […]

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CEC13 Issues Post Re-Zoning Statement, Kindergarten Admission Update

As a follow up to the January 5th 6 to 3 “yes” vote to re-zone P.S. 8 and P.S. 307, the CEC13 has issued a statement thanking “parents, community members, local organizations and elected representatives” along with school administrations and staff for their dedication and engagement over the many months of meetings, dialogue and debate. […]

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District 13 CEC Votes 6 to 3 in Favor of P.S.8/P.S. 307 Re-Zoning

After months of meetings, public discourse and national news coverage, the District 13 CEC has voted in favor of the re-zoning in a 6 to 3 split.   The Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch live blogged the proceedings. The CEC first held a Working Session where they attended to other district business including the Superintendent’s Report.  The […]

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Want to Make Music? Join the “Bell by Bell” March in DUMBO Monday Evening

The Brooklyn Paper reports that, as part of the annual Make Music Winter event, there will be a parade on Monday evening, December 21 from the DUMBO Archway, Water Street and Anchorage Place to Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Participants will be given color coded bells, and during the march “conductors” will raise colored […]

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CEC Sets Date for Re-Zone Vote, Debates Pros & Cons of Proposal

The District 13 CEC held a Working Session meeting this past Tuesday night.  Several items were on the agenda but the merits of the P.S. 8 and P.S. 307 re-zoning proposal was by far the longest and most multi-faceted debate of the evening. First, members approved a special session for the re-zoning vote.  The vote […]

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Library Project Gets Council Land Use Committee Nod; Levin Secures Sweeteners

Today the City Council’s Land Use Committee approved the plan to demolish the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and replace it with a new library in a high rise residential and commercial building to be built on the site, with a temporary library to be available in the Our Lady of […]

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DOE Unveils Final Re-Zoning Plan: Zone Lines Unchanged, Admission Set-Asides Proposed for P.S. 307

The DOE’s Office of District Planning presented their final re-zoning proposal to the District 13 CEC at a meeting on Monday night.  The ODP’s powerpoint deck outlined the general themes and recurring questions that were raised during a series of community meetings which began in late September. While the zone lines remain unchanged, new to […]

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Education Update: DOE to Unveil Final Re-Zoning Proposal on Nov 23rd, PEP to Vote on Middle School Relocation

RE-ZONING PROPOSAL: CEC President, David Goldsmith has confirmed the DOE’s Office of District Planning will present the official re-zoning proposal on November 23rd.  The meeting is scheduled to take place 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (283 Adams Street).  Comments may still be submitted via […]

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“OY/YO” Sculpture to be Unveiled at Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday, November 10

Tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, November 10) at 3:00, at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newly re-opened Main Street Lawn in DUMBO (foot of Main Street, between the bridges), artist Deborah Kass will unveil her monumental sculpture (photo) which, seen from the west and south (as in photo) says “YO” but from the east and north says “OY”, thereby […]

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