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Cops Turn Away Parkgoers At Pier 2 Basketball Courts

According to today’s Gothamist report, parkgoers were shut out of the Pier 2 basketball courts starting at 3:30 p.m. yesterday. People who were already there were allowed to stay, but no one else was allowed in. NYPD confirmed that there was no particular incident, but that the shut-out was implemented to control the crowds. There was […]

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Watchtower Puts Towers Hotel On Market

DNA Info reports that the Watchtower Tract & Bible Society, better known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, has put the (forgive my use of an over-used word, but here it does seem appropriate) iconic Towers Hotel building (photo, a “fortuitous find” by reader AEB), at Clark and Willow streets, up for sale. Back in 2006, in BHB’s […]

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Fleet Week Begins Tomorrow, Continues Through Memorial Day Weekend

Fleet Week begins tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, with a parade of ships that, starting at 11:30 a.m., will proceed from the Narrows up through New York Harbor, past the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park, up to the George Washington Bridge. The ships will then head back to their assigned docks: some at the Cruise […]

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U.S. Attorney and Manhattan DA Probing Library Deal

The Real Deal reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Brahrara and Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. are looking into the deal under which the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (photo) was sold to developer Hudson Companies for demolition and redevelopment as a high rise mixed use residential and commercial building with a new […]

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Centa Promises Increased Police Presence And Vigilance At Park And In Heights

At Tuesday evening’s 84th Precinct Community Council Meeting, as expected, Deputy Inspector Sergio Centa (photo), the Precinct Commanding Officer, faced many questions about security in Brooklyn Bridge Park and on Brooklyn Heights streets, especially Joralemon, used by pedestrians going to and from the Park. He noted that his requests for additional officers to be assigned […]

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Bonnie Burke Is Doing Alright!

Like many of you dear neighbors, I knew Bonnie Burke as the ebullient waitress at Henry’s End, who always wore elaborate dangles on her ears and a dazzling smile on her face. Whoever you were, she just seemed so happy to see you, and whatever dish you chose, her reaction was always an enthusiastic “Alright!” […]

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City Argues Pier Six Towers Plan May Proceed Despite State Disapproval

Crain’s reports that City Hall has issued a statement to the effect that the planned development of two residential towers at Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park, including an affordable housing component and space for a pre-school, may proceed despite its having failed to win the approval of the Empire State Development Corporation. According to […]

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Heights Kids to Close in July

To the dismay of grandparents, parents and children in the neighborhood, Heights Kids, located on Pineapple Walk, will sell its last toys and shut its doors by the end of July. Owner Darek Cegielski spoke about the situation today. Q.  Why are you closing the business? A.  Well, a number of factors. It’s very tough […]

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Scenes and Music From Willowtown Fair

The weather forecast for Saturday afternoon was threatening, but the rain held off for the duration of this year’s Willowtown Fair. Artists were busy painting young faces and arms. Iris Cafe sold tacos and roasted corn on the cob, and kids frolicked on a bouncy castle. Video and more photos after the jump. Under overcast […]

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Learn About Brooklyn Bridge Park Operations Wednesday Evening

This Wednesday evening, May 18, starting at 6:30 at the Park’s entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park will present a walking tour, “Managing BBP Operations”. This is part of the Park’s “Wednesday Night Tours” series. If you join this tour, led by the Park’s Director of Operations, Mike Lampariello, you […]

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