Brooklyn Heights Blog » News http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:37:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Trucks Banned from BQE?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85398 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85398#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:50:57 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85398

The Post reports that portions of the BQE may eventually become so unstable that trucks would need to be banned from the most at-risk sections.   Unless the City’s DOT can convince Albany to a approve “design/build” process-one that “allows both the project’s design and construction to be bid on and completed by the same contractor”-Brooklyn Heights residents could see trucks rumbling through the neighborhood.

“If the agency doesn’t get permission, the reconstruction project could extend two years, to 2028, forcing the city to kick trucks off the highway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street and onto local roadways, according to the DOT,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Without “design/build” the diversion of trucks and the two year delay would make “a horrible situation into an absolute nightmare,” said Peter Bray, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

For three consecutive years, the DOT has attempted persuade Albany to pass a bill that would allow “design/build” for the BQE rehab project but the legislation has failed by a slim margin each time. State Sen. Marty Golden said he plans to introduce a new bill as soon as possible.

 

 

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What’s in the Stars for 2018? Find Out at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85401 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85401#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:47:22 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85401

The Brooklyn Historical Society’s monthly “Free Friday” will be this Friday, December 15. Entrance is free from 5:00 PM on until closing at 9:00. The theme this month is “Winter Myths,” which it offers as “an antidote to the holiday party circuit.” Victoria Flexner of Edible Brooklyn will expound on “the pagan roots of today’s seasonal traditions.” For the real woo-woo stuff, astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat (photo) “who aims to detangle astrology from colonization and the patriarchy, [will offer] her forecast for 2018.” After this you may want a cup of mulled wine, or a brew from Brooklyn Brewery, both of which will be available, though a donation may be requested. Adequately fueled, you may wish to “join in an introductory lesson on cult card game Magic: The Gathering by game expert, Peter Rawlings.” There’s more information here.

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Promenade Tree Lighting Wednesday; Celebrate After at Brooklyn Women’s Exchangehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85382 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85382#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:26:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85382

The annual lighting of the tree at the Montague Street entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will be at 5:30 PM this coming Wednesday, December 13. Carolers from the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will be there to provide holiday spirit. Afterwards, the carolers will proceed to the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, at 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry), where the Exchange will stay open late and offer hot apple cider and cookies. They invite you to bring the whole family.

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RIP Rocco Scali, “The Barber of Brooklyn Heights”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85338 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85338#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 02:59:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85338

Reader Martin Schneider sends us this sad news, as originally reported by him in the Brooklyn Heights Press:

Rocco Scali, the legendary hair cutter who served Brooklyn Heights since 1958 and whose regular customers famously included Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer along with many hundreds of long-time Heights residents, died Sunday, November 26 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He was 78 years old. The cause was a sudden attack of liver cancer.

He is survived by his wife Mary, two daughters, Ann Marie and Lisa, a sister Maria, a brother Frank, who lives in California, and six grandchildren Annalisa, Michael, Robert, Alessandra, Christopher, and Marissa. Mr. Scali commuted to work in the arcade at the St. George from his home on Staten Island.

Always known as Rocky to his loyal patrons, his warm-hearted nature and his amiable, chatty, and intelligent conversational style and quiet mastery of skillful haircutting made him the go-to guy for barbering in downtown Brooklyn. His well-thumbed annual calendar book where he listed his appointments was always nearly full and telephoning him hours or even days in advance for a date was the accepted routine.

Never at loss for a conversational gambit, his topics roamed easily from vegetable gardening to cooking, to his family’s many achievements, to the lives of his adored six grandchildren. It also included his recent trip with his brother to check out the standing of the family property on the once obscure island of Pantelleria in the Strait of Sicily. According to Rocky, it seems that Georgio Armani himself has discovered its virtues and now has a place there.

Nine years ago Natalie Brasington, whose photo of Rocky is above, wrote and illustrated a BHB post about Rocky and his barbering partner Thomas LaMarca, who continues his tonsorial magic at the Cutting Den, in the arcade at the Clark Street subway station.

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This Saturday, Shakespeare for Your Wee Bardshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85326 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85326#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 04:48:33 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85326

Do you have a budding thespian on your hands? Mary Frost of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports Child’s Play NY, an ensemble of classically trained actors and teaching artists “will perform a free performance of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” on Dec. 2 in Brooklyn Heights at St. Francis College. The performance will be followed by a hands-on workshop for kids and youth ages 6-16 and their families.”

The troupe uses Social Emotional Learning-movement and role playing-to help children explore their emotions.

Performance : 1-1:45 p.m.

Workshop: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Maroney Theater, St Francis College, seventh floor, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights.

RSVP is required. To register visit: http://www.childsplayny.com/midsummer-residency/

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Silhouette Artist At Brooklyn Women’s Exchange This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85295 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85295#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:00:52 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85295

Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Henry and Hicks) Friday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Her last appointment on Sunday will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Silhouette portraitist Deborah O’Connor cuts profiles while her subject sits for only five minutes. The results are an heirloom-quality custom keepsake. Frames are available at the time of purchase and make a perfect holiday gift. Pets are welcome!

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 718-624-3435 or e-mail bwe.silhouettes@gmail.com

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Vacant Retail Spaces: Why? What, If Anything, Can Be Done?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85287 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85287#comments Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:38:55 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85287

You would have to have been in Brooklyn Heights for over five years to remember when the last tenant, Starbucks, moved out of 112 Montague Street (photo) to a smaller space a block away. Since then, apart from being used as storage space for Lassen & Hennigs next door, the space has lain fallow. While there are no similar long-term vacancies on Montague (well; there’s the Bossert, which is not quite vacant because of a few holdover tenants, but that’s another story), there are others not far away.

Why? Greedy landlords? Bricks-and-mortar retail is dying because of the internet? Daniel Roberts in The Bridge has examined the reasons, and finds many in addtion to those just mentioned. A tight market for financing, both for real estate and for start-up businesses is one. Complexities of property ownership–I once read of a building in, as I recall, DUMBO, that was inherited jointly by, I think, five siblings, who could never agree on what to do with it–is another. As for solutions to the problem, many have been proposed, but nothing seems to be a priority for the present city administration.

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Small Business Saturday-Shop Montague, Donate New Warm Winter Items, Take An “Elfie”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85265 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85265#comments Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:12:45 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85265

If you want to guarantee a spot on Santa’s “Nice” list, shop our local merchants on Montague Street this weekend during American Express’ Small Business Saturday, November 25th.  Businesses will offer special discounts, complimentary treats and holiday cheer and free gifts with purchase. Participating vendors include City Chemist, Lassen & Hennings, Montague Wines & Spirits and more.

The Montague BID also invites you to donate new warm winter items such as socks, gloves, scarves and hats. Donations will benefit children and families at Brooklyn’s The Family Center.  Last year, The Family Center provided more than 4,000 New Yorkers with hands-on support from health services to legal support and beyond.  “We are so grateful to the Montague Street BID and all Brooklyn residents willing to donate items to keep our children and families warm this winter.  Over 95% of our client families live on incomes below the federal poverty threshold and sometimes, a new pair of gloves is just not in the budget.  Thanks to the Montague Street BID and those who donate and take “Elfies,” our kids and their parents will be warm this winter,” says Ivy Gamble Cobb, The Family Center Executive Director.

Everyone who donates can take a free “Elfie,” a selfie with an elf between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. “Selfies with Elves was such a success last year, that we hope all New Yorkers will come out again to support small businesses on Montague Street and generously support members of our community in need by donating cold weather gear for the children and families at The Family Center,” said Kate Chura, executive director, Montague Street BID. “Now more then ever, we all need to show each other more kindness. On behalf of the businesses on Montague Street, we hope that everyone will show Brooklyn’s families in need that we support them and believe in a sustainable, brighter future for them,” Chura added.

Shoppers are encouraged to post their “Elfies” on social media using hashtags #ElfiesOnMontague, #ShopMontague, #ShopSmall.  Tag @AmericanExpress, @ShopSmall on Instagram; @SmallBusinessSaturday and @MontagueBid on Facebook.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85256 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85256#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85256

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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Heights Residents May Be Eligible For Assistance Under “Zadroga Act”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85250 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85250#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:14:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85250

The Eagle reports that “health and education officials” are trying to publicize the availability of “medical treatment and financial compensation” under the Federal “Zadroga Act” for people who have suffered severe illness because of exposure to toxins following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. There’s more information here. Although the linked NYC website says benefits are available to those who were in lower Manhattan at the time, Brooklyn Heights is also an area considered to have been affected.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85243 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85243#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:21:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85243

Once again, this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, November 17 to 5:00 AM Monday, November 20 — apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes negatively affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

The following work week, late nights (from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM) Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22 (we’ll tell you about the long Thanksgiving holiday and weekend later), there will be no 4 train service in either direction between Brooklyn and Manhattan, but 2 and 3 trains will be running and 3 trains will make all 4 stops in Brooklyn.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Park Entrance from Montague?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85232 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85232#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:02:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85232

The Eagle reports that the Montague Street Business Improvement District wants a footbridge to connect the Promenade near the foot of Montague Street (photo) to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The BID says this is necessary to provide access to the Park during the time the needed repairs to the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below the Promenade are being done, as this will affect access to the Park through other entrances. According to the Eagle story, the BID envisions the footbridge as resembling the “Penny Bridge” (see photo in the story linked above) that used to allow pedestrians to cross Montague Street, when it extended steeply downhill to the level of the then docks, before the construction of the BQE and the Promenade.

What puzzles your correspondent is how a footbridge, by itself, could allow pedestrians to get to or from the Park from the level of the Promenade, which I believe is about an eighty foot vertical distance. Nothing that looks at all like the little Penny Bridge could do this. The bridge would have to connect to a very long staircase (more steps than many people could easily manage), or escalator (prone to breakdowns), or — and this is the only way it could meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act — a tower with elevators. To meet the anticipated summer traffic volume, this would probably require two or even three elevators the size of those at the Clark Street subway station, and the tower could impinge on the protected view plane from the Promenade. The footbridge that does connect to the Park — the “Bouncy Bridge”– does so by starting from Squibb Park, which is below the level of the BQE, and executing a zig-zag. A footbridge from the level of the Promenade would have to go through several zig-zags between there and the Park to be easily walkable; it’s hard to see how this could be executed without creating a structure so massive that it would negatively affect views from the Promenade.

I also wonder what significant impediment to Park access will be caused by the BQE repair work. Neither the Squibb Park, or Old Fulton/Furman Street entrances could be affected by it, and it seems unlikely to me to affect the Atlantic Avenue entrance, as it is south of where the cantilevered portion of the BQE begins. The Joralemon Street entrance could be affected, at least for a period of time less than required to complete the entire project. This is likely also to bar auto traffic on Joralemon from going to or from Furman Street during that time.

DISCLOSURE: I live on Montague. The concerns I’ve expressed above relate only to the technical difficulties I perceive with the proposal; not from fear of excessive pedestrian traffic on Montague (my windows face Pierrepont Place, so we already get the mostly cheerful noise from the playground, and the tour guide who stops his group in front of 3 Pierrepont Place to enlighten them about Seth Low, and at whom my historian wife occasionally yells at out the window, “No, Robert Moses did NOT build that playground!”).

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SOB Presents Mahler’s “Titan” at St. Ann Saturday Evening.http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85211 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85211#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:05:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85211

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was an Austrian composer who is regarded as the last great symphonist in the Germanic tradition. He was born to a Jewish family, but converted to Roman Catholicism in order to accept an appointment from the Austro-Hungarian Emperor. His work was highly syncretic, incorporating themes from many musical traditions. The third movement of his first (“Titan”) symphony incorporates klezmer themes.

On this Saturday evening, November 18, starting at 8:00, at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets (use the Clinton Street entrance), the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (the “SOB”; they love their acronym) will perform Mahler’s First Symphony. Tickets are $15, or $10 for seniors or students. You may buy tickets here (there’s a service charge for purchases on line) or at the door.

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“Big Bad Brooklyn” Theme of Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85207 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85207#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:28:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85207

This Friday evening, November 17, from 5:00 to 9:00, is the next “Free Friday” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Admission is free. Beer is donated by Brooklyn Brewery; you’ll be asked for a suggested donation per bottle that goes to support BHS’s programs and upkeep. This Friday’s theme is “Big Bad Brooklyn”:

From bootleggers to kingpins, mobsters and mafiosos have called Brooklyn their base of operations for decades. Join us as we explore the notorious history of organized crime in Brooklyn, and its reflections in pop culture, at this month’s Free Friday! Enjoy free access to our galleries and of course, cold beer!

No RSVP is necessary. There’s more information here.

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Danish Christmas Market Next Saturday, November 18http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85193 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85193#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:25:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85193

The Danish Seamen’s Church, 102 Willow Street (just south of Clark) will hold its annual Christmas Market on Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shop unique scandinavian design, knitware, gift items, holiday ornaments, danish candy, and traditional food products for the Christmas Dinner. Or bite into delicious “æbleskiver” (puffed apple pancakes) – a traditional christmas treat that all Danes give out at any social gathering through the holidays, and sip on hot glögg – the Danes’ take on the mulled wine served in our covered cozy backyard at the Danish Seamen’s Church on 102 Willow St from 11am to 6pm.

The restaurant at Plymouth Church on 57 Orange Street will dish out Danish traditional fresh baked goods, a variety of open-faced sandwiches known as “smørrebrød”, and hot dogs from 11am to 4pm. A tip – for an authentic Danish hot dog experience order your dog with everything!

Admission to both of the Market locations is free.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Tops Time-Out Listhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85153 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85153#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 02:06:58 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85153

Some city parks were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular.

In a round-up of the best parks in New York City, Time Out put Brooklyn Bridge Park at the top of the list, citing the views, Jane’s Carousel, and the myriad activities offered as among the park’s attractions.

Other parks on the list include Central Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Prospect Park, and The Hills at Governor’s Island.

While the Park has occasioned no small amount of controversy locally over the last few years, it continues to be a vibrant community space for the borough and the city, with teams, schools, and community groups flocking to it daily, along with the local residents and visitors.

Photo: Claude Scales

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Mimi Sheraton at Brooklyn Historical Society Thursdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85137 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85137#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:11:30 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85137

This Thursday evening, November 9 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society presents famed food writer, restaurant critic, and Brooklyn native (née Miriam Solomon) Mimi Sheraton, who will “reflect on her roots and her career” in a discussion with radio host and former Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; more information and purchase tickets here.

Photo: Sporkful.

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Walt Whitman Park Cleanup Tomorrowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85115 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85115#comments Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:15:46 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85115 (Video after the jump) Walt Whitman Park, located just across Cadman Plaza East from Cadman Plaza Park (see map is having a 120 minute cleanup tomorrow (Sunday, Novembr 5) morning from 10:00 to noon. If you’re free and willing to do some wotk, you can help weed and get the park ready for bulb planting, and doing some pruning. Equipment will be supplied, and no exlerience is necessary.

OUr Karl Junkersfeld toured the park just after it was re-opened following extensive renovation in 2011, and made the video.

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RIP DNAinfo & Gothamisthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85103 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85103#comments Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:29:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85103

The neighborhood news blog-o-sphere got a lot smaller today.  Readers attempting to peruse DNAinfo or Gothamist earlier this evening received a rude awakening.

As reported by the New York Times, just last week the writers and editors of both newsrooms voted to unionize.  Today at 5:00 pm, Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the two websites, shuttered the outlets claiming they just didn’t turn enough profit.  Rest assured, our little slice of neighborhood journalism isn’t going anywhere.

“November 2, 2017

Dear DNAinfo and Gothamist Readers:

Today, I’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue publishing DNAinfo and Gothamist. Reaching this decision wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t one I made lightly.

I started DNAinfo in 2009 at a time when few people were investing in media companies. But I believed an opportunity existed to build a successful company that would report unbiased neighborhood news and information. These were stories that weren’t getting told, and because I believe people care deeply about the things that happen where they live and work, I thought we could build a large and loyal audience that advertisers would want to reach.

A lot of what I believed would happen did, but not all of it. Today, DNAinfo and Gothamist deliver news and information each day to over half a million people’s email inboxes; we have over 2 million fans across our social channels; and each month, we have over 15 million visits to our sites by over 9 million people. But more important than large numbers of visits and fans, we’ve reported tens of thousands of stories that have informed, impacted, and inspired millions of people. And in the process, I believe we’ve left the world a better place.

But DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure. And while we made important progress toward building DNAinfo into a successful business, in the end, that progress hasn’t been sufficient to support the tremendous effort and expense needed to produce the type of journalism on which the company was founded. I want to thank our readers for their support and loyalty through the years. And I want to thank our employees for their tireless effort and dedication.

I’m hopeful that in time, someone will crack the code on a business that can support exceptional neighborhood storytelling for I believe telling those stories remains essential.

Sincerely,

Joe Ricketts
Chief Executive Officer”

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Florida Developer Buys Witnesses’ Towers Hotel, Will Convert to Senior Housinghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85091 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85091#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 03:50:14 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85091

The Wall Street Journal reports that Florida based private equity firm Kayne Anderson has bought 21 Clark Street, better known as the Towers Hotel, from the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society, better known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, for $200 million. The building has an interesting history, recounted by our late founder here. According to the Journal story, the new owners will convert it to luxury senior (65 and over) housing.

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Hearing on Pier Six Towers Thursday Morninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85080 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85080#comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:07:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85080

The next step in the litigation brought by the Brooklyn Heights Association to prevent construction of two high rise residential towers near Pier Six and the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park will take place this coming Thursday morning, November 2, at 9:30, at the New York Supreme Court, New York County, 80 Centre Street, Room 308, in Manhattan. The hearing will be before Justice Carmen St. George, who has replaced Justice Lucy Billings on the case because Justice Billings was assigned other duties.

Opponents of the proposed towers are encouraging all members of the public who can to attend the hearing.

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This Saturday: Celebr8 Reading & Support Local School at P.S. 8 Book Fairhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85060 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85060#comments Sat, 28 Oct 2017 06:29:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85060

This Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00 pm is Family Fun Shopping Day at the P.S./M.S. 8 Book Fair.  Choose from a broad selection of publications for kids of all ages. Proceeds benefit the P.S. 8 PTA and help fund enrichment programs integral to the school’s curriculum.
There will be author readings, crafts and of course coffee and snacks for sale.bookfair_familydayposter_17

 

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Lena Dunham’s Love Letter to Sammy of Pet’s Emporiumhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85017 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85017#comments Sat, 28 Oct 2017 05:22:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85017

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a “People in Your Neighborhood” story. So this  adorable missive, written by our celebrity neighbor Lena Dunham is worth a re-post. Sammy at Pet’s Emporium on Montague Street appeared in the October 24th edition of New York Magazine’s The Cut. Enjoy!

 

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Brooklyn Historical Society Program on the “Gig Economy” Mondayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85044 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85044#comments Fri, 27 Oct 2017 02:40:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85044

On Monday evening, October 30 at 6:30 PM the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Living Gig to Gig in NYC’s Freelance Economy.” Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, will lead “a lively discussion about the gig economy’s impact on New York City and the safety nets we need to support the 21st-century workforce.” Admission is $5, or free for BHS members. There’s more info and buy or reserve tickets here.

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Pierrepont Playground Halloween Parade 10/28 — Volunteers Still Needed!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85011 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85011#comments Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:50:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85011

The Annual Pierrepont Playground Halloween Parade is this Saturday, the 28th! Start time is around 10am, with the usual bake sale, craft table, and (family-friendly) mayhem! They are still looking for volunteers, so sign up here if you’re interested. If you would like to provide baked treats, just remember — fake eyeballs are okay, but real eyeballs would be a tad gauche.

Official details:

 The annual Pierrepont Playground Halloween Parade will be on Saturday, October 28th at 10:00am. Bake sale, crafts, and playground fun to follow the parade! If you’d like to volunteer, please sign up here. Hope to see everyone there!

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Makeover of Cadman Plaza Park, End of Saturday Work at Former Library Sitehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84989 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84989#comments Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:31 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84989

At Mayor de Blasio’s Town Hall at St. Francis College this (Wednesday) evening, he announced that $6 million has been appropriated to renovate the northern end of Cadman Plaza Park, which he said he was surprised to learn had not been touched, apart from routine maintenance, since the late 1950s. Among the improvements will be water fountains.

A local resident complained of the noise on Saturdays from permitted work on the former site of the Brooklyn Heights branch library, now to become a high rise residential and commercial tower with a new library in its ground floor and basement. The Mayor called on a representative of the City’s Buildings Department, who announced that the permit for Saturday work is ending immediately.

Asked by local resident Toba Potosky about the prospects for the BQX or “Brooklyn-Queens Connector,” the proposed streetcar line connecting Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens, mostly along or near the waterfront but with a likely detour around Brooklyn Heights and through Downtown Brooklyn, the Mayor said he is enthusiastic about the project, but said it was not likely to begin to be built before 2020.

In response to another question from a local resident about “materials” for the new library, the Mayor noted that much material was now available on line, and that libraries are improving their facilities to allow access by the public to these on line resources. City Council Member Stephen Levin, who acted as moderator for the event, added that the new Brooklyn Heights branch library will have more shelf space for books than the old library, and that “we are not giving up on the book.”

While there was enthusiastic response to the Mayor’s confirmation that the “Pop-Up Pool” in Brooklyn Bridge Park will remain open for one more summer next year, an audience member asked about the possibility of replacing it with a “floating pool,” perhaps along the lines of the barge-borne Floating Pool Lady that was docked to Pier 5 in 2007. Te Mayor said this is under consideration, but called on a city official who said that “legal issues” need to be resolved.

The Mayor spoke about other borough and city-wide issues, including “3-K,” which will provide free, day long pre-school for all kids age three through kindergarten, improved police training and community involvement, and, in response to a question from a St. Francis student, New York City’s efforts, along with those of some 300 other U.S. cities, to exceed the requirements of the Paris climate accord.

Photo: Claude Scales for BHB.

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Oral Arguments in Save the View Now’s Suit Against Pierhouse in Brooklyn Heights Fridayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84980 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84980#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:17:20 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84980

Oral arguments in the appeal of the lower court’s dismissal of Save the View Now’s suit to remedy the Pierhouse’s interference with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the protected view plane from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will be held this Friday, October 20, at the Appellate Division Courthouse, 45 Monroe Place, corner of Pierrepont. The time of the hearing isn’t known, but Save the View urges supporters to arrive at the courthouse by 10:30 AM but be prepared to wait. Save the View’s Steven Guterman says it’s important for the judges to know that there’s community support for their effort.

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Free Friday at Brooklyn Historical Society Presents “Lost Brooklyn”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84974 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84974#comments Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:34:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84974

This Friday evening, October 20, from 5:00 to 9:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society will open its doors to all for its monthly Free Friday. This month’s theme is “Lost Brooklyn”:

Explore lost parts of our beloved borough’s history on a trip through the forgotten, the vanished, and the underground! Enjoy free access to our galleries and of course, cold beer!

There’s more information here.

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Sounds of the Court of the Sun King by Repast Baroque Ensemble this Fridayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84968 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84968#comments Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:34:03 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84968

François Couperin (1668-1733) was a French baroque composer and musician whose career came to full fruition at the court of Louis XIV (the “Sun King”; image). On Friday evening, October 20, at 8:00, the Repast Baroque Ensemble returns to the McKinney Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street (between Monroe Place and Clinton), to perform works by “Couperin and Friends.” Tickets are $30 general admission, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students. You may purchase them here (online purchases incur a small service charge in addition to the ticket price) or pay cash at the door.

Image: Charles Le Brun – La Varende, Jean de: Louis XIV, Paris : Éditions France-Empire, 1958. – Château de Versailles
Public Domain

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Greenpeace Ship Visiting Pier Six, Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84962 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84962#comments Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:18:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84962

Update: Arctic Sunrise departed this (Tuesday) morning on a voyage to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico.

On an afternoon walk through Brooklyn Bridge park, your correspondent was surprised to find Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise docked at Pier Six, near the foot of Atlantic Avenue. I joined the line for a free tour, and with a group of about ten others, was led aboard for an interesting and educational experience. As we looked out over the bow, Catherine, a deckhand, told us about the ship’s ice-breaking capabilities and about her vulnerability to severe pitching and rolling in heavy seas because of her lack of a keel. Moving up to the bridge, we saw her up-to-date navigational and steering equipment. Paloma, who sometimes steers the ship, described how it all works. Moving down to the hold, where we found the crew’s bicycles hanging above, we were shown a very short film on Greenpeace’s mission. Proceeding to the rear deck, we were told about the ship’s present mission, which is to collect evidence of the pollution of the seas and adjacent waters by discarded “single use” plastic, and its effects on marine and bird life. Two crew members were panning water from the East River, finding many small bits of plastic debris. The tour took about twenty minutes.

Arctic Sunrise will be at Pier Six through tomorrow (Sunday, October 15) and will be open for free public tours from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

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