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Update on 39 Grace Court: Landmarks Rejects Proposed Townhouse on Garden Site on Design Grounds

Brownstoner reports that, at the hearing yesterday, the members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected the proposal to develop the existing garden lot at 39 Grace Court by building a single family townhouse there. Their rejection of the plan was based on the proposed design of the building, which one commissioner described as a “defensive […]

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Wall Collapse on Atlantic Avenue

Sitting in my classroom this morning waiting for students to arrive, I got an alert on my phone: “Due to FDNY activity, expect traffic delays, road closures and a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street in Brooklyn. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.” I […]

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Landmarks Preservation Commission Hearing on Proposed New Grace Court Townhouse Tuesday

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 30 on the proposal to build a new townhouse at 39 Grace Court. The agenda for the hearing is here. You may participate in the hearing, either in person or remotely, but must register here no later than 7:00 a.m. […]

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Announcing New Brooklyn Heights Blog Contributor Rafael “Raf” Perez!

Many (most?) of you already know and love Rafael “Raf” Perez, the last owner of Mr. Video III and currently a resident and Superintendent on Monroe Place. Raf is Brooklyn Heights through and through, having grown up here and never having left. How many people still here can say they graduated from PS8? We’re thrilled Raf […]

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The BHB Ten 2023: The Most Notable People of Brooklyn Heights This Year

It’s that time, for our annual list of ten people or groups of people living or working in Brooklyn Heights, who made an impact on our neighborhood, the city, the country, or the world this year. With input from everyone at BHB, here in no particular order (actually after the first three groups, alphabetically listed), are The […]

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Hearing Tomorrow on Proposed New Grace Court Townhouse

Update: The Land Use Committee voted 7-0, with one abstention, to approve the plan, noting some concerns about the architecture. It will now go to the full Community Board 2 for another public hearing on January 10. If, as seems likely, CB2 approves the plan, it will go to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for further […]

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Vacant Happy Days Diner Space Has New Tenant: Owner of Fort Greene’s Margot Restaurant

Brooklyn Paper reports that the Happy Days Diner space at 148 Montague St. will be taken over by the owner of Fort Greene’s Margot, Kip Green. Margot serves entrées such as “branzino, broccoli di ciccio, pimentón” for $38 and “skirt steak, miso, black trumpets” for $47. “If the new venue is anything like Green’s other restaurants, it’s […]

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A Good Showing for Brooklyn Heights and Environs at LGA’s Terminal B

I may be a year late to the transit hub party, but I have finally seen the light—or at least the sunrise—on the newish Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. I guess I’ve been flying Delta a lot—which typically involves a tiny tease of the swanky new Terminal C and then a dreary detour back through […]

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My First Dispatch: On Moving to Brooklyn in 1996 as We Welcome September in the Best Neighborhood in NYC

Greetings neighbors—the first dispatch from me, Caroline Aiken Koster, your newest BHBlogger here. This first post has me thinking about moving to Brooklyn Heights in Fall of 1996. Until then, my husband James and I, fresh out of graduate school and landing in Manhattan from our hometowns of Louisville and Cincinnati, rented a standard NYC […]

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Veterinary Hospital Coming to Montague & Henry

According to Rebecca Baird-Remba in the Commercial Observer, a “[n]ational veterinary chain”, GoodVets, has committed to lease 2,899 square feet at 125 Montague Street (photo, by C. Scales for BHB) for a veterinary hospital expected to open about one year from now. We presume the 2.899 square feet are the former Ann Taylor LOFT space […]

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