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BPL Fundraiser Cultivates Young Philanthropists

With more than 200 young, fashionably attired Brooklynites sampling the latest fare from local chefs while swaying to classic jazz last night in its majestic central library branch, the Brooklyn Public Library demonstrated that it has multiple means to address its considerable budgetary ills. The Brooklyn Classic, a fundraising mixer now in it’s second year, [...]

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Old Fulton Street Site To Remain Vacant After Landmarks Rejects Proposal

The lot at 20 Old Fulton Street (between Everit and Elizabeth) has been vacant since for nearly 40 years.

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Height of BBP’s Pierhouse Hotel: What Exactly IS the Deal?

To understand the disputed height restrictions of the Pierhouse Hotel structure in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, a number of variables need clarification, including the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s (BBPC’s) adherence to its own agreement, how the NYC Department of Planning Brooklyn Heights Scenic View District figures into the discussion, and the the impact of [...]

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Landmarks Commission Says Hicks Street Townhouses Are A No-Go

A proposal for three neighboring townhouses at 295-299 Hicks Street (between Joralemon and State) did not pass muster at Tuesday’s session of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Curbed NY’s Evan Bindelglass reported. The townhouses would each have had four bedrooms, four stories, and front and rear terraces. The idea for townhouses on the long-vacant site didn’t [...]

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Elected Officials Say SUNY Actions on LICH “Disgraceful”; “Disgusting”

Speaking at a rally and press conference early this afternoon outside Long Island College Hospital called by the New York State Nurses Association, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (photo, with Democratic State Assembly Candidate Jo Anne Simon) characterized SUNY’s actions with regard to LICH as “nothing sort of disgraaceful.” He said there is a [...]

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Brooklyn Heights Preservation Pioneers Speak Out Against Pierhouse’s Height Blocking View

Brownstoner reports on the battle over the height of Toll Brothers Pierhouse condos and hotel now in construction at Pier 1. This latest dispute about the Park has raised the ire of two of Brooklyn Heights most beloved and passionate community activists, Otis Pratt Pearsall and Martin Schneider. RELATED: Read Heights Preservation Leaders’ History of [...]

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#SaveLICH Meeting: SUNY Must Meet With Community

At a meeting Tuesday evening at the Cobble Hill Health Center, called in response to the announcement that NYU’s apparent withdrawal from the Fortis deal to purchase Long Island College Hospital, it was the consensus of those present that local elected officials should ask SUNY to participate in a public discussion of its plans for [...]

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New Neighbor: Director Errol Morris Buys in Brooklyn Heights

Director Errol Morris and his wife, poet Julia Sheehan, have purchased a 3 bedroom duplex on Pierrepont Street from the estate of poet and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Morris, 66, is known for his documentary work including “Fog of War”, “The Unknown Known” “Gates of Heaven” and “Thin Blue Line”. He also – accidentally [...]

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Financial Hijinks and Verbal Fisticuffs Take Center Stage at Brooklyn Bridge Park CAC Meeting

The meeting of the Operations Committee of the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Community Advisory Council on Wednesday night at the BBP’s offices on Furman Street started off slowly but finished with a bang as David McCarty, BBP’s Real Estate Project Manager, went toe-to-statistical-toe with Henry Richmond, a financial analyst for People For Green Space (PFGS), the [...]

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BHB Exclusive: Q & A with Martin Hale & Lori Schomp of People for Green Space

Over the past few weeks BHB sat down with Martin Hale and Lori Schomp, local residents best known for their campaign to prevent the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation from erecting two large residential towers on BBP’s Pier 6. People for Green Space, and their public presence, Save Pier 6, burst onto the scene in April [...]

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Aerial Tramway Proposed to Connect Brooklyn, Manhattan

According to Crain’s New York Business, at the recent Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, Daniel Levy, head of CityRealty, proposed a system of aerial tramways, similar to the existing Roosevelt Island Tramway, that would connect Brooklyn to Manhattan as well as linking various places along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. One segment of the [...]

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BREAKING: Hudson Companies / Marvel Architects Announced as Brooklyn Heights Library Developer:

In the only air conditioned space in the Brooklyn Heights Library building, Brooklyn Public Library president Linda E. Johnson and BPL staff presented the future of the much-debated library branch that has been serving Brooklyn Heights since 1962. The Hudson Companies and Marvel Architects (designers of the Pierhouse and 1 Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge Park) [...]

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BHB Guest Post: NYS Senator Daniel Squadron on Brooklyn Heights’ Overcrowded Schools

School started last week.

Brooklyn Heights’ local public school is not just wildly popular, with a great administration and engaged students and parents. PS 8 on Hicks Street, which serves Brooklyn Heights and part of DUMBO, is also among the most overcrowded schools in all of New York City: according to the School Construction Authority, in the 2013-14 school year, the school had capacity for 524 students, but was actually attended by 742 students.

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