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Bye-Bye, Banana Republic

The windows are papered over, and a sign on the door confirms that Banana Republic is leaving the neighborhood. We’ve got the Banana Republic factory store (bargains galore!) on Fulton Mall, but a the loss of a reasonably priced option for decent clothing (even if it is a national chain) is not, in this writer’s […]

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Restaurant To Open At One Brooklyn Bridge Park

Word comes to us via the Commercial Observer that a new restaurant will be opening at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a.k.a. 360 Furman Street. The 5,000 square foot eatery will occupy the northwest corner of the building (photo), facing the soon to open marina between Piers Five and Three of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Indeed, the […]

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Buyer Seeks To Convert Apartment Building At 50 Orange To “Megamansion”

Curbed, picking up from the Wall Street Journal, reports that Benchmark Real Estate Group, which purchased the 22 unit former Jehovah’s Witness apartment building at 50 Orange Street (photo; southeast corner of Orange and Hicks), has plans to gut it and convert it into a single family residence; in Curbed’s words, a “ridiculous megamansion”. Benchmark […]

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Watchtower Puts Residential Building At 107 Columbia Heights On Block

The Real Deal reports that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are putting another of their Brooklyn Heights properties up for sale: the nine story, presently 161 unit residential building at 107 Columbia Heights, which sits at the southeast corner of Columbia Heights and Cranberry Street. The piece quotes Tucker Reed, of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as estimating […]

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Rats? Bring On Feral Cats, Says BHB Reader Roberto Gautier

The Brooklyn Paper reports that BHB reader, and sometime commenter, Roberto Gautier, fearing an influx of rats into Brooklyn Heights as a result of pending construction of a high rise building on the library site and major repair work on the BQE (Mr. Gautier serves on the community advisory committee for the BQE project), has […]

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Two Developers Said to Agree to Buy Witness Headquarters

The Real Deal reports that an investment group led by two prominent Manhattan property owners and developers, Jared Kushner and Aby Rosen, are said to have agreed to purchase the Watchtower headquarters complex at 25-30 Columbia Heights, along with a site on Jay Street in DUMBO that has substantial development rights, for $700 million. No […]

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BHA and CHA Want Answers on LICH Site Plans

As reported by The Eagle, the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Cobble Hill Association have jointly sent a letter to NYU Langone seeking information concerning matters of interest to the communities. NYU is presently operating an emergency room at the Long island College Hospital site and is to develop, pursuant to an agreement with Fortis […]

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A Look Inside Clinton’s Brooklyn Heights HQ

Have you wondered what it’s like inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters at One Pierrepont Plaza (photo)? AMNewYork sent reporter Jamie Reysen to what she describes as the “quirky” office suite. You can read her story, and see photos, here. Reysen asked how the location was chosen; one staffer noted that “it’s on Tillary Street and […]

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Developer: Financing for Pier Six Towers in Jeopardy Unless State and City Act Soon

The Real Deal reports that developer Robert Levine, of RAL Development Services which, along with Oliver’s Realty Group, plans to build two high rise residential structures near the entrance to Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park, has written a letter to state and city officials urging them to give prompt approval to the project because […]

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Borough Board Drops Last Barrier to Brooklyn Heights Library Deal

Take a last look at the facade of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of Brooklyn Public Library, with its captivating (to this writer) WPA-ish (though of 1960s vintage) friezes that, over the course of the next year are to be reduced to rubble, and replaced by a new library in the base of a high rise […]

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