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Court Hearing on Alleged Pierhouse View Plane Obstruction Today

Update: The hearing was about the defendants’ (Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, New York City, and developer Toll Brothers) motion to dismiss the suit because it is barred under the statute of limitations. Plaintiffs (the Brooklyn Heights Association and Save The View Now) introduced an affidavit by City Council Member Steve Levin to the effect that […]

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Good-bye, Witnesses; Hello, Luxury Condos

“There is only one possible use, and that’s luxury condominiums.” So proclaimed David Lombino, the director of special projects for Two Trees, in a New York Times story published last weekend and accompanied by stunning photographs of the landscape currently inhabited by the Jehovah’s Witness complex that straddles Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. His conclusion is hardly a surprise, given […]

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Library Plan Faces One Final Hurdle as Borough President Calls Time

The proposal to sell the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to developer Hudson Companies, who would build a high rise residential and commercial building, with a new library sited in its ground floor and basement, appeared to be sailing to completion when it was approved by the City Council subject to […]

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Whitman Shareholders Vote “No” on Proposed Pineapple Walk Tower Deal

This just in!  In a vote of 191 to 112, the shareholders of Whitman Owners Corp have voted “NO” to further investigate a lucrative offer to purchase 387,000 square foot parcel of land on Pineapple Walk. “I’m thrilled that the majority of our fellow shareholders were able to see past this seemingly attractive, but short-sighted […]

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Coming to Pierhouse? Don’t Bet On It.

It sounds like a game of “telephone”: a security guard at Brooklyn Bridge Park (who heard it from wherever) told it to “a long-time Brooklyn Heights local.” The Brooklyn Paper reports that said long-time local announced the news at Wednesday evening’s meeting about the proposed tower on the site of Pineapple Walk, but was silenced […]

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The BHB Ten for 2015!

Here, in no particular order, are the people you, the readers, and we nominated for the Brooklyn Heights Ten for the past year, 2015. Tracy (“Mrs. Fink”) Zamot and daughter Gracie: The sudden and unexpected loss of BHB’s founder, publisher, contributor, and guiding light John “Homer Fink” Loscalzo last April left all of us on […]

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Heights Residents and Electeds Gather in Opposition to Pineapple Walk Tower

As reported in detail by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, concerned Heights residents and numerous elected officials convened at 101 Clark Street on Wednesday night to brainstorm ways to convince their neighbors at 75 Henry Street and adjacent town houses to vote “NO” on the potential sale of Pineapple Walk.  A developer has offered $75 million […]

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Will Derelict 100 Clark, at Monroe Place, Finally be Rebuilt?

The Eagle reports that construction workers were seen jackhammering the sidewalk outside the derelict eyesore that is 100 Clark Street, at the corner of Monroe Place, on Friday. According to the Eagle story, George Arzt, a spokesman for the building’s owner, Newcastle Realty Services, said the workers were “doing preliminary sidewalk and shed work in […]

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Times Profiles Taffera, Renovators of Many Brooklyn Heights Houses

According to this Times story, Robert Taffera and his younger brother Eric have renovated almost forty houses in Brooklyn Heights. The photo shows one of their works in progress, 77 Columbia Heights, at the corner of Cranberry. Local homeowners, those affluent enough to afford their services, compete for their approval. They can afford to pick […]

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Full City Council May Vote on Library Deal Tomorrow; City Officials, Civic Group Voice Opposition

Update (!2/16): The full City Council voted 45-1 to approve the library deal today. DNA Info reports that the full City Council “is expected to vote” tomorrow (Wednesday, December 16) on the deal to replace the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library with a new, slightly smaller library located on the same […]

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