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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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Apartment Hunter Passes Up Brooklyn Heights for Crown Heights

The New York Times reports on apartment hunter Eliza Hartley and how she considered, but eventually passed up, living in Brooklyn Heights.

Now this, friends, is some controversy:

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Farewell, J. McLaughlin in Brooklyn Heights

Conventional wisdom has it that people in Brooklyn Heights who wear “preppy,” “WASPy,” “Ivy League” clothing all work in Manhattan and do their clothes shopping at Brooks Brothers or Paul Stuart or by mail order from L.L. Bean. C.W. has again been proved right. Just over four years ago we welcomed J. McLaughlin to a [...]

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With 70 Henry Street in Contract the Brooklyn Heights Cinema Will Close on August 27 and Look for a New Location

A spokesperson for Massey Knakal tells BHB that 70 Henry Street, currently the home of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, is in contract to be sold. The theater will go dark on Thursday, August 27 after 44 years of operation. Kenn Lowy, who has run the Cinema since 2011, has plans to open at a new [...]

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Quoted in the NY Times, Blair Guppy Clarifies Position on Housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

It’s one thing to be the lead plaintiff in the action against more towers being built in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We can assume that Lori Schomp and Joe Merz knew that they’d be spending some of their time over the next few months defending their position. On the other hand, if you’re just a concerned [...]

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The NY Times Sheds Light on the Opposition to Affordable Housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The New York Times has posted an in-depth look at the recent opposition to housing – notably the “affordable” kind – at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. After the city added an affordable housing component to the park’s long standing housing plan, a neighborhood group including long time Willowtown resident Joe Merz and lead by [...]

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New Rite Aid Store Will Open Thursday

Posters are up on both the current Rite Aid at Clinton & Montague and the new one at Clinton & Joralemon. The Montague St. store will permanently close next Wednesday, July 30th, and the new store on Joralemon will open on Thursday, July 31. The new store will be open 24 hours a day, with [...]

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Forest City Ratner Again Focus of Local Residents’ Ire

Fort Greene residents are holding their noses—literally—as a result of the latest Forest City Ratner incursion into their neighborhood. Residents at One Rockwell Place have complained to a host of public officials, including Public Advocate Tish James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and New York City Council Member Laurie Combo, about 10 MetroTech Center, where [...]

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TRO Issued on Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Towers

As previously reported, area resident Lori Shomp is not a fan of the current plan for housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Emboldened by just under 3,000 signatures on her petition at Change.org, the activist won her first battle yesterday.
Do you agree with Ms. Schomp? Vote in our poll after the jump.

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Downtown Brooklyn Macy’s a Teardown Option?

With reports Wednesday that Macy’s is considering a sale of its flagship location in Brooklyn, speculation begins about the fate of Fulton Mall’s largest and grandest building. According to Women’s Wear Daily, executives at the Cincinnati-based retail chain are said to be debating whether to renovate the venerable building at 422 Fulton Street or to [...]

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BHA on Fortis ER: “When seconds count, we’ll be out of luck.”

The Brooklyn Heights Association has released the following statement in response to a letter you, like me, may have received recently concerning Fortis Property Group’s plans for an “emergency room” on the LICH site: Following the announced closing of Long Island College Hospital (“LICH”), residents are confused by a letter they received that is signed [...]

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Hotel Bossert Won’t Reopen Until 2015

The Brooklyn Eagle reported Friday that the historic Hotel Bossert, which has been under renovation since June of 2013, will not reopen until 2015. The 280-room Bossert—acquired in 2012 by David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit—is in the midst of an extensive renovation to restore the crown jewel of Brooklyn Heights hotels to its former glory. [...]

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Crumbs Bake Shop Might Be Saved

CNBC is reporting that Crumbs Bake Shop, which closed all its stores including its Montague Street outlet on Monday, may be getting a bailout from “an investor group that includes the Fischer Family and Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises and star of CNBC’s “The Profit.”

DEVELOPING

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Brooklyn Real Estate Bubble Still Growing

The New York Daily News starts off their story about record real estate prices here by saying “soon no one will be able to afford Brooklyn.” But yet the bubble continues to blow…errr.. grow:

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104 Willow Street Tops June Sales in Brooklyn

While it was placed on the market for $12 million in August, 104 Willow Street didn’t quite sell for asking but it did top all Brooklyn sales in June. The broker, Brown Harris Stevens had hoped to top 70 Willow Street’s sales record of $12 million. TRD: A three-story, two-family house in Brooklyn Heights that [...]

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Crumbs Bake Shop Is Closing All Its Stores Including Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

The entire Crumbs Bake Shop is done as of tonight, the Wall Street Journal reports. Workers at all its locations were told this morning that today would be their last day. This includes the chain’s Montague Street shop which opened here in 2010. The company has been financially troubled lately, its stock hitting .30 cents [...]

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