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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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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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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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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 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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Baby It’s Hot In This Library

With splashy promotional pieces touting its 2014 summer reading campaign, the Brooklyn Public Library is enticing thousands of local school children, many of whose academic year ends this week, to patronize its 60 branches located throughout the vast borough. The kids just shouldn’t be surprised if the air conditioning at their local branch is on [...]

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Affordable Housing Forum at St. Ann’s Church Tuesday Evening

There will be a public forum, “Brooklyn Housing Matters: Tackling Affordability,” on Tuesday evening starting at 7:00 at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets. Panelists will be City Councilmember Stephen Levin; Caitlyn Brazill, VP of CAMBA, a Brooklyn multi-service nonprofit; and Aaron Koffman, Director of Affordable Housing for developer Hudson [...]

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Chocolate Works Set to Open in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday June 12

For those of you who love chocolate and couldn’t care less that Radio Shack is gone — rejoice! Chocolate Works is set to open at 110 Montague Street on Thursday(6/18). How do we know? A press release of course!! Enjoy the details and crackling prose with us now, won’t you?: We are so excited to [...]

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Housing at Pier 6 Dominates Lively Brooklyn Bridge Park Board Meeting

Thursday afternoon at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s offices, a large group of protesters concerned about overbuilding Pier 6 were heard by the BBP decision makers, thanks to a determined stance by John Raskin, NYS Senator Daniel Squadron’s representative to the Park’s board. The number of activists attending the BBP board meeting was so great, that five [...]

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Who Can You Trust in Brooklyn Heights Library Sale?

The Brooklyn Public Library’s controversial plan to sell its Brooklyn Heights library branch site begs the question: who best represents the community’s interest in this project? According to BPL senior leadership, the intent is to sell the Cadman Plaza site to a developer who will build a 40-plus-story tower housing a new library while providing [...]

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BPL’s Johnson Goes to City Hall, Hat In Hand

Yesterday morning at City Hall in Manhattan, Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library, joined fellow executives Anthony Marx of the New York Public Library and Bridget Quinn-Carey of the Queens Library to petition the New York City City Council for $65 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for their three organizations. [...]

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NY Daily News on Interesting Condo Developments in Brooklyn Heights

In case you missed it on Friday, the NY Daily News posted an interesting piece about how developers are creatively converting commercial (and other) buildings into condos. It mentions Jared Kushner’s purchase of Brooklyn Law dorms to be flipped into mega mansions, the upper floors of Montague Street’s Brooklyn Trust going condo as well as [...]

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BPL’s Nachowitz, Skrodelis and Woloch Discuss Brooklyn Heights Library Plans

The BHB recently sat down with senior management of the Brooklyn Public Library to discuss how plans to sell the site of the Brooklyn Heights branch library to an as yet unnamed developer are evolving amid many variables, not the least of which is community concern about the project’s impact on its Cadman Plaza neighborhood. [...]

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