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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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