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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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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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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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Local Resident Uses Savvy & Social Media to Fight BBP Housing Plan

In response to newly revised plans for affordable housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park, one Brooklyn Heights resident is using her city government experience as well as social media to rally opposition for proposed development at BBP’s Pier 6. Lori Schomp, who recently left city employment to pursue a masters degree in public health, is leading [...]

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Is A Second Hotel Coming To Montague Street?

Word on the street is that the Treeline Cos-owned building at 189 Montague St may be torn down and rebuilt as a hotel. As the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports: For one thing, tenants’ leases aren’t being renewed at 189 Montague, one source said. For another, at 146 Pierrepont St., a small apartment house located next [...]

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