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Rats? Bring On Feral Cats, Says BHB Reader Roberto Gautier

The Brooklyn Paper reports that BHB reader, and sometime commenter, Roberto Gautier, fearing an influx of rats into Brooklyn Heights as a result of pending construction of a high rise building on the library site and major repair work on the BQE (Mr. Gautier serves on the community advisory committee for the BQE project), has […]

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BHA and CHA Want Answers on LICH Site Plans

As reported by The Eagle, the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Cobble Hill Association have jointly sent a letter to NYU Langone seeking information concerning matters of interest to the communities. NYU is presently operating an emergency room at the Long island College Hospital site and is to develop, pursuant to an agreement with Fortis […]

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Developer: Financing for Pier Six Towers in Jeopardy Unless State and City Act Soon

The Real Deal reports that developer Robert Levine, of RAL Development Services which, along with Oliver’s Realty Group, plans to build two high rise residential structures near the entrance to Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park, has written a letter to state and city officials urging them to give prompt approval to the project because […]

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Borough Board Drops Last Barrier to Brooklyn Heights Library Deal

Take a last look at the facade of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of Brooklyn Public Library, with its captivating (to this writer) WPA-ish (though of 1960s vintage) friezes that, over the course of the next year are to be reduced to rubble, and replaced by a new library in the base of a high rise […]

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Plans For High Rise Buildings At Pier 6 On Ice

The Wall Street Journal reports (the full article is behind a paywall, but you can now get a three month subscription for one dollar) that the board of the Empire State Development Corporation, which has authority over Brooklyn Bridge Park, has put a freeze on plans to build two high rise residential buildings on the […]

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Top Takeaways From BHA Annual Meeting

Here are your correspondent’s top takeaways from Wednesday evening’s Brooklyn Heights Association Annual Meeting. For a more detailed account, see Mary Frost’s story in the Brooklyn Heights Press. Asked if he was aware of the shooting incident at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 last April, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson (photo) said he was. He […]

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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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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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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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