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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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What’s About To Happen At 153 Remsen Street In Brooklyn Heights?

Looks like the Quinlan Development Group is starting to move on its purchase of 153 Remsen Street. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that sidewalk shedding will be erected there soon, a sign that is usually a “prelude for demolition” the paper says. The paper adds that Wi-Pie Pizza at 155 Remsen recently closed as well paving [...]

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Brooklyn Hospital Tries to Stay in LICH Fray with Expanded Proposal

The Eagle reports that Brooklyn Hospital (photo) has amended its earlier proposal for the Long Island College Hospital site. The Eagle story quotes Brooklyn Hospital’s press release: The revised proposal supports community health care needs by providing emergency services, primary and specialized ambulatory services, and urgent care services. The Brooklyn Hospital Center will draw upon [...]

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LICH Update: NYU Langone Joins Fortis to Rival Brooklyn Hospital Bid

See updates after the jump. TWC/NY1 News reports that NYU Langone Medical Center has joined in the bid by real estate developer Fortis Property Group, a bid that was earlier tabled by the SUNY board, to close Long Island College Hospital, convert most of its campus to residential use, and provide on the site a [...]

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