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Mayor Responds to BQE Panel: Enforce Heavy Truck Ban, but Don’t Reduce Lanes

Anna Sanders in the Daily News reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio has responded to the recommendations included in the report just issued by the expert panel that he appointed to study options for the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The Mayor said an existing ban on trucks weighing over 80,000 pounds will be immediately and strictly enforced. He […]

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Downtown Brooklyn Group Has Plan to Make Area Pedestrian and Bike Friendly

The Eagle’s Lore Croghan reports on a plan, the “Public Realm Action Plan”, by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a private, not-for-profit organization, for a “sweeping redesign” of the streetscape in our nearby neighborhood, where many of us shop. Contributing to the design, along with architecture and design studio WXY, was Bjarke Ingels Group, which has […]

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Heights Streets, Milled Weeks Ago, to be Paved This Week

On June 22 we warned that certain streets in Brooklyn Heights were to be milled, and then repaved, during the following week. The milling got done, but the repaving is taking longer. So far, Poplar, Schermerhorn, and Willow streets, as well as Monroe Place, have been repaved. The Brooklyn Heights Association has notified us that […]

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Many Brooklyn Heights Streets to be Milled and Paved Next Week

Brooklyn Community Board 2 has advised us that many Brooklyn Heights streets are scheduled for milling and repaving during daytime hours next week. The schedule is: Remsen Street from the Promenade entrance to Clinton Street: Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26. Monroe Place, College Place, Love Lane, and Willow Street: Tuesday, June 26. Middagh […]

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NYC DOT Engineer Says Keeping Traffic Off Brooklyn Heights Streets High Priority

The Eagle’s Mary Frost has an excellent report on last week’s Brooklyn Heights Association Annual Meeting. Here are my takeaways from the meeting: 1. The featured speaker, DOT Deputy Commissioner Robert Collyer (photo) said at least twice that a primary DOT concern is keeping traffic off Brooklyn Heights streets during the BQE renovation. 2. Mr. […]

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What’s Holding Up Approval Of Design/Build For The BQE?

Last June we noted here that a procedure called “design/build”, in which the same contractors bid on both the design and construction aspects of a project, could greatly shorten the time necessary to do the vital reconstruction and repair work on the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, beneath Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade. In […]

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NYC Schools Open Tomorrow; Alternate Side Rules Suspended Through Saturday

Update: Alternate side rules are now suspended through Wednesday, January 10. New York City public schools are open tomorrow (Friday, January 4), including for all scheduled after-school activities. Packer, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori remain on regular Winter Break. We suspect St. Ann’s does, too, but they’ve yet to update their January calendar. Having […]

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Park Entrance from Montague?

The Eagle reports that the Montague Street Business Improvement District wants a footbridge to connect the Promenade near the foot of Montague Street (photo) to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The BID says this is necessary to provide access to the Park during the time the needed repairs to the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below […]

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Thanks to Albany BQE Repairs May be Stalled; Made More Difficult

The cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, is in need of critical repairs. Concrete has eroded, exposing rusting metal reinforcements. The job will take years, and will require closure of at least parts of the BQE for long periods. Last year a City Department of Transportation Official told a […]

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Night Milling Of Furman Street Scheduled For Friday, June 30

We have word from Community Board 2 that Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Joralemon Street will be milled this coming Friday, June 30. According to CB 2: Due to daytime traffic volume, this work is planned to take place OVERNIGHT. Yes, this is an annoyance but one that is deemed necessary. Thank you […]

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