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BQE Cadman Plaza Exit to Close Monday Until August

Our friends at Montague Street BID have advised us that, starting this coming Monday, March 29, and continuing until August, the Cadman Plaza exit from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which serves northbound traffic, will be closed while the Hicks Street wall that borders the ramp is repaired. This may also lead to some construction noise in […]

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The Results Are In: BHA’s Future of Montague Street Survey

The Brooklyn Heights Association recently called for community input on the future of Montague Street, and the survey results are in. BHA promises to use the 1,381 responses “to support the creation of a vibrant and successful Montague Street,” while working with community members, local real estate brokers, and the Montague Street Business Improvement District. […]

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Brooklyn Bridge to Have New Dedicated Bike Lane

The New York Times reports that Mayor de Blasio has said, as part of his State of the City address today, that he wants to convert the inner (left hand) lane on the Manhattan bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge into a dedicated eight foot wide bike path, separated from auto traffic by a barrier. […]

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Willow Street Added to List of “Open Streets.”

Our ever alert and helpful friends at Brooklyn Community Board 2 have notified us that, effective now, Willow Street between Middagh and Pierrepont streets (practically its entire length) has been added to the “Open Streets” program, described in Mayor de Blasio’s press release as follows: Open Streets are simple closures of streets to vehicles and do not […]

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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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Times Reports on BHA’s BQE Plan; Guarded But Positive DOT Response

Today’s New York Times reports that the alternative routing for the for the temporary highway to be used during reconstruction of the portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights, proposed by the Brooklyn Heights Association has, at least in an initial form, been revealed. Scroll down in the linked Times story, past the […]

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Simon Says: Talk to Neighbors; Examine Data; Review EIS for BQE Renovation

As expected, Thursday’s “Java with Jo Anne” event, with State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon at One Girl Cookies in DUMBO, drew a number of Brooklyn Heights residents eager to question Ms. Simon’s stance concerning the City Department of Transportation’s plan to construct a temporary six lane highway in the present location of the Brooklyn […]

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Hundreds Pack Promenade For Rally Against BQE Plan

Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Peter Bray said the cold weather made him hope that 300 people would show up for yesterday’s rally on and for the Promenade, but by our estimate there was well more than that number. (Update: the New York Post estimates the turnout as “[a]bout 200″; we believe this is way […]

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BHA Presents Alternative BQE Plan to DOT

As reported by the Eagle’s Mary Frost, representatives of the Brooklyn Heights Association met with Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the City’s Department of Transportation, and DOT engineers, to urge DOT to consider alternatives to a plan that would close the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for a minimum of six years and replace it with a six […]

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BHA to Meet With DOT Commissioner on BQE – Promenade Issue

The Brooklyn Heights Association has announced that they have scheduled a meeting with City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and DOT engineers on Monday, November 19 at which BHA “will press DOT to abandon the 6-lane highway on the Promenade in favor of a better approach to rebuilding the BQE.” The BHA has retained […]

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