Brooklyn Heights Blog » Traffic Dispatches from America's first suburb Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:09:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Many Brooklyn Heights Streets to be Milled and Paved Next Week Sat, 23 Jun 2018 01:07:52 +0000

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 Street and Poplar Street: Wednesday, June 27.

Schermerhorn Street from Clinton to Court Street: Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29.

CB 2 provides this advice:

Vehicles left on these streets when work is ready to be performed will be relocated, generally within three blocks. DOT encourages owners of relocated vehicles to first walk around the neighborhood. If owners are not able to locate their vehicle, they may telephone their local precinct, 84 (718) 875-6811 or 88 (718) 636-6511 to learn where it was towed to.

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All That Shooting? It’s Not Your Imagination Thu, 10 May 2018 22:32:27 +0000

Over the last few weeks, those little multi-colored notices on trees and street signs have flourished almost as efflorescently as the white blossoms that are harbingers of spring in our neighborhood. Locals, though, don’t welcome the signs with quite as much enthusiasm as they do the blossoms.

The Brooklyn Eagle reports what we always know to be true: that film crews are taking over the streets, and merchants are none too happy about it.

“First of all, they bring their own foods. The guys working here, they’re not eating on Montague Street, that’s number one,” said George Chamoun, owner of Monty Q’s pizza at 158 Montague St. “Plus, the customers pull up, there’s no place to park.”

Chamoun added that deliveries take far longer because his drivers “have to park down by Smith Street.”

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that so far this year 157 daily shooting permits have been issued for our zip code–more than were issued when their ubiquity caused a moratorium a couple of years ago.

Add the increase in foot and vehicle traffic resulting from exploding development in the area, and you’ve got a recipe for short tempers, frustration, and a lot time circling the block looking for parking…not to mention a financial hit for local businesses.

Janet Allon, the spokeswoman for the city’s media office, noted that a tiny percentage of complaints to 311 involve film shoots, which she attributes to her office’s responsiveness to communities’ wanting a break from filming.

Your humble correspondent proffers an alternative view: that we’ve stopped making those calls to the city’s permit office and 311 precisely because so little is ever done and few calls are returned.

The glimmer of hope here is the implication that if we do start making the calls, perhaps those shoots will be diverted to other neighborhoods, spreading the misery more equally in the borough.

Read the Eagle for the full story



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NYC DOT Engineer Says Keeping Traffic Off Brooklyn Heights Streets High Priority Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:02:37 +0000

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. Collyer said that DOT is considering creating alternate routes for traffic during the BQE project that wouldn’t affect the Heights or other residential areas.

3. One of the objectives of the BQE project, according to Collyer, is to “improve [vertical] clearances” on the highway. Some residents asked if this would necessitate raising the BQE roadways, thereby affecting the Promenade. Mr. Collyer said it would not, and that the preservation of the Promenade was of vital concern.

4. When asked about the proposal to create an entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park from Montague Street, the BHA took no position for or against. Mr. Collyer also remained neutral, but noted the long drop from Montague to the level of the Park and that any entrance/exit would have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

5. The BHA is considering options following the court decision allowing construction to proceed on the two high rise residential towers near Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park, including a possible appeal.

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BQE Reconstruction & “Design/Build” is Focus of Brooklyn Heights Association’s Annual Meeting This Wednesday Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:19:31 +0000

The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold their Annual Meeting this Wednesday, February 28th from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at St. Francis College Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street.  Robert Collyer, NYC Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Bridge Officer, will make a presentation on the BQE rehabilitation project with a Q&A and refreshments to follow.  The meeting is open to the public.

So what is design-build and why is it important for this project? As the BHA describes it on their detailed website, design-build would shave two years off of the desperately needed roadway rehab by skipping an intermediate bidding process and awarding the project to a single entity.  They claim that if the reconstruction of the BQE is not completed by 2026, which can only be achieved if the design-build process is utilized, then 16,000 trucks PER DAY could be re-routed through the neighborhood via Court Street (see map).

So what can you do?  1) Attend the meeting this Wednesday night to learn more.

2) Sign this petition, share it with friends via social media and email:

3) In early February, the BHA held a rally on the Promenade with local officials. They are sponsoring a trip to Albany to meet with lawmakers on March 6th.  SIGN UP HERE

4) Visit the BHA’s BQE Reconstruction Project webpage for more information on how to write to your legislators and additional info on public meetings and calls for community feedback.

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What’s Holding Up Approval Of Design/Build For The BQE? Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:31:23 +0000

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 December we observed that, without design/build, the project could be delayed beyond a point at which it would be necessary to divert trucks from this stretch of the highway onto Brooklyn Heights streets.

The Brooklyn Heights Association has been very active in the effort to get design/build approved. Last Friday morning there was a demonstration (photo) sponsored by State Senator Brian Flanagan and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, held at the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade. Design/build will also be the principal topic of the BHA’s Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, February 28 at Founders Hall, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Finally, the BHA has chartered a bus to take concerned residents to Albany on Tuesday, March 6, to meet with legislators whose approval is crucial to the project. Seats are limited, so you should register here as soon as possble, or call 718-858-9193. Although the BHA’s maim page on the BQE reconstruction says there is no charge for the event, the registration page linked above requires a $30 “event fee.” Perhaps this can be avoided by using the phone option.

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Trucks Banned from BQE? Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:50:57 +0000

The Post reports that portions of the BQE may eventually become so unstable that trucks would need to be banned from the most at-risk sections.   Unless the City’s DOT can convince Albany to a approve “design/build” process-one that “allows both the project’s design and construction to be bid on and completed by the same contractor”-Brooklyn Heights residents could see trucks rumbling through the neighborhood.

“If the agency doesn’t get permission, the reconstruction project could extend two years, to 2028, forcing the city to kick trucks off the highway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street and onto local roadways, according to the DOT,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Without “design/build” the diversion of trucks and the two year delay would make “a horrible situation into an absolute nightmare,” said Peter Bray, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

For three consecutive years, the DOT has attempted persuade Albany to pass a bill that would allow “design/build” for the BQE rehab project but the legislation has failed by a slim margin each time. State Sen. Marty Golden said he plans to introduce a new bill as soon as possible.



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Park Entrance from Montague? Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:02:44 +0000

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 the Promenade are being done, as this will affect access to the Park through other entrances. According to the Eagle story, the BID envisions the footbridge as resembling the “Penny Bridge” (see photo in the story linked above) that used to allow pedestrians to cross Montague Street, when it extended steeply downhill to the level of the then docks, before the construction of the BQE and the Promenade.

What puzzles your correspondent is how a footbridge, by itself, could allow pedestrians to get to or from the Park from the level of the Promenade, which I believe is about an eighty foot vertical distance. Nothing that looks at all like the little Penny Bridge could do this. The bridge would have to connect to a very long staircase (more steps than many people could easily manage), or escalator (prone to breakdowns), or — and this is the only way it could meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act — a tower with elevators. To meet the anticipated summer traffic volume, this would probably require two or even three elevators the size of those at the Clark Street subway station, and the tower could impinge on the protected view plane from the Promenade. The footbridge that does connect to the Park — the “Bouncy Bridge”– does so by starting from Squibb Park, which is below the level of the BQE, and executing a zig-zag. A footbridge from the level of the Promenade would have to go through several zig-zags between there and the Park to be easily walkable; it’s hard to see how this could be executed without creating a structure so massive that it would negatively affect views from the Promenade.

I also wonder what significant impediment to Park access will be caused by the BQE repair work. Neither the Squibb Park, or Old Fulton/Furman Street entrances could be affected by it, and it seems unlikely to me to affect the Atlantic Avenue entrance, as it is south of where the cantilevered portion of the BQE begins. The Joralemon Street entrance could be affected, at least for a period of time less than required to complete the entire project. This is likely also to bar auto traffic on Joralemon from going to or from Furman Street during that time.

DISCLOSURE: I live on Montague. The concerns I’ve expressed above relate only to the technical difficulties I perceive with the proposal; not from fear of excessive pedestrian traffic on Montague (my windows face Pierrepont Place, so we already get the mostly cheerful noise from the playground, and the tour guide who stops his group in front of 3 Pierrepont Place to enlighten them about Seth Low, and at whom my historian wife occasionally yells at out the window, “No, Robert Moses did NOT build that playground!”).

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Thanks to Albany BQE Repairs May be Stalled; Made More Difficult Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:16:27 +0000

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 community meeting that the work could be done without diverting significant amounts of traffic to Brooklyn Heights streets. Still, there may be other disruptions, including closing of portions of the Promenade.

The duration of the project could be shortened, and its onset brought forward, by a technique called “Design/Build” in which joint bids are solicited from designers and construction firms, who must collaborate on their bids and, if successful, proceed on agreed upon terms. When design and construction bids are made and awarded separately, it often results in misunderstandings between designer and builder or repairer, leading to delays and sometimes litigation. Since the BQE repair is under New York State jurisdiction, approval to use Design/Build must come from the State.

Unfortunately, the State Legislature adjourned without approving Design/Build for the BQE. As State Senator Daniel Squadron noted in his newsletter: “The budget failed to allow design-build for the BQE reconstruction, a failure that could add years to this difficult project.”

The Brooklyn Heights Association has made a strong statement on this issue, concluding:

Despite the failure to get the bill passed during the recent session, the BHA will continue to prominently advocate for this legislation when the legislature reconvenes. The stakes are too high for Brooklyn Heights and the entire borough to not press our case. NYCDOT estimates that design build will shorten the projected 5 year construction period of the BQE Rehabilitation Project, thereby reducing the duration of environmental impacts on the Heights community, and save city taxpayers $113.4 million. These savings can then be used on other critical infrastructure projects in New York City to further improve the quality of our lives.

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Montague Street Open Again Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:06:15 +0000

The hole opened to fix the water main break has been filled, and Montague Street between Clinton and Henry is once again open to vehicular traffic.

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Update on Montague Street Water Main Break Sat, 04 Mar 2017 06:04:12 +0000

As of Friday afternoon, March 3, there was still a large hole in Montague Street between Clinton and Henry streets, and so no vehicle traffic on that block. Based on your correspondent’s eyeball survey, most businesses on that block were open. The only exceptions were the Nanatori and Lichee Nut restaurants, which may have suffered food spoilage because of power outage and, in the case of Lichee Nut, flooding. As we previously reported, service was restored on the R/N subway line serving Court Street station some hours after the water main break.

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Water Main Break Floods Montague Street, Businesses, and R/N Subway Line Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:01:39 +0000

Update: According to the MTA website, service has been restored on the R/N line at Court Street. A water main break below Montague Street between Clinton and Henry streets late today flooded several ground floor level businesses and the Court Street subway station, served by the R and (late night) N trains. It caused interruption of water service along the affected block of Montague Street, and its closure to traffic.. This is a developing story; we will update as more information concerning restoration of water and subway service and the affected businesses becomes available.

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12 Year Old Boy Struck by Car at Cadman Plaza West and Middagh Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:51:07 +0000

At about 8:10 am on Monday morning, a twelve year old boy on a scooter was struck by a car in Brooklyn Heights. The accident occurred on the east side of Cadman Plaza West at the Middagh Street Brooklyn Bridge off ramp.

A combination of reporting from DNAinfo and The Patch pieced together more details.  The unnamed pre-teen sustained a fractured leg and was transported in serious but stable condition to Kings County Hospital.  The driver remained at the scene. No arrests have been made.  This correspondent witnessed police cordon off the intersection and investigate the scene until at least 11:00 am. The car, a grey SUV remained on-site.

A P.S. 8 parent who spoke under the condition of anonymity after school explained she had just stepped off the shuttle from One Brooklyn Bridge Park with her children.  She described “firemen from [from the FDNY Engine 205/Ladder 118] running to the scene.”  Adding, it appeared the boy was wearing a helmet. The concerned mother expressed the intersection is notoriously difficult to cross, especially with small children.  An inquiry to P.S. 8 administration concluded the victim is not a student at the school.

As previously reported by the blog, this very intersection was “made more pedestrian friendly” in 2013 with the addition of a curb extension or “neckdown.”

We wish the young man a speedy recovery and send our thoughts to his family.



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Promenade “Likely” To Be Closed During BQE Re-Construction Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:35:50 +0000

DNAinfo reports that parts of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade might well need to be closed when re-construction of the BQE begins…whenever it will actually begin.

“We would like to keep as much of it open as we can,” Bob Collyer, the city’s chief bridge engineer, said at a Tuesday night meeting. “If we need to replace pieces of the promenade, they’ll need to be closed.”


The design for the project isn’t due until 2019, so displacement for those who enjoy the Promenade isn’t imminent, but it’s another element of the project that seems certain to disrupt the neighborhood, even if the highway isn’t completely shut down during the work.

Read the full story at DNAinfo.

(1965 photo of the Promenade by Roger W, licensed through Creative Commons)

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City: BQE Repair Can Avoid Diversion of Traffic to Brooklyn Heights Streets Thu, 03 Nov 2016 03:41:36 +0000

The Brooklyn Paper reports that City Department of Transportation project manager Tanvi Pandya told local residents at Monday evening’s community meeting on BQE reconstruction that testing by DOT shows that the cantilevered stretch of the highway that parallels Brooklyn Heights and sits partially below the Promenade can last another ten years before repairs would demand the BQE’s complete closure over that portion in order to do vital repairs. The Brooklyn Paper story quotes Bob Collyer, Deputy Commissioner of Bridges for the City, as saying there is no plan to completely close the BQE or Furman Street during the repairs, which would cause diversion of traffic to local streets. Instead, he said, three lanes of the highway would be kept open at all times.

The repairs are scheduled to start in 2024 and end in 2029, unless Albany, the millstone around New York City’s neck, approves the use of the same contractor for design and construction, in which case it could start in 2021 and be done by 2026.

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Public Meeting on BQE Reconstruction Next Tuesday Evening Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:16:26 +0000

The Brooklyn Heights Association notifies us that, next Tuesday evening, November 1, from 6:00 to 8:00, at the NYU Poly Tandon Auditorium on the ground floor of 5 MetroTech Center, the City Department of Transportation will hold a public information session on the planned rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, particularly the cantilevered portion that runs beneath the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the foot of Grace Court.

The project is slated to begin construction in the early 2020s, but project design and its environmental analysis will be initiated soon. DOT will present an update and provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions.

Of particular concern to Heights residents will be the effect of the work on houses near the Promenade as well as the Promenade itself, and the increased traffic likely to to result from closure of the BQE, with Hicks, Henry, and Clinton streets all likely to bear the brunt of traffic diversion.

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Expand Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian and Bike Paths? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 03:48:36 +0000

Your correspondent occasionally enjoys a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, but as the narrow pedestrian and bike paths, separated only by a thick painted white line, have become increasingly crowded, enjoyment has become scarce. I’ll quickly admit this is more the fault of pedestrians than of cyclists. Walking three or even four abreast, or stopping to pose photos, causes other pedestrians to have to glance nervously ahead and over their shoulders before gingerly stepping over the white line to clear the obstruction. Even the precautionary look sometimes fails to spot a helmeted, goggled, and Spandex clad speed demon taking fullest advantage of a downward slope and bellowing “Bike lane! Bike Lane!” as one struggles to get back on one’s rightful side.

Today’s New York Times reports that the New York City Department of Transportation has commissioned a study to determine if it is feasible to expand the pedestrian and bike paths. One possibility, shown in the Times piece, would be to build two new paths on top of the girders that now flank the existing path and extend over the automobile roads. The illustration shows these as new pedestrian paths, with bikes having all of the old path below. I would reverse this, and make the new paths for bikes, one eastbound and one westbound. The old path would be exclusively for pedestrians. It would still be crowded with tourists on sunny days, but I think we could handle it. I’m actually a big fan of bike riding, despite having never learned to ride. I’d like to see lots more people commuting by bike instead of by car.

In any event, the Times quotes Polly Trottenberg, the city’s Commissioner of Transportation, as saying the study is “only a first step” and that any attempt to change anything on the 133 year old Brooklyn Bridge “tends to be costly and complicated.”

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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Full BQE Closure in Wee Hours this Sunday and Next Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:28:09 +0000

Further to our earlier post concerning repair and resurfacing work on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway from July 19 to 30, we’ve now been advised by the Brooklyn Heights Association that the BQE between the Atlantic Avenue and Tillary Street exits will be closed in both directions from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. this Sunday, July 24 and the following, July 31.

Vehicles on the BQE will be rerouted with the help of traffic agents and electronic signs onto Atlantic Avenue, Court Street, Cadman Plaza West and Tillary Street. If possible, please avoid driving in these areas during those times.

Traffic during those hours isn’t likely to be anything like that in the photo (C. Scales for BHB).

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Overnight BQE Repair July 19th – 30th Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:23:03 +0000

Senator Squadron’s office kindly forwarded an email alert from Community Board 2 regarding upcoming repairs and resurfacing of the BQE between Tillary and Atlantic Avenues.

QUEENS BOUND JULY 19th – 23rd:

“The work will begin with milling in the Queens-bound direction in the early-morning hours on Tuesday, July 19. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, DOT will repair the concrete base of the roadway, followed by repaving on Saturday morning, July 23. During this work, one lane will remain open at all times, but the roadway surface will be rough.”

The first lane will close at 12:01 am and the second lane at 1:00 am.  Both will re-open by 5:00 am.


“On the Staten Island-bound roadway, milling will take place on Sunday morning, July 24, followed by concrete base repairs from Monday through Saturday, and repaving on Sunday morning, July 31.”  The first lane will close at 12:01 am and the second lane at 1:00 am.  Both will re-open by 5:00 am.

“The BQE will be FULLY CLOSED from Tillary Street to Atlantic Avenue on Sunday, July 24, and Sunday, July 31, from 1:00 am to 6:00 am for the milling and paving…On the intervening nights, while concrete base repairs are underway, one lane will remain open at all times, but the roadway surface will be rough.”

CLICK HERE for full details including a map to help you navigate around the mishegas.


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Rehabilitating the BQE: “It’s going to be a mess.” Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:25:03 +0000

Residents of Brooklyn Heights have long complained about the trucks and vehicles that have used the neighborhood’s quiet streets as a detour to avoid the traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

In five years, that traffic might get a whole lot worse.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the neighborhood may well see an onslaught of traffic and construction vehicles when work begins to rehabilitate the “crumbling” roadway, constructed in 1948.

“Few options are available for rerouting traffic. One alternative considered the last time the project was contemplated would have redirected traffic over what has since been transformed into Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Transportation commissioner Polly] Trottenberg said that option wasn’t on the table this time.

Diverting traffic onto the Belt Parkway isn’t feasible either. It can’t handle the weight of truck traffic and has clearances that are too low.”

Trottenberg characterized the project as “the city’s toughest transportation-project challenge,” which is why an earlier plan to work on the expressway was scuttled.

Read the full story at WSJ.


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Pedestrian Killed Crossing at Atlantic/Clinton Intersection Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:53:32 +0000 BoCoCa Patch reports that just before 10:00 p.m. Sunday an as yet unidentified 70 year old man was struck by a car and killed while crossing against the light at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street. The driver remained at the scene. More details when available.

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Night Milling Of Cadman Plaza West Scheduled For Friday Mon, 02 May 2016 02:59:29 +0000

We have word from Community Board 2 that Cadman Plaza West between Clark Street and Pineapple Walk will be milled this coming Friday, May 6.

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 for your forbearance.

If your car is on the street when work is about to begin, it will be relocated, generally to somewhere within three blocks. If you cannot find it, call 646-892-1370 to learn its location.

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Five Borough Bike Tour, Road Closures This Sunday Sun, 01 May 2016 05:48:03 +0000

Thanks to this correspondent’s penchant for late night surfing, The Blog has just learned of this Sunday’s TD 5 Boro Bike Tour.  Now in its 39th year, the ride consists of “32,000 cyclists of all skill levels [who] come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars.”

DNAinfo and the NYC Department of Transportation website both outline the complete list of street closures scheduled to take place along the event’s 40-mile route and confirms all closures remain in affect between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.   Here are the details for our neck of the woods.


  • Navy Street between Flushing Avenue and York Street
  • York Street between Navy Street and Gold Street
  • Gold Street between York Street and Front Street
  • Front Street between Gold Street and Old Fulton Street
  • Old Fulton between Furman Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Tillary Street between Cadman Plaza West and Adams Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade between Tillary Street and Centre Street
  • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Columbia Street
  • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and BQE West Entrance Columbia Street
  • BQE/ Gowanus Expy between BQE West Entrance Columbia Street and Verrazano
  • Verrazano Bridge Lower Level (Southbound from Brooklyn to Staten Island)

Your curious reporter called the 84th Precinct around midnight to inquire about how both Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge traffic would be directed.  The officer had no information but offered that teams were “going out now” to place notices.  But, as of press time, exactly zero “no parking” signs or barricades were visible on Cadman Plaza West.

Moral of the story: If if you have any plans to travel on Sunday-take the train.  And, be sure to refer to Claude’s handy dandy Subway Service Alerts.



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BHA and CHA Want Answers on LICH Site Plans Tue, 05 Apr 2016 01:21:59 +0000

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 Property Group, which now owns the LICH site, a larger medical facility at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street. The letter asks for information about the plans for the new medical facility, particularly with respect to planning for traffic and parking, and concerning plans for the demolition of existing structures, which has caused the temporary closure of two dedicated public spaces, including a playground used by both Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill residents.

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Vigil For Brooklyn Heights Resident Victoria Nicodemus On Tuesday Evening, December 22 Sat, 19 Dec 2015 04:53:09 +0000

We have word from Community Board 2 that there will be a memorial vigil for Brooklyn Heights resident and art curator Victoria Nicodemus, who died on December 6 when an SUV jumped a curb and struck her on the sidewalk. The vigil will begin at 6:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, December 22, at the site of the accident, Fulton Street and Portland Avenue, near the Habana Outpost, in Fort Greene. There will be an art installation in her memory. The event is presented by City Council Member Laurie Cumbo along with Indiewalls (Ms. Nicodemus’ employer), artist Mark Samsonovich, and Transportation Alternatives. There’s more information here.

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“Slow Zone,” With Signs and Speed Bumps, Coming to Brooklyn Heights Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:01:46 +0000

As the Eagle reports (and as readers JoraleMan and RJG remind us, the City’s Department of Transportation is beginning to implement the “slow zone” for Brooklyn Heights that we reported in 2013 would be in place by next year. The map shows the locations of the “20 MPH Slow Zone” signs and speed bumps to be installed. The DOT has provided a detailed plan, with illustrations.

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Pedestrian Killed Crossing Atlantic at Clinton Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:13:38 +0000 According to Carroll Gardens Patch, a 66 year old man, identified as an employee of Oriental Pastry and Grocery on Atlantic Avenue, was struck and killed by an eastbound car while he was crossing Atlantic at Clinton Street at about 8:30 p.m. yesterday (Sunday, August 9). The 26 year old driver of the car remained on the scene; the cause remains under investigation.

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Milling and Paving on Heights Streets This Coming Week Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:31:38 +0000

We have word from Community Board 2 and the Brooklyn Heights Association that the following Brooklyn Heights streets are scheduled for milling work this coming week:

Thursday, July 23: Joralemon from Hicks to Clinton;

Friday, July 24: Joralemon from Hicks to Clinton (cont’d); Columbia Heights from Pierrepont to Cranberry.

The milling is to be done during the daytime. The City DOT advises that

[v]ehicles left on these streets when work is ready to be performed will be relocated, generally within three blocks. DOT encourages owners of relocated vehicles to first walk around the neighborhood. If owners are not able to locate their vehicle, they may telephone (646) 892-1370 to learn where it was towed to.

Paving of these streets presumably will be done the following week. We’ll let you know when we have the schedule.

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Street Milling and Paving in Brooklyn Heights This Summer Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:05:34 +0000

We’ve received notice from Community Board 2 that some streets in Brooklyn Heights will be milled and re-paved this summer. We don’t yet have specific dates, but will provide them when available. Streets slated for daytime work are: Joralemon from Clinton to Hicks; Columbia Heights from Pierrepont to Cranberry; and Pineapple from Columbia Heights to Henry. Those slated for nighttime work are: Remsen from Clinton to Court; Joralemon from Fulton Mall to Clinton; Montague from Court to Montague Terrace; and Court from Montague to Atlantic Avenue.

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Manhattan Bound Brooklyn Bridge Closed All Weekend Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:04:57 +0000

This in from Notify NYC:

Due to planned construction, there will be a continuous full closure of the Manhattan bound Brooklyn Bridge, from 12:01 AM on Saturday, July 11, through 5:00 AM on Monday, July 13. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.

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Six Reasons the Brooklyn Heights Area is Turning Into L.A. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:44:52 +0000

Yes, friends, our cozy corner of the world is showing signs of becoming an outpost of Southern California. Don’t believe it? For starters, we have a beach. It even gets occasional bits of surf when a passing vessel raises a wake.

IMG_1417_1There’s a surf shop in DUMBO.

BBP VolleyballIf you don’t feel like riding the wild surf, Brooklyn Bridge Park has beach volleyball.

30 HenryThen we have Homes of the Stars. Above is a rendering of 30 Henry Street, “The Heights,” where, as Curbed reported, last December Lena Dunham paid $4.8 million for a four bedroom apartment that takes up an entire floor. Of course, in March of this year she also bought a “cottage” in L.A. that once belonged to George Peppard. That just proves the point, though. She’s at home on both coasts. And there are other screen and stage luminaries living here. Someone will figure out how to get rich by selling maps.

BQE-420x263We have big traffic jams.

IMG_1323_1A-a-a-nd, here’s the clincher: the Adams Street palm tree.

Beach volleyball photo: Brooklyn Heights Parents

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