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Electeds, Preservationists Celebrate Brooklyn Heights Historic District at Plaque Re-Dedication Ceremony

Fifty years ago, Brooklyn Heights was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. This distinction and the advocacy of many dedicated  preservationists, lead to the passing of New York City’s Landmarks Law in April 1965 and in November of 1965, Brooklyn Heights was designated New York’s first Historic District.  And so to […]

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BHA Urges Action To Defeat Proposed “Upzoning”

Update: We’ve been advised by the New York Landmarks Conservancy that the “upzoning” bills will not be acted on in this legislative session. The Brooklyn Heights Association has alerted us to a “massive rezoning” proposal that would allow much taller residential structures to be built in many areas of Brooklyn and other parts of the […]

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Official Re-Zoning Plan Unveiled at CEC Meeting-DOE Takes It On the Chin

Wednesday night the DOE’s Office of District Planning (ODP) rolled out their Official Rezoning Proposal for P.S. 8 and P.S. 307 at a densely-packed public meeting held at P.S. 307.  The zone lines, previously presented in draft form at two Town Hall meetings on September 16th at P.S. 307 and September 21st at P.S. 8., […]

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The Elephant in the Room Part 2: Second Re-Zoning Town Hall Held at P.S. 8

On Monday night, the District 13 CEC and DOE’s Office of District planning held the second of two Town Hall meetings at P.S. 8 to present the draft re-zoning proposal for the school.   As with the meeting held at P.S. 307 on September 16th, issues of race and class emerged. Now, the debate has caught […]

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Electeds Seek Answers On Squibb Bridge, Now Closed One Year

As of August 9th, the Squibb Park Bridge, a.k.a “the Bouncy Bridge” has been closed for one year.  What was billed by Brooklyn Bridge Park as a “unique and vital access point to the park” connecting Brooklyn Heights to Pier 1 has been, as reported by the New York Times in July, closed longer than […]

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Questions Persist and Tempers Flare at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 Hearing

Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC), a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) held a hearing at St. Francis College this past Thursday to receive public comments regarding the proposed revisions to the General Park Plan (GPP) and the two intended residential towers at Pier 6.  The hearing was a requirement of the […]

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Save Pier Six “Town Hall” Draws Enthusiastic Crowd; Save The View Now Gets Times Coverage

Saturday’s Save Pier 6 “Town Hall” attracted, by my estimation, about 100 attendees. Among these were representatives of a number of elected officials, including U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, newly elected State Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, as well as 52nd Assembly District Democratic Leader Josh Skaller. The […]

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