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U.S. Attorney and Manhattan DA Probing Library Deal

The Real Deal reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Brahrara and Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. are looking into the deal under which the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (photo) was sold to developer Hudson Companies for demolition and redevelopment as a high rise mixed use residential and commercial building with a new […]

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Borough Board Drops Last Barrier to Brooklyn Heights Library Deal

Take a last look at the facade of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of Brooklyn Public Library, with its captivating (to this writer) WPA-ish (though of 1960s vintage) friezes that, over the course of the next year are to be reduced to rubble, and replaced by a new library in the base of a high rise […]

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Library Plan Faces One Final Hurdle as Borough President Calls Time

The proposal to sell the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to developer Hudson Companies, who would build a high rise residential and commercial building, with a new library sited in its ground floor and basement, appeared to be sailing to completion when it was approved by the City Council subject to […]

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Robert Furman’s Brooklyn Heights is a Trove of Information

Robert Furman’s (with contributions of photographs of historic Brooklyn Heights buildings by Brian Merlis) Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb is a massive–471 pages–attempt to encompass all that is significant in the history of our neighborhood. The subtitle provides a narrative arc, though an inverted one. It begins with a […]

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Full City Council May Vote on Library Deal Tomorrow; City Officials, Civic Group Voice Opposition

Update (!2/16): The full City Council voted 45-1 to approve the library deal today. DNA Info reports that the full City Council “is expected to vote” tomorrow (Wednesday, December 16) on the deal to replace the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library with a new, slightly smaller library located on the same […]

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Library Project Gets Council Land Use Committee Nod; Levin Secures Sweeteners

Today the City Council’s Land Use Committee approved the plan to demolish the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and replace it with a new library in a high rise residential and commercial building to be built on the site, with a temporary library to be available in the Our Lady of […]

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Concerned About Library Project? Contact Council Member Levin

We noted that the City Planning Commission approved the proposed acquisition of the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of Brooklyn Public Library by developer Hudson Comapnies, which would demolish the existing library building (library service would be provided on an interim basis at space leased from Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on Remsen Street) […]

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City Planning Commission Approves Library Project

The Commercial Observer reports that the City Panning Commission has, by a 10-0 vote, approved the deal by which the Brooklyn Public Library would sell the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch to the developer Hudson Companies, which will demolish the existing building (along, alas, with the perhaps less than artistically notable friezes on the facade that […]

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B.P. Adams Disapproves Library Plan, With Conditions

The Eagle reports that Borough President Eric Adams has “dissproved with conditions” the proposed redevelopment of the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Among the conditions he has included in his recommendation are that the new library have as much public space as the old one, including the space of […]

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Events at Brooklyn Bridge Park This Coming Week

On Monday evening, August 17, starting at 7:00, Jazzmobile will bring the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band for a free concert on Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn. More details here. On Tuesday morning, August 11, starting at 10:30, a children’s librarian from Brooklyn Public Library will read stories as part of a “Summer Reading Storytime” […]

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