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Let’s Name the Noisy Building

Update:Curbed interviews an acoustician who suggests some possible solutions. Big hat tip to reader Remsen Street Dweller for alerting us to Mary Frost’s Eagle story about 347 Henry Street, or 5 River Park (photo by your correspondent), a nearly completed high rise residential building two blocks south of Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, that is […]

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Brooklyn Heights Association’s Survey for the Future of Montague Street

Dear Neighbors – Two things you need to do this weekend: 1.  Fill out Brooklyn Heights Association’s community survey to add your voice for the future of Montague Street. 2.  Read Mary Frost’s (as always) rich and fascinating report in the Eagle on the history of Montague Street retail, and the many reasons for its past and current struggles. […]

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Brooklyn Heights – Tree Heaven?

We lost a few in Tropical Storm Isaias, but Brooklyn Heights retains and maintains a healthy population of street, park, and garden trees. In her Eagle story, Mary Frost tells of the history. Before the 1940s the Heights, like most of Brooklyn, had few trees. This is why Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn […]

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Keeping Virus Free While Shopping? The Eagle Has Suggestions From Local Residents

Mary Frost of the Eagle has interviewed local residents about how they do their grocery shopping while avoiding COVID-19 contamination. She got responses from many local residents, including City Council Member Stephen Levin; Lara Birnback, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association; Kate Chura, executive director of the Montague Street BID; and Brooklyn Heights residents Beverly Closs, and Will Hasty. Your correspondent, while trying to keep […]

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BHA Annual Meeting: BQE, Clark Street Station, Empty Storefronts, and More

Wednesday’s Brooklyn Heights Association annual meeting began with a summary, by BHA President Martha Bakos Dietz, of BHA’s accomplishments during the previous year.  First among these was the apparent elimination of the city Department of Transportation’s plan to demolish the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and replace it with a temporary six lane highway. Both the expert panel appointed by […]

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What’s in the Crystal Ball for Brooklyn?

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed prominent Brooklynites, asking for their views on Brooklyn’s future. Carlo Scissura, head of the Mayor’s panel studying the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, predicts that “the BQE will get some much-needed love and attention.” Love? He also thinks the Nets will make the playoffs. Karen Johnson, owner of DUMBO’s Olympia Wine Bar, thinks […]

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WSJ: BQE Panel Considering Short Term Repairs; Long Term Re-Design – Report Now Expected January

The Wall Street Journal reports that unidentified members of the panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio have said data from sensors indicates the cantievered section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway under brooklyn Heights is in worse shape than prevously believed. Some panel members have indicated that trucks over a certain weight may have to be banned […]

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Brooklyn Heights: Den of Spies?

It’s fairly well known that Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, the Soviet spy who was caught, convicted, and later exchanged for U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, lived in the Heights, specifically at 252 Fulton Street, near Clark Street, a building later demolished to make way for the Cadman Plaza apartment towers. The story is told here by […]

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Bill to Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights Over City Introduced in Congress

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that three U.S. Rrepresentatives, all of whom serve districts at least partly in Brooklyn, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (photo), whose New York 7th District includes all of Brooklyn Heights, and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, have introduced the Improving Helicopter Safety Bill of 2019. If enacted, the bill would […]

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Ice Cream Trucks a Problem?

Mary Frost, in the Eagle, has a story about DUMBO residents who “have had it with the noisy, fume-spewing ice cream trucks clogging their streets and sidewalks.” However, if you follow the link and read to the end of Mary’s story, you’ll find some reports of Brooklyn Heights residents complaining about noise and fumes from […]

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