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Report from Brooklyn Bridge Park Board Meeting

Ben Bankson, President of the Willowtown Association, attended this afternoon’s meeting of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, and gives us this report: Construction of two more sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River waterfront–a bridge from Squibb Park on Columbia Heights over Furman Street to the park and […]

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Riverside Garage Proposal Raises its Head Again

Over three years ago, we noted that the proposal by landlord Pinnacle Group to build a parking garage in the courtyard between the A.T. White Riverside Apartments and the BQE, which would entail destruction of a grove of mature trees (see photo) as well as disruption of tenants’ lives, was “proving harder to kill than […]

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Mary Merz, Willowtown Activist and Architect, Dies at 85

This in from Ben Bankson, President of the Willowtown Association: Willowtown architect and activist Mary Merz died on September 15 after a long battle with lung cancer at her home on Willow Place designed by her and her husband Joe, also an architect. She was 85. A memorial service is expected to be held late […]

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Willowtown Fair Saturday, May 14, to Celebrate Maritime Heritage

This in from Ben Bankson, President of the Willowtown Association: A treasure hunt with a historic focus and lobster rolls served by Iris Café are among ways this year’s Spring Fair sponsored by the Willowtown Association will celebrate the maritime heritage of Willowtown in Brooklyn Heights. The fair will take place Saturday, May 14, from […]

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Hearing on Alternatives to Housing Yields Diverse Responses; What is a “Perched Wetland”?

About fifty people showed up at St. Francis College yesterday evening to speak (and a number of others showed up to listen) about the draft report issued by Bay Area Economics, the consultants hired by the Brooklyn Bridge Park board to evaluate alternatives to luxury housing and a hotel as sources of revenue to defray […]

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Willowtown Association Weighs in on Park Financing

The Willowtown Association has published a statement of its views on funding the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, emphasizing its continued opposition to the construction of housing on Park land. The full text of the statement is here. Association President Ben Bankson, one of this year’s BHB Ten, said: We welcome the present openness of […]

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“Peggy’s Tree” Planted at Palmetto Playground

This in from Ben Bankson, president of the Willowtown Association: A cherry tree was planted in the Palmetto Playground in Willowtown on Thursday, November 18, in memory of Margaret “Peggy” De La Cour by the Tree Trust of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Peggy lived with her family just across from the playground […]

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Willowtown Association to Present “Alfred” Awards

This in from Ben Bankson, President of the Willowtown Association: The restorer of a long neglected brownstone in Willowtown in Brooklyn Heights, Jonathan Marvel, and the retiring chair of the tenants association at the Riverside Apartments also in Willowtown, William “Bill” Ringler, will become the first recipients of a new award, The Alfred, established by […]

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Willowtown Fair Celebrates Preservation Pioneers and Present Day Advocates

At yesterday’s Willowtown Fair, local residents and politicos praised those who, in the past and today, have worked and are working to preserve the neighborhood’s character and scale. In the photo above, William Ringler, a member of the Board of Directors of the Willowtown Association, as well as President of the Riverside Apartments Tenants’ Association, […]

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Willowtown Fair to Honor Merzes, Set For Saturday, May 15

The annual Willowtown spring fair will be held on Willow Place, between Joralemon and State streets, on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 11:30 a.m. This year’s fair will honor Joe and Mary Merz (see photo), architects and Willow Place residents. Food will be provided by Iris Cafe. From the Willowtown Association: Fifty years ago this […]

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