Comments for Brooklyn Heights Blog http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:47:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Comment on Waterfront History Tour Wednesday Evening, and Smorgasburg Lives on Pier 5 Uplands by Heightserhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75313/comment-page-1#comment-554350 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:47:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75313#comment-554350 As a Heights resident on Hicks and Joralemon, I have to say that I would give my right arm (and perhaps also my left) if they would cancel Smorgasburg. I dread every Sunday and the constant stream of people (and piles of garbage) it creates. Anyone else thinking about moving away to avoid the onslaught every weekend?

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Comment on Waterfront History Tour Wednesday Evening, and Smorgasburg Lives on Pier 5 Uplands by Billhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75313/comment-page-1#comment-554349 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:05:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75313#comment-554349 Wouldn’t be surprised if smorgasburg actually does ditch/get booted before the end of the season. Construction probably will have to start eventually on the real pier 5 uplands, maybe after pier 6 is done? Which is looking better every week it seems.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by ShinyNewHandlehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554348 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:04:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554348 Judging from the stump, the corner tree was rotting. The other stumps looked healthy to me (IANAA), but there could have been an infestation higher up. Were they all London Planes?

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Comment on Some Empire State Development Board Members Consider Need for New EIS for Pier 6 Towers by William Spierhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75295/comment-page-1#comment-554347 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:55:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75295#comment-554347 I think Dean is being sarcastic’ but when something as serious as the coop city development taking over our lost hospital and the Pier, a more serious discussion is in order. So, Dean, a bit more analysis would have helped. Judi is fighting the here and now. For thi, I am grateful.

This decision to build at the end of Atlantic Aveneul is another set-up lurking in the murky fog that has been this whole park project. I don’t believe you had to be a sociologist, (which I am by advanced degree,) to see a few years back that building the Taj Mahal at the end of Fulton Street, the take down of LICH by the Governor, and a high rise on the water, would result in all manner of city service stresses. (anybody notice the serious road uptake of fire department ambulances since LICH closed? ) What about the people who will buy into these buildings? Will each have a St. Ann’s annex? It takes years to plan, schedule, budget and build a school, yet alone staff it with qualified teachers. If this area has a certain “cache” folks like, they had better ask those real estate hawkers about services before they buy. Actually, you have to be pretty naive, or filthy rich, to even consider parking a family in what can metaphorically be visioned as our the western Mumbai.

Then there is the obvious environmental impact by having more affluent residents and their cars will all day cruising an area that is basically a dead end.(Atlantic Avenue).

The fix had to be in years back. When the well placed and coached “planners” got workng during the Pataki years, and the issue came up of maintenance financial support for the Park, (I think the amount was $10M/yr. then) that maintenance cost was promoted as a big issue.Here we had the most ambitious man made park project in a hundred years, and the City and State found maintenance costs too high include in their many billion dollar budgets? I say this: If this park is so costly to maintain, levy a special tax on on everyone who buys into the Pierhouse–and throw in every other new Rancho SantaFe Brooklyn near the waterfront too.. I think 10 to 25 per cent of purchase price would jack up the pot–less for those whose condos face food carts and barbecue ovens hooked to Cadillac Escalades on Sunday afternoon. Let’s be sensitive a bit.

I don’t think it would be a stretch to have seen ten years back that the construction of one of the world’s great parks would add a very safe and accessible tourist attraction to the City, as well as a showcase to promote as a “people’s place”.

To say the fix was in at this late a date invites the apologists for this real estate give away to–well- make excuses.

Wait until the Lich property turns into Coop City. All will be forgotten about the fix at the end of Old Fulton. Everyone will then be walking around like they do in Beijing–with masks.

One advice to parents: Don’t encourage your children to become city planners. It’s an oxymoron, like airplane food.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Roberto Gautierhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554346 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:47:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554346 I recommend that someone contact Trees New York and/or the Parks Department re the trees.

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Comment on Court Strikes Down “Save The View Now” Lawsuit; Injunction Lifted by Nomcebo Manzinihttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75141/comment-page-1#comment-554345 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:09:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75141#comment-554345 That’s what you and many other posters miss. When people like Ratner and now some other rapacious developer “get away with” vandalism on a scale that far exceeds all the spray paint ever sold in the 5 boros, there’s gonna be even more of it in the years ahead.

Bloomberg is/was a “master communicator” and a very flawed human being. By phrasing this – and getting many otherwise sensible people to “buy it” as, “We want world class parks, but we can’t saddle NYC’s residents with millions over the years to maintain it, … so we’ll make like airplanes – there’s FIRST CLASS for those who can afford it and “COACH” for everybody else.

What went unsaid is that the LLC’s who buy these “precious” (in every sense) condos don’t pay their fair share of taxes and the developers basically fund pols instead of paying THEIR FAIR SHARE. And now that they’ve successfully drafted Bill de B. onto their team, Mayor Mike gets to indulge in some more bitter laughter.

What Mike did brazenly “because he believed it to be in the City’s best interest (MAYBE!),” Bill has adopted as both pragmatic and making at least a little more likely his having a shot at a 2nd term.

Anybody who can’t see that this is quite a bit different from a restaurant opening where there’s a noise or smoke or odor problem is essentially deaf and blind. That a Rep.-controlled Congress abolishes Estate taxes is “par for the course.”

When as many New Yorkers as now seems to be the case say, “Without developers, where would we be? Give ’em what they want!” … “the end is near!”

Parks and Libraries and the other things we expect from government CAN be financed the old-fashioned way, via an at least half-way fair tax system. The people using NY apts as a kind of colossal CD – spending 10-30 nights a year “in town” … could easily be hit up for what it takes to live inside a WELL MAINTAINED park. Believe me, they won’t opt for a condo in Boston as a result.

Ever hear, “Heads, I win – Tails, you lose.” That’s what’s happening here. Oligarchs say, “I want my condo surrounded by greenery with an unobstructed harbor view…. I don’t give a F*** about anybody else’s view. You make it happen … but don’t expect me to pay much in taxes. I made and make my money in another country and your thieving, stupid politicians agreed to waive taxes for 30 years.” COME ON!

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Comment on Some Empire State Development Board Members Consider Need for New EIS for Pier 6 Towers by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75295/comment-page-1#comment-554344 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:17:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75295#comment-554344 The bottom line indeed is that a 10 year old “study” is invalid after the significant changes in the park and surrounding areas over the years.
Even if one is so naive as to think that any client hired study group is going to come to any kind of a neutral series of findings.

Yes, you need new studies. But done by who?….a group HIRED by Regina and company? Sure…this is just more of the “questionable” behaviors which have hallmarked the BBP from it’s start. We all need new studies from a number of quarters which are tech qualified AND beyond outside influence as possible. No parts of the design or architectural sectors always “alert” to what any word or action is going to mean to prospects for potential future clients…

You need new studies by independent financially disinterested parties who’s standing and reputation are based design/architectural criticism and/or a genuine world class design group.

Otherwise get ready for a new Palisades Park circa ’65 to ’70, under the Promenade…

Again, think of what happened to palisades park circa 1965 to 70. In
Scale its exactly the same; the traffic, the late night noise, fights, inappropriate behavior. The crowds running through surrrouding town,
It was real fun for people trying to live anywhere within 3 or 4 miles.

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Comment on Some Empire State Development Board Members Consider Need for New EIS for Pier 6 Towers by Jorale-manhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75295/comment-page-1#comment-554343 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:38:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75295#comment-554343 Exactly. If you’ve ever seen the local subway platforms at rush hour you know the neighborhood simply can’t accommodate massive high-rises full of new residents.

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Comment on Some Empire State Development Board Members Consider Need for New EIS for Pier 6 Towers by judifrancishttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75295/comment-page-1#comment-554342 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 03:25:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75295#comment-554342 You are absolutely right, AnonyMom. Thanks for your advocacy for a park. It was encouraging to have those who really understand the surrounding impacts, like Ms. Miller and Mr. Adams, question the fallacy of not studying the profound changes that have occurred – schools at 140% of capacity, the BQE rebuild, over ten thousand new apts in the area not planned or studied 10 years ago, the B77 eliminated, no hospital, Sandy – seismic changes. Bottom line: a new EIS is clearly warranted and at least two very influential members on this Board see it.

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Comment on Some Empire State Development Board Members Consider Need for New EIS for Pier 6 Towers by AnonyMomhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75295/comment-page-1#comment-554341 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:22:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75295#comment-554341 Dean, your comments are offensive and narrow-minded. I dare you to say that with a straight face to the parents of the 50 children who were wait-listed for Kindergarten at PS8. Or to any parent who has a child at PS8 for that matter. Opposition to Pier 6 or the Library project for that matter, is NOT about and has NEVER been about keeping people out of the neighborhood. But it IS about residents’ desire and demand for common-sense planning for projects that are out of scope with the current infrastructure (schools, police, fire, and traffic).

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Comment on Some Empire State Development Board Members Consider Need for New EIS for Pier 6 Towers by Dean Collinshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75295/comment-page-1#comment-554340 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:59:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75295#comment-554340 so that’s how they are going to keep the poor people out of the heights….”think of the children” being the new catch all tactic??
http://www.LivePoliticalChat.com/dean.collins

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554339 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:34:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554339 If its some kind of infectiously spread disease, they certainly aren’t trying to explore alternatives before they cut down. There are several modalities
which should be tried prior to removal. But that’s so far, far beyond any NY City or State civil “servant” type…it also makes you wonder what the really brain dead preservation groups are doing while this is going on…..

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by gchttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554338 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:06:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554338 Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Jorale-manhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554337 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:39:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554337 I don’t know if this has been addressed elsewhere but today there was a tree removal service on Henry near Joralemon that appeared to have cut down at least 4 large trees on that once nicely shaded block. Does anyone know what happened? I assume it was some kind of disease.

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Comment on Fireworks Tomorrow; Yes, More Fireworks by Erniehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75282/comment-page-1#comment-554336 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:09:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75282#comment-554336 ernie

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Comment on Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby by ShinyNewHandlehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75288/comment-page-1#comment-554335 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:26:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75288#comment-554335 Great! I think Keret and the store were happy with tonight’s event. The audience seemed to enjoy themselves.

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Comment on Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby by ClaudeScaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75288/comment-page-1#comment-554334 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:56:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75288#comment-554334 Thanks. I’ll try to cover BookCourt events in future. I love that store.

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Comment on Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby by ShinyNewHandlehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75288/comment-page-1#comment-554333 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:22:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75288#comment-554333 While technically in Cobble Hill, BookCourt (being almost across the street from Trader Joe’s) is very accessible to many Heights residents, who are missing some great author appearances, judging from the criminally under-attended reading by Lev Grossman last night. Tonight at 7 PM, internationally acclaimed short-story writer Etgar Keret will be promoting his latest memoir.

http://bookcourt.com/events/all-fiction-nonfiction

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554332 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:25:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554332 Sorry, trying to post between client calls;

But the speaker’s basic point and it’s effect survived with some of the board, to the clear consternation of the BBP staff. But to really give all of you an idea of the “atmosphere” of the meeting:

Tony Manheim pointed out that the replacement chairman of the board never bothered to identity himself. This was met with a smerk by the chairman who remained silent. One speaker echoed an earlier call that the two or three board members who OWN PROPERTY CONNECTED WITH THE BBP recuse themselves. No one on the board, in the great tradition of arrogant Albany, felt they had to offer a response, let alone take any action.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554331 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:14:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554331 One of the more interesting opponents instead of arguing more dueling factoids, apparently tried to give the board members a sense of what the BBP has in the short term
and Albany’s behaviors in the longer term have caused.
Aside from the resentment, anger and most of all the sense that the Heights is no longer a safe place, his written remarks stated. The speaker said that the reason the
amount of people and the BILLIONS of dollars have left the state is not the tax levels or the rotting inferstructure, it was
More than anything else that no matter what valid facts or
concerns anyone has, it’s all a closed shop and no one will lister. This had advisable impact on the board members.
But then he said that such governmental behavior drives out
our valuable citizens, rankling the egalitarian formation of
many on the panel.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by StudioBrooklynhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554330 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:10:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554330 ;)

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554329 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:41:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554329 What is gone is the level of professionalism and the ability to pro-duce the level of image without later technology. Also gone is the viewer trust that the imagage viewed has some real connection to what the original lens viewed.

Anyway, enough of this avenue. The building is on fire and we should in all sanity be paying attention to that;

Yesterday’s meeting of the NYDC once the pre meeting off the record
“contacts” were over had it’s own real fireworks! First, of course, there was the smug entrenched we-dont-have-to-answer-to-anybody Albany attitude. There was no effort to identify anyone on the board.
The two standout Heights advocates, in my view were Judy Francis and Anthony Manheim. Both offered really shattering testimony on the present conditions, lack of any real reliable figures and the likely really bad future effects before us if the park goes forward with pier 6 plans. The new head of the BHA came across as a break from the old stuffy we’re-the-casino-and-we-say-what-goes past. We’ll see…

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by memeadjusterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554328 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:34:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554328 You had me going there for a second.. The photo is 2/22/1908, not 2/22/2008.

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Comment on Fireworks Tomorrow; Yes, More Fireworks by ClaudeScaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75282/comment-page-1#comment-554327 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:58:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75282#comment-554327 I’m gunning for a job at Gothamist.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Eddydehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554326 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:26:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554326 It’s not entirely gone, digital backs are available for view cameras. Also, parallax errors can be adjusted with software. What’s gone is the need to make the shot right, at the time its taken.

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Comment on Fireworks Tomorrow; Yes, More Fireworks by Brooklyn Yidhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75282/comment-page-1#comment-554325 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:29:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75282#comment-554325 IPHard to put them out. Bad taste perhaps for Brooklyn Heights, but kickin’ it in the Catskills.

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Comment on “Flatiron” Design Proposed For Library Site by Bornherehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75171/comment-page-1#comment-554324 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75171#comment-554324 True — I never thought Brooklyn Heights could become a pitiful Valley of the Shadow of … Shadows.

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Comment on “Flatiron” Design Proposed For Library Site by Sen. Bob Foreheadhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75171/comment-page-1#comment-554323 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:16:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75171#comment-554323 Well on the bright side, you’ll no longer need sunglasses in the North Heights.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75266/comment-page-1#comment-554322 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:28:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75266#comment-554322 That era of speed graphic and other large negative photo journalism was a technical quality AND esthetic judgement that we’ll never see again. Tough, smart and in touch with the hearty of the city, every day and night they produced many of the greatest images ever taken. Several of the greatest either lived in or had strong connection with the Heights older newsmen have always told me. Today’s media has far advanced technology, but they will never rise in many ways to the levels of the average news photograph er of the 20’s to the very early 50’s

Remember the front plane of the camera could tilt to correct the height effect of buildings?

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Comment on Opponents of Pier Six Towers Voice Concerns At Public Meeting by mlcraryvillehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75253/comment-page-1#comment-554321 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:04:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75253#comment-554321 There are those who insist that the numbers the Park Corp. put out have to be accepted. Why? Because [profit making] corporations all pay for their own audits and financial reports. Therefore, the Park Corp. numbers should also be accepted. BUT, our Park Corp. was not founded as a profit-making company. It is a public interest company. Unlike the commercial companies,there is no SEC or any other regulatory agency setting the precise rules for auditing their numbers. No, the BBPC is regulated only by whims and appointees of the Mayor; that is the City. But, in this case, the City has a general interest in promoting the “highest” use of the property, not the use which would best serve the interest of the public and not the use which would make the developers most happy.

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