Comments for Brooklyn Heights Blog http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:55:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by bklyn20http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552195 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:55:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552195 If the CAC is not a “corporate committee,” and is merely an “advisory body,” that does not mean everyone on the CAC should roll over and play dead. Most NYC parks are designed with the local community in mind, and the suggestions of the nearby population are considered part of the design process. (I have over a decade of involvement with NYC parks.)

Whether BBP is a local or a “world class” park, the neighborhood’s citizens have the right to discuss and oppose the park’s features, or lack thereof. As for “the highest levels of government,” the local elected officials are against more housing in the park, unhappy with the height of the Pierhouse, and against the intractability of the BBPC board. Yet political appointees from the last administration rule the park; how many are living in BBP’s luxury condos?

Looking at my latest Fidelity meeting notice, they clearly noted which nominated Trustees were “interested parties.” Who on the BBPC Board owns an apartment in 1 BBP, or has bought or will buy apartments in the Pierhouse or on John Street? Should these people be allowed to be on the board, or should their “interests” be clearly stated? It would be interesting to know the answer.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by StoptheChophttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552194 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:20:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552194 Ah– thanks for the clarification!

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by ClaudeScaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552193 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:13:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552193 Sorry, I misread your comment as asking if the CAC had voted to allow CB2 off the island (I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet). Whether the full CB2 board authorized it to withdraw is an excellent question.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by Still Herehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552192 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:35:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552192 In 1998, the Coalition absorbed what was OBWA into the NAC. The former was the old Brooklyn Waterfront Alliance – a multi neighborhood group centered in Fulton Ferry formed to battle the Two Trees inter bridge project at that time. I believe the CAC was formed by the LDC or the nascent Development Corp in 2005 and in now way related to the the then named Conservancy, which was one member of the official CAC. The CAC at that time had none of its current formality and quickly devolved into loosely structured and open forum to which the BBDC presented the status of park related things. The current CAC is about five five years old and has a real formal structure and membership rules. Meanwhile, the NAC morphed into the PCC – the Parks Community Council, which became independent of both groups – it was a forum and discussion group for local groups, interested individuals, and LEOS to exchange information, analyze proposals, and raised its own position papers. It closed shop in December of 2014.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by StoptheChophttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552191 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:11:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552191 The Marina isn’t installed, which was why Smorgasburg was supposed to be at Pier 5 only “temporarily” (until the Marina’s there). Ugh indeed.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by StoptheChophttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552190 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:03:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552190 The CAC actually started as a committee of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition. At that time, the Coalition was willing to go toe-to-toe with the BBPDC if it felt that it needed to do so on behalf of the community (and it won some important battles, like fighting the proposed hotel where the Main St playground is now. It also fought allowing Empire Stores to become a shopping mall, but that victory was sadly reversed). Then the Coalition became the Conservancy……

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by DoBro84http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552189 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 22:57:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552189 +1

AMENDED & RESTATED BY-LAWS OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CORPORATION
(Adopted December 23, 2013)
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ARTICLE XII
Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council

Section 12.01 Creation and Membership.

Pursuant to Section 8 of the Term Sheet, the Board of Directors shall establish a Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council (“BBPCAC”). The initial membership of the BBPCAC shall be comprised of 27 members that represent a wide variety of local interests and concerns identified in a resolution of the Board of Directors. Thereafter, members of the BBPCAC shall be appointed as provided in the by-laws of the BBPCAC. Members of the BBPCAC shall serve without compensation.

Section 12.02 Adoption of By-Laws.

The BBPCAC shall establish and adopt bylaws which pertain to, among other things, terms of office, selection of officers of the BBPCAC, voting, the formation of committees and the scheduling of meetings. Such by-laws and any amendments thereto shall become effective only upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the BBPCAC members and subsequent approval by vote of the Corporation.

Section 12.03 Report to the Corporation.

The chairperson of the BBPCAC shall present a report from the BBPCAC at least once a year to the Board of Directors. Such report shall be advisory only.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by A Neighborhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552188 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:59:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552188 I think everyone understands that the CAC has no power. In the end, this is all the mayor, pure and simple. The CAC was created only to give the appearance that the community had meaningful input. Which it never had. Pretty clever move by Glen, De Blasio, Regina, et al. My guess is they’ve had a good laugh about it. In the end, we have been poorly served — and badly used.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by bklyn20http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552187 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:59:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552187 Claude, I’m pretty certain that NO, as in NONE, of the CB2 members voted on this. Yet the CB votes on who will be the Second Vice Chair of CB2, and on whether or not to allow a new cornice on a brownstone in an historic district.
If the CB votes on their own officers, why not a vote regarding participation in the CAC?

I wouldn’t be surprised if the BBPC board tries to negate or nullify the CAC because “there’s no CB2 participation.” Then we common folk can enjoy more boondoggle bridges, frying-pan toddler domes, and conflicts of interests in our “World Class Park.” Note to those who consider the CAC a useless committee that should hew to the wishes of the local parkigarchs: when a new megacondo darkens your windows, you’d best shut up or ship out.

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Comment on Juice Press Opens Saturday (3/7) In Brooklyn Heights by AEBhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73799/comment-page-1#comment-552186 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:59:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73799#comment-552186 Juice Press. Jesus!

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by ujhhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552185 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:51:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552185 I would like to correct my statement, above, about the bylaws. It was the first draft CAC bylaws, not the BBP bylaws, which didn’t describe the CAC as a BBP committee. Unless the CAC bylaws have been amended since then, the CAC is still not a corporate committee and its role remains that of offering advice or making recommendations, which may or may not be acceptable to the BBP board.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by ujhhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552184 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:28:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552184 The participants of this blog should keep in mind that the BBP’s CAC is an advisory body that does not set policy. When the CAC first got off the ground, it wasn’t listed in the BBP’s bylaws as a corporate committee charged with specific responsibilities, as e.g. the finance committee is. Unless the BBP’s bylaws have been changed since then, the CAC does not approve or reject BBP’s policies and M.O. Its role remains advisory in nature, and the BBP board is not bound by the CAC’s “advice” or “recommendations.” From all I have read on this blog over the years and from press reports, it seems to me that the CAC has maneuvered itself, or been maneuvered by individual members, into the proverbial corner. If you wish to see results, you work with those who direct and carry out policy sanctioned at the highest levels of government.

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Comment on Juice Press Opens Saturday (3/7) In Brooklyn Heights by Residenthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73799/comment-page-1#comment-552183 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:55:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73799#comment-552183 That’s a really bad location…. Perhaps guests from the new hotel will keep them open.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by wksnychttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552182 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:30:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552182 I see Smorgasburg is back at Pier 5 this year. I thought they were moving to another location! ugh.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by stuarthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552181 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552181 the once enlightened MAS is now bought and paid for by developers. Don’t look in their direction any longer for community support.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552180 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:37:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552180 There would be no backup for toll collection. Toll collection technology is sophisticated enough that they will just read your EZ Pass as you go by at 50 mph. If you don’t have an EZ Pass they will get a photo of your license plate and mail you a bill (for a higher amount, therefore encouraging you to get a pass). And 83% of NYC cars have an EZ Pass.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by martinlschneiderhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552179 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:40:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552179 Judging by the behavior of the Mayor’s rep, Alicia Glen, at the last meeting, it is no surprise the CB2 revolted. The Municipal Art Society, to its shame, recently put a spotlight on Glen as an honoree of that group. MAS should be shining a light on arrogant and insulting Glen and others for behaving like Kremlin Komissars while treating responsible community members like ignorant, annoying peasants. Congratulations to CB2 for not taking it any more.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by A Neighborhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552178 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:29:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552178 Yes, the CAC is all about PR. So Regina can wag her finger after every BBP bombshell and say that “the community” knew in advance and approved it. Which, of course, the community/CAC — always rebuffed when it requests information — did not.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by stuarthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552177 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:59:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552177 Rather than just set public improvement priorities and build the projects they deem necessary, New York City government officials take part in a byzantine and ultimately useless public process that is bogus and merely a waste of time for everyone involved. They are really just griping and letting off steam sessions for the peasantry. No thought of actually changing projects is ever considered. It’s a disgraceful spectacle for a city that is nominally a democracy.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by Solovelyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552176 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:41:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552176 Andrew is much admire in CB2 and his insightful contributions will be much missed at the Park Corporation’s CAC meetings.

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by ClaudeScaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552175 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:22:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552175 No; I don’t think CB2 can be compelled to participate.

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Comment on Two Brooklyn Heights Buildings Set to Meet the Wrecking Ball by Mini_Cooperhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73761/comment-page-1#comment-552174 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:08:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73761#comment-552174 Sarcasm, right???

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552173 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:04:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552173 So CB2 has decided it has no real
voice with the BBP corp. They just
realized this now? Hey geniuses,
NO outside voices have any real
influence…that’s the way the BBC
system was DESIGNED to work
from day one.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552172 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552172 The helicopter problem over the Heights
Is far more serious than only the tourist
flights. The amount of Tonnage of’ what’s now every day overhead is also
media AND the whole *public safety”
Sector aircraft. Flights of which have greatly expanded for some reason in the last year. Including stationar hovering for Hours. Forget the constant
Mind numbing noise…think of the real
constant DANGER of ‘what is overhead.
No one is thinking about that..

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Comment on Community Board 2 Quits Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council by bklyn20http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73789/comment-page-1#comment-552171 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:37:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73789#comment-552171 Did the full CB2 board — c. 60 people nominated by our elected officials — vote on this?

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552170 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:22:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552170 No, you can’t object to a 175 to 250. lb
(With rider) vehicle on the sidewalk
Doing near 40 mph..don’t you under
stand they have almost zero carbon
Footprint so in agenda 21 land they
Are allowed to injure as many elderly
and anyone else they want..

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by StoptheChophttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552169 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:31:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552169 I can’t be there, but will someone ask whether DEP will do anything to resolve the nonstop, noise polluting tourist helicopters (about 300 flights/day “in season”, which lasts from Easter-New Years Eve)? The Mayor refuses to ban them from the NYC heliport, despite 20+ other elected officials and numerous community groups asking him to do so, and despite the numerous studies that have shown the negative health impacts from helicopter drone, even if at lower decibels than noisier sources. (Note: he actually doesn’t dispute any of this, or any of the other points that Reps Velazquez and Nadler have raised over the years!) At least we don’t have to deal with the 10 hrs/day of fumes that the Manhattan-side folks are exposed to.

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Comment on Two Brooklyn Heights Buildings Set to Meet the Wrecking Ball by guesthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73761/comment-page-1#comment-552168 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:19:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73761#comment-552168 fingers crossed for a pair of new condos!!

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by CHatterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552167 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552167 Clearly toll collection logistics will present a design challenge, no doubt about that. I’d like to think that good urban planning could concentrate that @ Tillary Street

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday 3/4/15 by ShinyNewHandlehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73752/comment-page-1#comment-552166 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:14:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73752#comment-552166 AEB, is that a film-shoot canopy we see in the background? Could this be the actual parking-disruptive movie shoot that exercised Homer? Did he transform his passionate frustration into art?

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