Andy Byford Wants Full Eight Month Closure Of Brooklyn Subway Station To Fix Elevators From Hell

I attended this Town Hall Meeting and noticed that all of our elected officials were present with the exception of State Senator Montgomery who, as it happens, is also the only local elected who has never attended one of CPN’s Town Hall events. Below (link) is an excellent summary of the meeting including an explanation of the the three options on the table. It seemed to most who attended that the shorter yet full closure of the station had the most advantages with the exception of how retailers in the station plaza will be affected. Thanks to Alan Posner for supplying this article. – Keith Klein

Beloved art from former Brooklyn Heights Library is coming back

Six bas-reliefs by Italian sculptor Clemente Spampinato (1912-1993), which were removed from the front façade of the former Brooklyn Heights Library before it was demolished, will be enjoying a second artistic life.

The classic carvings — which depict industry and businesses, crafts, sciences, knowledge, literature and the arts — will be split up and displayed at two different libraries, according to Brooklyn Public Library.

“Two of six sets will go into meeting rooms in the new Brooklyn Heights Library. The other four will go into a new garden which will be created outside the Walt Whitman Library,” Fritzi Bodenheimer, Brooklyn Public Library spokesperson, told the Brooklyn Eagle.

The Brooklyn Heights Library will be rebuilt at 280 Cadman Plaza West at the base of a luxury tower, currently in construction. The Walt Whitman Library is located at 93 St Edwards St. in Fort Greene.

Bodenheimer said that the developer (Hudson Companies) is storing the 10-by-11-foot panels as part of the agreement negotiated when the Brooklyn Heights Library site was sold.

The library’s sale was approved by the City Council in December 2015 and the Brooklyn Borough Board in March 2016 after three years of vocal community opposition and a series of raucous land-use hearings.

Councilmember Stephen Levin, who brokered the deal and represents the area, called the library sale “the most controversial issue I’ve seen in my district since being elected in 2009.” Read full story here:

Goodbye, Teresa’s?

Thanks to reader AbbeyK we have a link to a real estate adthat lists 80 Montague Street, Teresa’s Restaurant, as for lease. If it is leased to a new tenant, your correspondent may have to go far afield – Greenpoint?; East Village? – to get his tripe soup and kielbasa fix. Moreover, Brooklyn’s elite will have to find a new power breakfast spot. And what could afford the $18K/month rent the ad asks? Applebee’s? The Cheesecake Factory? The Olive Garden? God help us.

Say it ain’t so! – Brooklyn Heights Blog

‘Needle Park’ in Downtown Brooklyn? Kids find syringes, parents demand cleanup

Young children romping through Cadman Plaza Park last Tuesday discovered half a dozen discarded syringes under the bushes. One boy began playing with one and “something came out,” as his friend told his mother. Parents frantically combed the weedy undergrowth and collected all the syringes they could find, carefully dropping them into a plastic water bottle.

Angry parents who contacted the Brooklyn Eagle say this is just one of many signs of the park’s deterioration. The rats are coming back, water fountains and bathrooms are not maintained, homeless individuals camp out by the War Memorial at night and there is no police presence, they said.

“We love this park and the kids love running through the bushes, but I’m afraid of some of the stuff I’ve seen lately,” local mother Heather Prince told the Eagle.Prince said she brings her two boys, ages 7 and 9, to the park every Tuesday and Friday after school to meet with a big group of kids.

“They have nicknamed themselves ‘The Cadman Research Center — CRC,’ because they like to explore the bushes, dig in the dirt, built forts with fallen branches,” she said.

Around 6 p.m. on Aug. 27, her 7-year-old son ran over to her to tell her what the young explorers had found: a syringe.

“We really didn’t know who to call,” Prince said. “We tried to find an officer to help us dispose of the needles, but there were none around. We were afraid that if we just threw them in the trash the sanitation workers might get stuck.” Read full story here:

NYC pols want more details of BQE rebuilding plans, including fate of Brooklyn Heights promenade

A gumptious group of elected officials sent a letter to the city Department of Transportation demanding more details on its plan to fix a crumbling stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

The letter, sent Friday and signed by U.S. Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Hakeem Jeffries, city Controller Scott Stringer and six other local lawmakers, raised concerns about the project’s timeline and funding.

The project has been riddled with controversy since last September, when DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg presented two strategies to fix the roadway, one of which was building a temporary elevated six-lane highway that would require the closure of the beloved Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Following public outcry and a heavy lobbying effort from Brooklyn community groups, Mayor de Blasio in April formed an “expert panel” to look into alternative methods to repair the BQE. Read full story here:

Latest Montague Street Restaurant Closure and Relocation

Walking past Cafe Buon Gusto this afternoon, I saw this sign in a window: “To all our customers we are moving to a new location 132 Montague starting Sept. 3.” Of course I had to find 132 Montague. It wasn’t hard; it’s on the same block, between Clinton and Henry, on the opposite (north) side.

Yes, it’s the site occupied by Dariush, offering “Persian Cuisine” for what seems like just a few months. The sign in the window says “We are temporary [sic] closed!! We will reopen on September 3rd.” If the sign at Cafe Buon Gusto is to be believed, the place will reopen September 3, but as Cafe Buon Gusto, not Dariush.

The downstairs space at 132 Montague has not been a happy one for restaurants of late; it may be the worst in Brooklyn Heights. Before Dariush, it was briefly a Mexican/Spanish place that had very good and inexpensive fish tacos. Before that, also and in my opinion unfortunately briefly, it was an Argentinian steak place that served excellent steaks at reasonable prices. Before that, and for I think several years, it was a Spanish tapas place. Someone with a better memory than mine will have to fill in its earlier incarnations. -Brooklyn Heights Blog

The Groovy 60s

In 1965, a first class postage stamp cost 5¢, a gallon of gas was 31¢, a dozen eggs 53¢ and a subway token 15¢. At the northern edge of Brooklyn Heights, the City’s answer to urban blight began to take shape in the form of Cadman Plaza North. Thanks to Tami Sheheri for finding this great pic!

You Say Potato…

Since our new Property Manager started, there’s been some confusion about what her email address is and how to say her first name! Her correct email is now in the “Contact Us’ tab above. As for the pronunciation, some say DEEL-YA, some say DAL-YA. Both are wrong. She like DAYL-YA but tells us she won’t mind how you pronounce her name as long as you stop by and say hello.

Game of cones: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory plots return to Dumbo

It’s a dish best served cold. 

A beloved Dumbo ice cream shop recently forced out of the neighborhood is making a sweet comeback. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory — which operated out of the historic fireboat house at Fulton Ferry Landing for 17 years before closing last December — will open a new storefront just steps from its old shop, facing off against the rival that scooped it out, said the Factory’s co-founder.

“The Ice Cream Factory was a fixture in the neighborho­od,” said Mark Thompson. “We were forced out of the space, and I left gracefully — but I couldn’t get ice cream out of my blood.”

Thompson hopes to open his new space, at 14A Old Fulton Street, in October. The location will be a walk-up window based in a hollowed-out cargo container, near the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park.