Management Office Summer Hours

In accordance with Douglas Elliman Property Management summer schedules, our Management office will close at 2 pm on these Fridays:  July 20th, August 3rd, August 17th and August 31st.

Ice Cream With a Side of Noise and Pollution

Last summer, the FDNY informed ice cream truck vendors that they cannot double park on Middagh Street as they may present a safety hazard by impeding fire trucks from passing quickly. This summer they are back. Blocking fire trucks from getting through easily is only part of the problem. CPN residents who face the front of the building (or Southeast) have to contend with the noise and pollution from the ice cream truck engines. We suggest that residents call 311 to complain when they see the truck on Middagh and tell the operator that the FDNY has previously informed these vendors that they may be parked there illegally. -Keith Klein

James Goes Out With Bang!

 

James Ellis, CPN staff member for 38 years, celebrated his retirement with a gala send-off organized by the CPN Board on Thursday evening, June 28th. The bubbly was flowing as Cadman residents and fellow staff members celebrated James and wished him good luck. The Community Room was all decked out to ensure the evening was special, thanks to the efforts of Mabel and Carmen who were hanging streamers until the wee hours on Wednesday. They even managed to get me up on a ladder in spite of my fear of heights! A memory book allowed party goers to write a special message to the guest of honor who seemed taken aback at the number of well-wishers who flocked to the 2nd floor Thursday night. Framed photos of James through the years enhanced a festive table while another table offered guests a choice of cupcakes which disappeared quickly! (I guess they were good.) Our resident wine expert, Rick, poured a delicious Prosecco selected especially for the occasion. James was given a special Certificate of Appreciation presented to him by Board President Ted Valand. Thanks to all who attended. It’s always a good time when CPNers get together!  -Keith Klein

Condos above former historic Brooklyn Heights Cinema nearly complete

The three-story building located at 70 Henry St. directly above the former Brooklyn Heights Cinema, is a step closer to being completed. Kenn Lowry, owner of the movie theater, wanted to relocate and reopen it, but he was unable to find an affordable space. “For the money these landlords want, I’d have to run a meth lab, not a cinema,” he told the Daily News. The windows of the five condos are in and workers are closing up holes with drywall after finishing the electric wiring of the apartments.

The white paint that coated the exterior of the building was removed for the first time in decades, and now displays the red brick from the original landmarked 1895 building. Building over the original structure was controversial. Brooklyn Heights Association member Judy Stanton argued at a 2015 hearing that the addition would overwhelm the original building. The commissioners on the other hand found it “appropriate” and approved the addition later that year, according to Brownstoner. The condos, developed by Mettle Property Group, went on the market last year and are expected to be completed by the end of this year. The architect is Morris Adjmi, best known for designing Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel. According to StreetEasy.com, the asking price for a four-bedroom unit that’s in contract was $4.95 million and a three-bedroom condo that’s in contract had a $2.85 million asking price. -Brooklyn Eagle

Construction Bulletin: Ground Penetrating Radar Survey Work

Beginning on Thursday July 12, and lasting for about three weeks, the NYCDOT Division of Bridge’s contractors will conduct ground penetrating radar survey work along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in preparation for the future rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street. This weather dependent operation will help inform the project team of existing conditions underground and will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

The promenade will remain open at all times.

Throughout the duration of this work, promenade users can expect to see a device similar to the one in the attached notice. All operators of the device will wear safety vests.

This work is being conducted under a permit issued by and in close coordination with the Department of Parks and Recreation. Any damaged vegetation will be replaced.

For any questions or inquiries please contact The BQE Project Team at 332-999-4520 or [email protected]

Love Lane and College Place to be Repaved

From Council Member Levin: After years of BHA advocacy, the city finally acknowledged Love Lane and College Place are city streets, so they are repaving them after years of neglect! The repaving schedule has changed slightly since we published our notice a few days ago, but we have not received an update — be sure to check signs in the street when you park your car!

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon’s 4th Annual Senior Resource Fair June 29

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon is hosting her 4th Annual Senior Resource Fair. The fair is co-sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Stephen Levin, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. Over 60 groups will be available to provide senior citizens with information on legal services, health care, government and community resources, and more. A Town Hall will be held on health and wellness as you age.

 

Weekend 2, 3 train service to be restored by June 25, MTA says

 

The MTA is slated to wrap up its roughly yearlong reconstruction of the 2 and 3 lines’ Clark Street tunnel next week, with weekend and weeknight service to be restored between Manhattan and Brooklyn by June 25.

The project involved a variety of electrical, mechanical and structural reconstruction in order to replace and protect equipment that was badly damaged during superstorm Sandy in 2012. More than half a million gallons of corrosive salt water flooded the 1.2-mile-long tunnel during the Oct. 29 storm, shutting down subway service for five days.

“They [riders] are getting a better system,” Sharda Persaud, MTA Transit’s resident engineer for the project, said during a tour of the work Saturday. “And if we do have another Sandy, it shouldn’t affect service as much.” Read full story here – AM New York

Jared Kushner and family company sell stakes in old Witnesses properties

He kushed out.

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner unloaded his stakes in two yuge Brooklyn developments — the old Watchtower complex in Brooklyn Heights, which is being transformed in to a high-end office complex, and a ground-up luxury tower in nearby Dumbo — according to a rep for the firm that bought him out.

“We confirm that Kushner Companies and its affiliates have divested all of their interests in the projects located at 25-30 Columbia Heights and 85-95 Jay Street in Brooklyn last month,” said Bill Mendel, a rep for CIM Group, which together with Kushner’s family firm and developer Livwrk purchased both properties from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2016. Read full article here.

84th Precinct Looking for Children’s Book Donations

Patrol Borough Brooklyn North will be rolling out its new literacy initiative on Monday June 25, 2018 as where each precinct will dedicate a small area of the precinct as a free children’s library. This library will be made available for any child that wants to read or keep these books as a way of promoting reading and making books easily accessible.The 84th Precinct is in need of used children’s books for this library ASAP , so anyone that has books that would like to donate it would be very much appreciated. These books can be dropped off in the lobby or can be picked up if necessary. Feel free to contact John Kenny at the 84th Precinct or the NCO’s via email to make arrangements. [email protected]