PUBLIC MEETING: DOT PROPSOSED 6-LANE HIGHWAY AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE OVERPASS


HOSTED BY BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION & A BETTER WAY
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Location: Plymouth Church Time: 7:00 pm
EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

The BHA and ABW have been at the forefront of the issue regarding the DOT plan to tear down the Promenade and put up a temporary 6-lane highway.
No one is challenging the need to do the work, but there is “A Better Way.” The BHA and ABW have been promoting real alternatives, but now they need your support.
Come and “meet the team” that has been working on behalf of everyone in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry & Cobble Hill.
THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION (BHA) & A BETTER WAY (ABW) PUBLIC MEETING WEDNESDAY APRIL 3, 2019 PLYMOUTH CHURCH 57 ORANGE STREET 7:00 PM

MAYOR DE BLASIO AND THE DOT’s RENDERING OF WHAT THE PROMENADE WILL LOOK LIKE FOR 6 – 8 YEARS.

153,000 CARS AND TRUCKS A DAY WILL PUT TONS OF POLLUTANTS INTO
OUR AIR FOR 6 – 8 YEARS (OR MORE) AND WHAT ABOUT THE NOISE?
AND OH YEAH, DEMOLITION OF THE PROMENADE AND COLUMBIA HEIGHTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT NIGHT! WE NEED A BETTER PLAN!
Two organizations are working hard to provide the DOT with a better solution. These organizations are the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) and A Better Way (ABW). So far the BHA has presented its plan to the DOT. The BHA Plan will: remove the need for a promenade highway,
remove the need for nighttime demolition and remove the need to build an overpass over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Community Meeting Sponsored by:
North Heights Neighbors
Thursday Feb. 28
Assumption church
55 Cranberry Street
6:30 pm

rsvp: [email protected]

BQE Tunnel Vision:

A proposal to build a Cross Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel, an idea studied by the state in 2010, is sparking new interest.

As the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street faces a massive, $3.4 billion reconstruction, a once-in-a-lifetime window of opportunity has opened, says longtime Cobble Hill community leader and graphic designer Roy Sloane. Sloane came up with the tunnel concept at a planning session in June 2010.

Sloane, former president of the Cobble Hill Association, is the first to admit he is not an engineer. He was, however, a member of the original Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Advisory Committee and the longest-serving citizen member of the Community Board 6 transportation committee.

A roughly 3-mile-long tunnel, running from the Gowanus Expressway vicinity near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and the Prospect Expressway in the south to Flushing Avenue at the north end, would cut travel time from Gowanus to the Brooklyn Navy Yard by 10 to 30 minutes per trip, Sloane says. It would handle truck traffic bypassing local streets, and much of the cost of constructing and maintaining the tunnel would be borne by roadway users. The tunnel would be tolled, and construction could be financed with bonds. Read full article: https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/02/25/cross-downtown-brooklyn-tunnel-idea-revived-as-bqe-solution/

Brooklyn Meeting Set to Protest NYC Pipeline

Attend the DEC’s hearings on Tuesday, February 26 at Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street, Bay Ridge.  Rally at 1:30 pm.  First hearing session: 2 pm.  Second hearing session: 6 pm.

Williams is proposing to lay a new pipeline, called the Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas (methane) from Pennsylvania across the Lower Bay of New York’s harbor.

Why is this pipeline a bad idea?

  • It would extend New Yorkers’ dependence on fossil fuel and so contribute to the worsening of climate change.
  • Construction of this pipeline would threaten human health. The seabed that would be dug up for this pipeline contains unsafe levels of toxic substances like arsenic, PCB’s, and dioxin.
  • In addition to churning up toxics into the sea water, the unrelenting construction, with its noise and water turbidity, will harm marine life.
  • Williams and its subsidiary Transco have a poor safety record. A leak or rupture of this pipeline would threaten shore communities, both human and non-human.
  • At an estimated cost of just under a billion dollars, yet delivering to an area that has no shortage of gas, it is both unnecessary and expensive.

This underwater part of this pipeline would be laid for 23 miles along the south coast of Staten Island, past Coney Island, and ending 4 miles south of the Rockaways. Construction would require excavating a trench across the entirety of the route to bury the pipe. Williams says it plans to work on the offshore portion of this pipeline 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for over a year.

New Brooklyn Grocery Store on Henry Street Has A Speakeasy Art Gallery Underneath

A new grocery store in Brooklyn Heights is hoping to take local shopping a step further than just putting Brooklyn-based goods on its shelves.

Brooklyn Only Foods, which opened on Henry Street last week, is stocked only with products made in the borough, whether that be a local cheese producer in Williamsburg, a woman in Bed-stuy making “Dank Banana Bread” or its own signature blend from D’Amico Coffee Roasters.

But storeowner Karim Othman said he intentionally wanted to separate his shop from bigger businesses that might do the same. To do so, he decided to find products the old-fashioned way — by walking into each store and learning about the food makers.

“People are into the idea,” he said. “They’re happy to see something in this neighborhood (that isn’t like) a lot of things coming in that are more corporate owned or larger scale companies…a lot of mom and pop shops are getting taken out of business. I want to have that feel that it’s a community space.” – Brooklyn Heights Patch

https://patch.com/new-york/heights-dumbo/new-brooklyn-grocery-store-has-speakeasy-art-gallery-underneath

Neighborhood Icon Henry’s End Moves Up the Street

According to a message posted on the restaurant’s Instagram account, neighborhood stalwart Henry’s End is leaving its current long-time location and moving to the space currently (but not for long) occupied by Sociale at 72 Henry Street.

Titled “A New Beginning for Henry’s End,” the post reads in part:

After 46 years at 44 Henry St., Henry’s End will be moving one block to 72 Henry St. The building that houses us is undergoing a major renovation, and instead of moving for an undetermined amount of time, we will move nearby.

In addition to a new address, Henry’s End will add new services and amenities, including brunch, a cocktail program, outdoor dining space, and a private event room.

The current location will close on March 31 and the new spot is expected to open by April 15.

As noted elsewhere on the blog, Sociale is moving to Carroll Gardens. – Brooklyn Heights Blog

BHA Annual Meeting Feb 26

Lively Panel Discussion, the BQE, Community Awards, and More

The BHA Annual Meeting on February 26th will feature a spirited panel discussion moderated by NY Times journalist, Ginia Bellafante, author of the weekly Big City column, on the topic, “Who Is Planning Brooklyn’s Future?”
Brooklyn Heights is surrounded by competing developments and plans: a massive redevelopment of the LICH site, new residential towers on Pier 6, the conversion of the former Watchtower buildings, and towering developments within downtown Brooklyn. Proposals are also being floated to extensively redevelop Red Hook to the south.
These developments are taking place at the same time that the City is pushing forward with the BQX Streetcar project, a massive Brooklyn Detention Center, and the reconstruction of the BQE.
Does the City have a comprehensive vision to guide and manage this growth? Can the City assure us that the necessary infrastructure is in place? This is the challenge we’ve posed to the panel.

Ginia Bellafante will engage in a conversation with three distinguished individuals who bring deep planning experience and different perspectives to this issue:
• Tom Angotti, Professor Emeritus at Hunter College’s Urban Policy and Planning Department and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
• Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee and Member on the NYC City Planning Commission
• Alexander Garvin, who was formerly responsible for planning the rebuilding of the World Trade Center at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and served as a Member of the City Planning Commission
The BHA will also review this past year, including its ongoing efforts to replace DOT’s proposed Promenade Highway with a less environmentally destructive approach to the BQE reconstruction.
The BHA will bestow its Community Service Awards on four organizations or individuals who have made significant contributions to the neighborhood’s quality of life and enhance its spirit of community.
The BHA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, 7-9:30 PM, at St. Francis College’s Founders Hall at 180 Remsen Street. It is open to the general public. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

CPN JOINS NEIGHBORS TO OPPOSE DOT BQE PLANS

Board members from CPN, 75 Henry (Whitman Owners Corp), Cadman Towers, Concord Village and St George Tower met last evening with the Department of Transportation and expressed support of the alternative plan put forth by the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA). Representatives from all of our local elected officials were also present. As a reminder to Shareholders, this project is scheduled to begin in 2021 with a completion date of 2028. There are many more community meetings to come but the good news is that DOT is considering the BHA plan which calls for no night time construction. Here is link to the BHA plan. https://thebha.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Parallel-Bypass-Presentation.pdf