BHA Urges Heights Residents to Testify Against the Gargantuan 80 Flatbush Avenue Project 6/13

The City Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, June 13th, beginning at 10 AM, in the lower concourse hearing room of 120 Broadway in Manhattan on the proposed rezoning for the wildly out-of-scale 80 Flatbush Avenue Project.
If approved through the City’s land use process (ULURP), these actions would triple the site’s allowable density. The completed project would have towers of 38- and 74-stories, and include 900 apartment units (200 affordable), 200,000 square feet of office space, a new 350-seat elementary school, a rebuilt Khalil Gabran International High School, retail space and community space.
Community Board 2 voted overwhelmingly against the project in early May. While the BHA recognizes that the project has beneficial elements, it has publicly opposed the project due to the unacceptable price being paid for these benefits: its enormous scale, the lack of sensible transition to the low-rise neighborhood to the south, the environmental impacts on historic Boerum Hill and Fort Greene, and the City’s misguided policy of “buying” school capacity by giving developer’s enormous zoning bonuses.
Persons wishing to attend and testify at Wednesday’s hearing are limited to 3 minutes and must sign up when entering the hearing room.
This project will set a dangerous precedent for the Flatbush Corridor. Tell the Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board!

FDNY Open House on Saturday

Brooklyn Heights Firehouse: 74 Middagh Street.  Open House Times: 6/16/2018 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Hi neighbors! Join us at FDNY Open House on Saturday, June 16. Visit your local firehouse and EMS station to take a tour, view demonstrations, learn fire and life safety tips, explore FDNY careers, receive a free smoke/CO alarm for your home, and more!

In case you missed it… New York Times article on Brooklyn Heights

But there has been change here — quite a lot recent. One of the biggest drivers has been Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 1.3-mile space stretching along the waterfront, with playgrounds, sports fields and green spaces, as well as a hotel and condominiums, where longshoremen used to work the piers. Another is Brooklyn’s ascendance as an internationally known travel destination. A third is a boom in new buildings and renovations of factories and opulent old Brooklyn hotels, many sold in recent years by Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Read entire article here

84th Precinct to Host Community Meeting

This Tuesday, June 12, we are having our next Neighborhood Safety meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St at 6:00pm. Come by and join the discussion going on in and around the community, ask questions, or just listen to what others are talking about. Refreshments will be served.

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Come see Empire Stores, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s crown jewel

J. Crew Latest Retailer to Move In

A cluster of post-Civil-War coffee warehouses stars in gazillions of selfies snapped in Brooklyn Bridge Park. When visitors take photos from the DUMBO park’s pebble-strewn beach, the Empire Stores complex is often part of the backdrop along with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The coffee-warehouse complex is also an imposing sight from other vantage points in Brooklyn Bridge Park like the walkway outside Jane’s Carousel. The eye-catching cluster of landmarked brick warehouses was constructed between 1869 and 1885.  It’s now a thriving office, retail and restaurant complex thanks to a makeover by a joint venture headed by Midtown Equities. In 2013, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board of Directors gave the joint venture the go-head to ground-lease Empire Stores for a 96-year term. Read full story here

As summer approaches, Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors will notice 15-year-old girls dressed up for quinceanera birthday celebrations and brides posing in front of recently spiffed-up Empire Stores.

Armando’s, Montague St. fixture for 82 years, closes after building sold

Armando’s Restaurant and Bar, Brooklyn Heights’ classic Italian restaurant, has closed its doors after almost 82 years of business. City finance records show that Peter Byros, the restaurant’s owner since 1981, sold the building located at 143 Montague St. to Uri Koptiev for $7,418,000 on Feb. 14. Koptiev is a real estate agent. The roughly 2,000 square foot (plus basement) restaurant space is listed for rent by Eastern Consolidated for $165 per square foot. Once a hangout for locals like Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer along with Brooklyn’s many politicians and lawyers, Armando’s has been a fixture since 1936, with the exception of a brief hiatus from mid-2008 to late 2009, when the space was rented to the Spicy Pickle eatery. Read full story here

Endless possibilities for last undeveloped piece of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Residents of DUMBO and Fulton Ferry Landing say the last undeveloped site in Brooklyn Bridge Park should be named to honor Emily Roebling. The Brooklyn Bridge couldn’t have been built without her. Workshop attendees tour Brooklyn Bridge Park’s undeveloped site beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan She supervised its construction after her husband Washington Roebling, who was the mighty span’s chief engineer, was crippled by caisson disease and confined to their house at 110 Columbia Heights. While her husband watched bridge workers through a telescope from the window of their Brooklyn Heights home, Emily Roebling served as his liaison to master mechanic Frank Farrington, dealt with business issues and calmed ornery politicians.   Wednesday night, at a community engagement workshop to generate design ideas for a vacant Brooklyn Bridge Park site beneath the famous bridge, neighborhood residents recommended various ways to honor Emily Roebling. Read the full story here!

 

CPN’s Roberto Gautier Featured in Brooklyn Eagle Article on Noise

High over Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, foot-long microphones are being installed, which will pick up and analyze the neighborhood’s potent mix of sounds, allowing the city to move towards the automatic identification of noise polluters. Roberto Gautier, whose apartment at 140 Cadman Plaza West overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge, suffered through years of noisy bridge repairs. The major work wrapped up in 2016, but Gautier said the nightly drilling of jackhammers and annoying backup beeps of construction vehicles affected the health of many of the building’s residents — and even their pets. Gautier, a member of the Department of Transportation’s Working Group, says residents of the building experienced “almost continuous sleep deprivation” for roughly three years. “Noise pollution in the ‘city that never sleeps’ involves having one’s sleep interrupted, which affects one’s ability to function healthily and happily,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle on Saturday.

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