City Will Start Construction on New Brooklyn Bridge Bike Monday, June 21

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The city will begin work on the hotly anticipated Brooklyn Bridge bike lane next week, with construction closing the left lane of the Manhattan-bound roadway — and the cycling path is slated for completion next fall. 

“When that lane opens up it will be brand new, it will be for bikes only,” de Blasio said. “It will be a beautiful and radical reimagining of a New York City icon.”

For the whole story in the Brownstoner, go to: https://www.brownstoner.com/brooklyn-life/brooklyn-bridge-bike-lane-dot-timetable-released-construction-starts-june-2021-lane-closure/

Brooklyn’s Icon Celebrates a Birthday: The Brooklyn Bridge Turns 138

It’s been 138 years since the Brooklyn Bridge opened to the public on May 24, 1883, after 14 years of construction. While it provided a necessary link between Manhattan and Brooklyn it also quickly became a symbol of the borough. It’s still a must-see for tourists, a heavily used pedestrian pathway and, of course, one of the most photographed icons of the borough.

For an illustrated history of the bridge, go to https://www.brownstoner.com/history/brooklyn-bridge-history-anniversary-birthday-1883-138-years-old-icon/



TWISTY TOWER RISING IN FORMER DUMBO LOT NEAR BROOKLYN BRIDGE

A curvy, twisty tower wedged between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is starting to rise in Dumbo.

Located at 60 Front St., the building is currently standing at five stories, including the base structure, recent visits to the site show. Construction on the remaining 21 stories, which will eventually ascend in a slim, dramatic curve sloping upwards, has yet to begin. Looking at the site from Old Fulton Street, it appears as if a massive cruise ship is barreling down Front Street.

It stands on what was formerly a triangular-shaped parking lot at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was acquired by the developer Fortis in December 2018 for $91.113 million. It is not part of the Dumbo Historic District. Read entire story:https://www.brooklynpaper.com/twisty-tower-rising-in-former-dumbo-lot-near-brooklyn-bridge/

The Brooklyn Bridge Will Finally Get Its Own Bike Lane

Nearly eight years after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his Vision Zero initiative to protect pedestrians and cyclists, the mayor is poised to announce that his administration will install dedicated bike lanes on the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges.

The “radical new plan,” first reported by the Times and slated to be announced during the mayor’s State of the City speech on Thursday night, is called “Bridges for the People,” according to an email from the Mayor’s Office.

“On the Brooklyn Bridge, we will ban cars from the innermost lane of the Manhattan-bound side to transform it into a two-way protected bike lane and turn the existing shared promenade space into a space just for pedestrians,” the email states. “On the Queensboro Bridge, we will begin construction this year to convert the north outer roadway into a two-way bike-only lane and convert the south outer roadway to a two-way pedestrians-only lane.” Submitted by Shareholder Alan Posner. Read entire article: https://gothamist.com/news/brooklyn-bridge-will-finally-get-its-own-bike-lane

There Are Eight Candidates to be Your Next City Council Member; Meet Them All at the BHA’s Annual Meeting February 23

The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold its annual meeting via ZOOM on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to be a BHA member to attend the meeting, but you must register here (it’s free). All eight of the candidates to succeed the term limited Steve Levin as City Council member from the 33rd District (which includes Brooklyn Heights) will be present on line. You can learn more about them and their qualifications here. If you have questions for them, you can submit them here. -Brooklyn Heights Blog

The BQE is Still Crumbling

The Daily News has a piece by former City DOT Commissioner Ross Sandler, who describes in detail the ongoing process of corrosion that is weakening the supports of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade above it. As we reported a year ago, an expert panel appointed by the mayor, on which Mr. Sandler served, recommended that repairs to the highway begin immediately, and that they be done in a way, as Mr. Sandler is quoted as saying, that would “avoid encroaching on Brooklyn Bridge Park or the homes of Brooklyn Heights.”

Read entire story: http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/92308

Heights Cafe To Close Temporarily

Chilly weather, along with the ban on indoor dining, have caused the Heights Cafe (photo) at Hicks and Montague streets, to close temporarily starting tomorrow (Tuesday, January 26), pending either warmer weather that will facilitate outdoor dining, or removal of the indoor dining ban. As the New York Times noted on Saturday, diners at the Heights Cafe’s outdoor tables have been ordering “soups and hot toddies.” – Brooklyn Heights Blog

Brooklyn Heights Braves the Chill to Dine Out and Support Local Restaurants

After a long shutdown, indoor dining was allowed at 25% capacity in late September 2020, only to be shut down again in December, leaving restaurants to resort to take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining only. People wondered whether outdoor dining would remain viable with winter settling in. But, as with most things, New Yorkers were underestimated.

Here was the scene along restaurant row on Henry St. on Saturday night, when the temperature was a brisk 40 degrees with a “real feel” of 37. At Henry’s End, Henry Street Ale House, Bevacco, and Noodle Pudding, there was nary an empty table outside.

At a cozy corner table at Henry’s End, Sophia Stutzer and Joel Wesley were just starting their dinner, dressed in their winter coats and hats. When asked “May I take a photo of you for the neighborhood blog?” Sophia responded, “Only on one condition… if you mention that it’s Joel’s birthday.”

It was Joel’s birthday and they had come from Prospect Heights for a celebratory dinner. The dishes on order were the chicken breast stuffed with spinach and goat cheese for Sophia, and the blackened lamb sirloin for Joel. When asked whether there was a threshold temperature that would keep them from dining outside, Sophia said, “It’s not really about the temperature, it’s about the elements, like rain, snow, and wind.” As for the birthday boy, he hadn’t expected the weather to be so windy that night, but the table-side heat lamp and canopy tent were helping to keep him comfortable.

Let’s keep it up Brooklyn Heights and support our local restaurants, whether by take-out, delivery, or dining al fresco in our cozy winter hats. -Brooklyn Heights Blog