Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Emily Roebling Plaza Takes Shape In DUMBO

Work is taking shape on the $8 million Emily Roebling Plaza underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBOBrooklyn. The final component of the 1.3-mile-long Brooklyn Bridge Park complex designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., the plaza honors Emily Roebling, who supervised the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge and became the first person to cross it in a horse-drawn carriage after its opening on May 24, 1883. The 2-acre park, located right off of Water Street near the DUMBO Brooklyn Bridge Park ferry terminal, broke ground amid a snowstorm on December 9, 2020.

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NYC Ferry service will return to Dumbo at the Brooklyn waterfront on Saturday, June 19, following a more than 10-week, $4.7-million overhaul of the pier.

The city’s business-boosting Economic Development Corporation, which manages the waterborne transit system, moved the berth from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 to the nearby Fulton Ferry Landing, allowing two vessels to dock at a time instead of just one and making it easier for skippers to maneuver the boats amid East River currents.

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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.”

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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.

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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:

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.”

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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