Levin: “There Has to be a Better Way” for BQE Repair

City Council Member Stephen Levin was interviewed on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and had this to say about the City Department of Transportation’s plan for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway rehabilitation:

Robert Moses’ infrastructure projects created all types of massive havoc around New York City, divided communities and really displaced thousands of people. As we’re looking towards 21st century infrastructure in New York, I think that we have to reckon with that and do what we can to address it restoratively.

I applaud the Brooklyn Heights Association and a new group called A Better Way, because they’ve really said “You know what? Let’s take a look at this, let’s get some transparency into this process…let’s build a 21st century highway.”

We need to be looking at alternatives. We need there to be some kind of real transparency to the process. [We need] a community advisory committee so that we can bring good ideas to the table.

We think that there has to be a better way to do this. -Brooklyn Heights Blog

Thanks to aBetterWay.nyc for this information.

There’s gold in them thar Heights! Report claims dirt in Bklyn Heights, at more than $41M per acre, is country’s most expensive

It’s not dirt cheap! Dirt in Brooklyn Heights is more expensive than that found most anywhere else in the country, according to a new report in the Washington Post. An acre of land in America’s first suburb, known for its charming Brownstone-lined streets and sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, costs a whopping $41,160,300, compared to a like-sized plot in Brooklyn, Iowa which commands a measly $55,700 price tag, the Post reported citing a federal analysis of average neighborhood land values across all 50 states from 2012 to 2017.

The Heights — where households’ median income hovers around $109,472, according to 2016 federal Cesus Bureau data — is home to several celebrities, including couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and fellow A-lister Matt Damon, all of whom reportedly recently inked deals on condos inside the The Standish, a swanky building on Columbia Heights.

Damon allegedly paid $16.75 million for his pad in the Heights — much of which constitutes the city’s first landmarked historic district — setting record sale price for a piece of Kings County residential real estate.

But some deep-pocketed financier is expected to close soon on a more than $20-million deal to buy a penthouse inside the luxury Quay Tower rising nearby at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which would smash the record set by Damon — and only add to the value of the neighborhood’s soil. -Brooklyn Paper

https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/42/5/dtg-brooklyn-heights-most-expensive-dirt-in-usa-2019-02-01-bk.html

Shuttered 125-Year-Old Brooklyn Restaurant Will Reopen in Landmarked Space

Historic Gage & Tollner will return to Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn dining institution Gage & Tollner, which closed in 2004 after 125 years in business, will reopen. A team of Red Hook restaurateurs successfully raised $410,491 for the reopening, and have officially signed a lease at 372 Fulton St., between Red Hook Lane and Smith Street. St. John Frizell, owner of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance, along with Good Fork owners Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim, are behind the reopening, and Kim will be the chef, likely restoring the space as a chophouse. The restaurant is considered Brooklyn’s first fine-dining establishment, where legends like Mae West and Truman Capote once dined, and its original fixtures remain intact.

Condos in new Brooklyn Heights library building on sale, starting at north of $1M

Buyers will need to drop stacks of cash to live above these stacks. The developer erecting the luxury condo building whose bottom floors will include the new Brooklyn Heights Library is now hawking units inside the swanky tower, where one-bedroom residences start at more than $1 million.

Builder Hudson Companies on Jan. 8 unveiled a new sales website for its 38-story high-rise dubbed One Clinton, which is rising at the Cadman Plaza West site of the former Heights branch that Brooklyn Public Library sold off back in 2014.

Part of the tower’s bottom three floors will include the newly built library, as well as a new lab run by the Department of Education where local students can perfect their science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

But the rest of the building will cater to residents of its 100-plus pads, which start at $1,088,000 for one-bedrooms, $1,985,000 for two-bedrooms, $3,195,000 for three-bedrooms, and $5,258,000 for four-bedrooms, according to reps for the developer, who said prices for the tower’s five-bedroom units and penthouses will be announced soon.

-The Brooklyn Paper

Protesters fight BQE repairs during Brooklyn Heights rally

The city’s plan to put a temporary, six-lane roadway on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for six years while repairing a ­ 1 1/2-mile stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below got a frigid reception at a Saturday rally.

About 200 people changing “Save lungs not lanes!” and “Better way today!” gathered on the promenade to demand more transparency and community input into the planning process for the massive project, which is slated to begin next year.

“It would be unbelievably horrific and destructive,” said Bill Orme, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 27 years. “This place here is one of the treasures of New York City. There’s few places like it in the world.”

https://nypost.com/2019/01/12/protesters-fight-bqe-repairs-during-brooklyn-heights-rally/

Holiday Fund Committee Enjoy Post Holiday Fun

Members of the CPN Holiday Fund Committee let the good time roll at a post-holiday party last week to celebrate their record-breaking results. It was reported that many staff members expressed their appreciation for the CPN holiday gift. Board member Henry Fleary, Board Treasurer Kris Giacinto and Board President Ted Valand are seen with committee members who urge more Shareholders to join the effort next year.

The Absolute Best Restaurants in Brooklyn Heights

Thanks to Alan Posner for finding this little gem! As one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, it’s no surprise that Brooklyn Heights is full of welcoming neighborhood restaurants. The area, spanning from Atlantic Avenue on the south to Old Fulton Street on the north, and from Court Street on the east to the East River waterfront on the west, is dotted with cozy spots serving comforting, family-friendly fare. And while the favorites at the neighborhood’s northern end generally stick to tried-and-true menus of American or Italian food, bits of culinary experimentation are beginning to pop up in the newer restaurants along the Atlantic Avenue border. Here, the best restaurants in Brooklyn Heights.

http://www.grubstreet.com/bestofnewyork/absolute-best-restaurants-brooklyn-heights.html

CPN’s site in the 60’s

Tami Sheheri found this great photo of the area where our building now sits! So we poked around and found this interesting tidbit to go with it!

(Cadman Plaza West was called Fulton Street until our building opened in 1967) The area from Henry, Clark and Fulton all the way up to Old Fulton Street at Middagh was officially deemed blighted by Robert Moses’ Slum Clearance Committee in the late 1950s and condemned, along with the southern side of Clark Street between Monroe Place and Fulton Street, in part because the former Church of the New Jerusalem on the corner of Monroe Place was abandoned.

In the 1960 Census, of the 366 dwelling units on the west side of Fulton Street between Clinton and Henry Streets, sixty percent of the apartments were deemed “substandard and unfit” (because poor people lived there). This was crucial because such a finding was a precondition for obtaining federal funds for site acquisition for slum clearance under the Housing Act of 1949. The result supported Robert Moses’ 1959 proposal to tear the area down and replace it with a four-hundred long twenty story building between Clark and Poplar Streets with garages, of which 64 percent would be “luxury” studios (then called “efficiencies”) and one-bedroom apartments. -Brooklyn Heights Blog

http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/30621

HELP SAVE THE PROMENADE & PREVENT A DISASTER

Come to a Benefit Concert – Renowned, World Famous
THE HARVARD KROKODILOES
January 11th, 2019
Performing Live at 
The Heights Casino 
75 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 1120
All Proceeds will benefit A Better Way NYC to Save the Promenade.
6:00 P.M. 
Warm-Up Concert in the Sunken Doubles Court,
An Acoustical Wonder.
Cocktails and Warm-Up $ 100
7:30 P.M. 
Formal Concert in Governors Room
Followed by Private Dinner  with The Krokodiloes & Guests
 Complete Experience $ 250
(Includes Cocktail Hour)
Tickets and more info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/help-save-the-promenade-the-harvard-krokodiloes-benefit-concert-tickets-53874227264