First Word From BQE Panel; Website Available

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that the panel studying options for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has issued its first report. It has begun studying the various proposals as well as existing structural conditions and traffic flows, and is meeting with potentially affected or interested agencies as well as community groups. The Panel’s chairman, Carlo Scissura, said “[h]e anticipates that the panel will issue a report in the fall that will address what can be built and establish guidelines for the construction.” The panel has a page on the city Department of Transportation Website that invites public comments; those concerned may also call Mr. Scissura’s office at 212-213-2434.

Airbnb gives NYC information on 17,500 rental listings

Airbnb turned over partially redacted data of 17,500 listings — as part of a deal in the company’s long-simmering legal battle against the city, according to court documents.

The data dump, which was stripped of user-specific information, involved listings from January 2018 through February and was given to the city on April 5 in response to a subpoena from the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement.

OSE issued the subpoena on February 18 as part of the city’s crackdown on illegal rentals.

Airbnb and the city reached the agreement in Manhattan Supreme Court on May 14, court records show.

As part of the agreement, OSE can also request listing information from Airbnb containing user data — but only if they can show it will be “relevant to an investigation.” They only have a one-year window to make that request, the court papers said. https://nypost.com/2019/05/24/airbnb-gives-nyc-information-on-17500-rental-listings/

Vincent McFarlane

Friday evening, May 10, many Shareholders at CPN came to pay their final respects to our beloved Vincent. He was a big piece of the heart of Cadman Plaza North and that piece has been torn out. While that heart will eventually heal, we will never forget his smiling face, his trademark “alriiiight” and that cologne which always announced his presence. We will never forget you, Vincent.

Henry’s End Reopens

Neighborhood staple Henry’s End has opened at their new location and now features outdoor dining just in time for summer. With so many neighborhoods seeing shuttered storefronts, we’re lucky that the Northern end of Henry Street is thriving. We encourage you to support our local restaurants and shops!

From the establishment: 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 closing for an undetermined amount of time, we will move nearby. The things that make Henry’s End special, the seasonally driven food, the award-winning wine program, the annual game festival, and most importantly, the staff will not change. In fact, we are beginning some new traditions, brunch, a new cocktail program, a 20-seat outdoor cafe, along with a small private room for business meetings or celebrations. We will continue with our birthday program and honor all gift cards at our new location. The last day of service at 44 Henry St. will be on March 31, 2019. We expect to be up and running at our new location in early May. We want to wish our friends at Sociale good luck in their move to Carroll Gardens. We want to thank the neighborhood and the best regular customers a restaurant could ever have for your ongoing support and look forward to continuing to celebrate all the events that you have celebrated with us for these past many years. — Mark and the staff of Henry’s End. 

Get lit: Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks to return to Brooklyn Bridge

Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks will once again light up the night sky over the Brooklyn Bridge this year, according to a rep for the famed department store. The pyrotechnic display will launch tens of thousands of shells and effects from the span and from four barges off a nearby Manhattan pier at about 9:20 p.m., stunning spectators along the East River waterfront, according to the department giant’s master blaster. 

“With a barrage of stunning shells and effects launching from its grand span and towers, along with tens of thousands more effects coloring the night from barges on the lower East River, this year’s display promises to be a spectacle to remember,” said Susan Tercero, the fireworks’ executive producer.

Macy’s has fired the patriotic display for more than four decades and this year it plans to add three times more firepower than last year, including from more than a dozen points along the Kings County’s namesake bridge and its towers throughout the 25-minute display. 

The spectacle has attracted millions of spectators in previous years and the company will announce the full details of the viewing locations, access points, special performances, and more in early June.

For more information, visit www.macys.com/social/fireworks

New brew: Long Island beer company to open brewpub in Dumbo

Long Island beer makers Blue Point Brewing plan to open a small brewpub below Seamore’s restaurant on Water Street in early August, a brewery bigwig told a community meeting Wednesday.

The artisan watering hole will host one of the company’s so-called innovation brewers, who will craft beers on site for up to 75 patrons who will fit into the snug 1,500 square-foot space. The establishment between Main and Dock streets will be open Wednesdays to Sundays, and might host classes for aspiring beeristas on Mondays and Tuesdays, its manager said.

“We’d love to do local collaboration brews and potentially do some classes for the community and we will be putting on draft the innovation brews we’ll be creating here,” said the Dumbo drinkery’s general manager Chris Chou at Community Board 2’s Health, Environment and Social Services Committee.

Seamore’s would serve food to the tiny tavern’s guests and the beer barons plan to have some musicians serenading guests, according to another hops honcho.

“Our goal is to bring in local musicians, but it wouldn’t be a full band, more just a guitar and music,” said Blue Point’s president Jenna Lally. 

The committee passed its purely advisory recommendation for the State Liquor Authority to approve the brewery’s Kings County outpost. Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

Rumors of prolonged Clark Street subway station closure have Brooklyn Heights businesses on edge

Shops line the arcade of the Clark Street subway station. Shopkeepers say they have heard nothing from NYC Transit about the plans to close the station for a prolonged period, and worry they could go out of business without commuter traffic. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Rumors are all that local business owners have to go on about a potential long-term closure of the Clark Street subway station in Brooklyn Heights.

The station, served by the 2 and 3 train, is rumored to be on the list for closure to make repairs to three elevators that descend 10 stories underground. The agency hasn’t confirmed a plan, but if the information leaked by NYC Transit employees to business owners within the station are true, some of the shops might have to fold. Many of them have operated out of the arcade at the St. George Tower at the corner of Henry and Clark streets for decades.

“They didn’t tell us anything,” said Fernando Castano, who has worked for a shoe repair shop in the arcade, Brooklyn Heights Shoe Master, for more than 18 years. His boss, sitting nearby, didn’t want his name in the paper but said he agreed with Castano.

While New York City Transit employees have been speculating out loud about the MTA’s plans for a year-long shutdown to repair the station’s three ailing elevators, the agency is not sharing this information with the businesses that depend on the station’s subway commuters to make a living. Roughly 1.6 million commutes began at the station in 2017, according to NYC Transit figures. Read full story here: https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/04/29/rumors-of-prolonged-clark-street-subway-station-closure-have-brooklyn-heights-businesses-on-edge/

New Library Set to Open

The new Adams Street Library will be BPL’s 60th and first new branch built since 1983. The library will serve all New Yorkers and visitors but especially the Vinegar Hill, DUMBO and Farragut communities who currently don’t have a local branch. 

The new library is currently comprised of 6,565 square feet of raw space that will be transformed to house library materials, meeting rooms, facilities and programming space for children, teens and adults. Brooklyn Public Library is committed to ensuring that the design and programming of the Adams Street Library reflects the needs of the community, your input is extremely important. READ FULL STORY AND TAKE SURVEY: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/adams-street

Playable Art: Installation of Harold Ancart’s painted handball court starts in Cadman Plaza

Contemporary art and recreational sport will soon come together as one at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn.

Construction of “Subliminal Standard,” a large-scale, playable painted handball court from Harold Ancart, is underway at the northern end of the park.

The piece, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, opens on May 1 and runs for 10 months through March 1. Read full story here: https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/03/21/playable-art-installation-of-harold-ancarts-painted-handball-court-starts-in-cadman-plaza/

Group proposes massive park plan for BQE revamp

The architecture firm’s proposal would add 10 acres of parkland to Brooklyn Heights

The crowded field of competitors who’ve proposed solutions for the ailing Brooklyn-Queens Expressway has gotten another entrant: Bjarke Ingels Group, which has unveiled a proposal that it calls “BQP.”

The “P” stands for park, and in BIG’s plan, green space takes center stage. The firm has proposed two scenarios for either repairing the BQE’s existing triple cantilever structure, or replacing it altogether. In both scenarios, the vehicles that use the BQE would be moved to a roadway that would be covered and topped with as much as 10 acres of new parkland. 

“The idea is to build the highway once, not twice,” BIG’s Jeremy Alain Siegel told the New York Daily Newswhich first reported the proposal. 

Under BIG’s plan, the existing Furman Street, (along with space that’s currently used for Brooklyn Bridge Park parking and the park’s sound-dampening berms), would be turned into a new six-lane roadway. Traffic from the BQE would be rerouted to that new thoroughfare, which would be decked over; Furman Street would be re-introduced on the deck for local access. Parkland from BBP could then be extended east, creating new green spaces and infrastructure for the community.

https://ny.curbed.com/2019/4/3/18293605/brooklyn-queens-expressway-bjarke-ingels-group-bqp