Community Says: “Halt the Planning for the New Brooklyn Jail”

In January 2018, Mayor de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to close the Rikers Island Jail Complex and transfer its reduced jail population to new jails close to courthouses within the boroughs and nearer to the detainees’ families and attorneys. The plan followed upon the well-respected findings of the Independent Commission on Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, known as the Lippman Commission, whose 2017 report, “A More Just New York City,” condemned the conditions under which New Yorkers are held at Rikers Island. It advocated for reducing the city’s jail population through criminal justice reforms and creating safer and more humane jails, recognizing as well that 80% of those held in city jails have yet to be convicted of a crime. Read full article here

Just you wait: L closure a minor nuisance compared to BQE repairs, Hizzoner says

The worst is yet to come! Locals dreading delays when the L train’s Brooklyn–Manhattan tunnel shutters for 15 months next April can expect an even more-hellish commute when the city kicks off its repairs to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s crumbling triple cantilever, according to Mayor DeBlasio. “The L train shutdown is taking a piece of mass transit offline for a very-limited piece of its run,” Hizzoner said. “The BQE is taking a crucial highway out of the equation that also is a truck route. That is a more-complex reality.” Read entire article here


Brooklyn Book Festival Releases full 2018 schedule of programs

FULL WEEK of literary events begin on Monday, September 10, and runs through Monday, September 17, featuring Children’s Day Saturday, September 15 and flagship Festival Day with literary marketplace, Sunday, September 16. New York City’s largest free literary event features 300+ top authors in lively discussions, celebrating the critical importance of ideas and the written word at this pivotal time in history. Read all about it here:

Matt Damon reportedly moves into former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Brooklyn Heights building

It seems Brooklyn Heights is turning into Hollywood East. Lena Dunham of HBO’s GIRLS is on the top floor at the former Ace Wire Brush building on Middagh and Henry and can often be seen at Noodle Pudding, Adam Driver of Star Wars fame and also a star of GIRLS was seen last weekend pushing a baby stroller across Orange and Hicks and now Matt! What celebs has you seen in the hood?

By Raanan Geberer – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Matt Damon, Luciana Barroso and their four children have reportedly moved into the penthouse at The Standish, an exclusive Brooklyn Heights building that has made its mark in theater and the comics. A Columbia Heights resident who witnessed “many truckloads of stuff being moved in” to the building asked a “nosey neighbor” who told him that the famed actor had moved in, according to Brownstoner.

The Standish at 171 Columbia Heights was built in 1903. It was originally a hotel known as the Standish Arms and served as the fictional residence of Clark Kent in “Superman” as well as the place where Willy Loman had an affair in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” The hotel was purchased by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1981, then sold to an investment group in 2007. The sale is not yet in the public records, but the three-story penthouse was marketed with an asking price of $16.645 million, Brownstoner reported.

ALL SHAREHOLDERS must sign for a copy of the new CPN Dog Policy by September 4th

Effective September 4, all dogs currently residing at 140 Cadman Plaza West must be registered with management (on an annual basis going forward), and receive a dated collar tag that must be worn by all dogs who have been approved for residence. ALL SHAREHOLDERS should sign for/pick up their copy of the policy in the Management Office on the 2nd floor. (You must sign for a copy whether or not you own a dog.) This policy is available for viewing at by clicking on the “CPN House Rules” section of the top black bar.

Prep for BQE Rehab Happening on Promenade

What’s that weird looking contraption on the Promenade? As reported by Mary Frost, the DOT is conducting environmental testing in thirty locations between Atlantic Avenue and Sands street in preparation for the $1.9 billion dollar rehabilitation of the BQE. Opened in 1951, The Promenade comprises the top level of the roadway’s 70 year old triple cantilever. During this phase of the project, “a boring machine digs out a cylindrical bore of material below the surface. Various tests are conducted on the bore, such as a strength test, an exam for chloride from roadway deicing salts, measurement of volume of permeable voids and more.”  Testing is expected to conclude at the end of August and will not damage the Promenade or its gardens. For project schedules, timelines, history and more information, visit the DOT project website.

Photo Credit: SongBirdNYC  -Brooklyn Heights Blog


FOODSPOTTING: Burrow, a French And Japanese Inspired Pastry Shop In DUMBO


I first came across Burrow on Instagram about one year ago. I saw a picture Burrow had posted of a Mer-man. That’s right, a fully iced sugar cookie shaped and decorated like a male mermaid. Immediately I knew I had to make a trip out to DUMBO and visit this bakery for myself and check out this superbly made portrait cookie of a mer-man.

Located on Jay Street inside the lobby of an old standard industrial looking building, is Burrow. I almost completely missed it on my first visit down there.
Once inside Burrow though, you immediately feast your eyes on beautiful seasonal cakes, cookies and many more treats. It all spans far beyond just the portrait cookies which, from what I understand, you order in bulk in advance and aren’t sold in the store. I must say the charm of Burrow did not disappoint. Read the full article here: Burrow

Public Scoping Period Starts for New Brooklyn House of Detention

As expected, the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) released the documents related to the environmental assessment to be undertaken for the project to close Rikers Island and transfer the city’s detainee population to new jails in four boroughs (excluding Staten Island). The documents are found here. Their availability marks the start of the project’s Scoping Period, which gives the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed scope of the analysis to be used in the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
There are two important dates associated with this period:
1) Public meetings have been scheduled in each of the four boroughs receiving new jails to provide a forum for public comments. Brooklyn’s meeting will take place at 6 PM, September 20th at PS133 (William A. Butler School), 610 Baltic Street (at 4th Avenue).
2. DOC will also accept written comments on the Draft Scope of Work through October 15th, which can be submitted to:
Howard Judd Fiedler, A.I.A.
Administrative Architect
Director of Design Unit
NYC Department of Correction
75-20 Astoria Blvd., Suite 160
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
or emailed to [email protected]

Had any Good Mason Mints Lately?


Many people don’t know that the northern part of Brooklyn Heights was once home to several factories, since there are few reminders of those days. For example, there are no signs at 25-30 Columbia Heights, part of the former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ complex, to indicate that it was once the Squibb Pharmaceutical Co. plant. One very visible reminder, however, is the giant “Peaks Mason Mints” painted sign on the side of the condo building at 20 Henry St. The building, Brownstoner recounted, was opened in 1892 as the factory for the Mason, Au & Magenheimer Company. The firm made Mason Mints, Mason Peaks (shredded coconut dipped in chocolate) and later, Dots (gumdrops). The candy company moved to Long Island in 1949, and the building was converted to artists’ rental housing under the state Mitchell-Lama program in the 1970s. A tight-knit artistic community formed there and lasted until 2003, when a new landlord bought out of the Mitchell-Lama program and began evicting the artists as their leases expired, Brownstoner reported. The tenants fought back in court and elsewhere, but they were ultimately unsuccessful. The struggle was covered extensively in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the Brooklyn Heights Press. The new owners began converting the building to condos but ran into constant problems, including the 2008 recession and a huge hole that developed in the roof. A new team of investors, including Magic Johnson’s Canyon Johnson Urban Fund, bought the building in 2010 and finished construction in 2012, Brownstoner said. -Brooklyn Eagle