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The BQE Reconstruction Project

February 6

BQE Reconstruction Project Is Focus of the BHA’s February 28th Annual Meeting

The BQE triple cantilever is well beyond its design life and wear-and-tear from 150,000 vehicles daily, road salt, and water penetration are accelerating its deterioration. The ongoing repairs to the cantilever are costly, but do not address its defects and design deficiencies. Only major reconstruction will extend its life another 50-75 years, which will require more than five years to complete starting in the early 2020s at a cost of nearly $2 billion. This project will be the focus of the BHA’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 28th , 7 – 9:30 PM, at St. Francis College’s Founders Hall at 180 Remsen Street. Robert Collyer, NYC Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Bridge Officer, will make a presentation and answer questions from the community.Read More…

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Court Issues a Preliminary Injunction Regarding Pier 6 Construction

Aug 14

On August 4th, Justice Lucy Billings granted a preliminary injunction barring the developers at Pier 6 from undertaking any construction “that is irreversible or incapable of restoration to its original condition” pending the Court’s eventual final ruling on the merits of the the BHA’s Petition.  Justice Billings subsequently made public a written decision (Preliminary Injunction Ruling)
memorializing her order, which reiterates her August 4th oral statement that to the extent the developers continue construction activities in this period, they will have to “proceed at their own peril” and that any construction activity that takes place before the new judge, Justice St. George,  issues the final ruling on the merits of the BHA’s Petition “will not affect the court’s determination of the petition.” 

The written decision also explains why the Court did not grant the full preliminary injunction the BHA had sought to stop all construction activity.  In that part of the written decision, Justice Billings observed, among several other reasons, “the lack of a convincing showing that petitioner [the BHA] is likely to prevail on the merits of its claims.”  Justice Billings had not discussed her view of the BHA’s likelihood of success in her oral ruling on August 4th.  The reference in the written decision to a “lack of a convincing showing”  on the merits is disappointing.  Nonetheless, the fact that Justice Billings entered the preliminary injunction as she did suggests that she found the BHA’s claims to be serious.  In any event, the BHA continues to belief that its claims are firmly grounded in the facts and the law, and looks forward to presenting them to Justice St. George, who will decide the ultimate merits of the BHA’s Petition. No timeframe has yet been established for Justice St. George to issue her final ruling.
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BHA Leading Design-Build Advocacy for BQE Rehab

Jun 30

The State’s legislative session ended on June 21st leaving much important business unfinished.  Of critical importance to Brooklyn Heights, and to the entire region, was the State Legislature’s failure to authorize the City’s use of “design build” in undertaking the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.  As a “creature of the State”, the State must specifically delegate to the City the authority to use this approach in its infrastructure projects. 

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Clark St Subway Tunnel Repairs

Jun 16

Clark Street Station to be closed on weekends till Spring 2018

Starting on Friday, June 16th, reconstruction of the Clark St Tube will be in effect every weekend. Service through the tunnel will be stopped from 11:45 p.m. Fridays until 5 a.m. Mondays. Work is expected to last until the Spring of 2018. The Clark Street Station will be closed, and no 2 or 3 trains will be stopping at Borough Hall.
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Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse Opening September 29

Jun 10

Get ready for something new. This coming Fall, the BHA will debut  on September 29th an exciting benefit event to pick up where our traditional House & Garden Tour left off. Introducing the 2017 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, a new way to celebrate the historic district we love and showcase the design creativity of Brooklyn today.Read More…

Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Meeting

Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street The Impending BQE Reconstruction Project: Promise or Peril? Featuring a Presentation and Q&A by Robert Collyer, Deputy Commissioner & Chief Bridge Officer NYC Department of Transportation, Division of Bridges Read More...

Trip to Albany

The BHA is going to Albany with other local stakeholders to lobby our legislators to enact Design-Build authority. This will allow the BQE Reconstruction Project to be completed sooner and should help avoid diverting truck traffic onto local streets. Read More...

Book Talk: Abraham & Strauss It’s Worth a Trip from Anywhere

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.  The shrinking Macy’s on Fulton Street was once home to an icon of Brooklyn’s Gilded Age prosperity: the Abraham & Straus department store. Author Michael Lisicky’s latest book brings this emporium’s history to life, from its 1865 founding through its postwar demise. Read More...

Invisible Water, Invisible Watersheds: The Gowanus Canal as a Case Study

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.  As city dwellers walk paved streets, below their feet run streams and water. While invisible, this water is hardly benign. Join the Brooklyn Historical Society for a discussion on the Gowanus Canal as a case study for urban ecology, stressed city ecosystems, and innovative design solutions. Read More...

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