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Hearings on Pier 6 Lawsuit Conclude

November 17

The final court hearing on the BHA’s lawsuit to prevent the construction of two residential towers on Pier 6 concluded on November 15th.  Justice Carmen Victoria St. George of NYS Supreme Court presided over four days of hearings after her assignment to the case last summer. During this period she continued the attempts of the prior assigned judge to reach a settlement, but was no more successful. Justice St. George will now make a final ruling on the lawsuit.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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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…

Pier 6 Hearing To Continue in July

Jun 9

NYS Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings presided over a two-hour hearing on June 7th regarding the lawsuit brought by the BHA to halt the development of two residential towers on Pier 6.   The hearing will continue on July 18th.


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