News

There’s a lot going on in our neighborhood and the surrounding communities.

Check back here regularly for the news affecting Brooklyn Heights and reports on the issues we’re tracking.

Clark St Station Overhaul UPDATE

Nov 4

The community came out in full force on September 16 to hear and be heard on the issue of the possible subway station closure at Clark Street. To kick off the meeting, NYC Transit President Andy Byford presented three different options for repairing the aged and failing elevators in the Clark Street 2/3 subway station. President Byford repeatedly said that he was interested in hearing from the community and that no decision had been made. A survey was distributed...and the results are in!Read More...

Lara Birnback to Join the BHA as Executive Director

Jul 11

We are very pleased to announce that Lara Birnback will join the BHA as our new Executive Director.Read More...

Mayor’s Panel Confirms Promenade Highway Unlikely to Pass

Jun 27

The Mayor’s BQE Panel met on June 27th with stakeholders from up and down the BQE corridor. The announcement by Panel Chair Carlo Scissura that DOT’s proposal for a 6-lane elevated highway on the Promenade “has very little chance of being approved” given the political and legal approvals it would face received an enthusiastic response. Read More...

Potential Closure of Clark St Station

May 9

BHA Enlists the Help of Elected Officials Regarding the Potential Closing of the Clark Street Subway Station

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Town Hall Meeting a Roaring Success

Apr 5

The Community Sent the City a Clear Message: We Won’t Back Down

A rousing refrain was heard at Wednesday night’s Town Hall that the Brooklyn Heights community will “stand its ground and won’t back down” in its resolve for a better BQE plan. Read More...

Standing Room Only at our Annual Meeting

Mar 4

Our community is active and engaged, if attendance at our Annual Meeting is any indication. Some late-comers were not allowed in, as the Founders Hall at St. Francis had reached its maximum capacity. For those who were not able to attend, we have compiled links to our hand-outs, the Treasurer's Report, the President's presentation and articles in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle covering the evening.

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BQE Update January 2019

Jan 16

Our community is united in its opposition to DOT’s plan for a 6-lane highway on the Promenade.

While the 75 year old BQE triple cantilever must be rebuilt, we are advocating for better temporary solutions.  The BHA is working with the community, planners, and engineers to develop a better solution and have presented it to DOT and to our City and State elected officials.Read More...

BHA statement on the BQE Reconstruction plan by DOT

Oct 2

BHA and Community Oppose "Innovative" Approach

The BHA was extremely heartened by the strong attendance at the Department of Transportation’s September 27 presentation of their proposed approaches to the necessary reconstruction of the BQE. Of the two options, first, a lane-by-lane reconstruction (“Traditional Approach”), and second, a temporary 6-lane highway on the Promenade to expedite reconstruction of the roadway below (“Innovative Approach”), DOT gave clear preference for the second, “Innovative,” option.Read More...

Brooklyn Jail Plan

Sep 14

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. Read More...

Book Collection

Jun 29

The BHA is collecting books to support the NYPD’s initiative to set up a children’s library in each precinct. To promote reading by children, the books will be provided to any child to read or keep.Read More...

Corner of Columbia Heights and Orange St Renamed Emily Warren Roebling Way

Jun 6

With the support of the BHA, the City Council approved renaming the corner of Columbia Heights and Orange Street for Emily Warren Roebling, who took over the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband was disabled by caisson disease in January 1879. This location is close to the home where she and Washington Roebling resided at 110 Columbia Heights, now no longer standing. Read More...

The BQE Reconstruction Project and Design-Build Authorization

Mar 12

BQE Triple Cantilever is deteriorating rapidly

The BQE triple cantilever is nearly a quarter century beyond its design life, and to make matters worse, the wear-and-tear from 150,000 vehicles daily, road salt, and water penetration are accelerating its deterioration. Since ongoing repairs are costly, but do not address the highway’s initial design deficiencies, only major reconstruction will extend its life 50-75 years. Its reconstruction will take more than five years to complete starting in the2020s at a cost of nearly $2 billion. NYCDOT has determined that by 2026 the segment from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street, including the triple cantilever, will no longer support the weight of trucks. If the reconstruction is not completed by then, 16,000 trucks daily will have to be re-routed onto local streets. Their diversion will create massive traffic congestion and imperil the health and safety of residents throughout Brooklyn. An implementation approach, called Design-Build, which is in widespread use nationally, would allow the project to be completed before this diversion becomes necessary and at a significant cost savings. Its use must be authorized by the State legislature, which has not yet passed this measure.Read More...

Hearings on Pier 6 Lawsuit Conclude

Nov 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...

The First Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse was a great success

Nov 5

After starting with a bang and the clinking of glasses at our Preview Party, the inaugural Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse opened to the public for five busy weeks. Read More...

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." Read More...

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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BQE Design Team Hears Community Concerns

Jun 30

At the NYC Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Open House on June 28th, members of the Design Team that will be developing and assessing design options for the $1.9 billion BQE Rehabilitation Project met with community residents to answer questions and hear their concerns. 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.

New Data Indicates Pier 6 Towers Unnecessary

Mar 10

In January, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) released actual market valuations and assessments for the recently-completed properties in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The new data supports the BHA’s legal claim that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) misled its Board, which led to the Board approving the construction of two residential towers on Pier 6.Read More...