President's Message

I’m excited to write you as President of the BHA’s Board of Governors for 2024-2026.

The BHA’s amazing staff and volunteer governors are tireless advocates on behalf of the Brooklyn Heights community. Through these efforts and those of our dedicated members, we’re working together to make this neighborhood the special place that we all love. Whether it’s public outreach on big picture policy issues, or behind-the-scenes dialogue with city agencies and our elected representatives to make sure the trash gets picked up, pedestrians are safe on our streets and sidewalks, and our local parks are well cared for: the BHA works for the neighborhood.

Here are some of the areas that that I’m excited that the BHA is focusing on:

• Strengthening our public realm – advocating for improvements to our streets, sidewalks, parks and other open space to make Brooklyn Heights a world-class environment where people want to live, work and visit. The BHA has already had many successes in revitalizing Montague Street over the past few years. We look forward to continuing that work both on our “Main Street” and across the neighborhood.
• Engaging with communities throughout New York City to transform the BQE corridor – the BHA is proud to be part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Environmental Justice Coalition and other groups advocating for a transformative and forward-looking solution for the entire BQE corridor. We firmly believe the city, working together with its state and federal partners, must get behind creative ways to address both the near-term safety issues with the Triple Cantilever in our neighborhood as well as a long-term vision that benefits everyone.
• Avenues to meet one another and explore our shared connections – whether it’s our flagship Brooklyn Heights Showhouse event, kids events like our Halloween Parade, or our Spring Into Service day, we’re thrilled to offer opportunities for neighbors to get together including speaker events about unexplored aspects of Brooklyn Heights history, and the wildly popular series of weekend Open Streets on Montague Street during the spring and summer months.

I’m proud of the BHA’s work in the past, what our dynamic organization is achieving today, and what I’m confident we’ll accomplish tomorrow.

— Jeremy Lechtzin, President