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Brooklyn Heights’ CitiBike Share Foes Aren’t Alone, Sorta

May 25, 2013

In case you missed it, there are other Brooklynites besides a few (gasp!) NIMBY’s in Brooklyn Heights and other brownstone neighborhoods who are not only against Citi Bike Share (which launches this Monday) but have managed to keep the kiosks out of their neighborhood completely. Bike foes meet your new friends in the “Black Hat Hole”:

NYDN: CitiBike launches Monday with dozens of rental kiosks dotting the landscape throughout the gentrified sections of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Clinton Hill — but nary a single location in the part of South Williamsburg dominated by Hasidic Jews, who have opposed at every turn the Bloomberg Administration’s efforts to increase cycling.
“They put the racks where they are going to be used,” said Community Board 1 member Simon Weiser, who hashed out kiosk locations with the Department of Transportation. “Look at the Hasidic community. No one rides a bike here.”
It’s not just low ridership that created the so-called “black hat black hole” in the bike share plan, but outright hostility to cyclists.

Hasidic spokesperson Isaac Abraham adds that if bike share kiosks are every placed too close to their neighborhood, “We will put baby carriages there. We will make a baby carriage lane.”

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Mayoral Candidates’ Forum Monday Evening, May 6

April 22, 2013

On Monday evening, May 6, the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Park Slope Civic Council, and several other neighborhood civic groups, are co-sponsoring a Mayoral Candidates’ Forum to be held at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place (at Eighth Avenue), from 7:00 to 9:00. All interested voters are invited, and no RSVP is necessary. You may submit questions for the candidates to Google Moderator. All mayoral candidates announced to date–Sal Albanese, Adolfo Carrion, John Catsimatidis, Bill de Blasio, Joe Lhota, John Liu, George McDonald, Christine Quinn, and Bill Thompson–have been invited.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Coney Island’s Luna Park Reopens After Hurricane Sandy’s Mayhem

March 26, 2013

Following the reopening of Red Hook’s Fairway Market March 1—which was all but wiped out by October’s Hurricane Sandy—there’s more good news for the borough. Heights locals looking to hop the R train for Coney Island’s seasonal goodies now have an official green light. Last Sunday, the Luna Park rides reopened, after being washed over with 5 feet of seawater.

The BK Chamber of Commerce shares that “Coney Island’s colorful rides only just emerged from an extensive rehabilitation. Workers were still finishing the repairs when families began to crowd the entrances on Sunday morning.”

Alberto Zamperla, CEO of the firm that operates Luna Park, tells the New York Times, which covered the reopening, “Our commitment after the hurricane, from Day 1, was to be ready on time for this event.” The rehab included everything from replacing electrical systems to dumping go-carts brined in seawater.

In attendance for opening day were state Senator Charles E. Schumer and Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.

Luna is one of two privately owned amusement parks that opened in Coney Island on Sunday. Much more in the NYT story.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Dine In Brooklyn: A Guide To Participating Heights’ Eateries

March 10, 2013

The 10th anniversary of Dine in Brooklyn week launches Monday through the 21st, with 200 area restaurants serving prix-fixe dinner for $28, lunch for $20.13 and 2-4-1 deals.

Among Brooklyn Heights destinations, the following are on the menu… It is recommended you call and mention “Dine In” to find out specials and make reservations. Bon Appetit!

Armando’s (718-624-7167)
Bevacco (718-624-1444)
Caffé Buon Gusto (718-624-3838)
Chez Moi (347-227-8337)
Heights Cafe (718-625-5555)
Queen Ristorante (718-596-5955)
Asya Indian Restaurant (718-858-6700)
Atlantic Chip Shop (718-855-7775)
Shuk (718-522-4500)

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Shake Shack’s Downtown Brooklyn Success Inspires Second BK Locale

February 12, 2013

Downtown Brooklyn’s Shake Shake inarguably changed the face & fortunes of the once-sagging Fulton Mall, convincing many Heights residents to cross Court Street for the first time in years (decades?). Since its December 2011 opening, the burger joint has led to a renaissance, bringing the likes of Starbucks, Brooklyn Industries, H&M, Century 21, Gap, Seattle’s Best, TJ Maxx, Raymour & Flannigan… and on and on…

Union Square Hospitality Group has confirmed a second Shake Shack in Brooklyn this fall at 170 Flatbush Avenue, across from the 18,200-seat Barclays Center, which BHB first tipped in September.

Grub Street reports that the chain is expanding this year in London and Istanbul, and may be coming to the Upper West Side, in addition to Manhattan locations in Madison Square Park and Midtown.

In a press release, Shack Shack acclaims its “modern day roadside” burger stand known for all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more.” CEO Randy Garutti says, “Our second Brooklyn location will be directly across from the Barclays Center and plant us firmly within walking distance of several neighborhoods from Park Slope to Fort Greene. New York City is our hometown, and the Shack will be the place where New Yorkers can come together to celebrate the best of Brooklyn’s thriving culture, sports and entertainment.” (Photo: Brownstoner)

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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There She Is… Miss America 2013 From Brooklyn!

January 13, 2013

Mallory Hagan, a 23-year-old Brooklyn resident by way of Alabama, was crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday, January 12. Miss New York, who resides in nearby Park Slope, attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and her platform issue is child sexual abuse prevention. Read more on the Cobble Hill Blog.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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G Subway Train Returns With Limited Service

November 7, 2012

The MTA announced this morning that the G train has returned, albeit with “with extended waits between trains due to ongoing signal repairs,” according to Curbed. The train will have eight cars, up from its usual four, so it’s actually the size of a regular train. It is running between Court Square and Church Avenue.

City Council Member Steve Levin, whose district includes Greenpoint and parts of the waterfront stretching from Williamsburg to Brooklyn Heights and into Park Slope, raised sand Monday that G and L subway service had not yet returned following Hurricane Sandy. He told The New York Observer, “Commuters along the G-train deserve the same service and respect that other lines get. And the same goes for the L-train.”

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Councilman Steve Levin Demands Restoration Of G/L Subway Lines

November 5, 2012

City Council Member Steve Levin, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights, is fuming that MTA has not yet restored G and L subway service following Hurricane Sandy. He tells The New York Observer, “Commuters along the G-train deserve the same service and respect that other lines get. And the same goes for the L-train.”

MTA has responded that fixing those lines is “our highest priority,” although it does not expect to restore service until some time this coming week, making these the last lines to resume even partial service.

“What I expect them to do is provide the fullest service possible,” Levin adds. “I expect that my constituents are treated the same as subway riders in every other neighborhood. It is a critical part of the city’s economy.” Levin represents Greenpoint and parts of the waterfront stretching from Williamsburg to Brooklyn Heights and into Park Slope. He is calling for shuttle bus service to help replace the absent trains.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz does not fully agree with Levin’s viewpoint. He says in the story, “The MTA has done a remarkable job of restoring more than 80% of the system under very difficult conditions, and making sure Brooklynites have as many transportation options to and from Manhattan, such as the bus bridge,” according to spokesman Mark Zustovich said. “Additionally, while we understand that the L line is heavily used, restoration of the J train provides at least some service close to Williamsburg and other areas served by the L.”

See more from the Observer story here.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Sunday’s New York City Marathon Is On… So Far

October 31, 2012

New York City Marathon officials continue to check damage caused by Hurricane Sandy before deciding what impact the storm will have on the race, scheduled this Sunday, November 4. Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday the race will “go on as normal, as of now,” although he will continue to discuss logistics with city & marathon officials before a final decision. According to the Marathon website, “We will keep all options open with regard to making adjustments necessary to race day & race weekend events,” with updates as info becomes available.

The 26.2-mile course begins in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island and—while it does not enter Brooklyn Heights—it grazes the neighborhood past Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush close to Downtown Brooklyn, before heading down Lafayette toward Clinton Hill, Williamsburg and into Manhattan over the Queensboro Bridge, finishing in Central Park. See the route here.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Brooklyn Bridge Park In A Magical Time-Lapse Vignette!

August 31, 2012

Fantastic fun! A tilt-shift film shot in Brooklyn by German filmmaker Joerg Daiber. Below the jump, check out the locations in Brooklyn Bridge Park (heavily featured), Downtown, DUMBO, Brooklyn’s Main Public Library, Grand Army Plaza and Coney Island. Read details of the “making of” here.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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