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Brooklyn Walking Tour Saturday (6/14): Homer Fink’s Hidden Brooklyn Heights Tickets Available Now

June 6, 2014

We walk again Saturday June 14!

BHB publisher/ LICENSED NYC tour guide Homer Fink hosts another edition of his Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour on Saturday (6/14).

Learn about some of the odd, weird, controversial and amusing history of America’s First Suburb. This is 90 minutes of fun! See where Arthur Miller lived, hear the strange tale of the Montague Terrace Horror and find out what the movie Titanic has to do with Brooklyn Heights.

Buy tickets here.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Tickets Available Now for Saturday’s (5/24) Homer Fink’s Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

May 20, 2014

BHB publisher/ LICENSED NYC tour guide Homer Fink is brushing off his walking tour shoes and hosting another edition of his Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour on Saturday (5/24).

Buy tickets here.

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Arts and Entertainment

Bikelyn: Bike Tours through Brooklyn

July 7, 2013

Looking for something to do with your summertime guests? Or want to see Brooklyn from two wheels instead of four? Dutch transplant Frank Muller has just the thing—Bikelyn, a series of tours given Mondays and Tuesdays each week (with private tours available upon request).

Muller has taken to his new city rather quickly—after moving here last year, he’s already become a licensed NYC tour guide and launched Bikelyn in part to flex his local knowledge. And Muller’s heritage makes bike tours a natural extension. “In Holland, you learn how to ride a bike as soon as you learn to walk. It’s not cultural like it is here. It’s just the same as buying a car.”

You can BYOB or rent a bike from Rolling Orange Bikes in Cobble Hill, where the tour begins. Monday’s tours are Williamsburg in the morning, and Red Hook in the afternoon; Tuesday’s tours are Park Slope & Prospect Park in the morning and Brooklyn Heights & DUMBO in the afternoon. For private tours, a minimum of four people are requested. Depending on your interests, Muller also makes some food stops, like Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies in Red Hook. And if you book a tour for morning and afternoon, Muller will in a free lunch at Moo Burger.

More information is on Bikelyn’s site and Facebook page. Morning tours are $49 and afternoon are $39.

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Downtown Brooklyn, News

Downtown Brooklyn Sprouts Another New Hotel Property

January 4, 2013

A Hampton Inn is coming to 125 Flatbush Avenue Extension, according to a sign posted on the construction fence there. A rendering from hotel developer LodgeWorksBrownstoner provides is offered from Brownstoner. The 13-story building will provide 116 guest rooms with scheduled completion in spring 2014. Work began at the site in December, with plans first announced in March 2012. The Hampton Inn joins the Aloft Hotel and Hotel 718 in Downtown Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Heights

Residents Of 200 Hicks Street Concerned Bossert Hotel Conversion Will Create Noise, Safety Issues

August 10, 2012

A group of concerned residents who reside at 200 Hicks Street are taking to task the new owners of the Bossert Hotel at 98 Montague Street. Brooklyn Heights rez Elizabeth Bailey and her comrades believe the conversion plan currently before the Bureau of Standard and Appeals could create serious noise, traffic and safety issues in the area.

She writes to the Brooklyn Heights Blog: “Although residents of Brooklyn are happy, mostly, about our borough’s resurgence, or rather, emergence, those of us who live here because it is a quiet, safe place to live and bring up children, are worried that these developers are showing little regard to neighborhood concerns.”

New owners David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit are seeking a variance to convert the hotel to a “commercial transient facility,” from its status as visitor housing for previous owner Jehovah’s Witnesses. The BSA has scheduled a hearing on the application September 11.

The group of residents at 200 Hicks, located at the northwest corner of Montague, say that the plan could deter the Heights’ peaceful persona “if it is done without regard to the nature and character of our residential community.” Bailey points to a New York Times feature on the Bossert from November 2011, in which Brooklyn Heights Association executive director Judy Stanton notes concerns about upkeep, “since Watchtower society placed a premium on maintenance, including the surrounding sidewalks and parks.” Stanton also intimates that the neighborhood may become livelier if the Bossert is converted into a high-end hotel.

Bailey writes, “The developers are proposing to increase the number of rooms from 224 to 302. Although they speak of creating a boutique hotel, over 300 rooms is a pretty big boutique. They also have plans to build a ground floor restaurant, event spaces (weddings and bar mitzvahs, etc.) and a bar on the rooftop. The developers contend that the increase in traffic on the busy corner of Montague and Hicks from their proposed hotel will be negligible.” She finds this “hard to believe.”

“There have been many articles in the New York press about the negative impact of noisy bars—particularly rooftop bars—on residential neighborhoods,” Bailey adds, citing Times’ stories here and here.

“We understand from press reports that both Chetrit and Bistricer have been publicly criticized for various aspects of their past real estate ventures. Among other controversial matters, Chetrit is one of the investors in the Empire Hotel near Lincoln Center, which has been the subject of a three-year battle that a West 62nd Street coop had to wage in the courts over ‘torment’ from the noise from its rooftop bar well after midnight,” Bailey says. “The developers are also involved with the Chelsea Hotel, which has been the subject of recent controversy. Noise and traffic: That’s what Brooklyn Heights residents are worried about.”

The 200 Hicks Street group proposes that restrictions be put in place on the proposed hotel/bar: “The aim is to limit the increase in noise and traffic that would compromise the safety and the character of this neighborhood.” Bailey invites public discourse of the issue, and is available via email at

Comments from the BHB community?

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Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn

Bossert Not The Only New Hotel Around Town, As LodgeWorks Builds Downtown

June 21, 2012

As the Bossert endures community and governmental scrutiny to potentially convert the Montague Street property back to a “first-class” hotel, a national chain intends to build a 117-room inn on a now-vacant lot in Downtown Brooklyn. This spring, Kansas-based hotel developer LodgeWorks acquired 0.11 acres/4,700 square feet at 125 Flatbush Avenue Extension, just west of the Manhattan Bridge entrance. The Real Deal reported in March that it paid $7.75 million for the site.

Brian Dunne, director of marketing for Benchmark Hospitality International, which operates a Hotel 718 that is scheduled to open Downtown this summer, told The New York Times that with so much residential development, Downtown is becoming an evening destination, rather than a neighborhood that empties when workers go home: “Brooklyn isn’t being viewed as the less expensive option to Manhattan. It’s a place people are starting to want to come to first rather than second.”

LodgeWorks’ hotel plan follows a previous attempt to build a similar property there, which fell through in late 2010. The company manages properties for Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. CEO Greg Epp says the new hotel will be “a well-known national brand.” LodgeWorks has not determined when they will break ground.

Downtown Brooklyn has seen a boom of new lodging of late. The 176-room Aloft hotel opened last year and the 128-room Hotel 718 will soon open, which includes a spa, rooftop deck and restaurant. The Brooklyn Bridge Marriott on Adams Street, meanwhile, has been deemed the official hotel of the Barclays Center, according to the New York Times article.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Brooklyn Heights

A View To Remember

May 28, 2012

Photo by M. Hermann/BHB

It’s one flight that even the anti-helicopter caucus could support. A handful of servicemen from Charlie Company, 1st Bn.-9th Marines got this look at Brooklyn Heights today as their MV-22 Osprey, piloted by VMM-264 (“The Black Knights”), set off for a demonstration at Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island. The unit has returned from a recent deployment overseas, and is participating in Fleet Week events. (Click through to view the full-size image.)

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