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Cllinton St. Re-opens for Traffic in Cobble Hill

By , 16 October, 2012, No Comment

Finally! After the horrific accident at Christ Church, when the steeple fell during a summer storm leaving one man dead, Clinton St. at Kane St. has been closed to traffic. But hallelujah, walking by yesterday I noticed the busy corner was once again open. As for the church? Not sure if that’s ever going to be back to its former glory. Anyone have any info on when the church may be fixed and opened once again?

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Mark Your Calendars for Atlantic Ave Par-tay

By , 4 June, 2012, No Comment

Come 16 June, the new Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District will be throwing a street party to end all street parties (you know until the Atlantic Antic rolls around in the fall). The Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza runs from 1pm to 5pm and includes special events, performances, demonstrations, tastings, tours, games, and more.
Expect a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band on the sidewalk in front of the Atlantic Avenue BID’s office at 340 Atlantic Avenue (between Smith and Hoyt Streets), a sidewalk parade, the official unfurling of the BID banners, and the “Sanitation Dance”, a choreographed piece by the modern dance awareness society in which the new Atlantic Avenue BID sanitation uniforms will be unveiled. Other performers include: the stilt walkers of Circus Amok; the acrobats of LAVA; Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth All-Stars; the Balkan sounds of Raya Bass Band; Batala NYC, an all-female percussion band, and Underground Horns, the brass band renowned for its Afro Funk Bhangra New Orleans grooves. Artists from Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition – more commonly known as BWAC – will also participate. Here is a list of local businesses, including food and services (soccer fans, take notice of Upper 90′s large screen featuring live broadcast of the Euro 2012 Championships):
Bijan’s Brooklyn: Tastings of its Persian Chicken Wings and Saffron and Blueberry Pancakes, $6 drink specials, and live jazz music.
Building on Bond – Special $7 mini-pies from Rachel’s Pies
Circa Antiques: Free object identification including age, quality, and general description (limit one item per family)
Donna Da Vine Wine Shop: Summer Sippers Wine Tasting
Drape New York: Dance performance and fashion show featuring dancers from 277 Dance Project.
Eva Gentry Consignment: 10% discount on all store items
GoGreen: Discussion on indoor air quality and lead a plant tour at the garden design firm Dig.
Greenhouse: 50% off select high-quality, eco-friendly furniture
Hopeland: Free crostini samples, tastings from its new line of infused spirits, and free cocktails with every brunch.
Linger Café & Lounge: Musicians will perform outside the café throughout the afternoon
One Love Animal Hospital: Pet adoption vehicle
Rico: Limited-edition print sale by four artists
Silk Road Antiques: Demonstrations of the art of calligraphy and of Kendo, a Japanese martial art, as well tea served in its backyard garden.
Sterling Place: Up to 50% off select items, including antiques and furniture
The Herb Shoppe: Tea samples will be offered
The Melting Pot: Demonstration of the art of batik, a fabric designing process, and a 10% discount on all batik items.
The Moxie Spot: A free bottle of beer, glass of wine or dessert with any food purchase of $10 or more
The Soul Spot: free tastings of Salmon Croquettes, Plantains; and Mac + Cheese. They will also offer a special Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza sandwich.
Town and Country352: 10% discount on its mid-century furniture
Upper 90 Soccer + Sport: Will be transformed into a mini-stadium complete with bleachers and large movie screen featuring a live broadcast of the Euro 2012 Championships
Vicki’s Vietnamese Sandwiches: Free tastings of their traditional chicken and pork Vietnamese Sandwiches, and discounted Bubble Tea.

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Another Smash-Up On Hicks St., Cobble Hill

By , 11 May, 2012, 1 Comment

Earlier this month, a young boy was struck dead by a cab on Hicks St., in Cobble Hill. And though the cab driver wasn’t charged with anything because the child ran into the street, anyone who lives nearby knows cars tend to speed down Hicks like it’s the FDR Drive. Basically, it’s a shortcut for drivers to bypass the traffic-laden leg of the BQE between Hamilton Ave. and Atlantic Ave.–and very few people acknowledge the residential nature of the road.
After the fatal accident, the neighborhood responded by asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) to do something to slow traffic down–especially since school children cross at least twice a day to get to and from PS 29 from Columbia St. And to help out, an electronic speed board was placed near Degraw St., alerting cars of their speed as they flew down the block. Unfortunately, this has done diddlysquat, as evidenced by today’s nasty accident on Hicks between Degraw and Kane St. At approximately 1pm this afternoon, a blue minivan slammed into the back of a double parked van, totaling its front end and the vans back–while simultaneously pushing two parked cars onto the sidewalk. Observers say the minivan was going at least 70 mph, and didn’t notice the large red van standing in the middle of the street.
This is at least the second time a car has lost control on this street because of excessive speeding, and a flashing speedometer on the side of the road is no combatant.
People live on this road and kids use the cross streets to go back and forth to the public school. It’s time DOT does something about it. We can only hope this brings the powers that be to their senses.

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File This Under Shut the F-Up Brooklyn Heights

By , 4 May, 2012, No Comment

Ok folks, I get it. We want our quiet little piece of Brooklyn to stay that way. But guess what, when somebody sticks a multi-million dollar park at the foot of your neighborhood, it’s time to accept that things may become a little more crowded. So I’m a little flummoxed at how Brooklyn Civic leaders moaned their way through a park planning meeting this week, after finding out philanthropist Joshua Rechnit would be donating–yes, I said DONATING–$40 million to build a seasonal, indoor field house at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. According to the NY Post:

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“This would be devastating to the southern Heights,” said Mary Goodman, who lives a few blocks away and is on Community Board 2′s parks committee.
“[Joralemon Street] would become the secret way to get there faster, and in a street full of babies, dogs and people, it would be disastrous.”
Both Brooklyn Heights Association President Jane McGroarty and Linda DeRosa, vice president of the Willowtown Association, also raised concerns about the influx of park-goers the field house would bring.
Their groups plan to lobby the city to fence off Joralemon Street at the corner of Furman Street, preventing direct park access from the steep-inclined street.

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People…REALLY? Disastrous? Maybe we should just keep it as nasty-looking fenced in construction site. Would that make people happier? I don’t know, this just rubbed me the wrong way. Can’t we do something nice for the community without people finding a way to whine about it?

Heads Up: Lots of Bridge and Road Closures in BoCoCa This Weekend

By , 30 March, 2012, No Comment

Planning on doing some driving this weekend? There’s a ton of work on the Brooklyn Bridge and BQE (mostly at night), so check this out before you start cursing the DOT in front of your kids (not that I do that…).

The Manhattan-bound roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 12:01 am to 7 am and Sunday from 12:01 am to 9 am for rehabilitation of the ramps and approaches. Manhattan-bound motorists will be detoured to the Manhattan Bridge or may choose other crossings. The Brooklyn Bridge/Frankfort Street exit from the northbound FDR Drive will close at 11 pm on Friday. Motorists should use the prior South Street exit. The Brooklyn Queens Expressway eastbound exit to the Brooklyn Bridge will close at 11:30 pm on Friday. Motorists should proceed to the following Manhattan Bridge exit or use the prior Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (pay toll) exit for access to Manhattan.

The portions of the southbound FDR Drive access ramp and northbound FDR Drive access ramp that have direct access onto the Brooklyn-bound Brooklyn Bridge will be closed from 11 pm Friday to 2 pm Saturday, from 11 pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday, and from 11 pm Sunday to 6 am Monday. Motorists should proceed onto the Civic Center/Pearl Street exit and re-enter the bridge. Additionally, Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street will be one-way eastbound during the hours noted above.

One of two tubes of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will be closed, with two-way traffic maintained in the open tube, from 10 pm Friday through 5 am Monday to facilitate MTA capital construction work associated with electrical and feeder cables.

Spring Fling at Brooklyn Bridge Park This Saturday

By , 29 March, 2012, No Comment

Pastel colors and baby ducks decorate the flyer for this Saturday’s Spring Fling at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ok, not so original but it drives the point home well enough.
The celebration takes place Saturday, 31 March, from 10:30am to 1pm, and in addition to celebrating the warmer weather, it will also kick off the 2012 programming season in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Expect musical performances by AudraRox and The Wiyos, storytelling, face painting, and yoga with Karma Kids Yoga as well as an appearance by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Bunny who will lead kids in egg decorating and games.The first 100 rides at Jane’s Carousel will be free and the NY Transit Museum and Inventgenuity Workshop will be around to help kids work on crafts and and projects. And did we mention it’s free?
All the fun will take place at the Empire Fulton Ferry section of BBP. Below is the schedule and event partners:
Music Schedule:
10:30am-11:30am – The Wiyos
12:00pm-1:00pm – AudraRox

Event Partners:
NY Transit Museum
Metro Soccer NY
Jacques Torres
Inventgenuity Workshops
Jane’s Carousel
Karma Kids Yoga
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

NY Transit Museum Offers Kids Entertainment During Spring Break

By , 27 March, 2012, 1 Comment

Thinking about how to stay away from the crowds at the Museum of Natural History during spring break? Here’s one interesting option. The NY Transit Museum, here at Boerum Place & Schermerhorn St., will be showing an original mini-musical in its screening room at 11am and 1:30pm on Monday 10 April through Friday 13 April, and 1:30pm and 3:30pm Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15 April. “Sharin’ A Ride” hopes to connect the history of New York City’s mass transit with the themes of April’s Earth Day, making concepts like sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint tangible for kids. Part-musical, part-historical tale, the performance hopes to encourage children to be eco-friendly and make use of New York City’s transportation system. The show is free with Museum admission ($5/child, $7/adult).

Brooklyn F/G Trains Running With Delays

By , 16 March, 2012, No Comment

image via Patch

Yesterday Afternoon, I was coming back from a meeting in Manhattan. Grabbed the A around 12:30, was making great time, then rolled into Jay St. to change to the F. That’s when things started going sideways. We were alerted to a stalled train at the Carroll St. station for police investigation. Indefinitely. Which made a lot of folks grumble and moan. Including me, I admit. But we got off our asses and hauled ourselves the extra few blocks from Downtown Brookyln.
This morning, I was sad to read in Carroll Garden Patch that the delay was actually a man jumping to his death.Though you hear about these incidents across the city, it’s jarring when it happens so close to home. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We don’t have any further info, but if you have anything you’d like share, please let us know.

Update on Vehicular Safety Meeting for PS 29

By , 8 February, 2012, 1 Comment

Last week, we showed you the result of some seriously bad driving on Kane St., near PS 29. And Monday night, residents gathered to discuss how to slow drivers down in the neighborhood. Maureen Hogan, who hosted the meeting in her home, sent me just a few details to share–and she seems optimistic that something will be done to make the area safer for everyone. Though I couldn’t be there myself, here’s what was discussed:

Chris Hrones from the DOT, presented several options, and a subgroup is planning to apply for Speed Bumps, as well as exploring the potential for other traffic calming measures. he also explained the concept of “Slow Zones” (a program that reduces speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph and adds safety measures, such as speed bumps, within a select area), which might be a good long range goal.

Both Hrones and Paul Grudzinsky from the 76th Pct. were well versed in the many problems in our area, especially on Hicks St and various Court St “problem areas” and were very receptive to discussion of problems immediately around the school and along Kane , Clinton, Baltic and Congress streets, which suffer from motorists that drive inappropriately for circumstances.

There was a general agreement that some measures are needed to prevent future tragedy, and a willingness from our representatives and elected officials and the Police dept to work towards some measures that will accomplish this.

Hicks St traffic calming studies are already underway, but the DOT might try in short term to put up a “your speed is” radar sign, and more signage. The timing of lights requires more research.

Now, we wait, and hope some of these issues will be addressed. In the meantime, you may not want to park your car at any corners!

Traffic Safety Meeting Planned in Cobble Hill

By , 31 January, 2012, 3 Comments

Quick update on our post from earlier in the week. We received this email from Maureen Hogan, we THINK the owner of that totaled Volvo on Kane and Henry St. If you’d like your say about traffic safety, you may want to stop by 155 Kane St next Monday, 6 Feb @7pm.

Meeting to discuss need for traffic calming on our roads around PS 29.
We will have a representative from the DOT: Christopher Hrones, and P.O. Paul Grudzinski from 76Pct.
Please spread the word, and ask people to bring specifics about accidents and near misses that they have witnessed, as the classification of accidents as “side swipes” or “disobeying of traffic lights” does not tell the whole tale as to the reckless driving we have been experiencing on our streets.
Various politicians are making every attempt to come, as well.
Thanks, and hope to see many of our neighbors there! m