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Cobble Hill Association torn over leader as LICH development looms

Tensions at the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) have reached the boiling point just as the community group struggles with negotiations over the development of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site.

The target of the dissent is First VP Roy Sloane, who has been acting as president since Dave “Paco” Abraham moved out of town. (Sloane is barred from the presidency by virtue of having served two terms already.)


The Great Outdoors, on Montague Street

This is an ode to the Great Outdoors — our version of the Great Outdoors.

Some people demand mountain peaks or sun-bright beaches as their open-air scenery. We prefer places  like Montague Street where we can stroll, high-calorie ice cream cone in hand, or plop down and order blintzes made with fresh blueberries.

The Brooklyn Heights commercial corridor has been endlessly photographed. So we're throwing in a few off-kilter images, like the dollar signs on the fence outside Flushing Bank.


Clark Street eyesore slapped with Buildings Department violations

Eyesore alert!

This, too, is 100 Clark St.

The half-demolished historic house at 100 Clark St. has been slapped with new notices of city Buildings Department violations.


When, O beloved Bossert?

Will the Bossert be back in operation before the snows fly in B'LYN?

Last March, an owner of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District hotel at 98 Montague St. told us he was aiming for a summer re-opening. It's August now, in case you hadn't noticed, and the historic property is not yet ready to receive guests.


The rent for Brooklyn Heights' 'Asphalt Jungle' house is $30,000 per month

There are no asphalt shingles on this house now.

Genteel 113 Willow St., a piece of historic Brooklyn Heights that was built when Andrew Jackson was President, is all fixed up and newly arrived on the leasing market.

The asking rent is $30,000 per month.

That is not a typo.

What's it like inside a home with a price tag like that?

We got a first-hand look. It's very tasteful. And very tranquil.


DOE to rezone overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO

Because of overcrowding that threatens to get worse, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) plans to redraw the zoning map for P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.

According to the District 13 Community Education Council (CEC), DOE will be offering a set of “proposed scenarios” during the week of Aug. 31, in time for the CEC’s Sept. 1 working session.


Update: DOE will present a preliminary rezoning map on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office at 355 Park Place at Underhill Ave. in Prospect Heights.


City Tech students design, build home for 2015 Solar Decathlon competition

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy showed that new models for housing that meet the needs of a high-density urban environment are desperately needed. A team of approximately 60 City Tech students is contributing its solution in a net-zero energy model home, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Solar Decathlon international competition. The model home — built on a donated site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard — will be shipped to California at the end of this month for the final phase of the competition.


SIDEBAR: Park Slope Lawyer Jimmy Lathrop

Jaime Lathrop, better known as Jimmy, also known as "the Park Slope Lawyer," is a Manhattan-born attorney who graduated from Wilton High School in Connecticut, got his undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine and went to Brooklyn Law School.

Lathrop is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) and was the director of the Foreclosure Intervention Program administered through the BBA's Volunteer Lawyer's Project (VLP).


Fire breaks out in Brooklyn Heights

There was a whole lot of smoke on Thursday morning at the corner of Joralemon St. and Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights. What looked like an electrical fire broke out, and FDNY firefighters and ConEd workers quickly arrived on the scene to douse the flames.



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