Brooklyn Heights

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.


Lentol heads site inspection of BQE exit

Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and a group of Williamsburg officials and civic leaders joined Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray on site inspections of North Brooklyn roadways that residents have said are dangerous.

The site visits took place Aug. 14 at the intersection of Wythe Avenue and Williamsburg Street West and at the Flushing Avenue exit of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE).

Lentol said the inspections took place so they could determine how to make the roadways safer.


Schumer has extra ticket for Pope’s DC speech

When Pope Francis delivers his historic address before Congress next month, one lucky New Yorker will get to see the speech live, thanks to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Schumer (D-New York) announced that he received one guest ticket to the event and that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery to determine who will attend the Sept. 24 address.

Schumer said requests are pouring in from all across New York from people trying to see Pope Francis and experience a piece of history.


Demand for commercial office space remains high, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership report says

The demand for high-quality commercial office space remains high in Downtown Brooklyn, even as a torrid residential building boom and cultural revival continue, according to the Q1/Q2 2015 Real Estate Market Report released Thursday by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit development corporation.


239th anniversary of Battle of Brooklyn to be celebrated in borough this weekend

Old Stone House in Park Slope will celebrate America’s path to independence during the week-long commemoration of the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn — the largest battle of the Revolutionary War — beginning Saturday, Aug. 22 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 30.


Impassioned debate continues at mobbed Brooklyn Heights Library hearing

Local residents, union members and library advocates offered hours of passionate testimony about the plan to sell and redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Library at a standing-room-only hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday night.



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