First-time dads celebrate Father's Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park

First-time, low-income fathers and their families gathered in Brooklyn Bridge Park Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day at an event organized in part by Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s (VNSNY) Children and Family Services. The nonprofit aids the Bronx Fatherhood Program and Queens’ Fathers First Program to help young, low-income fathers become active, important people in their sons’ and daughters’ lives.  


ESD meeting Monday to consider affordable housing at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A public board meeting will be held at the Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) on Monday, June 22, at 3 p.m. to consider changes to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s General Park Plan (GPP).

The park hopes to change the GPP to allow affordable housing in two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6, and possibly increase the number of residential units in Parcel B, the shorter tower.

The meeting is a result of a recent settlement between Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) and People for Green Space Foundation, a neighborhood group fighting two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6.


Montague Street BID honors Judy Stanton at annual meeting

The Montague Street BID held its 18th annual meeting in the back of 132 Montague Bar and Grill on Wednesday where it honored “the Mayor of Brooklyn Heights,” Judy Stanton, for her lifetime of work helping the local community.


Brooklyn Heights Library CB2 hearing ends in stalemate after hours of testimony

A passionate crowd filled the seats and spilled out into the hallway outside Dibner Auditorium at NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night for the first public hearing regarding the controversial sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library branch, required under the city’s ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) process.

The four-and-a-half hour hearing ended in a stalemate, as Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee failed to reach an affirmative vote.


First gala in new St. Ann’s Warehouse honors collaborators, raises $650K

St. Ann’s Warehouse presented its 2015 gala “Lights Up,” in the organization’s highly anticipated, nearly complete new theater at the historic waterfront Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Tuesday.


Iconic public artworks planned at BAM through $3.5M gift

The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust has made a generous $3.5 million gift to BAM to implement the BAM Robert W. Wilson Public Art Initiative. The art will serve to define and connect four separate sites on the BAM campus. An advisory committee comprising cultural partners and respected curators will nominate artists for the commission of three long-term, site-specific works.


Brooklyn Book Festival announces star-studded lineup for 10th anniversary

At a lively evening event in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday, the Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council announced the initial line-up of the first 150 national and international authors slated to take part in the 10th Anniversary BKBF — one of the nation’s largest events celebrating the written word. The festival is welcoming back AT&T as its major sponsor.


CinemaFest to bring short films to BAM

If you go by the old adage that less is more, then you might not want to miss the collection of original short films interspersed with the features selected for CinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this month. 


Landmarks Preservation Commission okays makeover of Brooklyn Heights Cinema building

Green light means go.

On Tuesday, The city Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved a plan to turn the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building into condos — after spurning two residential makeover plans previously proposed by the property's former owner.

“The design is very elegant,” Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said before the vote, which took place at the preservation agency's Lower Manhattan headquarters.


Heights Library redevelopment moves forward in public review process

Brooklyn Heights Library’s redevelopment has moved forward into the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Land Use Committee of Community Board 2 is set to meet tonight, June 17, to hold a public hearing on the transfer of the library to developer Hudson Companies and related matters. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at NYU Poly (5 MetroTech).

The plan, however, has drawn opposition from some library advocates who see it as the selling off of public assets for the benefit of private developers.



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