Yesterday the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, denied the final appeal by Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation of a lower court’s July 2011 ruling that the extension of the timeframe for the development of the Atlantic Yards project from 10 years to 25 years required a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to be conducted; the new environmental review will include a public hearing. Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, which was involved in bringing the original suit back in November 2009, had this to say: “The ruling today and the previous ones show, thankfully, that NY courts can actually be a check against public agencies running amok on behalf of private interests.” Brooklyn Speaks, the umbrella group for a number of community groups involved in the suit, reiterated one of the key charges on its blog yesterday–that the review process was fast-tracked, and the public interest thereby short-changed, by ESDC back in 2009 in order to allow Forest City to meet a deadline to qualify for $100 million in tax-exempt bonds. Council Member Letitia James used the occasion to call on Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo to “recognize the urgent need to reform the Atlantic Yards project, its plan, and its oversight by State and City governments.” For an analysis of the decision, check out Atlantic Yards Report’s coverage.
Visiting the Gowanus Canal’s Under-Transformation “Wild West” [Curbed] EPA Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Will Meet Next This Coming Tuesday [PMFA] Bushwick Artist Turns Brooklyn Street Signs Into Post-Apocalyptic Weapons [Animal NY] Food Book Fair and Pop-up Bookstore at the Wythe Hotel [Greenpointers] Two New Tutoring Centers in the Neighborhood [Ditmas Park Corner] Cool Tree […]
Preservationists Elizabeth Finkelstein and Chelcey Berryhill will teach a class next week on how to research the history of any wood frame, stone or brick townhouse or apartment building in Brooklyn. Making use of digitized, online resources as well as other repositories in Brooklyn and Manhattan, “Research Your Historic Brooklyn House” will cover how to research the […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Row houses Address: 207A-209 18th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues Neighborhood: Greenwood Heights Year Built: Before 1888 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No, but these blocks should be The story: In 1844, the city of Brooklyn voted to extend open up 18th Street from 9th […]
The Heights Cafe restaurant at 84 Montague Street re-opened earlier this month after six weeks of interior renovations. There is also a new menu, with new-American fare such as a lobster roll, oyster po-boy, a burger, veal and wild mushroom meatloaf and a ribeye. Click through to the jump for an interior shot. Has anyone […]
Huge and on a corner, this gem of a Greek Revival house at 15 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights was built in 1834. The proportions are impressive: It’s 25.5 feet wide with five stories and 39 windows. It has beautiful marble and wood Greek Revival fireplaces, dentil crown molding as well as the other moldings […]