Greenpoint Superfund

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Demolition may soon commence at Greenpoint’s maligned NuHart Plastics Superfund site, where the Fire Department shut down a massive rave this past Halloween over safety issues. Though a concerned local wrote to tell Brownstoner that the warehouse — which contains and sits on top of toxic chemicals — would be torn down starting today, the developer assured us that the wrecking ball isn’t in place just yet. (more…)

New York Tax Abatement

Construction workers at a rally demanding prevailing wages in a 421-a renewal. Photo via The We Party

Hated by many, beloved by some and misunderstood by most, the 421-a tax abatement expired on Friday after the Real Estate Board of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York failed to come to an agreement regarding its extension.

But what was the 421-a tax break? And why should you care? (more…)

Brooklyn heights Development

Photos of Anbau President Stephen Glascock and Managing Director Barbara van Beuren from Anbau. Photo of Pineapple Walk by Barbara Eldredge

The mystery developer offering big bucks to build a tower along Brooklyn Heights’ Pineapple Walk dramatically upped their ante this week — to the tune of $130 million — and revealed their identity. (more…)

LICH Protest City Hall

“You have an association with a long history,” City Council Member Stephen Levin told a crowd of frustrated Cobble Hill residents outside City Hall Wednesday morning, “Keep on fighting the good fight.”

The community group Cobble Hill Association and its supporters are demanding Mayor de Blasio help hammer out a new and better plan for the controversial redevelopment of the former Long Island College Hospital campus in Cobble Hill.

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Brooklyn Heights Library Steve Levin

Surprise! In an extremely important and unexpected move, with the final City Council vote less than a week away, Council Member Steve Levin has officially come out in support of the controversial proposal for the sale and development of the current site of the Brooklyn Heights Library branch. (more…)

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Could the sale of the Brooklyn Heights public library to a private developer result in condos but no library? Is the site’s $52,000,000 price tag fleecing the public? Is offsite affordable housing segregationist?

Those are just a few of the cutting questions that emerged at a full-capacity City Council subcommittee hearing Wednesday to get the facts on the controversial sale of the current Brooklyn Heights library site to private developer Hudson Companies.

“This is the most controversial issue I’ve seen in my district since my election in 2009,” said Council Member Steve Levin in his opening remarks. “Passions are running high. Here, we need to look at the objective facts.”

Brownstoner doesn’t often attend City Council meetings, but we had a feeling this debate would be gripping. We were right.

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