Turns out the “peeping drone” spotted wandering the airways of Brooklyn Heights last Thursday was taking photos of the development site at 189 Montague Street for an architect doing work there, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. A criminal court summons has been issued to the operator of the drone.
The operator allegedly violated new FAA regulations stating that drones should not fly over the heads of bystanders. Neither the operator nor the architect were named in the story.
Applications for demolition permits for the building and the one behind it, at 146 Pierrepont Street, were filed in February but have not yet been issued by the building department, as we reported at the time. Both properties are owned by developer Jonathan Rose Companies.
The developer was rumored to be planning a hotel, but in July, filed a new-building permit for 146 Pierrepont Street calling for a 19-story building with 68 apartments. The building at 189 Montague is now vacant. Unlike most of Brooklyn Heights, the properties are not landmarked.
Photos of 189 Montague by Barbara Eldredge