Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Atlantic Avenue BID updates

One of several spots from the AA BID's "Park(ing) Day" celebration
Tens of thousands came to our area this past weekend for the 40th annual Atlantic Antic. As always, it was a tremendous success in which local shops and Brooklyn businesses and institutions came out to welcome New Yorkers to a car-free boulevard from Hicks Street to Flatbush Avenue.

On the heels of that celebration, the Atlantic Avenue Business District has provided us with some updates of their many recent activities, including new banners which were unveiled during the Antic itself.

1) New banners designed by artist Josh Gosfield have been installed... and featured in the New York Daily News. http://nydn.us/1rqJMhW 

2) 2nd Halloween Pub Crawl was announced via a 'Thriller' group dance at the Antic. (See some amateur video of it here http://youtu.be/fmTZchEF6OQ) To purchase wristbands for the event visit http://atlanticavebid.ticketleap.com/hauntlantic/ (of course only after first coming to the family friendly Halloween Parade at Cobble Hill Park that day)

3) Multiple businesses partnered with the Atlantic Avenue BID and Transportation Alternatives to temporarily redesign parking spaces on the Avenue into new uses. Check out pics from the event here. http://www.atlanticavebid.org/atlantic-avenues-first-parking-day-a-great-success/

4) Long-awaited tree guards have finally been installed between 3rd and 4th Avenue. Based on the board's decision to invest in the streetscape, they were ordered in the Spring and installed in the past week. Here is a picture: http://instagram.com/p/tVILdyRXtj/?modal=true 

5) A new shopping guide will be distributed to stores on the avenue in the coming week. Be sure to check out local merchants and grab a copy!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Warner Bros. Filming in Cobble Hill

The location scouts with Warners Brothers pictures have let us know that the final days of their recent shooting stint in our neighborhood will occur 9/26, 9/29, & 9/30.

It will temporarily affect parking on the following streets in Cobble Hill...
Cheever Place bet. Kane & DeGraw Streets, Both Sides
Hicks Street bet. Sackett & Kane Streets, East Side
Henry Street bet. DeGraw & Kane Streets, West Side 1 spot

It will also affect some parking just outside the Cobble Hill district as well, including... 
Sackett Street bet. Hicks & Henry, North Side
Hick Street bet. Woodhull St & Hamilton Ave, East Side
Rapelye Street bet. Hicks & Henry Sts, Both Sides
Woodhull Street bet. Hicks & Henry Sts, South Side

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Sun Will Come Out... on Friday 9/19

You know the story and can sing every line, so come join Cobble Hill's local elementary schoolPS29, for a FREE outdoor movie experience as PS 29 and the Cobble Hill Association present ANNIE - Friday September 19th 7:30pm @ the PS 29 COURTYARD
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and settle into the classic movie.
Total running time: 127 minutes. Movie starts at dusk with a candy concession stand whose proceeds all go to the PS29 PTA.

This event is sponsored by the Cobble Hill Association, with popcorn and beverages courtesy of Moxie Spot and American Beverage Center.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Volunteer at Cobble Hill Park, Tuesdays @ 7 am

Pic by InsertSnappyNameHere
Cobble Hill Park is our neighborhood gem, but sparkles even brighter with volunteers's weekly elbow grease. Join us for some morning park-keeping!

What: Cobble Hill Park volunteers needed
When: every Tuesday morning @ 7:00 am (rescheduled when it rains)
Where: Meet at the Clinton Street entrance to the park
Please RSVP to cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to join. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cobble Hill on the Big Screen

Cobble Hill has a visual charm that's made it prime setting for many studios to film major motion pictures and tv series. With a recent string of film production crews dominating our local streets this summer to shoot The Intern and The Affair, perhaps it's time to remember some other times our neighborhood played a role in movie magic.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey shared a scene walking through Cobble Hill park in the comedy Baby Mama (although it was set as Boston). Julia Roberts ate dinner at 172 Pacific Street in her world food adventure Eat, Pray, Love. And perhaps the most "winning" movie moment was when it literally rained money down upon the park.

Check out the this video from NY Lotto spot showcasing Cobble Hill's crown jewel.
http://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/53867

Monday, September 8, 2014

76th Precinct's Community Council Meeting - 9/9

Several residents in the community brought up traffic safety concerns after a serious collision in our neighborhood. At the intersection of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue, a livery cab jumped the curb and injured a young woman in front of Rite-Aid. As it was on the north side of the street, the 84th precinct is responsible for handling the investigation. However, residents should know street safety is very much a concern of our own local 76th precinct, run by Captain Lenz.

Recently, the CHA met with Captain Lenz to specifically discuss the mayor's Vision Zero initiative. We were pleased to know street safety is very much an NYPD priority in our district and the numbers are proving effective.  When we met, we compared the numbers to last year and were pleased to see collisions in the 76th were down overall (1034 last year vs 1014 this year). For the week, serious injuries were down too (31 last year vs 27 this year). These are small, but significant improvements and NYPD keeps a close eye on such data so that trends can be seen, and new tactics can be formed, in name of keeping our streets safe for all road users.

This Tuesday, September 9th, the precinct's community council meetings will resume after a brief summer hiatus. All residents are encouraged to attend and let the officers know of any issues in the neighborhood. It is also a great way to get more information about many crime prevention programs offered by NYPD from burglary to VIN etching to identify theft and more.   

Volunteer at Cobble Hill Park, Tuesdays @ 7 am

Cobble Hill Park is our neighborhood gem, but sparkles even brighter with volunteers's weekly elbow grease. Join us for some morning park-keeping!

What: Cobble Hill Park volunteers needed
When: every Tuesday morning @ 7:00 am (rescheduled when it rains)
Where: Meet at the Clinton Street entrance to the park
Please RSVP to cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to join. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Movie Filming on Cheever next week

Warner Brothers has given the Association advance noticed that they have secured permits to film 'The Intern' in Cobble Hill next week. They will be filming on Cheever Place on Sept 2 & 3, and then 2 more days later in September.  Below please find a resident letter that will also be distributing in area's parking footprint.  

Please note that they will have a large portion of their trucks / campers parked several blocks away from set, in an effort to minimize taking solely residential parking.

LICH Update - Article 78 petition filed regarding Othmer Endowment Fund

Below please find a press release issued yesterday regarding LICH, which the CHA is sharing for informational purposes to the community.

Brooklyn Resident Files Suit to Compel NYS Attorney General to Produce Records under Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

Attorney General's Office Denied FOIL Request for Charities Bureau Records Relating to Invasion of Hospital Endowment

Brooklyn, NY - August 27, 2014 - Brooklyn resident and former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) patient Barbara Gartner filed an Article 78 petition today in NYS Supreme Court to compel the release of records relating to the NYS Attorney General Charities Bureau's approvals of invasions of the hospital’s $140 million Othmer Endowment Fund. The records were withheld by the Attorney General's Office in a blanket denial of her February FOIL request. According to her attorney, David A. Kaplan, oral arguments in the case will be heard on September 26.

Additionally, groups including Patients for LICH, Concerned Physicians of LICH, and the Cobble Hill Association issued statements (attached) supporting Ms. Gartner's request and the public's right to the information.

In June, the NYS Department of State Committee on Open Government issued an Advisory Opinion (attached) calling the Attorney General's denial of the FOIL request “improper” and stated that “the denial appears to be inconsistent with the language and intent of the Freedom of Information Law and its judicial construction.”

It is the role of the Attorney General's Charities Bureau to represent the public, the ultimate charitable beneficiaries, in decisions relating to modifications of endowment restrictions.

The Othmer Endowment Fund was bequeathed to LICH in the late 1990s by Dr. Donald and Mildred Othmer, Brooklyn Heights residents who wanted to help ensure the future of their beloved community hospital. The funds, totaling approximately $140 million, were in a permanently restricted endowment, with the principal to be held in perpetuity and the income used for the benefit of LICH. But in a series of cy pres proceedings, hospital administrators obtained permission to invade the funds.

Most recently, in 2011, the Charities Bureau and the court approved the borrowing of the entire principal balance of the Othmer Fund to enable SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s no-cash acquisition of LICH, with SUNY assuming liability for repayment of the $140 million to the endowment. SUNY has now closed all but a small walk-in emergency department at LICH and has contracted to sell the LICH property to a real estate developer, who plans to tear down the hospital and build condominium towers.

Ms. Gartner's FOIL request, originally made in June of 2013, asked for records of communications between the Attorney General's Charities Bureau and the NYS Supreme Court, the Long Island College Hospital, Continuum Health Partners, and SUNY regarding its authorization of the 2006 and 2011 borrowings from the Othmer Funds. Challenging the Attorney General's refusal to make these documents available to community members impacted by the decisions, she cites the language of the Freedom of Information Law, that “the people's right to review the documents . . . leading to determinations is basic to our society.”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

52nd Assembly District Debate, Wednesday 9/3 @ 7pm

Assemblywoman Joan Millman is retiring from her seat at the helm of the 52nd district. Three candidates are vying for her seat in the upcoming September 9th primary. Considering attending the local debate put on by BRIC, with full details below. If you cannot attend in-person, check out the debate on Brooklyn’s Time Warner Cable 756, Verizon FiOS 46, Cablevision 70, or stream it online at BRICartsmedia.org/bkindiemedia

52ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT: SIMON VS. SIKORA VS. BIVIANO,
LIVE FROM BRIC HOUSE, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 7PM

Brooklyn’s Community Media Network Adds A Third In Its Series of Brooklyn Political Debates

BRIC is pleased to announce that its Brooklyn Independent Media television initiative will broadcast a debate between Jo Anne Simon, Pete Sikora and Doug Biviano, candidates for the 52nd Assembly District. On Wednesday, September 3, at 7pm, BRIC will host the debate in the BRIC House Ballroom, the 240-seat performance space inside BRIC Arts | Media House (BRIC House), the organization’s new, 40,000-square-foot facility in Downtown Brooklyn.

The candidates are campaigning to represent the district spanning Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, DUMBO and part of Park Slope. Moderated by Erik Engquist, assistant managing editor of Crain’s NY Business, the debate will cover issues including affordable housing, education, healthcare, job creation and more.

52nd Assembly District: Simon vs. Sikora vs. Biviano is the third debate Brooklyn Independent Media is broadcasting this primary season. On Tuesday, August 19, the network hosted Erik Dilan and Kimberly Council, candidates for the 54th Assembly District. On Tuesday, August 12, the network hosted Rubain Dorancy and Jesse Hamilton, candidates for the 20th Senatorial District.

WHAT: 52nd Assembly District: Simon vs. Sikora vs. Biviano, a live debate broadcast on Brooklyn Independent Media
WHO: BRIC and Brooklyn Independent Media
Jo Anne Simon, candidate for the 52nd Assembly District
Pete Sikora, candidate for the 52nd Assembly District
Doug Biviano, candidate for the 52nd Assembly District
Erik Engquist, Crain’s NY Business, moderator
WHEN: Wednesday, September 3, 7 – 8pm.
WHERE: BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Monday, August 25, 2014

Volunteer at Cobble Hill Park, Tuesdays @ 7 am

Image courtesy of NYC Parks Department
Cobble Hill Park is our neighborhood gem, but sparkles even brighter with volunteers's weekly elbow grease. Join us for some morning park-keeping!

What: Cobble Hill Park volunteers needed
When: every Tuesday morning @ 7:00 am (rescheduled when it rains)
Where: Meet at the Clinton Street entrance to the park
Please RSVP to cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to join. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Volunteer at Cobble Hill Park, Tuesdays @ 7 am

image credit belongs to local artist & talent Adam Suerte
Cobble Hill Park is our neighborhood gem, but sparkles even brighter with volunteers's weekly elbow grease. Join us for some morning park-keeping!

What: Cobble Hill Park volunteers needed
When: every Tuesday morning @ 7:00 am (rescheduled when it rains)
Where: Meet at the Clinton Street entrance to the park
Please RSVP to cobblehillassociation@gmail.com if you'd like to join.