Preservation Education Program for Brooklyn Residents

Sponsored by: Weeksville Heritage Center

February 2006-May 2006 (Saturdays) at the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses
1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213

  • Share the history of Weeksville and the self-sufficient African American community that thrived in present-day Crown Heights.
  • Learn concepts of historic preservation and conservation, encouraging appreciation and restoration of the historic/architectural treasures within Brooklyn.
  • The Weeksville site will provide a rich learning foundation.
  • Meet artisans, preservation architects, and historians who will provide tangible information.

Activities will include

  • Conservation
  • Stained Glass Restoration
  • Brownstone Restoration


  • Architectural History of a particular neighborhood
  • What is the History of My Home?

For more information about cost & schedule:
call 718-756-5250 / /

(February 7th, 2006)

Boerum Hill Association General Meeting

Date: 11/21/05
Time: 7pm
Location: P.S. 261, 314 Pacific Street between Smith & Hoyt

Many of us are anxious about this being our most expensive heating season yet. Community Environmental Center (CEC) will give a brief presentation on how their weatherization services can keep you and your wallet comfortable this winter.

CEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides energy, building performance and environmental services for residents in the New York metropolitan area.

They will discuss:

  • Tests they perform on houses
  • How they fix problems (adding insulation, sealing drafts, tuning boilers, etc.)
  • Estimated cost/fuel savings
  • Costs and payment options fee-for-service, loans, and highly-subsidized financing for eligible homeowners.

CEC comes recommended by BHA Board member Joel Potischman and his wife, Pam. “My wife and I hired them to insulate and seal our very cold and drafty home 6 years ago and the results were dramatic, so I was very excited to share this resource with my neighbors.”

We need to keep our elected officials aware that we want them to keep the pressure on the developer of this project, Forest City Ratner, to improve, change, mitigate, and reduce the size of this HUGE development. Find out how to do this!

Find out what is happening on the 3 (previous) parking lots in Boerum Hill (Atlantic to State and Smith, State to Schermerhorn and Smith to Hoyt, State to Schermerhorn and Hoyt to Bond)

Erik Fortmeyer, the Boerum Hill Historian, will tell us the fascinating history of what was in this block of ‘old’ Boerum Hill, and of the archaeological dig he will lead with the school when the playground is dug up and renovated in the spring.

Lastly, Mia, the new Thai Restaurant on the North side of Atlantic, between Nevins & Third, will be donating light refreshments for everyone to sample.

Hope to see you please come and see your neighbors learn and enjoy!

Sue Wolfe
President, Boerum Hill Association

(November 17th, 2005)



Sue Wolfe
718-858-3822 Ext 100

The Boerum Hill Association celebrates Boerum Hill’s seasons, citizens and style with the release of its full color, 28-page 2006 calendar, priced at $10.00 retail.

See sample pages (600KB PDF. Note that quality is reduced to speed download)

Available at:

  • Office Mavens, 425 Atlantic Avenue
  • Tarragon, 407 Atlantic Avenue
  • Sterling Place, 363 Atlantic Avenue
  • GUMBO, 493 Atlantic Avenue
  • Nancy McKiernan Realty, 406 Atlantic Avenue

Karen Zebulon, one of the editors of the calendar actually conceived the idea. As a new resident of Boerum Hill Karen has been the owner of GUMBO, a store on Atlantic Avenue, for three years. She said, “I never realized what a special community Boerum Hill is. It’s a small town in a big city, a place where friendliness, peace and beauty abounds.” “This experience,” she added, “combined with my background in photography…made me think that producing a calendar is one way of communicating and sharing what I have been fortunate to enjoy. The spirit of people working together that exists in Boerum Hill is precisely what enabled my idea to come to fruition.”

Also available wholesale at a cost of $5.00 for a minimum purchase of 15 calendars ($75.00), the calendars can be ordered in bulk from Office Mavens, 718-501-0000, and Nancy McKiernan Realty, 718-858-3822 Ext. 100,

Wonderful as a holiday gift, the calendar is a great fundraiser for local groups, schools and churches. To this end there is room on the back to personalize it with a business or organization’s stamp or label.

Sue Wolfe, Boerum Hill Association President, was proud to recognize all those who made the calendar possible. She stated “We appreciate all of the Boerum Hillers who contributed their time, energy and photos to celebrate our terrific community.”

(October 7th, 2005)

BHA Annual Meeting

June 15, 2005 7pm – Belarusian Church (Atlantic & Bond)

Open to the public

Meeting Agenda:

  • New Atlantic Yards Plan – Yes, We Do Have Choices!
  • Election results
  • Local hero award

The Boerum Hill Association will hold its annual meeting on June 15, 2005 at the Belarusian Church at the corner of Atlantic Avenue & Bond Street at 7:00PM. This year’s agenda will include election results, the presentation of the James T. Vacirca Local Hero Award and a special presentation on another possibility for development at the Atlantic Railyards site.

The Association has invited architect and urban designer Doug Hamilton a Fort Greene resident, to present his “Pacific Plan” – another alternative to the Forest City Ratner Corporation’s proposal. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Mr. Hamilton’s presentation is the latest in a series of programs offered by the Boerum Hill Association to educate the Boerum Hill community about development possibilities at the Atlantic Rail Yards.

Association Task Force chair Jo Anne Simon said, “We are delighted to present yet another, community responsive and urban centric way of envisioning development at this site. We hope that folks will come out and hear what he has to say. After all, we want people to develop truly informed opinions.”

Task Force member Genevieve Christy noted, “We are very impressed with the amount of thought and effort that Doug has put into this plan – and the creative way in which his proposal responds both to community concerns and the realities of development in New York City. We think that people will learn a lot and walk away thinking differently about what can be accomplished at the rail yards site.”

Thursday’s meeting will also include this year’s BHA election results. On the ballot this year: Sue Wolfe – President; Joel Potischman – Vice President; James Forrester – Secretary; Directors 2005-2007 – Genevieve Christy, Stephanie Cyrus, Regina Kelly, James Kerby, Howard Kolins, Sophia L. Truslow; Director 2005-2006 – Crispin Roven. Ballots that were postmarked by Thursday, June 6th will be counted.

This year’s deserving recipient of the James T. Vacirca Local Hero Award will be Steve Shooman, Head of the “Gowanus in Unity” tutoring program, sponsored by the BHA.

Refreshments will be donated by TAKU, 116 Smith Street. This restaurant, is only a few weeks old and already receiving accolades.

Association President Sue Wolfe welcomes everyone to the meeting and encourages everyone to hear the Pacific Plan presentation. “This presentation is open to the public. The more people learn about these options, the better the dialogue. We all share a love of this area. It’s a great place to live. It’s important that we understand that there are alternative proposals to FCRC’s plan.”

Contact: Sue Wolfe, 718-858-3822, Ext 100

(July 7th, 2005)

Hoyt Street Association Grants

The Hoyt Street Association has grant money available for projects that:

  • encourage cleanliness, orderliness, beautification or preservation
  • improve public safety or quality of life
  • support educational or cultural activities
  • promote harmony between diverse elements of the Boerum Hill neighborhood.
  • See the Grant Application for specifics.

See the Grant Application for specifics.

(August 25th, 2004)

2004 House Tour – “Legends of Boerum Hill”

DATE: Sunday, June 6  / TIME: 1-5 PM

REGISTRATION: Bishop Mugavero Geriatric Center 155 Dean Street at Hoyt Street

$15 advance; $20 at the door For advance tickets, call Peter Laughter at 718-797-2757 or e-mail

The 2004 Tour will spotlight seven residences, including an 1857 townhouse renovation in progress, a brownstone featuring Arts and Crafts style interiors, a lovingly restored Victorian with loads of original details, a unique co-op created from the loading dock from the former Ex-Lax Factory, and an 1800s carriage house with an Indian burial ground in the front yard; one commercial space – an inviting gardening shop with a stunning urban garden; and two spectacular private gardens.

The Tour will also call attention to various “Legends of Boerum Hill” along the tour path, including sites of historic events and fascinating neighborhood lore. Legends were compiled by local historians Eric Fortmeyer, Dennis Holt, and L.J. Davis. A guided “Legends” tour will be conducted on the day of the house tour.

At the end-of-tour reception at the Mugavero Center, Boerum Hill will pay tribute to the Mohawk Indian high-steel workers with a special exhibit detailing their many contributions to the neighborhood’s history. The Mohawk high-steel workers have lived in Boerum Hill while helping to build every major structure in New York City since 1917, e.g. the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, to name a few.

A select group of students from the Cobble Hill School of American Studies, led by Special Education Coordinator Judy Alexander, is researching the Mohawks and their involvement in the neighborhood dating back to the early 20th Century and will present a video featuring the results of their efforts, including interviews with Mohawks still connected to downtown Brooklyn.

The Cobble Hill School of American Studies is a high school (grades 9-12) where students follow a curriculum concentrated in social studies. The school has been operating for six years on Baltic Street between Smith and Hoyt Streets.

(June 4th, 2004)

Upcoming Hoyt Street Association events

Plant Sale: Watch for our Annual Plant Sale: Saturday May 1st, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday May 2nd, 11 AM to 4 PM, located at the garage of 110 Hoyt Street near the corner of Pacific Street. For the best selection, call 718.643.0857 to get a plant sale order form and/or to place your order.

Stories: The popular “Free Stories in the Garden” will be Thursday evenings at the Hoyt Street Garden (corner of Hoyt-Atlantic) 7:00 PM June 24-July 29, 2004. As always, free lemonade and cookies. Please volunteer to help out with this great neighborhood tradition.

Hoyt Street Association
124 Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill
Brooklyn, New York 
phone: 718.237.0145fax: 718.237.2430

(April 6th, 2004)
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