March 2014 Newsletter

Read about the results of our Street Safety Forum and more.

BHA Newsletter March 2014

(March 18th, 2014)

Improving Fourth Avenue

A group of neighbors are working to improve Fourth Avenue and the BHA is supporting this effort. The letter that follows is a followup to a meeting held in January. Click on the links for more information about this worthy effort.

Howard Kolins, BHA President


We continue to hear positive comments about “A New Look at 4th Avenue”.
As promised at the meeting, FOFA (Forth on Fourth Avenue) has put together a “Report the Community” to both document the meeting and to serve as a reference for future work. The report includes an IntroductionforANewLookat4thAvenueMeeting2014, a SurveyResults-ANewLookat4thAvenue2014, a MeetingSummary-ANewLookat4thAvenue2014 (key issues discussed at the meeting, including council member commitments), and a list of the organizational affiliations provided by survey respondents.
We hope that you will find this information helpful in developing 4th Avenue action plans for your organizations and we encourage you to freely make use of it – it is, in a true sense of the word, public information.  If you have any questions about the material, please let us know.  Additionally, we’d be happy to know if and how it is useful to you.
We also want to add a special thank you to Council members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin for generously sharing a significant amount of time at the meeting.
We look forward to future work with you on the 4th Avenue corridor.
SJ Avery and Elise Selinger  Co-chairs, FOFA

(February 15th, 2014)

Yet another senseless death by automobile

Almost every day, some innocent pedestrian is mowed down by a careless or aggressive driver. This time it was an 8-year-old boy. 

You can get sad and/or angry here, in the Post.

(August 14th, 2009)

Sam Schwartz, I heart you

If you ever were concerned about the effect bridge tolls have on traffic in the city — and through our neighborhood in particular — this is an awesome op-ed piece by Sam Schwartz, aka, “Gridlock Sam.”

Here’s a taste:

In fact, under the new toll rates, big five-axle tractor-trailers heading to New Jersey from Brooklyn will be charged $60 to stay on expressways in Brooklyn and Staten Island and cross the Verrazano Bridge but nada, not a cent, to travel the streets of downtown Brooklyn, bounce across the creaky Manhattan Bridge, rumble through Chinatown via Canal St., tour the West Village and Chelsea via Eighth Ave. and head out the Lincoln Tunnel.

Something has to be done. Especially with the BQE about to begin, what, a twenty-year construction project? Sigh.

(July 13th, 2009)

Scientists discover why so many accidents on Atlantic Avenue

We have only ourselves to blame.

(June 8th, 2009)

G train – “it’s everywhere you want to be”

Did you hear the G train will be expanding service through Boerum Hill all the way to Church Av in Kensington? It’s true. Beginning July 5th. Now you don’t have to just wait for an F to get to Prospect Park. Huzzah.

(May 29th, 2009)

A-ha! Candidates for the 33rd on Parking Permits

Like the mighty titans of local coverage they are, the Brooklyn Paper gets candidates for the 33rd District (i.e., Yassky’s seat) to reveal their stances on a Residential Parking Permit program. Read them here.

(May 28th, 2009)

Permit Parking – food for thought

Just read these candidates positions from the 39th District on Permit Parking and it got me thinking. Lots of points of view.

(May 27th, 2009)

Safety Fixes for 3rd Avenue…just not in Boerum Hill (yet)

Just read on Streetsblog that DOT is finally beginning to implement their “Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming” project they had originally promised to complete by 2006. Welcome news, although almost all the intersections they’re planning to calm are in Brooklyn Heights and in south Gowanus.

Check it out here:

(May 22nd, 2009)

The Brooklyn Paper: Squadron: Let us pay to park in our neighborhoods

Residential permit parking (RPP) bill proposed by Sen. Squadron & Assemblywoman Millman to help block the use of Boerum Hill and other near-Manhattan neighborhoods as a “park and ride” for commuters from further out.

The Brooklyn Paper: Squadron: Let us pay to park in our neighborhoods.

(May 18th, 2009)
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