The Beginning of the BHA

Here’s an article from New York Magazine June 1970 that profiles the rise of neighborhood associations. Take a look at the early days of home renovation and local politics. NY Mag – Block Assoc 6-29-1970

(June 24th, 2015)

Will the new zoning proposal hurt us?

The Mayor’s effort for more affordable housing is something we support however the current proposal could alter the “contextual” zoning we achieved in the rezoning a few years ago. We want to make sure our low-rise profile and historic, tree-lined streets are maintained in their current form. While the “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” is intended to increase housing for seniors and the working class, those results in our neighborhood are doubtful. We’ve been told these changes would not apply to Boerum Hill as we are not an “inclusion” zone but this is not definitive. We’ve been contacted by the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Park Slope Civic Council who are equally concerned.

The BHA sent a letter to City Planning opposing the zoning proposal in its present form. Read the zoning proposal below, our letter to City Planning and two documents from the Park Slope Civic Council with a great summary about the zoning proposal their resolution opposing the changes.


Affordable-Senior-Zoning-Response ltr



Comments can be sent to the City Planning office until April 30th.

(April 12th, 2015)

March 2015 Newsletter

This one is all about local development. Take a look and remember, this is not every project coming.

BHA Newsletter March 2015

(April 7th, 2015)

10 Years of Development in Downtown Brooklyn

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the rezoning of downtown, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership published a report that highlights the meteoric rise of housing, tourism, retail, and other areas since 2004. There are already 5,000 new apartments. 1,100 hotel rooms. 23 acres of parkland. The list goes on and on.

The report details the changes over the last 10 years and looks to the immediate future with many projects in the pipeline. Expect more of everything….we hope that we don’t change too much!


(July 21st, 2014)

2014 House & Garden Audiotour

Got your ticket to the Boerum Hill 2014 House & Garden tour? Of course you do!

Now listen to the audiotour, or download it to your portable device and get walking!

(June 1st, 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)

December 2012 Newsletter

Boerum Hill turns 50!….and other stories.


BHA Newsletter Dec 2012

(January 6th, 2014)

Local bottle collector makes it BIG

Congrats to Jack Fortmeyer, a prince among men for making it into an AWESOME New York Times multimedia profile.

Jack, you truly are “one in 8 million.”

(July 10th, 2009)

Somebody’s getting a “time-out”

Alert parents have pretty much made sure the “toxic pre-school” run by Andy Lewis isn’t going to open again anywhere in brownstone Brooklyn. But whatever happened to Lewis himself? The Daily News gives you the story, along with the priceless quote: 

“Oh, my God, I can’t go to jail!” Lewis wailed. “I beg of you! God Almighty! Please, your honor, reconsider!”

(June 30th, 2009)

When did Butter (on Atlantic) become Eva Gentry?

…and why do I only read about it in the New York Times? 

Store sounds awesome. I remember going in during the 2006 hey-day. You remember those times: stock market at 14,000, home prices still rising in the city. Those golden days that could last forever. Well, even then I felt like I couldn’t afford anything in what was the coolest, most beautiful store on Atlantic. 

And now? Now that Butter is “Eva Gentry?” Do not worry, fair readers: they still sell shoes for $1,400.  Well, at least you get two for that price ;)

(June 17th, 2009)
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