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Brooklyn Heights Association annual meeting: Who is Planning Brooklyn’s Future?

February 25, 2019 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Brooklyn Heights Association’s (BHA) annual meeting promises to be especially compelling this year, given that the massive Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) reconstruction project is fast-approaching.

The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. at St. Francis College.

The meeting will both inform neighborhood residents on the ongoing BQE saga, and bring attention to the wider questions the process engenders. The New York Times’ Ginia Bellafante will engage in a conversation with three distinguished individuals who bring deep planning experience and different perspectives to this year’s theme: Who is Planning Brooklyn’s Future?

Panelists include:
• Tom Angotti, professor emeritus at Hunter College’s Urban Policy and Planning Department and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
• Michelle de la Uz, executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee and member of the NYC City Planning Commission
• Alexander Garvin, who was formerly responsible for planning the rebuilding of the World Trade Center at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and served as a member of the City Planning Commission

BHA Meeting Agenda

BHA will review this past year, including its ongoing efforts to replace the Department of Transportation’s proposed Promenade Highway with a less environmentally destructive approach to the BQE reconstruction.

The city’s favored plan would temporarily replace the beloved Heights Promenade with a temporary six-lane bypass. This would bring the truck-clogged interstate, with its noise and pollution, to neighborhood street level for six to eight years.

BHA will also bestow its Community Service Awards to organizations or individuals who have made significant contributions to the neighborhood’s quality of life and enhance its spirit of community. Tom Stewart, host at Thirteen WNET New York, will emcee the award ceremony.

Community Service Awardees

– Dozier Hasty, publisher of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
– The volunteers who comprised the BQE design build team that went to Albany
– Judith Moch, CAMBA, for the Respite Bed Program that operates the homeless shelters in Brooklyn Heights
– Jane Woland, who operates the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church

The meeting is open to the general public. It takes place at St. Francis College’s Founders Hall, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights, on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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