Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Anxious Calm

GOODNIGHT, IRENE: As the sun was setting a minute or two past 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, winds were abating. At left, Henrik Krogius reflects on the anticipation of the storm, and its reality. Below, Dennis Holt reminds us that, quite aside from Irene, the waters keep rising. Photo by Henrik KrogiusThe wait was worse than the actual event. Humid, no breeze stirring, it certainly felt ominous – even without those dire warnings coming continuously on television and radio. Could the subways not have run past noon on Saturday, when all public transit was ordered shut down? Accepting the official caution, I took the Long Island Rail Road Friday afternoon from Bridgehampton, where I had taken a few days off since the Heights Press wasn’t publishing an issue last week. I knew how little it could take to shut down LIRR service, and I wanted to make sure I was back in Brooklyn for this week’s issue.

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Brownstone Movement Seen Anew

By Trudy Whitman

Whether they’re tucked under arms, stashed in briefcases, or lighting up tablets, copies of Suleiman Osman’s The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York (Oxford University Press, $29.95) can be seen all over the neighborhood.

Osman is a Park Slope native. The book began as his doctoral dissertation at Harvard, so don’t expect an easy late summer read, but do expect to get hooked. It begins at State and Nevins in 1966. The neighborhood had recently carved itself out of South Brooklyn by giving itself a name — Boerum Hill. And members of the Boerum Hill Association, placards and bullhorns in hand, were on the corner on November 22, 1966, with the intent of blocking the destruction of an abandoned townhouse.

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Giant Elm With Contentious History Felled in Heights

Tree Was a Longtime Neighborhood Favorite

A majestic, beloved elm tree in Brooklyn Heights that building residents and neighbors had saved from the ax in 2007 was blown down in Hurricane Irene early Sunday morning. The elm, in the front garden courtyard of the Mansion House at 145 Hicks St., was one of the few healthy survivors of the Dutch elm disease that devastated most of these majestic trees in the past century. It was estimated to be 85 years old. Photo by Mary Frost

By Mary Frost

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — An enormous, beloved elm tree in Brooklyn Heights that building residents and neighbors had saved from the ax in 2007 was blown down by Hurricane Irene early Sunday morning.
The elm, in the front garden courtyard of the Mansion House at 145 Hicks St., was one of the few healthy survivors of the Dutch elm disease that devastated most of these majestic trees in the past century. It was estimated to be 85 years old.

The tree’s 3- to 4-foot trunk knocked down the Mansion House’s front brick garden wall, while the top branches and canopy smashed through a cast iron fence in front of two wood-frame houses across the street at 146 and 148 Hicks St. A window was broken, several pieces of wood were knocked from the exterior, and another window was broken at 144 Hicks St. as well.

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Tree Down on Hicks Street

Blog McBrooklyn reports a  fallen elm at 145 Hicks Street.

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Breaking News: MTA Shuts Down Saturday

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Mayor Puts Shorefront Residents on Alert

Much of Brooklyn Is Vulnerable to Storm

By Samantha Gross, A.P. and Raanan Geberer

BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday urged New York City residents living in low-lying areas to line up a place to stay on high ground in case of an evacuation this weekend due to Hurricane Irene.

Bloomberg said that he expected to make a decision by late Friday whether residents in the city’s so-called “Zone-A” would need to evacuate ahead of the storm that’s now expected to hit the city Sunday. In Brooklyn, Zone A includes the Coney Island peninsula, part of Gravesend, Red Hook, the Sunset Park industrial piers, the Navy Yard area, the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront, Sheepshead Bay and the Belt Parkway.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has also set up sites for evacuation centers in the event of a serious storm. Most of these are schools — in Brooklyn, they include Clara Barton High School, Roosevelt High School, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Brooklyn Technical High School and several middle schools.
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