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Bloom Again Bklyn to hold first fundraiser May 7 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Eagle
On a Thursday morning inside a Plymouth Church vestibule, a couple dozen volunteers in pollen-dotted black T-shirts filled their hands with adopted flowers, creating color-coordinated bouquets, trimming their stems and dropping them in miniature pots decorated with stickers that read “BloomAgainBklyn.” The flowers had been through this once before — celebrated alongside a happy couple on their wedding day or sat on conference room tables as decoration in a corporate meeting. They would have been thrown to the trash, until they fell into the hands of the Brooklyn nonprofit. Bloom Again Bklyn is the only nonprofit in New York that takes flowers that would ordi-
narily be thrown out and repurposes them as a way to uplift people who may be feeling isolated. The group’s founder, Caroline Anderson, led the Plymouth Church session, overseeing the creation of about 250 arrangements. That day, the floral collections were headed for Raices Senior Center, Cobble Hill Health Care, the Young Women’s Christian Association of Brooklyn and NYC Health, Hospitals/McKinney and Dock Street School. “We are a mission-building organization,” Anderson said. “We bring communities together through the repurposing of beautiful flowers and arrangements.” Specifically, the flowers go to homebound seniors, survivors of trauma and homelessness, and children, amongst other recipients in need. In the more than four years of its operation, Bloom Again Bklyn has diverted more than a million flowers that would otherwise be headed
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A volunteer picks out flowers for an arrangement. to waste. Several scientific studies have found there are significant health benefits of flowers. Rutgers University conducted a 10-month study on the emotional impact of flowers and found a large percentage of 100 seniors who participated reported a reduction in depression after receiving floral gifts. “The results are significant, because as our nation grows older and life becomes more stressful, we look for easy and natural ways to enhance our own lives and the lives of our aging parents,” said Jeanette Haviland-Jones, who conducted the study. “Now, one simple answer is right under our noses.” The organization also teams up with other community groups and schools to teach flower-arranging workshops. “The purpose of working with the children in the schools is to team build,” Anderson said. “They can become change agents because they study that curriculum by just creating a beautiful arrangement and giving it to somebody.” Anderson’s visual background, including 20 years heading Scholastic Publishing’s visual content team, where she regularly did photo shoots of flowers, led her to the idea. After her
retirement, the 69-year-old Carroll Gardens resident learned about flower arranging from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and eventually took the idea of repurposing to Donna Whiteford, who Anderson says was key to helping launch the nonprofit. They started the project with a model partner, Cobble Hill Health Care Center, and grew from there. Still, Anderson says Bloom Again is nothing without its volunteers, who come from countries around the world and often link up with the group through New York Cares, a volunteering organization. They produce more than 1,000 arrangements a month and deliver them immediately after, but Anderson and Whiteford hope to raise enough funds at their upcoming Spring Fling to produce even more. They plan to meet more often and refrigerate the flowers to distribute them at later dates. The fundraiser will be held at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights on May 7. It will of course be decked-out in flower installations. There will also be a flower crown bar for guests, cocktails decorated with flowers and a singer from Carnegie Hall to sing “The Flower Duet” and “La Vie En Rose.”
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In a season of miracles, it’s not every day that one sees a 150-year-old human heart that remains in pristine condition. But, with the Easter holiday fast approaching, Brooklyn Catholics had that opportunity, thanks to the Knights of Columbus, which arranged for the Incorrupt Heart of Saint John Vianney to be displayed in the borough. On April 10, it made its way to Bay Ridge’s Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Rd., and to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1550 Hendrickson St. in Marine Park. The miraculous undecomposed heart of the French saint made the stops as part of its U.S. pilgrimage, dubbed “Heart of a Priest,” in reference to Vianney’s physical heart that has resisted decay for more than 150 years. Vianney was famous for his tireless work on behalf of his people, especially in the confessional, and for the holiness of his life. Father Michael Gelfant, pastor at St. Finbar Roman Catholic Church and associate state chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, told this paper that this was “a great opportunity for the
priests and laity to pray with the first class relic of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. It’s a great reminder that a priest is called to the simple tasks of ministry, namely caring for the souls of people.” Gelfant coordinated the twoday visit to the Brooklyn Diocese — which also included two stops in Queens — to make sure young people had the chance to view the relic, along with seminarians and the faithful. “I am confident that this was a gracefilled opportunity had by all. And now we enter into the most sacred time of year for Catholics,” said Gelfant. The term “incorrupt” refers to a human body that has avoided the normal process of decomposition after death. According to a statement from the Diocese, it is a sign, but not proof, of the person’s holiness. Relics are a physical object associated with a saint that may be offered to the faithful for veneration — not worship. “What a tremendous gift having the relic of the heart of St. John Vianney come to us at Xaverian,” said Deacon Kevin McCormack, principal of the school. “We pray that the great example that the saint had in
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Xaverian President Robert Alesi holds the portrait of St. John Vianney, surrounded by members of the clergy and Xaverian Principal Kevin McCormack on the right. Eagle photos by John Alexander his life of kindness, of mercy and love will be shared with our school.” Born in France in 1786, Vianney grew up in a time of open hostility to religion in the wake of the French Revolution when the faith was attacked, churches were destroyed and clergy were martyred. Assigned to lead the parish in the small farming community of Ars, Vianney excelled at both prayer and work. He was famous for hearing confessions for up to 18 hours a day as people from across Europe and beyond came to see him. His fame throughout the Catholic world grew even after his death in 1859 and he continues to inspire a quest for holiness by both priests and the laity. His incorrupt heart — a major relic — normally resides at the shrine named for him in Ars. “On behalf of my brother priests serving in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it was a privilege to welcome the Incorrupt Heart of St. John Vianney, who is the patron saint of parish priests,” Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio told this paper. “The faithful of our diocese in Brooklyn and Queens responded in good numbers to the opportunities made available to pray and reflect in the presence of the relic heart of St. John Vianney. “As the heart relic of St. John Vianney continues to travel throughout our nation,” he added, “may our prayers for an increase of holy vocations to priesthood continue.” New York is the 29th state in the nation to receive the relic for public veneration. The pilgrimage began in November 2018 and will conclude in May 2019 after 87 stops.
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Art LINDSAY PACKER: CALL AND RESPONSE: DEPTH OF FIELD WITH MELANIE MAAR Lindsay Packer premieres Depth of Field, her first commissioned work as an Issue Artist-In-Residence. Collaborating with dancer and choreographer Melanie Maar, the artists use light, color, repetition, movement & the reverberations that emanate from their movements to define and redefine the space around them. When: Thursday, April 18th, 8 p.m. Where: Cobble Hill/Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place)
DIGITAL FAIRYTALES: VENGEANCE IS MINE When one encounters the term “Vengeance,” it is with excitement, suspicion and dread. For vengeance to exist, there must be a prior
perception of victimhood, a grievance. The scale of which is determined by the protagonist, but the roles can quickly be flipped. And flipped and flipped again. The chain of vengeance can go on and on and, unless broken, lead to ever escalating levels of calamity. When: Through April 30th Where: DUMBO/Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street)
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE/SHADOW LAKE Smack Mellon announces two solo exhibitions, Katie Bell: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place and Austin Ballard: Shadow Lake. Both artists create work inspired by the designed and built environment but adopt their own unique approaches. Katie Bell takes discarded and readymade objects to construct immense assemblages that match the industrial scale
of Smack Mellon’s building. Austin Ballard, on the other hand, turns his focus onto household objects, specifically light fixtures and lampshades, to create a more intimate setting that resembles a suburban domestic interior. In both of these projects, however, the artists call attention to the way that architecture and design objects shape — whether dramatically or subtly —how we see and respond to the world. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through April 21st, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street)
BLUE MOUNTAIN GALLERY AND FRIENDS: EXHIBITION TO BENEFIT THE NEW SANCTUARY COALITION A passionate group of accomplished mid-career artists are mounting an exhibit in Brooklyn Heights to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to preserve family unity. The grass roots organization has
grown from a half-dozen congregations to a City-wide Movement in only a few years. 50% of sales will go to the New Sanctuary Coalition. When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays through April 28th Where: Brooklyn Heights/ McKinney Chapel Theater (119-121 Pierrepont Street)
TRANSCENDENTAL PATHWAY Featuring work by Rachel Cohen, Deanna Lee, Christina Massey, Elizabeth Riley, Christine Romanell, Linda Schmidt, Transcendental can be described simply as abstract. It has other definitions though from mathematical use, such as incapable of being the root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients, (π for example), or as relating to an experience determined by the mind’s makeup. Six artists in this exhibit take on different approaches to that definition through their individual styles of abstraction, be that from their intuitive creative approaches to inspiration from mathematical equations. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 29th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Gallery 55 (55 Water Street)
HAGGARTY- BENCHED An exhibition of site-specific work. When: Daily through April 29th Where: DUMBO/Main Window (1 Main Street)
NYC TRASH: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE SCULPTURE GARDEN
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The City Reliquary’s sculpture exhibition — in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future — presents the work of ten local trash artists whose works will be on display in the Reliquary’s backyard garden. When: Thursday-Sunday through April 29th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Requilary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue)
GOYA IN TIJUANA A collection paintings by modern contemporary surrealist painter Tony Geiger. Geiger’s work encompasses both classical surrealism with modern contemporary concerns. When: Saturdays through May 4th, 12 – 6 p.m. or by appt Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street)
LEA THOMAS– CURRENTS A drop of dark blue
Kitchen Still Lifes by Jan Groover will be on exhibit at Janet Borden through May 11th. appears, its stain spreading over the surface. Tendrils stretch across, their circuits entwining and dispersing, carving lucid pathways in their wake. The deepest blue requires more than just one application, it is a multitude of layers blended into one another, with slightly different circumstances and results each time, as sapphire streams ebb and flow concurrently. The azure currents of time, energy, and memory upwell and merge in union. Lea Thomas applies this aesthetic philosophy in her practice, creating a pool of the deepest blue for her hand-woven textiles. With a lineage harkening back to the traditional use of Japanese indigo in its process and symbolism, Thomas’s work echoes the motion of her predecessors, diving far under the waves of deep time. As the fibers submerge
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into a vat of natural dye, so does one’s consciousness surge in connection to our environment, our humanity, and the depths of our psyches. When: Through May 8th Where: Sunset Park/Trestle Gallery (850 3rd Avenue)
A CERTAIN SET OF DYNAMICS Curated by Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer Featuring the work of Embodied Empathy, Christopher Mahonski, Valerie Shusterov, and Kristen Neville Taylor. Jurors: Will Hutnick and Gaby Collins-Fernandez Selected through UrbanGlass’ open curatorial call, a certain set of dynamics looks at artists using glass as a literal and metaphorical lens through which to explore human interconnection. When: Daily through May 10th, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene//Agnes Varis Art Center (647 Fulton
KITCHEN STILL LIFES BY JAN GROOVER Jan Groover created her famous Kitchen Still Lifes in 1978 and 1979. Using a large-format camera, she transformed colanders, knives, spatulas and baking pans into objects of beauty that still hold a visual interest that transcends their common use. Her seductively modern color palette of greens, pewter, bronze and brown tonalities permeates the space dissected by kitchen paraphernalia. These take on a new visual meaning as a result of Groover’s juxtaposition of the elements. Although never unrecognizable as everyday objects, these utensils float into an abstract amalgam of planes and shapes. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through May 11th Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden, Inc
THE OUTSKIRTS, EXPOSED AND PUNCHED
A solo exhibition of new work by Odette England. This will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, and brings together a selection of artworks from three recently completed and ongoing projects. Home is the center-weight of England’s artistic practice, with memory and forgetting being the counterbalances. Her photographs are fragile, contemplative and temporal spaces. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through May 11th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)
THE 2018 FEATURE SHOOT EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, United Photo Industries is exhibiting the work of two artists, Amelie Satzger and Lauren Menzies, in a dual exhibition at the UPI Gallery. When: Through May 31st, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/United Photo Industries (16 Main Street/ Suite B)
RACE AND REVOLUTION: REIMAGINING
The show questions the relationship between historical memory and historical monuments and what the underlying implications are for those histories that remain absent. Seventeen artists were asked to envision monuments that add depth and truth to New York’s compelling history. Exhibiting artists include Alexis Callender, Ayasha Guerin, Chip Thomas, Damien Davis, Emmaline Payette, Kamau Ware, Kimberly Becoat, Lyra Monteiro, Maureen Conner, Maureen McNeil, Marilyn Nance, Rose Desiano, Sal Munoz, Studio Darn, Zaq Landsberg and Jennifer Mack Watkins. When: Fridays through June 14th, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street)
THREAT OF PEACE (HIROSHIMA!!!!!!)
Art in General is proud to present a major solo exhibition in New York by Tokyo-based collective Chim Pom (Ryuta Ushiro, Ellie, Yasutaka Hayashi, Masataka Okada, Toshinori Mizuno, and Motomu Inaoka), whose work traverses geographies to engage trans-historical moments that shape our conflicted present. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 13th, 12 – 6 p.m.
Where: DUMBO/Art in General (145 Plymouth Street)
ONE: EGÚNGÚN One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. When: Daily through August 2019, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)
BROOKLYN ABOLITIONISTS/IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement–ordinary residents, black and white–who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn’s abolition movement in
partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)
BOOKS & READINGS Cellar Nights: Music & Poetry Edition An evening of music and poetry. When: Friday, April 19th, 8 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The Brooklyn Cellar (367 Bedford Avenue)
Educational HOW THE PENTAGON ROBS OUR CITY Bill Hartung’s talk will focus on the war economy, specific ways it drains our city’s resources, and what the public can do to turn it around. Two campaigns are already underway. Christine Lewis will present the NYC campaign to Move the Money and Jan Weinstein will discuss CodePink’s Divest from War Machine. Later, working groups will form to plan follow up actions. When: Thursday, April 18th, 7 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Friends Meeting House (110 Schermerhorn St)
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QUINOA SALAD WITH GREENS INGREDIENTS FOR THE DRESSING: • 2 scallions, minced (white and light green parts only) • 1 large ripe avocado, flesh only • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar • 2 to 4 tablespoons of water • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped • Kosher salt to taste
FOR THE SALAD: • 1 cup dry quinoa • 3 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, chard) • 1 cup cooked edamame • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped • 4 radishes, thinly sliced • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • Salt and pepper to taste
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LEFT: The wood-frame home on the corner of Greene Avenue and Goodwin Place is the landmarked Doering-Bohack House. RIGHT: St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church is an eye-popping Bushwick landmark. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan
See ten terrific Bushwick landmarks Hallelujah! Renovated St. Barbara’s looks divine
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It rises like a mirage on Central Avenue, a fantasy version of American Southwest architecture in Spanish Colonial times. Its 175-foot bell towers are pale white like confectioner’s sugar. So are the terra-cotta sculptures of Jesus and winged angels above the front door. The rest of the building is golden brick that catches the afternoon sunlight. This is St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church, Bushwick’s most eye-popping city landmark. Scaffolding obscured the facade for years. Now the towers’ exteriors have been renovated. They look so beautiful. Helmle & Huberty, a distinguished Brooklyn architecture firm of yesteryear, designed the century-old church, whose address is 138 Bleecker St. Landmark designation was proposed in 1980, then postponed and postponed and postponed. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission revisited the issue a couple years ago when it made a herculean effort to clear a backlog of 95 designation proposals that had sat on its calendar, some for a half-century. The commission voted to designate St. Barbara’s as an individual landmark in December 2016. It’s worth a visit to Bushwick just to see this Spanish Colonial Revival-style church.
But in fact there are numerous city landmarks in this funky hipster-and-Hispanic neighborhood if you know where to look for them — enough to make a spring stroll worth your while. I’ve made this checklist for you to pull up on your phone when you’re taking your walk. DOERING-BOHACK HOUSE Nothing else in Bushwick looks like this building. The standalone 1880s wood frame mansion at 1090 Greene Ave. reminds me of a farmhouse — if the farmer was rich and had a taste for neo-Grec and Queen Anne-style architecture. Prominent Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt designed Doering-Bohack House. One of the people who lived there over the years was Henry Bohack, who owned a chain of grocery stores that was named after him. The buttery-yellow clapboard house on the corner of Greene Avenue and Goodwin Place was renovated a couple years ago. It looks terrific. Daffodils were blooming in the yard the day I strolled over to see it.
CATHERINA LIPSIUS HOUSE This is a brewer’s mansion to be reckoned with. The red-brick house at 670 Bushwick Ave. has a round turret
with a pointy roof on one corner of it. On a dark and stormy night, it would be a suitable setting for a spooky Halloween film. Catherina Lipsius, who owned a brewery with her family, commissioned the American Round-Arched style house in the late 1880s. Architect Theobald Engelhardt designed this home, too.
THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY’S DEKALB BRANCH The flowering trees on the lawn are stunning this time of year. And what a beautiful building. The borough of Brooklyn will forever be thankful for funding that philanthropist Andrew Carnegie provided for 20 libraries at the very beginning of the 20th century. If you know your public buildings, you recognize Carnegie libraries the moment you see them. They are stand-alone buildings made of brick and limestone on corner lots. Their architectural style is Classical Revival. The DeKalb Branch at 790 Bushwick Ave. is one of the Carnegie libraries. A 2004 designation report the city Landmarks Preservation Commission wrote about this branch says William Tubby was the architect. This library was built in 1905.
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Eye on REAL ESTATE The one at 617 Central Ave. is really something. Engine Company 252, which was built in 1896 and 1897, is a Flemish Revival-style design. It is made of brick, red sandstone and terra-cotta. The architects were the Parfitt Brothers, who were a powerhouse Brooklyn firm in that era. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 1995 designation report says it is “one of the finest firehouses ever erected in Brooklyn.”
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THE REFORMED CHURCH OF SOUTH BUSHWICK
This Greek Revival-style wood frame church at 855 Bushwick Ave. was built in the early 1850s, but its steeple harkens back to 17th-century London. I’m not knowledgeable enough about ecclesiastical architecture to know things like this. But the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report about the Reformed Church of South Bushwick, which was written in 1968, says steeples with octagonal belfries and octagonal spires populated London’s skyline after the Great Fire of 1666.
Christopher Wren designed churches with these signature steeples to replace houses of worship that the conflagration destroyed.
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William Tubby, the DeKalb Branch’s architect, designed a fabulous Romanesque Revival-style police station at 179 Wilson Ave. that was built in 1894 and 1895. The 83rd Precinct Police Station and Stable has a corner tower and looks like a fantasy castle. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 1977 designation report told me something I did not know about Bushwick, which was heavily populated by German immigrants at the end of the 19th century. It’s that Wilson Avenue was originally called Hamburg Avenue, which of course is the name of a city in Germany. The avenue was rechristened in honor of President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, after World War I ended, the report said.
PUBLIC SCHOOL 86 When Brooklyn was an independent city, Irish immigrant James Naughton was its Board of Education’s Superintendent of Buildings. This meant he was the architect who designed Brooklyn’s public schools. One of his Bushwick designs is a designated city landmark — Public School 86 at 220 Irving Ave. The brick and stone schoolhouse was constructed in 1892 and 1893. Its architectural style is Romanesque Revival. It is laid out in the shape of the letter “I,” the 1991 designation report about it says.
What a wonderful son. Ulrich Huberty, an architect who did great things in Brooklyn before he died tragically at age 33, designed the house at 1019 Bushwick Ave. for his parents. It’s Colonial Revival in style and has smart touches like a widow’s walk. It was built in 1900, an auspicious year at the dawn of a new century. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 2017 designation report about the handsome home says typhoid fever killed Huberty. He was so young. Huberty was the co-founder of Helmle & Huberty, the architecture firm that designed St. Barbara’s. RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE This Masons’ lodge has been converted to an apartment building — and it looks pretty great. Architecture firm Koch & Wagner designed the Ridgewood Masonic Temple at 1054 Bushwick Ave. It was built in 1919 and 1920. The low-rise building, which is made of buff-colored brick and rusticated stone, was designated as a city landmark in 2014. Look at those multistory arched windows above the front entrance. So dignified and restrained. Don’t you love Bushwick Avenue?
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The BQE rehab: All seven plans, explained
DOT’s “Innovative Plan.”
By Mary Frost Brooklyn Heights Press
A section of the BQE from Sands Street to Atlantic Avenue is so decrepit it needs to be replaced before 2026, or tens of thousands of trucks daily will be rerouted through Brooklyn’s residential streets. This 1.5-mile section of interstate runs along the two lower levels of the triple cantilever supporting the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The city’s Department of Transportation came up with two proposals. The one it prefers, backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, was so shocking to local residents that protests were held in the streets, lawsuits were threatened and civic groups, private citizens and officials came forward with their own alternative plans. As it stands now, besides the city’s two proposals, five alternate BQE renovation plans have come out of the woodwork. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of a BQE panel, chaired by Carlo Scissura, to study all incoming proposals and make recommendations. To help keep them all straight, the Brooklyn Heights Press has put together a roundup of the seven proposals on the table thus far.
DOT’s two proposals The proposals: NYC DOT has put forth two proposals — but is only backing one. In their preferred plan, which they call the “Innovative Plan,” DOT would tear down the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to build a sixlane bypass, which could take about a year and a half to install. BQE traffic would move up to the Promenade level, opening up the levels below for construction. The bypass could be converted into a new, wider Promenade after the reconstructed BQE is complete. DOT’s second proposal, which it uses mainly to boost their preferred plan by contrast, is an incremental, lane-by-lane repair approach. DOT says this, the “Traditional Plan,” would be more expensive, would reroute more traffic onto local streets and could back traffic up for miles.
Pros: • DOT says its Innovative Plan would allow the rehab of the roadway to be completed in six years, as opposed to eight or
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more years using the Traditional Plan • It would route less traffic onto local streets than the traditional method and experience fewer backups.
Cons: • The Innovative Plan would bring the noise and pollution of 153,000 vehicles a day up to street level, in some case inches away from residential windows and air ducts. This includes toxic airborne particles known as PM 2.5. • The Promenade, a major tourist draw, would be out of commission for a minimum of six years. • Businesses along Montague Street and nearby would suffer a loss of foot traffic. • A number of schools would be subjected to noise and pollution for a minimum of six years. • Harry Chapin Playground would be demolished during construction. Sections of Van Voorhees Park may be affected as well. • Some Columbia Heights properties might have to be vacated. • Property values in the Heights would take a major hit. Green score: Very low. The Innovative Plan would bring very negative short-term environmental consequences: It would subject the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to six years of construction dust, noise and a toxic cloud of particulates tied to asthma, diabetes and other diseases. Long-term, the plan would do nothing to encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: From $3.4 to $4 billion. Who is backing: DOT and Mayor Bill de Blasio. DOT says that it is open to considering other suggestions.
••• The ‘Parallel Highway’ plan The proposal: Brooklyn Heights Association’s alternative plan, conceived by Marc Wouters Studios, would move traffic to a temporary two-level structure west of the existing triple cantilever along the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park, below the level of the Promenade. Continued on page 7
Rendering courtesy of Marc Wouters Studio.
The BQE rehab: All seven plans, explained Continued from page 6
Pros: • Keeps construction noise, dust and pollution further away from residential areas than in DOT’s Innovative Plan. • Preserves the Promenade and much of its landmarked views (though this would eventually have to be reconstructed in sections). • Preserves Harry Chapin Park and residences along Columbia Heights. • Maintains existing economic benefits brought in by visitors. • BHA’s plan calls for prefab, offsite construction of highway components and construction techniques that could accelerate the project. • Real estate values along the waterfront would take less of a hit than they would under the DOT’s Innovative Plan. • According to Wouters, this plan “Offers easier access to rebuilding the triple cantilever because there’s not a six-lane highway on top of it.”
Cons: • Creates more temporary lane closures at certain locations than DOT’s Innovative Plan, necessitating traffic management techniques. • Impacts Brooklyn Bridge Park’s soundattenuating berms — steep, grass-covered hills — to some extent. • Subjects the Heights to a degree of noise, dust and pollution — though not as much as DOT’s Innovative Plan. Green score: Medium-low: Brooklyn Heights would be spared the toxic cloud of dust and pollution that would be brought on by DOT’s Innovative Plan. There would be noise and dust to the east edge of the park during Parallel Highway construction and to the Heights during BQE reconstruction. Longterm, the plan would do nothing to encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: Unknown. Who is backing: The Brooklyn Heights Association.
Pros: • Eliminates the need for any temporary highways. • The tunnel would be tolled, and construction could be financed with bonds. • Benefits the entire borough, cutting travel time from Gowanus to the Brooklyn Navy Yard by 10 to 30 minutes per trip. • With less weight and a lower speed limit, the triple cantilever could possibly be rehabbed in place, reducing cost and impact. The six lanes of the BQE would be maintained during the construction period. Sloane says his tunnel plan “survived the City’s 2016 feasibility study.”
Cons: • The plan would involve “considerable property acquisition to construct portals and one or more ventilation structures,” NYS DOT said in an earlier study. • Tunnel portals could impact minority or low-income populations. • A question exists about how many lanes a tunnel would handle. • The city lacks tunnel expertise. • Noise pollution and vibrations can arise during the construction. Green score: Depends on technologies used. The amount of energy consumed and pollutants produced during tunnel construction varies depending on management technologies. The possibility of carbon recapture from the tunnel and improved residential quality along with pedestrian and bicycle safety could yield a positive green score. Long-term, the plan would not by itself encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: City DOT estimated the cost for a tunnel would range from $7 billion to $8 billion. Sloane said that much, if not all, of this cost would be financed for through tolls paid for by roadway users. Who is backing: While no organization is officially backing the plan, traffic advocates urge DOT to consider it as one possible option.
Cross-Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel
The elevated park
The proposal: The BQE in the triple-cantilever section would be bypassed altogether by a permanent 3-mile-long tunnel, running from the Gowanus Expressway vicinity near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and the Prospect Expressway in the south to Flushing Avenue at the north end. It would handle truck traffic, bypassing local streets. The triple cantilever would remain in place as a local feeder road, with a lowered speed limit. The tunnel idea was revived by longtime Cobble Hill community leader and graphic designer Roy Sloane.
Brooklyn-Queens Park. Pros: • Allow freight traffic to continue unabated while removing cars, allowing for a longer structural lifetime. • Eliminates the need for any temporary highways and preserves the Promenade. • Covers the long-despised BQE trench with a park and connects communities as far as Red Hook to Brooklyn Bridge Park. • Stringer says restricting access to the triple cantilever and the Cobble Hill trench would likely reduce car traffic, since drivers will find alternatives including mass transit. (Note: for some, this is a con.)
Cons: The roughly 144,000 passenger cars that currently use the BQE each day would have to use other routes, either through local streets or by taking the Hugh Carey Tunnel, the Belt Parkway or public transit instead of the Brooklyn or Manhattan bridges. (Note: for some, this is a pro.) Green score: Medium-high. The proposal would cut back on pollution in the area of the Triple Cantilever and in Cobble Hill. Longterm, the plan would encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective.
Rendering courtesy of BIG
routed along a new, enclosed highway at ground level along Furman Street’s roadbed. Doing this would eliminate noise and pollution from the highway and enlarge Brooklyn Bridge Park by eight acres. It would also preserve the landmarked Promenade. Baker’s proposal is similar to an independently conceived plan submitted by Bjarke Ingels Group (below). Baker, as a private citizen, has handed the torch to BIG to take the plan to the next level.
••• Brooklyn-Queens Park The proposal: In the most far-reaching proposal submitted so far, DUMBO’s Bjarke Ingels Group would move all six lanes of the BQE from the triple cantilever to a boxedover ground-level highway (incorporating Furman Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sound-attenuating berms), topped by a deck. The deck would be covered with a 10-acre extension of Brooklyn Bridge Park. It could incorporate a meandering Furman Street with space for the potential BQX light-rail line. The deck portion would extend all the way to Atlantic Avenue, with a future extension to Red Hook. The triple cantilever could be transformed into terraced gardens with parklike amenities. One version of the idea includes parking under the triple cantilever.
Pros: • Since the roadway would be enclosed in a box at ground level and covered, noise would be greatly reduced and pollutants could be collected and treated. • Brooklyn Bridge Park could be enlarged and the city would gain a new multi-level park, which could extend beyond Atlantic Avenue southward if desired. • The plan would reintegrate the city with its waterfront. • Preserves the current capabilities of the BQE and improves design and safety. • It could include parking for the park and neighborhood — or even additional housing. • The base cost would be lower than that of DOT’s preferred plan, according to BIG, and the plan is less complex and less risky.
The proposal: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s proposal would eliminate cars along two miles of the BQE, run trucks along a two-lane thruway at the bottom level of the triple cantilever and turn the rest into a new linear park. The elevated park would run from the “newly pedestrianized” middle level of the triple cantilever in Brooklyn Heights to a green deck over the Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens BQE trench, and from there to an upgraded pedestrian bridge and new park in Red Hook. The Promenade would remain untouched.
Comptroller Scott Stringer’s elevated park plan. Rendering courtesy of Comptroller Stringer Cost: Unknown, though proposed designs for decking over the BQE trench in both Williamsburg and Cobble Hill have previously been assessed at roughly $125 million. Who is backing: The Cobble Hill Association praised the idea for addressing longterm community concerns and for its forward thinking. They gave Stringer kudos for consulting with them before releasing the plan.
••• Tri-Line Park
The Cross-Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel.
Map courtesy of Roy Sloane
The proposal: Mark Baker’s proposal would transform the triple cantilever section of the BQE into a three-level Tri-Line park, which would merge with Brooklyn Bridge Park. The BQE’s cars and trucks would be
• Given the tight deadline (trucks must come off the BQE by 2026), any delays or lawsuits could cause chaos. • As the most complex option with the most potential moving parts, the BQP faces greater hurdles in reaching a consensus before the 2026 deadline. Green score: Medium-high. The proposal would cut back on pollution in the area of the triple cantilever and in Cobble Hill and increase parkland. Safety lanes would reduce backups all along the BQE. Long-term, the plan would not encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: Unknown. Who is backing: The idea was met with great enthusiasm at a recent standing-roomonly town hall organized by the Brooklyn Heights Association and the advocacy group A Better Way NYC. Many attendees felt it incorporated many of the positive ideas that had arisen in earlier proposals.
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