Changing Brooklyn
Crown Heights: Shadows cast by a proposed 39-story development in Crown Heights would destroy half of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collection of rare and exotic plants within 10 years, according to one of the horticultural museum’s chief green thumbs, who urged members of the City Planning Commission to seriously consider the project’s shadow impact. Comments (12)
Gowanus: The city must scale back some of the new building-height limits officials proposed in their scheme to rezone a massive swath of Gowanus, locals demanded, because erecting structures as tall as 22- and 30-stories along parts of its namesake canal could physically divide the area much like the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway did in Cobble Hill when workers laid the roadway through that neighborhood. Comments (9)

Building big on the banks: Massive distribution center to rise near mouth of Gowanus Canal

Gowanus: Developers will erect what they claim will be the country’s largest distribution center on an 18-acre site near the mouth of the Gowanus Canal, after purchasing the massive swath of land earlier this year. Comments (9)

Meadow reimagined: Locals propose new amenities for Cobble Hill park set for facelift as part of LICH redevelopment

Cobble Hill: A tiny Cobble Hill park that a developer will refurbish as part of its scheme to build a seven-building complex in the neighborhood must include amenities that make it more inviting to the community, according to locals who attended a recent meeting about the redesign. Comments (1)

Tough pill to swallow: Coney Island civic leaders don’t want new drug-treatment center in nabe

Coney Island: City and state leaders must revoke their approvals for a new outpatient substance-abuse recovery center in Coney Island, and instead help area addicts by shuttering booze vendors in the neighborhood, according to a local who panned the center at a recent community board meeting. Comments (2)
DUMBO: The developers building two luxury towers on a vacant Jay Street lot they bought years ago from the Jehovah’s Witnesses revealed new renderings and a website for the high-rises, whose one-to-four-bedroom condos are expected to hit the market later this year, according to a rep. Comments (7)

Steel of approval: City okays plan to put steel-iron fence outside Cobble Hill tower on old LICH site

Cobble Hill: City preservationists green-lit a developer’s proposal to build a fence separating the swanky tower it is building on part of Cobble Hill’s old Long Island College Hospital campus from passersby on Amity Street. Comments (3)

Condos in new Brooklyn Heights library building on sale, starting at north of $1M

Brooklyn Heights: Buyers will need to drop stacks of cash to live above these stacks. Comments (6)

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