Who Should be on the 2009 BHB Ten List?

Here’s your chance to chime in and help us determine this year’s BHB Ten – a list of Brooklyn Heights residents who deserve a shout-out for contributing to the outside world in a positive way.

Comment below!

BHB Ten 2008 list

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/theyardie/298366254/ David

    Busy Chef!

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts and Montague Street resident, for her tireless efforts to preserve funding for the arts at a time of state budgetary crisis, as well as for developing innovative programs to encourage business, educational and arts institutions to work together (see here).

  • No One of Consequence

    Wasn’t the BC really a 2008 story?
    A “positive” contribution to the “outside world”?
    Very limiting, assuming you mean the world outside of BH.

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  • John Kirsch

    I vote Alan Fishman what a guy…

    Please post something useful on this blog.

  • Le Where

    JK – you suggest someone from last year’s list and then say post something useful on this blog. Brilliant.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    John Kirsch: we’re always open to suggestions. What would you consider “useful”?

  • nabeguy

    Well, I was going to vote for John Kirsch, but now I’m having second thoughts.

  • T.K. Small

    I vote for Claude Scales. He has religiously provided information about the park progress and always offers insightful comments. Thank you Claude!

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    T.K.: Thanks so much for the nomination and for your kind words; I must, however, respectfully decline. I don’t think BHB staff should be eligible for consideration. I know we made an exception for you last year, but it was deserved because your contributions went well beyond what you wrote for the blog.

  • T.K. Small

    You are being far too modest. Self absorbed, babyboomers all over the world look to you for inspiration and guidance.

  • Monty

    How about Bjork? Did she actually move in? Anyone seen her?

  • Publius

    Anyone who had anything to do with busting Guder and Rex.

  • PS 8 parent

    Does it have to be a resident, or can it be someone who’s in the neighborhood daily? If the latter, I’d vote for Seth Phillips.

  • Homer Fink


  • anon

    Brooklyn Heights exactly or the general area, i.e. vicinity? HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan lives in Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill.

  • Homer Fink

    That would be Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill.

  • ABC

    geez Homer.

  • tb

    Come on Homer.. Look at what Seth is doing for the Neighborhood.
    You need to re-think this one.

  • Wallard

    Does Doug Biviano still live in the hood, or has he packed up the family and moved in search of affordable health insurance?

    How about Theodore Roosevelt IV for passing on the chance to run for US Senate, and for fighting the fight against global warming.

  • Billy Reno

    Stuckey & Murray! They live in the Heights. Google them. You won’t regret it!

  • Eason

    I nominate Guder and Rex for selfless contributions in bringing Brooklyn Heights their very own highly complex, well thought out art, right up and onto our very doorsteps (and maps, street signs, historical landmarks, etc.) Even at the young mental ages of 12 and 13, these 2 individuals put artistic expression in the community above all else, including common trivialities such as the “law”, a roudy neighborhood “blog”, and good taste. If you see them on the street, please let them know they have been nominated and might win a free trip to Dueshebagland. Actually if they win or not, THEY STILL GET A FREE TRIP TO DUESHEBAGLAND.

  • http://www.melaniehopegreenberg.com melanie hope greenberg

    I LOVED being a 10 this year and thanks Brooklyn Heights Blog for choosing me. I am still going to use my 2008 award on my email signature line. As far as I am concerned, my title is forever :)

  • Gregory Shahum

    I would like to recommend my brother, Brian Shahum, for recognition on the top ten list. Brian has lived in Brooklyn Heights for the past several years and has demonstrated the kind of beneficience and pride towards his brethren that anyone would admire and respect. Brian has made it a point to give back locally by teaching basketball clinics to the neighborhood children regardless of ability to pay. He has set out to share the beauty and uniqueness of his community with all that he encounters. Through his work and love of sports Brian has raised the funds necessary to complete a full court basketball project in South Africa which benefits hundreds of deserving children. Upon his arrival to Africa it was clear that his hometown of Brooklyn Heights would be represented by the donated sporting goods and equipment that bare the BH logo! Brian has not stopped there, but had the opportunity to represent Brooklyn Heights in a reality television show called, America’s Next Sport Star, highlighting athletes around the US that have battled to compete for a tryout with a professional NBA team. Many are the fortunate to have the character and passion that Brian exudes in the Heights! Thank you in advance for consideration.

  • http://www.brooklynpaper.com Gersh Kuntzman

    Seriously? How about Ed Weintrob, who started The Brooklyn Paper in 1978 and really and truly is a giant of NYC community journalism. It is inarguable that Ed and The Paper (before me, so don’t think this is self-serving!) provided an enormously valuable service to the Heights and, as The Paper expanded, all of Brooklyn.

  • Publius

    Frankly, since Ed Weintrob is part of the so-called Brooklyn Paper’s “editorial board” and said editorial board kept shilling for the Dock Street project while paying rent to Two Trees Management (while choosing to omit this outrageous conflict of interest and ignoring standard journalistic practices of full disclosure), his name doesn’t spring to mind for the 2009 Top Ten.

    In my opinion, the so-called Brooklyn Paper “editorial board” belongs on an entirely different list.

  • Billy Reno

    Oh, and the Hunchback of Atlantic Ave.!

  • anon

    If this opens to those who at least work in Brooklyn Heights (as I don’t know her home address), I nominate Shirley the crossing guard at the intersection of Atlantic Ave. & Clinton St. She is by far the nicest crossing guard along Clinton St., she actually does her job of going into the intersection and stopping traffic so kids can cross the street, and by comparison to others, doesn’t spend her work time on her cell phone, standing next to a building or talking to employees of nearby buildings. She is there, almost without fail, rain or shine, wind and cold, and is friendly and says hello to parents and kids. In short, she does her job that she was hired to do. It ain’t an easy job to be outside, which I recognize, but the other (and somewhat younger) crossing guards stand away from the intersection, doing what I don’t know, and simply don’t do their job. Some days they’re there, some days not. In the rain, they may hover near the buidling or a nearby overhang to try and avoid getting soaked. Not Shirley–she’s there helping kids cross the street. On her own, she’s wonderful and a pleasure, but by comparison, she’s wonderful, a pleasure and fantastic. Shirley is a wonderful addition to Brooklyn Heights (and Cobble Hill if she’s on that side of Atlantic Ave.) and she appropriately deserves some recognition.

  • Homer Fink

    Considering we placed State Senator Squadron on the list last year, I’ll loosen up the rules a little here on “residence”.

  • anon