Coming at the Center for Brooklyn History

The Center for Brooklyn History of the Brooklyn Public Library has two interesting public programs coming up this month. Both will be virtual only, as CBH’s space at 128 Pierrepont Street is undergoing renovation. It is expected to be ready to host public programs this coming spring.

This coming Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM CBH will present “Rescued from Obscurity: Sam Roberts on the Remarkable New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of.” Among those Mr. Roberts, a veteran New York Times reporter, will discuss are

[t]he woman who successfully sued a bus company for racial discrimination a century before Rosa Parks; the custodian-turned-real estate entrepreneur who gave Harlem it’s [sic] Black identity; the Jewish constable who defined the city’s policing”.

Joining Mr. Roberts to lead the discussion will be Pamela Newkirk, “a multifaceted scholar who has published a variety of works that present multidimensional portraits of African American life.” To attend, please register here.

On Tuesday, November 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, CBH will present “Sewers: Messages from the Underground”, a discussion led by Jessica Leigh Hester, a journalist who “especially love[s] reporting on ecology and trash” and is the author of Sewer. She will be joined by a distinguished group of civil engineers, urban administrators, and ecologists to discuss “fatbergs, microplastics, Covid sampling, and cutting edge sewage technology, [that] will forever change how you think about what goes down our drains.” To join the discussion, please register here.

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  • nomcebo manzini

    They had some sort of event in the big space that fronts on Clinton, so don’t believe whatever you think they’re saying about renovations. Unless they bought the old museum for $1, they overpaid – with money they really don’t have. I *love* our City’s libraries, but the BPL hasn’t made it out of the 20th century yet.

    Their pay is uncompetitive to an extent that their “talent pool” has about 2 feet of water in it (on a good day.) All libraries are trying to/HAVING TO figure out what their role is going forward. The BPL – much more than the NYPL – has too many poor and poorly educated people to serve … and too few wealthy people to fund the effort. Queens’ system puts ours to shame. It doesn’t have to be that way, but

    One City, THREE competing libraries

    is nothing short of insane. I grew up when there was an IRT, BMT and IND “system” of subways. Even then, they were part of a unified NYCT operation. 50 years later, nobody has told the libraries – 300 “directors” earning $200K+ each is about 200 more than an operation depending totally on handouts & tax $ can afford!