About Claude Scales

Heights resident since 1983. Lawyer, with strong interests in history, philosophy, literature, music, architecture, astronomy, paleontology, ships and the sea, railroads, baseball, food and wine. Married, with one child.

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Thanks to Albany BQE Repairs May be Stalled; Made More Difficult

The cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, is in need of critical repairs. Concrete has eroded, exposing rusting metal reinforcements. The job will take years, and will require closure of at least parts of the BQE for long periods. Last year a City Department of Transportation Official told a […]

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At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

On Wednesday evening, June 28 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion on the timely topic, “Who is Muslim.” It will be led by Imam Khalid Latif, chaplain at NYU, and will feature a distinguished panel of Muslims living in America who will “challenge stereotypes, highlight alternative narratives, and share their […]

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Will Fourth of July Fireworks be Visible from Brooklyn Heights?

Update: Here’s reaction from local business owners. The Eagle reports that this year’s Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be launched from barges on the East River beteween 24th and 41st streets in Manhattan. Unlike the past two years, there will be no fireworks launched from barges anchored below Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. The Eagle […]

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Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park to Open Thursday, June 29

The Pop-Up-Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park will re-open this Thursday, June 29. The opening will be at 11:00 a.m., and the group Love Our Pool plans a “little reception” at opening time. The pool was slated to be removed after last year’s season, but got a one year lease on life thanks to the efforts […]

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Night Milling Of Furman Street Scheduled For Friday, June 30

We have word from Community Board 2 that Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Joralemon Street will be milled this coming Friday, June 30. According to CB 2: Due to daytime traffic volume, this work is planned to take place OVERNIGHT. Yes, this is an annoyance but one that is deemed necessary. Thank you […]

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Cuomo Makes Brooklyn Heights Resident Joseph Lhota MTA Chair

The Eagle reports that Governor Cuomo has named Heights resident Joseph Lhota to serve as chair of the MTA. Lhota previously served as the MTA’s chief executive, and is credited with leading the agency’s quick response to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He later ran unsuccessfully as the GOP candidate for for […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

From 11:45 PM Friday, June 23 until 5:00 AM Monday, June 26 Brooklyn bound R and (late night) N trains will be diverted over the Manhattan Bridge between Canal Street and DeKalb Avenue. This means no service from Manhattan to Court Street or to the R/N platforms at Jay Street-Metro Tech, or to stops further […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

This Friday evening, June 23 at 8:00 Bargemusic will present pianist Irena Portenko (photo, by Irina Mednik) playing a “Here and Now” selection of works by contemporary or recent composers, including Israel Kremen, Michael Zeiger, Volodymyr Runchak, Toshimitsu Tanaka, Heinrich J. Hartl, Arik Shapira, Waleed Howrani, and tango king Astor Piazzolla. On Saturday evening, June […]

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