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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The Three Gentlemen Featured At Hill Country Brooklyn Family Jam Sunday

The Three Gentlemen (photo) will be performing this Sunday afternoon, February 7, starting at 1:00, at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams Street. There’s no cover charge. Hill Country’s website gives this interesting description of what to expect: The Three Gentlemen, this foursome are a brand-new, noteworthy, BK roots/country, dare we say, super group: Konrad Meissner […]

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Goodbye, Bay Lander

For the past year and a half the small former U.S. Navy ship Bay Lander has been moored to Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. We reported her arrival here. For a year or so she was moored to the north side of the pier, but when pieces of the marina to be assembled there began […]

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Court Hearing on Alleged Pierhouse View Plane Obstruction Today

Update: The hearing was about the defendants’ (Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, New York City, and developer Toll Brothers) motion to dismiss the suit because it is barred under the statute of limitations. Plaintiffs (the Brooklyn Heights Association and Save The View Now) introduced an affidavit by City Council Member Steve Levin to the effect that […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

“Fix & Fortify” post-Sandy repair work resumes in the A/C line’s East River tunnel this weekend. From 11:45 p.m. Friday, February 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 8, A and C trains running in both directions will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-Metro Tech and West 4th Street. This means no service […]

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Heights Players’ Production of Anything Goes Premieres This Weekend

The Heights Players contnue their Diamond Anniversary season with their production of the ever-popular Broadway musical comedy Anything Goes, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, which opens this weekend. Performances will be at 8:00 p.m.Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, and […]

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Coming Up At Brooklyn Historical Society

As I learned from reading Bob Furman’s Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb, in 1790 one third of Brooklyn’s population, which was then 4,500, was slaves. Tomorrow (Thursday, February 4) evening, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion, “Why New York? Slavery on Long Island”, […]

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Open Thread Wednesday

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Rabbi Raskin Attacked on Joralemon Street

Rabbi Aaron Raskin (photo), of Congregation B’nai Avraham on Remsen Street, was, as reported by the Eagle, attacked by a group of people while walking on Joralemon Street near Hicks Street at 6:18 this past Sunday evening, January 31. He was talking on his cell phone at the time of the attack, and it was […]

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Library Plan Faces One Final Hurdle as Borough President Calls Time

The proposal to sell the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to developer Hudson Companies, who would build a high rise residential and commercial building, with a new library sited in its ground floor and basement, appeared to be sailing to completion when it was approved by the City Council subject to […]

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Tourist Chopper Traffic To Be Trimmed

The Brooklyn Paper reports that New York City and the operators of tourist helicopter flights have agreed to a phased reduction of the number of such flights that will result in a fifty percent reduction as of January 2017. Sunday flights will cease entirely as of April 1 of this year. A twenty percent reduction […]

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