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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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

There’s a lot going on this weekend. The Brooklyn Book Festival is already underway with “Bookend” events, but the main program is on Sunday, September 21, with events starting from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. (schedule here). Also on Sunday there’s the Montague Street Summer Space from noon to 5:00 p.m.–come meet the BHB crew [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Once again this weekend, Friday evening September 19 to Monday morning September 22, there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly and negatively affecting service at any local stations. If you’re traveling into Brooklyn, though, be aware that, just like last weekend, 2, 3, and 4 trains going in that direction won’t [...]

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Aerial Tramway Proposed to Connect Brooklyn, Manhattan

According to Crain’s New York Business, at the recent Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, Daniel Levy, head of CityRealty, proposed a system of aerial tramways, similar to the existing Roosevelt Island Tramway, that would connect Brooklyn to Manhattan as well as linking various places along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. One segment of the [...]

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Literary Tour in Brooklyn Bridge Park Wednesday Evening

Update: the tour has been cancelled. “My Hand in Yours, Walt” will be “a literary walk through the legacy of the Brooklyn Bridge in works by Whitman, Crane, Bishop, and Moore” this Wednesday evening, September 17, starting at 6:30 at the entrance to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park (near the foot of Old Fulton Street). [...]

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BHA Sez: Room for More Dogs at the Show

We’ve received this notice from the Brooklyn Heights Association: Is Your Dog A Winner? The BHA Annual Dog Show (this Sunday afternoon!) has spots available. There are more spots available for the Talented Tricksters, Fashionistas (Costume), Teachers Pets (aka Most Obedient), Sweet Talkers (Most talkative/ Best Bark),Lovable Large Dogs (over 40 lbs). The show is [...]

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Events at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) has three events scheduled for the next three nights. Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16) starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a musical event dramatizing the struggles of city life: New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding sings the stories of everyday heroes fighting the system in [...]

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Photoville Returns Thursday, September 18

Photoville, “a pop-up, modular venue built from shipping containers re-purposed into galleries exhibiting a wide array of cutting-edge photography,” will return for its third visit to Brooklyn Bridge Park beginning this coming Thursday, September 18. It will be open Thursdays through Sundays from September 18 through 28: Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.; [...]

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Brooklyn Book Festival Next Sunday, September 21

The ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Borough Hall and Columbus Park (immediately north of Borough Hall). There will be readings by and discussions with writers, readings and activities for children, and books for sale. There’s more information here. During the coming week [...]

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Daily News: R Train Service to be Restored Monday

According to the Daily News, a “transit source” has said that R train service through the Montague Street tunnel connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan, which has been closed since last October to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, will resume this coming Monday, September 15. If true, this is heartening news, as it will re-establish another [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Tomorrow (Saturday, September 13) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a kite festival on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event is free; you may bring your own kite, or they will be available for purchase. The forecast calls for rain in the afternoon, so best to arrive [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Once again this weekend, Friday evening September 12 to Monday morning September 15, there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations. If you’re traveling into Brooklyn, though, be aware that 2, 3, and 4 trains going in that direction won’t be stopping at Bergen Street, Grand [...]

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Poplar Street Community Garden Work Day

The Poplar Street Community Garden (photo), located at the northwest corner of Hicks and Poplar streets, needs helpers this Saturday, September 13, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The Garden’s herbaceous perennials make a show that changes delightfully through the seasons. Many are also food and habitat for bees, butterflies, or birds – and/or food and [...]

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BHS Presents “Tales From the Vault” Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, September 9) starting at 6:30 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton), will present another of its “Tales From the Vault” lectures: BHS archivist John Zarrillo brings to life the diverse cast of characters who have emerged from the records of the Brooklyn Corporation Counsel. Their surprising and [...]

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BHA Dog Show and Summer Space Sunday, September 21

Dog owners and lovers: the Brooklyn Heights Association will have its annual Dog Show on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in front of Pet’s Emporium (Sami’s place) on Montague Street between Henry and Hicks. There will be many contests and prizes; you must pre-register your dog to participate. More details and link [...]

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Shoppers’ Alert: Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Re-Opens Tomorrow; Underground Thrift Store Sunday

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange (photo above), 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry) re-opens from its annual summer closure tomorrow (Saturday, September 6) and will be celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. On [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Saturday, September 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park will host a “Mets Jam Music Festival” on the Pier 2 uplands. Head to Pier 2 for an afternoon of activity including a live performance by Oh Honey and appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Met, John Franco, Edgardo Alfonso, Doc Gooden and Ed [...]

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