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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Cuomo Makes Brooklyn Heights Resident Joseph Lhota MTA Chair

The Eagle reports that Governor Cuomo has named Heights resident Joseph Lhota to serve as chairman 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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Open Thread Wednesday

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Know a Spot, or Two, That Needs a Litter Can? Tell Council Member Steve Levin

In his “Word on the 33rd” e-blast today, City Council Member Stephen Levin has this message for constituents: We all need to do our part to keep our community clean. Everyone one of us should be able to take pride in the streets and sidewalks that are extensions of our homes and workplaces. To this […]

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Developer Finally Closes on Library Site

We have it from City Realty that developer Hudson Companies, Inc. has finally closed on the sale from the City of the site, at Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street, formerly occupied by the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, which now occupies temporary space on Remsen Street between Henry and Clinton. Demolition […]

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Brooklyn’s Waterfront as Artistic Inspiration Subject of Wednesday Discussion at BHS

This Wednesday evening, June 21 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present novelist Jennifer Egan (photo, at Brooklyn Book Festival, 2010), author of The Keep and A Visit From the Goon Squad and the soon to be published Manhattan Beach, leading a discussion “about Brooklyn’s waterfronts, industrial and liminal, as an inspiration to artists.” […]

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Subway Service Update: Some More Bad (but Necessary) News About the 2/3 Line

Update: There will be 2 train service, but no 3 train, on the weekend and Monday before July 4 (Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3) and full service on July 4. Yesterday we reported that there would be no service to or from Brooklyn on the 2/3 line this weekend. Now, thanks to the […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

There’s good news and there’s bad news this weekend (Friday, June 16 at 11:45 PM to Monday, June 19 at 5:00 AM). The good news is that there will be 4/5 service in both directions at Borough Hall, so those traveling to or from Manhattan’s East Side no longer need to take circuitous routes. The […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

On Friday evening, June 16 at 8:00 Bargemusic will start the weekend with a concert of music by the American composer Lewis Spratlan (photo), played by Elizabeth Chang on violin, Nardo Poy on viola, Julia Lichten on cello, Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet, and Alissa Leiser on piano. On Saturday evening, June 17 at 8:00, […]

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