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

This Saturday, May 2, the NYFD is celebrating its 150th anniversary with open houses at firehouses throughout the city. Both of Brooklyn Heights’ firehouses are participating. Engine Company 205 and Hook and Ladder Company 118 (photo) at 74 Middagh Street (between Henry and Hicks)–former Mayor Bloomberg unsuccessfully tried to close E 205 in 2011–will be […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Once again there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations this weekend (Friday evening, May 1 to Monday morning, May 4). C train service will be reduced to about once every fifteen minutes (“Not unusual,” you might say.) Those traveling into Brooklyn should know that 3 […]

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Open Thread Wednesday (Well, Almost Thursday)

Mea culpa! Filling Homer’s shoes is no easy task. Anyway, here’s a very late OTW, with thanks to reader “Jorale-man” for reminding me. (For many of you, it will be Open Thread Thursday.) What’s on your mind? Comment away! Share this Story: Tweet

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SyFy Pier 1 Movies Schedule Announced

Gothamist provides us with a list of the free SyFy Movies of the Week to be screened on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thursday evenings this summer. The series kicks off on July 9 with the quintessential Western (OK, an argument can be made for Shane), Gary Cooper in High […]

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Bell House Derby Party to Honor Homer Fink

This in from Tracy (“Mrs. Fink”) Zamot: THE BELL HOUSE is dedicating this year’s Derby to the memory of John Loscalzo and his deep abiding love for the Derby and a strong mint julep. Please come out and honor my silly man and the great compassion of the organizers. Also – we can reminisce about […]

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A Tree Rises in Brooklyn Heights

At about 1:00 p.m. yesterday your correspondent noticed a very tall crane standing in the middle of Remsen Street just west of Henry, which necessitated blocking all traffic from Remsen between Hicks and Henry. Approaching the site, I saw a tree, its roots encased in a basket, lying on a flatbed trailer. The crane was […]

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Coming Up This Week at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Tuesday evening, April 28, at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a lecture by Stephen Scanniello, “Roses: Tracing the American Beauty’s Roots in NYC.” Mr. Scanniello is Curator for the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and the President of the Heritage Rose Foundation. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members; buy […]

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Has Anyone Seen Missing Cat Meeshka?

Update: Meeshka was found and is safe at home. Meeshka, a small (8 lbs.) cat that “looks like a Siamese red tabby,” not wearing a collar, went missing yesterday (Saturday, April 25) at 4:00 p.m. from Cranberry Street between Willow and Hicks. If you see Meeshka, please phone his owner, Kathy Marshall McGorry, at 917-620-5759 […]

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CB2 Exec Committee to Consider Slow Zone, Joralemon Closure at Furman, Schermerhorn Bike Lane on Monday

Community Board 2’s Executive Committee will meet at the Jonas Board Room, Metcalfe Hall, Long Island University, Flatbush and DeKalb avenues this coming Monday evening, April 27, starting at 6:00 p.m. Among the items on the agenda are (1) the Brooklyn Heights “Slow Zone”, (2) a proposal to close Joralemon Street to through traffic at […]

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Get a Sneak Preview of New Parkland on Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Next Friday, May 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Patricia Kirshner, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Vice President for Capital Planning and Construction will lead “Jane’s Walk,” a tour of the outer two thirds of Pier 6, still under construction, that when completed will include “[a] seasonally vivid flower meadow, winding pathway and lush perimeter plantings.” The […]

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