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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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This weekend it’s déjà vu all over again. From 9:45 PM Friday, January 18 to 5:00 AM Monday, January 21 there will be no Manhattan bound service at High Street, as A and C trains will be re-routed to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. 2, 3, 4, N, and R […]

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Hundreds Pack Promenade For Rally Against BQE Plan

Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Peter Bray said the cold weather made him hope that 300 people would show up for yesterday’s rally on and for the Promenade, but by our estimate there was well more than that number. (Update: the New York Post estimates the turnout as “[a]bout 200″; we believe this is way […]

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Local Electeds to Join BQE Rally on Promenade Saturday

This in from A Better Way NYC: State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, and City Council Member Stephen Levin just announced that they will be joining Comptroller Scott Stringer at a press conference this Saturday calling for a community-driven solution to the BQE reconstruction. Please show your support this Saturday, January […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This weekend, from 9:45 PM Friday, January 11 to 5:00 AM Monday, January 14 there will be no Manhattan bound service at High Street, as A and C trains will be re-routed to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. 2, 3, 4, N, and R trains should be running normally. The […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Family Programs at DUMBO Begin This Saturday

The Brooklyn Historical Society has announced a series of “family programming geared towards families with children ages 2 and up” to be held on two Saturdays each month, from January through June, beginning this Saturday, January 12 at BHS’s DUMBO location, 55 Water Street, in the historic Empire Stores building (you may also enter from […]

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City Comptroller Stringer to Lead Rally on BQE Plan Saturday; Eagle’s Mary Frost Interviewed About Toxic Hazard

City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, along with A Better Way NYC, are rallying this Saturday, January 12th, at 11a.m. on the Promenade at the Pierrepont Street entrance to call for a community-driven solution to the BQE reconstruction. According to A Better Way: Comptroller Scott Stringer will call on the City to demand more transparency and […]

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BHA Sends New Letter to DOT; Harvard “Kroks” Benefit Concert for BHA and A Better Way NYC

The Brooklyn Heights Association, in a letter sent today to Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, noted that the announcement of an alternative plan for repair of the L train tunnel should inspire DOT “to re-think DOT’s approach to the BQE reconstruction project.” The parallels seem clear: each project poses […]

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New Life for 186 Remsen? Bye-bye 192 Montague?

In a post this past September I speculated about the future of 186 Remsen Street (photo, by C. Scales), which I have long liked as an example of Victorian Romanesque architecture. In the post I noted that the building had been acquired by Up Ventures LLC, who had filed plans for a fourteen story hotel […]

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