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

The annual Grace Church School Carnival will be held this Saturday, April 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon). The carnival features food, including BBQ from Hill Country, pony rides, a photo booth, a tumbling zone, bouncy rides, and other activities. There will be [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

From 11:30 p.m.Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, there will be no C trains running between West 4th Street in Manhattan and Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn; consequently, there will only be A train service at High Street during this time. Also, during the same period, A trains will not run in either [...]

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St. Ann’s Church Lays Off Two Staff, Including Music Director Gregory Eaton

According to the Eagle St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, located at Clinton and Montague streets, has been forced by budgetary considerations to lay off two staff members, a sexton, or custodian (another remains on staff), and 21 year veteran Music Director Gregory Eaton. Although Eaton’s concerts have been effective fund-raisers for the church, [...]

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Poetry Reading This Evening at Brooklyn Heights Library

The Eagle reports that this evening (Wednesday, April 23) at 6:15 there will be a free poetry reading, with light refreshments served, at the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West (between Pierrepont and Tillary streets). The reading will feature works by Rumi, Pablo Neruda, Ernesto Cardenal, Allen Ginsberg, Ishmael [...]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach Nears Completion

As I was taking my morning walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park, heading north from Pier 5 toward Pier 1, my nose crinkled at the smell of freshly laid asphalt. Rounding a corner in the path just south of Pier 3, I saw a group of people standing, facing south toward what will soon be a [...]

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A Beautiful Day for an Egg Hunt

There’s a bit of a chill in the air, but the sun is shining, and a throng of parents and kids have lined up for the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee’s annual Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions

Bargemusic has a full schedule of concerts this holiday weekend. This evening (Friday, April 18) at 7:00 pianist Gilles Vonsattel will play works by Beethoven, Benjamin Shadow, Messiaen, Liszt, Holliger, Janacek, and Rzewski. On Saturday evening at 7:00 the concert will feature works by works by Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Kreisler, and Sarasate, perfromed by Mark [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

There will be a few subway disruptions this Easter/Passover weekend. There will be no 4 trains running in either direction from 3:30 a.m. Saturday to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19-20. However, 5 trains, which don’t normally serve Brooklyn on weekends, will be running to and from Brooklyn during these hours. So, if you’re returning from [...]

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Flowers that Bloom in the Spring

Now that spring is here in almost full force and temperatures are climbing, on my customary morning walks over the past few days, I’ve seen blossoms in profusion in many locations, starting with these in the garden outside my building on Montague Street. There are more photos and there is more text after the jump. [...]

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BHA Events: “Vision Zero” Workshop April 24; BHA Social! April 29; House Tour May 10

The Brooklyn Heights Association has a full schedule of events over the coming thirty days. On Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church there will be a public workshop, sponsored by the NYC DOT, on Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic fatalities. All are welcome, and if you [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

It’s spring, really spring, so you may feel like getting outside and doing a little gardening. The Poplar Street Community Garden is having their first Workday of the season this Saturday, April 12, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The Garden is located at Poplar and Hicks streets. Bring your own pruning shears, or use theirs. [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

This weekend, from 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 14 Brooklyn bound F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between West 4th Street in Manhattan and Jay Street-MetroTech, so there will be no direct service from Manhattan to York Street in DUMBO. Those traveling from Manhattan to DUMBO may [...]

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Sen. Squadron’s Community Convention Sunday, April 27

State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, Carroll Gardens and other Brooklyn neighborhoods, along with lower Manhattan, will host his sixth annual Community Convention at Seward Park Educational Campus, 350 Grand Street in Manhattan (Delancey Street stop on the F train), on Sunday afternoon, April 27, from 2:00 to 5:00. [...]

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Theater 2020 Presents Free Reading of Shaw’s “Overruled” Saturday

Theater 2020, the Heights’ own professional theater company, will present a free reading of George Bernard Shaw’s one act play Overruled this coming Saturday afternoon, April 12, in the first floor auditorium of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West. The reading will begin at 2:00; doors open at [...]

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LICH Update: Is SUNY Gaming Us? Will Cuomo Decide?

While we felt relief at Thursday’s announcement of SUNY’s decision to select Brooklyn Health Partners, which proposes to operate a full service hospital at Long Island College Hospital, as the preferred applicant to acquire LICH, we can’t be sure that all will turn out well. As BHB reader Rick said in his comment to the [...]

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Shake Shack Coming to One Old Fulton by Mid-Summer

As we reported last August, the former site of Pete’s Restaurant, One Old Fulton Street (corner of Old Fulton and Water streets) in the Fulton Ferry Historic District, will become a Shake Shack. According to this Eagle story, the owners expect it to open by mid-summer. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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