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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Why No Weekday Ferry Service Brooklyn to Governors Island?

There’s ferry service from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 (foot of Atlantic Avenue) to Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays after the Island re-opens to the public on Saturday, May 23, but there will be no way for Brooklynites to get there on weekdays, other than to take a train to lower Manhattan, walk to […]

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“Whimsical” Artworks of Jeppe Hein to Adorn Brooklyn Bridge Park

The New York Times reports that works of Danish artist Jeppe Hein will soon “run the 1.3-mile length of” Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Times story describes his works as including: Fire-engine-red benches that spike, arch and undulate. A room with walls of rising water [photo]. A labyrinth of mirrored panels. The exhibition, titled “Please Touch […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, March 27 at 8:00 Bargemusic will present pianist Soyeon Kate Lee (photo) playing works by Scarlatti, Brahms, Scriabin, Janácek, Debussy, and Ravel. On Saturday evening, March 28 at 8:00 and on Sunday afternoon, March 29 at 4:00 Ms. Lee will be joined by Bargemusic’s artistic director Mark Peskanov on violin to perform […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

It’s another “green light” weekend (Friday night, March 27 to Monday morning, March 30), as there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips that directly affect service at any local stations. The following week (Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3) there will be no 2 train service in either direction between Chambers […]

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Borough President Eric Adams Joins Pierhouse Fray; Park Corporation Replies

Reader and Brooklyn Heights preservation activist Martin L. Schneider has sent us a copy of a letter from Borough President Eric Adams to Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer in which Adams begins by noting that his office has received several inquiries expressing concern about the development of the Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park and […]

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Brooklyn Heights Residents Give Library Suggestions

Books, books, books, and lots of shelves for them, was the main theme of the suggestions made at yesterday evening’s design workshop, at which local residents interacted with architects and library staff concerning what a new Brooklyn Heights branch library should offer. Adequate, well trained and friendly staff (some participants–not library staffers–also stressed “well paid”) […]

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Happy Birthday, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Today, March 22, is the fifth anniversary of the opening of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The opening ceremony took place on a rainy day, as the photo of Judy Stanton, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, being interviewed by NY1, shows. This photo, taken from the Brooklyn Bridge on March 13, 2009 […]

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Are There Ospreys in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Future?

On Saturday afternoon your correspondent joined a group of bird and park enthusiasts for a lecture and tour conducted by Bart Chezar, an engineer by training with an educational background in marine science, who has taken up several projects relating to that subject. One is re-establishing oysters in New York Harbor, and another is luring […]

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Brooklyn Heights Library Design Workshop Monday Evening–All Invited

As was noted at the Community Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, March 9, much work remains to be done on the design of the proposed new Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. (The image is of a preliminary rendering of the new library’s exterior, and will not necessarily be the final design.) This […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This weekend is your last chance to see the Heights Players’ production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. Performances are on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday, March 22 matinee at 2:00 p.m., at the Playhouse, 26 Willow Place. You may make reservations here. On Saturday […]

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