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 Friday and Saturday Under Armour is bringing its Elite 24 Basketball Tournament back to Brooklyn, this year at Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The tournament features top high school hoops stars from around the country (see roster here). The action starts at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, August 22) and continues on Saturday at 7:00 [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

From this Friday, August 22 at 11:45 p.m. to Monday, August 25 at 5:00 a.m. Manhattan-bound A and C trains will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech in Brooklyn and West 4th Street in Manhattan. This means no service to Manhattan from High Street this weekend, though there will be service from [...]

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Community Board 2 Seeks New Committee Members; Announces Fall General Meetings

Community Board 2, whose territory includes all of Brooklyn Heights, is seeking new members for its standing committees on Parks and Recreation; Land Use; Economic Development; Health, Environment and Public Services; Youth, Education and Cultural Affairs; and Transportation and Public Safety. If you would like to serve on one of these committees, please send your [...]

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Re-enactment of Washington’s Evacuation of Brooklyn This Saturday

Update: We’ve just been advised that the re-enactment event has been cancelled because the group doing the re-enactment has a schedule conflict. This Saturday, August 23, from noon to 2:00 p.m. there will be a re-enactment of the evacuation of the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, August 15, at 7:00, Bargemusic will present works by Haydn, Schumann, Beethoven, and Smetana played by pianist Roman Rabinovich. On Saturday evening at 7:00 the St. Petersburg String Quartet (photo) will perform works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Jeremiah Bornfield, and Dvorak. The concert on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 will feature works by Brahms [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Manhattan bound F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street this weekend from 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 18. This means no Manhattan bound service at York Street in DUMBO. Either walk up the hill to High Street or take a Brooklyn [...]

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Montague Street BID Wins “Greenest Block” Award

The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID) won this year’s “Greenest Commercial Block in Brooklyn” award, given by management of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Presumably the specific block in question is that between Clinton and Henry streets (see photo). Accepting the award, BID Executive Director Brigit Pinnell thanked BID Vice President Estela Johannesen, of James [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Tomorrow (Friday, August 8) the Brooklyn Heights Cinema will have its premiere showings of Magic in the Moonlight, starring Colin Firth (photo) as Stanley Crawford, “a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims”, who meets his match, in two senses of the word, in Sophie [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

From this Friday, August 8 at 11:45 p.m. to Monday, August 11 at 5:00 a.m. Brooklyn-bound A and C trains will be diverted to the F line between West 4th Street in Manhattan and Jay Street-MetroTech. This means no service from Manhattan to High Street this weekend, though there will be service from High Street [...]

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Elizabeth Gaffney, at BHS, Reads, Talks About Bygone Brooklyn Heights

Novelist and Brooklyn Heights resident Elizabeth Gaffney was at the Brooklyn Historical Society yesterday evening to read from her second novel, When the World Was Young, on the date of its publication by Random House. She read two segments of the novel. The first told how a physician forced to give up her career because [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, August 1, starting at 7:00, Bargemusic will present an eclectic mixture of classical (Schubert), modern (Charles Ives), and contemporary (Scott Wheeler and Martin Boykan) music performed on piano by Donald Berman (photo, by Gil Gilbert). On Saturday evening at 7:00 and on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Manhattan Symphonie Chamber Orchestra, featuring [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

This coming weekend–from 11:45 p.m Friday, August 1 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, Brooklyn bound F trains will be diverted to the A/C line from West 4th Street in Manhattan to Jay Street-MetroTech, so no service from Manhattan to York Street in DUMBO. If that’s your destination, you can either get off at High [...]

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Do You Live in the Fort Stirling Neighborhood? Do You Want To?

BHB reader Ion Freeman has Willowtown envy: he wants to live in a part of Brooklyn Heights that has a name, other than “Brooklyn Heights” or even “the North Heights.” We’re not sure exactly where he lives; it’s “in some unnamed region of the [N]orth [H]eights between the fruit streets and Montague.” The name he [...]

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Heights Author Elizabeth Gaffney to Speak at Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday August 5

Brooklyn Heights resident and novelist Elizabeth Gaffney will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday August 5 starting at 7:00 to discuss her second novel, When the World Was Young, which is to be released for publication that day. Set in post-World War II Brooklyn, this powerful story follows misfit Wally Baker as she comes [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Today (Friday, July 25) the Brooklyn Heights Cinema will have its premiere showings of A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and based on a novel by spy fiction master John le Carré. It will continue to show through the weekend and the following week, along with Chef. On Saturday evening at [...]

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Baylander, at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Opens to Visitors This Weekend

You may have noticed an odd looking small ship moored near the northeast corner of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 (see photo above) for the past couple of weeks. It’s the Baylander, billed as the “world’s smallest aircraft carrier.” Baylander is a former U.S. Navy vessel, built in the 1960s, that served as a troop [...]

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