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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St. Ann’s and Grace Churches to Bless Animals Sunday

This Sunday, October 5 is St. Francis Day, honoring the saint who showed special compassion to animals. Accordingly, both St. Ann & the Holy Trinity and Grace churches will hold ceremonies at which pets of all kinds may be blessed. The service at St. Ann’s, located at Clinton and Montague streets, will be held in [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

A replica of the slave ship Amistad (photo above from her 2006 visit to the Battery Park City marina), built for Steven Spielberg’s 1997 movie about the rebellion aboard her in 1839, and subsequent trial in a U.S. court, arrived today at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the foot of Joralemon Street. Amistad will [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Once again, there are no planned cancellations, route changes, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations this weekend, Friday evening, October 3 to Monday morning, October 6. If you’re traveling into Brooklyn, though, be aware that, just like the last three weekends, 2, 3, and 4 trains going in that direction won’t [...]

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Film Director David Cronenberg Reads From Debut Novel at St. Francis Thursday Evening

David Cronenberg, the Canadian film director “known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood”, will read from his first novel, Consumed, Thursday evening at 7:00 at St. Francis College Auditorium, 180 Remsen Street. The event, presented by Book Court, includes a release party, reading, audience Q&A, and book signing. The event [...]

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Explore Brooklyn’s Changing Demographics at BHS Thursday Evening

This Thursday evening, October 2, starting at 6:30 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Director Joseph Salvo and colleague Peter Lobo of the NYC Department of City Planning will “explore the demographic forces that make Brooklyn a dynamic place, and discuss the challenges we’re likely to face in the coming decades.” Admission is $10, or $5 [...]

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“Billion Oyster Project” Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park Tomorrow

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, October 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fulton Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, there will be a tour, guided by the New York Harbor School’s Sam Janis, of the Park’s oyster gardens. Mr. Janis will explain “the power of these tiny ecosystem engineers” and show how they are being [...]

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Celebrates 160th Anniversary

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange had a party this evening to celebrate its 160th year of providing a market for handcrafted goods made in Brooklyn and beyond, and a place to shop for interesting and sometimes hard to find gifts, children’s clothing, toys, books, stationery, and other items. A considerable number of BWE officers, board members, [...]

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Some Scenes From The 2014 Atlantic Antic

Perfect weather encouraged a large crowd to attend today’s fortieth anniversary Atlantic Antic. Your correspondent enjoyed grilled sardines and Sangria in front of Chez Moi. Encouraged by a friend, he tried a salt codfish (bacalao) fritter prepared by the good people of Yglesia Antioqua, near Court and Atlantic. It was delicious, but aroused a thirst [...]

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Have You Lost a Parakeet?

This pretty budgie alighted outside 57 Montague Street this evening, was gently captured, and is now in a box, with air holes and dishes of seed and water, next to the doorkeeper’s desk. If it’s yours, please come to 57 Montague and claim it. If it’s not claimed by tomorrow morning, I will contact local [...]

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Montague Street Photo Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for entries in the Montague Street BID’s photo contest has been extended until November 28. There’s more information here, the official rules are here and you can

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This will be another busy weekend, with the DUMBO Arts Festival starting tomorrow (Friday, September 26) and running through Sunday, September 28; the Atlantic Antic, celebrating its 40th year, on Sunday; and, as reader Reggie reminds us, also on Sunday the 21st Annual Bus Festival. This is also your last weekend to view Photoville. (Photoville [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

The subway deities are on our side again, as there are no planned cancellations, route changes, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations this weekend, Friday evening, September 26 to Monday morning, September 29. If you’re traveling into Brooklyn, though, be aware that, just like the last two weekends, 2, 3, and [...]

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Elected Officials Say SUNY Actions on LICH “Disgraceful”; “Disgusting”

Speaking at a rally and press conference early this afternoon outside Long Island College Hospital called by the New York State Nurses Association, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer (photo, with Democratic State Assembly Candidate Jo Anne Simon) characterized SUNY’s actions with regard to LICH as “nothing sort of disgraaceful.” He said there is a [...]

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