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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Suit Seeks Answers About LICH’s Othmer Funds

Brooklyn resident Barbara Gartner, a former Long Island College Hospital patient, has filed suit to compel the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau “to compel the release of records relating to the … Bureau’s approvals of invasions of the hospital’s $140 million Othmer Endowment Fund.” Ms. Gartner’s request for the records, made under New [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

In town for the long weekend? You can watch live U.S. Open tennis action on a big screen while picnicking on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The action starts at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, August 30), and will continue each day so long as match play continues or until Monday, September [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

This Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1, and the following week, Tuesday, September 2 to Friday, September 5, there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips that directly affect service at any local stations. For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either [...]

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Heights Players Open 59th Season With The Great Gatsby

On Friday, September 5, the Heights Players will open their 59th season with Simon Levy’s stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The play begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Heights Players’ playhouse, 26 Willow Place. There will be subsequent performances on Saturday, September 6, also at 8:00, and a matinee on Sunday, [...]

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Grace Chorale of Brooklyn Seeks Singers

Grace Chorale of Brooklyn (formerly Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn), shown in the photo performing at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, is holding auditions for new singers at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon) on Wednesday, September 3 starting at 8:00 p.m., and on the two succeeding Wednesdays, [...]

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Farewell, J. McLaughlin in Brooklyn Heights

Conventional wisdom has it that people in Brooklyn Heights who wear “preppy,” “WASPy,” “Ivy League” clothing all work in Manhattan and do their clothes shopping at Brooks Brothers or Paul Stuart or by mail order from L.L. Bean. C.W. has again been proved right. Just over four years ago we welcomed J. McLaughlin to a [...]

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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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