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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Brooklyn Historical Society Hosts Panel on LGBTQ Rights

This coming Wednesday, March 1, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion on the topic, “LGBTQ Rights: The Struggles, Victories, and On-Going Fight for Equality.” Participants will include Susan Sommer, Associate Legal Director and Director of Constitutional Litigation for Lambda Legal, along with James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender […]

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More Homeland Simulated Chaos This Sunday

Brooklyn Community Board 2 tells us that this Sunday, February 26, there will be more filming of Homeland centered at 110 Livingston Street but affecting nearby areas. The permit extends from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. As before, the action will include “explosions, simulated weapon fire, smoke and actors dressed as uniformed police and military […]

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New Info Breathes Life into Effort to Block Pier Six Towers

New information from the City’s Department of Finance has revived efforts by the Brooklyn Heights Association and other local activists to block construction of two residential towers on Brooklyn Bridge Park land near Pier Six and the foot of Atlantic Avenue, as reported by Lauren Gill in the Brooklyn Paper. As we noted last June, […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

It’s heavy maintenance work on the subways this weekend. From 11:45 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, February 24) to 5:00 a.m. Monday, February 27 Sandy repair work will close the 4/5 line between Brooklyn Bridge and Utica Avenue, so no service in either direction on the 4/5 platforms at Borough Hall. The 2. 3, N and R […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

Bargemusic returns from its winter break this weekend. On Friday evening, February 24, starting at 7:30, guitarist David Leisner (photo) will play works by Pachelbel, Matiegka/Haydn, David Leisner, and Villa-Lobos. On Saturday evening, February 25 at 7:30 Mark Peskanov on violin, Nicholas Tzavaras on cello, and Doris Stevenson on piano, will perform works by Beethoven […]

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Reminders: BHA Annual Meeting Monday; Plymouth Stuff-A-Sack Sale Continues Sunday

As we previously reported, the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual meeting, to which all are invited, is this coming Monday evening, February 27, at St. Francis College, starting at 6:30. It will feature awards to those who have contributed significantly to the Heights community, as well as a discussion of the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector light rail […]

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Open Thread Wednesday

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Sen. Squadron, at St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center, Opposes Budget Cuts for Senior Services

State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights, spoke to seniors at the St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center, 55 Pierrepont Street, today. He opposes proposed changes to the state budget that would redirect over $17 million in funds from senior centers and other services without any replacement funding. This, he said, could severely affect […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

Do highly regarded, award winning fiction writers of color, like Colson Whitehead (photo), appeal to many non-minority readers? Does “a predominantly white publishing industry maintain[] the assumption that black literature lacks marketability”? Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 21) evening at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a panel discussion, led by Hunter College professor and author […]

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Theater 2020’s Sweeney Todd is Sharp as a Razor

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, is advertised as “a musical thriller.” That it is. If, like your correspondent, you haven’t seen it before, it will keep you alert, wondering what crazy twist the story will take next. Theater 2020’s production, […]

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