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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Save Pier Six “Town Hall” Draws Enthusiastic Crowd; Save The View Now Gets Times Coverage

Saturday’s Save Pier 6 “Town Hall” attracted, by my estimation, about 100 attendees. Among these were representatives of a number of elected officials, including U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, newly elected State Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, as well as 52nd Assembly District Democratic Leader Josh Skaller. The [...]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park CAC Meeting Postponed

Because of weather, the meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council, originally scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, January 27) evening, has been postponed for one week, to Tuesday, February 3. We presume it will be at the same time, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West. If this changes, [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Plymouth Church’s Underground Thrift Store will be having a winter clothing sale starting this Sunday, January 25. From the Church: Join us at the Underground Thrift on Sunday, January 25 for a special “bin sale” on kids’ winter clothes. Items are $1, $2 and $5 in the Plymouth Gym. And, upstairs in the Thrift Store, [...]

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Anchor Away at 76 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

The news I had feared and knew inevitable came with this Eagle story confirming that the owner of Friend of a Farmer, the restaurant that is moving into the space at 76 Montague formerly occupied by Design Within Reach, will remove the antique anchor (photo) that has been displayed in front of the building since [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

It’s a three-peat this coming weekend. There are no planned route diversions, cancellations, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations this weekend (Friday evening, January 23 to Monday morning, January 26). However, C trains will be running once every fifteen minutes. The following week (Monday, January 26 to Friday, January 30) each [...]

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Save Pier 6 “Town Hall” Saturday Afternoon

The Eagle reports that Save Pier 6 will hold a “Town Hall” this Saturday, January 24 starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 125 Henry Street. You may submit questions in advance by emailing savepier6@gmail.com This event will serve as preparation for the Community Advisory Council meeting the following Tuesday, January [...]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council Meets Tuesday Evening, January 27

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council will meet from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at Congregation Mt. Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West. Representatives of Save The View Now and People for Green Space/Save Pier 6 will be present, so discussion should be lively. All are invited. Share this Story: Tweet

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Steve Buscemi to Help Launch New Film Series at BHS

Actor, former firefighter and firehouse preservation champion Steve Buscemi will introduce a screening of Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, …a groundbreaking 1968 film by the legendary African-American filmmaker William Greaves that blends fiction and documentary and remains one of the most insightful deconstructions of filmmaking to date. The screening will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society on [...]

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Should “Save Pier Six” and “Save the View Now” Merge Their Efforts?

Two controversies concerning present and future development projects at Brooklyn Bridge Park have roiled Brooklyn Heights lately. The first, being advanced under the banners of Save Pier 6 and People For Green Space, concerns plans, as not yet implemented, to build two high rise residential buildings near the entrance to Pier Six. The second, called [...]

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Ten Ways to Love Brooklyn Bridge Park in Winter

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has given us ten reasons to love the Park in the wintertime. Another reason is embedded in their first one: it’s a lot less crowded. See the ten reasons here, illustrated with stunning photos by Etienne Frossard and Julienne Schaer. Share this Story: Tweet

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Brooklyn Historical Society Announces Free Saturday Family Programs

The Brooklyn Historical Society will present a new series of free family programs each Saturday, starting at 11:00 a.m. The first of these will be tomorrow (January 17), and will be a “Handmade History” event in which “families will pick their favorite portrait in the We the People exhibit and return to the art studio [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Bargemusic has a full schedule of concerts this weekend. On Friday evening, January 16, at 7:00, the Weilerstein Duo (photo) will perform works by Elgar, Ravel, Dvorak, and Enescu. On Saturday evening, January 17 at 7:00 and Sunday afternoon, January 18 at 4:00 violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras, and pianist Olga Vinokur will perform [...]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

For the second weekend in a row (and I’ll buy a drink at Jack the Horse for the first person who can tell to what political scandal the photo relates) we have a “green light” weekend at local stations, and pretty much the same the following week (except that the G train will be running [...]

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