Brooklyn Heights Blog » Claude Scales http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:19:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85243 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85243#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:21:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85243

Once again, this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, November 17 to 5:00 AM Monday, November 20 — apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes negatively affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

The following work week, late nights (from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM) Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22 (we’ll tell you about the long Thanksgiving holiday and weekend later), there will be no 4 train service in either direction between Brooklyn and Manhattan, but 2 and 3 trains will be running and 3 trains will make all 4 stops in Brooklyn.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Park Entrance from Montague?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85232 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85232#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:02:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85232

The Eagle reports that the Montague Street Business Improvement District wants a footbridge to connect the Promenade near the foot of Montague Street (photo) to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The BID says this is necessary to provide access to the Park during the time the needed repairs to the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below the Promenade are being done, as this will affect access to the Park through other entrances. According to the Eagle story, the BID envisions the footbridge as resembling the “Penny Bridge” (see photo in the story linked above) that used to allow pedestrians to cross Montague Street, when it extended steeply downhill to the level of the then docks, before the construction of the BQE and the Promenade.

What puzzles your correspondent is how a footbridge, by itself, could allow pedestrians to get to or from the Park from the level of the Promenade, which I believe is about an eighty foot vertical distance. Nothing that looks at all like the little Penny Bridge could do this. The bridge would have to connect to a very long staircase (more steps than many people could easily manage), or escalator (prone to breakdowns), or — and this is the only way it could meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act — a tower with elevators. To meet the anticipated summer traffic volume, this would probably require two or even three elevators the size of those at the Clark Street subway station, and the tower could impinge on the protected view plane from the Promenade. The footbridge that does connect to the Park — the “Bouncy Bridge”– does so by starting from Squibb Park, which is below the level of the BQE, and executing a zig-zag. A footbridge from the level of the Promenade would have to go through several zig-zags between there and the Park to be easily walkable; it’s hard to see how this could be executed without creating a structure so massive that it would negatively affect views from the Promenade.

I also wonder what significant impediment to Park access will be caused by the BQE repair work. Neither the Squibb Park, or Old Fulton/Furman Street entrances could be affected by it, and it seems unlikely to me to affect the Atlantic Avenue entrance, as it is south of where the cantilevered portion of the BQE begins. The Joralemon Street entrance could be affected, at least for a period of time less than required to complete the entire project. This is likely also to bar auto traffic on Joralemon from going to or from Furman Street during that time.

DISCLOSURE: I live on Montague. The concerns I’ve expressed above relate only to the technical difficulties I perceive with the proposal; not from fear of excessive pedestrian traffic on Montague (my windows face Pierrepont Place, so we already get the mostly cheerful noise from the playground, and the tour guide who stops his group in front of 3 Pierrepont Place to enlighten them about Seth Low, and at whom my historian wife occasionally yells at out the window, “No, Robert Moses did NOT build that playground!”).

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85224 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85224#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:41:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85224

This Friday evening, November 17 at 8:00, Bargemusic will present violinist Leonid Sushansky (photo) and pianist Carlos César Rodríguez, who will play works by Dvorak, Manuel De Falla, Mendelssohn, and Carlos Gardel/John Williams.

On Saturday evening, November 18 at 6:00, cellist Mon-Puo Lee and pianist Han Wen Jennifer Yu will play works by Shaporin, Enescu, and Franck. They will return on Sunday afternoon, November 19 at 4:00 to play works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

On Sunday afternoon, November 19 at 2:00 cellist Eugene Osadchy and pianist Anastasia Markina will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85217 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85217#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:10:25 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85217

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SOB Presents Mahler’s “Titan” at St. Ann Saturday Evening.http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85211 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85211#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:05:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85211

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was an Austrian composer who is regarded as the last great symphonist in the Germanic tradition. He was born to a Jewish family, but converted to Roman Catholicism in order to accept an appointment from the Austro-Hungarian Emperor. His work was highly syncretic, incorporating themes from many musical traditions. The third movement of his first (“Titan”) symphony incorporates klezmer themes.

On this Saturday evening, November 18, starting at 8:00, at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets (use the Clinton Street entrance), the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (the “SOB”; they love their acronym) will perform Mahler’s First Symphony. Tickets are $15, or $10 for seniors or students. You may buy tickets here (there’s a service charge for purchases on line) or at the door.

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“Big Bad Brooklyn” Theme of Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85207 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85207#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:28:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85207

This Friday evening, November 17, from 5:00 to 9:00, is the next “Free Friday” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Admission is free. Beer is donated by Brooklyn Brewery; you’ll be asked for a suggested donation per bottle that goes to support BHS’s programs and upkeep. This Friday’s theme is “Big Bad Brooklyn”:

From bootleggers to kingpins, mobsters and mafiosos have called Brooklyn their base of operations for decades. Join us as we explore the notorious history of organized crime in Brooklyn, and its reflections in pop culture, at this month’s Free Friday! Enjoy free access to our galleries and of course, cold beer!

No RSVP is necessary. There’s more information here.

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Another Court Hearing on Pier Six Towers Tomorrow Afternoonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85199 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85199#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:14:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85199

Cobble Hill community activist Judi Francis has alerted us to another, and probably final, court hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14, on the action brought by the Brooklyn Heights Association to prevent further construction (some work has already begun; at a previous hearing the judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order, but issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the developers from doing anything that can’t easily be undone should the court’s final decision go against them) of the proposed high rise residential towers on two parcels of land near Pier Six and the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Since then, a new judge has taken over the case, and at the immediately previous hearing she appeared to be receptive to the case being made by the BHA, urging the parties to seek compromise.

From Ms. Francis:

While always difficult to win an Article 78 [the type of proceeding the BHA has had to institute], we have a strong case, and after 13 years of near complete disregard for the needs of the community (i.e, school overcrowding, no new parklands despite the huge increase in residential population never studied in the park’s original EIS, violations of the Promenade’s view plane by gross overbuilding of the Pierhouses, and admitting they do not need the funds from this housing for the park’s maintenance), the city remains immovable and unwilling to consider alternatives to their housing plan. The city seems to have forgotten that the purpose of this project was to build a park for the recreational needs of residents that are here today, not a housing complex.

The hearing will begin at 2:45 PM at the New York Supreme Courthouse, 80 Centre Street in Manhattan, in the courtroom of Justice Carmen St. George. As Justice St. George has shown interest in the community involvement in this case, Ms. Francis is urging anyone who can to attend.

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Danish Christmas Market Next Saturday, November 18http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85193 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85193#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:25:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85193

The Danish Seamen’s Church, 102 Willow Street (just south of Clark) will hold its annual Christmas Market on Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shop unique scandinavian design, knitware, gift items, holiday ornaments, danish candy, and traditional food products for the Christmas Dinner. Or bite into delicious “æbleskiver” (puffed apple pancakes) – a traditional christmas treat that all Danes give out at any social gathering through the holidays, and sip on hot glögg – the Danes’ take on the mulled wine served in our covered cozy backyard at the Danish Seamen’s Church on 102 Willow St from 11am to 6pm.

The restaurant at Plymouth Church on 57 Orange Street will dish out Danish traditional fresh baked goods, a variety of open-faced sandwiches known as “smørrebrød”, and hot dogs from 11am to 4pm. A tip – for an authentic Danish hot dog experience order your dog with everything!

Admission to both of the Market locations is free.

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UniFair! Saturday, December 2http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85179 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85179#comments Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:34:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85179

Correction: The UniFair is on December 2, not this Saturday. The First Unitarian Church, at Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place, will have its 40th annual UniFair! on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Home made baked goods, jewelry, children’s and adult clothing, boutique clothing, crafts, wreaths, books, white elephants, and a tasty lunch will be featured.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85175 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85175#comments Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:19:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85175

Once again, this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, November 10 to 5:00 AM Monday, November 13 — apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes negatively affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

The following work week, late nights (from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM) Monday, November 13 to Friday, November 17, there will be no service to or from Manhattan at Court Street or the R/N platforms at Jay Street-Metro Tech. During these hours, N trains will run in both directions between Court Street and Stillwell Avenue. For service to or from Sunset Park or Bay Ridge, transfer between the N and R at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, which is where R trains will originate and terminate.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85170 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85170#comments Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:45:20 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85170

On Friday evening, November 10, at 8:00, and again on Saturday evening, November 11, at 8:00, Bargemusic will present internationally renowned guitarist Paul Galbraith (photo), playing works by Haydn, Scriabin, and Albéniz. On Sunday afternoon, November 12, at 2:00 and again at 4:00, pianist Philip Edward Fisher will present “Fisher Plays Beethoven.”

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85163 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85163#comments Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:06:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85163

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Kristallnacht Remembered at City Tech Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85155 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85155#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:36:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85155

On the night of November 9-10, 1938 Nazi-inspired gangs rampaged through German, Austrian, and German occupied Czech cities and towns, trashing Jewish owned businesses, synagogues, and houses, and murdering many Jews. This became known as Kristallnacht (“the night of broken glass”) and could be considered the first manifestation of the Holocaust. The 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht will be marked by an event at City Tech’s Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street, starting at noon on Wednesday, November 8. Honorees will be: (1) Dr. Inge Auerbacher, Holocaust survivor and author of several books; (2) Bill Tingling, president of School News Nationwide, which seeks to bring African-American and Jewish students together “by teaching the commonality of their historical experience”; and David Gill, Consul General in New York for Germany.

The event is free, and open to all.

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Vote Tomorrow!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85140 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85140#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:31:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85140

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, is election day for city offices, including Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, and City Council, for State Senator, and for Borough President and Kings County District Attorney.. Also on the ballot are three statewide propositions: (1) whether to have a Constitutional Convention to revise and amend the New York State Constitution; (2); whether to allow complete or partial forfeiture of public pensions of public officers convicted of certain felonies; and (3) whether to authorize use of forest preserve lands by towns for specific purposes in exchange for the creation of an equal amount of new forest preserve. By entering your address at this website, you can see who is on the ballot in your location for each office, with further links to the candidates’ own websites and other sources of information. It will also give you the location of your polling place.

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Mimi Sheraton at Brooklyn Historical Society Thursdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85137 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85137#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:11:30 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85137

This Thursday evening, November 9 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society presents famed food writer, restaurant critic, and Brooklyn native (née Miriam Solomon) Mimi Sheraton, who will “reflect on her roots and her career” in a discussion with radio host and former Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; more information and purchase tickets here.

Photo: Sporkful.

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Walt Whitman Park Cleanup Tomorrowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85115 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85115#comments Sat, 04 Nov 2017 20:15:46 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85115 (Video after the jump) Walt Whitman Park, located just across Cadman Plaza East from Cadman Plaza Park (see map is having a 120 minute cleanup tomorrow (Sunday, Novembr 5) morning from 10:00 to noon. If you’re free and willing to do some wotk, you can help weed and get the park ready for bulb planting, and doing some pruning. Equipment will be supplied, and no exlerience is necessary.

OUr Karl Junkersfeld toured the park just after it was re-opened following extensive renovation in 2011, and made the video.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85100 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85100#comments Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:09:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85100

Once again, this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, November 3 to 5:00 AM Monday, November 6, apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes negatively affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn. One small bonus: during the wee hours (12:00 to 5:00 AM) of Saturday, November 4, Q trains will be re-routed to the R/N line in both directions between Canal Street and DeKalb Avenue, which means extra service at Court Street during these hours.

The following work week, late nights (from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM) Monday, November 6 to Friday, November 10 there will be no service to or from Manhattan at Court Street or the R/N platforms at Jay Street-Metro Tech. During these hours, N trains will run in both directions between Court Street and Stillwell Avenue. For service to or from Sunset Park or Bay Ridge, transfer between the N and R at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, which is where R trains will originate and terminate.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85095 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85095#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:19:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85095

On Friday evening, November 3 at 7:00, at Bargemusic, violinist Johnny Gandelsman will perform Part I and at 9:00 Part II of J.S. Bach’s complete solo sonatas and solo partitas for violin (these are separate concerts and require separate admission); on Saturday evening, November 4 these performances will be repeated at 6:00 and 8:00, respectively. On Sunday afternoon, November 5, the Alaria Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Mendelssohn.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85087 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85087#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 03:51:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85087

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Florida Developer Buys Witnesses’ Towers Hotel, Will Convert to Senior Housinghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85091 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85091#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 03:50:14 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85091

The Wall Street Journal reports that Florida based private equity firm Kayne Anderson has bought 21 Clark Street, better known as the Towers Hotel, from the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society, better known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, for $200 million. The building has an interesting history, recounted by our late founder here. According to the Journal story, the new owners will convert it to luxury senior (65 and over) housing.

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Hearing on Pier Six Towers Thursday Morninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85080 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85080#comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:07:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85080

The next step in the litigation brought by the Brooklyn Heights Association to prevent construction of two high rise residential towers near Pier Six and the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park will take place this coming Thursday morning, November 2, at 9:30, at the New York Supreme Court, New York County, 80 Centre Street, Room 308, in Manhattan. The hearing will be before Justice Carmen St. George, who has replaced Justice Lucy Billings on the case because Justice Billings was assigned other duties.

Opponents of the proposed towers are encouraging all members of the public who can to attend the hearing.

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Brooklyn Historical Society Program on the “Gig Economy” Mondayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85044 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85044#comments Fri, 27 Oct 2017 02:40:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85044

On Monday evening, October 30 at 6:30 PM the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Living Gig to Gig in NYC’s Freelance Economy.” Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union, will lead “a lively discussion about the gig economy’s impact on New York City and the safety nets we need to support the 21st-century workforce.” Admission is $5, or free for BHS members. There’s more info and buy or reserve tickets here.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85039 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85039#comments Fri, 27 Oct 2017 01:49:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85039

Once again, this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, October 27 to 5:00 AM Monday, October 30, apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

The following work — and Halloween! — week (Monday, October 30 to Friday, November 3) there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations. There will be a small bonus. Late nights (midnight to 5:00 AM) Tuesday to Friday Q trains are being diverted to the R/N line in both directions between DeKalb Avenue and Canal Street, which means extra service to and from Court Street and to and from the R/N platforms at Jay Street – Metro Tech.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85032 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85032#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:01:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85032

As part of its “Here and Now” series, on Friday evening, October 27 at 8:00 Bargemusic will present The Secret Quartet and Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand performing works by Ljova, Kinan Azmeh, and traditional Ukrainian tunes.

On Saturday evening, October 28 at 6:00 and again at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Olga Vinokur (photo) will play works by Mozart and Schubert. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Horszowski Trio will play works by Schumann.

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85029 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85029#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:25:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85029

This Saturday, October 28 Brooklyn Bridge Park will present its eighth annual Harvest Festival on Pier 6, near the foot of Atlantic Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Activities will include a parade, a haunted marsh, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting, music, and games. It’s all free. There’s more information here.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85015 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85015#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2017 03:18:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85015

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85004 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85004#comments Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:15:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85004

I’m calling this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, October 20 to 5:00 AM Monday, October 23 — a “green light” weekend because, apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

The following work week (Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27, the post-Sandy repair work on the 2/3 tunnels will continue late at night (10:00 PM to 5:00 AM) each night, so again during these late night hours no service at Clark Street or the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall. Again, 4 and 5 trains (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn late at night) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Makeover of Cadman Plaza Park, End of Saturday Work at Former Library Sitehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84989 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84989#comments Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:31 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84989

At Mayor de Blasio’s Town Hall at St. Francis College this (Wednesday) evening, he announced that $6 million has been appropriated to renovate the northern end of Cadman Plaza Park, which he said he was surprised to learn had not been touched, apart from routine maintenance, since the late 1950s. Among the improvements will be water fountains.

A local resident complained of the noise on Saturdays from permitted work on the former site of the Brooklyn Heights branch library, now to become a high rise residential and commercial tower with a new library in its ground floor and basement. The Mayor called on a representative of the City’s Buildings Department, who announced that the permit for Saturday work is ending immediately.

Asked by local resident Toba Potosky about the prospects for the BQX or “Brooklyn-Queens Connector,” the proposed streetcar line connecting Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens, mostly along or near the waterfront but with a likely detour around Brooklyn Heights and through Downtown Brooklyn, the Mayor said he is enthusiastic about the project, but said it was not likely to begin to be built before 2020.

In response to another question from a local resident about “materials” for the new library, the Mayor noted that much material was now available on line, and that libraries are improving their facilities to allow access by the public to these on line resources. City Council Member Stephen Levin, who acted as moderator for the event, added that the new Brooklyn Heights branch library will have more shelf space for books than the old library, and that “we are not giving up on the book.”

While there was enthusiastic response to the Mayor’s confirmation that the “Pop-Up Pool” in Brooklyn Bridge Park will remain open for one more summer next year, an audience member asked about the possibility of replacing it with a “floating pool,” perhaps along the lines of the barge-borne Floating Pool Lady that was docked to Pier 5 in 2007. Te Mayor said this is under consideration, but called on a city official who said that “legal issues” need to be resolved.

The Mayor spoke about other borough and city-wide issues, including “3-K,” which will provide free, day long pre-school for all kids age three through kindergarten, improved police training and community involvement, and, in response to a question from a St. Francis student, New York City’s efforts, along with those of some 300 other U.S. cities, to exceed the requirements of the Paris climate accord.

Photo: Claude Scales for BHB.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84985 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84985#comments Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:24:43 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84985

Bargemusic’s weekend starts on Friday evening, October 20, at 8:00 with a “Little Tribute to Vienna” (photo) featuring pianist Alexandra Joan playing works by Haydn, Schubert/Liszt, Webern, Kreisler/Rachmaninov, and Schumann.

On Saturday evening, October 21, at 6:00 pianist Oleg Khudyakov will play works by Chopin and Stravinsky. There will be a second Saturday evening concert, beginning at 8:00, in which Mr. Khudyakov will be joined by Daniel Kogan on violin to perform works by Janacek, Szymanowski, and Weniawski (again, thank God for copy and paste).

On Sunday afternoon, October 22, at 2:00 and again at 4:00 (separate concerts requiring separate admission), pianist Steven Beck will present “Beethoven—Master of the Variations.”

There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

Photo of Vienna: abs.freepic.com

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84982 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84982#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:51:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84982

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