Brooklyn Heights Blog » Claude Scales http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:01:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86058 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86058#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:01:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86058

All day Saturday, April 21, from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM, Manhattan bound N and R trains are being re-routed over the Manhattan Bridge, but Q trains will provide alternative Manhattan bound service at Court Street and at the N/R platforms at Jay Street-Metro Tech. Brooklyn bound N and R service should operate normally. This weekend we also have, from 11:45 PM Friday, April 20 to 5:00 AM Monday, April 23, the continuing, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). 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, and out of, Brooklyn.

The following work week, each night from 9:45 PM until 5:00 AM, there will be no service in either direction at Clark Street or at the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall. Use the 4, A, or N as options. Tuesday to Friday, each night from 12:01 AM to 5:00 AM, there will be extra service in both directions at Court Street and on the N/R platforms at Jay Street, as Q trains will be diverted to the N/R lines during these hours.

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/86052 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86052#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:39:47 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86052

On Friday evening, April 20 at 8:00, Bargemusic will present works by Bach, Beethoven, Paganini and Sarasate, performed by Mark Peskanov on violin and Nina Kogan (photo) on piano. On Saturday evening, April 21 at 6:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, April 22 at 4:00, the Semplice Players will play works by Beethoven, Dohnanyi, and Mozart. 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/86047 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86047#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:53:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86047

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Grace Chorale Presents “Messiahs False and True” at Plymouth Church May 5 and 6http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86033 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86033#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:28:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86033

On Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM, at Plymouth Church, Orange Street between Hicks and Henry, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will present “Messiahs False and True,” a concert featuring “[t]hree works exploring the allure of charismatic leaders in times of crisis.” The three works are: “Cry Out and Shout,” bu Knut Nystedt; “Messiahs False and True,” by Rex Isenberg; and “Rejoice in the Lamb,” by Benjamin Britten. Britten was one of the residents of February House, on Middagh Street, in the late 1940s.

There’s more information here. You may buy tickets for the Saturday concert here and for the Sunday concert here.

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Collapsing Scaffolding Injures Three at Court and Joralemonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86030 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86030#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:37:28 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86030 The Daily News reports that scaffolding being taken down from the building at Court and Joralemon streets that houses a Starbucks and is adjacent to an entrance to the Borough Hall subway station collapsed at about 11:00 AM this morning (Saturday, April 14), causing minor injuries to three pedestrians. Two of them were taken to Methodist Hospital for treatment; the other declined medical attention. The collapse also knocked down a traffic signal.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86013 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86013#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2018 02:44:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86013

After a week’s reprieve, the F train/D train do-si-do is back. From 9:30 PM Friday, April 13 to 5:00 AM Monday, April 16, F trains will be re-routed to the D line and D trains re-routed to the F in both directions, between West 4th Street and Stillwell Avenue. For F stops in Manhattan up to West 4th, you may take a D from Jay Street-MetroTech or York Street in DUMBO. If you’re going to an F stop above West 4th, you may change from the D to the F there. Conversely, if you’re taking an F from above West 4th to York or Jay, change to a D at West 4th. If you wonder what good this does, see the first comment to this post.

This weekend we also have, from 11:45 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, the continuing, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). 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, and out of, Brooklyn.

Also this weekend, from 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, there will be extra service in both drections at Court Street and on the N/R platforms at Jay Street-Metro Tech, as N trains are being diverted to the R line between Atlantic Avenue and Canal Street for the entire weekend instead of just late at night.

The following work week — Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20 — the D/F do-si-do will continue each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM. See instructions in the top paragraph of this post. Also, each night from 11:15 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no Brooklyn bound service at Court Street or the N/R platforms at Jay Street. Use Brooklyn bound 4 trains from Manhattan, and for stops on the routes to Bay Ridge or Coney Island, take the 4 to Atlantic Avenue, and change there for an R or N train.

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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Poplar Street Community Garden Workday Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86009 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86009#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:03:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86009

Our friends at Poplar Street Community Garden have sent us this message:

We will indeed have another workday in the Poplar St. Community Garden this coming Saturday 4-14 (noon to 3pm). With the compost now turned and going onto plots and other growing areas, we’ll next give the roses their spring pruning, check the fruiting shrubs and trees, spread wood chips on some paths, and more – all while enjoying the Garden’s new life and each other!

Join us! Stroll the Garden, delight in the emerging greenery and colorful blooms, talk gardening talk with us, lend a hand if you wish!

Would you like to become a member? We welcome people who like to garden! Member-gardeners work together to care for the whole of the Garden, from the trees on down to the soil life, each engaging with whatever features are of personal interest. Previous gardening experience and skills are not required, tho’ certainly most appreciated. We learn from each other and from the Garden itself.

A personal plot, if available, is one of the benefits of membership, and two are available at this moment, first come first serve. Members without plots are accommodated in other ways, such as in our communal plots, tho’ some are content just to care for other aspects of the Garden.

In the Garden, we grow native plants and traditional garden favorites, fruiting trees and shrubs, cooking and medicinal herbs, and perennial as well as annual vegetables – all in the good company of many kinds of pollinating insects and birds. The Garden has a beehive, nice benches, stepping stone and earthen paths, charm, beauty, magic, joy!

During the growing season, we welcome visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3pm, Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm, and any other time one of us is there to open the gate. We hold dedicated workdays, trainings, and a gardening party too.

See our Facebook page – but better yet, come to the Garden – this Saturday!

The Poplar St. Community Garden lives at the northwest corner of Hicks and Poplar Streets, at the north end of Brooklyn Heights where Hicks Street bumps into the BQE off-ramp. Enter on Poplar Street.

See you in the Garden!

The weather people say Saturday will be a gorgeous day. What better than to visit a garden and, if you wish, help the gardeners?

Photo: Karl Junkersfeld

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Bargemusic this Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86000#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:48:58 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86000

Bargemusic begins the weekend Friday evening, April 13 at 8:00 with a concert that melds baroque music with jazz instruments — something I’ve long thought appropriate — as Daniel Schnyder on saxophone, David Taylor on bass trombone, and Mark Peskanov on violin, perform works by Mr. Schnyder and by G.F. Handel (image; by Balthasar Denner (1685–1749)).

Works for dual or four-handed piano by Mozart, Corigliano, Hindemith, and Bizet are the focus of the concert on Saturday evening, April 14 at 6:00, featuring pianists Steven Beck and Yalin Chi.

On Sunday afternoon, April 15 at 4:00, we transition into the truly modern with works by Gerald Finzi, Copland, Rozsa, and Weber, performed by Alexander Fiterstein on clarinet and Lior Willinger on piano. 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/85996 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85996#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:46:18 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85996

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85951 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85951#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 03:59:56 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85951

This weekend, from 11:45 PM Friday, April 6 to 5:00 AM Monday, April 9, we have the usual, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). 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, and out of, Brooklyn. Also, this weekend, there’s a complex set of service changes that affect service to and from Court Street and the N/R platforms at Jay Street-Metro Tech. What it boils down to is: all weekend, there will be no Brooklyn bound R train service from these stations. There will be Manhattan bound R trains, but during late night hours (roughly 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM) Manhattan bound R trains only go to Whitehall Street, the first stop in lower Manhattan. In general, your best bet for Brooklyn bound service, or Manhattan bound service late at night, is to use the 4 or 5 trains. For R stops going to Bay Ridge, you may transfer to the R at Atlantic Avenue.

The following work week, Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 15, each night from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no Manhattan bound N service at Court or Jay streets. Recall that, during these hours, Manhattan bound R trains terminate at Whitehall Street. Also, there will be no Manhattan bound R service at theses stations between 9:45 and 11:45 PM each night Monday to Thursday. Your best option for Manhattan bound service is the 4 train.

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/85943 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85943#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2018 02:22:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85943

This weekend Bargemusic marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the French composer Claude Debussy (image) with two concerts. The first, on Friday evening, April 6 at 8:00, features pianists Steven Beck and Yalin Chi performing works by Rameau, Debussy, Chopin, and Dukas. For the second, on Saturday evening, April 7 at 6:00, Mr. Beck returns, solo, to play works by Schumann, Debussy, and Franck.

On Sunday afternoon, April 8, soprano Jane Leibel, accompanied by violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Maureen Volk, will perform works by Mozart, Schubert, 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.

Debussy image by by Donald Sheridan, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85931 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85931#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 03:45:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85931

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Silhouette Artist Returns to Brooklyn Women’s Exchange April 20-22http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85927 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85927#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:59:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85927

Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Henry and Hicks) Friday, April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. She will “create beautiful heirloom quality silhouettes for your whole family.” Adults, children, and pets are all welcome. The silhouettes make excellent Mothers’ or Fathers’ day presents.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 718-624-3435 or e-mail bwe.silhouettes@gmail.com

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Design/Build for BQE Renovation Approvedhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85921 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85921#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2018 02:20:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85921

The Brooklyn Heights Association has let us know that the state budget, passed by the legislature and approved by Governor Cuomo on Friday, includes approval for the use of a design/build procedure for the renovation of the crumbling Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. As the BHA noted:

This victory is the culmination of months of community effort, led by the BHA, to urge the legislature to enact a measure whose passage failed during the past two years. Had it not passed now, DOT would have proceeded with a Design-Bid-Build approach, which would have cost $113 million more to complete the BQE project and led to trucks being diverted onto local Brooklyn streets in 2026 due to the extended project timeframe.

The BHA thanked State Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (whose office also advised us of the approval) for their efforts to secure passage, along with Governor Cuomo for his support. It also expressed gratitude to the local residents who demonstrated their support.

In related news, the BHA has announced that it will not appeal the New York Supreme Court’s decision to allow construction of the two residential towers near Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85916 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85916#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:19:49 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85916

The do-si-do is back (and we still don’t understand why sending one train over another’s route and vice versa expedites repair work). Update: A reader has an explanation. See the comments. This weekend, from 11:45 PM Friday, March 30 to 5:00 AM Monday, April 2, we have the usual, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). 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, and out of, Brooklyn. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, F and D trains will perform a do-si-do, with F trains re-routed to the D line and D trains re-routed to the F in both directions, between West 4th Street and Stillwell Avenue. For F stops in Manhattan up to West 4th, you may take a D from Jay Street-MetroTech or York Street in DUMBO. If you’re going to an F stop above West 4th, you may change from the D to the F there. Conversely, if you’re taking an F from above West 4th to York or Jay, change to a D at West 4th.

The following work week, Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6, late nights from 11:15 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no service from Manhattan to Court Street, or from Court Street into Brooklyn, on the R/N line. Use the 4 to or from Borough Hall as an option.

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/85909 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85909#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:30:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85909

On Saturday evening, March 31 at 6:00 and again on Sunday afternoon, April 1 at 4:00 Bargemusic will present violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Julian Schwartz, and pianist Jeffrey Swann will perform works by Handel/Halvorsen and Beethoven (Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820). There will be no Friday evening concert this weekend. 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/85904 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85904#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:25:43 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85904

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Brooklyn Folk Festival Returns to St. Ann’s Church April 6th through 8thhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85893 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85893#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2018 03:50:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85893

The tenth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival will be at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets, the weekend of Friday evening, April 5 through Sunday, April 8. A schedule of events is here.

This year’s lineup features some new performers, among them singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge,

Many old favorites will also be performing. Among them are Jerron Paxton,

and, a special treat, the Birdman of Rome will return:

I was delighted to learn of a previous performer who has become recent addition to the lineup, Meredith Axelrod, who will be joined by Craig Ventresco:

The main stage performances will be supplemented by many others, including square dancing, in the Parish Hall, and workshops featuring films, readings, and instrumental or vocal instructions, in an upstairs room. On Sunday afternoon there will also be the Banjo Toss, at which your correspondent has always done miserably.

You may purchase tickets here.

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CB2 Hearing on “Out of Context” Downtown Development Wednesday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85886 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85886#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2018 02:29:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85886

The Brooklyn Heights Association and others are urging local residents to attend Community Board 2’s public hearing at 6:00 PM this Wednesday, March 28 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, on the appliction by a developer to build two residential towers, one 74 and one 38 stories, on a site bordered by Flatbush Avenue, Scheremrhorn and State streets, and Third Avenue. For renderings of the proposed buildings see here (the aerial rendering shows the even taller 9 DeKalb, on which construction began last year, in the background).

Although the site is some distance from Brooklyn Heights, the BHA and some local residents believe opposition is necessary because approval would signal openness to more dense residential development in the Downtown area, straining local infrastructure and blocking sunlight. Also, Third Avenue could be a major route for trucks diverted from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, if necessary, during the reconstruction of the cantilevered portion below the Heights.

Those who attend are invited to speak. You will need to sign up to speak when you enter, and speeches are limited to two minutes.

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St. Ann’s Middle School Head Resigns; School Investigating Allegations Involving Others Going Back Many Yearshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85881 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85881#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:28:16 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85881

Buzz Feed reports that the former head of the middle school at St. Ann’s School resigned following reports that he had given parties at which students, though no current students, and recent alumni under legal drinking age had been served or allowed to consume alcohol and to smoke marijuana.

According to the Buzz Feed story, which quotes a letter sent in October 2017 to members of the St. Ann’s community by school head Vince Tompkins and Board of Trustees chair Jonathan Weld, the school is investigating allegations of “inappropriate physical contact with students by past employees of the school.” The letter said that the allegations “are to date small in number, and do not extend to any current administrators, faculty, staff or students.” The alleged incidents were said to have occurred in the 1990s or before; a later letter from Tompkins said they extended back as far as the 1960s.

Buzz Feed further quotes Tompkins and Weld in their October letter: “To distort the boundaries of the student-teacher relationship is antithetical to our school’s most deeply-held values and undermines the foundations of our educational mission … Such behavior is not, and will not be, tolerated at Saint Ann’s.”

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85875 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85875#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:35:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85875

I’m calling this weekend — Friday evening, March 23 to Monday morning, March 26 — a “green light” weekend because, apart from the usual, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local 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. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, there will be no G train service in either direction between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Avenue. A and F trains provide alternate service.

The following work week — Monday, March 26 to Friday, March 30 — each night from 9:45 to 11:45 PM there will be no Manhattan bound service on the R/N line from Court Street or from Jay Street-Metro Tech. Use the 2 or 4 from Borough Hall as an option. From 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM each night there will be no R service in either direction at these stations, and no Manhattan bound service on the N, which normally runs on this line late at night. You may, however, still get from Manhattan to Court or Jay streets on the N during these hours.

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/85870 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85870#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:14:31 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85870

At Bargemusic this weekend violinist Vera Vaidman continues her series of concerts presenting the complete works of J.S.Bach (image) for unaccompanied bowed instruments. Part 3 will be on Friday evening, March 23 at 8:00; Part 4 at 8:00 Saturday evening, March 24; and Part 5 at 4:00 Sunday afternoon, March 25. 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/85863 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85863#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:52:42 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85863

It’s another nor’easter coming, this one called Toby. What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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Public Schools Closed Tomorrowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85858 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85858#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:41:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85858 Update: Schools are open tomorrow; Thursday, March 22. Notify NYC has announced that all New York City public schools are closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21 because of winter storm Toby. After school activities are also cancelled. There’s more information here. Update: Brooklyn Public Library branches are also closed for the storm.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85838 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85838#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:30:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85838

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend — Friday, March 16 to Monday, March 19 — we in the Heights have the luck of the Irish. Sure, we have the usual, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). 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. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, there will be no G train service in either direction between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Avenue. A and F trains provide alternate service. Apart from that, though, there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations.

The following work week — Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23 — things get complicated again, at least during the late night hours. Each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM the F and D trains resume their do-si-do, with F trains rerouted to the D line and D trains rerouted to the F in both directions, between West 4th Street and Stillwell Avenue. For F stops in Manhattan up to West 4th, you may take a D from Jay Street-MetroTech or York Street in DUMBO. If you’re going to an F stop above West 4th, you may change from the D to the F there. Conversely, if you’re taking an F from above West 4th to York or Jay, change to a D at West 4th.

Each night from 9:45 to 11:45 PM there will be no Manhattan bound service on the R/N line from Court Street or from Jay Street-Metro Tech. Use the 2 or 4 from Borough Hall as an option. From 11:45 PM to 5;00 AM each night there will be no R service in either direction at these stations, and no Manhattan bound service on the N, which normally runs on this line late at night. You may, however, still get from Manhattan to Court or Jay streets on the N during these hours.

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.

Leprechaun image: Clipart Library.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85833 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85833#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:49:28 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85833

The star of this weekend at Bargemusic is violinist and violist Vera Vaidman (photo, by Pri-Or, Tel Aviv). On Friday evening, March 16 at 8:00 she will present J.S. Bach’s Complete Works for Unaccompanied Bowed Instruments, Part I. Part II will be performed on Sunday afternoon. March 18, at 4:00.

Ah, but Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day! Have no fear. That evening at 6:00 Ms. Vaidman will join with her husband, pianist Emanuel Krasovsky, to play works by the Irish composers Howard Ferguson, Charles Stanford, and John Field. 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/85827 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85827#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:55:29 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85827

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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Cuomo Counsel: Ask and You Shall Receive Design/Build for BQEhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85796 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85796#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:03:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85796

The Daily News reports that Alphonso David, counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, has said that the Governor is eager to sponsor approval of a procedure called “design/build” for the needed reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. Failure to provide such authorization would greatly extend the length of time to complete the project, and its expense. It could also cause the diversion of truck and other traffic to Brooklyn Heights streets.

So, what’s the problem with getting the Governor and the Legislature to approve this? According to David’s letter, it’s that the City has bundled its request for BQE design/build with design/build requests for two other projects: building new jails to replace Rikers and renovation of NYCHA housing. If each were presented individually, David wrote, the Governor would support them, and they would have a better chance of legislative approval.

Why, then does the Governor want projects, all of which he supports, presented à la carte instead of table d’hôte? For the Governor, I suspect, it’s to emphasize his and the legislature’s stranglehold on almost all city decisions, forcing the mayor and council to get state approval on virtually everything of substance. For the legislators, I believe, it’s to allow more scope for “horse trading”; e.g. “I’ll vote for your design/build on the BQE provided you vote for funding for my Waffle Iron Museum.”

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85799 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85799#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2018 02:32:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85799

This weekend, from 11:45 PM Friday, March 9 to 5:00 AM Monday, March 12, we have the usual, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). 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, and out of, Brooklyn. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, F and D trains will perform a do-si-do, with F trains re-routed to the D line and D trains re-routed to the F in both directions, between West 4th Street and Stillwell Avenue. For F stops in Manhattan up to West 4th, you may take a D from Jay Street-MetroTech or York Street in DUMBO. If you’re going to an F stop above West 4th, you may change from the D to the F there. Conversely, if you’re taking an F from above West 4th to York or Jay, change to a D at West 4th.

The following work week (Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16), there are no scheduled cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations.

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/85792 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85792#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:56:38 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85792

Bargemusic returns this weekend from a winter break with three exciting concerts. On Friday evening, March 9 at 8:00 pianist and composer Timo Andres (photo, by Michael Wilson) will play works by himself, as well as by composers Caroline Shaw, Christopher Cerrone, Eric Shanfield, and Leoš Janáček. On Saturday evening, March 10 at 6:00 the Cassatt String Quartet, along with Doris Stevenson on piano, will perform works by Zachary Wadsworth and Dvorak. On Sunday afternoon, March 11 at 4:00 the Alaria Trio will perform works by Shostakovich, Kodaly, 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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