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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Will 67 Remsen Be Brooklyn Heights’ Next Mansion?

Curbed reports that owner Gili Haberberg wants to convert the ten unit apartment building at 67 Remsen Street (photo) to a mansion-sized (4,700 square feet) single family residence. Haberberg bought the property from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2012 for $3.35 million. It sits next to the back end of the Bossert, between Hicks and Henry […]

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Library Site Developer Sued Over Commission

The Real Deal reports that real estate private equity bankers Carlton Group are suing Hudson Companies, developers, on the site of the former Brooklyn Heights Branch Library, of the high rise residential and commercial building that will include a new branch library on its ground and lower floors. Carlton’s suit alleges that Hudson failed to […]

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FDNY May Take Part Of Former Hillary HQ At One Pierrepont Plaza

The Real Deal reports that the FDNY is considering taking half of the space at One Pierrepont Plaza (photo) vacated by Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters, to replace part of the administrative space in nearby MetroTech that it has now outgrown. Share this Story: Tweet

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Apart from the weekend long absence of 2 and 3 service, which means no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall, and apart from the all-too-normal unplanned madness these days, service should be normal at all other local stations this weekend (Friday evening, August 4 to Monday morning, August 7). […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

Bargemusic’s weekend begins at 8:00 on Friday evening, August 4 with cellist Julian Schwarz (photo) playing works by Boccherini, Poulenc, Schwarz, Brahms, Liebermann, and Saint-Saens. On Saturday evening, August 5 at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Jeffrey Swann will perform the third of their “Tale of Two Titans” series of concerts presenting the complete […]

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Open Thread Wednesday

What’s on your mind? Comment away! Share this Story: Tweet

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Hot Event At Brooklyn Historical Society Thursday Evening, August 10: How Curry Spiced Up New York

Did you think America’s first celebrity chef was Chef Boy-Ar-Dee? He was a mere toddler when J. Ranji Smile arrived in New York in 1899 to introduce curry dishes to the city’s high society. On Thursday evening, August 10 at 7:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present gastronomic historian Sarah Lohman and MIT scholar Vivek […]

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String Orchestra of Brooklyn Presents Summer Concert at St. Ann’s This Saturday

This Saturday evening, August 5 at 8:00 the String Orchestra of Brooklyn will present a summer concert at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. On the program are Mozart’s Symphony Number 41, “Jupiter” and Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” his musical adaptation of James Agee’s prose poem of the same title, featuring the soprano […]

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Is The Brooklyn Heights Historic District a Mistake? Heights Resident Sandy Ikeda Thinks So

Sandy Ikeda is a professor of economics at SUNY Purchase, and a resident of Brooklyn Heights. He’s also a very personable and bright guy, as your correspondent can attest, having gone on two Jane’s Walks through the Heights that he led, one several years ago and one this April. On each occasion he showed extensive […]

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Spielberg Turns Willow Street Into D.C.’s Georgetown

If you were at the north end of Willow Street today, you may have seen lots of 1970s vintage cars parked there, including a cab with the paint scheme of a D.C. company. If you were lucky, you might have caught a glimpse of Tom Hanks or Meryl Streep playing, respectively, former Washington Post editor […]

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