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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Know a Spot, or Two, That Needs a Litter Can? Tell Council Member Steve Levin

In his “Word on the 33rd” e-blast today, City Council Member Stephen Levin has this message for constituents: We all need to do our part to keep our community clean. Everyone one of us should be able to take pride in the streets and sidewalks that are extensions of our homes and workplaces. To this […]

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Developer Finally Closes on Library Site

We have it from City Realty that developer Hudson Companies, Inc. has finally closed on the sale from the City of the site, at Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street, formerly occupied by the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, which now occupies temporary space on Remsen Street between Henry and Clinton. Demolition […]

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Brooklyn’s Waterfront as Artistic Inspiration Subject of Wednesday Discussion at BHS

This Wednesday evening, June 21 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present novelist Jennifer Egan (photo, at Brooklyn Book Festival, 2010), author of The Keep and A Visit From the Goon Squad and the soon to be published Manhattan Beach, leading a discussion “about Brooklyn’s waterfronts, industrial and liminal, as an inspiration to artists.” […]

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Subway Service Update: Some More Bad (but Necessary) News About the 2/3 Line

Update: There will be 2 train service, but no 3 train, on the weekend and Monday before July 4 (Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3) and full service on July 4. Yesterday we reported that there would be no service to or from Brooklyn on the 2/3 line this weekend. Now, thanks to the […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

There’s good news and there’s bad news this weekend (Friday, June 16 at 11:45 PM to Monday, June 19 at 5:00 AM). The good news is that there will be 4/5 service in both directions at Borough Hall, so those traveling to or from Manhattan’s East Side no longer need to take circuitous routes. The […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

On Friday evening, June 16 at 8:00 Bargemusic will start the weekend with a concert of music by the American composer Lewis Spratlan (photo), played by Elizabeth Chang on violin, Nardo Poy on viola, Julia Lichten on cello, Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet, and Alissa Leiser on piano. On Saturday evening, June 17 at 8:00, […]

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Open Thread Wednesday

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Author of Novel About Vanishing New York at Brooklyn Heights Branch Library Thursday

This Thursday evening at 6:15 the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library will present John Freeman Gill, author of The Gargoyle Hunters, “one of Booklist’s picks for Best New Adult Fiction of 2017,” to discuss and sign his novel at the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library’s temporary quarters, 109 Remsen Street. The novel is based […]

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Brooklyn Heights Man Dies in Bike/Bus Crash in Manhattan

The New York Post reports that Columbia Heights resident Dan Hanegby, 36, died this morning when he lost balance and fell while riding a bike, then was struck by a bus. Mr. Hanegby, who was married with two children, was a director in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Group. A native of Tel […]

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BHS Events Examine NYC Fiscal and World Beer Histories

Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 13) evening at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will be host to NYU historian Kim Phillips-Fein, author of Fear City: New York City’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics. Professor Phillips-Fein will discuss “the fiscal policies that led the city to the brink of bankruptcy, the scare tactics used by […]

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