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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Bill in Congress Would Limit Helicopter Noise

Those of you who have followed this blog for some time know that the issue of helicopter noise is perennial. Even if you’re new to the blog, you may know that it’s an issue for Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and other nearby neighborhoods. Just over a year ago, as we noted, a bill was […]

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Guardian Reviews “Not Another Second,” Photographic Show at Watermark About LGBTQ Seniors

Several weeks ago we posted about a photographic exhibit, “Not Another Second,” coming to The Watermark, the luxury senior housing in what was previously the Towers Hotel (photo), at 21 Clark Street (corner of Willow). The exhibit features photos and stories of LGBTQ seniors, telling of their struggles about concealing or revealing their sexuality to […]

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Cuomo Opens Indoor Dining Starting Valentine’s Day

Will the Heights Cafe be open again on February 14? Governor Cuomo announced today that restaurants in New York City will be allowed to open for indoor dining, at 25% capacity, beginning Sunday, February 14. As the linked Gothamist article points out, reaction to this announcement, from both public health authorities and restaurant owners, has […]

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Brooklyn Bridge to Have New Dedicated Bike Lane

The New York Times reports that Mayor de Blasio has said, as part of his State of the City address today, that he wants to convert the inner (left hand) lane on the Manhattan bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge into a dedicated eight foot wide bike path, separated from auto traffic by a barrier. […]

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The BQE is Still Crumbling

The Daily News has a piece by former City DOT Commissioner Ross Sandler, who describes in detail the ongoing process of corrosion that is weakening the supports of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade above it. As we reported a year ago, an expert panel appointed by […]

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There Are Eight Candidates to be Your Next City Council Member; Meet Them All at the BHA’s Annual Meeting February 23

The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold its annual meeting via ZOOM on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to be a BHA member to attend the meeting, but you must register here (it’s free). All eight of the candidates to succeed the term limited Steve Levin as City Council member from […]

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Heights Cafe To Close Temporarily

Chilly weather, along with the ban on indoor dining, have caused the Heights Cafe (photo) at Hicks and Montague streets, to close temporarily starting tomorrow (Tuesday, January 26), pending either warmer weather that will facilitate outdoor dining, or removal of the indoor dining ban. As the New York Times noted on Saturday, diners at the […]

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