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Haves and Have Nots: Elite Brooklyn Private Schools Rake in Millions in Federal Paycheck Aid-DOE Budgets Slashed

Gothamist reports elite Brooklyn Heights private schools are among institutions that received millions from the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Private schools are eligible for PPP because they are considered non-profit businesses. According to data released by the Small Business Association, St. Ann’s, Packer Collegiate, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori all received loans. This money is in […]

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DeBlasio Announces Hybrid Back-To-School Plans For September

Amid the reports of dangerous spikes of Covid-19 across the country, Mayor DeBlasio announced on July 8th NYC public schools will open in September on a “hybrid” schedule. The tentative plan entails three versions of staggered in-school instruction. Protocols include mandatory masks for children, teachers, and staff and nightly deep cleanings of school facilities. In a letter […]

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Artist, Philanthropist, Carousel Namesake, Jane Walentas Dies at 76

As reported by Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Paper, Philanthropist, Artist, Real Estate Developer, and “First Lady of Dumbo,” Jane Walentas passed away July 5th after a brief battle with cancer. She was 76 years old. The Walentas Family and their management company, Two Trees, is synonymous with DUMBO as we now know it. And […]

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Clark Street Elevator Repairs on Hold; MTA to do Borough Hall First

We’ve seen some questions on Open Thread Wednesdays, and heard them in on line conversations with friends: when will the MTA proceed with replacement of the Clark Street elevators? Just this February the MTA announced that the Clark Street subway station would close for eight months while all three aged, breakdown prone elevators are replaced, […]

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Part of Columbia Heights to be Closed on July 14, but What Part?

Let’s see … Pierremont Street. Is that in Fort Greene? Vinegar Hill? Bushwick? Canarsie? You’ve been forewarned.

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BQE Below Brooklyn Heights Being Resurfaced

Our friends at the Brooklyn Heights Association have advised us that the City Department of Transportation, in an effort to reduce the problem of vibrations from the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, has ordered the resurfacing of the BQE from Brooklyn Bridge to Remsen Street. The BHA’s announcement said that the reduction in […]

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R.I.P. Martin Schneider, Brooklyn Heights Preservation Pioneer

We are greatly saddened to learn, thanks to the Brooklyn Heights Association, of the passing of Martin Schneider. Marty, a TV producer and Heights resident, was, along with Otis and Nancy Pearsall and others, a strong participant in the battles to save Brooklyn Heights, first from plans to put the BQE through the Heights, then […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society is continuing to provide public programs on line. This coming Friday, June 19 at 12:30 p.m. BHS will present the latest in its “Bite-Size History” programs — they supply the history; you supply the bites. This one will look at Muslim history in Brooklyn through the lens of a notable land […]

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The King of Staten Island Has a Brooklyn Heights Connection

Unfortunately, it’s one that proved tragic. In an interview by Spectrum News NY1’s George Whipple with Saturday Night Live cast veteran Pete Davidson (photo), co-author and star of The King of Staten Island, along with co-author and director Judd Apatow and co-star Marisa Tomei, it’s described how the life of movie’s central character, Scott Carlin, […]

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BBC America News Covers Brooklyn Heights Businesses’ COVID-19 Travails

BBC America Reporter Laura Trevelyan (see video clip below) interviewed James Weir Floral’s (photo C.Scales for BHB) Estela Johannessen and River Deli’s Andrea Mocci about the challenges they are facing and their concerns — and hopes — about the future. At 2:49 you can see your correspondent crossing Hicks Street at Montague.

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