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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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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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Brooklyn Historical Society Shows How Hollywood Gets History Wrong, For Free!

This coming Monday evening, July 31 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society begins a series of movie screenings, “Hollywood Does History… Poorly.” This series will “look at films that play fast and loose with history, often to absurd effect.” First in the series is Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

Pianist Olga Vinokur (photo) gets the weekend going at Bargemusic on Friday, July 28 at 8:00 by playing works by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Verdi/Liszt. On Saturday evening, July 29 at 6:00 and again at 8:00, violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Doris Stevenson will perform works by Mozart, Paganini/Schumann, Piazzolla, Stravinski, Ziegler, Kreisler, and Sarasate. […]

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Two New Floors, Condos May Come To Former Banana Republic Site

CityRealty reports that plans have been filed by owner Eli M. Dweck and Marin Architects to add two stories to the building at 133 Montague Street, formerly home of Banana Republic (and, when your correspondent moved here in 1983, of a Burger King). The resulting four story building, if the plans are approved by the […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Monday evening, July 24 at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of Rebecca Messner’s film Olmstead and America’s Urban Parks. Frederick Law Olmstead, along with Calvert Vaux, designed Central Park and Prospect Park. Olmstead considered the latter his finest design. Ms. Messner will be present to discuss her film after the […]

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Judge Nixes BHA Request; Pier 6 Developers May Proceed At Own Risk Until Final Ruling

The Eagle reports that today New York Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings denied the Brooklyn Heights Association’s motion for a temporary restraining order to keep the developers of the two proposed high rise residetial towers near Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park from beginning construction before the August 4 hearing, at which Judge Billings will […]

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