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DOB Approves Building Plans for Tower at Brooklyn Heights Library Site

Mary Frost of the Brooklyn Eagle reports that the Department of Buildings approved Hudson Companies’ plans for construction of a new 36-story tower at the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library. The plans include a smaller library branch, retail space on the ground floor, and 34 floors of luxury apartments. The tower’s future residents will have a […]

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Electeds, Preservationists Celebrate Brooklyn Heights Historic District at Plaque Re-Dedication Ceremony

Fifty years ago, Brooklyn Heights was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. This distinction and the advocacy of many dedicated  preservationists, lead to the passing of New York City’s Landmarks Law in April 1965 and in November of 1965, Brooklyn Heights was designated New York’s first Historic District.  And so to […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

In July we noted the opening of the exhibit “Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie” at the

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Times Covers 100 Clark St. Restoration

Yesterday’s New York Times piece is a fascinating read on the painstaking architectural endeavor behind the reconstruction of 100 Clark St., and the owner’s commitment to restore, as closely as possible, the building to its original glory. Margaret Streicker Porres, the owner of the realty company that bought the building in 2010 for $1.2M, hired Tom van den […]

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Two Montague Buildings Nominated for Landmarking

Two buildings on Montague Street between Clinton and Court, 181-183 Montague and 185 Montague (left and right in the photo), have, the Eagle reports, been nominated for landmark status. Last November we reported that, during a discussion between preservationist Anthony Wood and architectural historian Francis Morrone at the Brooklyn Historical Society, it was mentioned that […]

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The BHB Ten for 2015!

Here, in no particular order, are the people you, the readers, and we nominated for the Brooklyn Heights Ten for the past year, 2015. Tracy (“Mrs. Fink”) Zamot and daughter Gracie: The sudden and unexpected loss of BHB’s founder, publisher, contributor, and guiding light John “Homer Fink” Loscalzo last April left all of us on […]

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Robert Furman’s Brooklyn Heights is a Trove of Information

Robert Furman’s (with contributions of photographs of historic Brooklyn Heights buildings by Brian Merlis) Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb is a massive–471 pages–attempt to encompass all that is significant in the history of our neighborhood. The subtitle provides a narrative arc, though an inverted one. It begins with a […]

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Landmark Status Sought for Two Brooklyn Heights Buildings

Last Monday I attended the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the designation of Brooklyn Heights as New York City’s first landmarked historic district, held at the Brooklyn Historical Society and co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Association and by the New York Preservation Archive Project (“NYPAP”). The evening’s program (read more about the proceedings in the Eagle) […]

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“Architects May Come, and Architects May Go….”

…but H.I. Feldman has left his name, in stone, in Brooklyn Heights for however long 70 Remsen Street stands, and it’s a very solid looking building. It was completed in 1929 and initially functioned as a “men’s hotel”, but is now luxury apartments. His name isn’t all Feldman left on the building, though. If you […]

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Plan for Brooklyn’s First “Supertall” Revealed

This past August we noted a Crain’s piece that said developers had acquired the landmarked Dime Savings Bank building and an adjacent lot, and that, using air rights from the landmarked building, they could build something as tall as the Empire State Building on the lot, the address of which will be 340 Flatbush Avenue […]

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