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Local Houses of Worship Open for “Sacred Sites” Tours This Weekend

This coming weekend — Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 — many houses of worship in Brooklyn Heights and nearby will be participating in the “Sacred Sites” open house program sponsored locally by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Two that are offering special, pre-booked tours are the First Unitarian Congregational Society at 116 Pierrepont […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Monday evening, May 8 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “100 Clark Street: A Case Study in Navigating Building Codes, Gravity, and Landmark Preservation,” a panel discussion about the difficulties faced by owner Margaret Streicker Porres and architect (and former Brooklyn Heights Association president) Tom van den Bout (his professional partner, Brenda […]

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Two Montague Street Buildings Designated Landmarks

The Eagle reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted unanimously to designate two buildings on Montague Street’s “Bank Row” between Clinton and Court streets as city landmarks. We noted their nomination for landmark status last August. The buildings–181-183 Montague, the People’s Trust Company Building, now occupied by Citibank; and 185 Montague, the National Title […]

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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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