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Brooklyn Heights Residents Give Library Suggestions

Books, books, books, and lots of shelves for them, was the main theme of the suggestions made at yesterday evening’s design workshop, at which local residents interacted with architects and library staff concerning what a new Brooklyn Heights branch library should offer. Adequate, well trained and friendly staff (some participants–not library staffers–also stressed “well paid”) […]

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Matthew Urbanski Explains Inspirations for Brooklyn Bridge Park Design

This past Sunday I joined a group of hardy folks for a tour, “Inspirations for the Design of Brooklyn Bridge Park,” led by Matthew Urbanski (photo), a principal of the firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., who were the primary designers of Brooklyn Bridge Park. These are my takeaways from the tour: 1. Taking inspiration […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This weekend the Heights Players premiere their production of Neil Simon’s Fools. Performances are Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday matinee, February 8 at 2:00 p.m., at the Playhouse, 26 Willow Place. The play will continue through the succeeding two weekends on the same schedule. You may make […]

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Bad News for Squibb Park Bridge: Will Not Reopen Until Spring 2015

If you were cynical about the fate of Squibb Park Bridge, you were right.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

A replica of the slave ship Amistad (photo above from her 2006 visit to the Battery Park City marina), built for Steven Spielberg’s 1997 movie about the rebellion aboard her in 1839, and subsequent trial in a U.S. court, arrived today at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the foot of Joralemon Street. Amistad will […]

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Heights History: A Look Into The Past Of Some Montague Street Restaurants

We recently went on a trip back in time at some of the restaurants in the North Heights. Now it’s time to start doing the same down on Montague Street. What was there before today’s eateries? What do the owners want you to order if you stop by? Let’s find out! Our first stop will […]

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Heights History: The Story Behind Some of the North Heights’ Restaurants And A Look At Them From 47 Years Ago

Ever wondered what the story was behind your favorite restaurant? Well, it might be about more than food or even one man’s dream. Here is an exploration of how some Brooklyn Heights restaurants came to be and what their owners say best exemplifies their spirit. Plus, you will get to see what they looked like back in 1967!

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What Exactly IS a “21st-Century” Library?

When Josh Nachowitz, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Vice President for Government and Community Relations, refers to plans for a 21st-century library, listeners might be excused for envisioning a branch manned by drones and robots, or—worse yet—assuming that what he really means is a library devoid of books. In fact, Nachowitz, the face of the BPL’s […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions; Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The highlight of the weekend is the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual Landmark House and Garden Tour, to be held this Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. Houses on display this year range from an 1820s vintage Federal style frame house (photo; by Judith Angel) to a condo in a recently converted parking garage. […]

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BHA Events: “Vision Zero” Workshop April 24; BHA Social! April 29; House Tour May 10

The Brooklyn Heights Association has a full schedule of events over the coming thirty days. On Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church there will be a public workshop, sponsored by the NYC DOT, on Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic fatalities. All are welcome, and if you […]

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