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Heights Author Elizabeth Gaffney to Speak at Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday August 5

Brooklyn Heights resident and novelist Elizabeth Gaffney will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday August 5 starting at 7:00 to discuss her second novel, When the World Was Young, which is to be released for publication that day. Set in post-World War II Brooklyn, this powerful story follows misfit Wally Baker as she comes [...]

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Jonathan Ames, Randy Cohen at Brooklyn Historical Society Wedesday

Jonathan Ames (photo, right), writer — Wake Up Sir!, The Extra Man (adapted as a movie with Kevin Kline and Katie Holmes), The Double Life is Twice as Good, and others — raconteur, creator of the HBO series Bored to Death, promoter of the World’s Most Phallic Building contest (in his opinion, the Williamsburgh Bank [...]

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Brooklyn Heights Author Releases The Amateur: Artists & Spies in Cold War Brooklyn

THE AMATEUR: Artists & Spies in Cold War Brooklyn released in June by Nathan Ward is the third book by the long-time Brooklyn Heights author and his first distributed in Apple Computer’s iBook format. A non-fiction tale of art and intrigue played out in Brooklyn Heights during the 1950’s, The Amateur reads like a brisk, [...]

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“Books Beneath the Bridge” Series Starts Monday With Liberty’s Torch by Elizabeth Mitchell

Brooklyn Bridge Park will start this summer’s “Books Beneath the Bridge” series this Monday (July 7) evening, starting at 7:00, at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1. This event, co-sponsored by the Park and Freebird Books (each event is co-sponsored by a different local bookseller), will feature author Elizabeth Mitchell reading from her Liberty’s Torch: [...]

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Willowtown Spring Fair Coming Saturday, May 17

We have word from Ben Bankson (in striped shirt in photo, at last year’s Fair) that this year’s Willowtown Spring Fair will be Saturday, May 17 from noon to 5:00 p.m., on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets). This year’s Fair will feature a pet parade. Participants and pets should assemble in Adam Yauch [...]

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Phantom Tollbooth Author Norton Juster at BHS Tomorrow for Book Signing, Documenatry Screening

Norton Juster, former Brooklyn Heights resident and author of The Phantom Tollbooth, will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society tomorrow (Thursday, May 1) evening for a screening of the documentary The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations: This playful documentary explores how Brooklyn neighbors Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer created one of our most beloved children’s books. [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The annual Grace Church School Carnival will be held this Saturday, April 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon). The carnival features food, including BBQ from Hill Country, pony rides, a photo booth, a tumbling zone, bouncy rides, and other activities. There will be [...]

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Shirky Gives the Word at BHA Annual Meeting: the Internet Will Not Destroy Culture

A lot went on at Thursday night’s Brooklyn Heights Association Annual Meeting, much of which is touched on in our “Tale of the Tweets” coverage. I have a few points about the business side of the meeting to expand on. In addition to the awards for “best diner” to Clark Restaurant and to Patricia and [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Starting tomorrow (Friday, February 7) the Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be showing for a limited two week engagement Gloria, a film by Chile’s Sebastian Lelio, starring Paulina Garcia (in Spanish, with English subtitles). The Cinema will also be showing Nebraska. Today is your last chance to see Inside Llewen Davis at the Cinema (your correspondent [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The Heights Players are opening their production of Big River, a musical based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with a score by Roger Miller and book by William Hauptman. Shows will be at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, at the Playhouse at 26 Willow Place. There’s more [...]

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Dick Whitney, Madoff of the 1930s, Topic of Heights Casino Speaker Series Wednesday Evening

“Not Dick Whitney!” were President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words on hearing that fellow patrician (though not fellow Democrat) Richard Whitney had been arrested and charged with perpetrating a massive fraudulent scheme that would prefigure Bernard Madoff’s even greater scheme in recent years. On Wednesday evening, November 6, Brooklyn Heights resident Malcolm MacKay, author of Impeccable [...]

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Friends Of The Brooklyn Heights Branch Library To Hold Gala

Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library will hold a fundraiser on October 21. Featured at the event will be author Evan Hughes. His ‘Literary Brooklyn’ looks at the rise of Brooklyn through the lens of many of its famous authors. The Brooklyn Eagle has published an interview with Hughes: What is your favorite bookstore [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This Sunday, September 22 is the Brooklyn Book Festival (photo; video after the jump), “the largest free literary event in New York City.” It will take place at Borough Hall and the adjacent plaza from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine. Possible thunderstorms are forecast, but with luck they’ll stay away, and plenty [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

This Saturday, September 14, promises to be a good deal cooler (high 71), and such a change in weather promises some breezes, so it should be a good day for the Kite Festival, to be held from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. For those interested in more down to [...]

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Writer Amy Grace Loyd on Brooklyn Heights

Local writer Amy Grace Loyd, whose first novel, The Affairs of Others, was published last month, sounds off about the neighborhood in Brooklyn Magazine. A resident since the early ’90s, Loyd offers her opinions on best coffee (the oft-forgotten Connecticut Muffin), best place to see a movie (Heights Cinema) and, interestingly, best dry cleaners (Heights Cleaners). More of Loyd’s best-ofs, and what amuses her bouche, are here.

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Proust in the Park Tomorrow Evening

The “Books Under the Bridge” reading series continues tomorrow evening (Monday, July 29) at the Granite Prospect, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, starting at 7:00, with a reading from Swann’s Way, the opening volume of Marcel Proust’s monumental trilogy À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time). [...]

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