Brooklyn Heights Blog » Photography http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:56:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Photoville is Backhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84756 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84756#comments Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:24:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84756

Photoville Has returned to Brooklyn Bridge Park this week, in its location under the Brooklyn Bridge. The photo (C. Scales for BHB) shows “The Fence,” which previews some of the photos to be shown during the event. Photoville will be open from noon to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21 through Saturday, September 23, and from noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24. There is more information here and a listing of events here.

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Brooklyn’s Waterfront as Artistic Inspiration Subject of Wednesday Discussion at BHShttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84088 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84088#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:13:30 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84088

This Wednesday evening, June 21 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present novelist Jennifer Egan (photo, at Brooklyn Book Festival, 2010), author of The Keep and A Visit From the Goon Squad and the soon to be published Manhattan Beach, leading a discussion “about Brooklyn’s waterfronts, industrial and liminal, as an inspiration to artists.” Others on the panel will be Nicki Pombier Berger, c0-founder of Underwater New York, Elizabeth Albert, author of Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City’s Forgotten Waterfront, and Marilyn Symmes, curator of the exhibit Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront at BHS’s new site in the Empire Stores in DUMBO. Admission is $5, or free for BHS members; more information and buy or reserve tickets here.

Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83898 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83898#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 02:16:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83898

It’s a busy week at the Brooklyn Historical Society, with three evening events. All begin at 6:30, and admission for each is $10, or $5 for BHS members. Links to buy tickets are below.

For all the talk of a “paperless society” — this blog’s beloved founder had as a slogan “On the web because paper is expensive” — we still use lots of the stuff. Mark Kurlansky, who has written histories of Cod, Salt, and Oysters, will be at BHS on Tuesday evening, May 23, along with Atlas Obscura editor Ella Morton, to discuss his Paper: Paging Through History. More information and buy tickets here

On Wednesday evening, May 24, Daniel Sharfstein, professor of law and history at Vanderbilt University, will be joined by New York Times editorial writer and author Brent Staples, to discuss Sharfstein’s book Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War. The book deals with an historic irony: how Howard, an abolitionist and Union Army Civil War hero, persecuted “a brutal military campaign against the Nez Perce tribe and their leader, Chief Joseph, an outspoken opponent of forced relocation.” More information and buy tickets here.

Are we on the cusp of tyranny? On Thursday evening, May 25, Masha Gessen, author of The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Retook Russia and Timothy Snyder, Yale history professor and author of On Tyranny: Twenty Leesons from the Twentieth Century, discuss “A Republic, if You Can Keep It,” concerning “the global rise of nationalism and America’s political future.” More information and buy tickets here

When you get a chance, go down to Empire Stores in DUMBO and visit BHS’s new exhibition site. On display there now are many striking photographs of the Brooklyn waterfront. One that particularly caught my eye was of the Harbor View Lawn on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, before a summer “Movies With a View” screening, taken from an open helicopter door directly above and showing the lawn almost covered with blankets arranged in a neat array and people sitting on them or walking around.

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The Air Was Cold, But The Birds Were Outhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83229 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83229#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:29:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83229

Your correspondent ventured out at 8:45 yesterday (Saturday) morning in sub-zero wind chill to walk from his home on Montague Street down to the Pier 1 entrance. There he met Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge and guide for a bird walk scheduled for what proved to be a very cold morning. The only other walkers present were a man named Brian with his two young sons. Heather said she had recently seen woodcocks in a wooded area near the pier entrance; we looked, but found none.

Heather then led us to a path the cuts through the woods on the landward side of Pier One; a prime spot for birding, she said. She was right. Before long we saw a pair of American Robins foraging on the path ahead of us. Then, off to our right, came a rapid “Tap! Tap! Tap!” It was a Downy Woodpecker (see photo above). As we continued along the path, the little woodpecker kept a parallel course, stopping here and there for more tapping. On the same path we saw a Fox Sparrow, but it was too quick for me to get a photo.

When we reached the south end of Pier One, Brian said his boys were uncomfortable in the cold, so they left. At the same time, we were joined by another walker, Clint.

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Coming down off the south side of Pier One we saw lots of waterfowl resting on the exposed pilings. Here are five Gadwall ducks, and, at top left, what appears to be a Mallard, getting some rest while the cold wind blows. There were two Buffleheads, a male and a female, paddling and diving, but they were too far away and too quick for photography. There were also Herring Gulls on the pilings and on the water.

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Coming to the landward side of Pier Two, we found two Mallards, male and female, also enjoying some shut-eye.

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Standing on the water’s edge at the beach near Pier Four was a Ring-billed Gull. Heather also pointed out some Great Black-backed Gulls, but they were too far away for good photography with my little camera.

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A squadron of Brants (small geese) glided across the water between Pier Four and the Marina.

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On the landward side of Pier Six we spotted this White-throated Sparrow. Out on Pier Six we saw a female Cardinal. but she was too quick for my lens.

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Also on Pier Six, which Heather noted has become a very good bird watching spot, we saw this Mourning Dove.

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Here’s intrepid Heather, aiming her long lens at the Mourning Dove shown above. She led us on a very productive walk for a very cold March morning: by my count at least fourteen species, not including the ubiquitous house sparrows and pigeons. I’m looking forward to her next bird walk, which I hope will be in more clement weather.

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Photoville Opens Wednesday; Other Events at Brooklyn Bridge Park This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81503 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81503#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:36:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81503

Photoville returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park this week, in a new location, under the Brooklyn Bridge. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m., closing at 10:00 p.m. It will be open from noon to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, September 24, and from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25. More information here.

Tomorrow evening (Monday, September 19) at 6:00 there will be a free lecture on “Passenger Ships of the Past” by Conrad Milster, Chief Engineer at the Pratt Institute, aboard the Nantucket Lightship. More information here.

On Tuesday evening, September 20 at Pier 6 the artist Rachel Frank will discuss her practice of “rewilding”. The event is free, and there’s more information here.

Also on Tuesday evening at 7:00, and again on Wednesday evening at 7:00, on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, the Independent Filmmaker Project will present two parts of its IFP Film Week Showcase. The screenings are free; more information here.

On Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. BBP’s Horticultural Supervisor Rashid Poulson will lead a tour of the Park’s “green roofs”. Admission is free fro BBP Conservancy members; for others it’s $10. There’s more information, and you can purchase tickets, here.

On Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m both days there will be a free Brooklyn Americana Music Festival at the Pier 6 lawns, featuring local musicians doing “original and traditional country, folk, roots, blues, old time, and bluegrass”, all on acoustic instruments. More information here.

For gardening enthusiasts, on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 Claudia Joseph, Director of the NY Permaculture Exchange will present a free workshop on permaculture techniques aboard Swale, which will be docked at the north side of Pier 6. More information here.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81452 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81452#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:23:53 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81452

In July we noted the opening of the exhibit “Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. This Thursday evening, September 15, at 7:30 BHS will present a discussion of Attie’s photographs, which illustrate Capote’s Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir, between Eli Attie, the photographer’s son, who discovered the photographs, and Randy Kennedy, of The New York Times. Following the discussion the actress Janel Moloney (Donna Moss in The West Wing) will read from Capote’s memoir. After that, there will be a tour of the exhibit. The event is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

This Friday, September 16, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. there will be one of a series of “Free Fridays”, with free museum admission and various activities. The theme this week is “Back to School”. There’s more information here.

On Monday evening, September 19 at 6:30 BHS presents “From Gray to Green: The Role of Urban Parks in the 21st Century”, a panel discussion featuring landscape architect and Brooklyn Bridge Park designer Michael Van Valkenburgh and architectural critic Paul Goldberger, moderated by New Yorkers for Parks Executive Director, and former head of the Prospect Park Alliance, Tupper Thomas. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members; purchase tickets here.

On Tuesday evening, September 20 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Person, Place, Thing series, BHS will present Maria Popova, creator of the blog Brain Pickings, who will talk about”her life and the world of blogging” with Randy Cohen. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members; purchase tickets here.

Photo: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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The Times Covers Historical Society’s “Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/80717 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/80717#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2016 02:31:38 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=80717

In the latest Arts & Design section, the New York Times covers Brooklyn Historical Society’s exhibit Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie, a show that “really captures that time when Brooklyn Heights was not the wealthy place that it was in the mid-1800s, when it was the original suburbs, and certainly not the place it is now, but was a little marginal,” according to Marcia Ely, who helped organize the exhibition.

The 40 photographs on exhibit were taken by photographer David Attie in 1958, while being shown around the neighborhood by Truman Capote, for an assignment to illustrate Capote’s essay “’A House on the Heights,’ famous for its opening line, provocative at the time: ‘I live in Brooklyn. By choice.’” Some of the photos were published in the February 1959 issue of Holiday, but most sat warehoused for decades until Attie’s son Eli discovered them.

The Times article is a bit of fascinating neighborhood history, and a heart-warming story of a son’s discovery of his father’s work, that is well-worth reading. Some of Attie’s superb snapshots of old Brooklyn Heights, all shot on Kodak Safety Film, can also be seen on the Photo District News website. The Historical Society’s exhibit is on view through July 2017.

(Lead photo: from Brooklyn Historical Society’s facebook page.)

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At Brooklyn Historical Society This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78904 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78904#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:30:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78904

This Wednesday evening, March 2, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society, along with the Brooklyn Arts Council and Interfaith Center of New York, will present “The 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day: Preserving and Demystifying Ritual and Ceremony in Brooklyn“.

featuring interactive presentations of ritual practices from Guyana, Ghana, and India, followed by a town hall discussion addressing ways to preserve, sustain, and demystify misconceptions surrounding traditional rituals and cultural ceremonies practiced in Brooklyn. Food and drink will be provided.

Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

On Thursday evening, March 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 BHS presents “Chester Higgins, Jr. and Brooklyn’s African Diaspora”. Higgins is a New York Times photographer “who has documented New York’s African Diaspora for over 40 years, with images that range from the Caribbean Festival to African American Hebrews in Bed-Stuy.” You can view his images while he discusses them with City Council Member and cultural entrepreneur Laurie Cumbo. Higgins will be introduced by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood members; purchase tickets here.

March is Women’s History Month, and on this month’s Free Friday (March 4 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.) BHS invites you to visit the beautiful Othmer Library “for a peek into some of the women’s stories contained in our archives, and relax with some women’s history coloring book pages.” There’s more information here.

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On Thursday evening, February 25, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host two events, both starting at 6:30. Downstairs in the main event space Randy Cohen (photo) will have as his guest on his latest Person Place Thing Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. Also on the program is fiddler Stephanie Coleman. Admission is $5; free for BHS or Green-Wood members. Purchase or reserve tickets here.

At the same time, upstairs in the beautiful Othmer Library, BHS will present “Tales from the Vault: The Carte de Visite”, an exhibit of the portrait photographs popular in the nineteenth century, some of which are featured in the current exhibition Personal Correspondents. BHS’s Managing Director of Library and Archives Julie May

will discuss the photograph’s process and popularity throughout its heyday, share rarely seen examples from our collections, and highlight the many studios that participated in its proliferation throughout Brooklyn.

There will also be on display a camera and other equipment of the types used to make these photographs, courtesy of the Penumbra Foundation. Admission is $5; free for BHS or Green-Wood members. Purchase or reserve tickets here.

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We Don’t Care About No Stinking Snow!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78652 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78652#comments Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:46:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78652

So are you hunkering down or did you get outside and brave the weather?  Check out these die-hards playing touch foot ball on Cadman Plaza! Show us how you are passing the time while Jonas pummels NYC.

Post your personal snapshots** in the comments.  Go!

*Cover Photo by Mary Kim, published with permission of the photographer.

**If you post an image taken by a friend, please credit it to them.  Please do not post images taken from other websites or commercial sites.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76518 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76518#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 03:12:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=76518

There’s much going on in and near the Heights this weekend (Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20), some of which we’ve already told you about. There’s a baroque concert (with swing!) Friday evening, the Cranberry Street Fair on Saturday, and the Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday.

Bargemusic has a full schedule of concerts. On Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 there’s a concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sibelius, featuring works by the great Finnish composer along with others by Mozart and Schubert, performed on violin, cello, and piano. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 there will be works by Handel, Schubert, and Beethoven on violin and piano, and featuring the soprano voice of Jane Leibel (photo). Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

Speaking of Brooklyn Bridge Park, there will be a Kite Festival on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Sunday evening starting at 6:00 there’s a “Bookend” event for the Book Festival, “Strings and Slam,” on the uplands of Pier 3. Don’t forget Photoville, here for its second weekend.

You may take a free guided Brooklyn Bridge Park tour by going to the Pier 1 entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Looking ahead to September 23, there is the next Wednesday Night Tour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Pier 1 near the foot of Old Fulton Street. The subject of this week’s tour will be “The Oyster: An Edible History.” It will be led by Victoria Flexner and Ryan Mellinger from Edible History. Tickets are $10, or $5 for Conservancy members. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

If you know of any other events in or near Brooklyn Heights this weekend that should be mentioned, please let us know in a comment.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76445 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76445#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:03:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=76445

The Mets, to your correspondent’s satisfaction, are on a tear. You can join the celebration on Saturday, September 12, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on the play turf at the outer end of Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event is free and will feature local radio DJs; Mets legends Edgardo Alfonzo, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson, and Ed Kranepool(!); and swag bags. More information here. Love oysters, or just want to get to know them? Feeling flush? For $100 a person you can attend the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s “Oyster Shellabration” at the park’s newly opened John Street section in DUMBO. More information and buy tickets here. Don’t forget that Photoville will be open on the uplands near Pier 5 and the foot of Joralemon Street. Also, check out the Park’s new Environmental Education Center.

You may take a free guided Brooklyn Bridge Park tour by going to the Pier 1 entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Looking ahead to September 16, there is the next Wednesday Night Tour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Pier 1 near the foot of Old Fulton Street. The subject of this week’s tour will be “Inside Public Hoticulture.” It will be led by Rashid Poulson, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Horticultural Supervisor. Tickets are $10, or $5 for Conservancy members. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

For other park activities this weekend and after, see their calendar.

Don’t forget Bargemusic’s free 9/11 Memorial Concert tomorrow (Friday, September 11) evening at 8:00. On Saturday evening at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 4:00 Bargemusic will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich performed by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, under the baton of Eli Spindel, along with soloists Mark Peskanov on violin and Steven Beck on piano. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

If you know of any other events in or near Brooklyn Heights this weekend that should be mentioned, please let us know in a comment.

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Photoville Returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park This Thursday, September 10http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76415 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76415#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 18:45:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=76415

Photoville will return for its fourth annual display of photography at Brooklyn Bridge Park starting this Thursday, September 10 and remaining through Sunday, September 20. It will be located in the space upland of the Picnic Peninsula and near the foot of Joralemon Street, previously occupied on Sundays by Smorgasburg.

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Events at Brooklyn Bridge Park This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75574 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/75574#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:39:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=75574

Tomorrow evening (Monday, July 20) starting at 7:00 at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s “Books Under the Bridge” series continues with readings by Jami Attenberg (photo) and Kate Bolick read from their works. This event is curated by DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena. It’s free, and no RSVP is necessary. There’s more information here.

On Tuesday morning, July 21, starting at 10:30, a children’s librarian from Brooklyn Public Library will read stories as part of a “Summer Reading Storytime” series. This will be held on the other Granite Prospect, the one upland from Pier 3. It’s also free, with no RSVP needed. Rain date is the following Tuesday, July 28. More information here.

Learn about native plants and how they contribute to coastal reslience at the next Wednesday Night Tour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on July 22 at the entrance to Pier 1 near the foot of Old Fulton Street. The tour will be led by Lauren Alleman, Urban Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy. Tickets are $10; there’s more information and buy tickets here.

There are three notable events scheduled for Thursday. Starting at 6:00 p.m. at Jane’s Carousel the Photoville crew will lead a free tour of this year’s version of The Fence, which extends for 1,250 feet along the Park’s pathways, and displays the work of photographers whose works will be included in this year’s Photoville which will be on the Pier 5 uplands from September 10 through 20. More information here. Also starting at 6:00 p.m. at Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn is this week’s Syfy Movies With a View free presentation: Attack the Block. More details here. Following the movie, also on the Harbor View Lawn, from 8:30 to 10:30 members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up telescopes for free public viewing of celestial sights. More information here.

Other Park activities this coming week are listed on the Park’s events calendar.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73775 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73775#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:05:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73775

This weekend the Heights Players premiere their production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. Performances are Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday matinee, March 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 reservations here.

This weekend is your last chance to see Theater 2020’s The Singapore Mikado, with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, and a Sunday matinee at 3:00, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 19 Sidney Place. Get tickets here.

Bargemusic’s concert on Friday evening at 8:00 features works by Mozart, Akio Yashiro, and Yukiko Nishimura performed on dual pianos by Sara Davis Buechener and Michael Brown. On Saturday evening at 8:00 there’s more piano music, as Jeffrey Swann plays works by Mozart, Debussy, Busoni, and Chopin. Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pianist Swann returns, joined by his fellow members of Trio Combray, to perform works by Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Ravel. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

On Saturday afternoon at 3:00, aspiring photographers (including your correspondent) are invited to join Brooklyn Bridge Park’s photographer Alexa Hoyer to learn about composition, lighting, and depth of field while touring the Park. This event begins at the Conservancy’s headquarters, 334 Furman Street (at the foot of Joralemon, just past the BQE underpass). It’s free, but please RSVP here.

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Ten Ways to Love Brooklyn Bridge Park in Winterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/72705 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/72705#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 01:58:14 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=72705

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has given us ten reasons to love the Park in the wintertime. Another reason is embedded in their first one: it’s a lot less crowded. See the ten reasons here, illustrated with stunning photos by Etienne Frossard and Julienne Schaer.

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Vote For Best Montague Street Photo Tonight or Tomorrowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/72242 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/72242#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:32:29 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=72242

You’re invited to vote for best photo in the Montague Street BID’s photo contest. You can see the finalists here and cast your vote this evening or tomorrow at the BID’s booth in front of the Custom House, 139 Montague Street, during Downtown for the Holidays on Montague Street.

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Montague Street Photo Contest Deadline Extendedhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70713 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70713#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:33:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=70713

The deadline for entries in the Montague Street BID’s photo contest has been extended until November 28. There’s more information here, the official rules are here and you can enter here.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70693 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70693#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:58:30 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=70693

This will be another busy weekend, with the DUMBO Arts Festival starting tomorrow (Friday, September 26) and running through Sunday, September 28; the Atlantic Antic, celebrating its 40th year, on Sunday; and, as reader Reggie reminds us, also on Sunday the 21st Annual Bus Festival. This is also your last weekend to view Photoville. (Photoville is closed today, Thursday, September 25, because of inclement weather).

Bargemusic has a full schedule of concerts this weekend, beginning tomorrow (Friday) evening at 8:00 with the first of two concerts (the second will be on Friday, October 17) presenting the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók (photo; Wikipedia; public domain) by the Chiara String Quartet. On Saturday evening at 8:00 cellist Colin Carr and pianist Thomas Sauer will perform works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Thomas Adès, and Beethoven. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pianists Michael Brown and Adam Golka will perform works by Kurtag, Bach, Schubert, Debussy, and Grieg. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70403 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70403#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:05:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=70403

There’s a lot going on this weekend. The Brooklyn Book Festival is already underway with “Bookend” events, but the main program is on Sunday, September 21, with events starting from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. (schedule here). Also on Sunday there’s the Montague Street Summer Space from noon to 5:00 p.m.–come meet the BHB crew in front of Custom House–and the BHA Dog Show from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in front of Pet’s Emporium. Registration for the Dog Show ends tomorrow.

Brooklyn Bridge Park will be lively this weekend. Got some energy to burn, and want to help the environment? Saturday, September 20 is International Coastal Cleanup Day, and you can help clean the Park’s coastline from noon to 3:00 p.m. More details here. Also on Saturday, from noon to 1:30, there will be a Seining the River Wild event at the Park’s shoreline in DUMBO. Photoville will be open on the Pier 5 uplands, near the foot of Joralemon Street, from noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday. Other events in the Park on Sunday include Baylander tours at Pier 5, and Smorgasburg, which will be on the Pier 2 uplands.

Tomorrow evening (Friday, September 19) at 8:00 Bargemusic will present “Tokyo to New York,” a concert of premieres of works by Japanese and other contemporary composers, played by Thomas Piercy on clarinet and hichiriki, and by Noritaka Ito on piano. On Saturday evening at 8:00 violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Nicholas Cannelakis, and pianist Jeffrey Swann will play works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

This weekend is your last chance to see Heights Players’ performance of The Great Gatsby Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon; more details here.

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Photoville Returns Thursday, September 18http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70220 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70220#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:51:53 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=70220

Photoville, “a pop-up, modular venue built from shipping containers re-purposed into galleries exhibiting a wide array of cutting-edge photography,” will return for its third visit to Brooklyn Bridge Park beginning this coming Thursday, September 18. It will be open Thursdays through Sundays from September 18 through 28: Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 10:00 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 8:00 p.m. This year it will be located on the Pier 5 uplands, near the foot of Joralemon Street, the site previously occupied by Smorgasburg on Sundays. Smorgasburg has relocated to the Pier 2 uplands for its Sunday events, but will provide food and a beer garden at Photoville each time it is open. Details here.

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Montague Street BID Sponsors Photo Contesthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/68739 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/68739#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:08:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=68739

The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID) is sponsoring a photo contest that begins now and has a deadline for submissions of September 17.

We are looking for striking digital images taken along Montague Street (between Court Street and the Brooklyn Promenade) in Brooklyn, NY. Your images may show the architecture, storefronts and displays, people, streetscape elements, or a combination thereof. We are especially interested in images that showcase Montague Street’s vibrancy and the people that visit the District.

The grand prize is a $400 certificate redeemable at any Montague Street retailer. There are three other prizes with values ranging from $150 to $200. There is more information here.

Photo: Cesar Llacuna

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/67831 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/67831#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:35:39 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=67831

We get our own Shakespeare in the Park this coming weekend (Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15) as Theater 2020 continues their critically praised production of King Lear with three free performances at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings starting at 7:00.

It’s slated to be perfect walking weather on Saturday, so what could be better than to join Homer Fink on his eye-opening Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour?

Bargemusic has a full schedule of “masterworks” concerts. On Friday evening at 7:00 husband and wife pianists Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky will play works by Faure, Schubert, Haydn, Debussy, and Dvorak. On Saturday evening at 7:00 and on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms will be performed by Mark Peskanov on violin, Alexander Mishnaevski on viola, Robert deMaine on cello, and Alexander Peskanov on piano. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 2:30; first come, first seated. Yes, the barge is air conditioned.

Another air conditioned venue, the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, will be showing Words and Pictures and Ida. More information and showtimes are here.

Also at Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend, Pier Kids will present a “block party” with Brooklyn Children’s Museum on the Pier 6 lawn (near the foot of Atlantic Avenue) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, with art activities starting at noon. More information here. Also on Sunday Smorgasburg will be on the Pier 5 uplands (near the Joralemon Street entrance) Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, starting at noon, there will be a free Docent Tour of Pier 1. Looking ahead, The Fence returns to BBP on this coming Monday, June 16, and there will be a free public walking tour of The Fence on Wednesday the 18th, featuring “officials from Brooklyn Bridge Park, sponsors and supporters, and featured photographers, who will be on hand to discuss their work.” The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Main Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, in DUMBO.

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Opening Day: A Closer Lookhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/62917 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/62917#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:03:41 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=62917

As mentioned in a previous post, today marks the 63rd anniversary of the opening of the Promenade. Here, for your edification, is an unreleased photo of the occasion, taken from a high floor of 2 Montague Terrace. (Click through to the photo for its highest resolution!)

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/62695 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/62695#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 04:57:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=62695

The DUMBO Arts Festival, “a three day [Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29] celebration of art, music & performance,” is this weekend. A preview, in the form of Michael Clyde Johnson’s “Untitled Benches, Tables (Cube for Children)” (2013), a work that “invites interaction” (as in the photo), has been in the Brooklyn Bridge Park lawn between the Main and Washington Street entrances in DUMBO for several weeks. The Festival will feature

outdoor and indoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital art and large scale projections, visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street, dancers, poets as well as performers throughout the neighborhood, on street corners, and in the park.

A highlight of the Festival will be the Ship of Tolerance, which will arrive Friday and remain until Tuesday, October 8. There’s more information here.

Don’t forget Atlantic Antic this Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue.

This weekend is your last chance to see Photoville at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Bargemusic has three concerts in the “Masterworks” series. On Friday evening at 7:00 there will be works by Brahms and Mussorgsky on piano; Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Britten, and Beethoven on cello and piano; and on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 you can hear works by Schubert and Brahms on piano. On Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, program and musicians TBA. The doors open at 2:30; it’s first come, first seated. More information and buy tickets here.

On Friday evening at 7:00, at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert featuring music for brass quintet, ranging from the Elizabethan (the First) period to Scott Joplin and Leonard Bernstein. Admission is free, but “[a]ttendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to the performance.” These will be distributed to the City’s hungry through City Harvest. Check out more Brooklyn Bridge Park events here.

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be showing Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as In a World, directed by and starring Lake Bell.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/62593 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/62593#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:03:04 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=62593

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 of activities are indoors. There are more details here, and even apps you may download. Also on Sunday we have the second installment of SummerSpace on Montague Street from noon to 5:00 p.m., including the BHA Dog Show (registration for contestants is now closed) starting at 3:00.

This weekend is your last chance to see the Heights Players’ production of Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, with performances at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, at the playhouse, 26 Willow Place. More details here. And don’t forget Theater 2020’s two free comedy readings at the first floor theater of the Brooklyn Heights Public Library on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:30.

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be showing Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as In a World, directed by and starring Lake Bell.

Photoville opened today at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. It will stay open through September 29, which is a week from this Sunday.

Bargemusic presents a “Here and Now” concert, featuring the music of Mohammed Fairouz, starting at 7:00 p.m Friday. On Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. there will be “Masterworks” concerts featuring works by Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, performed by Gerald Robbins on piano along with the Braude Ensemble with members of Jeunes Virtuoses de New York. On Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, program and musicians TBA. The doors open at 2:30; it’s first come, first seated. More information and buy tickets here.

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Brooklyn Heights: The Weekend In Tweetshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/60350 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/60350#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:26:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=60350

The first weekend of Summer 2013 was pretty spectacular in Brooklyn Heights and the rest of NYC. Folks were about and about and using the Twitter to document it. Here are some highlights:

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Erin Boyle Finds Things Rosy in Brooklyn Heightshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/60026 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/60026#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 03:35:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=60026 this post in Gardenista, who writes:]]>

On my walk this morning, I stopped to admire (and snap) these yellow roses in front of 80 Joralemon Street. Brooklyn Heights is rose heaven, according to Heights resident Erin Boyle in this post in Gardenista, who writes:

Since we moved into our tiny apartment in Brooklyn Heights two years ago, I’ve been enjoying something of a love affair with my neighbors’ roses. Beginning in early June and cropping up again in September, this neighborhood has the most glorious display of roses I’ve seen anywhere.

The post includes many photographs of gorgeous roses now in bloom around the neighborhood. Enjoy!

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Photoville Fence Unveiling Thursdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/59983 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/59983#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 02:21:29 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=59983

As we reported earlier, the unveiling of this year’s 1,000 foot long “Photoville Fence” will take place this month; we now know it’s this Thursday, June 13, starting at 6:00 p.m. It’s a free party with refreshments and ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, who operate the concession at Pier 5. There’s more information here.

The Fence serves as a preview for the Photoville Pop-Up Village, an exhibit of photography that this year will be located on Pier 5. The Pop-Up Village, which last year was in place from June 22 to July 1 (prompting complaints about heat in the modified shipping containers that serve as galleries; see comments on the linked post), has wisely been scheduled for September 19-29 this year, when–we hope!–the weather may be less oppressive.

Photo: photovillenyc.org.

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Love Lane Legshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/59888 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/59888#comments Sat, 08 Jun 2013 16:41:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=59888

Brooklyn Heights resident/super-fantastic photographer Chris Arnade took this shoot over the weekend on Love Lane.

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