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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On my customary morning stroll around Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, I found actors rehearsing Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew for Random Access Theatre’s free performances of that classic comedy at the Granite Prospect on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (July 18, 19, and 20) starting at 7:00. More information here. Also at Brooklyn Bridge [...]

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Lifetime Local Resident Reflects on Brooklyn Heights Life in New York Times Piece

Brooklyn Heights resident/author Elizabeth Gaffney writes about growing up here and living in the same townhouse her entire life. The piece is not only a marvelous account of her personal history, it also sheds light on the previous owners of her home and some “hidden” Heights history:

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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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LPC Wants 144 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights to Remain Small

Curbed reports today on the saga of 114 Clinton Street. The one story art moderne building’s owner wants to convert it (meaning knock it down while saving some of the art deco facade) into a six story condo. The Landmarks Preservation Commission ain’t havin’ it:

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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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Brooklyn Historical Society Presents “Tales From the Vault” and Beer Garden Thursday

This Thursday evening, June 19, starting at 6:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Tales From the Vault! 19th Century Brooklyn: Snapshots of Change” followed by the season’s first Beer Garden. According to BHS: Join BHS archivist John Zarrillo for a peek at the beguiling and quirky Brooklyn Corporation Counsel collection of records, and discover [...]

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Video: Parks Department Cleans Graffiti From Fruit Street Sitting Area and We Give You the Truth on How Those Brooklyn Heights Fruit Streets Got Their Name

The NYC Parks Department finally got around to cleaning the Fruit Street Sitting Area in Brooklyn Heights today. A crazed and untalented graffiti “writer” defaced the area along with an adjacent Citibike docking station between Monday (6/9) night and Tuesday morning. As we documented earlier this week, the Citibike station was quickly cleaned by Wednesday [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

In town for the holiday weekend? It’s your last chance to see the Heights Players’ final production of their 2013-14 season, West Side Story. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00. There’s more information here. This weekend also offers your first chance to see Theater 2020′s production of [...]

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Read Heights Preservation Leaders’ History of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Heights preservationists Scott M. Hand (photo) and Otis Pratt Pearsall have written a history of the efforts that led to the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. This is the opening paragraph: This is the improbable David and Goliath tale of three pivotal years, roughly 1986 through 1988, during which the Brooklyn Heights Association (the [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This will be the annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the participating religious institutions. It will give you the opportunity to visit and receive architectural and historical information about several local houses of worship, including the newly restored interior of Grace Church (photo). The local participating institutions, [...]

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Scouting NY Covers The French Connection, Brooklyn Heights

Plenty has been written about Moonstruck on Cranberry Street, how Luca Brasi went to sleep with the fishes in the Clark Street Hotel, and how the top floor of 10 Montague Terrace is the gateway to hell. But Brooklyn Heights also made cameo appearances in several other films, including William Friedkin’s The French Connection. Scouting [...]

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Heights History: Before the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a Proposal for Beecher Park

The Brooklyn Historical Society’s Lisa Miller posted this week about a 1903 proposal to build an “esplanade or terrace park” spanning from Clark Street to Joralemon Street. It’s part of the BHS’s “Map of the Month” series. The effort was led by Axel S. Hedman and Edward H. Dockam who hoped to gain support for [...]

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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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Brooklyn Heights Residence Wins Moses Award For Excellence

John and Patricia Duffy’s renovation of 265 Hicks Street, honored by the BHA earlier this year, has won a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn will present two performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a cantata composed in 1935-36, based on medieval poems, that has become one of the world’s most recognized pieces of “classical” music, and has been covered by, among many others, the Swedish metal group Therion and by Nas and Puff [...]

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Karl’s Video History of Brooklyn Ferry

We’re approaching the 200th anniversary of the beginning of steam powered ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Karl Junkersfeld has made a video (see it after the jump) marking the occasion, and giving the history of ferry service, and of the Brooklyn neighborhood (now the Fulton Ferry Historic District and, to its north, DUMBO) that [...]

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