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Re-enactment of Washington’s Evacuation of Brooklyn This Saturday

This Saturday, August 23, from noon to 2:00 p.m. there will be a re-enactment of the evacuation of the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The event will be at the site where the original evacuation began, now the “pebble beach” near the Main Street entrance to Brooklyn [...]

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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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With 70 Henry Street in Contract the Brooklyn Heights Cinema Will Close on August 27 and Look for a New Location

A spokesperson for Massey Knakal tells BHB that 70 Henry Street, currently the home of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, is in contract to be sold. The theater will go dark on Thursday, August 27 after 44 years of operation. Kenn Lowy, who has run the Cinema since 2011, has plans to open at a new [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Tomorrow (Friday, August 8) the Brooklyn Heights Cinema will have its premiere showings of Magic in the Moonlight, starring Colin Firth (photo) as Stanley Crawford, “a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims”, who meets his match, in two senses of the word, in Sophie [...]

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Elizabeth Gaffney, at BHS, Reads, Talks About Bygone Brooklyn Heights

Novelist and Brooklyn Heights resident Elizabeth Gaffney was at the Brooklyn Historical Society yesterday evening to read from her second novel, When the World Was Young, on the date of its publication by Random House. She read two segments of the novel. The first told how a physician forced to give up her career because [...]

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Blogger Outraged as Brooklyn Bridge ‘Love Locks’ Replaced by Love Garbage

Back in May, the city let it be known to tourists and others inclined to leave “love locks” on the Brooklyn Bridge to cut it out. While the totally ridiculous practice of leaving a gym lock fastened to a public place as a sign of a couple’s devotion has roots going back 100 years, it’s [...]

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Willow Street Townhouse Returns to Former (Historical) Glory

The Brooklyn Eagle reports that 113 Willow Street has shed its asphalt shingles and will return to its c. 1820s wood facade. The property was purchased last year for $2.9 million by an area investor group 1113 Willow Street LLC.

See the historic facade revealed after the jump.

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Do You Live in the Fort Stirling Neighborhood? Do You Want To?

BHB reader Ion Freeman has Willowtown envy: he wants to live in a part of Brooklyn Heights that has a name, other than “Brooklyn Heights” or even “the North Heights.” We’re not sure exactly where he lives; it’s “in some unnamed region of the [N]orth [H]eights between the fruit streets and Montague.” The name he [...]

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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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