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BHS to Present Brooklyn Documentary Films, Featuring Ric Burns, Wednesday, December 21

On Wednesday evening, December 21, at 6:30, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival will present a screening of Brooklyn documentary films. The main feature will be an excerpt of Ric Burns’ New York, A Documentary Film, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The event is free, but you must […]

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Al Capone, Brooklyn Native, Subject of Book Talk at BHS Monday

On Monday evening, December 5, at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a book talk by Deirdre Bair, author of Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend. Born in Brooklyn in 1899, Capone rose to infamy as head of the rackets–principally bootlegging during the prohibition years–in Chicago. “With exclusive access to his descendants,” Ms. […]

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Coming Next Week at Brooklyn Historical Society

This coming Monday evening, November 28 at 6:30, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, two noted historians, Steven Hahn and Eric Foner, will discuss Hahn’s book, A Nation Without Borders, which is not about America after the closing of a major bookstore chain, but instead “takes a provocative new look at the eight decades surrounding the […]

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German Consul to Speak at Kristallnacht Remembrance, Congregation Mt. Sinai Saturday

The night of November 9-10 will be the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht (“the night of broken glass”; see photo), when mobs led by Nazi soldiers and police attacked Jewish people and their homes, places of business, and houses of worship. Congregation Mount Sinai, at 250 Cadman Plaza West, will remember Kristallnacht this Saturday, November 5, […]

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Electeds, Preservationists Celebrate Brooklyn Heights Historic District at Plaque Re-Dedication Ceremony

Fifty years ago, Brooklyn Heights was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. This distinction and the advocacy of many dedicated  preservationists, lead to the passing of New York City’s Landmarks Law in April 1965 and in November of 1965, Brooklyn Heights was designated New York’s first Historic District.  And so to […]

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Oktoberfest at Brooklyn Historical Society’s This ‘Free Friday’

Hop on over to the Brooklyn Historical Society this Friday, October 21st between 5:00 and 9:00 pm for Oktoberfest!  The program is part of the Society’s monthly “Free Fridays,” when the museum extends its hours and offers special programming with free admission. The event promises “an evening of beer appreciation with a home brewing workshop, […]

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70 Henry St. (Former Home to Brooklyn Heights Cinemas) Construction Update

Construction at 70 Henry St., former home to our beloved Brooklyn Heights Cinemas, is coming along nicely. Here’s a peek into the guts of the plot of land that is soon to be the site of a five-story, mixed-use development. This morning, the congenial site supervisor named Mike from Jonico Construction, was keeping watch over the […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Wednesday evening, October 5, at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present CCNY sociology professor William Helmreich (photo; CCNY), who has walked all 816 miles of streets in Brooklyn and is author of The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide. He will discuss what he found with NY1’s morning anchor and resident Canadian […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Tuesday evening, September 27 at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present Edward Ball, author of Slaves in the Family, and Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree, who will discuss “Confronting a Southern White Past”. The conversation will be moderated by Rachel L. Swarns of The New York Times. Admission is $10, or […]

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Daily News Tells Story Behind Iconic Shot of Ladder 118 Truck on the Bridge to WTC

The Daily News interviewed the man who shot the iconic photograph of the Ladder 118 firetruck on the Brooklyn Bridge, rushing toward the burning towers seen in the background, on that horrific day 15 years ago. (Photo in link to article here.) Aaron McClamb, a 20 year-old amateur photographer, was printing bibles at the Jehovah’s Witness […]

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