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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

A replica of the slave ship Amistad (photo above from her 2006 visit to the Battery Park City marina), built for Steven Spielberg’s 1997 movie about the rebellion aboard her in 1839, and subsequent trial in a U.S. court, arrived today at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the foot of Joralemon Street. Amistad will [...]

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Celebrates 160th Anniversary

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange had a party this evening to celebrate its 160th year of providing a market for handcrafted goods made in Brooklyn and beyond, and a place to shop for interesting and sometimes hard to find gifts, children’s clothing, toys, books, stationery, and other items. A considerable number of BWE officers, board members, [...]

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Heights History: A Look Into The Past Of Some Montague Street Restaurants

We recently went on a trip back in time at some of the restaurants in the North Heights. Now it’s time to start doing the same down on Montague Street. What was there before today’s eateries? What do the owners want you to order if you stop by? Let’s find out! Our first stop will [...]

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Events at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) has three events scheduled for the next three nights. Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16) starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a musical event dramatizing the struggles of city life: New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding sings the stories of everyday heroes fighting the system in [...]

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Heights History: That Time Zombies Invaded Brooklyn Heights

Way back in 2012, the New York State Lottery filmed a commercial in and around Brooklyn Heights. It featured zombies…lots of zombies. By mid-afternoon, the storyboard had evolved to a crowd of zombies collected around the shiny new newspaper vendor site in front of City Chemist at 129 Montague (with a car now completely overturned), [...]

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Open Thread: 13 Years Later 9/11/01

This week, we remember those lost on 9/11/01. The photos above are of our local firemen from Engine Company 205 / Ladder Company 118 “Fire Under the Bridge”, who rushed to the scene and never returned:

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BHS Presents “Tales From the Vault” Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, September 9) starting at 6:30 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton), will present another of its “Tales From the Vault” lectures: BHS archivist John Zarrillo brings to life the diverse cast of characters who have emerged from the records of the Brooklyn Corporation Counsel. Their surprising and [...]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Roller Rink is not the First in Brooklyn Heights

When Brooklyn Bridge Park’s roller rink opened earlier this summer, skaters were thinking about the great view and probably not the history of the activity in Brooklyn Heights. Ephemeral New York reports on an 1880s rink located at corner of Orange and Fulton Streets (a corner that no longer exists). A collection of Victorian era [...]

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

Update: We’ve just been advised that the re-enactment event has been cancelled because the group doing the re-enactment has a schedule conflict. 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 [...]

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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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