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New Staten Island Ferry Named for Dorothy Day, Brooklyn Heights Native

The newest Staten Island Ferry boat is named for Dorothy Day. Ms. Day was born in Brooklyn Heights in 1897, but her father, a journalist, took a job in San Francisco in 1903. The family later moved to Chicago, where she reached adulthood. As a young woman, she returned to New York and lived a […]

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Of Addresses Renumbered and Other Curiosities of Brooklyn Heights History

I like to take walks through Brooklyn Heights. I’ve lived here going on 38 years, longer than I’ve lived anywhere, and there is no block in the neighborhood I haven’t traversed many times. (Well; Love Lane and College Place only a few. I’ll remedy that.) Still, I seldom take a walk on which I don’t […]

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Long Line for Covid-19 Vaccine Leads to Hope for More Time with Grandkids

There was a long line-up this afternoon at George Westinghouse High School, down Tillary St. and around the corner onto Flatbush Ave., for the first day of Covid-19 vaccine distributions at the location. The crowd was diverse, with people of all ages patiently waiting their turn. A man in a neon vest spoke through a […]

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Center for Brooklyn History Presents Discussion on Authoritarianism Wednesday

This Wednesday evening, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. the Center for Brooklyn History, formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society, will present a free on-line discussion between Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of Strongmen – Authoritarians from Mussolini to the Present, and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik, on the timely topic “The Authoritarian’s Playbook.” There are more details, […]

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Work Has Begun on Emily Roebling Plaza, Final Portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Work began this month on the last portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the space beneath the Brooklyn Bridge that has for some time been a vacant lot, occasionally used for events like Photoville (this year Photoville was presented in various locations throughout the Park). The lot was previously occupied by the City’s Purchase Building , […]

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Brooklyn Heights Association’s Survey for the Future of Montague Street

Dear Neighbors – Two things you need to do this weekend: 1.  Fill out Brooklyn Heights Association’s community survey to add your voice for the future of Montague Street. 2.  Read Mary Frost’s (as always) rich and fascinating report in the Eagle on the history of Montague Street retail, and the many reasons for its past and current struggles. […]

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Public Programs and Exhibit at Center for Brooklyn History, formerly Brooklyn Historical Society

Yes, the Brooklyn Historical Society is now the Center for Brooklyn History, part of the Brooklyn Public Library system. While the Center’s building remains closed to the public during the pandemic, it presents on line events and exhibitions, all free of charge. Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 10) starting at 6:00 p.m. the Center, in honor of […]

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R.I.P. Martin Schneider, Brooklyn Heights Preservation Pioneer

We are greatly saddened to learn, thanks to the Brooklyn Heights Association, of the passing of Martin Schneider. Marty, a TV producer and Heights resident, was, along with Otis and Nancy Pearsall and others, a strong participant in the battles to save Brooklyn Heights, first from plans to put the BQE through the Heights, then […]

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Cranberry’s Says So Long to Brooklyn Heights After 42 Years in Business

After 42 years in business, the Montemarano family and Cranberry’s say so long to Brooklyn Heights. Cranberry’s posted the announcement yesterday on its doors, along with loving messages to its customers and employees, and photographs from its decades in business. The message to customers reads: Since 1977, Cranberry’s has served the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood with […]

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“Juneteenth Grove” Installed at Cadman Plaza Park as NYC Parks Declares Solidarity with Black Communities

Today, NYC Parks installed “Juneteenth Grove” at Cadman Plaza Park “in celebration of Juneteenth and to celebrate the homegoing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others.” The creation of Juneteenth Grove is also part of a plan to rename NYC parks in each borough in honor of Black Americans, which names will be […]

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