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Senator Gillibrand at St. Ann’s Church Saturday to Promote New Book

New York’s junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, prominently mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for President in 2020, will be at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets, at 1:00 PM this Saturday, December 15. She will read from and discuss her new book for children, Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes […]

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Coming This Week at Brooklyn Historical Society

This coming Tuessday evening, October 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present social historian and York University (U.K.) professor emeritus James Walvin, author of Sugar: The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity. in which he uncovers the fraught history of one of our most prevalent ingredients: sugar. From its role in […]

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Coming This Week at Brooklyn Historical Society

This coming Wednesday evening, October 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice,” in which award winning journalist and author Bernice Yeung will discuss her writings and work concerning the protection of immigrant women in the work force from violence, sexual harassment, and […]

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In “BJs and Bullet Holes” Ron Maldonado Shows Us the Old, Sleazy Side of Brooklyn Heights

Video producer, writer, and erstwhile BHB contributor Heather Quinlan has shared with us her latest production, “BJs and Bullet Holes” (video after the jump), in which Ron Maldonado takes us on a tour of the Heights as it was as recently as the mid 1980s. His tour hits on some places I knew shortly after […]

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Credit Where Credit is Due-Emily Warren Roebling Recognized With Street Naming

The clouds parted and the sun shone brightly on Tuesday afternoon as if to say “FINALLY” as the stretch of Columbia Heights near Orange Street was proudly dedicated to Emily Warren Roebling, the woman credited-only in modern history-with the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge. According to the New York Times’ Overlooked Obituary, Emily was born in 1843 in Cold Spring, NY the second […]

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“Glassbarge” and Schooner Lois McClure at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park

The “Glassbarge” and the canal schooner Lois McClure (photo) are docked at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park through Memorial Day, May 28. They will be open for tours every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Tours of the Glassbarge, which is owned by the Corning Museum of Glass, and that include lectures and glassblowing […]

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Theater 2020’s Assassins, at St. Francis, Hits the Mark

Assassins is a musical comedy conceived by Charles Gilbert, Jr., and brought to life with a book by John Weidman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Playwrights Horizons gave it an Off-Broadway run in 1990, but it didn’t make it to Broadway until a Roundabout Theatre Company production in 2004, with Todd Haimes as […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Opens “Waterfront” Exhibition, Presents Three Programs This Week

The Brooklyn Historical Society has opened a new exhibition, “Waterfront”, at its second location in the Empire Stores, Brooklyn Bridge Park (55 Water Street in DUMBO). The exhibition contains many fascinating photos, prints, preserved objects, videos and other materials concerning the Brooklyn waterfront over the years. Your correspondent took this photo of some youngsters enjoying […]

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“Big Bad Brooklyn” Theme of Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday This Week

This Friday evening, November 17, from 5:00 to 9:00, is the next “Free Friday” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Admission is free. Beer is donated by Brooklyn Brewery; you’ll be asked for a suggested donation per bottle that goes to support BHS’s programs and upkeep. This Friday’s theme is “Big Bad Brooklyn”: From bootleggers to […]

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Kristallnacht Remembered at City Tech Wednesday

On the night of November 9-10, 1938 Nazi-inspired gangs rampaged through German, Austrian, and German occupied Czech cities and towns, trashing Jewish owned businesses, synagogues, and houses, and murdering many Jews. This became known as Kristallnacht (“the night of broken glass”) and could be considered the first manifestation of the Holocaust. The 79th anniversary of […]

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