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Karl Celebrates Brooklyn Bridge’s 134th Anniversary

Our friend Karl Junkersfeld contacted me to alert me to today’s being the 134th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. He kindly sent me the video he made seven years ago, for the 127th anniversary. Video after the jump (click on “Read full story”); enjoy!

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A Walk Through Red Hook

This past weekend your correspondent participated in two Jane’s Walks, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York. The walks, which are free, are funded in memory of Jane Jacobs, an urbanist who lived for many years in the West Village and who advocated a community based as opposed to a centrally planned pproach […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

It’s a busy week coming at the Brooklyn Historical Society. At 6:30 on Monday evening, May 1, there’s a program for two wheel enthusiasts, “Bike Month: A Conversation with Paul Steely White and Mark Gorton.” White is Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and Gorton is founder and publisher of Streetsblog and Streetfilms. Admission is $5, […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of part one of Ken Burns’s documentary, Jackie Robinson. This film focuses on Robinson’s early life, from his childhood in Georgia through his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It will be introduced by co-directors, producers, and writers Sarah Burns […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a conversation between Cindy Gallop, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn, and Juie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York, on the topic “Are We There Yet, Sisters? Will We Ever Be?” The discussion will focus on “[p]ower dynamics, double standards, […]

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Catching Up With Kenn Lowy: The Last Owner of Brooklyn Heights Cinemas

Brooklyn Heights Cinemas, at the end of its 42-year run, was the oldest independently-owned cinema in all of New York City. When the cinema shut off its projectors for good in 2014, the neighborhood collectively mourned the loss of yet another community sanctuary. A place where neighbors and visitors gathered for shared experiences. A place […]

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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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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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“The Great Escape”, Commemorating Washington’s Evacuation of Brooklyn, at Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturday

This Saturday, August 27 marks the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, also sometimes called the Battle of Long Island because where the fighting took place, in what is now Prospect Park, Park Slope, and Green-Wood Cemetery, wasn’t yet part of Brooklyn. It was the first battle in which regular Patriot troops under the […]

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