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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This weekend the Heights Players premiere their production of Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation of the classic 1960s movie and novel The Graduate. Performances are Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday matinee, January 11 at 2:00 p.m., at the Playhouse, 26 Willow Place. The play will continue through the [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, November 21, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “The Impressionist in the Boathouse: How Artist Mary Rogers Williams Vanished From Art History Until 2014,” a lecture and discussion by Eve Kahn, antiques columnist for The New York Times, who “will explain how she stumbled upon the painter’s work and [...]

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BHS Presents Musical Play Based on Hart Crane’s The Bridge

Hart Crane’s The Bridge, inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge, is considered one of the great epic poems of the twentieth century. This coming week, Wednesday through Friday, October 15, 16, and 17, at 7:30 each evening, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a musical play rooted in Crane’s poem. The play “finds the poet captivated [...]

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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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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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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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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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Do You Live in the Fort Stirling Neighborhood? Do You Want To?

BHB reader Ion Freeman has Willowtown envy: he wants to live in a part of Brooklyn Heights that has a name, other than “Brooklyn Heights” or even “the North Heights.” We’re not sure exactly where he lives; it’s “in some unnamed region of the [N]orth [H]eights between the fruit streets and Montague.” The name he [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On my customary morning stroll around Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, I found actors rehearsing Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew for Random Access Theatre’s free performances of that classic comedy at the Granite Prospect on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (July 18, 19, and 20) starting at 7:00. More information here. Also at Brooklyn Bridge [...]

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