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Brooklyn Historical Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Brooklyn Heights Historic District

This coming Monday evening, November 23, the Brooklyn Historical Society, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Heights Association and the New York Preservation Archive Project will present a festive evening to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Brooklyn Heights’ designation as New York City’s first historic district. The program will feature noted architectural historian and Brooklyn resident […]

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Coming Up At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

On Monday evening, November 16, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Malcolm X in Brooklyn,” a discussion led by BHS’s oral historian Zaheer Ali, about Malcolm’s activities in the Borough and his continuing legacy here. The event is free, but you must register here. BHS now advises that response has been so […]

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

Wednesday is Veterans Day, so this week BHS focuses on war and veterans. On Monday evening, November 9 at 6:30, actor and veteran Stephan Wolfert will present a one man performance of his Cry Havoc, which draws on classical and Shakespearean sources to bring the audience face-to-face with the horrors of war and the difficulties […]

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society this Week

Tomorrow (Monday, November 2) evening at 6:30 there will be a screening of Brother Outsider, a documentary about the life of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin (photo). Co-producer Mridu Chandra and Walter Naegle, Rustin’s surviving partner, will be there to discuss the film. The event is free, but you must reserve tickets here. On Wednesday […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Architectural historian Francis Morrone (photo), who has been documenting every building in Brooklyn Heights and is working on an update of Clay Lancaster’s classic Old Brooklyn Heights to include buildings of post-Civil War vintage, joined by preservationist Liz McEnaney, will lead a recreation of the walking tour of the Heights that Lancaster used to lead. […]

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Bridge Park

This week’s Wednesday Night Tour has been moved to Thursday evening, October 15. The topic is “Bringing the Park to Life”, and it will be conducted by Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, who will tell “the story of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s creation and innovative approach to revitalizing urban spaces” while showing […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society Next Week

It’s been called “Lavender Lake”, it’s still a Superfund site, but its banks are now also a development site, as they were in the 19th century. At Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday evening, October 13, at 7:00 Joseph Alexiou will discuss his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. This event is presented in partnership with […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Presents “Nerd Nite Speed Dating” Evening of Thursday, September 24

On Thursday evening, September 24, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Nerd Nite Speed Dating” (would any true nerd spell night “nite”?), followed by two presentations on local history. Doors open at 7:00 for check-in. Speed dating starts at 7:30 and ends at 9:00, when the floor is given first to Manhattan Borough Historian Michael […]

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A Tour of the Historic Brooklyn Waterfront

A photologue of a tour of historic sites along the Brooklyn waterfront, from Newtown Creek to Bay Ridge, provided by the Working Harbor Committee. For the complete photologue and text, see here.

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Your Correspondent Learns About Waterfront History at Brooklyn Bridge Park; More Tours to Come

Last Wednesday evening your correspondent went on a tour through Brooklyn Bridge Park of “Brooklyn’s Waterfront History” led by Julie Golia (photo), a Columbia history PhD and Director of Public History for the Brooklyn Historical Society. Julie described the transformation of the Brooklyn waterfront over the years, from natural shoreline up until the early nineteenth […]

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