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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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Coming Events at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 20) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. there will be a free Pier 5 Family Field Day, with potato, sack, and Hula Hoop races, parachute games, soccer skills lessons, and scrimmage games. More information here. On Sunday afternoon, August 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 the Nantucket lightship (photo), docked at Pier 6, […]

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The Long, Sad Story of the Selling of LICH

Thanks to Mary Frost, of the Brooklyn Eagle, we now have a detailed chronology, with links to Eagle stories giving further information about each incident, of the steps leading to and following the sale of Long Island College Hospital. Despite the money SUNY received from the sale of LICH, SUNY Downstate continued to have financial […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

Who knows the secrets that lurk in the vaults of the Brooklyn Historical Society? Reference Librarian Joanna Lamaida and Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar Anna Schwartz do! Come to BHS this Wednesday evening, August 3 at 6:30 for “Tales from the Vault: The Skeletons in Our Closets”. Admission is $5, or free for BHS and Green-Wood […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Receives Award; Upcoming Events

The Brooklyn Historical Society has announced that it has received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for its project, Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations. The project, which consisted of oral histories and public programs at the Society from 2011 to 2015, “examine[d] the history and experiences of […]

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Panel on “Brownstone Brooklyn” at Brooklyn Historical Society Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 7) at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a panel discussion, “Brownstone Brooklyn: Pioneers in the Gentrification Movement”, moderated by Jarrett Murphy, executive editor of City Limits, and featuring Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, along with “Clinton Hill resident, filmmaker, and educator Walis Johnson, and Sandy […]

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At Brooklyn Bridge Park This Week

In summer there are many events and activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park daily; see a list of ones next week here. Parents should note that on Tuesday morning, June 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the small granite prospect facing Pier 3, a Brooklyn Public Library librarian will read children’s stories as part of the […]

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