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Coming Up At Brooklyn Historical Society

As I learned from reading Bob Furman’s Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb, in 1790 one third of Brooklyn’s population, which was then 4,500, was slaves. Tomorrow (Thursday, February 4) evening, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion, “Why New York? Slavery on Long Island”, […]

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How did the Fruit Streets Get Their Names?

The Times’ “New York Today” offers an explanation…or two…without actually taking a stand. Cranberry, Orange and Pineapple Streets. A vitamin C trifecta. Why do these streets in Brooklyn bear names both boggy and tropical? As it turns out, there is no definitive answer to today’s question. Click away to see what Mrs. Middagh might have had to […]

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Tuesday evening, January 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening and discussion of A Place at the Table, “which exposes the realities of hunger in the United States through the stories of three families who struggle daily to secure the source of their next meal.” Following the screening, […]

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The BHB Ten for 2015!

Here, in no particular order, are the people you, the readers, and we nominated for the Brooklyn Heights Ten for the past year, 2015. Tracy (“Mrs. Fink”) Zamot and daughter Gracie: The sudden and unexpected loss of BHB’s founder, publisher, contributor, and guiding light John “Homer Fink” Loscalzo last April left all of us on […]

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Robert Furman’s Brooklyn Heights is a Trove of Information

Robert Furman’s (with contributions of photographs of historic Brooklyn Heights buildings by Brian Merlis) Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb is a massive–471 pages–attempt to encompass all that is significant in the history of our neighborhood. The subtitle provides a narrative arc, though an inverted one. It begins with a […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Honors Gina Ingoglia Weiner With Space and Fund For Exhibitions

Gina Ingoglia Weiner, late of Brooklyn Heights, served on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Historical Society from 1990 to 2015. She was active in many civic associations, the author of over eighty children’s books, and a highly regarded artist and garden designer. To honor her memory, BHS has named an exhibition space (photo) […]

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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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