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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

On Wednesday evening, February 25 at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present the latest in its “Told it First Hand: Conversations with Hip-Hop’s ‘Do-ers’” series. This one will feature Albert Johnson a.k.a Prodigy of Mobb Deep (photo), urban crime novelist K’wan Foye, publisher Johnny Temple of Akhasic Books, and moderator Wes Jackson of Brooklyn […]

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Philly, Not Brooklyn, to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Your correspondent just received an announcement by email from Democratic National Committee Chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, giving the following info: After much buildup and very careful consideration over which city will host our 2016 Democratic National Convention, I’m pleased to announce that we’ll nominate the next President of the United States in […]

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Slain Officers Were From 84th Precinct, Patrolled Brooklyn Heights

Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot to death yesterday while on duty, were assigned to our local 84th Precinct, according to this notice from Community Board 2. At the time they were shot, they were “operating within the confines of the 79th Precinct” at Myrtle and Tompkins avenues. We at BHB […]

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Aerial Tramway Proposed to Connect Brooklyn, Manhattan

According to Crain’s New York Business, at the recent Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, Daniel Levy, head of CityRealty, proposed a system of aerial tramways, similar to the existing Roosevelt Island Tramway, that would connect Brooklyn to Manhattan as well as linking various places along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. One segment of the […]

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News Flash: Brooklyn Bidding for 2016 Democratic Convention

The New York Times reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a bid for Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic Convention. The proposal is for Barclays Center to be the “anchor venue” for the event, “with accommodations and other events to be spread across the city’s other four boroughs.” The Times piece calls Brooklyn […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This will be the annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the participating religious institutions. It will give you the opportunity to visit and receive architectural and historical information about several local houses of worship, including the newly restored interior of Grace Church (photo). The local participating institutions, […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The annual Grace Church School Carnival will be held this Saturday, April 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon). The carnival features food, including BBQ from Hill Country, pony rides, a photo booth, a tumbling zone, bouncy rides, and other activities. There will be […]

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BHA Updates: Vigil for Pedestrian Safety Sunday; Garbage Pickup Resumes Today

The Brooklyn Heights Association sends us this notice: We hope you will join us and other Brooklynites in a candlelight vigil for pedestrian safety at 4:30 on Sunday, January 26, at the intersection of Wyckoff, Palmetto and Myrtle Avenues, outside the Myrtle-Wyckoff subway station on the L Line. The vigil pays tribute to all New […]

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Today is Centenary of Composer Benjamin Britten, Former Brooklyn Heights Resident

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), arguably Britain’s foremost composer of the past century, whose War Requiem has long been a favorite of mine, was for a time a resident of 7 Middagh Street, the now famous February House. (The house was demolished during the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.) As a tribute to Britten and his Brooklyn […]

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Council Members Past and Present Discuss Issues Then and Now

The present–Steve Levin (photo above)–and past three–The Hon. Abraham Gerges (photo below), Ken Fisher, and David Yassky–who have represented City Council District 33, which includes Brooklyn Heights, were in the Moot Court Room at Brooklyn Law School Tuesday evening for a panel discussion moderated by Brooklyn Law Professor David Reiss. The moderator opened the discussion […]

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