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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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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The Heights Players’ production of Twelve Angry Men premieres this weekend at the Players’ playhouse, 26 Willow Place, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 12:00. This now classic drama began life as a television show in the 1950s, was made into a movie (12 Angry Men) by Henry [...]

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Pierson Poll-Watcher Says Widespread Vote Fraud Possible in Williamsburg

Gothamist reports on allegations of attempted voting fraud in Tuesday’s primary election, quoting David Greenberg, a poll watcher for unsuccessful City Council candidate and Brooklyn Heights resident Stephen Pierson (photo), as saying he observed so many attempts to vote using fraudulent credentials that he assumed the problem was “widespread.” Greenberg, who was observing voting at [...]

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DA Candidate Ken Thompson Identifies Brooklyn Heights as High Asthma Zone

In a press release today, Ken Thompson, a former federal prosecutor and candidate for the Democratic nomination for Kings County District Attorney, declared his intention to establish an environmental crimes unit in the DA’s office if elected. In his discussion of environmental problems in Brooklyn, he notes that Brooklyn Heights is one of five borough [...]

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Brooklyn Heights’ CitiBike Share Foes Aren’t Alone, Sorta

In case you missed it, there are other Brooklynites besides a few (gasp!) NIMBY’s in Brooklyn Heights and other brownstone neighborhoods who are not only against Citi Bike Share (which launches this Monday) but have managed to keep the kiosks out of their neighborhood completely. Bike foes meet your new friends in the “Black Hat [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The premier event this weekend is the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual House Tour, to be held on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00. More information is here. The photo is by Heights resident and interior designer Judith Angel. On Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a lecture and book signing [...]

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Is Lena Dunham Leaving Brooklyn Heights?

It seemed kind of curious, from the start. Lena Dunham, pop culture “It” girl; Emmy-nominated creator, writer & star of HBO’s runaway hit series “Girls”; upcoming $3.7M Random House published author (and acclaimed member of the 2012 BHB Top 10)… settled in to an 800sf, $550,000 1-bedroom apartment at Mansion House on Hicks Street last [...]

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City Comptroller John Liu: Library Properties Should Not Be Sold

Citizens Defending Libraries, the Brooklyn Heights-based organization aiming to protect city libraries “from sale, shrinkage and deliberate underfunding,” had an active week, including a story in The New York Times, coverage in The Nation and a sanctioned appearance at City Hall from City Comptroller John C. Liu. In a video posted by Liu’s office, he [...]

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NYC Council Member Letitia James: Bike-Share… Get Used To It

Despite mounting disdain in Brooklyn Heights—and throughout the borough—Citi bike-share is here to stay. At a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Fort Greene that the New York Times deemed “raucous,” NYC Council Member Letitia James—who helped formulate the program with NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg—told 100+ neighborhood residents, “The public streets belong to all of us. [...]

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Brooklyn Public Library Hosts ‘Bike The Branches’ Fundraiser

The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting “Bike the Branches,” a day-long bike tour through BPL’s network of 60 neighborhood libraries, on Saturday, May 11 (rain date: May 18). Proceeds will support Brooklyn library services, including programming, technology and collections. Riders set their own route and pace, although BPL will offer suggested routes that focus on [...]

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Citi Bike Share Prompting Ire—And Vandalism

WINS-AM (1010) reported this morning from Brooklyn Heights that the newly installed Citibank-sponsored bike-share stands in the neighborhood are not only irritating residents—who voiced on-air that they don’t fit in with the historic tenor of the Heights—but have become a target for anti-corporate brouhaha throughout the borough. Brooklyn.Some folks loved the idea of the city’s [...]

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