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Brooklyn Heights Parents Open Thread 8/16/14

Live in Brooklyn Heights? Have kids? Here’s a place to ask questions, talk about fun things to do in the area, new discoveries and general parenting “stuff”. (Note: This is NOT the place to bring up “bad nannies“, “rude mothers”, “entitled parents“, “double wide strollers” etc. The place to talk about those topics is EVERYWHERE [...]

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The Brooklyn Paper Ponders Orange Markings on Freshly Repaved Clinton Street

No one seems to know what the orange markings on Clinton Street mean. The Brooklyn Paper notes that they appeared on the freshly repaved stretch near Pierrepont Street recently. Such markings usually indicate that the pavement will be jackhammered to facilitate work on utility, gas, cable, phone, water or electric lines running under the street. [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, August 15, at 7:00, Bargemusic will present works by Haydn, Schumann, Beethoven, and Smetana played by pianist Roman Rabinovich. On Saturday evening at 7:00 the St. Petersburg String Quartet (photo) will perform works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Jeremiah Bornfield, and Dvorak. The concert on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 will feature works by Brahms [...]

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With 70 Henry Street in Contract the Brooklyn Heights Cinema Will Close on August 27 and Look for a New Location

A spokesperson for Massey Knakal tells BHB that 70 Henry Street, currently the home of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, is in contract to be sold. The theater will go dark on Thursday, August 27 after 44 years of operation. Kenn Lowy, who has run the Cinema since 2011, has plans to open at a new [...]

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Montague Street BID Wins “Greenest Block” Award

The Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID) won this year’s “Greenest Commercial Block in Brooklyn” award, given by management of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Presumably the specific block in question is that between Clinton and Henry streets (see photo). Accepting the award, BID Executive Director Brigit Pinnell thanked BID Vice President Estela Johannesen, of James [...]

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Taking a Stand: Two Brooklyn Heights Residents Fight the Power

Two Brooklyn Heights residents have challenged powerful opponents. Michael White of Citizens Defending Libraries (CDL) and Lori Schomp of the People for Green Space Foundation have recently earned significant victories in their respective battles with the Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Mr. White has wielded social and print media like a cudgel to [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Tomorrow (Friday, August 8) the Brooklyn Heights Cinema will have its premiere showings of Magic in the Moonlight, starring Colin Firth (photo) as Stanley Crawford, “a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims”, who meets his match, in two senses of the word, in Sophie [...]

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Battle Royale at Borough Hall: BBPC Board Shoots Down Pier 6 Opponents

As witnessed yesterday by an overflow audience massed in Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Board of Directors turned a deaf ear to impassioned pleas from John Raskin, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and many others regarding future housing development in Brooklyn Bridge [...]

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Elizabeth Gaffney, at BHS, Reads, Talks About Bygone Brooklyn Heights

Novelist and Brooklyn Heights resident Elizabeth Gaffney was at the Brooklyn Historical Society yesterday evening to read from her second novel, When the World Was Young, on the date of its publication by Random House. She read two segments of the novel. The first told how a physician forced to give up her career because [...]

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Conflict in the Middle East Causes Tighter Security at Local Synagogue

As we wake up to news of a truce in Gaza, the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas caused Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights as well as other Jewish institutions in New York to beef up security. For now, the synagogue is only allowing authorized people entrance. “We’ve maintained a higher lever of security [...]

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CVS Will Move into Former Rite Aid Location on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

Meet the new boss – same as the old boss! The Brooklyn Eagle reports that CVS will be moving into the Rite Aid space at 168 Montague Street. The latter relocated to 101 Clinton Street last month. So what about those TWO other CVS stores in the area? Brooklyn Eagle: CVS top brass clearly doesn’t [...]

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Quoted in the NY Times, Blair Guppy Clarifies Position on Housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

It’s one thing to be the lead plaintiff in the action against more towers being built in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We can assume that Lori Schomp and Joe Merz knew that they’d be spending some of their time over the next few months defending their position. On the other hand, if you’re just a concerned [...]

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Happy 8th Birthday BHB

Eight years ago today at 4:13pm, we thought it would be a good idea to start a blog about Brooklyn Heights. In that time we’ve made many new friends, learned an enormous amount about the history of the area (so much we started a walking tour) and so much more. Thanks for your support!

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LGBT Event at Cadman Plaza Park Deemed Too Loud by Some Brooklyn Heights Residents

An event held by an LGBT organization in Cadman Plaza Park on Saturday has at least one Brooklyn Heights resident angry over its loud music. McBrooklyn writes that an event billed as the GLBT Summer Affair was not only sparsely attended but that, “For the first 3 hours of the noise, the only ones in [...]

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Watch Marty Markowitz Sit In as Maitre d’ at Noodle Pudding

Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz sat in as guest maitre d’ Noodle Pudding, one of Brooklyn Heights’ favorite restaurants. Markowitz, now a VP for NYC & Company, will be touring the three OTHER outer boroughs with similar stints soon. Our man with a cam, Karl Junkersfeld was there to document the occasion. Dinner at [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Friday evening, August 1, starting at 7:00, Bargemusic will present an eclectic mixture of classical (Schubert), modern (Charles Ives), and contemporary (Scott Wheeler and Martin Boykan) music performed on piano by Donald Berman (photo, by Gil Gilbert). On Saturday evening at 7:00 and on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Manhattan Symphonie Chamber Orchestra, featuring [...]

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