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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

On Monday evening, July 24 at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of Rebecca Messner’s film Olmstead and America’s Urban Parks. Frederick Law Olmstead, along with Calvert Vaux, designed Central Park and Prospect Park. Olmstead considered the latter his finest design. Ms. Messner will be present to discuss her film after the […]

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Brooklyn Music Cafe, Tonight at First Presbyterian Church

Summer in the city and the music is fine. This is the final concert in First Presbyterian Church’s series, curated by Reverend Adriene Thorne. Come out for our final outdoor concert of the summer featuring Dionne McClain-Freeney and Friends. Friday, July 21st from 7-8:30 pm. The music will be jazz, R&B, and a little gospel […]

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Judge Nixes BHA Request; Pier 6 Developers May Proceed At Own Risk Until Final Ruling

The Eagle reports that today New York Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings denied the Brooklyn Heights Association’s motion for a temporary restraining order to keep the developers of the two proposed high rise residetial towers near Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park from beginning construction before the August 4 hearing, at which Judge Billings will […]

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Sic transit gloria mundi

Perhaps the landlord was hearing the words of Robert Frost: “Something there is that doesn’t love a [Great] [W]all….” Photo: Martha Foley for BHB.

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Brooklyn Cat Cafe Has Rats Caring For Kittens

When I first saw a link to this story on the blog Peoplepets, I wondered if it didn’t refer to the stuffed white rat that the Brooklyn Cat Cafe on Atlantic Avenue has long used (see photo) as a cat toy. It turns out, though, that the Cafe has obtained two live rats, named Emile […]

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Controversy Over Who Will Be New P.S./M.S. 8 Principal

The Daily News reports that some P.S.8 parents believe that Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is blocking the appointment of P.S./M.S.8 Assistant Principal Patricia Peterson as principal to replace Seth Phillips, who retired in June. The reason given, according to the Daily News story, is that “Peterson is a former student of Fariña who’s been accused […]

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Secrets of Brooklyn Heights’ Key Food, Gristedes Revealed in Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Kadet recently moved to Brooklyn Heights, and has written a story about the supermrket scene. She likes Key Food on Montague Street, which is handy to her new digs–she even likes Gregory the Mannequin–but is put off by the high prices. She is even more dismayed by Gristede’s prices, which […]

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NYC DOT Seeks Public Comments, Suggestions Concerning BQE Repairs

We noted earlier that the New York State Legislature, which has an unfortunate stranglehold on many matters affecting New York City alone, in its recent session failed to pass the legislation required to expedite the urgently needed work to repair the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that runs below Brooklyn Heights and the […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

Aspiring Izaak Waltons will get inspiration at the Brooklyn Historical Society this Thursday evening, July 6 at 6:30 for “Gone Fishin': Brooklyn’s Favorite, Forgotten Pastime,” a panel discussion featuring local anglers and environmental advocates. There’s plenty more coming up in the next couple of weeks, including a book talk on Tuesday evening, July 11 about […]

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Thanks to Albany BQE Repairs May be Stalled; Made More Difficult

The cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, is in need of critical repairs. Concrete has eroded, exposing rusting metal reinforcements. The job will take years, and will require closure of at least parts of the BQE for long periods. Last year a City Department of Transportation Official told a […]

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