Brooklyn Heights Blog » Brooklyn Heights http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:51:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Eric Adams’ Dine In Brooklyn Showcases Borough Eaterieshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83359 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83359#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:45:37 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83359

Borough President Eric Adams has launched Dine In Brooklyn a restaurant-week style program featuring $28 Prix Fixe dinners, $15 two-course lunches and $12 brunches at eateries throughout Brooklyn. The program launched on March 20th and runs through Thursday, March 30th.

Dine in Brooklyn celebrates the five-star flavors that make Brooklyn a ‘must-taste’ destination. Our restaurants fuel our borough’s economic engine, and this event is an opportunity to support their continued growth while encouraging diners to discover – or rediscover – their favorite Brooklyn dish. Most importantly, Dine In Brooklyn fosters the connections and memories that make ‘One Brooklyn’ like no place else on the globe.

Participating Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn restaurants include Armando’s, Heights Cafe, Pinto, Friend of a Farmer, Asya Indian Restaurant, Hill Country Barbecue, La Defense, Junior’s among many others across many Brooklyn neighborhoods.

So, put your money where your mouth is.  Enjoy a night out while supporting Brooklyn restaurants.

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Now We Know What’s Replacing Housing Workshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83350 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83350#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:30:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83350

Just what we all wanted and needed: another real estate office. The words above “Halstead” in the large window are “The new home of”…

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Update: Sanitation Town Hall Postponedhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83331 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83331#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:59:04 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83331

We’ve just been advised by City Council Member Stephen Levin (photo) that, because of a scheduling conflict, the Sanitation Town Hall meeting, originally scheduled for this evening, has been postponed until Thursday evening, April 13 from 6:00 to 8:00, at St. Francis College auditorium, 180 Remsen Street. According to Council Member Levin:

The Department of Sanitation will be present to answer questions pertaining to the CleanUp NYC Initiative; Litter Basket Replacement and Additions; Increasing Collection; Street Cleaning Enforcement; Containerization; and Organics Recycling Expansion. There will also be free reusable bags for attendees.

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Mathnasium To Move Into Heights Kids Spacehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83283 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83283#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:16:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83283

Neighborhood tiger moms and dads, rejoice! Mathnasium, a math tutoring center, will be moving into the empty space on Pineapple Walk that used to be home to Heights Kids. The recently-posted sign on the window says Mathnasium will be opening this spring.

The space has been empty since last July, when the neighborhood collectively grieved over the loss of Heights Kids. Ever since, parents have been forced to wander the toy desert for blocks and blocks to pick up that last-minute birthday party gift. Still, no oasis has been found anywhere to match the charm of Darek and those collectible Schleich figurines.

According to its website, Mathnasium is a franchise, like a McDonald’s serving up math, with more than 700 locations worldwide and an average of two more opening every week. Good luck to the new occupants and let’s hope another one doesn’t sprout up on Montague St.

 

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society: Remembering Jane Jacobs; Appreciating Immigrant New Yorkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83270 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83270#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:08:25 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83270

This Thursday evening, March 16, at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “The Legacy of Jane Jacobs,” a panel discussion moderated by New York Times writer Ginia Bellafante and featuring Matt Tyrnauer, director and co-producer of the documentary Citizen Jane; Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line; and Samuel Zipp, Associate professor of American and Urban Studies at Brown University and co-editor of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs. Jacobs’ pioneering work on urban preservation, initially focused on her home neighborhood, Greenwich Village, inspired the movement that led to the designation of Brooklyn Heights as New York City’s first Historic District. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; buy tickets here.

On Monday evening, March 20, at 6:30, BHS presents Tyler Anbinder, Professor of History at George Washington University, to discuss his book City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York, which

shares the sweeping story of how newcomers have continually helped to define and redefine this city and country over the past few centuries, and shows how together, we have created a beautifully dynamic, deeply complex community.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is $5, or free for BHS members and one guest. Reserve tickets here.

Photo: Human Transit

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Snow Day! Nor’easter Stella Set to Dump Up to Two Feet on NYChttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83251 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83251#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:12:46 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83251

Something wicked this way comes. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Winter Storm Stella. The Nor’easter is is on track to begin overnight tonight and continue into Tuesday evening dumping up to two feet of snow on the Tri-State area. Expect temperatures in the upper 20’s, white out conditions and high winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph.  At the height of the storm, 2 to 4 inches of snow is predicted to fall per hour.  The recent full moon also puts coastal communities at risk for flooding.

The NYC Office of Emergency Management issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Tuesday, March 14th. Here’s what New Yorkers need to know.

  • NYC Public Schools are closed on Tuesday, March 14th. After school programs are also cancelled.
  • Avoid driving.  Use mass transit whenever possible.  If you must drive, drive cautiously and use major roads.
  • Alternate side parking is suspended on Tuesday March, 14th and Wednesday, March 15th. Meters are in effect.  (Tip: Park on the left side of the street if possible, plows push snow to the right).

Follow and sign up for direct alerts at Notify NYC.

Photo credit: Axel Taferner/Creative Commons

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“Handel and the Voice” at First Unitarian This Friday Evening, March 17http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83246 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83246#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:23:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83246

This Friday evening, March 17, at 8:00 at the McKinney Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street (between Monroe Place and Clinton), the Repast Baroque Ensemble (photo) will present “Handel and the Voice,” a concert of works by Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Telemann, including vocals by bass-baritone Jonathan Woody. Tickets are $30 general admission; $20 seniors; $10 students with valid ID. Buy tickets here or by calling 800-838-3006.

The program is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Inigo Garayo

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Security Cameras Coming Along Joralemon Streethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83209 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83209#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:27:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83209

DNA Info’s Alexandra Leon reports that about ten to twelve street-facing security cameras will be placed on residential buildings on Joralemon Street between Clinton and Furman streets this spring. This is in response to residents’ complaints about an increase in crime because of Joralemon’s becoming the principal entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The DNA Info story quotes Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Peter Bray as saying the cameras will be placed on the buildings of residents who volunteer to have them there and agree to make footage available to the NYPD as needed. Mr. Bray also said this constitutes a expansion of Borough President Eric Adams’s “Safe Shoppers” program, originally targeted only on commercial areas.

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“Area” Woman Arrested for Shopliftinghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83155 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83155#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:44:43 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83155

As reported by DNA Info, the woman who owns the chain of children’s stores Area Kids (located in our fair neighborhood on Montague Street, was arrested last month along with a partner for stealing more than $1,000 of merchandise from the Whole Foods in Gowanus.

Among the items stolen were beauty supplies, clothing, food, healthcare items and music. Read the full story at DNA Info.

 

 

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Benefit Folk Concert and Square Dance Saturday Evening to Benefit St. Ann’s Church Restorationhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83140 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83140#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:49:20 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83140

This Saturday evening, March 11, starting at 7:30 the Brooklyn Folk Festival will present a benefit for the restoration of the beautiful St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, at Clinton and Montague streets (photo), at which the event will be held. On the program are Eli Smith, playing American folk and banjo tunes; Eva Salina and Peter Stan doing Serbian accordion and singing; and a chance to swing your partner and do-si-do with Dave Harvey and the NYC Barn Dance.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person; $50 gets you into the event plus the final day (Sunday, April 30) of the 2017 Brooklyn Folk Festival, and $100 gets you all that as well as the first two days (Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29) of the Festival (Festival schedule here). You may buy tickets here.

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Heather Wolf Leads Bird Walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturday Morninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83023 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83023#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 04:53:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83023

Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge, will lead a Bird Walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park this Saturday, March 11. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. at the entrance to Pier 1, near the foot of Old Fulton Street. According to Ms. Wolf:

A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers (photo, taken in Norway) are still in the park as of this week. They have been seen near the Pier 1 pilings and the water between Piers 5 and 6.

The walk is free, but please RSVP here or e-mail to hwbirds@gmail.com

Photo: B. Folkstedt via Wikimedia Commons.

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City Approves Demolition of Library Buildinghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83016 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83016#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 04:12:41 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83016

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that the City’s Department of Buildings has approved the demolition of the former Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library by Hudson Companies, which intends to build a high rise residential and commercial building, with a new library on its ground, mezzanine, and basement levels, on the site. When we last noted the status of the Hudson deal, the DOB had approved plans for the new building, but had not given clearance for demolition, apart from some preliminary work such as asbestos removal.

The Eagle story notes that Hudson has not yet closed on its acquisition of the property, but that Hudson is confident that the closing will take place “in the coming weeks.” Demolition may proceed before closing. If Hudson should fail to close, it will be obligated to resore the building to its original condition (presumably excepting the asbestos).

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Montague Street Open Againhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82998 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82998#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:06:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82998

The hole opened to fix the water main break has been filled, and Montague Street between Clinton and Henry is once again open to vehicular traffic.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82989 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82989#comments Sun, 05 Mar 2017 02:34:38 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82989

On Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a conversation between Cindy Gallop, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn, and Juie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York, on the topic “Are We There Yet, Sisters? Will We Ever Be?” The discussion will focus on “[p]ower dynamics, double standards, puritanism…are gender disparities still ruling, or even hampering, female lives?” Because of the nature of the content, this event is suggested for adults only. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; purchase tickets here.

If you’re a native of Ireland, or, like me, proud of your Irish heritage, or if you just like, at this time of year, to pretend you’re Irish, this Friday, March 10, starting at 5:00 p.m. BHS will present a Free Friday with free museum admission and the theme “Irish Brooklyn.” It will feature Irish history, Brooklyn whiskey, Brooklyn Brewery beers, and live music.

Image: public domain, via Wikimedia.

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Update on Montague Street Water Main Breakhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82981 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82981#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 06:04:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82981

As of Friday afternoon, March 3, there was still a large hole in Montague Street between Clinton and Henry streets, and so no vehicle traffic on that block. Based on your correspondent’s eyeball survey, most businesses on that block were open. The only exceptions were the Nanatori and Lichee Nut restaurants, which may have suffered food spoilage because of power outage and, in the case of Lichee Nut, flooding. As we previously reported, service was restored on the R/N subway line serving Court Street station some hours after the water main break.

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Housing Works Thrift Shop Closing March 13http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82978 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82978#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:24:26 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82978

The Housing Works Thrift Shop, which has graced the spot between Kiehl’s and Haagen-Dazs on Montague Street just off Henry for some years, and which has provided your correspondent and his wife many bargains as well as a place to donate gently used but no longer needed items to serve the cause of the homeless and people with HIV, will close for business at the end of the day, Monday, March 13. The store is still accepting donations and is having a clearance sale, with all items marked down 50%. It will be closed on Wednesday, March 8 to prepare for a final spring event on the 9th, and will remain open for business through the 13th.

A staff member said the store is closing because the building has been sold “and the new owner doesn’t want us here.” There are no plans to relocate the store in the neighborhood.

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Water Main Break Floods Montague Street, Businesses, and R/N Subway Linehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82960 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82960#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:01:39 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82960

Update: According to the MTA website, service has been restored on the R/N line at Court Street. A water main break below Montague Street between Clinton and Henry streets late today flooded several ground floor level businesses and the Court Street subway station, served by the R and (late night) N trains. It caused interruption of water service along the affected block of Montague Street, and its closure to traffic.. This is a developing story; we will update as more information concerning restoration of water and subway service and the affected businesses becomes available.

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BHA Annual Meeting: P.S.8’s Phillips and Others Honored; Expert Panel Dubious about BQXhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82930 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82930#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:03:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82930

Court hearing on Pier 6 towers has been rescheduled–see below. At Monday evening’s annual meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association, BHA President Patrick Killackey (photo) began by asking, rhetorically, what a neighborhood association can do in a time of political turmoil. He answered by arguing that the nature of the times requires more action at the local level. We might not, he said, be able to bring about the disarmament of North Korea, but we can do, and have done, things that can improve our lives and perhaps inspire others to do more, both in our community and in others. As examples, among others, he cited the Promenade Gardeners and those who fought to reduce helicopter noise in the Heights and nearby.

Mr. Killackey noted some new developments. The BHA House Tour, which ended in 2015, will be replaced with a new Designer Showhouse event to take place in September of this year. More details are forthcoming. On Monday, March 6, there will be a hearing in court on the BHA’s lawsuit to prevent construction of two high rise residential buildings near the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Update: The new hearing date before NYS Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings will be Friday, March 17th at 11:00 AM at 71 Thomas Street, Room 203, in Manhattan.

Mr. Killackey noted with regret the departure of DCI Centa as commander of the 84th Precinct, but expressed confidence in his replacement, Capt. Roberto Melendez. Mr. Killackey reviewed the progress that had been made under DCI Centa, including the installation of cameras on Joralemon Street and the appointment of two community affairs officers to Brooklyn Heights.

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Awards for community service were presented by Heights resident and Channel 13 personality Tom Stewart (photo above), who got a good laugh for announcing that the first award went to La La Land. The real first award for community service went to Irene Janner, who served on the P.S.8 PTA during the years of the school’s transition from struggling to desirable, was instrumental in laying the groundwork for Brooklyn Bridge Park, and was treasurer and office manager for the BHA. The second was to Love Our Pool, a group of parents who fought to keep the Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park open for at least another summer, while the Park finds another way to provide a swimming venue. The third was to community activists Judi Francis and Ren Richmond, and to the law firm Jenner & Block, which has donated its services pro bono, for their fight to keep high rise towers from being built near Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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The BHA’s top award, the Martha Atwater Award, went to Seth Phillips (photo above), who became principal of P.S.8 when it was still a struggling, underperforming school to which local parents tried to avoid sending their children, to one so successful that it now has an overcrowding problem. He was also instrumental in expanding the school, and in establishing a new middle school, I.S.8, to relieve the shortage of nearby, attractive middle school options for local students.

The meeting concluded with a panel discussion, moderated by New York Times writer Jim Dwyer, and featuring experts on transit matters. The topic was the proposed “Brooklyn-Queens Connector,” a streetcar line that would connect Sunset Park in Brooklyn with Astoria, Queens. The panel members were. in general, skeptical of the project. The notion that the project could be financed by property tax increases on adjacent properties was questioned because the properties along the line were either fully developed or too small to produce the needed revenue. Engineering problems related to the route being mostly within a flood plain, and lacking a dedicated right of way, which would mean traffic delays. Concerns were also expressed about the ability of the proposed route to connect with other means of transit, such as subways and buses. Finally, it was argued that money would better be spent on improvements to transit on underserved areas like East New York and others on the City’s edge. One panelist said that underserved areas near the proposed BQX route, such as the Red Hook Houses and other NYCHA housing near the Queens waterfront, could be served more economically by providing better bus service connecting to subways.

The audience seemed mostly hostile to the BQX proposal, as each criticism of it from the panel attracted a vigorous round of applause.

All photos by Andrew Porter.

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Brooklyn Historical Society Hosts Panel on LGBTQ Rightshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82921 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82921#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:49:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82921

This coming Wednesday, March 1, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion on the topic, “LGBTQ Rights: The Struggles, Victories, and On-Going Fight for Equality.” Participants will include Susan Sommer, Associate Legal Director and Director of Constitutional Litigation for Lambda Legal, along with James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project, and Cara Page, Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project. The discussion will be moderated by Linda Villarosa, who directs the journalism program at City College of New York. Admission is $10, or free for BHS members; reserve tickets here.

Photo by Benson Kua via Wikimedia Commons.

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Reminders: BHA Annual Meeting Monday; Plymouth Stuff-A-Sack Sale Continues Sundayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82902 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82902#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:23:01 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82902

As we previously reported, the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual meeting, to which all are invited, is this coming Monday evening, February 27, at St. Francis College, starting at 6:30. It will feature awards to those who have contributed significantly to the Heights community, as well as a discussion of the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector light rail line, led by veteran New York Times journalist and transportation specialist Jim O’Dwyer.

Also, don’t forget that Plymouth Church’s “Stuff A Sack” Sale continues this Sunday afternoon, February 26, from 12:30 to 4:00, in Plymouth’s Underground Thrift Shop, at 65 Hicks Street. All proceeds go to help stop human trafficking and aid its survivors.

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Sen. Squadron, at St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center, Opposes Budget Cuts for Senior Serviceshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82893 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82893#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:00:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82893

State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights, spoke to seniors at the St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center, 55 Pierrepont Street, today. He opposes proposed changes to the state budget that would redirect over $17 million in funds from senior centers and other services without any replacement funding. This, he said, could severely affect the services provided by centers like St. Charles Jubilee. He has a petition to save funding for senior centers; you can sign it here.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82885 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82885#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:45:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82885

Do highly regarded, award winning fiction writers of color, like Colson Whitehead (photo), appeal to many non-minority readers? Does “a predominantly white publishing industry maintain[] the assumption that black literature lacks marketability”? Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 21) evening at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a panel discussion, led by Hunter College professor and author Elizabeth Nunez and featuring several representatives of publishing firms, both large and “indie.”
Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; buy tickets here.

This Thursday, February 23, BHS, along with Groupmuse, will present “A Chamber Music Celebration of Black History Month,” featuring a distinguished group of African American musicians performing works by African American composers. More information and purchase tickets here.

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Theater 2020’s Sweeney Todd is Sharp as a Razorhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82877 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82877#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:33:20 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82877

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, is advertised as “a musical thriller.” That it is. If, like your correspondent, you haven’t seen it before, it will keep you alert, wondering what crazy twist the story will take next. Theater 2020’s production, which has ten performances remaining, from this coming weekend (February 24-26) through March 12 — performance schedule and purchase tickets here — has its venue in the McKinney Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street (entrance between Monroe Place and Clinton). It’s a small space, so seating is limited, but the acoustics are marvelous. Even if you’re seated near the back, your experience will be almost the same as being in the front row of a Broadway house.

The performance was superb. David Fuller, who, along with his wife, Judith Jarosz, is Producing Artistic Director of Theater 2020 (Mr. Fuller and Ms. Jarosz are Brooklyn Heights residents; Ms. Jarosz directed and choreographed Sweeney Todd) plays the title role with aplomb. His strong baritone voice carries him from initial naivete through vengeful plotting to final despair. Lorinne Lampert, who has appeared in several previous Theater 2020 productions, excels as Todd’s scheming enabler and accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. The rest of the cast are all excellent. I’ll make special mention of Zack Krajnyak, who plays the lovesick sailor Anthony Hope, and Mary Thorne, an accomplished operatic soprano, as the beggar woman who provides a surprising, though tragic, twist at the play’s conclusion.

In this small venue, there’s no orchestra. Pianist Tom McDonough provided accompaniment that was perfect for the space: clear but not distracting.

Even if you’ve seen Sweeney Todd before, this production is, in my estimation, well worth seeing. If you haven’t, it’s a must. Again, you can buy tickets here.

Photo: Judith Jarosz

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Change of Command at 84th Precincthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82868 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82868#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:30:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82868

DNA Info reports that Detective Inspector Sergio Centa, who has commanded the 84th Precinct, which covers Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and nearby areas, since September, 2014, left Thursday to take command of the 83rd Precinct in Bushwick. He there succeeded his predecessor as commander of the 84th, D.I. Maximo Tolentino. D.I. Centa’s successor as commander of the 84th is Captain Roberto Melendez, who comes to us from the 75th Precinct in East New York.

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BHS Presents Valentine’s Evening Readingshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82825 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82825#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:04:56 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82825

On Valentine’s Day evening–this Tuesday, February 14–starting at 7:00 p.m., the Brooklyn Historical Society will present readings by two author-couples: Isaac Fitzgerald and Alice Sola Kim; and Jessie Chaffee and Brendan Kiely. The event is presented in partnership with the Franklin Park Reading Series, and the discussion will be moderated by its curator, Penina Roth. Admission is free, but you should reserve tickets here

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Send Your Love to Seniors This Valentine’s Dayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82807 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82807#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:06:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82807

Looking for a great snow day activity that gives back to the community? The members of the Montague BID invite you to write valentines for seniors.

“With all that is going on in the world right now, as respected and integral members of our community, who have experienced so much during their lives, we hope to let Brooklyn’s seniors know that they are loved and that we are thinking about them this Valentine’s Day,” said Montague Street BID’s executive director, Kate Chura.

Look for the red red mailbox in the lobby of Brown Harris Stevens, 129 Montague Street.  You can drop your cards through Sunday February 12th during the hours of 9am – 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Cards will be delivered throughout the borough on Tuesday, February 14th.

All you need is love. Share on social media using @montguebid, #bkseniorlove and #montagueseniorlove.

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12 Year Old Boy Struck by Car at Cadman Plaza West and Middaghhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82784 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82784#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:51:07 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82784

At about 8:10 am on Monday morning, a twelve year old boy on a scooter was struck by a car in Brooklyn Heights. The accident occurred on the east side of Cadman Plaza West at the Middagh Street Brooklyn Bridge off ramp.

A combination of reporting from DNAinfo and The Patch pieced together more details.  The unnamed pre-teen sustained a fractured leg and was transported in serious but stable condition to Kings County Hospital.  The driver remained at the scene. No arrests have been made.  This correspondent witnessed police cordon off the intersection and investigate the scene until at least 11:00 am. The car, a grey SUV remained on-site.

A P.S. 8 parent who spoke under the condition of anonymity after school explained she had just stepped off the shuttle from One Brooklyn Bridge Park with her children.  She described “firemen from [from the FDNY Engine 205/Ladder 118] running to the scene.”  Adding, it appeared the boy was wearing a helmet. The concerned mother expressed the intersection is notoriously difficult to cross, especially with small children.  An inquiry to P.S. 8 administration concluded the victim is not a student at the school.

As previously reported by the blog, this very intersection was “made more pedestrian friendly” in 2013 with the addition of a curb extension or “neckdown.”

We wish the young man a speedy recovery and send our thoughts to his family.

 

 

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82776 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82776#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:29:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82776

This Tuesday evening, February 7, from 7:00 to 9:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present Black Voices, Black Art: Upending Convention with Kellie Jones and Kimberly Drew. Admission is $10, or $5 fOr BHS members. More information and buy tickets here.

Journalist and cultural commentator John Strasbaugh will be at BHS Thursday evening, February 9 at 6:30 to discuss his new book, City of Sedition: The History of New York during the Civil War. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members. More information and buy tickets here.

Friday, February 10 brings another of BHS’s “Free Fridays”; this one on the pre-Valentine’s theme “Mad, Dangerous Love”. Admission is free, and the fun goes from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event features “Brooklyn Brewery beer, vintage cartoons, a lecture on poisons, and more!” There’s more information here.

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Hosts Valentine’s Craft Workshop For Kidshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82759 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82759#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 04:11:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82759

On Sunday, February 12 the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry) will host a Valentine’s Day workshop for kids five years old and up, accompanied by a caregiver. The project will be the making of “Li’l Monsters” (see details here). Stop by anytime from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. No RSVP needed. Suggested donation is $5.00 per family.

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Theater 2020 Presents Sondheim’s Sweeney Toddhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82728 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/82728#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 03:35:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=82728

Theater 2020, Brooklyn Heights’ own award-winning, resident professional stage company, will present sixteen performances of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim. The venue is the McKinney Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street (between Monroe Place and Clinton Street). The cast features Theater 2020’s Co-Artistic Director, and Heights resident, David Fuller (at right in photo) in the title role, and Lorinne Lampert (at left) as his partner in mayhem, Mrs. Lovett.

The play opens on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m. Performances continue through five successive weekends, with the final one on Sunday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m. Complete performance schedule and buy tickets here.

Photo by Judith Jarosz.

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