Brooklyn Heights Blog » News http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Update on Design/Build for BQE: Meeting Tomorrow Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85674 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85674#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:27:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85674 As an update to our post below, reader Chris Bastian has alerted us to a meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Transportation Committee on Thursday evening, February 15, starting at 7:00, at 38 Sidney Place. The purpose of the meeting is

to prepare comments for the BQE Repair Scoping Meeting on Feb 27, and to discuss the State’s proposed Congestion Pricing strategy. All are welcome.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to cbastian@38sidney.com

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What’s Holding Up Approval Of Design/Build For The BQE?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85664 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85664#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:31:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85664

Last June we noted here that a procedure called “design/build”, in which the same contractors bid on both the design and construction aspects of a project, could greatly shorten the time necessary to do the vital reconstruction and repair work on the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, beneath Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade. In December we observed that, without design/build, the project could be delayed beyond a point at which it would be necessary to divert trucks from this stretch of the highway onto Brooklyn Heights streets.

The Brooklyn Heights Association has been very active in the effort to get design/build approved. Last Friday morning there was a demonstration (photo) sponsored by State Senator Brian Flanagan and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, held at the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade. Design/build will also be the principal topic of the BHA’s Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, February 28 at Founders Hall, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Finally, the BHA has chartered a bus to take concerned residents to Albany on Tuesday, March 6, to meet with legislators whose approval is crucial to the project. Seats are limited, so you should register here as soon as possble, or call 718-858-9193. Although the BHA’s maim page on the BQE reconstruction says there is no charge for the event, the registration page linked above requires a $30 “event fee.” Perhaps this can be avoided by using the phone option.

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BHS Presents “Free Love” This Friday Evening, February 9http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85648 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85648#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:43:33 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85648

This Friday evening, February 9, from 5:00 to 9:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “Free Love”, a Free Friday event that gives you an opportunity to warm up for Valentine’s Day. The evening will get going with keyboardist Natti Vogel doing “anthems to singledom and trysts without strings attached.” Afterward, there will be talks and videos on various topics concerning love through the years in the Borough of Churches er, Cherce. Admission is free and you need no reservation; refreshments, which will include beer and “Age of Aquarius Punch”, may require a small donation. There’s more information here.

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City to Designate Ten Parking Spots in the Heights to Rideshare Vehicleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85637 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85637#comments Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:44:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85637

Oh boy, this is bound to incite a rousing debate. WPIX reports that the City has chosen 14 neighborhoods for its two-year pilot program to designate certain parking spots to rideshare companies such as Zipcar. Park Slope and Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens will have to relinquish 30 spots each. Boerum Hill will have to do without 20, and Brooklyn Heights and Red Hook, 10 each.

Photo credit: By Herzi Pinki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Grace Church WinterFair Saturday, February 3http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85627 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85627#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 02:52:40 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85627

This Saturday, February 3, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon) will hold its annual WinterFair. On sale will be men’s, women’s, and kids’ clothing, books, CDs and DVDs, housewares, furniture, plants, toys, and other goods. There will be a luncheon and a kids’ cafe.

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Pier Six Towers Update: Developers Busy Building and Advertising Despite No Court Decisionhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85618 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85618#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 03:48:16 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85618

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the developers of the two controversial high rise residential towers on the uplands of Pier Six, near the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park and on park land, have already done extensive construction work on one of the two towers (see photo in story linked above) and are, as the story indicates, already advertising to (although not yet accepting any money from) prospective condo buyers. This is despite there is as yet no final ruling on a lawsuit brought by the Brooklyn Heights Association and others to prevent construction of the towers, on the contention that revenue from them is not necessary to fund the park’s maintenance. As it stands, a judge has ordered that, while construction may proceed at the developers own risk, they should do nothing “that is irreversible or incapable of restoration to its original condition” until the court issues its final decision.

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Theater 2020 Presents 16 Performances of Sondheim’s Assassins at St. Francishttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85612 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85612#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 02:09:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85612

Theater 2020, Brooklyn Heights’ only professional stage company, will present sixteen performances of Assassins, a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. and originally presented off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons. The show will run Thursday through Sunday, from Thursday, February 22 through Sunday March 25, at the Founders Hall Theater. St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street. You may purchase tickets here.

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Court Street Office Supplies to Close in Februaryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85588 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85588#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:47:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85588

Brooklyn Paper reports that Court Street Office Supply, a “staple” of the neighborhood since 1982, will close on February 20th.

Owner, Jacob Gutman explained, “Our challenge has been the shift in how people purchase things these days,” he said. “Our decision to close the store has nothing to do with rent.” Instead, the almost forty year old family business will focus on their workspace-design aspect of the company. Gutman went on to say, “We set up custom workstations and configure spaces for all kinds of offices, medical practices, hospitality companies, you name it.”

So while the brick and mortar store will close, Court Street will continue to operate the office supplies, arts & crafts and toys business online.  Prices will be reduced from now until closing on February 20th.  So, stock up while you can!* This correspondent will miss the personal service and wide selection of items.

Court Street Office Supplies, 44 Court St. between Remsen and Joralemon streets in Downtown, (718) 625-5771, www.courtstreet.net

Photo: Courtesy of ChamberOfCommerce.com

 

*Court Street Office Supply was featured in the 2002 Spielberg film, “Catch Me If You Can”

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Brooklyn Historical Society Opens “Waterfront” Exhibition, Presents Three Programs This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85582 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85582#comments Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:41:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85582

The Brooklyn Historical Society has opened a new exhibition, “Waterfront”, at its second location in the Empire Stores, Brooklyn Bridge Park (55 Water Street in DUMBO). The exhibition contains many fascinating photos, prints, preserved objects, videos and other materials concerning the Brooklyn waterfront over the years. Your correspondent took this photo of some youngsters enjoying the “Magnet Wall” on which “kids and adults can create their own whimsical waterfront on a ten-foot magnetized landscape.”

There will be three evening programs at BHS’s headquarters, 128 Pierrepont at Clinton Street, this coming week. On Monday evening, January 22, Daniel L. Doctoroff, Deputy Mayor during the Bloomberg Administration, will read from and discuss his book, Greater Than Ever: New York’s Big Comeback. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; buy tickets and more information here.

On Tuesday evening, January 23, BHS, in conjunction with Underwater New York, will present “Current / Bodies: Art and Action on the Waterfront,” in which “six New York artists and writers whose works address the history and future of our waterways…consider New York’s waterfront as a site of continuity and a threshold for political, social, and environmental change.” Admission is $5, or free for BHS members; buy or reserve tickets and more information here.

On Thursday evening, January 25, New York Times writer John Leland will discuss his book Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old with fellow journalist Julie Scelfo. Admission is $5, or free for BHS members; buy or reserve tickets and more information here.

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Alternate Side Parking Suspended Tomorrowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85568 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85568#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:42:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85568 Tomorrow — Wednesday, January 17 — alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended to facilitate snow removal, but meter requirements remain in effect. NYC schools will be open.

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Grace Church Names Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson its New Rectorhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85548 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85548#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 04:10:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85548

The Wardens of Grace Church have announced that The Reverend Doctor Allen F. Robinson (photo; courtesy Grace Church) will serve as the venerable church’s (founded 1847) fifteenth Rector. According to the Wardens:

Allen comes to us from St. James’ Church (sometimes known as “St. James’ at Lafayette Square”) in Baltimore, Maryland. Organized in 1824, St. James’ was the first black Episcopal church south of the Mason/Dixon line and the third black Episcopal congregation established in the United States. Allen became Rector of St. James’ in July 2002. Previously, he served as Associate Rector of Calvary Church in Memphis, Tennessee, as Assistant Rector of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, and Assistant Rector of St. James’ Church, also in Houston.

Allen was ordained in 1995 after study at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2007, he received a Doctorate of Ministry, with a dissertation on congregational development, from the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Dr. Robinson will arrive at Grace on Monday, March 19 and will conduct his first services on Palm Sunday, March 25. Grace Church is located at 254 Hicks Street, between Grace Court and Joralemon Street.

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Deadline for Kindergarten Applications this Friday; Pre-K Application Process Starts February 5http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85544 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85544#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:48:31 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85544

We’ve been notified by the Brooklyn Heights Association that the deadline for filing applications for kindergarten at public schools like P.S. 8 (photo; Chuck Taylor for BHB) is this Friday, January 12. You may apply on-line at the Department of Education website or by phone at 718-935-2009. The application process for Pre-K begins on February 5; there’s more information here.

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NYC Schools Open Tomorrow; Alternate Side Rules Suspended Through Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85513 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85513#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 02:30:22 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85513 Update: Alternate side rules are now suspended through Wednesday, January 10. New York City public schools are open tomorrow (Friday, January 4), including for all scheduled after-school activities. Packer, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori remain on regular Winter Break. We suspect St. Ann’s does, too, but they’ve yet to update their January calendar. Having heard nothing further, we presume Brooklyn Public Library branches will be open. Alternate side parking rules remain suspended through Saturday, January 6.

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Harvard’s Krokodiloes Sing at Casino Friday to Benefit BHAhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85506 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85506#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 04:53:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85506

Harvard’s renowned men’s a capella singing group, the Krokodiloes, will be at the Brooklyn Heights Casino this Friday evening, January 5, to perform on behalf of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

The evening starts at 6:30 PM with the Kroks warming up – and you as well – amid the sonorous acoustics of the Heights Casino Doubles Squash Court. They will then move upstairs at 7:15 PM to the elegant Governors Room for a formal concert. Patrons will enjoy drinks and hors d’ouevres during both concerts.

Patron tickets, at $100 per person, get you into both the warm up and formal concerts, with drinks and hors d’ouvres. For $200 per person, you can get Friends of the Krocs tickets, that get you the concerts and a formal, sit-down dinner “mingling with all of the Krokodiloes in the Heights Casino formal dining room.”

You may purchase tickets here.

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NYC Schools Closed Thursday, January 4; Alternate Side Parking Suspendedhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85499 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85499#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 03:21:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85499 All New York City public schools (including P.S. 8 and M.S. 8) are closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 4, because of expected severe weather including snow and sustained high winds. Packer and Brooklyn Heights Montessori are closed for their normal Winter Breaks. No word on St. Ann’s; best to call (718) 522-1660 in the morning. AltSchool? We don’t have a clue. When we try to get their website, we’re told our account has been disabled.

We also have word that alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended, although you still have to feed the meters.

Addendum: We’ve just gotten notification that all Brooklyn Public Library branches are closed tomorrow, January 4.

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New Year’s Fireworkshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85477 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85477#comments Sun, 31 Dec 2017 02:52:51 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85477

The New Year’s Fireworks will go off at the stroke of midnight, just as the ball is dropping at Times Square. They will be launched from near Liberty Island, and so will be easily visible from the Promenade, or from Heights rooftops. Unfortunately, the forecast temperature at that time is fourteen degrees Fahrenheit. Dress for warmth!

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Power Outages in Brooklyn Heights?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85474 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85474#comments Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:55:36 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85474 We’ve heard reports of power issues on Columbia Heights and Clinton street last night into this morning. There’s Con Ed activity on Columbia Heights around Clark Street as of 12pm. We’re trying to find out more (we’ve heard that for those that lost it, they were told  by Con Ed it would be repaired by 4pm today), but opening this up for discussion to anyone else who may have additional info.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85471 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85471#comments Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:22:04 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85471

This long New Year’s weekend, from 10:45 PM Friday, December 29 to 5:00 AM Tuesday, January 2, there will be no 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer. As usual, during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn. During this time, there will also be no G train service between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Avenue. A and F trains will provide alternative service.

The following work week, Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, January 5, each night from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no service in either direction on the 4/5 platforms at Borough Hall, as 4 trains will terminate and originate at Brooklyn Bridge, and 5 trains do not serve Brooklyn late at night. 3 trains will provide alternative service, and will serve 4 train stops for those traveling to or from Brooklyn.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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It’s Cold Out There!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85467 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85467#comments Fri, 29 Dec 2017 03:44:42 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85467

Who better to know than the Eagle’s Mary (ahem!) Frost, who found the sign at TD Bank, near the corner of Montague and Court streets, registering a temperature of seventeen degrees today. She cites a 2013 New York Times story that declared Montague and Court “the windiest intersection in all of New York City.” My nominee, because I encounter it more frequently, would be Montague and Hicks (alternatively, since I live on Montague, Remsen and Hicks), where the sheer slab of the Bossert captures the prevailing wind from the west, arriving unimpeded from New Jersey, and dumps it with a vengeance on adjoining stretches of Hicks, Montague, and Remsen. According to Mary’s story, the winds at Montague and Court are worse because they form a “vortex.” I should check this out, though I’m not eager.

Anyway, dress warmly, with lots of layers, and stay inside as much as you can. Unfortunately, the cold weather is predicted to last through New Year’s Eve and beyond, which will put a damper on fireworks watching.

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Trucks Banned from BQE?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85398 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85398#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:50:57 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85398

The Post reports that portions of the BQE may eventually become so unstable that trucks would need to be banned from the most at-risk sections.   Unless the City’s DOT can convince Albany to a approve “design/build” process-one that “allows both the project’s design and construction to be bid on and completed by the same contractor”-Brooklyn Heights residents could see trucks rumbling through the neighborhood.

“If the agency doesn’t get permission, the reconstruction project could extend two years, to 2028, forcing the city to kick trucks off the highway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street and onto local roadways, according to the DOT,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Without “design/build” the diversion of trucks and the two year delay would make “a horrible situation into an absolute nightmare,” said Peter Bray, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

For three consecutive years, the DOT has attempted persuade Albany to pass a bill that would allow “design/build” for the BQE rehab project but the legislation has failed by a slim margin each time. State Sen. Marty Golden said he plans to introduce a new bill as soon as possible.

 

 

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What’s in the Stars for 2018? Find Out at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Free Friday This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85401 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85401#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:47:22 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85401

The Brooklyn Historical Society’s monthly “Free Friday” will be this Friday, December 15. Entrance is free from 5:00 PM on until closing at 9:00. The theme this month is “Winter Myths,” which it offers as “an antidote to the holiday party circuit.” Victoria Flexner of Edible Brooklyn will expound on “the pagan roots of today’s seasonal traditions.” For the real woo-woo stuff, astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat (photo) “who aims to detangle astrology from colonization and the patriarchy, [will offer] her forecast for 2018.” After this you may want a cup of mulled wine, or a brew from Brooklyn Brewery, both of which will be available, though a donation may be requested. Adequately fueled, you may wish to “join in an introductory lesson on cult card game Magic: The Gathering by game expert, Peter Rawlings.” There’s more information here.

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Promenade Tree Lighting Wednesday; Celebrate After at Brooklyn Women’s Exchangehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85382 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85382#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:26:15 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85382

The annual lighting of the tree at the Montague Street entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will be at 5:30 PM this coming Wednesday, December 13. Carolers from the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will be there to provide holiday spirit. Afterwards, the carolers will proceed to the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, at 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry), where the Exchange will stay open late and offer hot apple cider and cookies. They invite you to bring the whole family.

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RIP Rocco Scali, “The Barber of Brooklyn Heights”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85338 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85338#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 02:59:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85338

Reader Martin Schneider sends us this sad news, as originally reported by him in the Brooklyn Heights Press:

Rocco Scali, the legendary hair cutter who served Brooklyn Heights since 1958 and whose regular customers famously included Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer along with many hundreds of long-time Heights residents, died Sunday, November 26 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He was 78 years old. The cause was a sudden attack of liver cancer.

He is survived by his wife Mary, two daughters, Ann Marie and Lisa, a sister Maria, a brother Frank, who lives in California, and six grandchildren Annalisa, Michael, Robert, Alessandra, Christopher, and Marissa. Mr. Scali commuted to work in the arcade at the St. George from his home on Staten Island.

Always known as Rocky to his loyal patrons, his warm-hearted nature and his amiable, chatty, and intelligent conversational style and quiet mastery of skillful haircutting made him the go-to guy for barbering in downtown Brooklyn. His well-thumbed annual calendar book where he listed his appointments was always nearly full and telephoning him hours or even days in advance for a date was the accepted routine.

Never at loss for a conversational gambit, his topics roamed easily from vegetable gardening to cooking, to his family’s many achievements, to the lives of his adored six grandchildren. It also included his recent trip with his brother to check out the standing of the family property on the once obscure island of Pantelleria in the Strait of Sicily. According to Rocky, it seems that Georgio Armani himself has discovered its virtues and now has a place there.

Nine years ago Natalie Brasington, whose photo of Rocky is above, wrote and illustrated a BHB post about Rocky and his barbering partner Thomas LaMarca, who continues his tonsorial magic at the Cutting Den, in the arcade at the Clark Street subway station.

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This Saturday, Shakespeare for Your Wee Bardshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85326 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85326#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 04:48:33 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85326

Do you have a budding thespian on your hands? Mary Frost of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports Child’s Play NY, an ensemble of classically trained actors and teaching artists “will perform a free performance of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” on Dec. 2 in Brooklyn Heights at St. Francis College. The performance will be followed by a hands-on workshop for kids and youth ages 6-16 and their families.”

The troupe uses Social Emotional Learning-movement and role playing-to help children explore their emotions.

Performance : 1-1:45 p.m.

Workshop: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Maroney Theater, St Francis College, seventh floor, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights.

RSVP is required. To register visit: http://www.childsplayny.com/midsummer-residency/

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Silhouette Artist At Brooklyn Women’s Exchange This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85295 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85295#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:00:52 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85295

Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Henry and Hicks) Friday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Her last appointment on Sunday will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Silhouette portraitist Deborah O’Connor cuts profiles while her subject sits for only five minutes. The results are an heirloom-quality custom keepsake. Frames are available at the time of purchase and make a perfect holiday gift. Pets are welcome!

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 718-624-3435 or e-mail bwe.silhouettes@gmail.com

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Vacant Retail Spaces: Why? What, If Anything, Can Be Done?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85287 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85287#comments Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:38:55 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85287

You would have to have been in Brooklyn Heights for over five years to remember when the last tenant, Starbucks, moved out of 112 Montague Street (photo) to a smaller space a block away. Since then, apart from being used as storage space for Lassen & Hennigs next door, the space has lain fallow. While there are no similar long-term vacancies on Montague (well; there’s the Bossert, which is not quite vacant because of a few holdover tenants, but that’s another story), there are others not far away.

Why? Greedy landlords? Bricks-and-mortar retail is dying because of the internet? Daniel Roberts in The Bridge has examined the reasons, and finds many in addtion to those just mentioned. A tight market for financing, both for real estate and for start-up businesses is one. Complexities of property ownership–I once read of a building in, as I recall, DUMBO, that was inherited jointly by, I think, five siblings, who could never agree on what to do with it–is another. As for solutions to the problem, many have been proposed, but nothing seems to be a priority for the present city administration.

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Small Business Saturday-Shop Montague, Donate New Warm Winter Items, Take An “Elfie”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85265 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85265#comments Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:12:45 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85265

If you want to guarantee a spot on Santa’s “Nice” list, shop our local merchants on Montague Street this weekend during American Express’ Small Business Saturday, November 25th.  Businesses will offer special discounts, complimentary treats and holiday cheer and free gifts with purchase. Participating vendors include City Chemist, Lassen & Hennings, Montague Wines & Spirits and more.

The Montague BID also invites you to donate new warm winter items such as socks, gloves, scarves and hats. Donations will benefit children and families at Brooklyn’s The Family Center.  Last year, The Family Center provided more than 4,000 New Yorkers with hands-on support from health services to legal support and beyond.  “We are so grateful to the Montague Street BID and all Brooklyn residents willing to donate items to keep our children and families warm this winter.  Over 95% of our client families live on incomes below the federal poverty threshold and sometimes, a new pair of gloves is just not in the budget.  Thanks to the Montague Street BID and those who donate and take “Elfies,” our kids and their parents will be warm this winter,” says Ivy Gamble Cobb, The Family Center Executive Director.

Everyone who donates can take a free “Elfie,” a selfie with an elf between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. “Selfies with Elves was such a success last year, that we hope all New Yorkers will come out again to support small businesses on Montague Street and generously support members of our community in need by donating cold weather gear for the children and families at The Family Center,” said Kate Chura, executive director, Montague Street BID. “Now more then ever, we all need to show each other more kindness. On behalf of the businesses on Montague Street, we hope that everyone will show Brooklyn’s families in need that we support them and believe in a sustainable, brighter future for them,” Chura added.

Shoppers are encouraged to post their “Elfies” on social media using hashtags #ElfiesOnMontague, #ShopMontague, #ShopSmall.  Tag @AmericanExpress, @ShopSmall on Instagram; @SmallBusinessSaturday and @MontagueBid on Facebook.

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Open Thread Wednesdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85256 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85256#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85256

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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Heights Residents May Be Eligible For Assistance Under “Zadroga Act”http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85250 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85250#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:14:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85250

The Eagle reports that “health and education officials” are trying to publicize the availability of “medical treatment and financial compensation” under the Federal “Zadroga Act” for people who have suffered severe illness because of exposure to toxins following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. There’s more information here. Although the linked NYC website says benefits are available to those who were in lower Manhattan at the time, Brooklyn Heights is also an area considered to have been affected.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinityhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85243 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85243#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:21:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85243

Once again, this coming weekend — 10:45 PM Friday, November 17 to 5:00 AM Monday, November 20 — apart from the absence all weekend of 2 and 3 train service (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall), which will be a fact of life every weekend until sometime next summer, there are no other planned service changes negatively affecting nearby stations. As usual during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn.

The following work week, late nights (from 9:45 PM to 5:00 AM) Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22 (we’ll tell you about the long Thanksgiving holiday and weekend later), there will be no 4 train service in either direction between Brooklyn and Manhattan, but 2 and 3 trains will be running and 3 trains will make all 4 stops in Brooklyn.

For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.

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