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Karl Junkerfeld’s Tribute to Brian McGorry, Brooklyn Heights’ “Mayor of Cranberry Street”

On Saturday, Karl Junkersfeld attended the celebration of the life of his neighbor Brian McGorry. He got video of the beginning of the procession from Brian’s home on to Superfine Restaurant in DUMBO, where the celebration was held, and offers his heartfelt remembrances of “the Mayor of Cranberry Street,” accompanied by bagpipes, which Brian loved.

Video after the jump.

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Friends, Neighbors And Family To Celebrate The Life Of Beloved Brooklyn Heights Resident Brian McGorry Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

A celebration of the life of Brian McGorry, Cranberry Street resident, community activist, and beloved neighbor to many, will be held at the Superfine Restaurant, 126 Front Street in DUMBO, this coming Saturday, March 8, starting at 11:00 a.m. Mr. McGorry’s death last Thursday was announced with great sadness by Brooklyn Heights Association President Alexandra [...]

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Leonard Garment, Former Brooklyn Heights Resident, Jazz Expert, and Nixon Adviser, Dies at 89

Leonard Garment, who for some years in the 1960s and ’70s lived at 40 Willow Place, died on Saturday, July 13, at the age of 89, according to The New York Times. Garment, a Brooklyn native, became a successful Wall Street lawyer and eventually partner of future President Richard Nixon. According to reader Derek Adler, [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This coming weekend is a big one for events at Brooklyn Bridge Park. On Sunday, the Park will celebrate the 130th anniversary of the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge with a marathon reading of Hart Crane’s epic poem The Bridge at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1 starting at 3:00 p.m. More details here. The [...]

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A Community Farewell to Martha Atwater

Mourners overflowed Grace Church on Friday afternoon to bid farewell to Martha Carr Atwater, killed Friday, February 22 when a truck jumped the curb at the corner Clinton and Atlantic Avenues, striking her. Atwater, 48, lived on Remsen Street with her husband Tom and two daughters, Chloe and Olivia; an Emmy-award winning television writer and [...]

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Memorial Service for Martha Atwater Friday, March 1

A memorial church service for Martha Atwater, who was tragically killed Friday at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue & Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, will be held this Friday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street. The Brooklyn Eagle has published the 48-year-old Emmy-winning local resident’s obituary. Atwater, who produced children’s [...]

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St. Francis College Chancellor Frank J. Macchiarola Dies At Age 71

St. Francis College shares with BHB that Chancellor, past-President and alumnus Frank J. Macchiarola died Tuesday, December 18. Macchiarola was 71. After graduating from St. Francis in 1962, he returned to his alma mater as President in 1996. “The college flourished under his 12-year tenure and Dr. Macchiarola relished the time he spent with current [...]

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Barry Commoner, “Planet Earth’s Lifeguard” and Brooklyn Heights Resident, Dies at 95

Dr. Barry Commoner, the scientist and environmental advocate whom the New York Times calls “Planet Earth’s Lifeguard,” and a resident of Brooklyn Heights, died Sunday after a long illness. He was a Brooklyn native, a graduate of James Madison High School and Columbia University, and received his doctorate at Harvard. On the occasion of the [...]

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Times Remembers Eagle’s Dennis Holt, Civil Rights Hero

In the Sunday New York Times Metropolitan section, Kevin Baker remembers his friend of many years, Dennis Holt, who died last month. Baker paints a colorful portrait of Holt as “a classic New York eccentric” who once chased an intruder from his Boerum Hill townhouse while brandishing a Civil War era dress sword.

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RIP Marilyn J. Beck, Local Actress

Marilyn J. Beck, a longtime Remsen St. resident and active member of the Heights Players, died at Long Island College Hospital Saturday night. She was 80. Marilyn hailed from Indiana, where she attended St. Mary’s College and Ball State University. She worked for many years as a New York City public school teacher, retiring in [...]

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‘Dean Of Brooklyn Reporters’ Dennis Holt Dies At 77

Dennis Holt, a longtime columnist and staff writer for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and sister publication Brooklyn Heights Press, died at age 83 77 Thursday after complications from a fall in his home on May 14. He had suffered broken ribs and a blow to the head, made worse by a blood thinner he had [...]

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Michael Rothenberg, Brooklyn Heights Resident and Public Interest Lawyer, Dies at 47

Michael Rothenberg, Clark Street resident, lawyer, and advocate for social justice, died yesterday.

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Montero’s Bar Matriarch Pilar Montero Dies At Age 90

The long-lived Montero’s Bar at 73 Atlantic Avenue announced on its Facebook page the passing of matriarch Pilar Montero, at the age of 90. She died Saturday night, January 14. Pilar and her husband, Joseph, opened Montero’s in 1947, which was once a haven for longshoremen and sailors. Today, it is beloved for karaoke, pool [...]

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After 30 Years, Final Curtain Call For Overtures In January

After 30 years at 216 Hicks Street, chic stationery and gift boutique Overtures will be closing in mid-January. According to manager and the designer of its lustrous window displays Jerry Morin, owner Michael Davidson decided to shutter the beloved boutique with an eye on retirement amid a testy economy. Beginning on Boxing Day, December 26, [...]

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Dr. Bernard Wasserman, Beloved Veterinarian of Brooklyn Heights, Dies at 91

BHB reader “Eddy” informs us of some sad news: NYT: Dr. Bernard Wasserman, 91, of Brooklyn Heights, died November 11. Dearly beloved husband of the late Bernice, cherished father of Harvey and Kim and Andrew and Donna; loving grandfather of Jake and Sarah; beloved uncle, cousin and friend. Graduate of Brooklyn College and Michigan State [...]

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Memorial Service Set Here for Neighbor/Fitness Guru Charlie Dolan

Sad news from our inbox this morning. Kevin Carberry informs us that his Uncle Charlie Dolan passed away over the summer. “I thought you would like to know that Charlie Dolan died on August 15th 2011,” he writes adding, “He was walking with his daughter to a doctors appointment when his life ended. There will [...]

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