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Events at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) has three events scheduled for the next three nights. Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16) starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a musical event dramatizing the struggles of city life: New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding sings the stories of everyday heroes fighting the system in [...]

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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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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This will be the annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the participating religious institutions. It will give you the opportunity to visit and receive architectural and historical information about several local houses of worship, including the newly restored interior of Grace Church (photo). The local participating institutions, [...]

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St. Ann’s Church Lays Off Two Staff, Including Music Director Gregory Eaton

According to the Eagle St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, located at Clinton and Montague streets, has been forced by budgetary considerations to lay off two staff members, a sexton, or custodian (another remains on staff), and 21 year veteran Music Director Gregory Eaton. Although Eaton’s concerts have been effective fund-raisers for the church, [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Smorgasburg is back this Sunday, April 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pier 5 uplands, Brooklyn Bridge Park. It will continue each Sunday through November 2. This (Friday, March 4) evening, starting at 7:00, Bargemusic has an interesting “Bargemix” concert featuring works by Hindemith, Yoed Nir, Jimi Hendrix, and Rachmaninov, performed by [...]

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Brooklyn Eagle Video Asks: Which Brooklyn Heights Properties Will The Watchtower Sell Next?

The Brooklyn Eagle posted a video today exploring the fate of the remaining Watchtower properties in the Brookyn Heights area. Jared Kushner acquired a chunk of their portfolio last year and reporter Dipti Kumar ponders what the future holds.

Video after the jump.

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New York Times Reports On A Great Discovery At Grace Church In Brooklyn Heights

A little soap and water and expertise has gone a long way at Grace Church, the New York Times reports. The landmark house of worship is currently undergoing a $5 million dollar renovation including work on “a new copper roof, new insulation, new lighting, new wiring and a much-needed cleaning of many of the 3,200 [...]

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While #Santacon Hosts Pretenders, The Real Santa Comes To Brooklyn Heights For Breakfast

The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn held its annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday (12/14) morning. Santa held court and heard the Christmas wishes from over 100 kids during two sold out seatings of the pancake breakfast. Santa had no comment about the thousands of over-served pretenders flooding the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn [...]

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Grace Church’s Reverend Julie Hoplamazian Talks About Her Transition From The Armenian Church

Reverend Julie Hoplamazian began her career in the clergy at the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. She wanted to be a priest, but the Armenian Church does not allow the ordination of women. She’s now a priest at Grace Church here in Brooklyn Heights. She also lives in the neighborhood with her fiancé [...]

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Who Is Asking Pope Francis To Visit Brooklyn Heights?

WCBS880 reports that a group of St. Francis College students have begun a letter writing campaign asking Pope Francis to visit their school.

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New Book Tells History of Plymouth Church in Antislavery Movement and Civil War

This evening there was a book launch party at Plymouth Church for Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era: a Ministry of Freedom, (History Press, Charleston, SC, 2013) a new book by church member Frank Decker, assisted by Lois Rosebrooks, Plymouth’s Director of History Ministry Services. The book tells the story of Plymouth’s role [...]

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The Brooklyn Eagle Reports On The Watchtower’s Underground Tunnels

The Brooklyn Eagle did a little digging around and filed a report on what could happen to the Watchtower’s infamous underground tunnels once they finish selling off their properties in Brooklyn Heights. The organization currently has a deal with the NYC DOT to operate the passageways under Orange Street, Columbia Heights and Willow Street. Brooklyn [...]

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New Video From Jehovah’s Witnesses Offers Glimpse Into Their Future Plans And DUMBO Deal With Jared Kushner

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have posted a video explaining their move from Brooklyn Heights to Warwick, New York. Also featured in the clip is real estate mogul Jared Kushner who purchased several Watchtower properties in DUMBO with an eye towards creating a hub for Brooklyn based tech companies. Widgets

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Watchtower Tight Lipped About Brooklyn Bethel Exit Timetable

As Jared Kushner closes his deal for several Watchtower properties in DUMBO, the Brooklyn Eagle reports on the group’s plan move their operations upstate. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been in the Brooklyn Heights area since 1908 and their headquarters here is referred to as “Brooklyn Bethel”. Brooklyn Eagle: The Brooklyn market is “super-hot” and “competition [...]

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Happy New Year to Our Jewish Readers

Rabbi Aaron Raskin of Brooklyn Heights’ Congregation B’nai Avraham sounded the shofar yesterday at Brooklyn Bridge Park (see photo and text here) at a Tashlich ceremony to welcome the New Year.

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Congregation B’nai Avraham Awarded “Sacred Sites” Grant

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that Congregation B’nai Avraham, 117 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Henry), Brooklyn Heights’ only Orthodox synagogue, has been awarded a $10,000 “Sacred Sites” grant by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The funds will be used to assist in restoration of the facade of the 1850s vintage brownstone faced Italiante style [...]

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