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Never Forget-A Very Special Open Thread

Today is a very special edition of Open Thread. The blog remembers the events of the World Trade Center and pays tribute to the nearly 3,000 souls lost. Our hearts are especially with the brave fire fighters, families and loved ones of local firehouse, Ladder 118/Engine 205, who lost six heroic men on that tragic […]

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Kushner Cos. Drop Out of Watchtower Deal

The Brooklyn Eagle reports that The Kushner Cos. have dropped out of a deal to buy 90 Sands St. (photo), a building owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Kushner Cos. has purchased a handful of properties that used to belong to the religious organization. The company, which was headed by Jared Kushner until he stepped away to serve as senior […]

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Witnesses Dispose Of More Brooklyn Heights Properties

The Eagle reports that L.A. based real estate investors Hawkins Way Capital have bought 117 Columbia Heights (photo), a Brutalist intrusion, by Ulrich Franzen, into a row of nineteenth century townhouses, three of which were also bought by Hawkins from Watchtower and, like 117, became residences for Witnesses. The sale seems to indicate that the […]

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At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

On Wednesday evening, June 28 at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion on the timely topic, “Who is Muslim.” It will be led by Imam Khalid Latif, chaplain at NYU, and will feature a distinguished panel of Muslims living in America who will “challenge stereotypes, highlight alternative narratives, and share their […]

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Local Houses of Worship Open for “Sacred Sites” Tours This Weekend

This coming weekend — Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 — many houses of worship in Brooklyn Heights and nearby will be participating in the “Sacred Sites” open house program sponsored locally by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Two that are offering special, pre-booked tours are the First Unitarian Congregational Society at 116 Pierrepont […]

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The Rev. Adriene Thorne Installed as Pastor at First Presbyterian

The Reverend Adriene Thorne became the sixteenth pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, located at 124 Henry Street, between Clark Street and Love Lane, in an impressive installation ceremony that began at 4:00 this afternoon and lasted until 6:00, but seemed to pass quickly, as it was filled with stirring oratory, lively music, and […]

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German Consul to Speak at Kristallnacht Remembrance, Congregation Mt. Sinai Saturday

The night of November 9-10 will be the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht (“the night of broken glass”; see photo), when mobs led by Nazi soldiers and police attacked Jewish people and their homes, places of business, and houses of worship. Congregation Mount Sinai, at 250 Cadman Plaza West, will remember Kristallnacht this Saturday, November 5, […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 6) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Pebble Beach near the Main Street (DUMBO) entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Aeilushi Mistry will lead a performance of the Hindu lamp ceremony Aarti, in which lamps are set afloat to “bring peace and harmony to our shoreline.” More information here. On Sunday, August […]

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Two “Black Lives Matter” Banners Stolen From First Unitarian Church

The Eagle reports that two banners bearing the words “Black Lives Matter” (a photo of one of the banners can be seen in the linked Eagle story) have, in separate incidents, been taken from the fence in front of the First Unitarian Church, at Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place. The banners were designed and paid […]

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Prayer Vigil on Promenade Monday for Orlando Victims and End to Gun Violence

We’ve received notice from The Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, Associate Rector of Grace Church, that the Brooklyn Heights clergy will hold a prayer vigil on Monday evening, June 20 on the Promenade to remember those who died in Orlando and pray for an end to gun violence. The clergy invite all who wish to join in […]

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