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Brooklyn Heights: Home of the (Literary) Stars

It’s pretty well known that Brooklyn Heights has had more than its share of great writers as residents, but in response to a question from Heights resident “Lauren” the Eagle has interviewed another Heights resident, former Borough Historian John Manbeck, about the neighborhood’s literary history. We all (or most of us, I presume) know about […]

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Today is Centenary of Composer Benjamin Britten, Former Brooklyn Heights Resident

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), arguably Britain’s foremost composer of the past century, whose War Requiem has long been a favorite of mine, was for a time a resident of 7 Middagh Street, the now famous February House. (The house was demolished during the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.) As a tribute to Britten and his Brooklyn […]

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Gabriel Kahane’s ‘February House’ Personifies 7 Middagh Street’s 1940s’ ‘Bohemian Commune’

Burgeoning eclectic classical composer & performer Gabriel Kahane is featured in a lengthy profile in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, titled “Gabriel Kahane Is a One-Man Cultural Cuisinart.” The 30-year-old resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, composed music & lyrics for “February House” (see previous BHB post here), based on the true story of the […]

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February House Musical Gets Mixed Reviews in New Haven; Comes to NYC May 8

Composer Gabriel Kahane and playwright Seth Bockley have collaborated on a musical play, February House, evidently inspired by Sherill Tippins’ book by the same title, about the house at 7 Middagh Street (demolished to make way for the BQE) that, in the early 1940s, sheltered a brilliant and bizarre collection of poets, novelists, composers, and […]

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