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Doyenne of Brooklyn Heights Who Housed Women Seeking Abortions in 1960’s Featured in New York Magazine

Ninety-seven-year-old Grace Faison’s family has resided in Brooklyn Heights for generations. She is a graduate of Packer Collegiate and a fixture at Plymouth Church. Throughout her life has held “soft positions of power” at Plymouth, non-profits, and schools in the neighborhood. When her children were small, her husband received an inheritance. The Faison family moved from a “lovely apartment […]

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BHA Sends New Letter to DOT; Harvard “Kroks” Benefit Concert for BHA and A Better Way NYC

The Brooklyn Heights Association, in a letter sent today to Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, noted that the announcement of an alternative plan for repair of the L train tunnel should inspire DOT “to re-think DOT’s approach to the BQE reconstruction project.” The parallels seem clear: each project poses […]

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Meet Yungman Lee, Challenger to Incumbent Congresswoman Velazquez, at Friend of a Farmer Thursday Evening

NOTE: This post has been revised to reflect a change of venue. Yungman Lee (photo), lawyer, former state official, bank executive, and public health advocate, has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes Brooklyn Heights. He is challenging Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, […]

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Squash Prodigy, Novelist Ivy Pochoda Writes About Heights Casino in NY Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine features a short piece by former Brooklyn Heights resident Ivy Pochoda about her time as a squash prodigy via the Heights Casino. It’s an interesting peek into the culture of this neighborhood institution:

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Want Olympic Squash? Join Flash Mob on Promenade Monday

Brooklyn Heights is a hotbed of squash–not the kind you eat, but the kind you play. As this Eagle article notes, the Heights Casino “might well be called the squash center of the universe.” Despite the sport’s international popularity, it is as yet not recognized for the Olympics. To boost its chances of being added […]

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Heights History: Heights Casino, 75 Montague Street

As part of its regular series “Brooklyn One Building At A Time,” Brownstoner’s Montrose Morris offers a detailed history of the Heights Casino at 75 Montague Street. The Flemish Revival building was constructed in 1905, designed to accommodate sports and club activities, as well as a reference to Brooklyn’s Dutch heritage. For its entire life, […]

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Brooklyn Heights History: Clubs Part 2

Dances were a way for young people to meet, and included outdoor events in gardens and taverns, called “germans” or cotillions, when held in private homes. In the 1880s organized dances called Junior Assemblies, Cinderella Balls and Bachelors Balls were held. Clubs often sponsored these events, and Dr. Charles Shephard’s Turkish Bath, America’s first, on Cranberry and […]

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The Pipes, the Pipes Are Calling….

If you heard the skirl of bagpipes wafting along Montague Street this afternoon, you would have found the piper stationed by the entrance of the Casino, greeting guests arriving for the reception following the wedding of Emily Grant and Matthew Turner, who earlier exchanged vows at the Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen, on Schermerhorn […]

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Heights Casino Uncovered, and Green!

I was considering the Heights Casino, beneath whose sidewalk bridge for what seems like a small eternity I have dodged strollers and racquet wielding members charging down the steps, for a Cheops award, but today the scaffolding and bridge came down, revealing once again the Dutch colonial revival facade (including a row of English sunrises […]

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Scaffolding Finally Gone from 65 Montague

Yesterday afternoon, your correspondent was delighted to see workers dismantling the sidewalk bridge in front of 65 Montague that has blighted the sidewalk on the north side of Montague between Hicks and Pierrepont Place for some years now. 65 Montague now joins its Siamese twin 20 Pierrepont in being scaffolding-free. Unfortunately, no end appears in […]

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