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Heights History, 153 Joralemon, 1926

This vintage photo of the Brooklyn Heights residential building at 153 Joralemon Street from 1953 1926 reveals that little has changed in 85+ years, save for the current bodega on the ground level. The five-story walk-up was built in 1900, according to Streeteasy, and currently comprises eight units. It also boasts a common roofdeck.

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Brooklyn Heights Then & Now: Colonnade Row At 43-49 Willow Place

Colonnade Row, built at 43-49 Willow Place in 1846, between Joralemon & State streets, is one of few examples in Brooklyn Heights of a particular style of Greek Revival. It was most popular in the late 1830s, with massive columns running the length of the buildings to give them a good bit of drama.

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Heights History: 70 Clark Street At Henry, 1948

The six-story apartment building at 70 Clark Street and Henry is photographed here September 15, 1948. Note the three towering TV antennas along the roofline. The street-level retail gave us Parker Drugs, offering a lunch counter and soda fountain; with “Soda and Lunch,” “Cosmetics and Cigars” advertised along the front signage. (See details below.) Today, […]

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Heights History: A Room At The Hotel St. George, $10 A Week… In 1880

After going back in time to 1902 last month, we’ve given the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives another spin into the past. This time we transport back to July 10, 1880, 132 years ago today… What a deal! The Hotel St. George is offering special summer rates, for $10 a week. Your offer includes a bedroom, […]

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Heights Deal Of The Day: 204 Columbia Heights, $7 A Week! (In 1902, That Is)

With summer just around the corner, this is the ideal time to reserve your summer space here in Brooklyn Heights. And have I got a deal for you: 204 Columbia Heights, The Berkshire. Overlooking the Harbor. “Why put up with country inconveniences when you can find all the comforts and coolest of sea breezes at […]

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Heights History: Meet 1912 Brooklyn Historical Society Staffer Mary Ingalls

Pleased to meet you, Miss Mary E. Ingalls, an attendant at the Gallery Desk of what was known in 1912 as the Long Island Historical Society, which is, now, of course, the Brooklyn Historical Society on Pierrepont Street at Clinton. While the dress code of the BHS—founded in 1863—may be more casual today, the oak-laden […]

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Heights History: 1952, Promenade Open, BQE Still Under Construction

Here is a 1952 view of the incomplete Brooklyn Queens Expressway, with people on the newly opened Brooklyn Heights Promenade over the new highway. The BQE just comes to an end at the lower right corner, with the Brooklyn Bridge far in the distance.

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Quote Of The Day: 1966 Heights Was ‘Brought Back From Slum Death By Influx’ Of Gays

Writer and theologian William R. Wineke, a columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal and an ordained clergyman of the United Church of Christ, expresses his views on same-sex marriage in an opinion piece for WISC-TV Madison, Wisconsin’s news website Channel3000.com. We’re neither supporting or dissuading the author’s perspective here, but highlighting his reflections on Brooklyn […]

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Heights History: 1940s’ Mammy’s Pantry, 122 Montague Street

Long before there was a Housing Works Thrift Shop or a Fish’s Eddy—or for that matter, a Brooklyn Heights Promenade—122 Montague Street was the location of beloved Southern-style restaurant Mammy’s Pantry. In the 1940s, the eatery served up a lunch and dinner menu of such goodies as Maryland Crab Cakes, Southern Fried Chicken, Shrimps Creole […]

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Heights History: The Promenade Restaurant On Montague Street

Before the popular Heights Cafe opened at 84 Montague Street and Hicks Street, there was The Promenade Restaurant—teeming with 1970s (1980s?) charisma. A sign at the corner entrance boasts Steaks, Chops and Seafood, while in the postcard image above, you’ll note there was also a second doorway on the Montague Street side, advertising Breakfast, Lunch […]

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