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RIP Rocco Scali, “The Barber of Brooklyn Heights”

Reader Martin Schneider sends us this sad news, as originally reported by him in the Brooklyn Heights Press: Rocco Scali, the legendary hair cutter who served Brooklyn Heights since 1958 and whose regular customers famously included Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer along with many hundreds of long-time Heights residents, died Sunday, November 26 […]

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Martin Schneider Takes Times To Task For Lack Of Pierhouse Coverage

Brooklyn Heights resident and historic preservation activist Martin Schneider has shared with us the following letter he wrote to the New York Times City Editor concerning the controversy over the Pierhouse structure’s blocking views of the Brooklyn Bridge: To the City Editor:​​ The bloated building now underway in the Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman and […]

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Celebrates 160th Anniversary

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange had a party this evening to celebrate its 160th year of providing a market for handcrafted goods made in Brooklyn and beyond, and a place to shop for interesting and sometimes hard to find gifts, children’s clothing, toys, books, stationery, and other items. A considerable number of BWE officers, board members, […]

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Brooklyn Heights Preservationist to Squadron: BPL Is Prepared To Sellout For A Mess Of Pottage

Long time Brooklyn Heights resident and preservationist Martin L. Schneider has written an open letter to NYS Senator Daniel Squadron regarding the Brooklyn Public Library’s plan – and the BHA’s tacit approval – to sell the Brooklyn Heights library building. In short, the plan is to sell the building and a new library would be […]

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Mr. J’s Tribute to Nabeguy

Karl takes his cam to the residence of Phillip Wilentz, known to all of us as “nabeguy” (and to Homer as our uber-poster) who, with his wife and daughter, will soon be moving to the further reaches of Long Island. Along with nabeguy’s reflections on his 54 years of life in Brooklyn Heights, and some […]

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Willowtown Fair Saturday, May 14, to Celebrate Maritime Heritage

This in from Ben Bankson, President of the Willowtown Association: A treasure hunt with a historic focus and lobster rolls served by Iris Café are among ways this year’s Spring Fair sponsored by the Willowtown Association will celebrate the maritime heritage of Willowtown in Brooklyn Heights. The fair will take place Saturday, May 14, from […]

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A “Sure Sign of Spring”: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Returns

Martin Schneider sends us this photo, and this commentary: A sure sign of Spring! Our Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is back at work on our holly tree. She methodically drills an array of small shallow holes and eats the sap and then the insects which they will attract. According to Sibley, they are “uncommon” so we are […]

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Martin Schneider’s Battling for Brooklyn Heights Now Available

Heights preservation pioneer, Brooklyn Heights Association board member, and BHB reader and commenter Martin L. Schneider’s illustrated memoir of the struggle to preserve and improve our neighborhood, Battling for Brooklyn Heights, has been published. The Eagle’s Henrik Krogius writes that Schneider’s “vivid history”, which includes the campaign to stop Robert Moses from putting the BQE […]

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BHA/BHS Print Show Opening a Success

BHB reader and Brooklyn Heights Association board member Martin L. Schneider (photo above) gives us this account of last evening’s opening reception for the “Brooklyn in Prints” exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society: A record-setting snowstorm couldn’t stop eager Brooklyn fans from trudging their way to the Brooklyn Historical Society Friday night for the opening […]

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Monroe Place During Blizzard of 1888

Heights Hero Martin Schneider sends in this photo of Monroe Place during the blizzard of 1888, which to the best of our knowledge was way before his time. He writes, “I’ve been on Monroe Place a long time, a very long time. I thought my neighbors might enjoy a view of Monroe Place after the […]

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