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Two Montague Street Buildings Designated Landmarks

The Eagle reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted unanimously to designate two buildings on Montague Street’s “Bank Row” between Clinton and Court streets as city landmarks. We noted their nomination for landmark status last August. The buildings–181-183 Montague, the People’s Trust Company Building, now occupied by Citibank; and 185 Montague, the National Title […]

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Historic Districts Council Joins Fray Over Pierhouse View Obstruction

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the Historic Districts Council, an organization with a 44 year history of advocacy for the protection of historic districts, such as Brooklyn Heights, has allied itself with the Brooklyn Heights Association and Save The View Now in their efforts to limit the height of the Pierhouse structure adjacent to Pier […]

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Here’s a Passage from that New York Times Piece on the Pierhouse

Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a story about Save the View Now, the Brooklyn Heights based group seeking to curb the height of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pierhouse. The article mentions the 2005 agreement that Otis Pratt Pearsall struck with park officials regarding the building’s height: NYT: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, which […]

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Read Heights Preservation Leaders’ History of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Heights preservationists Scott M. Hand (photo) and Otis Pratt Pearsall have written a history of the efforts that led to the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. This is the opening paragraph: This is the improbable David and Goliath tale of three pivotal years, roughly 1986 through 1988, during which the Brooklyn Heights Association (the […]

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Eagle: LPC Hearing on 30 Henry Design Results in Minor Changes

Linda Collins reports on the discussion at Monday’s Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on the design of the building proposed to replace the old Eagle headquarters at 30 Henry Street, corner of Middagh, which is the first Brooklyn Heights building many people see after taking the exit from the Brooklyn Bridge (see a rendering of the […]

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Mary Merz, Willowtown Activist and Architect, Dies at 85

This in from Ben Bankson, President of the Willowtown Association: Willowtown architect and activist Mary Merz died on September 15 after a long battle with lung cancer at her home on Willow Place designed by her and her husband Joe, also an architect. She was 85. A memorial service is expected to be held late […]

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Foodie Heaven at Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz and Brooklyn Heights preservation hero Otis Pratt Pearsall were among the many who enjoyed the wide variety of delicious food and drink on offer at Brooklyn Bounty this past Thursday evening. This event, hosted by BHS with Edible Brooklyn and Brooklyn Exposed as its media partners, featured entrees, side […]

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Willowtown Fair Celebrates Preservation Pioneers and Present Day Advocates

At yesterday’s Willowtown Fair, local residents and politicos praised those who, in the past and today, have worked and are working to preserve the neighborhood’s character and scale. In the photo above, William Ringler, a member of the Board of Directors of the Willowtown Association, as well as President of the Riverside Apartments Tenants’ Association, […]

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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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Morrone, Pearsall to Speak at Bard Breakfast Wednesday

Next Wednesday, December 9, Francis Morrone, architectural historian, Brooklyn resident, and author of An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, will speak at the 2009 Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project. Mr. Morrone will be introduced by Otis Pratt Pearsall (photo), Heights resident, lawyer, and leader of the successful campaign in […]

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