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R.I.P. Martin Schneider, Brooklyn Heights Preservation Pioneer

We are greatly saddened to learn, thanks to the Brooklyn Heights Association, of the passing of Martin Schneider. Marty, a TV producer and Heights resident, was, along with Otis and Nancy Pearsall and others, a strong participant in the battles to save Brooklyn Heights, first from plans to put the BQE through the Heights, then […]

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Did Robert Moses “Head Fake” Brooklyn Heights?

The received wisdom is that Robert Moses was determined to route the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through Brooklyn Heights, following the route of Hicks Street, staying roughly on the course it had taken through Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, but that heroic resistance by Heights residents convinced him to try the innovative plan (where have we heard […]

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Is The Brooklyn Heights Historic District a Mistake? Heights Resident Sandy Ikeda Thinks So

Sandy Ikeda is a professor of economics at SUNY Purchase, and a resident of Brooklyn Heights. He’s also a very personable and bright guy, as your correspondent can attest, having gone on two Jane’s Walks through the Heights that he led, one several years ago and one this April. On each occasion he showed extensive […]

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Society

It’s a busy week coming at the Brooklyn Historical Society. At 6:30 on Monday evening, May 1, there’s a program for two wheel enthusiasts, “Bike Month: A Conversation with Paul Steely White and Mark Gorton.” White is Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and Gorton is founder and publisher of Streetsblog and Streetfilms. Admission is $5, […]

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Robert Furman’s Brooklyn Heights is a Trove of Information

Robert Furman’s (with contributions of photographs of historic Brooklyn Heights buildings by Brian Merlis) Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb is a massive–471 pages–attempt to encompass all that is significant in the history of our neighborhood. The subtitle provides a narrative arc, though an inverted one. It begins with a […]

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BHB Exclusive: Q & A with Martin Hale & Lori Schomp of People for Green Space

Over the past few weeks BHB sat down with Martin Hale and Lori Schomp, local residents best known for their campaign to prevent the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation from erecting two large residential towers on BBP’s Pier 6. People for Green Space, and their public presence, Save Pier 6, burst onto the scene in April […]

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Henrik Krogius Talks About His New Book About the Creation of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade [Video]

A new book ,“The Brooklyn Heights Promenade,” by long-time Brooklyn Heights Press editor Henrik Krogius has prompted the Schneider/Junkersfeld team to produce a lively and informative video about one of New York’s major tourist destinations. The video features Krogius and numerous images that tell the complex story of one of our neighborhood’s prize treasures. Henrik’s […]

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The South Heights

Part of the south side of Brooklyn Heights–the intersection of Hicks and State streets is at the lower left–as seen from the LICH parking garage. In 1956 Robert Moses deemed this area a slum, and wanted to bulldoze it and replace it with high-rise luxury housing ($60 a room!), but, as with his initial plan […]

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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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Promenade is 60 Tomorrow

The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, or at least the portion of it from Remsen to Clark Streets, was first opened to the public on October 7, 1950, sixty years ago tomorrow. Henrik Krogius, Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn Heights wouldn’t be the same without the Promenade; yet it’s really only by chance that it ever got built. […]

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