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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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Explore Brooklyn Bridge’s Literary Legacy Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, June 24, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy presents “My Hand In Yours, Walt,” in which Poet, Adam Fitzgerald, leads a literary walk that examines the legacy and connections of Brooklyn Bridge’s shadow within the work of Hart Crane and Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop, and Marianne Moore. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. […]

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Literary Tour in Brooklyn Bridge Park Wednesday Evening

Update: the tour has been cancelled. “My Hand in Yours, Walt” will be “a literary walk through the legacy of the Brooklyn Bridge in works by Whitman, Crane, Bishop, and Moore” this Wednesday evening, September 17, starting at 6:30 at the entrance to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park (near the foot of Old Fulton Street). […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

PS 8’s annual Paddlewheeler Block Party is this Saturday, June 7, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Poplar Street between Henry and Hicks streets. It’s your, and your kids’, chance to meet Elsa the Snow Queen and Anna from Frozen. There will be a bouncy castle, a magic show, face and hair painting, an obstacle […]

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Opening Day Poem for Derek Jeter

Just in time for Opening Day, Yankee fans from Brooklyn Heights and beyond wax poetic about Captain Derek Jeter in a revamped version of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!” directed by BHB’s Heather Quinlan. (Who would like it to be known that she is a Mets fan.) Featuring scenes from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Grace […]

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Philip Levine, Poet, on Living in Brooklyn Heights

Philip Levine, Poet Laureate of the U.S. for 2011-2012 (poets laureate are appointed for two year terms) divides his time between California and Brooklyn Heights, but as he says in the video you can see after the jump, Brooklyn is what he calls home. The video, published by the Cortland Review, starts in Levine’s residence, […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Step out into the cool(er) evening air and do some stargazing this Saturday (June 1) evening at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, starting at 8:00. Feel like making some music? The Sing For Hope pianos will be available this Saturday through Sunday, June 16. In our area, pianos can be found at Pier 1, Brooklyn […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions

Theater 2020 will present a free reading of Oscar Wilde’s (photo) renowned romantic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in the first floor auditorium of the endangered Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West (at Tillary Street) on Saturday afternoon (March 30) starting at 1:30 p.m. Wilde, it seems, was […]

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More Morning Walk Photos

The communications tower atop the new One World Trade Center is taking shape, as it approaches its maximum height of 1,776 feet. Note the copper-patina bluish green spire of 40 Wall Street directly in front of it. This was taken from Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Duck paddling in the water next to Pier 5. […]

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Birthplace of Whitman’s ‘Leaves Of Grass,’ Cranberry & Fulton, 1949

This sketch of the “Birthplace of Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’” depicts the corner of Cranberry & Fulton streets (which is now along Cadman Plaza West heading to Old Fulton Street) dated September 11, 1949. It is signed by Josephine Barry. Legend has it that the red brick print shop in Brooklyn Heights where Walt […]

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