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Friends of Brooklyn Heights Branch Library to hold 20th Anniversary gala fundraiser

The Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library will hold its 20th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser to raise funds for the collection on Monday, Oct. 21. The Gala will honor Evan Hughes, the Brooklyn-based author of “Literary Brooklyn,” which explores the borough’s development through the eyes of some of its greatest writers. There will be a short performance by local jazz pianist, Pat Wallace, as well as a talk led by Mr. Hughes in the auditorium, followed by a reception with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a local student playing chamber music and a book signing.


Carroll Gardens resident to celebrate her 80th birthday with parachute jump

Earlier this year, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle featured an article about Carroll Gardens grandmother Carolyn Meiselbach, who parachuted from a plane 13,500 feet off the ground in upstate Gardiner, N.Y.

On Oct. 26, to celebrate her 80th birthday, Meiselbach will tandem-jump again from the same location near New Paltz. This time, she will be part of a group of about 15 “Ethical Eagles” representing the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.


Boaters want to help landlubbers survive the next storm

The crew of the Mary A. Whalen started storm preparations four days before Hurricane Sandy was expected to strike last October. An elementary school class had just finished its visit when the crew began clearing the deck and securing dock lines.


‘What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?’

When David Harris-Gershon’s wife Jamie was severely injured in the 2002 bombing at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he was devastated, confused and angry. The two friends with whom his wife had been sitting were killed instantly, and Jamie was thrown across the room, her body burned and sliced with shrapnel. In a desperate attempt to alleviate his secondary trauma, Harris-Gershon resolved to confront the incident by investigating it.


Grande Dame of historical buildings now more seductive to public visits

History lives at 128 Pierrepont St. – and now a new gift shop, classroom and galleries will make it more consumer-friendly.

A two-year renovation of the Brooklyn Historical Society's headquarters building has turned underused ground-floor and lower-level rooms into a public-event space that seats 200 people, a gallery where BHS's copy of the Emancipation Proclamation is on display and more.


City pushes ahead with controversial plan for homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens

More than 1,000 residents of Carroll Gardens have signed a petition against a homeless shelter for 170 single men planned for their neighborhood, while officials from Community Board 6 say they are shocked that the city has ignored every one of their objections to the plan.


Futuristic automatic pay toilet coming to Downtown Brooklyn

A “cutting-edge” automatic public toilet (APT) is coming to Downtown Brooklyn.

The box-shaped automatic john, to be installed on Tillary Street outside of Cadman Plaza Park, will cost 25 cents for a 15-minute session. The metallic unit is produced by Cemusa, the same company that sells advertisements on New York City’s bus stands and news kiosks.


Protection of witness not a valid reason to revoke defendant’s bail, judge rules

The District Attorney’s office is not permitted to revoke a defendant’s bail on the sole grounds that it is protecting a trial witness, a Brooklyn Criminal Court judge ruled this month.

Joshua Sanchez was arrested in July and was released on bail pending trial. An order of protection was issued against Sanchez as a condition of his bail, preventing him contacting a trial witness. The witness told a social worker that Sanchez had been calling and harassing her in violation of her protection order.


Watchtower Tunnels: Mysterious, lingering remnants of a ministerial Heights presence

The Watchtower tunnels are for real – and the city collects thousands of dollars each year for their use, Department of Finance records reveal.

The underground pedestrian passageways connecting the Brooklyn Heights headquarters buildings of the Jehovah's Witnesses are a long-standing subject of speculation among neighborhood residents who aren't members of the religious organization.


Brooklyn swimming pool to double as skating rink

 Now that summer is over, a Brooklyn swimming pool will be put to a new use: An ice skating rink.

The rink at McCarren Park Pool will open on Nov. 15. It's located on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border.

The New York Times reports that it will be northern Brooklyn's first ice-skating rink on parks land, and only a handful in the borough.

The rink also will have a gift market and food carts.

It can accommodate about 300 skaters but is not large enough for hockey league play.



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