Prospect Heights

Learn the ins and ‘outs’ of early baseball with talk, trolley tour at Green-Wood

Baseball historian and author Thomas W. Gilbert will visit Green-Wood Cemetery’s Historic Chapel on Sept. 26 to celebrate his newly published book “Playing First: Early Baseball Lives at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.”


Brooklyn Bookbeat: Elizabeth Gilbert saws fear in half in 'Big Magic'

Over a lifetime committed to writing, Elizabeth Gilbert has learned that engaging fear is part of the creative process. In her new book "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" (Riverhead Books) she offers tricks to make fear disappear, at least long enough to get some work done.

Gilbert will speak Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of BAM’s and Greenlight Bookstore’s Unbound literary series.  


Comptroller: Brooklyn Bridge Park might be able to issue bonds instead of building at Pier 6

The New York City Comptroller’s Office said that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) may be able to issue tax-exempt bonds through a conduit agency to finance capital improvements.

Advocates say the use of bonds could conceivably eliminate the need to build two residential towers uplands of Pier 6, a project that has generated much controversy.


Assemblymember Simon wants to hang out with you on the stoop

It’s a stoop-endous idea: Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Cobble Hill) is inviting her constituents to join her for conversations where Brooklynites traditionally hang out to chat and observe the hurly-burly of street life – on the stoop.

“Let’s assemble on the stoop!” she says in her shout-out to her Brownstone neighbors.

Simon said she wants to hear about her constituents’ concerns. “Do you have a question you’d like to ask? A topic you’d like to discuss? Here's your chance to talk directly with your Assemblymember about what matters to you.”


Judge dismisses lawsuit vs. Pierhouse development in Brooklyn Bridge Park

A Brooklyn judge on Monday dismissed the case against the Pierhouse hotel/condo development in Brooklyn Bridge Park, deeply disappointing advocates who claimed the park misled the public about the height of the project.

The Pierhouse, near Pier 1 in the park, partially disrupts the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, angering preservationists who had negotiated a lower height limit for the development.


Commodore Barry Club participates in Irish heritage event at Green-Wood

The Commodore Barry Club, a Brooklyn-based Irish-American organization, participated in the Irish Heritage Trail on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. 

Kathleen McDonough led a brief ceremony in the chapel and John Houlihan sang the Irish and American national anthems. Dr. Maureen Murphy spoke about the efforts of Asenath Nicholson’s and Horace Greely’s Irish famine relief efforts.  


Kites soar over Brooklyn Bridge Park

Beautiful warm weather on the last weekend of summer brought great community spirit to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the annual Kite Festival. Hundreds of adults and children filled the waterfront of Pier 1, families spreading back as far as the face painting booths at the top of the park lawn.

A variety of colorful kites soared high above the skyline and the wind level seemed perfect for the fun, family-friendly event… although sadly some kites were seen disappearing deep into the East River.


Sara Bareilles to discuss new book with Ben Folds at BAM

“Sounds Like Me: My Life (so far) in Song” (Simon & Schuster; Oct. 6, 2015), is a candid collection of essays by Sara Bareilles, five-time Grammy nominee. Since she first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single “Love Song,” Bareilles has riveted millions of fans around the world with her intimate voice, songs about heartache and resilience, and the spirited, anything-goes nature of her live performances.  


Local artist to speak about ‘Voyage in Visual Metaphors’ at Brooklyn Heights Library

“A Voyage in Visual Metaphors,” a show by Brooklyn Heights resident Andrew Markus Bell, will open Monday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Brach Library (280 Cadman Plaza West). His canvases will be on view until Nov. 12, 2015. The opening will constitute an “Arts Happening” with performances by Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Ann Herendeen, Porter Smith and Meirav Eytan.

The exhibition is organized by the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library, Inc., with support from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.



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