The conception and development of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) has been nothing short of transformational, inspirational and international in impact. But the park development, through the initial stages, has been tough on historic Brooklyn Heights. Most residents of Brooklyn Heights treasure the uniqueness of their community and recognize the priceless value of their historic status..
Author: Sam Howe
A neighbor who has called the Heights home since 1971 sends along the following observations. Let us now praise unsung heroes for their superior intelligence, pure hearts and prescient persistence. Two examples are Otis Pearsall and Scott Hand, who have written an account called “The origins of Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1986-1988.” Requiring intelligence and persistence..
Finally, after all these years, the 1907 Brooklyn Daily Eagle BridgeCrush March is heard live by a 21st Century audience in Brooklyn Heights. Written at the turn of the last century by William E. Slafer, bandmaster of Slafer’s Brooklyn Marine Band, the ominously-titled march could have been simply paying homage to the daily ‘crush’ of..
Here’s a riddle that has, for some of us, a simple answer. A full-service hospital that loses money—and loses money big-time if run inefficiently—happens to sit on some prime real estate in Brooklyn. What should be done? The hospital site also borders two of the healthiest, wealthiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. There is a prime opportunity..
By Sam Howe, Brooklyn Daily Eagle All of New York knows the comforting, sonorous voice ofTom Stewart, the station announcer for Thirteen. But he is also a beloved fixture at home in Brooklyn Heights, where he lives a couple of octaves down from his wifeMaureen Kelley Stewart, an acclaimed cabaret singer. And, yes, as trained singers,..
By Sam Howe, Brooklyn Daily Eagle A friend who recently divorced now has evenings free and has been hoping to try an experiment. That is, to pay tribute to Brooklyn’s extraordinary BAM by dropping by every night, believing that SOMETHING interesting or inspiring will be offered. Said friend sent the following notes on BAM’s popular “Eat,..
When a civic association celebrates “83 years of democracy in action”, it’s a testament to the strength of the association that many of its leaders have been around for that long. Well, not quite that long. Last Thursday the Dyker Heights Civic Association honored James F. Clark at its annual Testimonial Dinner at Sirico’s on..
Native sons and daughters of Brooklyn who have moved up and out to fame and fortune in the entertainment industry are legendary. Think Barbara Streisand, Danny Kaye and Mary Tyler Moore, the Neils ( Diamond and Sedaka) just to name a few who did not return to live here. But one show biz family, though..
The venerable man of letters, Dr. Samuel Johnson, said in 18th century England, “Men need not be told as much as reminded…” One interpretation is that educated people of good will know what should and shouldn’t be done, but often — human nature being what it is — they need to be reminded.
Notify NYC, the city’s official hotline, sent email warnings early today (Thursday) about temperatures between 100 and 110 F. Outdoor events all over the borough and beyond were being cancelled via email. Bay Ridge-based Narrows Botanical Garden cancelled their outdoor film program tonight. A group in influential lawyers who hoped to sneak away to a..