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Sunday, September 15, 2019

9/11 Remembrances In Brooklyn

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS - This year marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that took the lives of 2,996 people, including 266 Brooklyn residents. Special events are planned in the borough next week to...

J’Ouvert, West Indian Day Parade Joyful Despite The Rain

CROWN HEIGHTS - The Labor Day streets of Crown Heights were jammed with people attired in elaborate and colorful costumes at the West Indian American Day Parade. The NYPD deployed a record number of officers...

Landmarked Coignet Building On Sale For $6.5M

GOWANUS - After years sitting vacant at 360 3rd Avenue, the landmarked Coignet Building is now on the market for $6.5 million. According to the Corcoran listing, the "townhouse," located at the corner of 3rd...

Battle of Brooklyn Raged at Greenwood Cemetery This Weekend

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY - During the Revolutionary War, the patriots of Brooklyn fought a pitched battle with superior British forces on what is now Green-Wood Cemetery. The mostly civilian warriors lost the battle, suffered more than...

How One New Yorker’s Legacy Helps Preserve Neglected City History

You may have heard of The Iceberg Metaphor as a way of thinking about culture -- most of what influences behavior remains hidden to others or “below the surface.” The same can be said...

Protesters Continue Fight To Save Downtown Home Of Abolitionists

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - In an effort to stall the impending demolition of 227 Duffield Street, activists are demanding the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) "calendar" a review of the house that they say belonged to...

Michelle Zassenhaus: Images Of Gowanus

GOWANUS - When I first saw Brooklyn photographer Michelle Zassenhaus’s photos, I was struck by the lived-in desolation of her work. The pieces capture so perfectly the traces people leave behind.   “I have always been...

Battle Week 2019: 243 Years Since The Battle Of Brooklyn

PARK SLOPE - The Old Stone House will commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn and celebrate "America’s path to independence" with a series of events beginning next week and running through Tuesday, August 27—the...

A Brief History Of The Bridges Over The Gowanus Canal

GOWANUS - The Gowanus Canal is an anomaly. The new buildings and hip restaurants rising alongside it strike a stark contrast with its thick industrial waters. Providing safe passage across everybody’s favorite Superfund site are...

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Presents Exhibit Protesting Sun-Blocking Towers

CROWN HEIGHTS - On Tuesday, July 30, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) debuted Fight for Sunlight, a new exhibition that addresses "an existential threat facing our Garden." The exhibit is a "grassroots effort to prevent...

Clinton Hill Street To Be Co-Named In Honor Of Walt Whitman

CLINTON HILL - The New York City Council voted last week to co-name the corner of Dekalb Avenue and Ryerson Street in honor of iconic poet and former Brooklyn resident, Walt Whitman. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,...

Noted: Longer Reads & Listens About Streets, Shores, And History

The Last Stand of Brooklyn’s Underground Railroad - A rowhouse with a storied history is facing demolition (Atlas Obscura) The Brooklyn Heights Promenade Was a Robert Moses Head Fake - Thomas J. Campanella writes in...

The Yellow Submarine of Coney Island Creek Rusts In Peace

CONEY ISLAND CREEK/GRAVESEND - Three years before the Beatles 1966 hit was released, a real-life yellow submarine was dreamed into existence in Brooklyn.  The original yellow color has now rubbed off, but the rusted...

Undesign The Redline: Exhibit Explores The History Of Redlining And Its Link To Inequalities...

GOWANUS - A traveling interactive exhibition examining the history and legacy of redlining will debut at the Old American Can Factory on Thursday, July 18. Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit and workshop that "explores...
State Sen. Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson embrace during Myrie’s inauguration at SUNY Downstate in East Flatbush (Photo: Kadia Goba/Bklyner)

Local Pols Push To Honor Medgar Evers At Central BK Subway Stations

CROWN HEIGHTS—Local lawmakers are urging the governor to sign a bill that will add Medgar Evers College to the names of two central Brooklyn subway stops. Under the proposal, two stations, Franklin Avenue and President...
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