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Brooklyn Heights, Food

Jack The Horse Tavern Giving 10% Of Sales To Robin Hood NYC

November 6, 2012

Tim Oltmans, owner & chef of nabe fave Jack the Horse Tavern, tells BHB that the restaurant will be donating 10% of all sales to @RobinHoodNYC, through Thursday, November 9. See more about the organization here. Jack is at 66 Hicks Street @ the corner of Cranberry. If you have yet to stop by one of the Heights’ friendliest eateries—with a wondrous menu—perhaps this is the time, eh? (Photo: Claude Scales)

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Brooklyn Heights

Heights’ Halstead Realty Loads Up Moving Van Packed With Donations

November 5, 2012

Monday morning, Halstead Realty at 150 Montague Street collected a gargantuan amount of donations for those affected locally by Hurricane Sandy. The office’s Meryl Blackman calls the response “a huge success, with Heights residents’ response overwhelming! We have sent 12 fully loaded SUVs/cars to donation centers and this morning at 11, we had a professional moving van to load out a huge amount of donated supplies from our neighborhood. Police community affairs helped us, too.”

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Arts and Entertainment

So, What’s On This Weekend?

November 2, 2012

Brooklyn Bridge Park is closed until further notice. The Brooklyn Historical Society will be closed through Tuesday, November 6. Fortunately, Bargemusic didn’t sustain any serious damage, but repairs to an outside sprinkler pipe will keep it closed through this weekend. However, Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street (corner of Orange), which remained open through Sandy’s ravages thanks to the dedication of owner Kenn Lowy, will have its normal schedule of shows. Looking ahead to this coming Wednesday, November 7, the Cinema will present songs and a reading by Steve Witt from his new novel, The Street Singer. And there’s more…

The Troupers of St. Francis College will present three performances (Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.) of Yasmina Reza’s award winning play God of Carnage, about inter-domestic strife in Cobble Hill (image, taken from the Broadway production, from The New York Times. The performances will be at the College’s auditorium, 180 Remsen Street.

If you want to to help people who were affected badly by Sandy, our neighbors in Red Hook are taking donations of food and other essentials at 767 Hicks Street; for more information see here. Brooklyn Bridge Park may need additional cleanup help; watch the Park’s Facebook page for announcements. The Red Cross has other volunteer opportunities.

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Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO

How You Can Help Brooklynites Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

November 2, 2012

As we know at this point, residents of Brooklyn Heights were fortunate as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc over many other regions of the borough. If you’d like to help out those in neighborhoods that suffered great impact, info is below:

Shelter at Brooklyn Tech (entrance on South Elliott off DeKalb): To volunteer, please sign up on a daily basis. Meal times and overnight hours are most needed. Those housed there need the basics: toiletries, batteries, flashlights, papers towels, toilet paper and regular bath towels of any size. The shelter at John Jay High School needs socks and underwear.

Donations are being collected for Occupy Sandy Relief NYC for distribution to storm victims throughout NYC. See Facebook page here.

Several DUMBO retailers have suffered devastating damage, including Governor, One Girl Cookies, Aegir Board Work, PowerHouse, Galapagos Art Space, Almondine, SmackMellon, 66 Water Street Restaurant, The River Cafe and Punto Bianco. A number of residential buildings also had significant flooding and other complications from the storm, including 30 Main, 66 Water, 1 Main, 25 Washington. Many will have to rebuild substantial parts of their lobbies, basements, utilities and storage areas.

Some office buildings in DUMBO are open with full power, some with partial power and others, like 10 and 20 Jay remain closed. 10 Jay is dry but without power. 20 Jay’s the garage was flooded and is being cleaned up. Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Carousel took on a lot of water, as you saw in previous reports. To donate time or supplies, see Rebuilding DUMBO website here. Additional details on the recovery in DUMBO can be found at Email

The DUMBO Improvement District is in the process of locating spaces for companies in Brooklyn and Manhattan that are currently displaced. Contact DUMBO Startup Lab at; and Small Planet at

Borough President Marty Markowitz is offering space to displaced businesses at Borough Hall (seats, power and WiFi) for the next two weeks. To book, email Please tweet @DUMBOBID if you have space available with #sandycoworking. (Photo: doorsixteen/Instagram)

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Billionaire Trumps Joshua Rechnitz’s $40 Million BBP Donation: $100M For Central Park

October 23, 2012

Philanthropist Joshua Rechnitz’s $40 million donation for the design & construction of a 115,000-square-foot year-round, multi-use recreation facility near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 has been trumped. In April, when the Manhattan-based Founder & Chairman of the non-profit New York City Fieldhouse announced the gift, it was deemed the largest donation ever for a New York City public park.

Now, make that the second largest. The New York Times reports that Tuesday, hedge fund billionaire John A. Paulson and his Paulson Family Foundation have donated $100 million to the Central Park Conservancy, more than doubling Rechnitz’s consistently controversial Fieldhouse gift.

Paulson, a lifelong New Yorker, said that as an infant he was pushed around in a baby carriage in Central Park and that he remembers going to Bethesda Fountain as a teenager and seeing it covered in graffiti, with no water flowing. The park’s current endowment stands at $144 million. Half of Mr. Paulson’s gift will go to the endowment, while the other half will be used for capital improvements.

“Walking through the park in different seasons, it kept coming back that in my mind Central Park is the most deserving of all of New York’s cultural institutions,” he said at a news conference. “And I wanted the amount to make a difference. The park is very large, and its endowment is relatively small.”

Perhaps 50 years from now, a prominent Brooklynite will recall being strolled around Brooklyn Bridge Park as an infant and pony up $100M for its upkeep. Imagine how magnificent it will be by then. (Photo: Claude Scales)

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Plymouth Church Underground Thrift Store: Save 25% This Sunday

July 19, 2012

Bargain hunters alert: The Underground Thrift Store at Plymouth Church features 25% off all clothing beginning this Sunday, July 22. You’ll find a “curated collection of upscale and designer clothing and accessories for women, men and children,” along with collectibles for the home. Location: Upstairs at Plymouth Church, 65 Hicks Street between Orange & Cranberry streets in Brooklyn Heights. Summer hours are Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Underground Thrift donates 25% of its net proceeds to organizations that fight human trafficking and modern-day slavery. See their Facebook page here. (Photo: Brooklyn Heights Press)

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Brooklyn Heights, Events

‘Friends Of Brooklyn Heights Library’ Reignites: But There’s More To Be Done

June 8, 2012

Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library—which hosted a meeting June 5 to reinvigorate the non-profit organization—reports that the gathering fostered a new slate of Trustees, along with more than two dozen new interested attendees. “We are revitalizing,” reports an enthusiastic Deborah Hallen, who helped organize the FBHBL gathering with President Diana Prizeman.

The Friends will hold its next meeting Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library in the Heights at 280 Cadman Plaza West & Tillary Street, on the second floor youth room. All are invited to join, as it continues to ramp efforts for its community-focused mission: raising money to purchase books, furniture, audiobooks and computers (as well as their ongoing maintenance); sponsorship of author visits & events; Friday book sales; and bringing crucial library issues to the attention of the community and elected officials.

FBHBL is still in the process of launching its website, Facebook page and a dedicated newsletter. For more information on the group and its upcoming meeting, reach out to Deborah Hallen at

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