The Brooklyn Historical Society is presenting a host of programs that honor the neighborhood’s half-century anniversary as a historic landmark. Shown: a view of Montague Street in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

Nov. 23, 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of Brooklyn Heights’ designation as New York City’s first historic district. In 1965, before Brooklyn was the brand and borough it is today, its waterfront district was at risk of being razed. A dedicated group of community activists took action, arguing that the neighborhood they loved was of historical Read More →

Brooklyn Bridge. Eagle file photo by Mary Frost

Deep in the archives of the original Brooklyn Daily Eagle is an article written in 1884 on the Dutch town of Breuckelen by a “special correspondent” traveling through Holland. In 1643, the Dutch settled in what is now Brooklyn and called the region “Breuckelen” settlement, named after the aforementioned town in the Netherlands. Breuckelen was Read More →

Bettina WitteVeen walks reporters through her installation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's hospital called “When We Were Soldiers … once and young.” Eagle photos by Lore Croghan of art by Bettina WitteVeen

War is hell. For the first time, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is opening its mysterious, decaying pre-Civil War hospital to an artist. “When We Were Soldiers … once and young” is German-born conceptual artist and social activist Bettina WitteVeen’s site-specific installation of devastating war photos she found in historic archives and sculptures shaped like crosses. Read More →