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 →

From left: Hockey analyst Stan Fischler; Bill Dutton, nephew of Red Dutton and co-owner of the Arizona Coyotes; Co-Owner of the Islanders Jon Ledecky; Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz; Steven M. Cohen; Brooklyn Historical Society VP Marcia Ely; and Lisa Cohen. Steven and Lisa Cohen encouraged the BHS to organize the event. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese

As the New York Islanders get set to open their first season on Atlantic Avenue, the Brooklyn Historical Society is presenting a new exhibit that tells the story of the first NHL franchise that tried to conquer the borough — the Brooklyn Americans. The exhibit tells the tale of the time Brooklynites experienced the heartbreak Read More →

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On June 9, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) at 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights plans to open an exhibition that explores one of Brooklyn’s oldest and most extensive infrastructure projects: its sewer system. Called “Brooklyn Sewers: What’s Up Down There?” this exhibit tells the story of the creation of the Brooklyn sewer system through a historical Read More →

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Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) will present “Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn,” a new exhibition that reveals the personal stories of Brooklyn soldiers and their families during the American Civil War. Stories are told through BHS’ extensive 19th-century photography and correspondence collections, uncovering tales that are often moving, light-hearted, and tragic at Read More →

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Piper Theatre Productions Cocktails and Cabaret Sunday, March 8. Reception at 6:45 pm; performance at 7:15 pm The Powerhouse Arena 37 Main Street, Dumbo, Bklyn General Admission: $40 “Angel” – $100 Since 2000, Piper Theatre Productions has been committed to producing innovative, risk-taking free theatre for Brooklyn’s diverse communities, introducing youth to the theatrical arts Read More →