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History St Augustine's via wiki
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Time is running out. Recently we reported that the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) decided to address its backlog of landmark status requests for nearly 100 city sites by holding a series of hearings this fall. On October 8, the LPC will consider granting protected status to seven Brooklyn locations — including St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church…

History Flashback Friday: Trio Nabbed At Bar Brawl
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This image was taken in a precinct house after three adolescent boys cut a bartender with a piece of broken glass after being refused service at Kerrigan’s Bar in Park Slope way back on October 9, 1954. Original caption: “Trio Nabbed In Bar Brawl.” L-R: James Blatz, 19, of 343 15th St.; Patrick McCarthy, 18,…

Events Battle of Brooklyn re-enactment at Green-Wood Cemetery via Green-Wood Cemetery
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239 years ago, our forefathers fought the British in the first major battle of the Revolutionary War, The Battle of Brooklyn. And even though we lost the battle, we won the war, so celebrate our revolutionary history with a week of events throughout the borough commemorating the historic battle. Saturday, August 22, 10am Prison Ships…

History Photo via Brooklyn Visual Heritage
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This image is from a the Brooklyn-Queens YMC Field Day in Prospect Park in 1954. Original caption: “There’ll be pie in the eye bye and bye.” We don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t mind having more pie eating contests like this in the neighborhood! The image is part of the Brooklyn Collection at the…

Destinations View from Center Drive. Photo by Shannon Geis / Park Slope Stoop
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Did you know that roughly 2,000 people are buried in Prospect Park? If you head down West Drive, just past the 15th Street entrance to Center Drive, you will see the entrance to a private cemetery that has been there since before the park was built. But if you aren’t looking for it, it’s easy…

Art & Music Jennifer Dalton's piece, Your Name Here, which features one year of credit card offers. (Photo via Old Stone House)
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A new exhibit at the Old Stone House called “In Search of One City: Sensing (In)equality” explores artists’ roles in navigating and mitigating income inequality. The title of the exhibit is loosely based on Mayor de Blasio’s campaign phrase and recognizes that artists have long been offering creative interpretations of the issue of inequality. The…

History Photo via Brooklyn Visual Heritage
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The original caption for this image: “One way to beat the heat is to go fishing, as these Park Slope youngsters demonstrate at Abraham & Straus fishing contest which opened today in Prospect Park.” We agree that fishing is still a great way to spend a summer day! The image is part of the Brooklyn…

Events brownstones on 8th street in park slope
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Curious about the history of our fine neighborhood? Go on a historic walking tour on Sunday, August 9th with Forgotten NY’s Kevin Walsh and explore the wonderful history and architecture of the neighborhood, including a Second Empire music school and a Revolutionary War burial site. Kevin Walsh, who grew up in Bay Ridge but now…

Art & Music Photo by Debra Van Enkenvoort
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Have you noticed people working on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza this week? That’s because the NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) is preserving the bronze statues on the arch thanks to financial support from Richard J. Schwartz and the David Schwartz Foundation. Brooklyn’s triumphal arch commemorates Union forces…

History Photo via Dianna D'Amico
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This week’s flashback photo has been sent in by neighbor Dianna D’Amico of her grandparents and great aunts and uncles, Vinny and Rita D’Amico, Tony and Ellen Maganelli, and Mary and Sal DeAngelo, who all lived in Park Slope. Dianna says, “The reason I have such a love for Brooklyn, and in particular Park Slope,…

Art & Music fort greene park
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Looking for a way to get away without the hassle of taking a trip? Brooklyn Staycation is your guide to taking a breather without ever leaving the borough. Each week, we will zoom in on different Brooklyn neighborhood. Today, we will take you on a walk through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout. Check out…

History Photo by Lisanne
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The Church of the Redeemer on 4th Avenue and Pacific Street is scheduled to be demolished this fall according to a sign posted on a construction fence. The 149-year-old church, which was built in 1866, served a congregation of immigrants from the Caribbean and West Indies until the Long Island Episcopal Diocese decided to close it in 2010. The…

History Photo by Anders Goldfarb
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We love looking back at the neighborhood in years past. Here is a photo of 7th Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets around 1978 during what appears to be a street fair. Check out all of the old shop signs! The image is part of the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library and you…

History Brooklyn Lyceum angle
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Brooklyn Lyceum will officially become a gym, thanks to approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, according to YIMBY. The gym will reportedly be operated by Blink Fitness. When the building was designated as an individual landmark in 1984, it was as “Public Bath No. 7.” However, in the 1930s, it was made into a…

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