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LANDMARK NABES at the Brooklyn Historical Society!

Those who've gone on my Brooklyn Heights NORTH walking tour have seen the impressive terra-cotta-ornamented facade of this building, but now it's time to go inside!

We'll be attending a moderated discussion on the landmarked neighborhoods of Brooklyn, called "The Landmarks of New York: Now and in the Future".

Here's what the site says: "Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy – just four of the landmark neighborhoods in the Borough of Kings. What stories do they tell about the preservation movement, and what’s next? Former Landmarks Commissioner Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel moderates a discussion with Otis Pearsall, Beverly Spatt, Simeon Bankoff followed by the opening reception of the exhibit, Landmarks of New York."

This is a FREE PROGRAM, but you must rsvp on their site. Just rsvping here isn't enough. You can do this at

There is also our own $1 meetup fee, payable to the Meetup organizer, me.

How to meet us: We're meeting at 5:30m in the space where the talk is held, the Great Hall,  for a 6pm talk; they may not seat until 5:45. Join us there or else on line waiting to get into that space. I will be holding a handwritten sign that says MEETUP.

The Brooklyn Historical Society was founded in 1863 as the Long Island Historical Society and is located in a gorgeous landmarked building in beautiful Brooklyn Heights.


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  • Cynthia

    Good presentation on how Brooklyn Heights became the city's first historic district and continuing challenges involved in preserving buildings and neighborhoods. Enjoyed dinner afterwards.

    November 10, 2013

  • Bradley

    I'm glad that I realized that the meetup was a few hours after a meeting that I had to attend at LIU Brooklyn just a few blocks away.
    I killed a bit of time at the Transit Museum, wandered around Fulton Mall and Cadmon Plaza and finally made it to the BHS about an hour before the meetup. I toured the exhibition waiting for the panel to begin
    The panel was extremely interesting to me given the fact that I live Astoria, Queens--a neighborhood that is being destroyed by greedy developers. Unfortunately, Astoria isn't simply being gentrified. It is being suburbanized. High rents, national chains replacing locals. This being New York City, who eats at Subway, Papa John's, or Dominoes? Two family homes are being replaced by 6, 7 and 8 story apartment buildings. The local color has changed dramatically to the extent that I'm thinking of leaving the neighborhood.
    This meetup demonstrated that it might be possible to reverse this or, at least, slow it down.

    November 8, 2013

    • Donna T.

      I totally agree with you Bradley. My beloved neighborhood is being ransacked by developers who have taken over Second Avenue and every tenement bldg 4-5 story loft like apartments are being bought out left and right. I am holding in there. The nabe is for the rich now..But is people like me who have fought for the green areas and I don't feel like I am ready to leave just now.

      November 9, 2013

  • Donna T.

    I always love these meet-ups. Great in to be back in Bklyn Heights again with Linda and Cynthia. It was a nice panel, but had ahard time hearing some of the great points that were being made by these long time residents and their loyalty to the land marking of this historical neighborhood. Always love catching up after the event with Linda and last night Cynthia long catch up chat on everything. Love it!

    November 8, 2013

  • Linda

    Great to see Donna, Cynthia, and Bradley at last night's BHS talk. Three of us went out to dinner afterwards on Montague Street and discussed what we had heard. Of the three speakers, I most liked Otis Pearsall, who recounted some of the work those original pioneers had to do to get Brooklyn Heights declared the city's first historic district. I would have preferred if the rest of the evening were more of that. In fact, the greater part was about the challenges being made to landmarking. Still, I always enjoy meeting our members and seeing a great space, like the Brooklyn Historical Society.

    November 8, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Got my tickets all set to go. See you then>

    November 6, 2013

  • Cynthia

    I have a confirmed reservation. See you there.

    November 6, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Got ticketed so see you there...Sounds Like a happening.

    November 4, 2013

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