Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center (Community Room between East & West Buildings) at Shore Hill Residence, 9000 Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Start time is 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 18
Old Bay Ridge and Ovington Village
BRHS Vice President Matthew Scarpa will present his second book on Bay Ridge entitled Old Bay Ridge & Ovington Village: A History. Matthew’s latest publication features several biographies on many prominent Bay Ridge residents of the late 19th century, including, Henry C. Murphy, E.W. Bliss, Teunis G. Bergen, Otto Heinigke, Samuel W. Thomas, and many more. Scarpa's narrative history includes the importance of Ovington Village's establishment in 1850 on Bay Ridge's identity, and the neighborhood it was to become. Books will be available for purchase.
Wednesday, April 15
Rice: A Global History
Rice has been a staple of American and international cuisines for generations. It has played an integral part in many the history of many different nations and cultures, and has also been a fundamental commodity in our ever-shrinking globalized world. Come join New York City area chef Renee Morton as she talks about the impact that rice has had on world history for nearly 1,000 years.
Wednesday, May 20
Brooklyn Heights: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America's First Suburb
Much has been written about the history of Brooklyn Heights, but BRHS member Bob Furman takes a different approach by exploring how the technological improvements of the 19th century gave rise to America’s First Suburb and very well nearly caused its demise. Along the way, he discusses many of Brooklyn Heights’ famous denizens, including Brooklyn and NYC mayor Seth Low, Henry Ward Beecher, Washington and Emily Roebling and artists such as Norman Mailer as well as the Russian spy Rudolf Abel.
Wednesday, June 17
Owl's Head and "The Bay Ridge Parkway"