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Must-See Brooklyn Heights

by Peter Terzian, Harrison Peck and Andrew Rosenberg, 03/05/2014 [Updated 02/17/2016]

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  • Brooklyn Historical Society
    126 Pierrepont St., 718-222-4111
    Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of the borough's 400-year history. The rust-colored brick building, designed by George Post and opened in 1881, sits on the corner of Pierrepont and Clinton Streets; its terra-cotta ornamentation and stained-glass skylight are but a few details that make the place a neighborhood—as well as a national—architectural landmark. But this is not just a building with its relevance only in the past; BHS remains an active cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. Tour the array of short- and long-term exhibitions that explore Brooklyn’s art, culture and influence, or just spend some contemplative hours in the quiet, wood-columned library, perusing local maps and historical volumes. —Andrew Rosenberg

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