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Historian Ron Chernow, author of the biography "Alexander Hamilton," and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director at the Public Theater, the theater that first launched Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton," chat with "The New Yorker's" Rebecca Mead about the complexities of staging history.

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Calendar of Programs



Ice Cream!Brooklyn Screams for Ice Cream!

Thu, Jul 28, 7 pm
$12/$8 for BHS and G-W Members
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Ice cream is having a “Brooklyn moment.” Join some of the borough’s top ice cream makers for a look at the history, mechanics, and future of ice cream cones, sundaes, and sandwiches in Brooklyn. Moderated by historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman.

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Brainery.



Do the Right ThingBrooklyn on Screen: Do the Right Thing

Mon, Aug 1, 7 pm
From the Coney Island boardwalk to the brownstones of Bed-Stuy, the County of Kings has served as the set for numerous iconic films throughout the years. We're teaming up with Brooklyn Based to give our favorite borough a starring role in this summer film series, kicking off with Spike Lee’s seminal Do the Right Thing, which finds racial and ethnic tensions rising in Bed-Stuy on the hottest day of the year. Slate’s Kristen Meinzer and Newsday’s Rafer Guzman introduce the film.

Presented with: Brooklyn Based

Custard provided by: Shake Shack logo


Tales from the VaultTales from the Vault: The Skeletons in Our Closets

Wed, Aug 3, 6:30 pm
$5/Free for BHS and G-W Members
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BHS Reference Librarian Joanna Lamaida and Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar Anna Schwartz dust off some of BHS’s best kept collections secrets (skeletons included) and uncover treasures from the former Long Island Historical Society’s cabinet of curiosities. And what about those tales of meteors, amulets, and runaway librarians? Lamaida and Schwartz debunk or corroborate some of the library’s most notorious myths.

Pizza!Brooklyn Pizza: The Search for Authenticity

Thu, Aug 4, 7 pm
$12/$8 for BHS and G-W Members
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Who makes the most authentic pizza in New York City? Explore the debate with pizza historian Scott Wiener and a panel of Brooklyn's top pizza makers, including a classic old-school slice shop, a historic coal-fired pizza parlor, a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria, and a new-school pie innovator. Slice into issues of tradition, authenticity, and perception in the contemporary food landscape!

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Brainery.

MoonstruckBrooklyn on Screen: Moonstruck

Mon, Aug 8, 7 pm
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BHS’s own neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, is the stage for Cher’s Academy Award-winning performance in Norman Jewison’s classic 1987 romantic comedy. Grab a Brooklyn Brewery beer, then sit back and enjoy the magic and larger-than-life romance that blossoms in the streets of Moonstruck’s Brooklyn! Slate’s Kristen Meinzer and Newsday’s Rafer Guzman introduce the film.

Presented with: Brooklyn Based

Custard provided by: Shake Shack logo

Roxane Gay and Dodai StewardMoving Through This World: A Conversation with Roxane Gay

Tue, Aug 9, 7 pm
$15/$5 for BHS and G-W Members
Best-selling author, editor, professor, cultural commentator, "bad" feminist, and Magic Mike evangelist, Roxane Gay is one of the most admired thinkers on race, gender, and sexuality of our time. Her writings on topics like intersectionality and privilege illuminate and inspire, and her take on our favorite movies and TV shows both provoke and delight. Her work examines how we all move through this world in our bodies, as humans, women, people of color, gay, straight, large, or small.

Join us for this special conversation, led by Dodai Stewart, former deputy editor of Jezebel and current Executive Editor of

Presented in partnership:

BHS & Ms. Foundation

Crown HeightsCrown Heights Encounters: Listening Back, Moving Forward

Wed, Aug 10, 6:30 pm
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Twenty-five years after the August 1991 Crown Heights riot, BHS, in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Brooklyn Movement Center, gathers for an evening to reflect on the history and future of Crown Heights. Featuring a performance, oral history presentation, and a panel discussion moderated by Inside City Hall host and CNN contributor Errol Louis, the three-part program will explore the multi-storied past of the neighborhood, including issues of ethnic relations, racial justice, and urban renewal that continue to shape the lives of its residents today.

The WarriorsBrooklyn on Screen: The Warriors

Mon, Aug 15, 7 pm
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The last in our series of films starring Brooklyn takes us to Coney Island, home turf of the rough and tumble gang that is the namesake of this fantasy thriller. Shot almost completely on location in the streets and subways of NYC during the summer of 1978, this cult classic will give you a glimpse into a Brooklyn of the past.

Presented with: Brooklyn Based

Custard provided by: Shake Shack logo

Revolution and Emotion1776: Revolution and Emotion with Historian Nicole Eustace

Thu, Aug 18, 6:30 pm
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As we approach the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, NYU Professor of History Nicole Eustace, author of Passion is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution, will look at the pivotal role of emotion in reshaping power relations and reordering society in the critical decades leading up to the Revolution.

Offered in partnership with the Old Stone House and Green-Wood Cemetery as part of Battle Week.

Brooklyn Heights Tours

Big Onion Brooklyn Heights TourHistoric Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Explore New York City’s first Landmark District on a special tour co-sponsored by Big Onion and BHS! End your excursion at BHS, where you'll receive free admission and a behind-the-scenes look at our magnificent 1881 building. Check out the schedule of upcoming tours HERE and start planning your next Brooklyn adventure!Big Onion


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Bank of AmericaPublic Programs are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Bank of America. 

Additonal funding provided by The Agnes Varis Trust.