Come to the Center for Brooklyn History


The Brooklyn Public Library’s Center for Brooklyn History has two exciting public programs coming up this month. Both will be virtual only, as CBH’s space at 128 Pierrepont Street is undergoing renovations. It should be ready to host public programs next spring.

This Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., CBH will present “Rescued from Obscurity: Sam Roberts on the Remarkable New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of.” Among those that Mr. Roberts, a veteran New York Times reporter, will discuss are

[t]the woman who successfully sued a bus company for racial discrimination a century before Rosa Parks; the caretaker turned real estate entrepreneur who gave Harlem its [sic] Black identity; the Jewish constable who defined the city’s police.

Pamela Newkirk, “a multifaceted scholar who has published a variety of books that present multidimensional portraits of African-American life,” will join Mr. Roberts to lead the discussion. To attend, please register here.

On Tuesday, November 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., CBH will present “Sewers: Messages from the Underground,” a discussion moderated by Jessica Leigh Hester, a journalist who “especially enjoys[s] reporting on ecology and waste” and is the author of Sewer. She will be joined by a distinguished group of civil engineers, urban administrators and environmentalists to discuss “fatbergs, microplastics, Covid sampling and advanced wastewater technology, [that] will forever change the way you think about what happens in our sewers. To participate in the discussion, please register here.

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