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Anita Yglesias, 86, Held Leading Roles in Grace Church

Anita Nieto Yglesias. Photo by Franklin Stone.


By Francesca Norsen Tate

Anita Nieto Yglesias, long active in Grace Church-Brooklyn Heights, died unexpectedly on December 22. She was 86 and had lived in Brooklyn, raising her family, for all of her life.

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Diane May, Educator, Active In North Heights, Dies at 78

Diane May on the Brooklyn Bridge. Courtesy of May family.

Diane May of Brooklyn Heights, a former high school teacher who was active in St. Charles Borromeo Church and North Heights affairs, died December 24 at the age of 78.

She had been a history teacher at New Utrecht High School, a teacher of English as a second language at Washington Irving High School, and assistant director of student information services in the city’s Board of Education. At St. Charles, besides being a member of the parish council, she was a religious education instructor. She also served on the board of Cadman Plaza North.

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Brooklyn Heights in the News

The Brooklyn Paper reports several new restaurants to open in the New Year, The NY Times profiles Jed Walentas of Two Trees Management, and the Observer notes actress Amy Ryan is moving to the Heights.

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Neighbors, Family Mourn Heights Ad Executive Killed in Tragic Elevator Accident

Emergency personnel on Wednesday gather outside of the Manhattan office building where a Brooklyn Heights woman was killed when her foot or leg became caught in an elevator’s closing doors. AP Photo.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Friends and family gathered Thursday at the State Street brownstone that was the home of Suzanne Hart, the advertising executive who was killed Wednesday in a tragic elevator accident at her Madison Avenue office building.

She became caught as its doors were closing and was dragged as it shot upward, crushing her to death between floors. Two other people who got on just before looked on in horror as she was killed.

She and her boyfriend, Chris Dickson, were together for more than five years and had lived together in several locations, the last of which was in Brooklyn Heights. They moved from Greenwich Village several months ago, partially because they knew that in Brooklyn they would be able to have a garden.

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Idyllic Years of Childhood In Prewar Brooklyn Heights

By Henrik Krogius

Upstairs/Downstairs keeps exerting an appeal. To be fully middle class was to have a live-in maid. A rung above that meant having two or more servants. Alice Davidson Outwater, growing up in Brooklyn Heights before World War II, enjoyed both comfort and glimpses into the lives of servants, as she tells in 82 Remsen Street, a collection of reminiscences that were published in monthly installments by the Brooklyn Heights Press before and after the turn of the millennium.

The charm of the book is that the author stays true to the awareness and judgments of the child. Whether her prosperous lawyer father fulminated against “that man” in the White House or supported the New Deal, we can only guess at. Politics, and the travails of the Depression, were outside the concern of the young girl. Not that she was oblivious to sights of poverty — a vegetable seller’s malnourished horse collapsing on Montague Street or a band of rag-tag gypsies parked under Brooklyn Bridge – but she witnessed these with a childish detachment that she doesn’t try to excuse or varnish over.

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Heights Players’ Free Shows For Seniors

Concerned that many seniors were having a hard time finding affordable entertainment close to home, longtime Heights Players member Bill Wood proposed to the theater company’s executive committee that seniors who are members of the Jubilee Center be invited free to brush-up performances of coming shows.

The suggestion was taken, and the seniors can attend the brush-up performances that take place one Thursday each month at the Heights Players, 26 Willow Place. Limited to Jubilee members only.

In addition, Heights Players cast will hold readings at the Jubilee Senior Center, 55 Pierrepont Street, one day every other month, dates and times to be announced.

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