Malcolm Chesney Helped Save Brooklyn Heights When Robert Moses Wanted to Level It

We have it on good authority that the dude in the tri-corner hat will be at Professor Thom's.Photo: Getty Images

Malcolm Chesney, who, as an executive for the old Brooklyn Union Gas, pushed the renewal of Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope in the sixties and seventies through the company’s Cinderella Program, has died at 87. Can you believe there ever was a time when people were fleeing Brooklyn and you actually had to make promotional films to get people interested in brownstones, or that Robert Moses almost razed a historic part of Brooklyn Heights? It happened, and this guy is a big part of why that era seems almost unbelievable today. [Brooklyn Eagle]