And Now BHB is Three

Three years ago today, Brooklyn Heights Blog was born.   Thank you for reading, commenting and contributing since Day One.  Without you, we’re just a bunch of folks ranting to ourselves.

BHB is your platform as much as it is ours.  A personal note of thanks to super-commenters like Nabeguy, T.K. Small (also a contributor), AEB, Karl Junkersfeld, Publius, bornhere, lifer, GHB, Andrew Porter and the many, many others who give this site its lifesblood every single day.

When I conjured up this blog,  I never dreamed that we’d have a “staff”.  I just figured Qfwfq would make sure I didn’t crash the entire Internet with my usual “minor” alterations  and that I’d write some pithy posts and share some pictures of the neighborhood.

Now, three years on I find myself in the position of having many collaborators and friends to thank for helping to make Brooklyn Heights Blog a part of the neighborhood — Mrs. Fink for putting up with my obsession, Qfwfq who keeps things running and even after all this is still my friend, Claude Scales for being, well, Claude Scales, Sarah Portlock for giving us some “real reporting”, Marc Hermann for always being an inspiration and a great contributor, Frances Kuffel for her great columns, Diana Rosenthal for breathing life into Cobble Hill Blog everyday,  LA Slugocki for lending her special style to the blog,  Mark Joyella for his video reports and to everyone else who has posted on BHB or sent us a news tip.

In addition, thanks to Gersh Kuntzman of the Brooklyn Paper who published a BHB photo in the first week of our existence and who has been a friend ever since.  Thanks to Jonathan Butler at Brownstoner for linking to us and continuing to be an inspiration.  Hide at DUMBONYC for being a great neighbor.  William Crane and Lee Greenfeld the former owners of Magnetic Field for just being themselves.  Adam Suerte at Brooklyn Tattoo for being one of the coolest people we know despite (or because of?) the tapdancing.   Kudos to: EJ Cory, Steve Reynolds, Teddy Boy Eddie, Instaputz, Lynne Rosenberg, Jonah Eller Isaacs, Katherine Heller, Charles Star, Devon, Charlene and the rest of the Magnetic Field regulars for being the most fun people on Earth to hang out with.

Once again, thank you, our readers for your support.

Onward and upward,

Homer Fink, Publisher

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  • Lynda

    Happy BHBday, you guys and gals!

  • Faye

    Congratulations! Your success is an inspiration to all of us newcomers. Wishing you many more great years in the ‘sphere!

  • AEB

    Many congrats, BHB!

    As a relative newcomer to the burg, the blog helped me connect with my neighbors–made me feel welcome, a part of the community.

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Happy Third Birthday from one of your Ten. Made my year very sweet. Thanks.

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  • Hide

    Congrats! To many more years. See you soon.

  • keever

    Happy birthday, BHB! You continue to be a great resource for the community. Keep up the good work.

  • Andrew

    Congrats, Homer and the BHB crew.

  • alex

    Thanks for all you do.

  • Peter

    Thanks Homer and BHB, keep up the good work! BHB has become a daily treat and part of my routine, much appreciated!

  • Teddie Boy Eddie

    Hooray for Homer (and Mrs. Fink, of course … I’ll buy you a marg at Floyd when Bocce crosses paths with soccer in a few weeks time).

  • nabeguy

    Has it really been 3 years since the straps on the straightjacket came loose? Congratulations and keep up the good work…you’re all providing a very important outlet for the nabe.

  • Claude Scales

    Homer: are you implying that I’m the Manny Ramirez of the BHB team? I swear I don’t take Adderall or anything like that to try to improve my writing.

  • Lee Greenfeld

    Thanks for all the support over the last three years!!! BHB rules!!!

  • Charles Nelson Star

    Glad to have been a part of it. More years ahead!

  • Cranky

    Happy Birthday blog!!!

  • Monty

    Coincidentally, it is my daughter’s birthday today. Also, it is Barack Obama’s birthday. Truly an auspicious day.

  • Homer Fink

    I’ll post an official something about this later in the week – Sunday (8/9) at 3pm I’ll be holding court at Jack the Horse to celebrate our 3rd birthday.

    Show your support for local businesses = buy a drink at JtH and hoist ’em with me and the BHB folks. Thanks!

  • lifer

    All the best, Homer, you guys deserve it!

  • Adam Suerte

    Yeah, what Lifer said, you guys have made you mark in the neighborhood, and get better all the time..

  • Fink for Beep

    Congrats lads

  • anon

    HB#3. Out of curiousity, who are you? A google search of Homer Fink for your bio, and even your very 1st post, comes up empty. All your files at are private. Having read of you and about you (and Mrs. Fink), who is the guy behind the curtain? Sadly, as a reader, I only learned of Guskind of the Gowanus Lounge after his death and all the good work he did. On this occasion, kindly take a bow in front of the curtain.

  • Homer Fink

    Anon – I’m an open book. was my old blog, it’s now gone off to heaven for the time being. I never had “”, that another droid you’re looking at.

  • Maury Postal

    Thank you so much Homer for this amazing resource of all things BH—to another three years!

  • David on Middagh

    Thank goodness for the Brooklyn Heights Blog (and The Brooklyn Paper)!

  • anon

    Homer-nice Star Wars reference. It was just a general query about your bio and your background based simply on curiosity, which I didn’t find on the site (which is great and I’m always amazed how many people that I know read it).
    Mrs. Fink-sorry I won’t be able to make the JTH party. Mrs. Anon and I (and with Anons, Jrs.) have previously scheduled plans.

  • Homer Fink

    Anon – I’ve been doing a gradual Jonathan Brownstoner/Butler for some time now.

  • anon

    I know the website, but I don’t understand what you mean by the “gradual Jonathan Brownstoner/Butler” reference.

  • Homer Fink

    Batman/Bruce Wayne.

  • anon

    Thanks–as I’m Anon, I’m sure you can appreciate the irony of my truly not getting the reference.

    So where’s the prologue/backstory (or to follow your reference, Episode 1)? Dembin had a house, Guskind had a newspaper career, you? Don’t you think this would make an interesting post as to how it all came about? Maybe it’ll get saved for Season 4. After Guskind died, I realized I had no idea who he was or had been—it was “just a blog” and on a blog noone knows you’re a dog. Enquiring minds want to know.

    BTW, the automatic page refresh makes comment writing difficult while trying to do actual work. My draft comments disappear as I get interrupted by work calls/emails. If these jokes aren’t funny its because most of my wit disappeared and I’m too busy to recreate them again.