Open Thread Wednesday 12/23/09

Photo by Mrs. Fink

Photo by Mrs. Fink

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  • Teresa

    The black and white cat found in Downtown Brooklyn last month is once again looking for a home. Her foster mother is moving out of state in early January, so Miss Kitty–female, older, declawed–needs a permanent or temporary home. She has yet to be tested for feline diseases, so she would need to be a single cat, or kept separated from other cats until I can get her tested.

    If you or anyone you know can help, please get in touch. Thanks–teresa[at]brooklynbackstretch[dot]com. She is sweet and affectionate and very happy to be off the streets; she also got on fine with the dog in the home of the people who rescued her.

  • GHB

    Neighbors were pretty good (for the most part) about cleaning their sidewalks after the recent snow storm. Thank you! Anyone notice that the city didn’t get onto the Promenade yet? Fine by me, I like to walk on the snow. Just yesterday, they did dump piles of salt at each entrance. Piles of salt that will now sit for ages until it dissolves. Great for the environment. Idiots!

  • AAR

    Piles of salt also terrible for dogs’ feet. Thanks to NYC and to the Watchtower dogs are hobbling around BH.

  • x

    My building’s heat is not on and I’m freezing here.

  • Billy Reno

    Preheat your oven to broil 500 degrees. After 5 minutes, open the door and feel the warm rush of love.

  • GHB

    AAR, I bought these boots for my dog called PAWZ. They stay on, the dog can walk with them, and they keep all the chemicals and salt off his feet. Definitely a worthwhile purchase!

  • No One of Consequence

    x, you’ll get a lot of good suggestions on this blog, but probably the most effective would be to call your landlord, then 311.

  • AEB

    ….just don’t peer too closely into that preheated 500-degree oven when its door is opened, x, unless complete facial depilation is a goal….

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Happy Holidays to Homer, Claude, Mrs Fink and the cast and crew of the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

  • alex

    Just wanted to report that work has being done at two of the vacant stores on Columbia Place: one looks like it’ll be the doctor’s office that others have reported is moving in, and the second is the Italian restaurant opening in the corner lot who knows when (judging by the interior, it’s still got a while).

  • my2cents

    GHB I want to also give a shout out to everyone in the nabe who did such a good job clearing their sidewalks! Walking around has been super easy! I just wanted to say something nice for a change.:-)

  • Claude Scales

    Thanks, Melanie. I’m wishing you a happy and prosperous 2010.

  • nabeguy

    I strongly recommend mason’s sand over rock salt or calcium chloride pellets as an environmentally friendly alternative. I recently had my entire sidewalk repaved, and the contractor mandated sand in order to maintain the warranty, as salt and pellets are corrosive. At first I was dubious, but, in the immortal words of Ronco, it really really woks! And at a 1/3 the price. And it won’t leach into your shoes or leave stains on our floor.

  • cat

    nabeguy, where did you purchase your sand?–for future reference.

  • nabeguy

    Loews or Home Depot should have it. You can find it right next to the Quik-crete cement. One caveat…the sand doesn’t actually melt the ice/snow, so you still must shovel. The sand will bond with the remaining residue in such a way as to create a non-slip surface. It’s sold in 50 lb bags, which should be enough to cover a 25 ft wide sidewalk and it’s about $3.00 a bag.