Open Thread Wednesday 3/17/10

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  • Brooklyn1

    The old police station on 72 Poplar is back up for sale. Looks like the owners will not be heading back to the Lanmarks Preservation Commission with updated designs. It is too bad that yet another project in Brooklyn Heights will be in a holding pattern. At least when the current owner was trying to present designs for the building there was hope something would get done.
    Does anyone know if the current owner, Regal Investments, ever actually got the zoning changed to residential or does a new buyer have to start from the begining?
    Any update on the 20 Henry litigation?

  • Remsen

    On the making due with what is next door topic (lack of fun bars in BH), owners of the new 5-Burro restaurant/bar (they have a location in Forest Hills) are planning to open in late April/ early May in the old Pit Stop location on Columbia St. They will be making use of the large backyard, so I am looking forward to some spring time open air boozing!

  • jorale-man

    Does anyone know of a good jewelry store in the area where one can get a watch battery? I’ve had a hard time finding something and don’t quite have it in me to walk over to Fulton Street. Thanks…

  • Allison

    There is a good jeweler on State Street between Court and Boerum. I have my watch batteries changed there.

  • HeightsDiva

    I wish there weren’t so many kids and strollers around.
    I feel like I live in a 24/7 daycare or going to see Sesame Street Live every time I walk down the street.

  • harumph

    Hate to break it to you – but you were once a kid too. I hear the Frick still doesn’t allow children in the museum – maybe you need art break?

  • AEB

    As an ex-upper-west-sider, Diva, I can truly say that, in relation to that nabe, BH is relatively stroller-free.

    There, one had to confront daily a stroller army with many moms who felt they had an unchallenged right-of-way. Not their children’s fault, to be sure, but…..

  • jorale-man

    Thanks, Allison! I’ll give that a try.

  • HicksStRes

    We are doing a local move (BH to Dumbo). Any recommendations for reasonably priced and reliable moving companies? Any experience with “Low Rate Movers”? Thanks!

  • justaneighbor

    HicksStRes – Sorry I don’t have a better reco for you, but stay away from Top Hat. The foreman was nasty and he tried to pull one over on me by attempting to charge me for all extras that the boss had waived. In addition, they put a few things back together incorrectly that didn’t need to be taken apart in the first place.

  • No One of Consequence

    ahh,, April, 2008
    I didn’t think that was a current photo

  • Bartmann

    @jorale-man, you can take out the old battery, and bring it to the Radio Shack on Montague. They will look at the number on the back of the battery and find you the right one.

  • Jo

    HicksStRes-We used Movers Not Shakers. The pricing was a bit better than FlatRate and they did a good job. Quick and professional from lower Manhattan to BH.

  • Teddie Boy Eddie


    I’ve used Movers Not Shakers. They were quick, efficient, and didn’t seem over-priced, realtively speaking. They’re based in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook.

  • brooklynite

    Stay away from Moishes. HORRIBLE!!! worst moving experience ever and I only moved 4 blocks!. I have had several friends use Movers not shakers and were very pleased with them. Seem to be very reasonable as well.

  • Billy Reno

    Anyone know what’s going on with the Italian place going in at the old River Deli? The day Iris opened I walked past and there were workers installing a new bar and beutiful black and white floor tiles. Haven’t seen any activity since.

  • Billy Reno


  • It’s good for the neighborhood!

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  • fishermb

    Anyone have recommendations for storage as close to BH as possible? Moving to a slightly smaller apartment in a few weeks and likely will need to put a few things away like luggage that I don’t need to have in my closet.

  • Remsen

    I had a good storage experience at Treasure Island in Red Hook

  • Hicks St guy

    Billy Reno: spoke to the lovely Italian woman from that new about to open restaurant on Joralemon, pressed her re: when opening, she said very soon! very sweet lady.
    jorale-man: the guy in the Clark St subway station mezzanine is a certified watchmaker, and has done numerous battery changes for me with no problem. have heard he can fix anything, especially expensive watches.
    finished reading The Heights, a fun, entertaining and thoughtful novel, recommended.
    p.s. why do the drivers in the Heights really, really s-ck?

  • Boop

    Anyone else having trouble with raccoons in their yards/on their fire escapes? There’s been a problem in the area behind Middagh/Cranberry between Henry and Hicks. I know this has been an issue in the ‘hood and the City for awhile now…any tried-and-true methods for keeping them away? Any suggestions?

  • me

    i’m new to brooklyn heights and can’t help but notice how many people still have holiday wreaths and lights hanging on their doors and windows. am i missing something? most wreaths aren’t even alive anymore!

  • Homer Fink

    BHB/Brooklyn Bugle Media just ponied up a BENJAMIN for PS 8. I hope that the BHB community will rally and help “make it rain” as I believe is the vernacular for PS 8!!!!

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Bring the kids this Sunday March 21 from 4-6pm to P.S. BOOKSHOP for a Group Story Time with picture book illustrator/authors SELINA ALKO, MIRIAM COHEN, PAT CUMMINGS, MELANIE HOPE GREENBERG, AILEEN LEIJTEN, and MEGHAN MCCARTHY. LOCATION: 147A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 INFO: 718.222.3340
    This is a part of the month long Women’s History Celebration. Full schedule here:

  • AEB

    Interesting, me. I’ve noticed the wreaths, etc., too.

    I would blame it on the BH zeit only to the extent that the place can seem rather timeless/cut off from its metropolitan neighbor across the sea (well, river), where things are constantly changing–where there’s a greater sense of impermanence.

    The other part has to do with people’s resistance to change. I have a neighbor downstairs who has a rush mat in front of her apartment door that smells and is turning to powder. At some point, I offered her an extra new one I had, and she wouldn’t hear of it. Not because she didn’t want to accept a gift, but because she wanted/needed to keep the old one/didn’t see that it was in deep decay….

  • cat

    I read The Heights also. While I would like to support a local writer, the only word I can use to describe it is: slight. Underdeveloped characters, gossipy, and forgettable except for trying to figure out if I knew any of the neighborhood people he described. I think he wrote a screenplay and called it a novel. I had looked forward to reading it and was disappointed.

  • It’s good for the neighborhood!

    On behalf of PS8 – Thank you BHB/Brooklyn Bugle Media for your donation! I hope it inspires others to do the same. The continued success of PS8 is good for all of us in this neighborhood.

  • Bartmann

    Does anyone know what the New York City law is for playing a musical instrument? I have two neighbors: one plays the sax, the other a piano. I only really hear them when I am in the hallways.

  • nabeguy

    Bartmann, maybe you should introduce them to each other.