Open Thread Wednesday 12/15/10

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  • PJL

    Anyone live in Concord Village? Would you recommend it?


  • Homer Fink

    Quiet here today. Wasssup!

  • spm

    A couple of talking points:
    1. Does anyone know ANYTHING about what’s happening with the Clark Street entrance to the Promenade? It’s still closed which to me is both unbelievable and unacceptable. Any suggestions on what to do?

    2. Today’s NYTimes had an article on Brooklyn the brand – particularly the restaurant called The Brooklyneer on West Houston Street – from what I understand, that’s the proper term rather than Brooklynite – verification anyone? Here’s the article:

  • Claude Scales

    In the continuing round of Heights streets being torn up, my block of Montague, between Hicks and Montague Terrace/Pierrepont Place, is having its turn in the barrel. It appears that laying pipes is the cause. (Could they be conduits for Verizon’s fiber optic cable?)

  • 1st

    Does anyone know what work was being done on Hicks between Joralemon St and Grace Court?

  • Jane

    Does anyone know what date Bread & Butter is closing?

  • Claude Scales

    Jane: are they closing for sure, or is this just speculation?

  • tb

    Wasn’t there a sink hole on Hick between those streets?

  • Andrew Porter

    Remember the thread about the new signs, including the one next to the entrance to the High Street subway station on Cadman Plaza West? Well, that sign is gone, as if it never was.

    Does anyone know if it will be replaced?

    Sure was cold today—I wore multiple layers. Not as much blubber on me as there used to be.

  • Harry

    A friend of mine, Ted Reed, has written a book titled “Carl Furillo, Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star” which was just published. The title is a little misleading, as much of the book turns on the Dodgers’ move to LA, leaving Furillo in Brooklyn. The publisher will send out review copies, and I’d love to get suggestions from anyone here for any Brooklyn newspapers, periodicals, websites, etc. that might be genuinely interested. There’s also potential for a story rather than a review. In the late sixties, Ted spent a lot of time with Carl himself, who by then was working in construction and Carl became the subject of Ted’s BA thesis. Any suggestions for publicity in the world of Brooklyn journalism?

  • Just A Neighbor

    Does anyone know whatever happened about a week or so ago on Clinton/Montague – looked like a 5 alarm fire with all of the trucks and everyone looking up at the building which has the scaffolding. Traffic backed up and people looking concerned, it was quite a scene.

  • north heights res

    Just a little shout-out to two local merchants who, in the last week, offered me a couple of bucks of credit when I came up cash-short for a purchase. Thanks to Sami at Pets Emporium and the folks at the framing place on Montague (the one that’s downstairs, between Clinton & Henry). In each case it was less than $5, but still, a huge help, and much appreciated.

    And yes, I’ve learned to carry more cash.

  • Jorale-man

    @spm – I read the article on the Brooklyn-ification of the food business. It seems to me that most companies like Williams Sonoma that are trying to co-opt Brooklyn as a brand are thinking really about Williamsburg and a few other artsier neighborhoods. Knowing that on a national level it doesn’t matter, they paint the borough with a broad brush so as to ignore those distinctions.

    Incidentally, I had a drink the other night at the Brooklyneer Bar and aside from a mural of the Brooklyn Bridge on the wall I didn’t see anything that really identified it as Brooklyn-themed.

  • Caitlin

    bread and butter? really?! i need more info on this!

  • Julie

    I second what Caitlin said — why do we think it’s closing? And closing permanently?

  • nabeguy

    I think Jane may be projecting a desire more than a fact.

  • Josh G

    Why would anyone want Bread and Butter closed? It’s so good!

    Also – 2nding spm’s question – what’s up with the Promenade entrance at Clark St? Is this going to become a new entrance to the 2/3?

  • Josh G

    Ok ate dinner at Bread & Butter tonight.. they are not closing. If anything, one of the owners may sell her stake in the restaurant.. but it is not closing. Yummy.

  • Julie

    Thanks Josh for investigating! I am a big fan as well and had a momentary scare there.

  • Matthew Parker

    From the Brooklyn Bridge Park Website:

    Notice of Public Meeting of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Committee on Alternatives to Housing

    Monday, December 20, 2010 at approximately 5:15pm
    CIty Hall, Blue Room
    New York, NY 10007

    This meeting is open to the public. No public testimony will be taken.

  • EHinBH

    PJL: Concord is great – you get a lot for your money and I think it’s a good buy for the long-term if you are wanting price appreciation. That said, the complex is not in the Heights… So, you will have a bit of a walk to get to the amenities we have here. If you dont mind the shlep for food and ‘entertainment,’ I’d go for it!

  • bklyn20

    Thanks, Mr Parker. Without you no one would have known about this.

  • Jane

    @Claude – Overheard at the restaurant last weekend that the owner is in over her head and selling the restaurant.