Usually when something terrible or wonderful happens in Brooklyn Heights, we’ll get an email from a member of the BHB community. Sometimes a photo of the “incident” is provided too. This Internet thing is good like that. So it surprised us to see an item in this week’s Brooklyn Paper about the “outrage” over Brooklyn Loves to Shop banners sponsored by the new Korres store on Montague and NYC & Co. that were placed on Henry Street between Clark and Montague on Monday.
With such a maelstrom brewing in the Heights — nothing, not a peep in our inbox, nabe chatter, talk on the street or calls from neighbors about this. Zip. Not a Twitter, no Flickr photo sets. Silence. Hardly a groundswell.
So where was all this controversy coming from? According to the article, the banners came down quickly after The Brooklyn Paper started asking “local officials” why these “commericial” banners had been placed on a residential street.
Montague BID spokesperson Chelsea Mauldin immediately needed to go into crisis mode and to assert that Korres responded quickly to the “complaints” by taking the banners down. She added that the Greek cosmetics company “very much want to be good neighbors”.
Brooklyn Heights residents quoted by Brooklyn Paper thought the banners “cheapened” the look of the neighborhood while another felt they were just out of place. But yet, the heaps of garbage right under the banner were not offensive?