Open Thread Wednesday 12/29/10

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Photo: Mrs. Fink

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  • Andrew Porter

    Spoke to the people at Ann Klein on the corner of Henry and Montague, because the sidewalk immediately in front of their entrance was cleared of snow, not the rest of the sidewalk on Henry or Montague. Was told they had twice asked “Corporate” for someone to come out and do this. Hope they’ve received tickets for failure to clear the sidewalk.

    Overall, sidewalks in BH are fairly clear. The corners and gutters are not. Very bad at the intersection of Pineapple and Henry. I was at the intersection of Love Lane and Henry, and a truck drove up on the sidewalk in making the turn. It would have killed me had I not moved aside.

  • lois

    Mrs. Fink – nice picture of “Squibb Hill” (now called Hillside Park?) – but surely Baby Fink is not old enuf for sledding. Just wait a year or two!

  • ilikebrooklyn

    I think you mean Ann Taylor…

    YIKES.. they did it again. I went back to CVS on Henry for the first time since they gave me sleeping pills I didn’t request and guess what…

    When I asked a pharmacist for the phone number so my doctor could confirm a prescription the young male pharmacist gave me an envelope containing an RX with the phone number, name, address, and name of the enclosed medication of one of their customers.

    I told him he had just violated HIPAA. He ignored me. I spoke to the head pharmacist who said mistakes happen.

    Well.. now I know who takes what medication and where they live. Nice job, CVS on Henry. My first time back in the store since May 29th and you violated HIPAA.

    On a positive note.. City Chemist has posted their privacy policy on the wall.

  • bklyn20

    Ann Taylor had the same problem last year. Kids’ Club would also be guilty, since they are on the second floor of the building.
    Last winter, I and more than a few other people called the corporate offices of both businesses and that got the sidewalks taken care of. If it isn’t cleared today, I would suggest a do-over of last year’s mini-phone-a-thon. If I recall correctly, the numbers are easily found with a quick Google search.

  • BG

    Katherine Lawther Krill
    Ann Taylor
    7 Times Square
    New York, NY 10036
    Phone: (212) 541-3300
    Fax: (212) 541-3299

  • bklyn20

    Thank you.

  • David Fuller

    Is the BHB time entry off? I’m looking at posts marked 11 and 11:11 am and it’s 10:50 now…

  • T.K. Small

    Once again, I would like to give thanks to Homer and the BHB community. The local coverage of the blizzard has been fantastic and, since I am basically stranded on my block, the BHB has more than kept me informed.

    Has the limo been removed yet?

  • lcd

    TK, yes the limo is gone. I walked up Hicks last evening and had a pleasant chance encounter with AEB! (whom I recognized from one of Homer’s walking tours) – he informed me that the limo had been removed, but the occupants and the story behind it is a mystery. Ann Taylor sidewalks are clear, and the big melt is on its way.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    To I Like Brooklyn: why on earth would you go to CVS when we now have the choice of a mom and pop called City Chemist?

  • Tony

    The owner of 88 Remsen Street did not shovel his sidewalk. I believe he does this every year. I believe this is also the home of the broken sidewalk slate that is going to injure someone seriously one day. If we are going to hand out an award for Poor Neighbor of the Year, I nominate this fellow.

  • T.K. Small

    Thanks lcd.

    Today I am going to venture out and see how far I am able to go. Although most people have done a good job of shoveling, there is always a few that don’t and, at that point I am completely stuck. Also, the curb cuts at the corners frequently are completely buried which has the same effect.

  • Homer Fink

    Note: the site is on LOCKDOWN due to huge spikes in traffic and to keep things running smoooothly.

    comments will post as cache refreshes.

  • Eddy de Lectron

    Sorry to be missing all the fun… I’m stuck here in Santa Barbara…

  • Flashlight Worthy

    Tony, indeed, in circling the block walking the dog, all the way around Hicks to Joralemon to Henry to Remsen, 88 Remsen was the only building that didn’t shovel any snow.

    I don’t know that you can say he “does this every year” as the fellow who owns it has only owned the building since a little before last winter, but maybe he was negligent last year as well. Likely in fact as he’s more or less an absentee owner. He’s British and based on my view of the back of his building, he’s essentially never home.

    Finally, he’s not the owner of that wobbly slab of stone, that’s the next house towards Henry, #90 I think. How they can have lived with that for so many years is beyond me.

  • martin schneider

    So, by defining certain streets as secondary, like all the vital and heavily populated east west streets in the Heights and Cobble Hill, the City can take a pass on them. It’s Wednesday, mid-afternoon and while most of the Heights has been plowed, sort of, most of those in Cobble Hill have not been. This is a big Bloomberg bungle highlighted by the City whining that they were taken by surprise! What a surprise: the forecast were warning about a blizzard for at least 24 hours before it hit.

  • ilikebrooklyn

    Testing the system… is my previous comment cached or did I delete instead of submit.. tbd

  • ilikebrooklyn

    @Topham Beauclerk

    I tried linking to an archived comment re: City Chemist but the system doesn’t like links. So I have copy pasted the reason why I stopped going to City Chemist. btw.. they did follow through and post the NOPP on the wall. : )

    [I hesitated to blog about a really bad experience at City Chemist last weekend. However I decided to comment on the problems.

    They do not provide a notice of privacy when you are signing their electronic HIPAA screen. It says you have seen it — and are agreeing — however they don’t provide a copy.

    When I brought this to the attention of the person behind the counter (maybe he’s the pharmacist?) he said it wasn’t important. I told him it was — and that it was the law. He shrugged off my comment again and ignored me.

    Then — a man who hangs out behind the pharmacy counter started yelling at me and went on to question whether or not I was a lawyer. He told me he hates lawyers.

    I am not an attorney however know the law. The young man behind the pharmacy desk didn’t care about the law — said it wasn’t important — and then a nasty man yelled at me and went as far as to comment on a conversation he overheard when I was talking to a pharmacist a couple of weeks ago. Not very ethical.

    I was thinking about switching to their Dumbo pharmacy however the problem at the City Chemist will continue.]

  • T.K. Small

    It is a little bit better on the sidewalks than I had anticipated. I was able to work my way around the corner from Pierrepont to the CVS on Hicks. But other than that, I don’t think a be able to go anywhere for a couple of days. On the bright side, we found a broken shovel and were able to put a very serviceable temporary handle in place! How’s that for recycling.