Open Thread Wednesday 9/21/11

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

Flickr photo via joshisagoodman

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  • AEB
  • bornhere

    AEB — Thank you so much for the delicious nostalgia! It is a bit before my time, but there is so much there within the realm of my earliest (and, in a certain respects, fondest) memories.

  • AEB

    My pleasure, bornhere. I’m often amazed, when I see photos like the ones in the piece, to discover that the past took place in color. Which makes it seem much closer–more intimate–than one usually “experiences” it.

    Closer, but distant, too: a homeless man in a fedora!

  • my2cents

    @PierrepontSkin yes renting a spot in a lot or garage costs money but it really lowers your blood pressure.

  • David on Middagh

    AEB, I love the 1942 pic of the hot sweet potato cart, powered by scrap lumber!

  • Wrennie

    beth–I think being a reasonable and tolerant neighbor is always ideal, but it’s tough when a fellow neighbor doesn’t have the same consideration. I’m thinking of mustering up every conceivable amount of politeness known to man and speaking to the owner to see if she might consider some sort of alternative to her current routine. Hopefully it goes over well–but I tend to think it’ll be taken the wrong way. Oh well; worth a shot–I like keeping my windows open in the fall.

  • GHB

    @monty: I hear ya, but there’s a building on Columbia Heights and Clark (entrance just north of Clark) that was chalked up a few weeks ago and it’s still there. Since it’s around the door, rain and wind haven’t yet cleaned it off.

  • AEB

    Me too, David. A whole sweet potato as a street snack: the world HAS changed…

  • Topham Beauclerk


    I agree that dog poop is worse than a child’s sidewalk chalk scrawl but I like dogs.

  • nabeguy

    AEB/bornhere, here’s a link to the photogapher’s expansive collection. Quite prolific.

  • AEB

    Thanks, nabe!

  • Bornhere

    Nabe — Thanks! I checked your link while I was at work, and it made my day. What a great cache!

  • Eddyenergizer

    Dito, great find, Nabe

  • Heightsguy

    lovely pictures. I remember the knish wagon outside my JHS, no one wanted the kasha knishes. Heated with charcoal, always wanted the one that was burnt a little.

    Also Italian horse drawn veg and fruit wagon…….and I am not a zillion years old.

  • BHer

    Is anyone else annoyed by the ice cream truck always parked at the Pierrepont St playground?

    I like ice cream, but the truck’s generator is loud and churns out some horrible exhaust.

  • EHinBH

    Yes, BHer, that truck needs to get out! It should come by for an hour and THEN LEAVE. It’s like those awful Access-a-Ride diesel buses that sit ideling outside of our homes.

  • Raisincat

    Is there a date set for the Howl-o-Ween Doggie parade?

  • Elmer Fudd

    Saw the “black hoodie man” again this morning at Atlantic and Hicks. He hasn’t gone to a “red hoodie” look.

  • Matthew Parker


    Yes, the 9th annual charity Howl-o-Ween Doggie parade will be on Sunday, October 30th on the Promenade. Tickets for parade/contest entrants will be sold as usual at Perfect Paws at 102 Hicks Street (Pineapple). They are advertising it in their window, but not sure if tix are on sale yet.

    Look for an official announcement on BHB later this week with a press release of all details. I’m also told that Vinegar Hill Vet will again throw the after party–third year running, which is fabulous.

    The event is free for spectators and if you want to enter your dog in the costume contest there is a charge–last year it was $25 I believe. All proceeds go to non-profit animal charities, and the contest ticket cost is tax deductible.

  • T.K. Small

    EHinBH: I would agree that the Access-A-Ride diesel fumes are awful, but as an occasional rider on AAR, you should know that practically everything about the service is even worse. Most people only use it because they have absolutely no other transportation options.

    Many of the drivers are incompetent and treat the passengers terribly. Trips that should take 45 min. end up being more than three hours and take people through four boroughs. I know of a number of people who have experienced serious bodily injuries when the wheelchairs were not secured properly.

    So when people complain about Access-A-Ride diesel fumes, note that the passengers have it far worse.

  • Villager

    Hey, Nabeguy,
    They gutted your old house.

  • Just A Neighbor

    Fireworks? Neighborhood exploding? What’s going on out there??

  • Sad Neighbor

    Just a Neighbor…I was just going to comment about the fireworks. No holiday or big event … so why are they setting off fireworks. As lovely as they can be the noise can be very annoying.

  • David on Middagh

    Just A Neighbor… I know, right? Those fireworks were a two-car-alarmer. My apartment was being shaken back and forth between the boom and the report.

  • Sad Neighbor

    To the popup ad on blog…it wasn’t a duplicate comment…I was responding to what “Just a Neighbor said

  • Just A Neighbor

    At least 4 dogs in my building just had an aneurysm..

  • Sad Neighbor

    especially on a week night…children need to go to bed and adults need to go to work the next day… experiment with the fireworks another time..geez!!!

  • WillowtownCop

    What a waste of money that could have been donated to the WillowtownCop student loan fund.

    My cats are still in the closet.

  • Elmer Fudd

    They should have pointed a shell at Bloomberg’s butt, and then fired it.

  • Just A Neighbor

    God, Elmer..that would’ve made such a mess.