Open Thread Wednesday 10/5/11

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  • Willow St. Neighbor

    It was refreshing to read your positive review of Bevacco.
    Too often people post negative reviews regarding restaurants that they have not set foot in and food that they have not even
    tasted. This is a disservice to new restaurant owners who are trying to make it in a very competitive business.
    Kudos to you for this lovely review.

  • Jenna

    Does anyone know if Bevacco’s menu is available online?

  • PierrepontSkin

    Anybody know what happened to the police blotter? I miss it.

  • C.

    Tony’s famous pizzeria from Futlon st. is coming to the heights on Court St. Good to see.

  • WillowtownCop

    The Iris Cafe has a new bench, shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s almost cool enough to make up for the loss of the tree, which I hope will be replaced someday.

  • monty

    @WillowtownCop, I’m curious to hear your opinion on the Wall St protests and the police response. I know it’s off topic for this blog, but you always have such reasoned responses on police behavior.

  • Knight

    Monty: it’s only off topic because they didn’t make it across the bridge last weekend. If they cross over into the Heights on their next attempt it will be all we’ll talk about!

  • EHinBH

    Went to Bevacco tonight. It’ s so funny… There was almost a wait — people in this hood are DYING for a good restaurant. I will not ‘review’ it till we try it again. The waiter was TERRIBLE. That, however, should improve with practice. The food, well, I will try it one more time before I give an opinion. It’s only day two for them.

  • EHinBH

    Knight — Oh, they made it across the Bridge. They were in Cadman Plaza Park for about 2 hours. Everyone who took the walking path made it. Only those that tried to take the roadway were arrested.

  • WillowtownCop

    @ Monty:

    Protests in the past that have succeeded have clear goals, respectable participants, and a leadership structure of some sort. Think of the Civil Rights movement. People wanted to be treated equally. They wanted to go to the same schools and sit at the same lunch counters. Check out some photos of the people who did the sit ins back then – they were dressed like they were going to church – on purpose. The “radicals” were working women on buses that people could see on the news and relate to.

    I bet if you went down to wall street right now and said, ok, you win, what do you want? What would make you happy enough to go home? no one would be able to answer you.

    People are dissatisfied with not having jobs, but look at the people who are dissatisfied. They probably all went to college, borrowed a ton to go, and now are 23 and can’t find a job – here’s the catch – that they are willing to do. There was an article in the times yesterday about how farms upstate can’t find workers. A friend of mine with a law degree just joined the army because he couldn’t get a job at a firm. they were happy to have him.

    yes, the economy isn’t doing so great, but it’s always had its ups and downs. no one wants to admit that they might have put themselves in this position – its so much easier to say, i didn’t get the job i wanted as soon as i graduated from college because some faceless banker ruined the economy, when the real reason is i’m an entitled brat and am not willing to do most jobs, at least the ones that require the removal of my facial piercings.

    and now the professional agitator types have shown up and tried to make it the hippies vs. the police – and the rag newspapers are happy to accommodate with ridiculous headlines like “cop hits protester with -gasp! baton.” That’s what batons are for, and that’s why people storm barricades and walk on the bridge where they clearly were told not to go – to provoke cops and then stick a cell phone camera in their face to record the reaction but not what actually caused it. what happened to being on the side of the unions? don’t they think wall street screwed us too? i wonder how they feel about all the overtime that’s being made by the police that they hate so much. that money is not coming out of the pockets of the millionaire bankers – its coming out of city money that the little people whose side they are supposedly on benefit from most.

    and while all this is going on, the bankers slip out the back door to their helicopter and jet back to the hamptons without a care in the world.

  • Stillhere

    I think I’ll start my 25 year old MAC SE 20 – Ponnnggg! For you, Steve.

  • Lucifer

    Typical narrow-minded and bigoted opinion one would expect from a cop.

  • Homer Fink

    @pierrepontskin – HQ has joined the ranks of the gainfully employed. Sooooo… we are looking for a new Police Blotter writer.

    Interested parties should email me webmaster AT brooklynheightsblog DOT com

  • Andrew Porter

    A belated response about windows: if you live in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, even if your building is not older than the 1920s, you are required to get permission from Landmarks to replace your windows. If you replace them without permission, you are liable to be fined and will have to replace the new windows with the old ones.

    On another note, what’s happening with the annual Cranberry Street Festival? Here it is the second weekend in October, and no word on whether or not this will take place this year. I understand that the Jewish Holidays may conflict with the CSF. Just wondering…

  • David on Middagh

    Sorry, “me”, about the stolen diaper bag. Is it possible this was a really stupid, inexperienced thief? Or that he did it on a dare? Do people ever put valuables in the diaper bag?

  • harumph

    “the bankers slip out the back door to their helicopter and jet back to the hamptons without a care in the world.” @willowtowncop – they don’t have to slip out the backdoor to escape, they are most likely in midtown or even Stamford! If they are going to protest (and not just symbolically) they should at least do it where the “culprits” are making their money.

  • Nancy

    That has to be the clearest and best response I have read concerning the protestors anywhere.

  • Western Brooklyn

    @ WillowtownCop,

    Your post is so ridiculous, I don’t know where to start. Try this:

    Read & heed our First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, still the highest law of the land. (Hint: Focus on the part about the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances!) I guess they don’t teach this stuff in the academy or in your refresher courses!

  • David on Middagh

    I think these protests are just to get the ball rolling. It doesn’t even matter that different participants have different goals; the final goals will jell out with time.

  • Master Of Middagh

    @WillowtownCop- You said that the purpose of the civil rights movement was that they wanted to be treated equally. Well, that’s the same reason for THIS protest. They also seek equal treatment in the same breaks and subsidizing that the wealthiest receive. Now you can no longer say you don’t know what it’s all about.

    Also- the cops permitted the protesters onto the bridge and waited until they were half-way across before telling them that they weren’t allowed to do it. It was a trap- I guess you didn’t hear that part of the story.

    Don’t forget, sir. They are out there protecting the rights of your brothers and sister in law enforcement, which are under attack like nearly all union employees these days. I’m frankly surprised to see you not fully supporting the protesters.

  • Topham Beauclerk


    The cops in Birmingham didn’t treat the civil rights protestors, white or black, any better for being respectably dressed.

  • Lucifer

    What do you expect, the cops are just stooges for the powers that be.

  • Lucifer

    Abuse of authority + low IQ + bigot = avarage cop.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Now, now, Lucifer, remember the goal of working-class solidarity to which even the cops can be won.

  • Villager

    You should put that on a bumper sticker and drive around with it.

  • not99or1

    I am not part of the 1%. I am not part of the 99%, I am living financially responsible and have taken jobs below my pay grade when I was out of my “regular” job. I don’t know why my taxes should pay for people who lost their money by investing badly in either stocks or real estate. On the other side I dont know why my taxes should pay for wall street companies that have made quite some profits over the years. Some of the bonuses people there are making considering what situations they were in just recently are just a slap into the face of John Doe. Quote od the day: “We need the high bonuses to keep the talent”. People may ask where were they before the crash?

    Sorry, I am with willowtown cop here.

    on a different note: did the meters go up with the installation of the muni meters? I thought it used to be a quarter for 20 min, now it seems to be a quarter for 15 min. I might be wrong.

  • PJL

    What do we want?? WE’RE NOT REALLY SURE!
    When do we want it?? NOW!

  • hoppy

    I think in the end everyone’s just looking to get laid.

  • T.K. Small

    My legal practice is in the area of promoting the civil rights of people with disabilities. As such, I pay very close attention to public policy and practically everything related to politics. Both personally and professionally, I am supportive of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. I support this burgeoning movement, not because I agree with them completely, but rather, because so far they have been the only opposing voice to entrenched power and the Tea Party. For many in the disability community, the Tea Party and Ayn Rand inspired activists are simply too scary.

    As an example of my concerns, consider long-term care i.e., nursing homes. Medicaid usually pays the monthly bill for people in nursing homes, but on the other side, in many instances, these institutions are owned by publicly traded, for-profit companies. Consequently, there is a financial benefit to the owners of nursing homes to keep people warehoused, often against their will. Under federal Medicaid rules, states are required to pay for nursing home expenses, but they are not required to pay for services provided in the community. This results in many states simply deciding not to pay for and provide care in the community.

    Another factor behind the institutional bias is the unions representing nursing home employees. Politicians are so desperate to curry favor with the healthcare unions that they will do anything to “protect jobs” and get reelected. We saw this most recently under Gov. Andrew Cuomo with his Medicaid Redesign efforts; New Yorkers with disabilities were largely shut out of the “Redesign” process and bracing for some awful policies headed our way.

    In New York State alone, there are approximately 10,000 people in nursing homes, under the age of 65, that have expressed a desire to live in the community and, who by all objective medical standards, could live in the community safely and at a cheaper cost to taxpayers. In other states, the statistics are even more biased in favor of institutions and I have two friends that moved from Alabama to New York because they were looking at being forced into a nursing home.

    Gradually more coherent objectives will get fleshed out and I do not expect perfection right out of the gate. Organizers on the right have been fine-tuning their arguments since the early 60s. If it takes the OWS a little longer than a few evening news cycles to express their message, it’s okay with me. What I hope ultimately results from the OWS movement is a series of principled policies that promote real accountability of all those in power, whether they are on Wall Street, politics/government, lobbyists or any organization which puts its self-interest above that of the individual.

    For the time being, as the saying goes, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” and that is enough for me.

  • Monty

    I think hoppy just cut through a thousand layers of rhetoric in one sentence.