Open Thread Wednesday 11/30/11

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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  • Wrennie

    Can anyone recommend a good car service to get me to LGA? (Reliable, will not charge me my first-born baby, etc.)

  • Eddyenergizer

    Arecibo is the best car service in Brooklyn.

  • TiLi

    Is there a place where I can buy a Christmas tree around the neighborhood? Organic, preferably. Thanks!

  • Teresa

    I second the Arecibo recommendation. Occasional slip-ups, but generally reliable and affordable. And every driver I’ve had has been incredibly friendly.

  • Heightsman

    Organic Christmas trees! WTF!

  • Wrennie

    Ha wouldn’t organic be not chopping a tree down so that you can stick it in your house for two weeks, in the first place?

  • ColumbiaHeighster

    Third on Arecibo. Affordable, on time, and polite drivers. Only thing to keep in mind is to definitely call the night before or the morning of to confirm your reservation. I’ve called to confirm before and they’ve had no record of my reservation.

    They are selling Christmas trees on Montague Street.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Agree on Arecibo. Only drawback is they will only drive to airport, but won’t schedule a pick-up for the return flight.

  • here

    If you’re that concerned about organic, just don’t get a tree.

  • weegee

    Good wishes to the officer injured at Tillary St. & Jay St. a short time ago. It’s initially reported as a cop on a scooter, who has been transported to Bellevue Hospital with a severe laceration.

  • Peter

    Organic means people will pay more !

  • mlo

    Express Car Service is excellent. I used to use Arecibo for a long time and mostly they were reliable but i did have a few problems – I now use Express- they will schedule return pick ups from the airport – 718-499-3800

  • Hicks St Guy

    organic tree? versus what?

  • Tclinton11201

    if concerned with organic things, I’d suggest making your own wreath made of twigs! or go to St Charles on Sidney n Aitken, they’re selling some this week I believe

  • Heights Mom

    If by organic you mean helping to preserve the environment, your best bet is to buy a fake tree (plastic, wood, etc.) that you can reuse year after year.

  • TiLi

    Hmm… It was not my intent to spark controversy. Only solicit some help as I am new the neighborhood.

    I’ve never in my life had a Christmas tree before. Not even a fake one. Just wanted to see what it was like.

    Regards to the organic trees, I simply saw a website stating that Church of Saint Ann and the Holy Trinity had sold organic trees in 2009.

    Feel free to ignore my question. Especially if it upsets the community so.

  • Knight

    Wrennie … most car services will charge $40 or $45 to LGA from the Heights. I went last week and since I just had a carry-on bag I hailed a cab at Cadman Plaza. That cost me $24 because there was little traffic. If you have to use a car service, Arecibo is the cheapest and is very reliable.

  • AmyinBH

    TiLi, I haven’t seen anyone with a sign saying their trees are organic.
    Ask the people selling the trees on Montague Street if they use pesticides or non-organic fertilizer. They are the same people year after year and I would trust the answer.
    If you do get a tree have a great time decorating. Put on some Christmas music and have some hot chocolate or other wintery beverage.

  • Wrennie

    Knight, don’t most cabs have flat rates for the airports, or is that only for JFK? If not, that’s not a bad idea–I think it’s only 10 miles or so.

  • Wrennie

    Colin, the local, organic chicken:

  • Xmas Lorax

    @TiLi (and all you snarky haters), yes, an organic tree, as in one not sprayed with pesticides and raised in a responsible manner. Fortunately, it’s quite easy and they’re right here in the neighborhood:

  • Teresa

    Arecibo is $38 to LGA. Also used them to come from JFK once and it was $35.

    Flat fares to/from airports apply only to Manhattan.

  • David on Middagh

    Knight, $40-45 to Laguardia? Promenade out of DUMBO charged me a flat $35 just two weeks ago. That’s before tip, of course. I have used them for years. I always call the day before to arrange a trip to the airport.

    The cab back metered at $25, going about 75 m.p.h. on a freeflowing expressway.

  • Daffy Duck

    TiLi you are great. Love your comments. I have a very small apt, so I get a live tree that fits on the top of a table. Costs 10 to $20.

    Always dies around the 1st of the Year from too much radiator heat. Although I once had one live for 6-months.

    Key Food used to sell small live, table top Christmas trees. A few places on Court Street that sell fruit might have them. They are alive, smell nice, and my pet bird nipples on it. He gets pine breath. Organic is just another name for “too much price”.

    But, be very careful of holiday plants around animals and children. Some are bad for them. Poinsettias are not good around animals.

  • here

    Daffy Duck– What does your bird do to the tree?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    @TiLi, fair warning since you are new to the neighborhood and blog. Everything you post or ask (even an innocent comment like where you can get a tree) will be dissected, admonished, and turned against you. This blog is ruthless and will let you know it at every opportunity (and this Open Thread Wednesday has been really tame by usual standards). A comment on the weather is sure to incite controversy. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

  • Monty

    Organic trees taste much better than the factory farmed ones.

  • AEB

    Andrew P.–or anyone–is there any enforceable regulation that prohibits the posting of signs, such as advertisements for personal services–on BH buildings?

    I’ve long been rankled by these, especially on the railing of a building I pass multiple times daily.


  • AEB

    PS, I’m not talking about taped-up flyers, which can easily be torn down, but (usually) laminated signs that are affixed to building parts.

  • Publius

    I just received a robo call to help find BeeBop. I kid you not.