Open Thread Wednesday 12/7/11

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  • Andrew Porter

    Great photo!

    … Fog in Buttermilk Channel; Manhattan removed from our reality…

  • Teddy

    Yeah, removing Manhattan occasionally from our reality can be nice. I agree, it’s a great photo.

  • north heights res

    So what’s the deal with the big yellow crane that’s been parked without moving for several weeks on Henry just north of Pierrepont? It’s taking up TWO parking places! And I haven’t seen it in use at all.

  • Heights Mom

    Anyone know what 15 Middaugh St. (corner of Willow) is? Is it some kind of group home? They have the downstairs door open a lot, into what looks like a group kitchen, and there’s clearly staff wearing name tags, etc. No issue with it, just curious…

  • Sheila

    Did the little Yorkie find it’s owner?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    It is a convent of some sort.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I think Sisters of the Poor of Saint Francis.

  • Knight

    Heights Mom: that is a group home for mentally challenged adults. They have been there for several years with mostly the same residents. A pleasant group of men & women, they have been very good neighbors.

  • Knight

    Karl: the sisters are right there, too, but they do not run the group home.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Good call Knight. The Sisters of the Poor are at 23 Middagh.

  • Janeonorange

    @North Heights Res. That crane is being used to work on the gutters (I think) of the building on the north east corner. I have seen it all they way at the top of the building and copper gutters on the street.

  • GHB

    Thanks for the compliments on the photo. Monday morning, 7:30

  • here

    Can anyone recommend a good, safe route to run at night around 6pm?

  • Janeonorange

    @here: I either run over the bridge or on the promenade. Even though it is dark, there are plenty of people. I avoid the park due to vermin.

  • Anne1211

    What a lovely photo! I have a sweet spot for the promenade in the fog or rain.

    I’m also looking for a new eye doc. I am in desperate need of new glasses. Any thoughts on Heights Vision Center or other docs nearby? Thanks, neighbors!

  • T.K. Small

    On the odd chance that willowtowncop is reading this thread, I would like to ask you a police related question. If you are available, you can reach me at

  • bornhere

    Anne — If you mean ophthalmologist (MD), Jim Deutsch at 110 Remsen Street is excellent; for routine eye care/glasses, Heights Vision Center (Stuart Friedman) is really good.

  • Topham Beauclerk


    I’ve been happily using for many years Golden Opticians next door to Buon Gusto.

  • harumph

    Has anyone tried the new dentist at Sussman/Moshman? I have gone to Dr. Sussman for years but he officially retired this week.

  • Tony

    Does anyone know why parking was closed off on Remsen Street between Henry and Clinton on Saturday? When I got home that evening, it was quite clear that whatever was going on that day, there was nothing going at that time, and the people who were behind the parking restrictions should have taken the signs down, out of consideration for the community. I wouldn’t be surprised if people looking to patronize shops or restaurants on Montague Street were forced to go elsewhere, since parking in the neighborhood was near impossible.

    This block is being closed off all the time, and I often have no idea why, and I’m sick of it.

  • Topham Beauclerk


    In my experience, one or the other house of worship on that stretch of Remsen is responsible for non-film-related parking restrictions.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    I have been going to Dr. Friedman at Heights Vision and have absolutely no complaints.

  • Nancy

    I go to Rizzutti for opthomalogic issues and Freidman for my glasses and contacts. Both are great.

  • Nancy

    According to Brownstoner, the Gap will be opening on Fulton Mall, right offof Smith/Jay St. Guess they couldn’t make it work in the Heights, but will go for Downtown Brooklyn.

  • Master Of Middagh

    The convent and the group home have both been wonderful neighbors for the nearly two decades I’ve lived here.

  • T.K. Small

    I am very proud of my neighbors who have not taken a NIMBY approach to the group home. Thank you!

  • AEB

    T.K., q’est-ce que c’est NIMBY?

  • Freddie

    @AEB – c’est tres facilie! Nimby = not in my back yard

  • RemsenGal

    Teddy: “Yeah, removing Manhattan occasionally from our reality can be nice. I agree, it’s a great photo.”

    +1… Part of the reason I came to live in the Heights! :) :)

  • T.K. Small

    AEB: Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I was in the midst of eating a big plate of freedom fries and could not use the Google translation feature easily. Thankfully Freddie answered your question.