Open Thread Wednesday 1/18/12

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    Scary Collision at Henry and Clark.
    That’s what I heard and saw last night as a delivery bicyclist carrommed off the bumper of a Honda making a right turn onto Clark. It was rainy and everything looked black. The cyclist pulled himself together and speaking little English reassured the woman driver, who was distraught, that he was okay. The driver absolutely didn’t see him. No wonder considering his perfect camouflage outfit.
    The problem of such night-time collisions will persist until the diners and pizza parlors and restaurants who depend on these deliverers are properly clothed. This guy, like most of them, was entirely dressed in black. His bike, without any lights or reflectors, was also basically black. They are dressed more a night time commando raid then maneuvering on busy city streets.
    What would it take to get all the owners to provide reflective lime-green vests for their hard working delivery men? And, also outfit the bikes with flashing lights?
    Maybe this is a cause the BHB could take up.

  • Knight

    There are New York City laws about such things as nighttime cyclist attire, lights/reflectors on bicycles, etc. — which the restaurant owners need to enforce with their own employees. What more can the BHB do? It’s not like the delivery guys are reading the blog.

  • Wrennie

    @Martin, I have to wonder if the delivery guy was going in the wrong direction. By no means am I saying that he deserved to be hit–but the delivery bike riders are notorious for riding on sidewalks and riding the wrong way down one-way streets. I’ve almost gotten hit plenty of times as a pedestrian because of it. I do agree to your point about giving them something reflective to wear.

  • Q

    Thanks for all of the real estate agent recommendations!

  • wallard

    Fatoosh now making whole wheat pitas and pitzas available. Just sayin….

  • bkheightsgal

    I live near Borough Hall and there seems to be excessive helicopters tonight and they also seem to be kinda low in the air. Is something going on?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Coverage of the Maksim Gelman sentencing, perhaps?

  • Heightsguy

    The English undercook bacon

  • weegee

    There was a vehicle pursuit around Flatbush/Tillary earlier.

    And then before that, the armed robbery on Remsen near Henry. Getaway car was located on the BQE, perps in custody and weapon recovered.

  • Montague St. Neighbor

    I’m trying to find a home for my beloved (about) 5 year old cat who I’m terribly allergic to. She needs to be in a single pet household (she hates cats and dogs but loves people!). I will not take her to a shelter. I am committed to finding her a good home through other channels. She is sweet, snuggly and loving. She’s happy when you’re there and totally fine when you’re not. She just likes to find a patch of sun in the living room to curl up and sleep in :-) If you’re interested, or know someone who is, please let me know:

  • north heights res

    I always fear that these guys, possibly illegal, pretend everything’s OK medically when it’s not, so that they don’t have to deal with the system and possibly get deported. I hope that the delivery person really is OK.

  • north heights res

    Miscellaneous responses:

    Heights Falafel over both Tutt and Fatoosh. Like Tutt, LOVE Height Falafel.

    Also love the sound/rumble of the subway running under my building on Clark St. I find it tremendously comforting.

    Montague St. Neighbor: call one of the local rescue groups and see if they can help. Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition is local. You could also try some of the vets.

    I’ve got two of my own or I’d help.. Sudden allergy you developed? How sad. I fear it happening to me.

  • Homer Fink

    Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  • Montague St. Neighbor

    Thanks so much :-) I’ve had the allergy forever but it’s getting worse and the asthma/allergy meds I take daily seem to not be working as well. We also have a dog and the cat hates him :-( It’s a stressful situation for everyone and I think she could be happier in another home. I adopted her in 2008 during some momentary lapse of reason! I love her and I want her to be happy…and I want to be less wheezy!

  • Heightsman

    PS: Reply = Fail

  • Neil

    Perhaps it’s the BQE in its death throes?

  • Gerry

    @ Martian, Knight, Wrennie, etc. it is very hard to drive in NYC with bikes on the street. I drive all aound the city and each day I see bike riders who are reckless and thats a fact.

  • T.K. Small

    There has been a great deal of discussion concerning pizza lately. Last night I wanted a slice and thought I would try the whole wheat pizza, across the street from Trader Joe’s. I think the place is called Pronto’s Pizza. There was no whole-wheat left, so I went with a regular slice. Please don’t make the same mistake. It was barely edible.

  • Andrew Porter

    English bacon is what we call Canadian bacon, not the strips of bacon, which they call streaky bacon.

  • David on Middagh

    T.K., I like Pronto. I get a thick-crusted vegetable-topped slice, heated and eaten on the premises. With condiments.

  • T.K. Small

    David: Your description does sounds good. If I become desperate – courageous – and exceedingly hungry, I will give it a try. The problem is, I eat pizza à la Donald Trump; with a knife and fork and it frankly takes forever. It is much easier to take it home and chow down at my own pace.

  • PierrepontSkin

    Eamonn’s also does a delicious Irish breakfast on weekends for brunch. Excellent black and white pudding.

  • north heights res

    No, it’s not. At least, it wasn’t when I lived in England. English bacon is generally cut thicker than we cut it, but it’s still in strips and looks/tastes like bacon, unlike Canadian bacon, which is more ham-like.

  • bklyn20

    So sorry! SO sorry! The rating for RIVER DELI is B.

    Homer, please delete my prior post.

    Note to self: do not post without sufficient sleep the night before.