Open Thread Wednesday 1/25/12

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  • AEB

    Excellent, TL!

  • Knight

    There has been an NYPD mobile command center parked in front of Cadman Towers for at least four or five days. Has that left?

  • Owen

    Sorry, but just to be clear, someone who may not dress like you, look like you or have much else in common with you looks at two passers-by on a public street and he’s automatically a “creepy stalker”? I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t there, but there is a sort of knee jerk paranoia floating around this blog that gets a wee bit ugly at times.

  • GHB

    Starbucks must be carrying doughnuts now!

  • AL

    Go back to listing comments chronologically, PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • lori

    The number for the 84th precinct is 718-875-6811. Have that number in your cell phone.

  • lois

    What’s with all the bikes locked up on fences, street signs, etc.for prolonged periods? How can people leave their bike out all winter? I never remember seeing this prior to the past year or two.

  • Nick BC

    Does anyone know when the new tapas restaurant is going to open on Montague Street? I’m already missing Jose and La Mancha on Atlantic.

  • T.K. Small


  • Teddy

    I’m curious about that too. Last year, I saw an elderly woman almost fall when she didn’t see a bike chained up to a no parking sign at night (that section of the street was pretty dark). A few years ago you didn’t see this as much as you do now. Personally, I always kept my bike in my apt., to eliminate the risk of vandalism and accidental damage in addition to weather-related wear & tear. Maybe some people are too lazy to take their bike up and down a couple of flights of stairs or they still think they’re living in a dorm.

  • T.K. Small

    Blame it on the bicycle paths…

  • PromGirl

    re: Heights Casino
    You need letters of recommendation from at least two members. An interview is required as well.
    Anyone know what the rates are for new members? Not including court costs, of course.

  • Teresa

    I bought one of those adorable little potted Christmas trees, and now I can’t bear to just have the living thing mulched. Does anyone know any place where I could bring it for re-planting?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Anyone else notice an absurd increase of dog poop on the sidewalks these days? The east side of Columbia Heights is like minefield right now.

    Thanks, Lori. Great tip re: having 84th’s # on hand.

  • Heights Mom

    No, if the promenade is deserted except for two women and their kids, and the guy is walking towards them, stops and stares and watches them walk by, and keeps staring as they move on, yes that’s creepy.

  • jim

    Or blame it on giving the majority of the public space with streets and parking spaces to cars but no accomodation for bikes….and often sidewalks that are too narrow for the volume of people, but we of course chose to base our economy on the automobile decades ago

  • JaneonOrange

    James–what’s with the condescension? You have no idea what I was or wasn’t doing. I am sometimes amazed at how people respond with such rudeness on these posts.

  • Bette

    GHB – i was trying to think of a witty comment in response to armed cops at Starbucks. Yours was it. Good one!

  • JaneonOrange

    Thanks Lori. Done!

  • David on Middagh

    If a thread can’t handle comments in chronological order, it has no business being a thread.

    Put it back the way it was, please, Homer.

  • willowstneigh

    janeonorange- I feel the same way. you cannot say ANYTHING without some smart ass comment.

  • Master Of Middagh

    Thanks a lot- all of you! Since Rocky is the closest to me and seems to have gotten the most recommendations, I’ll be giving him a try when the time comes for me to shed those pounds of hair I’ve got clinging to my face- (I wanna get some pictures of me with my super manly man beard first). I have been to the gentleman at Clinton and Joralemon for a few haircuts, but he wanted me to haggle over the price with him (as in: “What do you think your haircut should cost?”) and it made me very uncomfortable. I’m sorry- but I’m not accustomed to pricing hair care services- I didn’t know what to say to the man! JUST IN CASE that happens to me with this other old schooler, how much should I offer him for just the shave? Or if I get it with a haircut?

    If I’m satisfied with the service (which I imagine I shall be), I plan on becoming a regular customer and you will have yourselves to thank for sending Rocky the business. All the years I’ve lived here and my eyes my never really registered that place as a barber shop- I just looked right through it, like magic… Thank you again for bringing it to my attention.

  • Master Of Middagh

    Thanks, T.K.! It’s good to even learn that some barbers still give the straight razor shaves. I believe it may even violate some ordinance passed back in the 90s to protect barbers from blood transferable diseases- but we know how old school professionals can be about changing their ways!

    Since Rocky is closer to me and got more votes, I’m going to try him out first, but I am still obliged to you for taking the time to help me. Thanks again!

  • Master Of Middagh

    Oh, yeah? Consider this, Heights Mom: I bet he thought YOU were creepy for standing there staring at him while he got off his bike.

    I’m just waiting for one of my neighbors to post a something like this about ME: “Help! I saw this strange deformed man with a beard and a leather jacket hobbling down Hicks Street- he… he looked at a dog and barked at it! Somebody protect my already smothered children!”

  • Eddyenergizer

    It is actually illegal to lock a bike or anything else to street signs, lampposts, parking meters or any other city property, other than a bike rack…. You can call 311 to complain about an abandon bike and the’ll come and remove it, but it may take a couple of weeks.

  • David on Middagh

    EE: It’s actually okay to lock bikes to city property such as street signs, as long as the bikes don’t unduly obstruct pedestrian traffic or cause some kind of hazard. If you can provide a source for the “illegality” assertion, I will certainly read it over, however.

    Abandoned property is a whole ‘nother thing.

  • Knight

    If it’s a violation of some rule, I’m sure Andrew Porter will tattle to the proper city agency and we’ll have a bunch of ticket happy cops here in no time.

  • Jen

    I’ve read horrible things about the guy on Henry Street. I walk my stuff down to Seoul Tailors on Court down past Kane. About 2 blocks past the Cobble Hill Cinema.

  • PJL

    There’s always a police car parked on Adams St. by the Brooklyn Bridge entrance… often with the officer inside texting or otherwise paying no attention to surroundings… not sure what purpose this serves… ??

    Otherwise, I rarely see any police presence in the neighborhood.

    I’ve had positive experiences with the tailor on Henry St. and hear that there is an ‘old-school’ barber located in the Marriott.

    Highly recommend barber on Clinton (and their brother’s location on Pearl Street).

    Oh yeah, the thread was much more user friendly when chronological… please reconsider.

  • T.K. Small

    No problem. I don’t think these guys are going anywhere soon. If you ever need them, I’m sure they’ll be there.

    But this is a perfect opportunity to explain why I do not like the “clustering”. Your response was posted roughly 4 hours ago, and I have checked into the blog two or three times during that period. It was only just now that I accidentally stumbled across your response. I guess in the big picture of things, it’s not as important as ending world hunger or addressing any number of hobbies pursued by the average beauty pageant contestant, but for the time being, this is my campaign.

    End Clustering Now!