Open Thread Wednesday 2/1/12

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

BHB Photo Club pic by BrooklynBill via Flickr

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  • Freddie

    Anyone knows where winter is?

  • Teresa

    Seeking Willow, who can take my little tree and plant it. I can be reached at tagnyc @ yahoo.


  • AmyinBH

    Freddie, Winter is waiting until we all get used to the warmer weather to reappear.

  • RamonaQuimby

    The garbage cans are back on Cranberry & Hicks! Thanks to everyone who called 311.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Has anyone noticed what the optometrist Friedman has done to his bay window? He framed it in thick silver metal. Could this possibly be in conformity with landmarks? It’s hideous and cheap.

  • T.K. Small

    I certainly mean no disrespect to our neighbor Bjork, but I just don’t get her. Last night she was on the Stephen Colbert show and her performance, as always, completely escaped me. However, I did find that her oversized, lumpy fur hat was interesting, which is completely inconsistent with being a vegetarian. I hope people appreciate my dilemma.

  • GHB

    Topham, would you say that if his name was Smith?

  • Master Of Middagh

    I agree with GHB.

    Topham- nobody trusts your opinions anymore because you’ve made it clear on many occasions that you are a rabid anti-Semite who will make a negative comment on any post or subject having to do with a person of Jewish heritage. You played your hand too often and now everybody knows where you’re coming from…

  • PJL

    On a more positive note, watched Win-Win on dvd this weekend: Paul Giamatti is a treasure!

  • lcd

    Great picture! What are those things? Looks like wooden polls topped with copper rings, at bklyn bridge park perhaps?

  • Topham Beauclerk

    GHB and Master Moron:

    Do the pair of you see an anti-Semite round every corner? And yes, if the man’s name had been Smith I would have said the same thing. Look for yourself the next time you pass his store; you needn’t take my word for it that the silver metal frame is cheap, ugly, and unsuited to the building.

    Get a grip on yourselves; your neuroses are showing.

  • The Falconer

    Dear (well-intentioned, yet horribly misguided, pigeon-loving) neighbor on Monroe Place,

    Dogs are pets. Cats are pets. Pigeons are not.

    When you feed pigeons, you feed rats.

    Like rats, fleas, bedbugs, et al., pigeons carry pestilence and disease. They are pests, occupying the tippy top of the vermin food chain. Pigeons are far dirtier than cockroaches. Louder and poopier, too.

  • AEB

    Oh, heavens, let pigeons be! They have as much right to their earthly lives as you or I.

    They’re really, really, really low on the do-humans-harm list–and they have their own beauty, their own place.

    Pestilence, indeed! De-plague your thoughts, Falconer!

  • Master Of Middagh

    Sure Topham- the fact that you latch onto or create any opportunity you can to lambast Jewish people is just a coincidence. Not being Jewish myself, I’m not often as aware of anti-Semites as I could perhaps be, but when a pattern of abuse as strong as yours emerges, even a moron like myself must bow and recognize the obvious.

  • bornhere

    I almost dread mixing in on this, but … I love Stuart Friedman and have been going to him since he came to the Heights; but the metal “fix” of the once-precarious window is pretty awful. Was this necessarily his choice or one of the building owner?

  • Tony

    Very depressing sight on the corner of Joralemon and Henry. The lovely pond of fish had to be covered with wire because too many fools were tossing their specie into it. Now that there’s wire up, people are chucking their coinage with abandon — even quarters, I guess the economy is improving — apparently as some kind of stupid joke. People really suck.

  • Hicks St Guy

    I think one should suss out the optometrist’s window before assuming the worst regarding Topham’s comment. I think the whole of Montague St is pretty ugly.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    TK, she’s a very unique artist, for sure. Not everyone is going to “get” her. I certainly don’t get her, or like her. But why is this a dilemma for you? Artists, performers, and musicians of all different flavors are what make New York great. So no, your dilemma is not appreciated. Artistic diversity rules.

  • Tony

    Really, people, this predictable torrent of “j’accuse!” every time Topham pipes up has got to stop. It’s gotten very boring.

  • Ex-Heightster

    Masturbater Of Middagh:

    I’ve been away for a while but I you’re still up to your extremely misguided, arrogant ways.

    Huge stretch to call another blogger anti-Semitic for suggesting someone named “Friedman” may have violated Landmarks preservation!!! Even a jackass like yourself should realize that!!!

  • T.K. Small

    @ColumbiaHeightser: My dilemma is in trying to reconcile the conflict of liking her deliciously absurd fur hat and me being a vegetarian. Sorry for not making that clear initially.

    As for understanding her art, I didn’t mean to suggest that I had to. I more than acknowledge that the artistic community in New York City play a very important part of what makes New York City so great.

  • Wrennie

    T.K. Small, is it possible that it’s faux-fur?

  • T.K. Small

    No, I don’t think that’s possible. People from Iceland are a pretty bloodthirsty bunch and are descendents from Vikings. Wearing faux-for doesn’t seem possible, given her ancestry…

  • Nancy

    Does anyone know why the Mortons on Adams Street closed? I know it isn’t Brooklyn Heights, but I can’t find anything anywhere

  • Tony

    This is an open forum, Yo, and as such no one should be muzzled. Breathtaking that the wrongs of censorship in a free society need to be explained to you, but there it is.

    I fail to see what Topham wrote was objectionable. He was criticizing an ugly addition to a building that should have been protected by the Landmarks Commission. The proprietor’s ethnic background is immaterial. That several people have needlessly dredged up anti-Semitism is a mere reflection of their knee-jerk mindlessness.

    Also, I’ve seen Mr. Beauclerk comment on numerous occasions on topics that have nothing to do with the Chosen People. Do a search and see for yourself.

  • Topham Beauclerk


    “At what point does a person’s bile warrant a simple banning,” you ask. Urging censorship, are we, for opinions you don’t happen to like or misconstrue? The fact that others here saw nothing anti-Semitic in my remark might suggest to someone not swollen with conceit and his own brand of bile that a little humility about the rightness of his opinion is in order.

    TK writes that “people from Iceland are a pretty bloodthirsty bunch.” What’s your view of that remark? Should we ban TK for anti-Iceland bias?

  • Topham Beauclerk


    Why is my comment “awaiting moderation”?

  • Tony

    Me too, Homer. What did I do?

  • Master Of Middagh

    @Ex-Heightster: And I see your reading comprehension skills are as poor as your ability to make witty jokes.

    My point wasn’t that Topham wasn’t correct in his assertion regarding ascetics. It was that nobody will or should trust his assessment on anything having to do with any Jewish person because he launches attacks against them automatically. And people on this blog should be reminded of this tendency of his every single time it comes up. There are some consequences to declaring a personal philosophical and ideological war against an entire people and one of those is that you have to own it…