Open Thread: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It’s an extra special Open Thread Leap Day Wednesday. There will not be another 2/29 that falls on Wednesday until the year 2040… so start your engines and comment away.

Photo by Chuck Taylor: rear upper floor of a Remsen Street home, seen from Grace Court.

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  • Neighbor

    Joe, I have seen the same guy and asked myself the same question. I don’t think he is a driver because he isn’t near a car. I’ve seen him there for over an hour for days. To each his own.

  • wallard

    @Arch Stanton, Joe just opened the door for one of your infamous remarks…. What would a leap day be without a little free hate speech?

  • Cassie Von Montague

    I think the mysterious man on the phone is merely a red herring. He is clearly an agent of the more mysterious owner of Brooklyn Heights Bentley which we should all be much more concerned about.

  • Cassie Von Montague

    I bet this cabal includes the East Village Lamborghini:!/EVLambo

  • GHB

    Was he wearing a hoodie?

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    Why should we be concerned about the Bentley?

  • Master Of Middagh


    Here’s an idea- how about asking him yourself if you’re so darn curious about somebody else’s business who isn’t hurting anybody?

    Just so you know- it is NOT strange for a person to make a phone call at a specific time of day every day. And no, it is NOT strange for a person to talk on their cell phone out of doors- that’s what they’re made for. And it is NOT strange to be doing this at 6:30 in the morning.

    What IS strange is a guy who goes on the neighborhood blog to report this as though it were of any interest whatsoever.

    Let me put it this way- I think several of my immediate neighbors display behavior that makes me curious, but I wouldn’t come on here and ask- “Hey! That guy that lives at such and such an address- what’s HIS deal. C’mon everybody- spill!”

    Do your own dirty work, you nosy little twit…

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Calm Down.

  • roach

    @ amanda: What makes you think the roach came from Curry Heights? It was on the outside of the bag so it could have come from anywhere inside or outside your house when the delivery man put down the bag to ring your doorbell, lock his bike, use the elevator (if u have one). Got the drift?

  • Jorale-man

    Seriously, chill people. It’s not worth getting so upset about.

    Incidentally, I think I’ve seen cell phone guy in the morning – a short maybe Italian fellow who paces the promenade talking very intently for long stretches. At that hour he might be calling someone overseas perhaps. Who knows!

  • Homer Fink

    Pardon the interruption – I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone of this aspect from our terms of service:

    “Posting under more than two usernames repeatedly will lead to your comments automatically being placed into moderation.”

    Thank you.

    Carry on.

  • BronxKid

    Rug cleaning: ABC Carpet does a good job, reliable service, Saturday pick up & delivery. For very small rugs (2′ x 3′) I take them to Mandalay One Cleaners on Montague, between Henry & Hicks (opposite Key Food).

  • Cat

    lol. Is it the roach who is posting under two user names?

  • lori

    On another note, I miss reading the police blotter. They still post the one for the 88th precinct on the Fort Green/Clinton Hill Patch. Any volunteers to replace Heather who did such a great job?

  • Joe From Grace


    You are pretty brave calling me a “nosy little twit” over the internet anonymously. How about saying it to my face? Real tough talk. Positive you are a coward but I hope you prove me wrong.

  • Knight

    @Joe: your last comment strongly indicates that you don’t spend much time reading online commentaries or neighborhood blogs. If MoM’s remark upset you as much as it seems, you’re not going to last long on this board at all. It’s a cold, cruel, anonymous world!

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    I applaud your courage in taking on this subject. I feel the same as you do. My sister died one year ago from malignant brain tumors. She had a very unhappy life prior to being diagnosed but when she knew she was terminal, she made the best of it. At one point she refused medication because she wanted to be able to enjoy her visitors (at Sloan Kettering) and did not want to be drugged. I was there the day she flushed all her meds down the toilet but when the nurse asked her if she would at least take her “happy pills” she readily agreed. I don’t know what those “happy pills” were exactly but they enabled her to cope with the knowledge that she had very little time left. My sister had also suffered from depression most of her life but with the help of those pills, she was a different person and struggled in the hospice to stay alive to see her first grandchild born. With the help of those little happy pills my sister lived for ten months in a hospice with courage and dignity.
    We really have no idea what goes on in another person’s life or how they choose to deal with these issues. Medication helped my sister cope with a terminal illness because I suspect it calmed her down and took away her anxiety and her depression. We will never know why someone else might make a different choice.

  • Joe from Grace


    I hear ya. Bu I figured a man who calls himself “Master” and throws around insults with such abandon (to a stranger no less) would relish the opportunity to straighten me out in person. I anxiously await his response.

  • Arch Stanton

    Dear Joe, I apologize for assuming you were not from the Heights, based only on your nosy comment. I should know better assumptions are usually wrong. I’ll rephrase: MYOB and get a life.
    Oh, and yes, I am a Heights native.

    @wallard, No hatred, just mild nausea.

  • Joe from Grace

    Arch, Clint Eastwood you are not. I saw all three Sergio Leone movies and I don’t remember the Man With No Name cowardly sniping and throwing around empty insults and taunts. You are pathetic. And sad.

  • Arch Stanton

    Dear Joe, fallen from Grace,
    I ever claimed to be Clint or any of his characters. If you were such an expert on the works of Leone, you would know that. As far as being “pathetic and sad” you might want to do a little introspection. Who is prying into the mundane actions of their neighbors?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Homer, I propose the creation of TWO Open Thread Wednesdays. One thread for actual community concerns, questions, and general thoughts. Then a second thread for people to insult each other and get all worked up about nothing. Sound good?

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    my sister’s son is bipolar and has tried to commit suicide on more than one occasion. He has been to two of the best psychiatric hospitals in NY. He refuses to take his medication. He is in his 30’s and a really big guy.Unfortunately, no one can force another person to take medication if they don’t want to.

  • David on Middagh

    I was just thinking how much I like the way the Amazon review-commenting software deals with useless arguments. If enough people click “No” to “Do you think this comment adds to the discussion?”, the remark is hidden and labeled “Members didn’t think this comment added to the discussion. Show anyway? Yes/No”.

    Of course, the Brooklyn Heights Blog would have to start requiring sign-ups & log-ins before it could have a pool of “Members” whose opinions could be counted.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    Was there an issue you wanted addressed on this Open Thread?
    If so, why don’t you post it. I am sure that there are many people who would want to respond.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Hear those crickets chirping? That’s the sound of me not getting dragged into the adolescent bickering.

  • Josh G

    Here’s another good rug repair place: Kosker Traditional Rug Repair; they offer free pickup & delivery

  • Knight

    @Josh: Kosker offers traditional rug repair. Is that as opposed to alternative rug repair? Or are they talking about traditional rugs as opposed to non-conventional ones?

  • PierrepontSkin

    Man, i bet you that most people who argue on here have at least 5-10 years on me and know nothing about internet etiquette and are incredibly immature (and brave, since none of you would actually say this to someones face). Grow up. Address your issues like an adult. Leave the name calling for Pierrepont Playground.

    Oh, and before you have a funny retort, I’ve lived here my entire life.

  • Sheila

    Mr. Fink, you are so right! I usually enjoy the BHB but not for the mental diarrhea of some entries. The Times probably would say “comments closed” if off subject.