Open Thread Wednesday 3/14/12

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  • PBL

    @She’s Craft & @fernolivia — Thanks much! I LOVE Hanco’s, but I admit its a guilty pleasure of ham, pork and pate (good for once in a while). Have never been to Perlanda, will definitely check that out!

    @Kara — Awesome tip! Never knew that! How are the pannelles?

    @Matthew Parker — Totally agree, I usually do prepare lunches at home, but I am finding myself experiencing some crazy cabin fever. I usually use lunch as an excuse to get out and treat myself (and it helps that working at home gives me more time to hit the gym).

    One thing I would love to find is a place that makes great fish tacos … not the fried kind, but healthier, grilled fish tacos, avocado, etc. Used to eat an “ok” version at Baha Express that really hit the spot and wasn’t all that bad for you.

  • Still here

    Redistricting and the park.

    It seams that the proposed federal redistricting plan for NYS would move the Brooklyn Bridge Park from Nydia Velasquez to Jerry Nadler’s district. The Heights remains with Nydia.

    See for the maps.

    Doesn’t make sense to me to separate those most responsible for the advocating and creating the park from the park at this time, especially after all of Nydia’s past support.

    How shall this affect the park?

  • epc

    Re: redistricting: I’m pulling this out of almost completely thin air, but on many maps the piers still show (and may legally be in) New York County, not Kings. I wonder if whoever did those maps (there’s another set floating around which the Legislature filed Sunday night but I haven’t seen them)…anyway, if the judge doing the Federal maps just followed the existing county lines.

    I wonder what it would take to get the Brooklyn watefront legally moved to Kings County (I can’t point to anything directly but I’ve seen the piers up to Furman listed as New York County on 1950s era maps and on some other maps as recently as 2005).

  • WillowtownCop

    The best lunch is a couple of pies from Damascus on Atlantic – I like spinich and feta and chicken. They’re $2.

  • Knight

    @Heightsguy: Just after 8PM, a crane being pulled by a tugboat hit the scaffolding on the Brooklyn Bridge. Police and news helicopters were buzzing about for hours afterward.

  • Nikki

    Why is our community board so inept at updating their website? Seriously, the last meeting I went to serves as proof that many of these individuals who have sat on the board for YEARS need to retire. I appreciate their experience and their commitment but they are in many cases drowning out change!

  • Nikki

    On a happier note, I love this nabe in the spring! It was so nice to see a lemonade stand on the corner. The kids were so cute.

  • EHinBH

    111 is a great building, but yes, the maint is very high for the hood. If you are staying for a long time and can afford it I wouldnt worry about it. If you are going to move in a few years, it could be difficult: apartments with those high carrying costs sit in the market for a long time.

  • She’s Crafty

    Thanks EH. Does the vacant restaurant space affect the maintenance at all (like, if it gets rented, would the mtnc. go down?)

  • GHB

    Ha! Maintenance NEVER goes down. And that space has been vacant for a long time!

  • Arch Stanton

    The maintenance is probably high at 111 because the initial renovation was done on the cheap. I had some friends who lived there back in the 80’s soon after it was completed; they complained constantly about the shoddy work. One of their main complaints was the poor sound insulation (or lack of), they could hear neighbors talking in the adjacent apartments.

  • Josh G

    Agree with all comments on 111. There is always a scaffold around that building.. great on rainy days I suppose. They just erected another one 2 weeks ago

  • She’s Crafty

    Noise would be an issue for us as my husband does some recording at home. Any other comments especially is it kid friendly and are there a lot of kids there? We also are considering Concord Village…Very helpful so far…thanks everyone.

  • Hicks St Guy

    @SheCrafty, no comparison between 111 Hicks & Concord Village. One reason the maintenance is high is because the bldg is fully staffed, 24 hour doorman, resident super & mgmt agent, and the nypd said the security is ‘like Fort Knox.” yes, shoddy work in the past, but has been steadily remedied over the past 5 years.

    @prodetter, is that a compliment?

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Anna B,
    Whatever you do stay clear of the jeweler on Montague Street.
    I took my wedding ring there to be resized and whoever did the work ruined my ring. The back of my ring broke in two and I had to take it to Bartmann jewelers on Broadway in Manhattan.
    I was charged $350 at Bartmann for a new shank.
    Next time I need any repair work I will go to Satnick as one poster recommended.

  • Will Pill

    PBL, don’t forget about Iris Café and Fatoosh for lunch options!

  • She’s Crafty

    @HSG I hear you about the differences. One thing I did like about CV is there are a lot of kids there and a youth soccer league, pizza parties on Thursday nights in the children’s garden etc. If my kid has to grow up in an apt. building I’d like there to be other kids around, that’s why I was asking about the kid aspect of 111. I couldn’t really get a sense of it on our visit.

  • Knight

    @ShesCrafty: There are a lot of kids of all ages at 111 Hicks; it’s definitely a kid-friendly building. And the parents seem to form close connections amongst themselves, as well. It’s also pet-friendly if that’s a current or future concern. My feeling about maintenance is that you get what you pay for. Considering the cleanliness, security, and location of the St. George Tower, I think it is a much better place to raise children than Concord Village — which is too close to the Farragut Houses for my liking.

  • Knight

    btw: GHB is correct — that retail space has been vacant for about 5 years. The problem is zoning. The residents don’t want another restaurant in the space because of the noise that the last one generated — and they can’t get a different kind of tenant without getting the space reclassified by the City (which I understand is a bureaucratic nightmare for a landmark building to do).

  • She’s Crafty

    This is all great to know. We have to sell our place before we can buy so that’s the first step and I know apts. come up pretty frequently in 111 because it’s such a large building. We’ll keep looking there! Thanks again.

  • EHinBH

    I’m a big fan of Concord Village, which I think will show tremendous value growth in the next ten years. That said, it does not compare to living right in the Heights, which is one of the best places to live in the City. There are a ton of kids in BH and in 111. Friends wont be a problem. Again, it’s all about the amount you can afford and how long you’ll be there. More space for the money in CV, but less charm, more crowds, less transportation, and way less in ammenities. But if you are looking to make a good investment, CV will win over 111 any day.

  • EHinBH

    She’s Crafty === Also check out 75 Henry. Larger apartments than 111 and cheaper maint. Also, you can get an unrenovated place there for really cheap and make it your own.

  • She’s Crafty

    @EH, we live in the Heights right now, but our building only has really small 2 bedrooms so people usually leave when their kids are in elementary school (as we are thinking of doing). I’ll look at 75 Henry but I think purchase prices are lower at 111 Hicks, possibly because of the higher maintenance. I did notice a great variation in the maintenance charges at 111 that can’t be attributable only to higher floor/more square footage, so perhaps it’s possible to find an apt. where it’s not so onerous.

  • Capulet

    PBL. Fish tacos worth the walk at Superfine in Dumbo – soft corn tortilla, and no fried fish. Call in advance because they dont seem to have them on the menu all the time.

  • T.K. Small

    MOT: Depending on whether your cousin will need a bathroom, Teresa’s is not your only option. Heights Café is accessible, including the bathroom. Chipotle is also another option. There is accessible seating at Grand Canyon, just inside the door, but one cannot get to the bathroom there. Bon Gusto should also work. Sometimes they have people sitting in front of the ramp, but that should not dissuade you.

    If you want to venture a little further, Waterfalls Café on Atlantic is pretty good, but again I think the bathroom is inaccessible. Also, there is Shake Shack and Panera Bread. These last two suggestions are recently opened so they SHOULD be accessible.

    This seems like a good project for warmer weather. At the very least, there should be a basic list of accessible restaurants in the area.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Nikki, about CB2. I think there is only 1 paid employee, and the rest are volunteers. I am sure they would love to have you or someone else volunteer to help with the website.

  • PBL

    @Capulet — Awesome! Didn’t know Superfine had those … really appreciate the info.

  • RaisinCat

    Concord Village is a great place to live. There are doorman staffed 24/7 as well as a security patrol and security cameras. There are no noise issues through the walls but sometimes hallway noise comes through the doors.

    CV has a bad rap with you guys for no reason. You will get more space for your money and you are a 10 min walk maximum to all the subway lines and great neighborhoods.

    There are tons of families and community events. Rooftop access too.

  • She’s Crafty

    @RaisinCat, I like Concord and know a few people who live there. PS8 just expanded to a middle school which will be at Westinghouse which is right across the street from CV, and I work in downtown Brooklyn anyway, so it would be very convenient for us all around. I wonder if you can still have your own washer/dryer in your apt. there? I know you can at 111.

    @me, we aren’t looking for a condo, only a coop but thanks.

  • She’s Crafty

    @PBL one more lunch suggestion. If you are into ‘street meat’ the best purveyor is on Court between Joralemon and Livingston Sts. On the Fulton St. side of Court, halfway down the block. There is one cart on the corner of Joralemon and Court, this is not the one I mean (although she’s fine). It’s literally in the middle of the block. They have the most delicious SM I’ve found in the area, and now – they serve felafel too I think. Enjoy….if you do go to Hanco’s or Hale and Hearty don’t forget to get the frequent buyer cards, buy 10 soups get one free.