Open Thread Wednesday, March 28, 2012

As we reverently raise our hands in unison to the pop music gods and celebrate the 26th birthday of New York-born & bred Lady Gaga today, let us bestow a joyful noise upon the BHB’s weekly Open Thread. Comment away, you crazy critters.

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  • Tim Pixel

    Not enjoying the demon like wails I have been enduring every morning for these last few days.

  • Eddyenergizer

    Alley Cats?

  • lois

    Happy Wednesday, everyone. Let’s keep it positive today. And let’s hope there are no more falling scaffolds, falling tree limbs or anything else falling from the skies.

  • maestro

    I’ll bet there’s a lot more people sleeping in their cars these days then anyone knows or wants to think about.

  • GHB

    Metrocard expired this morning. Went to the machine to get a new one, only to find out that MTA can’t process credit card transactions this morning system wide! I hate that I had to shell out $2.25 just to get to work. $104 a month isn’t enough???!!!

  • Luke C

    Who would be responsible for getting a sign on the Brooklyn Bridge footpath at the stairway down to Cadman Plaza? Tourists miss those steps and end up on Tillary St.

  • CK

    Does anyone know what the very loud banging was last night in the Heights around Midnight? It sounded like some dumpsters were being emptied or some sort of construction??

  • Lori W

    I am looking to join a local book club in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/Boerum Hill/Park Slope area….Does anyone know of any?

  • Anon

    I suspect getting a sign up on the Brooklyn Bridge would be under the purview of the NYC DOT.

  • T.K. Small

    I predict that Jim Cramer, of CNBC will be the next celebrity in the area.

    As for Alley Cats, when my father moved to Brooklyn Heights in 1948, he told me that there were cats everywhere in the North Heights in the vicinity of Vine Street and gave it a nickname of “Stray Cat Alley”.

  • EHinBH

    Cramer has a huge spread in Summit — where many, many Wall Streeters are settled. Dont think he would give up those daily connections…

  • T.K. Small

    Cramer has been talking about his frustration with getting financing and yesterday mentioned that he was looking at a building with commercial space on the ground floor. Admittedly, the Wall Street connection to being in Summit is quite valuable, but I know he likes this area, and is over here frequently. Let’s see…

  • David on Middagh

    Try BookCourt for a reading club.

  • Mark

    I live on Remsen St and park my car on the street overnight. Most of the street has easy to understand ASP parking which never effect me, but not between Court and Clinton. There the alternate side parking rules are in effect from “Midnight to 3am Mon, Wed, Fri” on the north side of the street, and “Midnight to 3am Tues, Thurs, Sat” on the south side of the street. My question is, what day does “midnight” fall into. In the research I have done, midnight is a concept, not a specific time. It falls in neither the preceding day, nor the following and is only the dividing point between days. So “Midnight to 3am Mon” could effectively mean 11:59pm Mon to 3am Tues, or it could mean 12:01am Mon to 3am Mon. Due to this confusion, I effectively don’t feel safe parking on this section of Remsen any night of the week. Why the city would use the word midnight instead of a time like 12am (not completely better) or 12:01am (the best) just dumbfounds me.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Midnight means 12:00am (the first minute of the day). It is a specific time in regards to street parking rules.

    Would love it if Cramer didn’t live here.

  • She’s Crafty

    Mark, why don’t you just make sure you move your car by 11:50pm the latest and you should be safe.

  • Neighbor Hood

    Karma would be Jim Cramer “moving” here because he had to sleep in his car like the millions of others who have lost everything.

  • Mark

    She’s Crafty,

    Because I am asleep, and don’t need my car until 6am the next morning. The point is it is ok to park on one side of the street overnight, but the bad signs make it hard to tell which side it is.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    What is “bad” about the sign? It’s 12:00am to 3:00am. 12:00am today was Wednesday morning. 11:59pm was Tuesday evening.

  • Claude Scales

    Mark: if you park on that block on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday evening (before midnight) you should park on the north side; if on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening, on the south.

  • brooklynite

    if anyone has children or knows someone that has children i HIGHLY recommend checking out Junior Lowe on Atlantic Ave (bet hicks and henry) which just opened over the weekend. It is a beautiful store with clothing, shoes, books, and even paintings. It seems to have a little bit of everything. Welcome to the neighborhood and best of luck!!!

  • Mark


    The problem is the sign does not say 12:00am it says midnight. If I asked a friend to meet me at midnight Friday, I would expect them to meet me shortly after 11:59pm Friday night until 3am sat, NOT 12:01am Friday to 3am Friday.

  • Mark

    PS, thanks for the answers. I just get annoyed when a city uses a word that can be taken multiple ways and uses more characters, than a specific time that would never create a misunderstanding.

  • Arch Stanton

    No the sign can’t be taken “multiple ways” not if have basic reading comprehension. If It says “Midnight (AKA 12:00 am) to 3 am Monday” How can anyone bring Sunday or Tuesday into the equation when neither of these days are mentioned?

  • Cranberry Beret

    Since the real purpose of these signs is to confuse people so they park when they shouldn’t thereby maximizing parking ticket revenue, I don’t see a big push coming from City Hall to eliminate the alleged ambiguity.

    Anyway, the REAL problem is not the instructions on a single sign, but trying to reconcile two (or more) contradictory signs that are stacked on top of each other.

  • monty

    Saw some lettering painted on the window at 135 Atlantic saying Chez Moi. I believe that’s French for “$13 pancakes on Sunday”.

  • David on Middagh

    Mmmm…. $13 pancakes.

    Re: parking signs. “Midnight” obviates the possibility that we’re talking about the early afternoon. “12 to 3 am” isn’t so clear if you stop reading at “3”. But I agree that confusion begets revenue–a conflict of interest–and personally would like to see the city just charge what the darn spaces are worth.

  • Slide

    Cranberry Beret you can’t be serious that you think the city wants to confuse people so they can write more tickets. The paranoia people have about government these days is truly something to behold.

    The only thing I am confused about is how anybody can be confused about a sign that says no parking between Midnight and 3AM on Monday. How is that confusing?

  • Andrew Porter

    T.K. Small: the first few years I was here, there were hundreds of cats living in the basement of the semi-abandoned parts of the St. George Hotel. Then there was the house on Middagh Street that, when they started working on it, they took 58 squirrels out…

    For that matter, when I first moved here the entire block of Henry, Poplar, Hicks and Fulton was empty, awaiting redevelopment. There were beautiful mahogany shelves in the first floor of the building at the corner of Henry and Poplar.

  • SPM

    For all my fellow dog-owning BHers: If you own or recently purchased a Mascot brand leash – be careful! The Mascot leashes currently on the market have faulty clips which disconnect from harnesses/collars. They have not notified customers about this and those bought through OneKingsLane and other distributors have this malfunction. This means when you are walking your dog on a street or road, they may come off the lead and head into traffic. I contacted the company and they know about it but have not contacted any stores, customers, etc. about this. Not a recommended product at this point.