Open Thread Wednesday 9/24/08

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  • nancy

    Do you know if he takes GHI and how long the average wait is to get an appointment?? I have had a dr. in mind, but it takes forever to get a first appointment.

  • Jen

    Tazza has the most counter-intuitive set-up ever. I don’t understand why they placed the register where they did, forcing people to line up/walk between the tables and a huge pole. Also wish they would put milk out for customers to use themselves. Half the time my coffee has the wrong amount of milk and there are 7 people in line behind me. I asked one of the waitresses about this and she said they used to leave milk out but people would steal it. Seriously? Maybe because of the stupid layout.

  • Clark Street Howl Fest!

    Has anyone else heard the dogs howling in the Clark Street area? I can’t pinpoint the building – but it’s one of them in the area of the 2/3 subway. Very sad reminder that it is great to have dogs, but you have to be responsible and think if it is fair to keep them cooped up in an apartment. These poor creatures sound like they are in pain.

  • AliG

    bornhere, since Aerosoles entire stock was ruined, Taze no longer has anything to cook.

  • Amy

    I second Laurie’s recommendation of Dr. Berk. I have been going to him for about 6 years, including 2 years in the middle when I was living in Manhattan, but I would come back to BK to see him. He gives all his patients the time they deserve. More doctors should be like him.

  • ls

    Thanks Laurie and Amy.

    I second all of the comments about Tazza. Went there only once when they first opened and did not have a good experience. Haven’t been back since.

  • ABC

    I don’t understand why the Tazza near Atlantic is nice and the one here is so annoying? Order a sandwich and wait a half hour. And the tables are empty whenever I’m there. Wish they’d just give up the table service idea.

  • Just a Neighbor

    Does anyone know how to find the thread with the eye doctor recommendations, please?

  • Peter

    I have never had a problem at Noodle Pudding, Ari (who I assumed was the owner, but maybe I am wrong) always goes out of his way to greet me when I go there. Love the food and the prices too. Sorry to hear that service has been poor lately, I guess I have only been there one time in recent months. Hmmm.

  • bornhere

    Just a Neighbor: That’s a great question. I tried the site’s “search” with “ophthalmologist” and then with “deutsch” (a Remsen Street doc who was recommended), but nothing came up.
    Homer: Is there some special way to use the “search element” here?

  • Claude Scales

    bornhere: I think the problem is that the search engine only searches the texts of top posts, not comments. My recommendation of Dr. James Deutsch, at 110 Remsen, can be found in my comment (you need to scroll down a ways) on this post, where, you may note, I misspelled “opthalmologist”.

  • bhmom

    Right ABC, not only do you wait 1/2 hr. for a sandwich, but you get served at 2 different times (especially annoying if you come with a less than patient child. I also feel that if you are paying for table service, they should at least serve you something extra with a sandwich or some bread with a salad, like they do in other places.

  • bornhere

    Thanks, Claude. And, by the way, I second the recommendation of Jim Deutsch (and I also think the first “h” in “ophthalmologist” makes for ridiculous and invariably confounding spelling :)

  • JGM

    Now that the Pickle has been up and running for a month or so, any word on how they are doing? It always seems completely empty when I walk by…but then again, I am not their lunch crowd target market….

  • nabeguy

    Thanks for the Deutsch recommendation Claude (although it will probably be impossible to get an appointment now!) Can’t second your recommendation of Friedman, however. I went there to replace a pair of bifocals that I lost at sea (long story), and was wearing an old non-bifocal pair at the time. Despite their tests and my telling them that I required bifocals, they blew it and gave me another pair of single focus lenses. I’ll go back to Grants, where I got my first glasses at the age of 10.

  • nabeguy

    Sorry, that should have been Grand’s (must have had Foster Grants on my mind)

  • ratNYC

    I received this email from a Paulson guy, do you think its some sort of a scam?
    Dear American:

    I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

    I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

    I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

    This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

    Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

    Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson

  • nabeguy

    Pure genius, rat.

  • Berkeley

    Anyone noticing a particularly rank odor around 180 Montague. Hits you about the time you reach the Hallmark Shop/Eamonn’s and is pronounced up to around the doors of Garden of Eden. I know there are grates along the sidewalk, and perhaps it’s something down there. Latest theory is it’s a dead body in the trunk of a Zip Car down in the parking garage. Certainly isn’t Maple Syrup… Anyone?

  • bornhere

    Yes, Berkeley. I also notice, even though it’s getting a bit cooler, how not great Montague Street smells in the morning (at least the North side, Henry to Clinton).

  • Kristen

    So glad someone else has noticed that disgusting smell! I walk by it every day on my way to the subway. I keep hoping someone at Garden of Eden will take care of whatever the problem is… It can’t be helping their business.

  • hickster

    Does anyone know the story with the homeless gut who hangs around the clark street station. he is yound, brown hair beard, always walks around smoking a cigarette stub with look of pure enjoyment (like he is savoring a cuban). I am intrigued by him. Lately, he has been looking cleaner and changing outfits so I am thinking he might just be disturbed not necessarily homeless…

    Also, just does Tango stay in business given the high rent and the exorbitant prices. You;d think they’d have as much trouble as a high end bar on Montague…

    Lastly, the fancy lobster roll at Sea Asian rocks

  • bornhere

    If I’m not mistaken, the proprietor of Tango owns that building.

  • Jodie Scranton

    Dumpster outside of the Wine Bar today…anyone see any activity?

  • Just a Neighbor

    Thanks all, for the help with the eye dr.

    Jodie, there’s a guy who can be found there nearly every day who seems to have the lowdown on the owners cleaning the place out. It was shut down so suddenly that all the food was left to go bad. If you people want to smell what nasty smells like, the old Busy Chef space takes the cake on a bad day. Oof.

  • nabeguy

    I think that dumpster may actually be a back-up for the one in front of the building undergoing a gut-renovation at 67 (?) Cranberry. I think it’s going to take quite a while to unravel the legal issues with the CoC spaces, so I woulldn’t expect anything to move on that front soon. Although of the 4 in question, Wine Bar would probably be the first to turn over; as it hhas a better landlord than the others.

  • Cherished Quiet Time

    After nearly a year of 7AM jackhammering, peeping toms and shouting, I am in absolute awe at how quiet and peaceful my strip of Brooklyn has become since the Love Lane Garage construction men were suspended.

    I know that the suspension is temporary, but the quiet times are like a fine wine. It has been a blessed joy that I hate to see come to an end.

    To those of you who have never experienced this type of invasion, be grateful.

  • Monty

    A little Google Fu for those of you having trouble with site search. You can ask Google to search a specific web site by prefacing with site:URL. So try this in Google: “ opthamologist”

  • bornhere

    On my way to the R train this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the horrible smell, yet again, on Montague Street; but this evening is the first time I’ve really noticed it at night. I know this is not in the Parole Office category of significant issues, but what’s the deal? And I was amazed to see people dining outside at Buon Gusto and other haunts, somehow enjoying the “night air.” Feh.