Open Thread, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Big news on this day, May 2, 1900. According to a headline in the Brooklyn Eagle, “Edna Is Not Insane.” The story reveals that Brooklyn physicians failed to agree with Manhattan experts who examined Edna Wade after her mother charged the child of “being wayward.” Following examination, the Children’s Society declared, “There was nothing in the girl’s actions to lead to the slightest suspicion she was mentally unbalanced.” The reason Edna was declared nuts: She refused to eat.

And so, on this Open Thread Wednesday, let us break bread together and share what’s on our collective minds. But please, don’t get all crazy now, you hear?

(Photo: Chuck Taylor/Remsen Street between Hicks and Montague Terrace)

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  • bklyn20

    On Saturday, May 19th, the Housing Works Thrift Shop on Montague Street is having a local Brooklyn art event — with items made by Brooklynites — like us! Almost anything is accepted so long as it is made by hand — crafts, art, clothing, etc. (But no food, please.) Donations will be accepted starting Saturday May 12th. Please note that all of the proceeds will go to persons living with HIV/AIDS. For more information or see Nefertiti, Allen or Raffi or Nourit at the store or call (718) 237-0521.

  • Peter

    Thank you GBH

  • Heightser

    Anyone ever been to an event at Baco in DUMBO on Jay Street?

  • bronxkid

    AEB and MartinL – thank you for the referrals! New doorknobs here we come!

  • cat

    Forewarned: forgot to move the car from State St. (near Sidney Pl) on time this a.m. for alternate side parking. Husband ran out there at 8:05 (8:00 is the time it has to be moved), and not only was there a ticket, but the NYPD tow truck operator had already started to put the equipment on to tow it. Husband talked him out of it. They are so aggressive in the Heights.

  • Claude Scales

    Bevacco closing, after a visit from Anne Hathaway?

  • bornhere

    On my way to the R this morning, I walked past the wholly (and sadly) defunct La Traviata, where work has commenced. The removed La Trav sign, however, has revealed the remnants of the Hebrew National sign. Ah, yes. Out with the old, out with the older ….

  • Nabeguy

    bornhere, I remember that Hebrew National sign, as I’m sure you do as well.

    Monty, thanks for filling in the Bubby story. I went there with my daughter apres the management change and couldn;t figure out where I was. Talk about an asinine decision.

  • Mike


    They have to be that aggressive or else people like you husband delay the sweeper and it doesn’t make it to other streets in time in sweep. I wait in my and half the time the sweeper comes after ASP is already over due to people not moving theirs cars and my street doesn’t get swept. Its is just the way it is. It sucks you got a ticket, but don’t blame the city when you know what the rules are.

  • GHB

    Jeezus, where did you go to school?

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Who cares where he went to school. He has a point.

    One of my doctors is “world renowned”. He can’t spell worth a darn and if you saw one of his e-mails, you’d think it was written by a child and not a man who graduated from some of the best schools in this country.

  • TeddyNYC


    That’s why I keep my car in a parking garage. It’s expensive, but at least I don’t have to worry about what time I have to move it, getting tickets, having it moved because of a film shoot, having it towed, having it vandalized or broken into.

  • shamrock

    TeddyNYC is right. I want to cry every time I pay my monthly garage bill for a car that I rarely drive, but always try to remind myself what it was like after getting several tickets and being towed (not to mention being broken into).

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    @TeddyNYC, if you don’t mind sharing, what’s the monthly cost on a garage in the Heights?

  • cat

    @Mike, don’t be an ass. My husband is usually out there at 7 am sitting in the car for an hour because it’s hard to get a space. So he forgot one morning and was FIVE minutes late. Since the street sweepers on State St. have from 8am to 6pm to sweep, I don’t think this is the cause of your street not being swept. The street sweepers simply go around unmoved cars anyway. Yours is one of the more assinine responses I’ve seen here lately.

    @Teddy, we can’t afford a garage. And our couple of $60 tickets a year don’t get anywhere close to the $300+/mo. it costs to garage a car around here.

    It’s not the ticket I have an issue with. It’s the towing! There was a scooter parked across the street from our house that wasn’t moved for MONTHS and had a gazillion tickets on it. It finally disappeared off the street a week or so ago. Why wasn’t it towed 5 minutes after the first ticket?! That’s all I’m saying. Rant over.

  • Gnocchi

    To the earlier comment about Bevacco, I would be very sad and surprised if they were considering closing! We love the food there, and go there often, and it is always quite busy. Not only is the food excellent, but they are wonderful for families with small children who don’t mind dining early. on the weekends, I have noticed that there is usually a good family crowd, and then groups without kids filter in afterwards.

  • Eddyenergizer

    Cat, Don’t feel so bad, I’ve been ticketed by those merciless fiends at 8:01! I did get the ticket thrown out but it required a trip to a PVB “Help Center”.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    We gave up our car and save nearly $8,000 a year on the car insurance and the parking garage.
    The cost of a reserved spot at 75 Henry Street was $420 a month two years ago and they had a long waiting list when we left.

  • Villager

    Beastie Boys’ “MCA” Adam Yauch dies at 47. He was from Brooklyn Heights?

  • hoppy


    I’m saddened by the death of Brooklyn Heights’ own MCA.

    Some locally relevant lyrics:

    “Every Morning I Took The Train To High Street Station
    Doing Homework On The Train, What A F**ked Up Situation”

    -Root Down

    “So I’m out pickin’ pockets at the Atlantic Antic
    And nobody wants to hear you cause your rhymes are so frantic”