Open Thread: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It’s a drizzly Wednesday, which means there’s nothing better than staying warm and comfy with the Brooklyn Heights Blog Open Thread. What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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  • Peter

    Good Morning ; )

  • Poplar

    I’ve been noticing a lot of dead birds on the sidewalks these days. Anyone else? Theories?

  • Tclinton11201

    2012 magnetic field – end of days?

    I’ll stick to this story!

  • GHB

    Poplar, I notice lots of dead baby birds this time of year. I guess they’re rejected because they’re weak or sick and are discarded from the nest. Happens every spring…

  • Luke C

    Did anyone catch that training event over at the Red Cross building Tuesday? Had a couple of street fires burning, dummies splayed around and others shouting that they needed help. Seems OEM forgot to tell the NYFD because they came running!

  • bornhere

    Luke — PD and FD were part of the training activity.

  • someone

    Anyone knows if the new ferry dock at Pier 1 is gonna stay permanently?

  • Isabel

    My excellent cleaning lady is looking for more work. If interested, call Aida at 347-235-7641.

  • Terry

    Strange, Chuck Taylor takes photos that are of the exact same subjects I take (with a few weeks in between)!

    (I think there was also a pic of the montague phone booth a while back.)

    Wonder if I should be flattered!

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Isabel, can you give any guidance about Aida’s rates? We are in fact looking for someone.

  • Chuck Taylor

    terry — consider our synchronicity awfully fine taste in photographic subjects? mind you, i’m also drawing from a robust library of BH pics, since i’m never without my camera as i hike the heights… cheers, mate!

  • Cassie VonMontague

    Workers are currently taking down the scaffolding on the Arlington Apartments, 62 Montague Street. I’m excited to see how the facade facelift turned out.

  • Mamacita

    Is there a local resource for finding babysitters or childcare? I’m looking for a college or HS student to babysit over the summer. With so many schools in the neighborhood, I would think there are a lot of kids looking for summer work!

  • SPM

    Speaking of scaffolding, what is happening with the one on the corner of Pierrepont and Willow? I’ve noticed a large chunk that has come down and I have never seen anyone working on it. Should someone be called? This was the “emergency” scaffolding which was put up at 10 o’clock in the evening several months ago.

  • Miss Montague

    Actually, they are putting up scaffolding at 66 Montague, not removing it from 62!

  • Isabel

    ColumbiaHeightser, Aida charges $100 for 6 hours work.

  • willowbubb

    mamacita- i’m a grad student I live in brooklyn heights and babysit for a family on tuesdays and fridays but would be available monday,wednesday,thursday.. let me know if you’re interested.

  • JP

    Does anyone know of a good mommy/baby group in Brooklyn heights?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Isabel, can I email you off-line about this? Homer/Chuck, how do we privately exchange email addresses (if Isabel is okay with it)?

  • Hicks-ter

    I’ll throw in a pitch for my cleaning lady, Marlene, who is great. I pay $80 for roughly five hours (I’m in a one bedroom). She’s at 347-207-6833

  • willowbubb

    JP- bococa_parents : BoCoCa Parents, Brooklyn

  • Boo

    I live on Henry Street between Joralemon and State. I face the gardens of Garden Place and for years have enjoyed the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. A neighbor took up the drums last year and I was patient mostly because it wasn’t too frequent and the hours were fairly reasonable. This year seems to be a different story and the person is playing more frequently and at times that are beyond reasonable. For example, I went to bed last night around 10:00 and the drums were being played very loudly. I guess this is another factor. The playing is loud and constant. I am going to start with a letter — I don’t know the family, but have narrowed down the house. Is there anyone else on this blog who is in this area or has had a similar experience?

  • Terry

    Chuck, do you have a Flickr (or similar) picture repository?

    The heights does have a lot of photogenic areas, that’s for sure…

  • Mamacita

    Willowbubb – Yes! I’m interested! email me at and we can chat

  • Linda Tapia

    That would have made me crazy. I am sensitive to noise after having lived below a lunatic for two years who made noise until 3AM just to drive me crazy.Thankfully I no longer live in that building and the people in this building are very civilized!
    This sounds like a “quality of life” issue. You should report it to 311 especially if it is late at night.

  • Linda Tapia

    Go to:

    There is a “guide to New York City’s Noise Code” on that website.
    Also, as stated on that website, noise complaints go to 311.

  • bklyn20

    Last night I witnessed a momentous event. Two police officers stopped a bicyclist. The cyclist was wearing a helmet, had a light on his handlebars, and was riding on the sidewalk on the west side of Hicks Street between Remsen and Grace Court. Does anyone want to go there?

  • Boo

    Linda — Thank you. I will go to the website and see what my options are. I don’t want to spend an entire summer listening to the drumming.

  • Isabel

    ColumbiaHeightster, yes, email me @

  • She’s Crafty

    I’ll go there. Riding on the sidewalk is illegal. Glad s/he was wearing a helmet and had lights, but still – not legal to ride on the sidewalk. It’s dangerous for pedestrians, for which sidewalks were made.