Open Thread: Wednesday May 30, 2012

Tomorrow, May 31, is the birthdate of Brooklyn’s hallowed poet & journalist Walt Whitman. He was born in 1819 in Long Island, but his family moved to Brooklyn when he was 4, and he spent much of his professional life in the Borough. In 1846, Whitman became editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, and contributed freelance fiction & poetry. He was fired in 1848, because his political views clashed with the newspaper’s owner’s.

Whitman’s major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855. He used his own money to print 795 copies. The widely distributed work was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Grass was revised several more times until his death in 1892. The collection was hardly a cash cow, and Whitman returned to journalism in 1857, as editor of Brooklyn’s Daily Times. He oversaw the paper’s contents, contributed book reviews & wrote editorials.

Oh, and speaking of editorials… It’s Open Thread Wednesday. What’s on your mind? (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Hghts. res.

    Thanks, North heights res – exactly what I’ve been thinking. It’s getting worse and worse!!

  • PJL

    I don’t think Mt. Sinai physicians or their clientele pose any threat to the neighborhood.

    Hoping the urgent care will have weekend hours–will be nice to be able to go to a reputable doctor close to home if sick on a weekend….

  • Hicks St Guy

    Oh My Pasta closed? gee, I never got a chance to go there.

  • Tony

    The “NYPD DONT TRUST” graffiti is still on the sidewalk in front of 92 Remsen Street. The other place where this particular piece of graffito was displayed – on the brick wall across from Hunts Lane, which has since been partially demolished by an errant SUV – was immediately blasted off by its responsible owner, but this has been allowed to fester for months. Really outrageous that this blight is still there. Then again, this is the same sidewalk whose slates are constantly loose, endangering pedestrians, so I shouldn’t be surprised that the owner is indifferent.

  • Tclinton11201

    to “PBL”, Catania is most likely done, phone service interrupted, hasn’t opened since “vacation”, which was supposed to end early May…

  • Heightster

    Anyone aware that there is already an urgent care facility on Montague Street (I think it’s in 185 Montague?) It has been there for a long time, and I don’t think it has added much to the chaos that is Court/Montague Street area.

    @EHinBH – maybe you can walk in an get some anti-anxiety meds. They might be helpful.

  • Tclinton11201

    to your point Heighster, same with the place south of Atlantic by Hicks, (not really South Central…)

  • T.K. Small

    We just learned that Pierrepont Street is going to be renamed “Scaffold Way”…

  • EHinBH

    Insult all you want, Heightster — and anyone else. You obviously dont understand. This is not just a doctor office with extended hours. Or, perhaps you just dont have a vested interest in the neighborhood. Enjoy.

  • PBL

    @ Tclinton11201 … bummer about Catania. Owner seemed cool, food options (italian “hot bites”) were unique options in the hood, sorry to hear that news. Rough month for Brooklyn Heights eateries (Catania, Oh My Pasta, that Irish pub on Montague).

  • PJL

    These are doctors’ offices. How would an ER or the like on the 17th and 18th floors function?

    PR says it will be staffed with Mt. Sinai doctors–this isn’t a public facility and I doubt that the former Goldman space is cheap.

    If anything, I would expect that forthcoming complaints will be about pricing and insurance accepted….

  • Mark

    @EHinBH I think you missed my sarcasm earlier

    Can a single thing happen in this neighborhood without people saying the sky is falling? We live in a great place and the nannies, Citi bikes, scaffolding, medical clinics and yogurt trucks are not going to ruin it.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Hey City Hall, EHinBH, the lone protector of Brooklyn Heights, doesn’t want this in his/her neighborhood!!! Shouldn’t that be enough?

    Please, there’s plenty of things I don’t want in my neighborhood, like snobbery.

    Calm down.

  • EHinBH

    Give it a rest, ColumbiaHeightster. This place has been snobby since the early days… In any event, there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a good neighborhood to live in == and wanting to protect your investment.

  • grumpy bert

    Any IP attorney recommendations in the hood?

  • BH’er

    thanks for the input on the ice cream truck – it’s great to have but the noise and exhaust really are a concern. a modern generator would be much cleaner and an industrial power outlet that he could plug into would be even greener!

    anyone know how we can make either a reality?

    as far as the 3 cars an hour that drive down Furman – i dont think this poses any risk… and the exhaust from the BQE does not lay over the block like a blanket poisoning the air with filthy fumes like the generator venting over the park does.

    the expressway is far enough removed with the riverside breezes to disperse it

    also, just a note on the medical offices: you might see some of those ambulatory vans pickup/dropoff, but there wont be any raging sirens from ambulances racing people to the 18th flr.

    there are plenty of medical offices in 185 Monty and the builing next door – this will bring jobs, medical care and economic activity to the Court St side of our neighborhood. hopefully, we wont have any more food carts or sidewalk merchants come with it!

  • Flashlight Worthy

    Re: The Mt. Sinai facility… as far as people showing up in our neighborhood for drug tests, there’s already a Quest Diagnostics on Pierrepont between Clinton and Cadman Plaza and a United Healthcare lab above the Chipotle. Both these facilities do pretty much nothing but bloodwork and that includes a lot of drug tests from what I’ve happened to notice.

    The Mt. Sinai facility is much more akin to their “Faculty Practice” building on E. 98th Street next to Central Park — a place for people who want to see a doctor associated with Mt. Sinai but who aren’t sick enough to need to spend a night in the hospital.

    Finally, just so you know, the “ambulatory” in “ambulatory care” has nothing to do with ambulances. Quite the opposite. Ambulatory, in this use, means “the ability to walk in on your own two feet.”

    Personally, I view this as a huge plus for our neighborhood. No more schlepping to Manhattan for top notch medical care and an increase on home prices as the dozens of doctors who work there consider buying in the neighborhood to avoid a long commute.

  • GHB

    Just had an iced coffee from D’Amicos on Court Street. Just shows what swill Starbucks, Tazza and Connecticut Muffin are pushing on us!

  • She’s Crafty

    Oh GHB, did you see that the “yuppies” in Carroll Gardens filed a 311 complaint against D’Amicos because of the smell of their coffee roasting?

  • DrewB

    EHinBH you clearly have no idea what this business is. Why don’t you take a deep breath and focus your attention on something that will actually effect your life. It’s just a doctor’s office. There will be no blaring ambulance sirens associated with it. It is not a methadone clinic. Where the hell did you even get that idea? It is a place to go when you need to see a doctor today, but don’t need to go to the ER. Maybe someday when you are sick, and your doctor can’t see you for a week, you’ll be happy that there is a a docotr who will take care of you when you need it. Or you could just go hang out at LICH ER. That’s fun times.

  • Mr Crusty

    People like EHinBH nauseate me. They don’t have a clue about what they are talking about but that doesn’t stop them, oh no they double down on stupid. Yeah ambulances with sirens will be racing to the 18th floor. Yikes.

  • Mr Crusty

    Yuppies? There are still yuppies?

  • That’s My Dagh

    My AT&T service has been horrible too! No bars in my apartment on Middagh anymore.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Mr Crusty,
    Recently I used the word “yuppie” and my sister (7 years younger) told me that they did not use the word yuppie any longer.
    I wonder what they are calling young urban professionals now?
    I am sure that someone here will tell me.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    “Double down on stupid.” Hahaha. I’m going to start using that as part of my daily lexicon, Crusty.

  • Jorale-man

    In the department of broken things in BH… I noticed one of the old horse hitches on the corner of Clinton and Joralemon was knocked over a while ago and has not been fixed. Any educated guesses as to who manages those?

  • EHinBH

    Look MORONS – enough with the insults. First, I never said their would be an ambulance, so pay attention. It is a 75,000 square foot medical facility that will in part be an urgent care center. I don’t won’t one here. That’s it. You are obviously an uneducated ultra-liberal dope who thinks everything is okay. I don’t. Go rent somewhere else. You probably have no vested interest here. You probably think the government and MY taxes should pay for your existence. Have a nice life.

  • David on Middagh

    Guys… there’s a whole nother thread for the Mount Sinai deal.

  • Lori

    Observations from my 8-year old son:
    That person complaining about kustard king needs to get a hobby. Why do you need to spread bad thoughts across the Internet? Why’s everyone complaining on this site? Ice cream is awesome and only costs $2.50 for a vanilla cone with rainbow sprinkles.

  • Owen

    EHinBH: You did not, to be fair, ever mention ambulances or siren noise among your objections to the Mt. Sinai facility. You’re certainly entitled to not have words you didn’t utter thrown back at you, and to request a degree of civility. (Although ordering the morons to lay off the insults is a pretty hilarious way to do it) What I think most of your critics are responding to, and what I certainly am, is the attitude so perfectly captured in your comments, which seems to be an almost terrified yearning for utter stasis, as if any change, any new direction, any influx of new faces, opinions, backgrounds or viewpoints different from your own are to be fought to the death.
    Do you really believe that two floors of medical offices are going to destroy Brooklyn Heights? Do you really think that outpatient procedures being conducted your neighborhood are going to reduce your property’s value so dramatically? Or (and this is I believe at the root of so many of the comments on this blog that make many of us twitch when we read them) is it just that you see any change at all as one more attack on Brooklyn Heights as YOU know it; that the investment in the neighborhood you pride yourself on is first and foremost a desire to keep it a place that mirrors your beliefs, values, priorities, background and class as much as possible? You can and probably will say that I’m extrapolating far too much from the discussion about the medical center. But all of the back and forth about this issue has basically been about the issued I’ve raised. So I’m curious to see what you think.
    And by the way I’m not an uneducated uber-liberal who thinks that the government and YOUR taxes should take care of me. I’m a comparatively highly educated, politically liberal person who thinks that government, financed by my taxes and your taxes and the taxes of many other millions of people has a role to play in providing certain basic rights and securities to its citizens, which is hardly a radical idea. Unless of course you subscribe to a much more predatory kind of Social Darwinism in which you define your species much more selectively than I do mine…