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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  • epc

    I hesitate to ask a question that isn’t about rent stabilzation, ambulatory care or Mr. Krusty’s Ice Cream:

    Why have the flags been removed from the flagstaff at the Main Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park?

  • abkadabra

    I used to live in Westchester, and used WestMed as my primary care doctors. It is just a bunch of nice doctors who have offices together with various specialties. They are open all day, but also have extended and weekend hours, which is extremely convenient. They take lots of kinds of insurance and maintain lovely, clean facilities. Heaven knows this neighborhood could use more doctors — seems like people are constantly asking me for recommendations for good ones in the neighborhood. I’m very pleased that they’ll be opening here.

  • Claude Scales

    Owen: if I could put a star next to your comment, I would. All I can do is say, bravo!

  • Andrew Porter

    I don’t believe anyone has complained about the medical office building at the corner of Remsen and Henry Street, nor the Medical Arts building a block or so away. Both are filled with doctors and waiting rooms, and medical transport services routinely stop there, with nary a notice from the neighborhood.

    Hey, a month early, I saw lightning bugs tonight at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! Can the Promenade be far behind in this annual experience in the wonders of Nature?

  • Willowtowncop

    Cops call non blue collar white people (including hipsters, whose parents are white collar) marshmallows because they’re soft and white. They’re really all yuppies, though.

  • Claude Scales

    Even if we’re over 40? Are we at least stale marshmallows?

  • Claude Scales

    I find it wonderfully ironic that, on the comment thread about 85 Livingston, EHinBH lauds the “free market economy”, but here decries a “free market” decision by the owner of One Pierrpont Plaza to rent to a medical facility.

  • BH’er

    @Lori – your 8-year can sleep well – I have many hobbies and looking after my health is one of them.

    While I like vanilla ice cream, too, I don’t like the gas exhaust that hangs over the block, especially on hot, calm summer days

    I like the Kustard King truck but would like to see either a cleaner (quieter) generator or an electrical outlet installed, so that the generator is not needed at all – it’s noisy and dirty

  • lois

    Just took a second look at the picture at the top of this article. Is that the abandoned house on Columbia Hts? When is something going to be done about that building? It’s been over 20 years that this house has been abandoned and its condition is getting worse every day.

  • gc

    Saw and heard some work being done there a couple of days ago.

  • PJL

    Can anyone recommend a good local chiropractor?


  • AmyinBH

    Not sure I want to be called a marshmallow (fresh or stale).

    I am putting out a challange to the very clever regulars of this blog to try to come up with a modern replacement for yuppie. It would be a great experiment to see how long it takes for all of us to get the rest of the world using the new word.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Owen 2016!

  • Slide

    Owen, I agree with your comments completely and you have articulated my feelings exactly. This knee-jerk negativity to anything new is so irritating. Listen, I appreciate that there are many that are looking out for the interests of our lovely community, but guys and gals, do a little homework first and have honest arguments that can be debated. Nothing new is every going to be all good or all bad, but reflexive fear mongering, and the sky is falling breathlessness just turns me off.

    I see zero issues with the medical facility being discussed here. Welcome to our community.

  • AEB

    A new word for yuppies. Hmmm.

    Can we devise an anagram for Young People Who Make More Money Now Than I Ever Have or Will?

  • chicagokath314

    Wow. Until this week, we’ve gone MONTHS without drama in the Open Wednesday thread. It was going so well that I hesitated to comment on it for fear of breaking the spell.

  • Andrew

    So, EHinBH, where do you go to see a doctor?

  • Juliet

    can anyone recommend a good methadone clinic in the heights?

  • AEB

    Great Wall, Juliet.

    (OK, HAD to get it in. Rather like Gail Collins and Mitt’s dog….)

  • Wrennie

    Actually, AEB, the impression I’ve gotten (and I suppose I’m technically a yuppie) over the past few years is that companies are pushing out the older people (because they presumably make too much money for what they do) and replacing them with younger people at a much lower salary. Aside from Wall Street, I guess, most industries have stopped with the unnecessarily large overheads. A bummer for me, but good for the company’s bottom line.

  • EHinBH

    Not going to respond in detail because this could go on for days and it is way too exhausting. Basically, most people in the world do not want a 75,000 foot medical center to open in their neighborhood. It’s too crowded as it is here… If you boil it down to the basics, that’s really all there is to it. But somehow in NYC, if you dont welcome everything you are a bigot, elitist, or somehow just always wrong.

  • AEB

    Oh, dear, Wrennie. If you’re young and people who are younger still are replacing “older people,” and you feel bummed by that, then there seems to be no hope for employment of anyone older than sixteen.


  • Flashlight Worthy

    EHinBH, your most recent stated concern is that “it’s too crowded as it is here…”

    The 75,000 square feet of space already exists. It’s been there for decades — it’s not going away.

    Previously it was filled with cubicles and office workers who all arrived roughly en masse in the morning, went out to lunch en masse mid-day, and then left roughly en masse in the evening. That created a big crowd on the subway in the morning, then a big crowd on the sidewalk as they walked to work, then a big crowd in the restaurants… you get the picture.

    A suite of doctor’s offices will:

    1) Not have remotely as many people working there an therefore there will be smaller crowds in the morning, mid-day and the evening.


    2) The patients who go there will arrive and depart throughout the day in a nice, even matter.

    And who knows? Some of those patients might spend some money in our local shops and restaurants.

    In sum? As I’ve posted before, I think this is a great benefit to the neighborhood and much, much better use of the space than office cubicles.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Anyone else notice garbage trucks picking up trash last night around 1:00am? Not complaining (I’m all for getting trash collected), just wondering if that’s normal and I’m just noticing it for the first time, or if this was out of the ordinary.

  • willow24

    ruby and jenna have really cute going out tops and reasonably priced colored pants. it’s a really fun store.. some stuff is a bit tweedy.. but i’d say the 20’s early 30’s crowd would be pretty satisfied there.

  • soulman

    Physiologic at 157 Remsen is excellent – takes Oxford and practically saved my life a couple of years ago when I absolutely couldn’t move without intense pain. Highly recommended!!!

  • soulman

    oops -Physiologic is a chiropractic and physical therapy practice – I should have put that first.

  • PierrepontSkin

    @BH’er and anyone else with the concern.

    I spent my entire childhood at Pierrepont Playground. When I was a kid, the Kustard King was there and there was also another ice cream truck. “TWO ice cream trucks, you say?!!” YEAH. TWO.

    Also, rush hour traffic from the BQE is way more worrisome than the Kustard King.

    Now excuse me while I cough up a lung and get a vanilla/chocolate swirl.

  • willow24

    pierpontskin- IT WAS THE GOOD HUMOR TRUCK !! I MISS HIM !

  • PierrepontSkin

    @willow24, Yes! You’re right! With the bells that he rang when driving up!
    Ahh, to be young again.