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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  • Flashlight Worthy

    ColumbiaHeightster, they were picking up trash late last night and the night before as they try to play catch-up from having Monday off for Memorial Day.

  • BH’er

    ok, well, I guess I’ll just settle in here with my book, a little generator noise, some CO and nitrous oxides and my favorite – helicopter noise!

  • MonroeOrange

    Loved that old good humor truck! The guy used to have the old school change dispenser around his waist, miss that guy! Times have changed, huh. Now the kids have a yogo truck, how fun (sarcasm)!

  • BHMommy

    We chose not to live in Park Slope bc the parents there like to ban ice cream from playgrounds. Please don’t let a little exhaust ruin my kid’s day.

    So sad about Oh My Pasta. Will sorely miss their zucchini cream sauce.

  • Bunny

    We have a neighbor on Cranberry Street that absolutely refuses to obey the garbage rules. Every single day she puts bags of garbage on the curb even though she is well aware that pick-up occurs only certain days of the week. We have tried to ask her nicely not to do this but she refuses to stop. As a result, her neighbors have to see and smell her nasty trash as we go to walk dogs, etc. every day, and I am sure the trash attracts bugs and rodents. I have tried reporting to 311 but no change. Any ideas?

  • PierrepontSkin

    Seriously, I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, but we do indeed live in a society now where our children are over pampered and worried about way too much. Granted, I’m only 25, but hey. When I was 10 years old, and those street lights came on, I knew it was time to come inside. I also knew that I didn’t care about the fumes from an ice cream truck because I was too busy going bananas about getting some ice cream. And my mother was too busy either shooting down my request for some ice cream money or too busy giving me money and being happy to get me some ice cream to worry about fumes from the truck.

    Sorry for the run-on sentence. It’s late. I was only an English major for 2 semesters.

  • PJL

    @soulman: Thanks, Physiologic sounds great!

  • David on Middagh

    It’s hard to be anti-ice cream truck. The guy’s a nice fellow; I buy his soft serve a couple of times a year, myself. But I must agree that the area where he’s parking is not far enough away from the park and the surrounding homes. I think the only all-afternoon vending which that spot can accommodate would be from buckets of gelato in a cooler.

    Or, as was suggested, a truck with an electrical hook-up of some kind so the diesel generator can be forgone. I’m not sure how the city charges people for that.

  • Matthew Parker

    FYI: Mike who operates the ice cream truck pays the Department of Parks and Recreation a sizable permit fee each year for that spot, which is considered to be part of the park. Not sure how much he paid this year, but last year Mike told me his bid (it’s competitively bid) of $14,000 was accepted for the season, which runs from May 1 – October 1st.

  • Wrennie

    AEB, to clarify–I’m bummed because I’m doing my former boss’ job for a LOT less money, which means that I’ll never really get to where I should eventually be, in terms of my salary. They’re hiring someone to be the former me, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that salary plus mine are still less than my former boss’. Eek!

  • BH’er

    Just for the record, I’m pro-ice cream truck

    Anti-filthy generator

    The post here was hoping that the depth of knowledge and history with the neighborhood among readers could help find a solution

    Finding a way to get an electrical outlet would be the best option. Anyone know the possibility/likelihood of that happening and how to make it happen?

  • PierrepontSkin

    @BH’er, unscrew the siding off of a lampost. Go old-school! (Just kidding. Not actually advocating law breaking.)

  • BHM&Z

    Regarding the new medical offices.
    There is an enormous difference between an multispecialty hospital affiliated group practice and a ER/urgicare center for a large hospital. I am constantly terrified that I will end up at LICH or stuck on the brooklyn bridge trying to get to Manhattan urgently. There will be primary care, obgyn, pediatrics, multispecialty, imaging and office based procedures. It seems that some people are just worried that people from “Downtown” might cross the plaza for a doctors appointment. This project is going to be so much more upscale than the current doctors offices on joralamen. This is a boon to our neighborhood, and people will be thrilled to have well trained docs taking care of their kids stitches on Saturday afternoon, in a timely manner in a pleasant environment.

  • Heightsguy

    loved poetic “terrified yearning for utter stasis”, Owen. Best phraseology yet on this blog. Only “I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas” tops you.

    I still have the little out of tune song of the old Good Humor Truck running through my head some twenty years later. And still trying to lose the weight.

  • David on Middagh

    I can’t wait three more days for the next Open Thread to confess that I was humiliated by the new self-checkout machines at the Cadman Plaza library.

    After multiple failed scans of my book, one of the “ladies in the round” took pity and checked me out at her station. (I had been scanning the wrong bar code.)

  • Heightsguy

    CVS check out machines humiliate one and all, the modern version of a dominatrix.