Open Thread: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hello Wednesday. Cheers, BHB readers. Greetings to another Open Thread. Please… share what’s on your mind and talk freely, albeit courteously, amongst yourselves. (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Ari

    Why does anyone truly care if someone is commiting insurance fraud? I’m not sure how you are directly impacted by this.

    I’ve lived in NYC for 10 years now and my paychecks come to my parents house in Rockland County so I do not have to pay exbortiant NYC taxes, on top of the state and federal taxes.

    My car is registered in Virginia because my fiance has a legal address there. And yes our auto insurance is vastly cheaper as result.

    Why all the hate?

  • Jorale-man

    @gatornyc It’s not in Brooklyn but I just bought a bike at Canal Street Bicycles on Varick & Canal and was very pleased with the service and selection. The sales guy was informative and didn’t pressure at all. The prices were competitive too. I rode it back over the Brooklyn Bridge in about 15-20 minutes.

  • mark

    @Air Because very few people have a legally sound reason to register in another state, when they live full time in a different one. So if by chance they do hit you, and the insurance companies decides not to cover the claim since they lied about their true residence, then you are stuck paying for damage.

    Take yourself for example. Your fiance owing a resident in VA should have no bearing on where your car is registered. (unless it is her car and not your).

    PS, grow up and pay your taxes. :)

  • She’s Crafty

    @Wallard OMG!

  • She’s Crafty

    I’ve used, and liked, Dr. Ronald Chase at LICH. I’ve seen him for two elbow issues and he was really great. I recommend.

  • GHB

    Wallard, that’s awesome! Ari, pay your city taxes, thief!

  • BHMommy

    For all orthopedic issues I go to Dr. Jordan Metzl at Hospital for Special Surgery. It’s a schlep, but he is a fantastic doctor with a great bedside manner. I can’t say enough good things about him.

  • A math major


    Not only are few, if any, of the bike stations in front of anyone’s home but by my reckoning all of the stations, except maybe one, are in metered parking areas not alternate side parking… So for those who claim this will make it harder for residents to park… Sorry, your argument holds no water.

  • Joe

    I’m looking forward to the bike program and I would use it to get around locally, however, very doubtful I’d give up my car since I don’t use my car locally. The car is for visiting family & friends, business trips, doing big shopping and vacations.

    Kind of off topic–I do notice a number of parents driving their kids to school and I happen to know they live within 8-10 blocks. I find that strange since we live in the city but to each his own.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve seen posts previously that the knife sharpening van that comes around has ruined some knives they’ve done. I’ve never used them.

  • Ari

    Road maintenance? City income tax revenues doesn’t pay for that.

    Bike lanes? I could care less about bike lanes. I have a nice BMW remember? It’s the one with the Viriginia plates.

    And by the way, the state of the roads in this city is truly deplorable. Local streets, esepcially in Manhattan are in such bad shape, even riding in my fiance’s Escalade is so bumpy and intolerable.

    I am actually not doing anything illegal. My fiance who you banged last night, at the Marriott (which is $289 a night, you must be doing really well for yourself), is an attorney, so I’m not really worried about what court is reviewing anything about me and my ability to use act within the extant laws to my own financial benefit.

    Way to keep the discussion on point with that innovative and totally plausbile burn.

    Stay classy.

  • Neighbor Hood

    Well played @Ari, well played!

  • epc

    Ari: no problem with you not paying NYC taxes or having your car registered out of state. I assume if you ever need police or fire assistance you’ll call your local (not New York City) fire and police departments, and if your car is stolen or damaged in an accident I’m sure the Virginia State Police will be quite happy to assist you.

    But if you’re going to whine about New York City services, then pay for them like the rest of us.

  • LincolnLogs

    @Ari – The phrase you meant is “I couldn’t care less.”

  • Villager

    I think there is a sign at Bruno’s Hardware (whichever one is the furthest south on Court St.) about the knife sharpening van schedule, etc.
    I know I’ve seen a sign about it, and that seems like the most logical location for it.
    I’ve also heard less than admirable reviews for at least one of the vans. I believe there are two, one red and one green.

  • Reader

    Wednesday Open Thread = Jerry Springer Show

    ( Wallard throws chair at Ari, Ari’s mom comes out from back stage, crowd chants, everything is bleeped out…)

  • lori

    You’re all right about the Hospital for Special Surgery being the best. I believe Dr. Mani is wonderful and I believe he performs surgeries in Manhattan as well as at LICH.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Wallard, I find leeches like Ari as despicable as you do, but it is you that comes off as the complete juvenile jerk by the nature of your attack. Congratulations

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Wallard’s 12:08AM post is WAY WAY out of line and I am wondering why it wasn’t pulled or deleted.

  • Zipporah Dvash

    If anyone needs help making an appt. with Dr. Mani, Dr. Chase, or any other docs at Downstate LICH, please let me know.
    Also – today at 10:00 we’re dedicating a new flag in honor of Flag Day. Everyone invited – family friendly.
    Zippi Dvash, Downstate LICH

  • Ari

    So epc, if I get into a car accident whilst driving my car in the state of Florida, by your logic, since I am not paying local income taxes in said state, I should not expect to take advantage of the services that particular city or town provides exclusively to its tax paying citizens? And I would need to reach out to the NYPD and have them assist me since I am paying for their services as opposed to those in another state.

    Furthermore, because I am not paying local income taxes, I have no right to criticize nor comment on any services NYC provides? What if I actually lived in Rockland, yet I commute daily to Manhattan via my BMW, I also have no right to complain about the shitty state of many NYC roads because only local tax payers have the ability to make such complaints?

    Finally, I was the guy who got hit by a falling tree on Joralemon street. (obligatory opening for Wallard to say to too bad I didn’t get killed…etc.) last summer. A few weeks after I received an invoice from Kings County hospital which also had a line item of $750 for the ambulance services that was provided to me. They had me down as a Brooklyn resident, so I’m not sure why I was charged for these services since I am a local resident, and that should have been a free ambulance ride.

    P.S. I received a very generous settlement from the city due to what happened with that tree. So, to all your NYC taxpayers, thanks for the $32,540. I especially enjoy paying tolls with that money, It makes me feel good knowing that I am doing my part and giving a little something back to the city.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Blog has officially reached the point of no return. Dildos, mothers, crystal meth? What a joke.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Totally agree. These jerks who are posting such nonsense are most definitely not representative of the many wonderful people who live in the Heights.

  • Claude Scales

    Re sharpening: we’ve often had ours done by the man with the red van, and he’s always done a good job. I think he did some scissors once.

  • cat

    Thanks, Claude and Villager. I will check out the schedule and look for the man with the red van.

  • resident

    I sort of agree with Wallard that Ari is just trolling, though, even if his post is way over the line…

  • Heightster

    Do not use the van for knife sharpening. He ruined my knives. I had to replace two of them. Cook’s companion does a great job. For scissors, however, use the van.

  • MARKnheights

    …wow, did not expect my comment to blow up on here, but seems to have hit a hot button. Simple solution: RPPs. You can only get the sticker/permit by showing proof of registration in the Heights…it’s already expensive to have a car here, what’s a few more dollars…
    then those who are skirting their taxes and committing insurance fraud (again, only talking about people living here full time, like the guy in my building how has lived here full time for 20 years but uses his elderly mother’s Jersey address for car and insurance)
    will be forced to step up

  • Hicks St Guy

    how about that shop at Henry & Clark, Penny Bridge, getting all fixed up? maybe the improvement bug will spread across the street to the deplorable subway premises in the St George.

  • Heights

    I found a giftcard on the Montague Street stairs to the R train this morning. If you can identify the store name on the card I would be happy to arrange to get it back to you.