Happy 4th Of July, 2012 Wednesday Open Thread

Enjoy America’s Independence Day, and the freedom of speech granted by BHB’s Open Thread Wednesday. Wave your banner and spill what’s on your mind. (Photos: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Flashlight Worthy

    I thought both those who support and do not support the upcoming CitiBike program would like to read this article about how a similar program is affecting things in Washington DC:

    http://transportationnation.org/2012/06/29/dc-bike-shop-owners-see-big-returns-from-bike-share/

    Happy Independence Day everyone!

  • Nancy

    Check out the “activists” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York at 5th Avenue and 104th Street. The exhibit spotlights 7 great examples of grassroots activism that changed our city and sometimes the nation for the better. One of the 7 is the preservation of historic neighborhoods with our own Brooklyn Heights activists, Otis and Nancy Pearsall, leading the fight. Complete with great pictures of that time.

  • Andrew Porter

    Where can I buy some illegal fireworks in BH?

  • Jorale-man

    You could probably just cross the Manhattan Bridge into Chinatown and find some fireworks there if you’re so inclined.

    I wonder how many people will show up tonight on the promenade still not knowing the fireworks have been moved to the West Side? Hope the word has finally gotten out for their sake.

  • Josh G

    Ha totally agree with Jorale-man – should be a decent turnout for a not-so-decent view.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Even back in the golden days of fireworks freedom (70’s-80’s) the Heights was never a good spot to “cop” fireworks, Chinatown was always the best.

  • BK

    Anyone know about the fate of Sosta on Atlantic? Seems like “renovations” could mean closed?

    Also – will Julianas http://www.julianaspizza.com/ ever open?

  • Jill

    Happy 4th to all!
    I know this has been discussed constantly BUT the dog poop in the neighborhood is out of control this morning! About 5 “bombs” on monroe place alone. My 5 yr old was playing soccer at cadman plaza today and his ball went off the field into the path area and splat! Landed in a giant pile of dog s#*t. This is insane. It makes our neighborhood look like a slum.
    It’s time to start taking pictures and outting dog owners who do this.
    Maybe posting pictures on Facebook or Brooklyn heights blog will shame them into doing their job as a dog owner!!

  • my2cents

    Has anyone else checked out the amazing new Gelato stand at Peas n Pickles? It was quite impressive. I was pretty surprised to see it when I stopped in the other day.

  • Gerry

    @ Andrew Porter and how about some 420?

    Where in the neighborhood can I get some of that? Maybe since both are illegal the fireworks contact would now where to get some 420?

  • Josh G

    All in One Mart (nee Peas ‘n Pickles) is awesome – a pox on Gristedes and it’s ridiculously overpriced wares! I feel like I’ve lost if I have to go into Gristedes.. it’s the same feeling drivers may feel after resigning the hunt for a parking spot and garaging the car.

  • AEB

    Yes, the new Peas ‘n’ Pickles, which is what I’ll always call it, is, as it gets ever-more on its feet, a great nabe resource.

    And yes, My2, I scored a gelato sample to day and was happy to do so. One wonders what will fill the as yet unused cases in the back–any ideas?

  • CSD

    Hello! Can anyone recommend a good computer repair shop or person in or near the neighborhood? I am having difficulty with my Gateway desktop and am hoping to have it looked at. Thanks!

  • Monty

    All in One Mart has gelato, expanded fresh produce as well as fireworks, pot and black market human organs for transplant.

  • Andrew Porter

    Just got back from the Promenade, which is crowded with thousands of people looking for the fireworks. You can just see the tops of the explosions when you look in the direction of the Federal Building in Manhattan.

    There is NO crowd control. Hundreds of cars parked everywhere, on sidewalks, no standing zones, crosswalks. No police at all. I ried calling the precinct, and the detectives squad phone rang and rang. Called 911, they didn’t seem interested.

    Apparently because they came here once for the fireworks last century, they’ll continue to do so. Lemmings!

  • Fossy

    Just came in from parking my car, walking back with my family, and saw something I’ve never seen before in the Heights. On Willow Street (between Pineapple and Orange odd number side of the street), a man walked down Willow, stopped, laid out a prayer rug on the sodewalk , got down on the street facing Mecca, and prostrated himself on the ground. Then got up a few minutes later and got into a small SUV.
    Has anyone else witnessed this praying on the sidewalk? What do you make of it?

  • Josh G

    Yup hundreds of disappointed people on the Promenade. Doesn’t anyone read the news, Internet, blogs, FB, Twitter, TV, etc.? Their picnics were ruined.. for shame!

    And yes a dozen cars parked on the sidewalk on Columbia Hts. What a mess!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    CSD, I suggest throw the PC in the trash and go to the Apple store.

  • my2cents

    @Fossy sounds like a Muslim man exercising his freedom of religion in the good old US of A on July 4th.

  • Mr. Crusty

    @Flashlight Worthy thanks for the link. It was great to read of the positive effects of D.C.’s bike share program. I’m looking forward to it’s debut here in NYC later this month.

  • Flashlight Worthy

    @Crusty, you’re welcome!

  • San

    There is a good computer repair guy on court in cobble hill. It’s called com plus and the guy’s name is moon Kim. He’s repaired two old computers and replaced the screen on a broken iPhone.

  • Jorale-man

    I didn’t see what Andrew Porter wrote about but did see the aftermath this morning. The promenade looks like a garbage truck tipped over, left its mess and drove off. Not only are these people completely out of touch for thinking they’ll see the fireworks from the promenade but they also have very bad manners.

  • lori

    Karl, you have been too quiet lately. Looking forward to some new videos.

  • hicks st guy

    @Jill, no surprise, most dog owners here in BH feel entitled to let their mutts go anywhere. never mind pictures, you can’t shame a lowlife.

  • Knight

    @Jill: Someone did just that a couple of months ago — took pics of a woman who didn’t clean up after her dog and posted a link to the pics here on the BHB. But the link was subsequently removed, probably over legal concerns.

  • x

    I have a bunch of empty soda cans and bottles.

    Where can I return them?

  • Knight

    @X: Key Food on Montague is as good of a place as any. Just make sure they’re in a clear plastic bag.

  • GHB

    @hicks st guy – “here in BH feel entitled to let their mutts go anywhere. never mind pictures, you can’t shame a lowlife.”

    You’re an idiot. Stop blaming everyone, when it’s really just the same few offenders.

  • AnnOfOrange

    @Hicks St Guy: I beg to differ. Most dog owners do pick up after their dogs. It’s the few who don’t that give the rest of us a bad reputation. If the majority of dog owners did not pick up, no one would be able to walk in BH without stepping on or in poop.