Open Thread: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Last Wednesday was the 4th of July, but let the festivities continue on this Open Thread Wednesday. Fire away!

FYI: Our bear friend pictured here lives in Palmetto Playground, located in the southwest tip of Brooklyn Heights, at State Street & Columbia Place, with the BQE behind it. According to NYC Parks, Palmetto Playground’s nomenclature was inspired by the names of its surrounding streets: Atlantic, Columbia & State. Columbia is the capitol of South Carolina, an Atlantic state, and the state tree is the Cabbage Palmetto, hence, Palmetto Playground. The park offers basketball courts, a kid’s playground and a small off-leash dog park. And, by golly, a working water fountain. (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Claude Scales

    Farewell and Godspeed to faithful BHB reader and commenter “Cat”, who is leaving the Heights, along with her husband and daughter, for Richmond, Virginia, where her hubby has found a new job. She has promised to keep in touch, and perhaps grace us with her comments from time to time.

  • lori

    Have any adults (besides Karl) tried out the new pool at the BBP?

  • lois

    Now there’s a playground that is open for re-naming, since Palmetto has no connection to the Heights

  • North heights res

    Two very enthuisastic thumbs up to the gelato stand in Peas and Pickles. Great addition.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    North heights res,
    I also recommend the gelato at Peas and Pickles. Low fat, low cal. I didn’t feel that guilty indulging in a cup.
    I told the people who were working there that the store was beautiful and that people were saying nice things about it on the BHB. They were so happy to hear that and they wrote down the name of the blog so that they could check it out for themselves.

  • Andrew Porter

    Warning: whiner post.

    I’ve had it with CVS, which usually has no human register clerks. Instead, you have to use their automatic checkout machines, which I consider a big pain. The several other drugstores in the immediate area—two or more Duane Reades, Eckhert, Rite-Aid, etc.—all have real people happy to take your money.

    Maybe CVS uses these machines in their mall stores, where people take a big bag of stuff out to their car in the parking lot, but here, where we pride ourselves on living in a small town in the big city, I hate these things.

  • Anna B

    I’m really happy to see that people are still referring to Peas and Pickles by their old name. Love the new store, hate that they changed their name to something generic. They should have kept P&P on the sign!

  • GHB

    I hope that the people at Peas & Pickles take note and go back to using the name Peas & Pickles. All In One my azzzz…

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Andrew Porter,
    I love the self-checkout machines at CVS. They take a little bit of getting used to but after just a few times you’ll become a pro.
    I hate waiting on lines and the quicker I can check out the better.
    The library is now using self-checkout machines. Now there I have a big problem. Last week one of the machines was not working and there was a big line at the other machine. Three people were sitting at their desks and refused to check out my books telling me that I had to wait on the line to use the only working machine.
    I’ll take CVS any day.

  • Heightster

    How is the pool? Anyone gone? Big lines?

  • BHer

    Has any one used an caterers in the area that they like? We are looking for someone to cater a luncheon for 100.

  • T.K. Small

    Someone gave me a 3.3 pound bag of clumping Fresh Step cat litter. I was going to give it to my sister, but her cat uses a different product. If anyone wants a free bag of cat litter, I would be happy to pass it along.

  • Hicks St Guy

    would appreciate any good suggestions for closet organization/design company i.e. California Closet, which someone could recommend. thanks.

  • brooklynite

    I would like to say “Thank you”, to the bearded man, wearing a khaki cap, pushing a black bicycle with a green and purple “I <3 veggies" whole foods bag while walking his small black dog around 8:40am yesterday on Sidney Place. It was very considerate of you to allow your dog to defecate and then not pick it up especially since you clearly had one of those red, plastic bone shaped baggie holders dangling off of the leash with a blue plastic bag visibly poking out of it. Your thoughtfulness and respect for your neighborhood, neighbors and other dog-owners should be applauded. It is people like you who are an asset to society and this world would be a better place if people were as selfless as you.

    sidenote: I wanted to say something to him, but was late for work and already in a bad mood. I was fearful I would have thrown the poop at him in a fit of rage. Now looking back, it might have been worth it.

  • GHB

    @brooklynite, you start throwing feces and you’re no better than a chimpanzee. But you’re right. It might have been worth it!

  • Mr. Crusty

    Give me a self-checkout register any day of the week. The less human interaction the better. ATM’s instead of bank tellers, self check out scanners instead of cashiers, etc. Online flight reservations rather than reservation agents.

    Its funny I just recently bought a vacation house in Florida and I had to make a dozen trips to the local Home Depot and there was always a line at the human cashiers but I used the self-checkout and it is so much quicker. I don’t understand people’s objection to it really.

    I guess that is why I am called Mr. Crusty. I prefer machines to humans. At least when I’m in a hurry. I think I can do it faster, more efficiently and with fewer errors than a minimum wage cashier that probably hates his/her job.

  • Bloomy

    Self checkouts are great until you accidentally double scan something and have to track down a cashier to remove the item. I am with Crusty, the less people I have to deal with the better. I stopped shopping at the Rite-aid on Montague and Clinton because the cashiers are so damn slow.

  • AEB

    But, Mr. Crusty, there are times when humans are actually preferable to machines…although it may be difficult, finally, to tell the difference….

  • Topham Beauclerk

    As New Yorkers, we should deprecate any reference to South Carolina in the naming of our landmarks, a state that’s second only to Texas in the vileness of its politics and history.

  • Gerry

    And I had thought you are called Mr. Crusty because you dont wash?

    Go figure?

  • Mr. Crusty

    Let’s not forget Arizona Topham.

  • Pool visitor

    Went to the pool last weekend with my infant. Got in line about 9:30 and were the last 2 to get into the first session (10-11:15). The pool is actually great – not too cold, clean (at least it was after 2 days), and surprisingly not crowded. I think it could be a pain to have to wait a few hours to get in, but don’t really see a better system for entry. It would be ok to go just as an adult if all you wanted to do was relax and stand against the side. It’s really for small kids and their parents/guardians. On the plus side, it’ll be a little too boring for older kids and I doubt it’ll get overrun like that. As many will say, it’s not an ideal pool, but better than nothing and a great placeholder until a larger one goes in….

  • Wrennie

    @Hicks St Guy: here’s a totally useless recommendation. I had mine done three years ago by a guy named Moses from Borough Park. I can’t think of the company name, but maybe you could narrow your search that way–I might recognize the name if I saw it.

  • BH’er

    @BHer – get your own handle! ;

    @Andrew Porter, et al – the front of CVS is a management disaster – worst layout possible

    I feel bad for the girls that work there because they have to take care of the normal register, photo and fix the “self” checkout, usually by themselves which is a disaster they didnt create but they usually bear the brunt of many furious customers thru no fault of their own

  • Hicks St Guy

    @Wrennie, thank you. does Smart Closets Solutions ring a bell?

  • Topham Beauclerk

    @Mr Crusty

    Arizona politics are loathsome too but it’s too young to have been a member of the Confederacy, a significant part of the vile history I was referring to.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    @Andrew Porter

    Why on earth would you use one of the chains when you could patronize the delightful independent, City Chemist?

  • brooklynite

    @GHB- I thought the SAME exact thing, but I really wanted to scoop it up and at least tap him on the shoulder to say “excuse me, I think you forgot this.”

    The stretch between Henry and State to all of Sidney Place can get pretty disgusting from all of the dog poop. I don’t remember it ever being that bad when I was younger while walking to school. It is a shame that some people can treat their own neighborhood this way.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Gerry said, “And I had thought you are called Mr. Crusty because you dont wash?”

    You just think that anyone that is not a member of the Casino belongs to “the great unwashed” don’t you? I’ll wait for your pool to be built to do my washing thank-you.

  • PierrepontSkin

    Trying to keep the PMA among the madness of BK Heights drama and whatnot. That being said…

    I’m selling a bike! It’s summertime! Get outside and ride! It’s a Jamis Hybrid, 3 years old, but barely used (and I mean barely). Excellent condition. Asking price $150.