Open Thread Wednesday 8/1/12

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  • Eddyenergizer

    Oh Noooooooooooo

  • JDTX

    Greetings neighbors,

    Just a friendly reminder that I will be playing a show tonight at our very own Brooklyn Heights Cinema. The music will begin at 9:00pm. If you are interested in an evening of folk songwriting/storytelling and intimate acoustic music, come on out. I’d love to meet you all.

    Hope to see y’all tonight!

  • lori

    Did anyone attend the opening of Dellarocca’s last night? Opinions, please. I saw it was rather crowded.

  • lois

    They seem to be ticketing more than ever in Brooklyn Heights (we are good targets!). Last night, a policewoman started ticketing a car on Pierrepont Place at 5:59 (verified by my radio) under a sign which said parking allowed 8 AM to 6 PM only. Another friend got a ticket for parking too far from the curb! And it wasn’t just the end of the month blitz! This has been going on all month.

  • chicagokath314

    Can anyone recommend a good person who can help us get our home theater set up? Actually, “home theater” is overstating it quite a bit. It’s just our TV. We’re having a hard time getting input from the PC and the antenna. Thank you in advance for any recommendations!

  • j

    Is that the doll that gets tortured in 90s SNL or MadTV skits?

  • Mr. Crusty

    “oh no, Mr. Bill”

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Was woken up at 3:30am on Sunday night/Monday morning, by what sounded like fireworks. Anyone else hear/see/know anything about that?

  • Mr. Crusty

    Is anyone else annoyed that the TD Bank’s digital clock and temperature gauge is no longer working?

    I looked forward to looking at that clock every morning to see how late I was going to be to work that morning… and trying to calculate what the equivalent of 86 degrees Fahrenheit would be in Celsius before it popped up on the screen or vica versa

    I’m easily pleased obviously. Also their big analog clock has no handles. What gives?

  • T.K. Small

    In our area, we are fortunate to have many mass transportation options and a number of the subway lines are wheelchair accessible. However, despite being designated as “wheelchair accessible” by the MTA, there is still a big problem with the gap between the platform and subway cars. A friend of mine has started a campaign to get the MTA to do something about this issue. Below is a link to an article published by Brooklyn Courier Life. If you think that this is a worthy cause, towards the end of the article there is a link to a petition.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Yes, that was fireworks you heard at 3:30AM. I looked out my window and saw the fireworks somewhere in the vicinity of Governor’s Island. I remember thinking, really? Fireworks at 3:30AM????? I have gotten used to all sorts of noise in the seven years that I have lived here but fireworks at that time is inexcusable and irresponsible.

  • harumph

    @Lori – I was there with my family and friends. The pizza is actually quite good (we tried 3 different types). Last night they were only making small pies and not the larger ones. Salad was perfect too. The service was, as expected on a first night, comical and slow. We had a lovely waitress but she did not know WHAT was going on. She even brought us a slice of cheese cake at the end of our meal which we thought was so nice and told her so…she later came up and apologized bc she thought we ordered it and charged us, which of course she corrected, but that took another 30 minutes! Overall I WILL DEFINITELY GO BACK. Clearly just some first night kinks to work out.

  • billy


    Try getting a power amp. If you’re shooting for surround sound, I’m not sure PCs have the proper amount of outputs, but the power amp might have that…Not sure if that helps. You might be able to get a consumer end power amp at Radio Shack on Montague, or try or I goto Sweetwater. They’re really good, actually.

  • GHB

    @Mr. Crusty, I feel your pain. I’m annoyed that the subway time clock at Clark Street hasn’t been working the last couple of days. This happened last summer (all summer) when the temperatures soared.

  • Tclinton11201

    @ Mr. Crusty, you need a better hobby!

    but as I’m poking fun at you, I realize I have the same way of entertaining myself on my way to work in the morning…

  • Isabel

    My cleaning lady is looking for more work. She is an excellent cleaner, charges by the job, not the hour, knows how to organize, is honest and conscientious, loves children, and has worked in the Heights for years.

    If interested, please consider this my recommendation. Her name is Aida. Contact her at 347-235-7641.

    Please contact Aida directly for more information.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    I went to the UPS Store on Montague to mail an 8 x 11 envelope that I wanted delivered the following day. The price quoted for a morning delivery was $51; for an afternoon delivery, $36. When I mentioned these absurd prices to a UPS delivery man of my acquaintance, he told me that it would appear that the store is doubling the normal price.


  • Hicks St Guy

    ate at Noodle Pudding last night, terrific ambiance due to table up front adjacent to the window wall, which was open. BP Markowitz was sitting at next table, and I was impressed how much love he was getting from the crowd, both inside & outside the restaurant.
    p.s. had the wild striped bass, de-lish!

  • Van

    @chicagokath314 I may know someone for you. Email me at

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    The post office also has next day delivery and I am sure it is much cheaper than UPS.

  • Wrennie

    Mr. Crusty, I do the exact same thing, walking up Broadway every morning–the building across the street from mine has one of those clock/temperature screens. =)

  • crissy cicco

    hi neighbors,
    our dog walker found this incredibly sweet and lovely dog roaming around in the middle of traffic yesterday. unfortunately he is unable to keep her, but he’d like to find her a good home. if you’re interested in meeting/adopting this dog, please contact sean forlenza at or call him at (201) 213-9136. Click on the link below for a photo of this little cutie.


  • Cranberry Beret

    The UPS stores are franchises and charge a mark-up. The best thing to do is print your labels online and just drop it off at the store. The only way to get the real UPS pricing in person is to go to one of their customer counters but the nearest one is Greenwich st in manhattan.

  • Package Shipping


    I’ve found that for large boxes, the UPS store is close to what they quote online (within $5 for an ~ 40lbs box). Definitely cheaper if you do as Cranberry says and print the label at home, but if you can’t weigh/measure it, the UPS store is a good solution for convenience – generally no waiting in line, friendlier than USPS @Cadman, and often cheaper than USPS. But, for overnight envelopes, USPS is unfortunately the way to go if you can’t print a label.

    But, I’d sometimes be willing to pay double that to avoid the USPS – it’s truly one of the most unpleasant experiences around going to that branch on Cadman….even worse than the self-checkout kiosks at CVS. :-)

  • Lauren

    I stumbled across this article about Brooklyn street names. While I already was familiar with the tale of Miss Middagh, some of the explanations for names of the other streets were new to me. However, I’m curious– does anyone know which street is shown in the top photo (“Cranberry, Orange, Pineapple, Poplar, and Willow Streets”)? It looks familiar, but I can’t place it…

  • David on Middagh

    Fellow degree wranglers! What are your fave formulas?

    I find it easier to go from C to F: Double it, subtract 10%, add 32.

    F to C takes longer: The standard subtract 32, multiply by 5 and divide by 9 makes you… divide by 9! Which I’d rather not do on a hot day.

  • Michael

    The puppy that Chrissy just posted that is up for adoption is really cute!!!!! Good luck.

    And good luck to Jarrod tonight at the BH cinema. Looking forward to the show.

  • Mr. Crusty

    David…. you just gave me a headache. I just …. guess. I don’t want to learn formulas I want memory to do the trick. If you get a couple of 85 F days soon enough you figure out that it will be 29 C. It is more organic for me that way. And don’t forget you only have a few seconds to compute before the other temp is flashed on the screen. Some on here might think I’m an idiot, but I’m no idiot savant that’s for sure.

  • Matthew Parker

    Speaking of dogs, I just got a text from a reputable dog walker that there may be stray voltage on Middagh Street that connects to Columbia Heights. Con Ed has been called to look into it. Best to avoid the area (especially with your dog), as wet pavement and stray voltage is a very bad combination.

  • David on Middagh

    The difference between me and an idiot savant is, I know the formula, and I know that I know it. The idiot savant also knows the formula, but may not know that he knows it.