Open Thread Wednesday: August 22, 2012

As the Summer of 2012 sadly edges toward its peak, the BHB Open Thread Wednesday remains as hot as ever. Drink in the joy of companionship with your fellow posters and share what’s on your mind today.

(Photo: Montague Street entrance to Brooklyn Heights Promenade/Chuck Taylor)

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  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Some years ago I did alot of research on some of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn. I researched Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights.
    It was both interesting and disturbing to me when I read that Brooklyn Heights is a neighborhood of transients. I have been here for seven years and I have seen many people come and go. Yes, there are alot of people who have been in my building for decades but the younger people seem to move around quite a bit due to jobs or the necessity of a bigger apartment when they have children.
    Sadly I have to agree with your assessment.

  • Long-time resident

    More and more people are not picking up after their dogs. The sidewalks on State St. between Court & Clinton are particularly bad. Such gross negligence and disrespect shouldn’t be tolerated, but how to enforce the law?

  • San

    I’m fed up with crappy, expensive Time Warner cable and about to switch to Direct Tv. Anyone in the heights around Joralemon have it? Any reception or other complaints other than no NY1?

  • HenryLoL

    @San – don’t switch. They are ALL THE SAME. You will want to switch again.

  • A Neighbor

    I am near Joralemon and have had DirecTV for years. No problems at all. Occasionally at the beginning of a storm, I’ll lose HD for a few minutes, but that’s it.

  • Knight

    @me: The letter grade is a quality sign, but more important is what is on the DOHMH website. There they explain what the violations were that resulted in the lower grade. Personally I think it’s all a scam! At a certain neighborhood pizzeria, the staff regularly handles food with their bare hands right after handling money with the same bare hands — and they never get written up for it.

  • Danielle

    I’d like to write a story about the bikes on the Promenade for The Brooklyn Paper. Will those of you who have experienced this problem please give me a call at 718-260-2511 so we can talk about it?
    Danielle Furfaro
    The Brooklyn Paper

  • Hicks St Guy

    @me, what about the vegetarian place at corner of Henry & Mont.?

  • Anthony Dragojevich

    What’s the deal with the UA Theatre on Court Street? Haven’t been in a long time until recently. From what I remember, it used to be a pretty decent theatre and a nice place to watch a movie. After my visit there the other night, I’ll never go back again. It’s a shame, but at least the one at Battery Park City is not too far away and pretty decent itself.

  • HenryLoL

    The UA on Court is to be avoided at all costs. If it closed, it would be one of the best things for Court Street and BH. Not many from the neighborhood go there. We tend to walk up to Cobble Hill Cinema. Much better – though old.

  • PierrepontSkin

    @Anthony and Henry, you’re both very vague in your complaints about the UA on Court St. What are your grievances?

  • HenryLoL

    It’s awful on multiple levels. A hellhole. Fights, crime, filth, poor service, misbehaving kids and babies. The list goes on and on and on.

  • Anthony Dragojevich

    Pretty much what Henry said. There were kids literally scooting on their scooters during the movie. In addition to several people taking calls or texting. And that the place stunk to high hell.

  • redbaron

    Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to build a temporary wall in my apartment?


  • HenryLoL

    Get ready for more noise complaints. The new South Street Seaport complex is going to have an outdoor rooftop concert stage! Oh boy…. See rendering here in today’s WSJ New York section.

  • julian

    22,26,34, & 38 Orange Street, a street of lovely, red brick houses, are doling our food for rats these days. Join them some evening as they routinely place highly rat-permeable garbage bags in front of their lovely homes. Instead of going the legal route, placing their detritus in closed containers, they go the inconsiderate and lazy route of tossing their garbage on the street. Perhaps they feel superior to the slum-dwellers who purportedly throw candy-wrappers on the streets or subway diners who leave half-eaten chicken wings strewn on the floor of a subway car, but they are so much the worse for being ostensibly educated, affluent members of the brownstone elite, but lack basic manners and flout the law for their own convenience and to the detriment of their human neighbors!

  • julian

    It’s obvious why folks dislike the UA on Court, isn’t it? It certainly does attract Black and Latino kids and arguably, working class kids in general, right? They’re loud and out of place in a neighborhood dedicated to making the rich and the would-be rich and the trust fund babies of America feel good about themselves as they vote for Obama and support gay marriage. Ye Gods! It’s the most detestable sort of liberalism-without-tears: Let’s keep Brooklyn Heights white, except for what little remains of the Black Bourgeoisie, you know, the “nicer sort”. Didn’t people used to use that phrase to describe the few Jews who were permitted to join country clubs? It feels so good to be part of the self-righteous majority, doesn’t it? Who needs Romney, really, when you can vote Obama and still be a good Republican at heart?

  • Anthony Dragojevich

    @Julian – My post had to do with people being jerks and lacking courtesy. It had nothing to do with skin color or race – but thanks for assuming that it did. Did you pick up my sarcasm there? Anyone can be an a-hole. Just like anyone can be nice. It comes from the inside. Not the outside.

  • Maria

    @me Chu’s Gourmet is the best chinese. I order thru seamless and their rating is A last I checked…
    @HenryLOL I love your posts. I went to UA once and I never went back. It’s out of control in there, too many kids that need adult supervision if you ask me. I guess I would recommend if you want to interact with the movie a la Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    By the way…Nabeguy’s house looks like its getting a crap reno job. the wood is bare on rainy days and I fear it will be a ball of mold before its done.

  • Andrew Porter

    RedBaron, make sure you’re not creating a fire hazard. All bedrooms have to have access to a window. Also, if you do illegal construction and there’s a fire, the floor plans will not match those on file with the DOB, and lives can be lost.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Julian, you certainly seem to have some issues. Your stereotypes and assumptions of people’s characters are exactly what you are falsely condemning others about.

    I have had my go arounds with HenryLoL but I found nothing in his post, or any of the others, that had anything to do with race. You were the one that brought that up. Complaining about kids making noise and disrupting the movie watching experience can be nothing more than complaining about kids making noise and disrupting the movie watching experience.

    Are we so politically correct these days that we can’t complain about misbehavior that may occur by a member of another race out of fear of being called racist? Please spare me the moral outrage.

    Oh, and if I recall correctly HenryLoL can hardly be considered a liberal.

    And, for the record, I have used the Court Street Theater many times and have never run into the experiences described above. I have enjoyed going there far far more than the very uncomfortable Cobble Hill or Brooklyn Heights Cinemas. Sorry, my backside can not take sitting in those god awful chairs and suffer through the poor quality projection and sound systems. I’ll take the modern, digital, stadium seating, comfortable Court Street Theater any day of the week.

    So tell me Julien, does that make me a liberal, a conservative, a druid? what?

  • HenryLOL

    @Julien — Of course I was not being racist! It’s just a fact that the UA theatre is awful and not taken care of… It has nothing to do with race at all. Why are you so angry? The post about the garbage seems a bit over the top too – have you tried leaving them a note? If they told you to bugger off, then perhaps your angry post would be warrented. I never say this, but if you have such distain for us here in BH, why dont you move?

  • God Almighty

    The UA Court St theater is also known locally as the “Ghettoplex”

  • Knight

    @HenryLoL, MrCrusty & others: You’re feeding the troll again. Julien is getting exactly the response he wanted out of this blog. His posts are really not worthy of further comment,

  • Mr. Crusty

    Sorry Knight but if vile comments are just ignored some might take that as acquiescence to those repellent positions. It’s like someone telling a racist joke at a diner party. Does one ignore it and perhaps let others assume you are in agreement with the comments made? I think not.

  • T.K. Small

    It seems that everyone’s favorite politician, Vito Lopez had gotten into hot water, resulting in being censored.

  • Nick

    I cant believe the madness that Sandy caused. I hope the auto insurance industry can help us out here in Port Charlotte with all the car wrecks.