Open Thread Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It was on this day in 1951 that the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” occurred, when the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the National League pennant after being down 14 games. Mind you, four years later, the Dodgers would win the World Series against the Yankees, gathering afterward to celebrate in the lobby of Brooklyn Heights’ Hotel Bossert.

So on this BHB Open Thread Wednesday for October 4, 2012, what’s happening in your world? Comment away! (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Willowtowncop

    I’m planning a Mad Men themed Christmas party and am looking for a tailor that does custom dresses and a caterer that isn’t too expensive that does retro cocktail party kind of things – pigs in blankets, deviled eggs, etc. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • lori

    Re. the caterer, try Eventfull on Atlantic Avenue

  • Homer Fink

    I’m sure our own Marc Hermann in will pipe in with his tailor suggestions. He’s one dapper cat.

  • Long-time resident

    I know I’m behind the times, but can anyone recommend a reliable, reasonably priced high-speed internet service that does NOT involve cable service. Does such an animal exist?

  • DrewB

    @Long-time resident – It all depends on where you live. The best option in the neighborhood seems to be Fios, if you can get it. It is available block to block. You can go to and search your address to see if it is available.

    If FIOS is not available, Verizon will push you to DSL. In my experience this can be problematic in BH. I had it for years and dealt with many outages. I finally had a Verizon line worker say that the telephone lines running through the neighborhood and within most older buildings are ancient. They were never built for this type of technology and will never really be able to handle it reliably. Hence rewiring the world with FIOS.

    So you are left with FIoS, DSL running on outdated lines, or crappy Time Warner cable (the option I chose). These are the only hard wired options.

    There are some satellite options. I have no experience with those in NYC, but my parents have it in FLorida and goes out in inclement weather.

    Good luck.

  • Hicks-ter

    So this is probably no shock to anyone, but Grimaldi’s these days is beyond disappointing. We found ourselves hungry at 11:30 last Friday night, and this was the only option (they would only let us do takeout, which was fine as the new location is odd and unappealing). What a bummer–the pie was soggy, ingredients blah. We didn’t bother saving the last leftover piece. Boyfriend said they used to have good pepperoni, now it was Domino’s-quality. That pizza was never really worth waiting an hour for, but really feeling bad for those duped tourists at this point.

  • Long-time resident

    Thank you very much DrewB. Great information. And just in case I do decide to go cable – Why is Time Warner cable crappy?

  • Monty

    @Hicks-ter that is really sad, but not surprising. I’m waiting for the opening of Julianna’s with bated breath.

  • DrewB

    Mostly to do with their cable service. Particularly their refusal to provide mobile programming solutions like HBO GO that are available elsewhere. And they are constantly add fees. Just the other day they announced we are going to start paying $3.80 “rent” for our modems every month. But the cable is more reliable than DSL in my experience. I rarely have outages, though it does occasionally slow down.

  • Hicks St Guy

    walking by the student housing on Clark St last night at 7:30, and among all the nicotine slaves in front a young guy was playing a violin, very well, in fact. just wonderful.

  • HenryLoL

    I never understand all the Time Warner complaints. Have used them for years and can count on one hand the number of problems, all of which were resolved. I have friends with FIOS and they all compain about losing service, so to me, at the end of the day they are all the same…

  • weegee

    @Willowtowncop – It’s a little after my era of expertise, but take a look on They always have a really good selection, and are priced somewhat decently. The appropriate era’s categories on eBay, of course, will yield good results, too. There’s also the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, which is held twice a year, coming up on 10/12 and 10/13 at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th St. — everything is usually priced way higher there, but you get to scope it all out in person. I see a lot of late ’50s/early ’60s dresses on the rack when I hit the flea markets and antique malls in Pennsylvania & Maryland, many times they’re mis-identified as being from the ’30s or ’40s.

  • Tiger Lily

    Here’s the Brooklyn Heights Associations short video from the Dog Show!:

  • Gerry

    @ WillowtownCop – have Lassen & Hennings cater your party they will do a great job for a reasonable price.

  • Hicks St Guy

    video from the dog show, just shoot me!

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    @Monty, you may be in a longer wait than expected. Grimaldi’s just filed a law suit to prevent Julianna’s from opening due to “unfair competition.” IMO the suit seems baseless, but it might delay the opening nonetheless.

  • Still Here

    Homer – Marc H is 40’s, not 60’s. Although he is partial to 1961 Lincoln Continentals.

  • Still Here

    LT – I have had good DSL, OK TW cable, and for the last year, FIOS – the hands down winner if you can get it. Very high speed and no problems in our building.

  • Wanderer

    Anyone been bitten by a dog in the Hillside Dog park in the last 2 years?

  • PBL

    I may be completely off base here, but I felt like what USED to make Grimaldi’s special was the original oven. I LOVED going to Grimaldi’s, and I admit I even waited on line a few times to scarf down some prosciutto pizza. That being said, I have tried Grimaldi’s in Hoboken, which is repugnant and I wouldn’t try to pass off as good pizza to my Midwest friends who don’t know better.

    When I heard Grimaldi’s moved to the new venue, I immediately feared a Hoboken-like demise, and sadly it seems like this fear has been substantiated.

    Back to Sam’s on Court Street for me!

  • Hicks-ter

    Any word on the new Heights Cafe-owned pizza place on Hicks?

  • HenryLoL

    Hicks-ter — Dellarocco’s is AMAZING. Salty, but awsome meatballs. Also like the calzone and pizza with brocolli rabe and sausage. Not so hot for delivery, but really good in-person. That said, it’s Italian-style — soft and chewey. Not crispy like American pizza (ie Fascati).

  • Terry

    speaking of pizza, has anyone tried “Table 87″ on Atlantic Ave.?

  • Mr. Crusty

    Willowtowncop are we all invited?

  • David on Middagh

    Proposal: To complement this helpful Open Thread Wednesday, in a way that deals with those small but frustrating local transgressions that sometimes arise, I suggest we institute a nice, neighborhoody “Open Threat Thursday”.

    For example:

    “I will kill the guy who stole my flowers pots.”

    “If I catch you kids grafitti-ing my place again, you’ll wish you’d fallen in the Gowanus.”

    “Whoever it is whose dog is leaving presents on my sidewalk, know this: I’ve sent away for DNA analysis, and am collecting fur samples through all area vets.”

    “I will never stop covering the neighborhood lampposts with Reward posters until my years-lost cat is returned to me. Never!”

    “My bicycle has a wad of Semtex in the seatpost. I reset the timer by hand every Sunday. God help you if you’re riding my stolen bike this Monday.”

    I think “Open Threat” Thursdays could be a real benefit to this community. What do y’all say?

  • Park Lover

    Hicks-ter– we also like Sosta on Atlantic Avenue for thin-crust, great ingredient pies (and great salads).

  • She’s Crafty

    Where is the post about the dog in Hillside Park? To answer the question: yes I know someone who was recently bitten by a dog there.

  • Long-time resident

    Thanks again for the input re: internet/cable service. And I think David on Middagh’s idea of “Open Threat” is excellent. I already have a list, including a couple of his.

  • Wiley E.

    @Henry. I have TWC and didn’t have internet service today from 8AM til 2PM. They said it was a local outage, after I reconnected by modem, router, etc 3 times. It would come on, and then crash out. Fixed around 2:30 or so. Works now. TWC is not very reliable with my 10-year experience. But I hate verizon, they have bad labor relations.

  • Miss Montague

    @she’s crafty: a child or an adult?