Open Thread Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mum’s the word! Or maybe not. It is, after all, Open Thread Wednesday for October 24, 2012… which also happens to be the same day in 1861 that the first Transcontinental Telegraph line was completed across the U.S., spelling the end of the Pony Express. And look at us now… using the Internets to blog with the ease of a hunt & peck and a couple clicks. So what’s on your mind today? Do tell… and comment away. (Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • lori

    Today’s pet peeve. Why do some people hose down their sidewalks instead of using the old fashioned broom? It wastes water, and slippery leaves are dangerous. And why do others use leaf blowers on their small sidewalks? I can understand using them in the suburbs, but not in Brooklyn Heights.

  • Wiley E.

    Dog Pee Pee.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Worst than just dog pee – take a look at any number of blocks in the Heights. Those little doggie pies require more than a broom to get off of the sidewalk.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    ^ “Worse” not “worst”

  • Bob Sacamano

    Lori – It helps to get rid of the dog pee and other residuals on the sidewalk. I wish more people did it. Don’t worry about the water it will rain again.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Looking for parking garage/lot recommendations as well as places to be avoided (monthly, not hourly). Thanks!

  • lcd

    I noticed in the presidential debates that the backdrop, which approximates the great seal of the US, has the eagle’s head turned towards the arrows, instead of the olive branches. Is this a set designer’s ignorance? a subliminal message? Anyone else notice this?

  • Still Here

    ColumbiaHeightster –

    Not too many great choices here. I am in the Henry st garage opposite Fascati Pizza – I find it a very easy garage to deal with (other than the walk) but as pricey as the others. Also have used State and WIllow. All the DUMBO Garages are full until the Dock street project is complete.

  • Teresa Genaro

    Multiple outlets reporting that at the end of their current Nassau Coliseum lease, the New York Islanders will take up residence in–gulp–the Barclays Center.

    This New York Rangers fan did NOT move to Brooklyn to be within walking distance of the Islanders. Oh, the horror!

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Teresa, too bad Ratner couldn’t lure the Knicks and Rangers away from the clutches of Jim Dolan and had to settle on the crummy Nets and Islanders. Will still be fun to see the Rangers play here a few times a year though…should be overwhelmingly attended by Ranger fans.

  • Teresa Genaro

    When the nausea subsided, ColumbiaHeightser, I had the same thought.

  • Mr. Crusty

    I just called the MHM garage on Livingston Street that had been undergoing renovation for months. $250 per month for mid-size car. That’s the cheapest I’ve found. The one right next door (Icon at 111 Livingston) is $285 and is always packed with long waits at busy hours.

  • Topham Beauclerk


    I use the one in the Ratner tower on Cadman Plaza and Pierrepont for which I pay $365 per month. It’s well-managed and open 24 hours. Recommended.

  • ME


    Sands Parking LLC
    66 Sands Street Brooklyn, NY 1

    A little bit of a walk, but if you use the subway tunnel to cross under the road it’s not that bad. The monthly rate was around $225 if I remember correctly.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Thank you very much for all of the parking recommendations.

  • Bloomy

    Hip hip hooray for hockey! “Islanders owner Charles Wang said the team has established a 25-year agreement to play in Barclays Center beginning in 2015-16. Their lease at Nassau Coliseum expires after the 2015 season.” One thing to note is the arena will have the fewest number of seats (14,500) of any hockey arena in the league.

    Anyone have any good suggestions for the name change?

  • GHB

    Bloomy, I would suggest anything OTHER than Charles WANG!

  • BH’er

    Brooklyn Hockey Nets?

    On the subject of water, I’ve always thought that maintenance workers hosing down the sidewalks was an absurd excess use of water – does anyone know how much water this uses and what the annual cost is?

    It definitely makes sense to hose down the pet waste and bird droppings, etc. but most just seem to be too lazy to pick up a broom

    Instead of using 600 gallons a day over 32 minutes, these guys could sweep for 10 minutes then break out the hose – be done quicker with a huge water savings

    The amount of water wasted for this city-wide has got to be astronomical

    Anyone know the estimated cost per building?

    p.s. not sure how this Rangers fan feels about the lowly Islanders moving so close – if they modernize the colors and maybe change the name, could be a good thing!

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    I think they announced that they won’t be changing the name. We are technically on the island.

  • David on Middagh

    Brooklyn Puhkz.

  • Claude Scales

    Name change? They don’t need one. Brooklyn is on Long Island, in case you forgot. (OK. I’m one of those troglodytes who thinks geographical boundaries are more significant than political ones.) Addendum: Thanks, Columbia Heightser. I see you beat me to the punch while I was still typing. Also, on further thought, perhaps I should say “physical” instead of “geographical,” since political boundaries are considered geographical.

    lcd: Someone must have copied a pre-1948 seal for the display at the debate. When I was doing my Army active duty stint, a Texas A&M grad pointed at the brass seal on my dress cap and said, “Y’know, there was a time when t’ eagle faced t’ arrows instead of t’ olive branch. That was before nineteen and forty eight when these liberals took over the govenment and changed the name of the Department of War to the Department of Dee-fense, so’s nobody would think we was the kind of country that would stand up and fight for what we believe in.”

  • Wiley E.

    The Wangers.

  • ILikeBrooklyn

    Rude rude rude. The Delivery Man crew.

    They told me they get paid a lot of money for them to shoot in Brooklyn Heights. She started debating the merits of no parking spaces in a neighborhood for residents or businesses.

    This came about when she was telling me I couldn’t take a picture of my house. The woman snidely doubted the house was where I lived. I offered her my keys to the front door.

  • Jorale-man

    Related to the sidewalk cleaning comments: has anyone noticed the abandoned building on the NW corner of Aitken & Clinton Streets? The sidewalks and grounds around it are a real pigpen – mounds of trash, dead leaves, overgrown branches. It goes beyond your typical absentee landlord situation. There’s a phone number on the door for the owner – I wonder if it’s worth calling to complain.

  • Andrew Porter

    I don’t care about sports teams, and don’t have a car.

    Has anyone noticed some of the great fall foliage around here? The ivy on the Promenade between Clark and Pineapple has turned a bright and startling red, and there are some glorious displays near the playground at Columbia and Middagh, and on Pier 1.

  • Sue

    Rats! Rats! Rats!

    A couple of nights ago I took a walk on the promenade at about 7:30 pm. It wasn’t very crowded, but as I was walking something scampered past me. At first I thought it was a cat or squirrel….but no, it was a rat! I looked under the benches that were against the gardens and I swear, there were at least 10 rats running back and forth under the benches and then into the gardens. I brought them to the attention of the couple who were sitting on the benches! I freaked out! Now I can’t go there at night! What is being done with this problem? Million dollar homes, million dollar views, and RATS! I’m so freaked out about that! Has anyone else seen them at night?

  • Wiley E.

    The Rats? They are just tourists.

  • Homer Fink

    Is it time for another mixer?

  • Wiley E.

    Maybe Bee Bop will show up for the mixer.