Open Thread Wednesday 11/28/12

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  • Wiley E.

    Is it true that the BBP is now planning to build St Francis College a 40-million dollar water polo stadium on the site of the originally proposed velodrome? And that team Bee-Bop is paying for the annual operating costs? What a deal.

  • Jorale-man

    I haven’t heard that Wiley. The NY Times just ran a big story about the man behind the velodrome in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Apparently, he had been shopping around for a space for a couple years and was looking at a dozen other locations before settling on the park. They also report that he renamed it the fieldhouse because it would appear more palatable to residents nearby.

  • GHB

    Is it OK to deposit bags of flaming poop on the stoops of homeowners who refuse to rake up their leaves? Or would that be a fire hazard? (I’m talking to you, Moonstruck house!)

  • Gerry

    My sincere thanks to all who extended accolades, contgratulations, etc. I am humbled by this honor and will continue to do my best to enhance humanity and mankind each day.

    May God bless each of you.

  • Heights Neighbor

    This is a long shot but I lost an earring on my way to work this morning and had to at least put this out there in case someone actually finds it. It is a small diamond in a white-gold, bezel setting. The path I took was west side of Columbia Heights, to south side of Montague, to west side Henry, to south side Remson, to west side Clinton, to south side Joralemon to Court Street. I retraced my steps already and searched my home. The earring was from my sister on my birthday years ago and has sentimental value. If you happen to find it (stranger things have happened) please contact me at

  • AL

    1st Unitarian annual fair this Saturday, 10 – 4. Lots of good shopping + music. Lunch available for purchase. Enter thru chapel on Pierrepont St.

  • Boerum Bill

    A water polo stadium in the velodrome site?! Ridiculous! Everyone knows horses hate swimming!

  • beeeeetrend

    The velodrome @sshole wants to give us this great “gift,” yet won’t even be photographed or talk to a newspaper. Could he please just move onto another site and shove this whole idea up his ascot?

  • brian_in_brooklyn

    I heard on a recent WNYC broadcast about Dorothy Day that she was born on Pineapple Street. Does anyone know where? Thanks.

  • Sarah

    Has anyone ever seen a strange old man around montague street? he is tanned, he wears a lot of plaid and has a baseball cap.

  • Larry

    Who plays water polo?

  • Wiley E.
  • Wiley E.

    I used to play water polo in college. Good stuff. Trying to drown the other team’s members is such fun!

  • km

    Does anyone know of a good chimney sweep?

  • GHB

    @Sarah. Why, is one missing?

  • AmyinBH

    GHB, It is OK to deposit a bag of poo (flaming or not) in the direct path of the front door of a building that does not remove the leaves from the sidewalk. It is also OK to do the same to the homes of dog owners who do not pick up their dog’s poo.

  • MonroeOrange

    Can someone tell me what Gerry is talking about? when he thanks people for their congratulations…am i missing a post?

  • Gerry

    @ Wiley E – Gerry is a swimmer but he does not play water polo you are mistaken thats not me. And I doubt that even the Pope can get into the St. Franicis College Pool.

    @ Sarah – which strange old man on Montague Street are you talking about? There are a number of strange old men out on Montague Street often the same freaks who blog here all day long.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Gerry she said Montague Street not Montague Terrace. We all know about the freaks on Montague Terrace that blog here all day long.

  • MonroeOrange

    lol…good one Mr Crusty!

  • Flannery

    Any recommendations for a neighborhood shoe repair that does good work for good prices? Thanks.

  • JoJo

    Flannery: Wife and I have used Azzaro on Clinton between Joralemon/Remsen next to the barber shop, have always been very satisfied with their work.

  • Wiley E.

    There is a great shoe repairman on Remsen Street near Court on the basement level. He does wonderful work, and is less expensive than most of the other shoe people. He is a craftsman, and has years of experience.

  • BKchica

    I’m looking for Italian torrone nougat candy for a holiday gift. Does anyone know of a local place that makes it, perhaps an Italian bakery in Carroll Gardens? Thanks.

  • Knight

    @BKchica: try Caputo’s Bakery on Court & Union. In the unlikely event that they don’t have what you want, I’m sure they can tell you who does.

  • Andrew Porter

    B-in-B: A cleric who lived in my building told me that Dorothy Day was born in one of the old buildings, 69 or 71 Pineapple Street, which I have conveyed to several news sources. The buildings, of course, are still there.

    This may be one of the last Hurricane Sandy notes, but several weeks ago I was on Pier 1, and noted that the stream was contaminated with oil, with a sheen on the surface, and many dead fish, and the few live ones very lethargic. The stream has been turned off for the winter, and I hope that any contamination will have evaporated by next spring.

  • Andrew Porter

    Nate Silver News from Media Bistro: At the Business Insider Ignite media summit in New York, New York Times editor Jill Abramson said that she “would love” to keep FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver in the company through at least the next election. “He got huge, huge readership. Half the people coming [to] searched for Nate, they weren’t coming for the rest of the Times, they came for him,” Abramson said. “You hope they will be tantalized by other things on the buffet table. We know he began in sports anyway, so it is not an exclusively political product. I am excited to talk to Nate when he finishes his book tour about ways to expand that kind of reporting,” said Abramson. Silver, who claimed fame after the 2008 elections and became a household name in 2012, was among three pundits to accurately predict the outcome of the electoral college in the 2012 elections, according to The Atlantic. At one point during election week, one in every five visits to the Times’ website included a visit to Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog. Silver confirmed he was very happy with his spot at The Times, without going into specifics about FiveThirtyEight’s deal. “Not going to discuss details of my contract, especially as I’ve barely had time to catch my breath since the election,” wrote Silver, who is currently on tour promoting his new book, The Signal and the Noise. “There are many wonderful things about the Times, including Jill, and I appreciate her kind words.”

  • Teresa

    Andrew, if you’re going to quote verbatim that much information from another source (generally not advisable, anyway), could you please give the writer the courtesy of a link and attribution?

  • me

    Did anyone notice the lights in the sky last night? Very much like the 9/11 memorial lights but these changed color and also flashed. It was late, like around 1:30 am.

  • me

    Did anyone notice the lights in the sky last night? Very much like the 9/11 memorial lights but these changed color and also flashed. It was late, like around 1:30 am.