Open Thread Wednesday, 12/5/2012

It’s a tough, lonely job, but someone has to do it. What’s on your mind? Comment away!


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  • hicks st guy

    gatornyc, my physical therapist is Allen Bistrong at the Medical Arts Bldg on Joralemon & Clinton. Been in business for decades, knows everything and is a gentleman. been successfully treated by him for back, neck, knee issues. good luck.

  • Heather Quinlan

    @Homer Wasn’t Vineapple taking us in for awhile?

  • harumph

    For physical therapy I can highly recommend Sarah at Profitness Sports Rehab on Court Street – very professional, very thorough and very good. Also great to talk to (doesn’t hurt when you are seeing her so much a first).

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Need a recommendation for a mens haircut please. Thank you.

  • GHB

    DIBS, it’s not awful. It’s decent diner food. If you’re going to critique, at least try it first.

  • DIBS

    Just went in…it’s a HUGE bar, very nicely done. GHB, my lawyer takes his kids there because it’s big and it doesn’t matter if they run around and misbehave. he says it’s awful. I tend to believe him but I’ll try it out anyway, at least the bar food

  • Heather Quinlan

    @DIBS I think the food is a lot better than it used to be.

  • GHB

    If you get the munchies at 2 A.M., it’s good to know you can always grab a burger and fries!

  • DIBS

    I haven’t been out till 2AM in many years

  • Brixtony

    I live next door to the Park Plaza Diner and get take-out from time to time. It’s definitely gone downhill since they re-opened. They used to make a good chicken soup with matzo balls. The last three times I tried it: no matzo balls, then waaay too salty, then no chicken and very bland. They have also got the orders wrong a couple of times. Not sure what that’s about. We haven’t given up yet – the turkey club is still great and so is the Fulton salad (if they remember to put in all the advertised ingredients.

  • clavius

    IDEA: when film crews, tv or movie or anything, take over streets in the bk hts, people who live on that street and can provide address verification and vehicle ownership could get parking garage vouchers… it seems fair for those who’s cars are displaced and inconvenienced by all the filming everywhere.

    thoughts? ideas? good? bad? be nice…

  • gatornyc

    Thanks hicks st guy and harumpf.

  • GHB

    Clavius. Whose.

  • David on Middagh

    /will now be monitoring GHB’s posts for errors of spelling, grammar, and usage

  • GHB

    When did the apostrophe become so difficult?

  • David on Middagh

    “When did the apostrophe become so difficult?”

    /pathetic fallacy: apostrophes aren’t divas

  • Lauren

    @Homer and @Heather, I’m hosting an event this Friday, December 7th from 7pm – 10pm at Vineapple (71 Pineapple) to celebrate the holidays and the closing of my current photography exhibit there. Many of my images on display have been taken in and around the neighborhood. It’s free and Vineapple will be offering drink specials. All are welcome to attend– the more, the merrier! I only post occasionally, but I read the blog every day and it would be fun to put faces to screen names.

  • Heather Quinlan

    @Lauren That’s great, I’ll try to make it!

  • Claude Scales

    Lauren: me, too.

  • WillowNabe

    Networking is not the only way to find a job although it certainly helps. My husband had been laid off from a job in finance and he posted his resume on Monster and got a call from a recruiter. He was highly qualified but took a pay cut because he was over 55 and needed a job. He is still at that company seven years later and getting ready to retire.
    Most companies are doing in-house recruiting and post their job openings on their own websites.
    What type of work are you looking for?

  • James

    It’s a diner – no different than Happy Days or Grand Canyon. Diner food is diner food is diner food… Always good for breakfast – any time of day. One doesn’t go to a diner for fine dining. See you next Sunday morning?

  • Marmac

    ColumbiaHeightster: I highly recommend Rocky at the Cutting Den inside the 2/3 Clark St. station. He’s been cutting hair for 50+ years and no one is better. $15 for an expert haircut can’t be beat either. When Rocky was on vacation, my husband went to a fancy salon nearby, paid twice as much, and they butchered his hair.

  • Diane.

    Thanks Wiley, Gerry and anyone else for the advice. I’ll check with the Chamber of commerce. I have chaplain, counseling, law, advocacy, elde care, education, public speaking, community relations, administration, project management non-profit fundraising and event planning experience. I also have been a Director of formation at a private school for k thru 12 students . I appreciate the advice and do believe that sometimes its who you know not necessarily what avenues to pursue.

  • Andrew Porter

    Diane: brace yourself: you can’t get Vernor’s in NYC. I get my fix, uh, supply, via UPS from Beverages Direct (Google them) in Illinois. Was born in Detroit, but left in the 1950s before the place went to hell.

    Hey, last week I stopped in the not-yet-open Massage Envy on Remsen, and though there was a real live person there, she told me that they were STILL not open. Opening sometime later this month, she claimed.

  • weegee

    My friends from Michigan have been known to smuggle Vernor’s (and Faygo!) across state lines for me, too. We should pool our resources on this!

  • Wiley E.

    Diane, your skills pay your bills. What are you skilled in? Take an inventory. Sell your skills to the highest bidder.

    You can’t get a job without getting a face to-face-interview. Once you get a job, use that job to find others. Temp jobs are great. The employer isn’t going to waste a lot of time interviewing someone who is going to be short-term, and often the short-term job can become long-term. Or, someone can recommend you for another opening at another company.

    It’s called networking.

    Temp agencies are a great place to start. They make money placing you where you can make the most money (they get a percentage). Also, a temp agency will give you a paycheck every week – where a regular company will often keep you waiting months to get your first freelance check. Also, a temp agency job is something you can list on your resume. If the temp job only lasts 2-weeks, but you are registered for 6-months, then you can list employment for 6-months. (You were employed, just not assigned.)

    Check-out the State Employment Department. They are on Flatbush Avenue near Fulton Street. They can give you tips,
    they have job openings listed, and excellent advisers to help you for free. Never pay for job search counseling.

    And lastly, work at something you like. If the job doesn’t seem comfortable – turn it down. Don’t list your failures, or mistakes on your resume. Good luck. Don’t stop looking for work. Finding work can be easy, or hard. A lot of it is just pure luck.

  • Gerry

    @ Winston Smith – we have no interest in meeting Crusty thanks but no thanks.

  • HenryLoL

    @DIBS — Park Plaza does have bad food, generally. But if you want eggs, a burger, or a gyro, it’s totally fine.

  • AmyinBH

    Massage envy needs to hurry up and open. I have been waiting and waiting. I am too lazy to walk farther than a few blocks for a massage. It did look like it was open last Saturday.

    I have not had a bad experience at Park Plaza over the years. It is diner food. As with most restaurants with a vast menu, there are some good things and some you stay away from. I haven’t been in since they reopened.
    And, It is nice having something open 24 hours in that quiet area.

  • jane

    Silly one i know – but where’s everyone getting their wrapping paper/card supplies since Overatures and Hallmark left our area?