Open Thread Wednesday 4/3/13

What’s on your mind for this Open Thread Wednesday marking the 3rd of April, 2013? Comment away! (Photo: CT)

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  • Jorale-man

    The brownstone on the NE corner of Joralemon and Hicks that was being restored can finally be seen without scaffolding. The facade looks really well-done with the 1950s gutting “reversed.” Bravo to the architecture firm that worked on that.

  • marshasrimler

    i predict that the Brooklyn Public Library will be forced to come up with another way to raise the monies the library needs. The plan of destruction and downsizing is the same old same old. There are much more creative solutions.

    The rumor they started that this is a done deal is just designed to dishearten the opposition to their plan

  • HenryLoL

    Everyone I talk to in BH is thrilled to be gone with that horrific, roach-infested and urine-soaked hole of a waste of money and space. We are SO looking forward to a more intimate, clean library!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Please join the Brooklyn March to Save LICH this Sunday!

  • marshasrimler

    ..everyone I talked to believes that public libararies belong in pulbic buildings open to all- after all over 8000 people signed a petition. Your description of the cadman plaza building is inaccurate . I was there twice last week-completely inaccurate. What exactly do you mean by more intimate

  • GHB

    What street? I hope it’s in a desirable location!

  • Wiley E.

    Does this mean that you will be taking the beat-up old red CT Volvo station wagon, with the trailer, usually parked on Montague Street with you too? And how about the Casino? Will they throw you a going away party?

  • Rick

    This is so frustrating.

    I feel passionately that Brooklyn needs LICH to stay open. I want the people of Brooklyn to win what is not going to be an easy fight, considering how much money is at stake for those who want to sell of LICH’s assets.

    But when I see where its been decided that the march is going to start, my first thought is that most people in New York have never even heard of Coffey Park, and regardless, that it is a location with almost no mass transit nearby.

    I can’t begin to imagine how many people who might want to go, but who live in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, won’t go because they can’t get to Red Hook.

    So then I think maybe people who can’t get to Red Hook can join the march in progress somewhere else, so I look for more information at and see a landing page that only has a button to sign a petition. Figuring out how to bypass that (which is more than most people will bother to do) I still find no mention of the march on other pages.

    I finally did find the Facebook page (with an awkwardly long name), but that wasn’t easy either.

    I can’t begin to imagine how many people will not be participating due to the starting location coupled with the difficulty to find out more information.

    This reminds me of how the meeting concerning this was scheduled for Valentine’s day evening.

    Not to be snarky, but is SUNY planning these events?

    Because I support this cause, it pains me to think how many fewer people will turn out due to a lack of good planning.

    This is not directed at you, Remsen Street Dweller, who I see working admirably to try and get the word out about this important issue. I’m going on like this because I’m worried, and feel these kind of mistakes are going to hurt.

    If anyone involved in planning is reading this, I ask you to reconsider the location for this march, if it is not too late.

  • DIBS

    Will the tinfoil be removed from the windows? :)

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Hi Rick,

    Thank you so much for your comments above. I am passing your response over to some people that I have met along the way that plan and/or help plan many of the events.

  • Tony

    It’s appalling that the city allows the parishioners of Our Lady of Lebanon to park their cars — quite often SUVs and mini-vans, by the way — on the sidewalk. And when those sidewalks begin to crack because of the heavy vehicles parked on them, who gets stuck with the tab to repair them? The homeowners.

  • Wrennie

    More details, por favor?

  • Topham Beauclerk


    One more example of the insufferable arrogance of religious cultists.

  • HenryLoL

    If you believe that even 200 of those people have ever stepped foot inside that library, you are, I am sorry to say, too easily swayed. The current library is HUGE and is very cold and institutional. A new library will be smaller and more manageable.

  • David on Middagh

    In Chuck’s picture, what does the hearse say?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Here is a map that shows walking route from LICH at 339 Hicks Street to Coffey Park, near Dwight and Verona Street.

  • Brooklynite

    Why not have a second march that starts in the north heights and they can meet up with the marchers from Red Hook. I am sure that if the marches intended path is outlined maybe people will be able to join along the way.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I will pass along your suggestion, too.

  • David Glick

    What are you charging?

  • David Glick

    What I meant to ask was, “do you have a link with info, etc…?”

  • Rick


    Is that the actual route the march will take, or just how to walk there/back?
    Also, any idea what time the march will arrive at LICH, and how long the event will go on there?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Good question. I don’t know the actual route the March will take — it’s just general walking instructions. If I find out the actual route and the other details, I’ll post them.

  • MonroeOrange

    Finally property values on montague terrace will go up!…good neighbors = higher prices. Gerry = Jerk

  • A Neighbor

    My understanding is that the march will end at LICH and some of the pols will speak. We should be able to get a time on that.

  • Lois

    Just read an interesting article in New York magazine about growing up in New York. They also interviewed several kids growing up in New York now. Although there were kids from Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill and other neighborhoods, there were none from Brooklyn Heights.

  • Remsen Street RN

    Is there a bus from LICH to take us to Coffey Park?

  • Sheila Kaplan

    My friend wants to move to Brooklyn Heights close to the 2/3. She’s looking for a 1 BR. Does anyone know of any available apartments for June 1?

  • Jane

    Perhaps TMoI, but here we all are! Have recently been diagnosed with celiacs and have to stick to a gluten free diet. Any recommendations within the nabe?

  • Andrew Porter

    It’s a gorgeous restoration job; the extension and windows between the chimneys are especially nicely done. Can’t wait to see what the gardens look like when it’s all done.

  • Andrew Porter

    The library is institutional? I should hope so.