Open Thread Wednesday, May 8, 2013

And you thought it was just another Hump Day. But no, it’s Open Thread Wednesday on your favorite local online destination, the Brooklyn Heights Blog. What’s on your mind? Comment away! (CT)

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  • Heights Observer

    I kinda like the Brooklyn Heights Wine bar, but can’t they clean up the graffiti on the bricks at the Cranberry St. side of their outdoor area? Surely, with the prices they charge, that can afford it.

  • Paul Sanwald

    in case anyone isn’t aware, almondine bakery in DUMBO is open again after being closed by sandy for many months. it’s a fantastic bakery, and a local business that deserves our support.

    no connection with the bakery other than being a huge fan.

  • Wrennie

    I’m in the market for a wingback chair that I could have reupholstered. Can anyone recommend a good store or service or person who does that sort of work? Thanks!

  • ElDropo

    There’s some kind of fire in the subway line at Clark St station. I was there at 10:30am today and could smell and see smoke. It smelled like plastic or some kind of electrical fire. Firemen were coming in and service was at a standstill.

  • Alec

    They probably don’t do the work themselves, but I bet the good folks at Fork and Pencil on Bergen near Court would know someone – they are a great antique/consignment shop with lots of furniture.

  • Hicks St Guy

    I was there also, coupled with “police investigation at Wall St station”, and long delays on A/C, it took me nearly an hour to go two stops.

  • Jv

    That is so great to know! Thanks. I love them too!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Any recommendations for someone I can hire to wash or sand and re-stain a deck?

  • LISA

    I’m upset at the Bossert Hotel because loads of BRIGHT INDUSTRIAL lights are on all night & ON EVERY FLOOR., AND KEEP EVERYONE awake whose bedrooms are opposite the hotel.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop this? There

    is no work going on at night, plus I would think that .. .their

    electric bill would be through the roof. for NO REASON

  • Andrew Porter

    Someone across the street from me used to have neon sculptures in their window, which cast a glare in my windows. Very annoying, until they moved away.

    Lisa, this is temporary, until the place reopens, which is a few months away. If you don’t already have curtains or some other window treatment, I suggest now is the time to get something, before you become entertainment for people staying at the Bossert. Remember what happened on the High Line!

  • Andrew Porter

    By the way, Chuck, if you take a look at the backyard for the building on the corner of Remsen and the cul-de-sack, visible from the pathway to the Promenade, you can see a lovely little goldfish pond, with golden fish, lily pads and bird-life.

  • LISA

    Thanks Andrew. We do have curtains but they don’t block
    the strong lights.

  • Wiley E.

    Maybe Lockheart Steele tagged it. And the BHWB owner is too scared to remove it.

  • Jorale-man

    Just curious: Has anyone ever noticed how the cashiers at Key Food won’t bag your groceries for you if you bring your own bag? I should qualify that by saying I’m more than happy to bag my own and actually will voluntarily take on the lead on that if given the opportunity. But it appears there must be a rule there that states no bagging for people who bring their own bags. Which seems rather counterintuitive.

  • spm

    Hi All. I wanted to say how helpful the Parks Department was in installing more No Biking signs on the Promenade. It was really bad when the weather was nice this week with 20 -odd tourist bicycles racing up the Promenade. I think with the Bike Share program it will only get worse so thanks so much Park Department for the posting and your speedy response to my call!
    Now does anyone have any idea what we can do about the green mailboxes covered with graffiti at the end of Montague and on other streets??

  • Wiley E.

    Just an observation made on the subway today: Girls from Queens have the nicest breasts of all.

  • Arch Stanton

    How do you know they are from Queens?

  • Claude Scales

    We noted this a couple of months ago:

    Very glad to have them back; we’ve been enjoying their croissants and the best baguettes west of Brest.

  • Arch Stanton

    “Now does anyone have any idea what we can do about the green mailboxes covered with graffiti at the end of Montague and on other streets?”

    Yes, Get some medication for OCD.

  • Claude Scales

    Not always so. Just this evening the cashier gladly packed my LL Bean tote.

  • David on Middagh

    Ah, but are they the best breasts west of Brest?

  • Arch Stanton

    It may indeed be store policy “cashiers are not to handle a customers bag”
    A couple of hypothetical reasons; suppose someone leaves their Prada reading glasses in the bottom of the bag and the cashier places a #3 can of tomatoes (in heavy puree) on top of them “crunch”… they decide to sue Key Food to replace them (because of course, it wasn’t their fault)…

    It would also be easy for someone to accuse a cashier of taking something out of a bag “Hey Mr. Key Food manager, there was an envelope containing $500 cash in that bag, when I got home it was gone, must have been your employee…

  • Joe A

    By their great breasts obviously.

  • Arch Stanton

    Quick, go back and report the missing envelope!

  • Claude Scales


  • David on Middagh

    The Key Food counters are optimized with fixed bag stations. It’s not easy for *anyone* to fill a brought bag, except at the very end of the slope, precisely where the cashiers are not.

  • Brixtony

    Another insult from the the expert on the TOS. Is your comment good, bad or ugly?

  • Arch Stanton

    I guess it depends on your sense of humor.

  • Arch Stanton

    see second scenario above.

  • Jorale-man

    Good theories on this. Maybe they need to start adopting the Trader Joe’s method where you bring your bag and enter a raffle for $25 in free groceries…which you have no chance of ever seeing!