BHB Open Thread Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Who loves the 80s? Temps are expected to rise to a summery 84 degrees today, before escalating toward 90 before week’s end. Burn, baby, burn! So what’s heating up your head on this Open Thread Wednesday for May 29, 2013? Comment away. (CT)

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  • asdf

    I wish everyone would shut up about the bike share program.

  • Jorale-man

    Interesting tidbit: the Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t take off for Memorial Day. I was walking along the promenade on Monday and they were there walking in pairs down to their office complex as usual. Just an observation.

  • marshasrimler

    I am still thinking about the libraries. some random thoughts. I believe the BPL is really out of touch with Brooklyn today. Why move the business library from Downtown which is experiencing a huge growth era and is the third largest business district in NYC. After all it has always been downtown which is Brooklyn’s. real civic center. Why is fundraising at the BPL so dismal? Look at all the fundraising thats been done in the Brooklyn-BAM, BBP, MARY WHALEN ETC. ETC.
    The library administration is inept at best and possibly corrupt. Why give precious land away to developers. Do your job and get funds from public and private sources. Look at the list of grants the Brooklyn Historical Society has received

  • Arch Stanton

    What! they were just walking, not riding Citi Bikes? Heathens.

  • petercow

    Day 2 Bike-share stats:

    5 pm Round-Up

    Trips since launch: 12,907

    Avg Duration (current day): 14.22 minutes
    Miles traveled since launch: 32,265 miles

    Most popular starting stations
    8 Avenue and W 31 Street: 50
    E 17 Street and Broadway: 48
    Christopher & Greenwich St: 39

    Most popular ending stations
    E 17 Street and Broadway: 52
    Pershing Square N: 41
    Pershing Square S: 40

    Annual Members: 19,389 total Annual Members

  • DrewBurch

    Actually they don’t celebrate any holidays except Easter and don’t recognize birthdays as a special event either.

  • Jorale-man

    Well, maybe they’re just not early adopters. The bikes would help them proselytize faster, after all.

  • ab_bklyn

    Yup, sounds like a total failure to me. :)

  • Arch Stanton

    Peter, where are you getting the stats?

  • Bloomy

    The stats were posted on the Citi Bike Share blog.

  • DrewBurch

    Yep a complete failure, and I think the sky is gonna fall, now…no?… Now!…..No? Well the sky is totaling falling soon!

  • Arch Stanton


  • ab_bklyn

    The oft-predicted TOTAL MAYHEM in the streets has begun!!! Wait, it’s not that big a deal? Oh.

  • petercow

    More riders on rainy 2nd day, than perfect-weather 1st day.

  • Andrew Porter

    A memorial honoring former Joralemon Street resident Harry Smith—poet, author, publisher—will be held Thursday, May 30th, at St. Peter’s, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan, from 6 to 8 pm. There will be readings from Harry’s poetry, reminiscences, and music-making by Walter Hilse, artist-in-residence at St Peter’s, plus Ralph Farris, violist and founding member of the string quartet “Ethel”.

    For details about Smith, see this obituary from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

    I hope to see some of you there.

  • Peter Loibl

    Anyone have any idea why Columbia Heights is closed right now and a bunch of cops are blocking off the street directing pedestrians elsewhere?

  • WillowL

    Brooklyn: Columbia Heights & Clark St NYPD ESU on scene with a suspicious package, Bomb squad being requested.

  • scott greer

    Hi, My daughter observantly pointed out from the promenade that there is pier 6, pier 5, pier 4, pier 3 and pier 1, but no pier 2. Any ideas on this?

  • Heights_Neighbor

    Yes, let’s can it on the bikes for a while until we see it in action for several weeks. Now, back to the issue of people not curbing their dogs! It’s not okay to leave smeared poop and urine across a side walk. Your dog is meant to go off the curb and after your mediocre clean up of the mess, a street sweeper eventually comes by to finish the job. Get it?

  • Heighti

    So there’s that cool artwork along the path of the new park that includes a basketball hoop and handball court. Are the hoop and the court actually functional. Are you allowed to bring a basketball and shoot hoops there? Or is it just art? I’ve never seen anybody doing it, but it seems sort of cruel to install a basketball hoop in a park that is only decorative.

  • Dave

    Two years ago, we moved from Brooklyn Heights over to a two bedroom/two bathroom at The Addison (225 Schermerhorn) and now, we’re moving out to the burbs. Since we’re breaking our lease, management asked us to find a new tenant for a 12 month (or 3 month) lease. The apartment has been amazing for us with a large balcony, a washer/dryer in the unit, a dishwasher, stainless steel appliances, amazing views, big windows all in a kid-friendly doorman building with a gym, a courtyard, a lounge, the works. And we’re still practically in the heights, going to Clarks every saturday (just ask Mark!). For pictures and more info, drop me a note at acedmb at hot mail.
    PS- there is a citibike rack right around the corner!

  • Dave

    It would be for a July 1 start!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Pier 2 is coming (planned for this fall). Hard-court sports, sun/rain shelter using the original pier shed…and bathrooms! From the map:

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes I’ve played there (and have seen others). Played HORSE with my daughter. No one from the park shooed us away.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Anyone hear what sounded like an explosion at exactly 4:30 this morning in the North Heights? Theoretically possible it was a truck hitting a pothole on the BQE but the sound/volume was qualitatively and quantitatively different than the ambient traffic noise…

  • Andrew Porter just released a 1933 photo of downtown, taken from the top of the Bossert, a view I’ve never seen before.

  • MonroeOrange

    Lets see those stats for Nov – March

  • Arch Stanton

    Where is the Bike Share topic of the day?

  • scott greer

    ;) thanks for the info

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