Open Thread Wednesday 10/9/13

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  • YrNabr

    Someone made off with our paper recycling this morning, while our neighbors’ was left untouched. This isn’t the first time it’s occurred — they use a white van, and if there’s no bag at the curb, they enter our front garden area and look through our trash/recycling storage boxes. My understanding is that this is illegal. Has anyone else in the Heights had this happen to them?

  • CassieVonMontague

    The payphone next to the Montage St entrance to the promenade is gone.

  • IceHerInIt

    I hope you read this, Melissa. We share a cleaning lady, Aida S. Do you have any news from her, or how to get in touch?

  • AnnofOrange

    Yes….almost weekly

  • ron

    Didn’t someone in a white van, liberate, a motorized scooter for a disabled person a while back? Could it be OJ out on bail?

  • David on Middagh

    I would yell at someone stealing the paper recycling. Scavengers can have my deposit bottles, but I’ve heard that the city profits from the relatively high bounty on recycled paper, which defrays the pickup costs.

  • Jorale-man

    Has it been a slow news cycle in the Heights this fall or is it me? We used to get 100 comments or more on these open threads. Now we’re down to a trickle. Are things really that sleepy in our fine neighborhood?

  • Andrew Porter

    If you saw tonight’s final episode on Channel 13 about filming the series about birds in flight, at 8:20 there was a bit about errant snow geese, who’d broken off from doing a fly-by of the Statue of Liberty. The program showed a guy in a car with a tracking device heading north on Hicks past Montague, then turning onto Pineapple and getting out at the corner of Henry. Ultimately, he tracked his errant feathered friends into Cadman Plaza Park, where they were chowing down on succulent grass. Hey, it’s a small universe!

  • Andrew Porter

    That phone was from the 1960s, a wonder of then-modern design. Maybe it was stolen by art thieves. Or, more likely, just Verizon taking away something that makes BH a little different from everywhere else.

  • north heights res

    I’m assuming others heard this morning, between 5 and 6 am, what sounded like some sort of waste disposal vehicle on Hicks St from Clark northward: beeping back-up sounds, really loud crashing glass. It went on for nearly an hour. Recycling is picked up on Wednesday (right?)

    Do we have any recourse? Don’t city noise regulations prevent this sort of thing at that hour?

    I understand that some urban noise is to be expected, but this was really loud and really prolonged.

  • north heights res

    And now there’s a jackhammer going at 7:15…I mean, really…

  • Arch Stanton

    As I recall, that pay phone was installed sometime in the early 70’s. It was the winner of a design competition, only two were ever put into service, the other one was in London.

  • Heightsman

    I was thinking the same thing….

  • DIBS

    Whining about having your paper recycling “stolen????”


  • YrNabr

    Wow — a simple request for info from my neighbors elicits an accusation of “whining.” “REALLY?????” To AnnofOrange: thanks for the feedback.

  • jivika

    sad. i loved that phone. and captain cleanup had just repainted it. :(

  • AEB

    Sleepy in the nabe? Always. But I think other social media have usurped the attention once paid to posting here.

  • petersteinberg

    I expect part of the slowdown in comments is the lack of discussion of Citibikes. Maybe I’ll write up a little post for Homer about my Citibike experiences for him to post as an independent piece.

  • MonroeOrange

    i know!….someone on here also constantly whines about bad spaghetti carbonara too!

    Can you believe that DIBS? someone whining about spaghetti? some people..huh?!

  • MonroeOrange

    someone needs a nap……

  • Jorale-man

    That 70s payphone was iconic. It was on tours of the Heights even. They took the whole thing out?

  • discussgusted

    For me, it’s often not going through the Discus mess, like I’m about to. Took me three tries – can’t log on as a regular. Fergettaboutit

  • bklyn20

    Besides losing city revenue from paper as a commodity, stealing your paper trash could be a precursor to identify theft. If your paper recycling includes any financial information, stop and buy a shredder immediately.
    Otherwise, hire a chimneysweep and use the fireplace for such papers. Same goes if you have a vengeful neighbor who wants to sue you.

  • David on Middagh

    For me, discussgusted, it’s the equal but opposite problem: when I can’t log on in “Guest” mode, as has happened intermittently when something has changed until Homer or someone fixes it, I give up, and am less likely to contribute afterward, at least for a while. I think there’s a cumulative effect, however. You can only have the door shut in your face so many times.

  • Arch Stanton

    Uh, Paper recycling can contain personal information, that’s why it’s a concern if someone is stealing it.

  • Arch Stanton

    I can believe it, someone here also whined about the fantastic new Citi Bike, program. Even after it has been a huge success. Imagine whining about a bike sharing system that provides a cheap, clean and healthy transportation to thousands of people daily? Huh…

  • David on Middagh

    And folks, in that Earthflight scene (in Episode 6, the behind-the-scenes Finale—as AP noted—repeating in days to come), you can even catch a glimpse of the old Peas ‘n’ Pickles awning.

    Channel 13, you always come through with the nostalgia!

  • David on Middagh

    YrNabr, the “IBS” part stands for “In Bed Stuy”, so I’m not sure you’d consider him your neighbor. Sometimes Disqus lets in the riffraff.

    Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Gothamist.

  • DIBS

    Discus was the death of brownstoner.

  • DIBS

    MonroeOrange PWND