Open Thread Wednesday 11/6/13

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  • Arch Stanton

    Comments on the BHB seem to be at an all time low. Is this the beginning of the end?

  • BrooklynBugle

    No. People are basking in the warm glow of our new Sandinista Mayor.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Just want to say thanks to anyone that was out cheering during the marathon on Sunday. It’s NYC on its best day, and the energy of the crowd makes it so special. Brooklyn was easily the best, most enthusiastic part of the race. Thank you so much.

  • CassieVonMontague

    According to the New York Times election map

    Highest percentage voting for DeBlasio: 52-018 (area surrounding Clinton between Livingston and Atlantic) at 76%

    Highest for Lhota: 52-013 (Willow St south of Clark) at 34.2%

    Highest average income: 52-012 and 52-013 (Columbia Heights, Montague Terrace south of Clark) both with $250,000+ avg. income

    Lowest Avg income: 52-008 (Area around Orange St and Henry) ~$126,000

    Most Diverse: 52-018 ~72% white

    Least Diverse: 52-012 and 52-013 ~81% White

    Highest percentage of homeowners: 52-012 and 52-013 with 53% home owners

    Lowest percentage of homeowners: 52-018 with less than 34% homeowners

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Mosaic School!

    Taking a break from posting about LICH this afternoon so I can share a new found interest with you. For the past several months I’ve been studying the making of mosaic art at the Unicorn Art Studio on west 28th Street in Manhattan. It’s been a wonderful experience — learning the craft, working with the two enormously talented teachers and sharing the afternoon with other students.

    Should your curiosiity be picqued, here is a link to the studio:

    Below is the 2nd mosaic I ever made (to be cemented to a table and grouted in the future). Meanwhile, am making other pieces.

  • BrooklynBugle

    In other news.. we saw BOTH “Goggle Brothers” last weekend, great to see them back in action!

  • Happy in The Heights

    Just want to say that I enjoy this blog and read it every week. I have lived previously in DUMBO for 5 years and have been in Brooklyn Heights now for almost a year and a half. I find the blog helpful for what is happening in the hood, for weekend plans, weekend subway changes, restaurant reviews, etc. First time commenting on open thread and no, the blog’s creator did not make me comment here. Just a fan in cyber-space here.

  • north heights res

    Was just walking up Hicks and noticed a man standing on the southwest corner of Hicks and Remsen. Gave off a weird vibe, which I talked myself off of, and as I got closer, he approached me and said something in a low voice I couldn’t understand. In instinctively leaned closer and he said softly, “Sex for money? Sex for money?”

    Probably harmless, but I called the precinct to let them know.

  • BrooklynBugle

    And… it’s time for a caption contest, eh? How ’bout some photoshopping! Have fun!!

  • Bud Wiser

    How much did he charge? Was he any good? Nice that there are new small businesses popping up in the Heights, no?

  • AEB

    Someone in BH used the word sex?!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    “God damn it, Bloomy — I told you to order me a big gulp.”

  • Kenji Takabayashi

    “What’s your favorite Tribe Called Quest song, Mike? – Mike?”

  • Kenji Takabayashi

    Passionate fan of the blog and the nabe. I am excited about our new mayor, being a Brooklynite and all. Let’s hope he does well.

  • HeatherQuinlan

    Where??? I was just talking about them!

  • BrooklynBugle

    Adam Yauch Park on Saturday.. they seemed to be in good shape

  • Jorale-man

    I noticed that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have added some new signage to their printing plant building with their website addresses. It seems odd given that they’re on their way out of the area. Perhaps they’re leaving their mark beforehand?

  • David on Middagh

    That square blue “JW.ORG” sign? It seems illegal.

  • PineappleWalk

    I once asked if I could take a photo of them and they very angrily said no. I love them and the fact that they have no idea how fascinating they are.

  • DIBS

    How old was he? How much did he want?

  • Jorale-man

    Yeah, I don’t know if it’s in the historic district or not – I doubt it. But it doesn’t really fit the building so well either.

  • DIBS

    Yeah. north heights res is like the Obama administration, trying to squash small businesses wherever they pop up

  • Monty

    “No pouting, drink your Ensure, Mike”

  • DIBS

    “Whatever. I’m still making $1,000 a minute”

  • ab_bklyn

    I’m amazed at the progress on the greenway through Brooklyn Bridge Park! Sounds like it will be open in a few weeks. It will be nice not to have to walk on Furman St. anymore.

  • Jorale-man

    Agreed – that’s going to be a big improvement to the park. As I look at the new area, questions keep coming to me. How are they going to build on Pier 3 with the uplands now built up around it? Will they ship materials in by barge? Also, will they landscape the back side of the berms or leave them as exposed dirt? I admit, I’ve probably given this all way too much thought.

  • Claude Scales

    Mike, you’re looking more like Vladimir Putin every day.

  • Claude Scales

    I wonder about them, too. I suspect that, yes, barges will be used (as they have been on other piers) and that, come spring, you’ll see green grass on the east side of the berm, when it starts getting more sunlight.

  • gatornyc

    The new uplands will open on Nov. 16. And you are correct that the materials for Pier 3 will be transported by barge, but the construction of Pier 3 is not funded yet so it will be a while. As for the east side of the berm, it will be planted. The focus has been on the west side as it will open first, but the east side will get a similar burlap grass treatment as the west side has received.

  • Jorale-man

    Thanks, Gator. Fingers crossed that the fundraising moves along for Pier 3. It seems that in this city with great wealth there should be people out there to support something like a marquee waterfront park.