Open Thread Wednesday 1/1/14

Happy New Year!!! What’s on your mind?

Photo: Barney Bishop via BHB Photo Club on Flickr

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  • Jorale-man

    Happy New Year, BHB. At the risk of sounding a (mildly) negative note to start the year, it would be nice if 2014 is the year that the city fixes the crumbling sidewalks around Borough Hall. I noticed yesterday while lugging my rollerboard suitcase from the Jay Street station, that they’re in a pretty sorry state of disrepair.

  • Joe A

    Remember when MonroeOrange proclaimed with certainty that the CitiBike program would be a failure? First he said it would be a safety disaster. Well, that just has just not been the case. Very few and minor bike incidents. Well, then he said, yeah just wait till winter. Nobody will be riding. Well, surprise, surprise, he was dead wrong about that as well. From Citibike

    Snowiest Day – December 14
    Total trips taken: 3,802
    Total miles traveled: 5,557

    Snowy Day – December 17
    Total trips taken: 8,135
    Total miles traveled: 11,334

    Coldest Day – December 12
    Total trips taken: 17,819
    Total miles traveled: 24,813

    MonroeOrange will you now admit that you were wrong and that not only is the Citibike program very safe but it is a wild success?

  • Joe A

    Let it snow, let it snow.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Having stayed over at my 91-year-old mother’s place last night, this morning I asked her what date today is.
    She replied, “January 1st.”
    I said, “What year?”
    She said, “1914.”

    And, with that I’m sure she wishes you all a very Happy New Year – and a hope that WWI will soon be over.

  • bongo23

    Agreed. For the flagstones to be in such a terrible state in front of our Borough Hall is an embarrassment.

  • petercow
  • Arch Stanton

    At the time it was referred to as “The Great War”.

  • Hicks St Guy

    cool black & white photo!

  • AEB

    The need to be right, even if right, is very, very tiresome.

  • Fritz

    Have you got any data on bike accidents in general or citibike in particular. To me, the downside of citibike is that it deludes people into thinking they are doing anything meaningful about global warming, particularly in NYC where there is good public transit. On the upside, the citibike stands do take up a bunch of parking spaces, which does diminish the attraction of cars in Brooklyn Heights.

  • Heights Observer

    Judy Stanton of the Brooklyn Heights Association knows why it is taking so long. She has the answer and can elaborate.

  • Heights Observer

    And until the late1940s it was also called “The World War.”

  • Joe A
  • Joe A

    Oh I am so very sorry if I offended your tender sensibilities AEG. Perhaps you should lay down until you recover.

  • T.K. Small

    When I roll around the area in my wheelchair, it is incredibly uncomfortable.

  • AEB

    It’s lie down. It’s also AEB. But here I go playing your game, Joe A.

  • Joe A

    So, so tiresome.

  • Mtowers

    Wonder why Caffe Buon Gusto closed temporarily over the holidays. NYC sign on window said that they were “operating illegally”. I searched that phrase and found that it is usually reserved for something like unauthorized use of outdoor space.

  • Susan Raboy

    Wishing all a new year filled with much laughter, adventure, good health and happiness!
    And, hoping our community rallies behind the fight for LICH to be Open 4 Care as a full service hospital.

  • Alec

    and it didn’t start until June of 1914 so on Jan 1 1914 there was no war to end.

  • Moni

    The so-called ‘restoration” of the quaint flagstones was the ruse used by the powers that be to eliminate our lovely garden area so they would have a place to park their SUVs. Thus the gardens gave way to an expanse of ugly paving, with a minimum of landscaping to make it look authentic (i.e., a little less like a parking lot). The delicate bluestone could not survive the tonnage rolling over it; it chipped and eventually crumbled. Now theire is talk of yet another “renovation”.

  • Heightsman

    He’s been using the space next door to him at night (eye glass place I think) as additional outdoor space for years. I am guessing someone “official” finally caught on. We shall see.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Yes, that’s true — but I thought I’d take a little poetic license (and see how long it took for someone to notice).

  • Alec

    The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand = the one factoid I remember about World War 1 from high school. :)

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Excellent. I just started reading my first book ever about WW I so I had it on my mind when I made the initial post.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    People never admitting their wrong is also very tiresome.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    Getcha some!

  • Peter Loibl

    Is Gallito’s ever open for lunch? Stopped by for the THIRD time today … closed again. What’s the deal?

  • Ann B Chapin

    Fabulous photos!

  • Jorale-man

    I noticed tonight that city cars were parked on the plaza in front of Burough Hall. You’re right, it seems rather reckless given the stones’ already crumbling state. Perhaps the next Burough president can make this more of a cause.