Open Thread Wednesday 3/19/14

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  • Banet

    I saw this graffiti on the building and reported it via the 311 iPhone app on 3/15. The one other time I did this it was taken care of within a week or two.

    Unfortunately the city won’t clean up U.S. mailboxes. An the beautiful boxes done by Captain Cleanup on the corner of Hicks andRemsen as well as Hicks and Grace Court Alley were also tagged. I’m afraid these clean boxes are an attractive target.

    I’d personally apint over the graffiti on these boxes if Captain Cleanup would post the details of the paint he uses here (brand, colors, type) on the blog.

  • Banet

    Just imagine how crowded Dellarocco’s will be once the Bossert Hotel opens up next door. You’re right that it would make sense to expand the pizza place and drop the Heights Cafe as the table turnover at the Cafe is a lot slower.

  • Anon

    Just have to say… the post about the downed light pole on Hicks/Middy got 12 comments while the post about the library closing garnered 3 (as of Thursday morning) – with the two adjacent to each other in the feed, it’s a bit amusing

  • MonroeOrange

    wow…im insufferable jerk, for asking you to address an inquiry that was critical of of Citibike.

    Looks like im getting under your skin…lol, perfect!
    I just hope you don’t threaten to garbage on me, as i know that’s your ‘thing’.

    I’m going to have a wonderful day, knowing that im under your skin!

  • MonroeOrange

    actually it is just citibike stations as the rest of the street was cleaned when the street sweepers went through…but way to try to blame the weather!

    PS…i’ve asked Citibike to build a tandem bike for you and Joe A!

  • MonroeOrange

    its bc we have talked ad nauseam about the library already…and the good majority of us are supportive of keeping the existing building or at the least to ensure that the new building holds an adequated updated library space.

  • AnnofOrange

    Great to see this recommendation. He grew up in the Heights; nice family; nice guy. I didn’t know he was working in this field of the law. I plan to follow up with him.

  • Arch Stanton

    Actually, the rain last night did a pretty good job of cleaning up. As, weather giveth and the weather taketh away. But if you still have an issue please, give Citibike a call. I’m sure the’ll be happy to hear from you.

  • Arch Stanton

    It looks more like the results of your failed aptitude test.

  • Anon

    Monica Kipiniak 718-624-2058, who practices on Court St.

  • MonroeOrange

    that makes tons of sense…time to take those meds Arch…you are losing it

  • Joe A

    Yes you are like a rash that won’t go away? By the way did you ever find those articles saying the citibike share program was a failure? I’d love to read ’em.

  • Eddyde

    Um, posting pictures of this idiots vandalism is the worst thing you can do.

  • Arch Stanton

    You don’t get it, because you’re just a square peg in a round hole kind of guy.

  • Teresa

    From today’s WSJ: “[Citibike’s] managers don’t believe it can survive if it doesn’t become more appealing to tourists and expand to new neighborhoods.

    The program apparently needs millions to stay afloat.

  • MonroeOrange

    i think i made point already, i don’t need to read it on the internet to know something is true or not…..i unlike you, obviously no what a viable business model is and one that is a failure (ie. a business that can’t support itself even with exorbitant fees/late fees/annual fees, 41m in sponsorship money)…but then again, you probably would have need to actually run a successful business, which its quite obvious you have not….please answer how a business with that much start up capital, that only has 5,000 bikes is out of money? please mr. crusty…open that business 101 text book you have and please tell us all…

    PS…good news….that tandem bike for you and Arch is almost ready!

  • Johnny Cakes

    Was that $26 in Bitcoin money? Yes, I have to ask.

  • Hicks St Guy

    Bad pizza? Their pizza is an improvement in the immediate neighborhood, unless you are one of those who thinks Fascati’s is edible.

  • Alec

    Fascati’s is pretty bad, but at least priced appropriately. It’s also not fair to compare a slice shop to a sit down place. As sit down places go I was underwhelmed by Dellaroccos – you gotta shlep to Grimaldis or Lucali’s, though I haven’t tried Luzzos yet.

  • Arch Stanton

    Although, Fascati’s quality has slipped a bit since Sal left, it is still a very good, classic NYC style slice. You may not care for it but many do as taste is purely subjective. Nobody likes a snob.

  • spm

    As an FYI, I contacted Brooklyn Law School and received a prompt reply that they are getting their building contractor on it right away to have the graffiti removed. Kudos to them for follow up (and hopefully a quick clean-up!) Now, for the mailbox – a plea for Captain Clean-up to paint over it. It was the same graffiti ‘artist’ who did the building and we have not had graffiti on that mailbox since the initial painting was done.

    Also, the BHA is relaying the information to the police as I was told there was an officer there who could read the tags and link them to perpetrators – hope that’s so!

  • MonroeOrange

    There he is!…just for that Fascati’s comment, my dog will be peeing on Hicks St. tonight!

    Fascati’s rules! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES! especially one’s that helped make this neighborhood great…but i guess it would help if you actually lived here your whole life…which you clearly haven’t.

  • MonroeOrange

    finally something we agree on!

  • Patients for LICH

    An open letter to the staff of Long Island College Hospital

    Now that the bids are all in and we await the outcome, the Patients for LICH want to thank the staff of Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

    This past year’s fight to save LICH has brought together a coalition of healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, community groups, patients, and elected officials.

    However, you are the ones who demonstrated tremendous courage, dedication and grace each and every day as you reported for work to care for your patients under the most stressful of working conditions. Many of you reported to work under the threat
    of being laid off.

    You worked at the hospital despite being confronted by SUNY officials, private security guards and even armed NY State troopers both inside and outside of the building. You
    provided medical care to patients although SUNY tried to prevent you from doing
    so. You saved lives.

    Before and after your 12-hour shifts, you stood outside LICH throughout the year — albeit in sweltering heat, pouring rain or freezing snow — to protest the closing of the hospital.

    You attended every rally, press conference and trip to Albany. You marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, testified before the SUNY Board of Trustees and were even arrested.

    And, while some may think you were simply fighting for your jobs, we know differently. We know you have been fighting for the care of all patients – now and in the future. You
    have been speaking out to save lives and continue to care for those whose lives
    you save. For you, it is a vocation and we cannot thank you enough for your caring service. You have shown our communities, borough, city and state what dedication truly means. You never once neglected your duties. Your primary concern has always been your patients.

    During this stressful time, we want you to know that we are grateful and proud to stand by your side. So on behalf of Patients for LICH and our friends and families we thank you. What you have done is truly heroic.

  • Diesel

    Watch your tongue bub, I love Facati’s, Woof

  • spm

    Really? Do you think that the person(s) who did this are reading the BBHB? If so – shame on you! (the ‘artiste’ not Eddyde)

  • Andrew Porter

    Complete plans and architectural renderings for the renovation and restoration of 100 Clark Street, aka 1 Monroe Place, are here:

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    You can read the nine (9) new proposals for LICH here:

  • Banet

    I see Captain Cleanup has already visited and painted over the graffiti on both boxes on Hicks. Thanks for the fast work!

  • Jorale-man

    A busy lunchtime on Saturday in Tazza: A mother comes in with three toddler kids in tow. There’s a giant stroller and 2 razor scooters, all of which are parked by the back door. A lot of commotion and bumping things but it’s understandable with kids that age. But then comes time for a trip to the restroom. The mom screams across the restaurant, “I’m going to get your potty seat from the stroller!” She runs across the room and proceeds to take out and brandish the “potty seat” while everyone is eating around her.

    A few minutes pass and she emerges from the restroom with the aforementioned seat and goes to order her food, and she sets it down on the bar. There was more too, but I’ll spare the details. I have a high tolerance for such things but safe to say my appetite was thoroughly ruined at that point.