Open Thread Wednesday 9/17/14

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  • cindy s

    A friend in the Catholic Lawyers
    Guild e mailed me that St Charles,
    Assumption and Our Lady of
    Lebanon are combining forces
    To hold a major street procession
    Due to the worsening danger in
    The mid east and the world. I got
    A 2nd e mail noting that the Pope
    yesterday made it a special point
    To go to one of Europe largest
    WW1 cemeteries to pray for peace….

  • Grrr

    Any idea what ‘s happening with Andy’s on Mintague?

  • Hicksup

    Do I see that Squibb park has re-opened?

  • ClaudeScales

    Yes. The bridge is still closed, but it’s been gated at the entrance on the Squibb Park level rather than at the street level, so Squibb Park is now accessible.

  • Banet

    Glad Squibb is reopened but the fact that they built a new gate at the top of the bridge implies that the bridge will be out of commission for some time. :-/

  • Ann B Chapin

    I heard that they are moving, but will continue to serve our community. That is all I know at this time.

  • GHB

    I hope not. Maybe they put up a gate because there were so many complaints about lack of access to Squibb Park. I hope the bridge is back soon!

  • Hicks Henry street patterns

    A few weeks ago, someone posted a question about whether traffic on Hicks and Henry streets used to run in the reverse directions. Someone who had lived here since the 1970s responded that those streets have run in their current directions for the last (approximately) four decades.

    A few nights ago, I saw a map of the neighborhood from the early 1930s, and the traffic at that time ran in the reverse directions (i.e., the person who posed the original question is right, and it seems like the switch might have happened between the 1930s and 1970. Of course, given all the extensive infrastructure/road/transportation changes during that era, not surprising that that’s the time frame.

    So, yes, in the early 20th century, traffic on Hicks ran north, and traffic on Henry ran south.

    Are there any examples (aside from Love Lane a few years ago) of traffic directions being reversed or curtailed in recent years? Like a two-way that became one-way, or a one-way that was reversed?

  • Chubby Burkhardt

    I posted that question a few weeks ago. However, I was inquiring about Clinton Street specifically and during the 1990’s. Thanks for the update

  • David on Middagh

    HHsp, the two-way block of Middagh between Hicks St. and Willow St. became one way this year, just before Independence Day, making it consistent with Middagh St. from Hicks to Cadman Plaza West.

  • TMS

    Can anyone recommend a good optometrist in Heights or Dumbo area?

  • Jorale-man

    Curious if people have any first impressions on the reopened Court Street station or tunnel?

    I thought the ride was very smooth under the river – none of the usual jostling you get on long stretches. The station looks better – nice, bright lighting and the repaved platform is nice, if no frills. Now if only the R Trains would run a little more frequently!

  • Still Here

    My father lived in Bayridge and my mom in the Bronx. Dad said that while they were courting (1938-40)it was out on Hicks (to the Bronx) and back to Brooklyn on Henry. The change had to happened around then.

  • Andrew Porter

    I refuse to patronize any restaurant I share a name with.

  • Andrew Porter

    Errr… traffic on Hicks currently flows north, on Henry it flows south. Do you want to revise your statement?

  • miriamcb

    Was out on Montague last night on my way to the gym (around 9:30pm) and saw a man peeing into the garden at the church. I was totally grossed out!

  • Lori

    I think that bridge will be out of commission for a long time, if not forever, but am glad that Squibb Park is reopened. Not sure whether PS 8 will be using Squibb Park this year or not.

  • Ann B Chapin

    Dr Mark Steinman @ Pearle Vision is quite good! He found a more serious problem with my eye and sent me to an ophthalmologist.

  • Remsen Street Dweller
  • Jorale-man

    I hate to put every social ill on the doorstep of Brooklyn Bridge Park (I’m a fan of the park in many ways) but I have seen a bit of that sort of behavior this summer for the first time in the Heights – bad smells and more litter on the sidewalks. Sorry you had to encounter that in any case.

  • johnny cakes

    For those who doubted that Ken Fisher’s had any input in the SUNY/LICH case. Kenny split the unions from the community groups. The community groups wanted to go for contempt of court, and punish the SUNY board of directors. The unions tried to make a deal with Fortis. As we have learned, that deal was ignored by Fortis and SUNY.

    Read all about it:

  • Beans

    Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a vet, for a cat just for a wellness visit. As well as the usual pricing :)

    thanks !

  • lauren

    I have taken my cat to Hope Vet ( and have been pleased with their care. They are at 390 Atlantic Ave in Boerum Hill. Good luck!

  • Ann B Chapin


  • marshasrimler

    that might be the same fisher family.. alice rubin fisher made the motion to go ahead and destroy our library…

  • Eddyde

    Clinton has run northbound for at least the past 50 years. However Pierrepont St. between Clinton and Cadman Plaza was reversed for several years when the Morgan Stanley Building (now known as 1 Pierrepont Plaza) was built, back in the late 80’s.