Open Thread Wednesday 11/5/14

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  • Andrew Porter

    “Best Handyman Thread” on the BHB ran in 2012, and Scott Reid got mentioned there, too:

    http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/45341

  • willowl

    I don’t mean to come off as harsh, or rude. but… I grew up here in brooklyn and can remember countless times seeing homeless people etc.. yes my parents would try their best to explain to me. I would see screaming people on the subway, I would witness the disturbing nature of decompensation that a mentally ill person who is unmedicated can go through…. it’s just life. this is New York City.. they are going to being exposed to all walks of life.. even those that ” scare” them. If ALL she is doing is scaring them ( because they of course it is frightening to see someone who is prisoner to there own thoughts etc), then thats not much of anything. Maybe cross the street? She can’t be arrested unless she does something to harm someone. So best to just try and co-exist. If she is like any other “characters” that have come to the heights, she will move on.

  • willowl

    I don’t mean to come off as harsh, or rude. but… I grew up here in brooklyn and can remember countless times seeing homeless people etc.. yes my parents would try their best to explain to me. I would see screaming people on the subway, I would witness the disturbing nature of decompensation that a mentally ill person who is unmedicated can go through…. it’s just life. this is New York City.. they are going to be exposed to all walks of life.. even those that ” scare” them. If ALL she is doing is scaring them ( because of course it is frightening to see someone who is prisoner to their own thoughts etc), then thats not much of anything. Maybe cross the street? She can’t be arrested unless she does something to harm someone. So best to just try and co-exist. If she is like any other “characters” that have come to the heights, she will move on.

    (Had to repost, I had typo-s etc from iphone) ;)

  • Andrew Porter

    Brownstoner wrote up 62-66 Pierrepont as a Building of the Day:

    http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2014/11/building-of-the-day-62-66-pierrepont-street/

  • Smith

    not all children are as strong as you clearly were…and it is not okay that my children, who also walk by her, have had nightmares about her…I don’t think it is okay to just assume and tell them that “its just life” in NYC and that they need to grow up assuming that life in NYC means walking by screaming women. They want her to be helped or to help her..they are scared they will turn into her. It is disturbing to me and I’m an adult New Yorker.

  • Monty

    Totally agree!!!

  • monty

    I meant I totally agree with Smith!

  • Teresa

    But that’s really more about you and your family, no? Understandable feelings, but not sure it means that anything needs to be done for or about the woman, unless she wants help and the proper people step in to offer it. Lots of things cause kids nightmares, discomfort, fears– and unfortunately, there’s not an easy way to stop any of it, so we all have to learn to deal with it/live with it on our own. Perhaps there’s another route to take to school?

  • Teresa

    Thanks, Suzanne and Andrew…

  • David on Middagh

    “But that’s really more about you and your family, no?”

    Well, if the homeless woman is disturbing the peace, then no.

  • miriamcb

    I haven’t witnessed the disturbing the peace thing with her as of yet but it sounds like others have (I walk past her with my young daughter probably once a day). I did call 311 the first night I saw her out by City Chemist because honestly I couldn’t tell if she was okay. So I know homeless services came out to check on her, but she obviously refused services and didn’t seem to pose a threat at the time and hasn’t yet to us. Maybe if she seems like she is, someone should call in to 311 as it’s happening?

  • WillowL

    Why is it so disturbing? I have never witnessed her screaming. This is life. This is New York City.

  • CityChemistFan

    I made the switch from CVS to City Chemist about a year ago when CVS was out of my monthly refill prescription and didn’t tell me until I showed up to pick it up the day I needed it. Went to City Chemist and he was able to get it for me ASAP whereas CVS said they had no idea when they’d get it in. City Chemist even delivered a prescription to me once when I was too busy to pick it up. I never knew I could love a pharmacy this much.

  • Andrew Porter

    The new pharmacy on Clark Street had their windows uncovered on Friday, and looked very close to opening, but they were covered over again later in the day. They are across from the Gristede’s pharmacy, down the block from the CVS and City Chemists. Hope this doesn’t cause a nuclear explosion as the concentration reaches critical mass…

  • anonpon

    There are a couple of cats roaming Brooklyn Bridge Park at the foot of the Squibb bridge on the park side. Maybe about 6 months old. One was black (and quick) and the other was white with grey patches. Spotted 3 PM 11/11. Anyone else see them?