A few things bubbling up in the BHB community this week that are up for discussion:
"Nettie Moore" posted under Who is that Guy with the Dog?:
"A friend sent me this link because I complain so much about this man yelling at me. dog is a king charles spaniel, I believe. Its owner has been harassing me for over 2 years; I run every day on the Promenade. The man has become increasingly disheveled and disturbed in the last year. He has begun to yell at the dog, which is worse than yelling at us. Brooklyn Heights, by the way, is not a suburb. Well, it used to be a neighborhood but I suppose now you are welcome to call it what you want. As a third generation native of Brooklyn and a 40 year resident of the Heights, I and my family knew all was lost as far back as when Starbucks opened on Montague Street. All the revolution that’s in the air now is heated discussions about strollers, private nursery schools, and summer timeshares. We have actually begun to feel that the brainwashed Jehovah’s Witnesses are a last bastion of, er, *authenticity* in poor Bklyn Hgts. Yuppies, it’s all yours. All we ask is to please keep it clean."
Ms. Moore, while missing the historical reference of our tagline "dispatches from America's first suburb," brings up some interesting points for discussion.
Is Starbucks bad? At BHB, the Finks loves their Starbucks while Qfwfq will never allow that corporate elixr to pass his lips. But wouldn't we all be better off if one opened in the nabe instead of a "party place"?
Is it such a bad thing that "yuppies" are populating the Heights and arguing over strollers? We'll agree with Ms. Moore on the insanity that is private nursery school and summer timeshares. We'll also maintain that yuppies have long since gone the way of beatniks, hippies and flappers.
Ms. Moore, while we may not know if Dylan still misses you, we do know that you might find Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude to be a relevant read as well as this piece in this week's New York Observer.
Are the Jehovah's Witnesses that last bastion of "authenticity" in the nabe?
Some other topics up for discussion this week: Filming movies and TV in the nabe – good or bad?
Housing Works – have you been there? Great store or a place to experience massive allergy attacks?
The mac and cheese at Jack the Horse – as close to G-d as you can get on a plate?
Marty Markowitz – your next Mayor?