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  • BadmintonGuy

    Badminton anyone?

    Trying to start a BH Badminton club. A few of us have started playing on Sat and Sun mornings at Pier 2 at 9 am. If it’s not too breezy, the handball courts are ideal for badminton.

    It’s just casual playing only. No net, no score, just long rallies and a good excuse for fun and light exercise. We usually play for about an hour only. Pier 2 is generally quiet and empty during the early weekend mornings.

    Email me if you’re interested. Smingooi @ yahoo dotcom


    Pickleball too?

  • MaryT

    Sunday’s event at Cadman Park was WAY too loud. I called 311, they contacted the 84th Precinct, whoever went from the precinct house to check it out reported ‘no violation’.

    The decibel and bass levels HAD to be in violation of code:

    “..the level of unreasonable or disturbing noise that escapes into the streets or is heard in nearby residences by requiring that sounds levels may not exceed:

    • 42 decibels as measured from inside nearby residences,

    • Bass sounds measurements are weighted in the “C” scale and may not exceed 6 dB(C) above the ambient sound if the ambient sound is greater than 62 dB(C)..” (from DEP handbook guide)

    Does anyone have a bel meter? Is Community Board 2 the overseer?

  • Jason Smith

    My wife and I walked down to the BBP, yesterday. We witnessed a group of young men coming from the basketball court that were loud, rowdy and catcalling women walking by. Any women that walked by got a cat call and had 10 young men turning to stare at her behind. It was generally disrespectful and did not make for a pleasant walk. 5 minutes later, another group of young men walked by us and threw their plastic water bottles over our head, littering into the large stones by the beach despite the readily available trash cans. My wife and I weren’t attacked, we weren’t threatened, we were just saddened. Too bad, so sad.

  • errrybodyrelax

    I don’t know if it was the same group, but I saw a group of about 10 young men walking up Joralemon street from the park, and one of them HIT A WOMAN’S DOG as he was walking by. I heard a yelp/howl, saw the kid running away, and heard the woman yell “THAT KID JUST HIT MY DOG!” Same as you, it just made me incredibly sad.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    That stinks. As the temperature rises, incidents like this are unfortunately only going to become more common.

  • Willow Street Watch

    There are fast mounting reports of threatening behaviors both in the park, on point of access and NOW increasingly on the Promenade.

    EVERYONE SHOULD show up at the next 84 th precinct community council and serve notice that the levels of protection are declining to a point in recent months that it is clearly dangerous and has to stop. We need more cops visibly deployed on the street. Period. The recent events in Central park and the Tourney robbery shows where were going here…AND…it’s not enough for more cops being on the streets what’s officially called the patrol strength, they have to get out of their cars and make arrests. Arrests count.

  • Jason Smith

    The sad thing is that I’d like to say something, but I’m only one man with my wife. Chances are that I’m NOT going to get “jumped” if I say something, but even a 1% chance of that is too much.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    When is the next meeting?

  • MaryT

    At the very least, this is disorderly conduct, even harassment. Call 911 to report, and follow up with a call to the 84th Precinct at 718-875-6811. If they were in the BBP, notify the management (good luck) and, hopefully, they can be barred from using the facilities.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Well ALL this was predicted a decade ago when this monstrosity/total rip off was proposed. Now it’s started to happen. What now guys? Going to sit and cry and let it get worse (and worse)? Or you going to do something about it? Hey, all this and much worse, went on in the seventies and we put a stop to it…but do we HAVE to go to the measures we did back then?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Exactly. And what good would that do? If nothing happened, maybe you’d feel better for getting something off of your chest, but probably not worth it. Although if someone said something to my wife, I doubt that I’d be that insightful in the moment.

  • MaryT

    The next community meeting should be on May 19th at 7pm, 301 Gold St. If you haven’t read it yet, Ginia Bellafante wrote on up-tick in crime:

  • Jason Smith

    What measures did you go to back then?

  • Willow Street Watch

    Well, we formed a rival Hei has assn, when out hunting every night. Started a pirate radio station to keep people informed. Caused over 60 arrests for major felonies…and finally we threatened to form a GUN CLUB if we didn’t get better protection.

    And no matter what and PC types think we’ll do it all again if the situation goes much further….

  • Willow Street Watch

    What PC defeatist nonsense.
    There a world of highly effective things people can do…

  • DCS

    Has anyone noticed all the buildings tagged by spray paint in the Heights? The Saint George tower got tagged on Sunday night.

  • Willow Street Watch

    What you should be doing is going to the next 84 put meeting and simply say to the captain that the next time anything like this happens, I will apply for a “premises permit”…..

    You want results? Just say that.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Important discussion Cobble Hill Assn. Monday May 18th 7:30 PM. Open to the general public.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    That’s not a helpful response.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    Yes. Our super is ignoring the fact that we were doubly-tagged earlier this Spring.

  • Middagh_Girl

    Yes, I noticed the same thing. The new(ish) apartment building on the corner of Middagh and Henry was tagged recently. So was one of the apartments on Henry between Middagh and Cranberry.

  • MaryT

    UPDATE: The next 84th Precinct community meeting is 7pm on May 19 at 160 Schermerhorn (bet. Smith and Hoyt) per Detective Mitchell.

  • miriamcb

    Is there anything to be done about an unloading truck that habitually causes unsafe traffic conditions at intersections?

    The past few days, the Sleepy’s unloading truck has parked illegally on Montague in front of Ann Taylor Loft at the hydrant. Today, a school bus had to go back and forth for about 20 minutes to try and turn the corner, causing frustration for cars waiting (and then zooming past the bus in frustration), unsafe crosswalk conditions in 2 of the crosswalks while the bus inched forward and then reversed at Henry/Montague – all because the unloading truck was parked illegally and wouldn’t move. Yesterday a similar situation occurred.

    Sleepy’s was notified by many of us but we were all met with delivery guys who were rude and sales people who didn’t care at all.

  • theoneandonlyfly

    A few buildings in the area of the St George were tagged.

  • MonroeOrange

    did you call the police?…people need to phone the police when someone assaults a person or animal…not just report it on this blog…calling the police in that area would almost certainly result in an arrest, as there are very few ways out of the heights from up the hill.

  • MonroeOrange

    willow street watch…were you part of the heights partrols in the 90’s with the car with the flashing yellow light?

  • errrybodyrelax

    The woman whose dog was hit immediately placed a phone call. The kid was down to Henry street (this happened on Hicks/Joralemon) within 10 seconds of it happening. A phone call to the police from me would have done absolutely nothing.

  • MonroeOrange

    well im glad someone did call the police…

  • Banet

    If you report tagging to 311 the city is actually really good about removing within days — even from private property. It’s very easy with the 311 app.