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  • StudioBrooklyn

    Why merely “get by” when we can swashbuckle?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    What we can expect is for a developer to come along and build taller, more expensive porta-potties, pushing the poorer, smaller porta-potties out toward the less desirable areas of Columbia Heights.

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  • MonroeOrange

    im the only one challenging his clearly prejudice views…maybe you should try to stand up to people that live in our neighborhood, who are clearly hateful.

  • MonroeOrange

    what danger? a shooting can happen anywhere at any time, btw anyone…remember when that guy killed is girlfriend in the cleaners on montague years back? should we not have dry cleaners bc of that shooting?

  • Christopher Frank

    cell phone tower $$

  • CHatter

    I’m not opposed to development of newer, better (and yes, bigger) porta-lets. Progress is progress. But as a community I think we need to be sensitive to retaining the essential character of the existing call-a-heads, which have been part of the fabric of the neighborhood since at least July 3. Particular attention should be paid to retaining the original facades and preserving, in some way, the distinctive handicap sign murals.

  • StoptheChop

    Complaints filed through the stopthechop website go to all the electeds including the Mayor’s office. The 311 system is worthless; both the EDC and the industry’s own noise complaint system are manipulated to say “there’s no problem”. Contacting elected officials directly is OK, too. Finally, there are a few sympathetic media outlets, especially DNAInfo– although the industry seems to have co-opted the Daily News.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    On MIddagh, instead of the pressure wash, they just decided to get a relatively close matching color to the original wall and paint over it. …It doesn’t match too well.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Your comments are exactly correct and STRONGLY direct attention towards two of the great mysteries in the history of the BBPC syndrome: 1) Why has the Brooklyn historical Society remained as silent and ineffec-
    tive as they have especially on the subject of the blockage of such very
    major historic icon like the Brooklyn bridge?….

    2) Why was there no strong society or association ever formed to protect
    the bridge and establish a historic district in law for the BB area.

    Just a small bit of history here, when Peter Stanford a very good man and very good friend of this area, had the National Maritime Historical Society down at the Fulton landing fireboat house, before Howie golden threw him and the NMHS out of the building…with the full support of the BHA…He and others had strong interest in the formation of a Brooklyn Bridge Society. Whatever came of the efforts I never learned…

    So WHY is it that the Brooklyn historical society with all their funding is so silent and carefully ineffective in the entire turmoil the BBPC has caused. or for that matter the distuction/remaking of the library.

  • Concerned

    Graffiti. Big problem. Needs to be stopped.

  • miriamcb

    Wanted to stop by and say (again) – nice job to the gardening club at the Promenade. When my daughter and I walk by almost daily, we always enjoy the beautiful flowers!

  • Lori

    Grand Canyon is closing? that was sudden – last day today, Friday, 10 July.

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  • Boerum Bill

    Oh gee! Let’s hope another bank of ATMs or fro yo joint goes in there!

  • RJG

    Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Financial Model Update” dated July 9, 2015 is available online.

    You can view the presentation at:

  • GHB

    Grand Canyon is closing? I love that place! Love having weekend breakfast at the counter. So now we’re stuck with Happy Days Diner, also known as Ptomaine City? UGGHHH!!!!

  • Teresa

    I’ve tried. S/he wouldn’t respond to a direct question, and is undeterred by commenters’ challenging his/her point of view, which is offensive, unrepresentative of our neighborhood, and vastly over-represented in his/her comments here

  • ShinyNewHandle

    Seriously, tho’, the neighborhood doesn’t have a bike shop. Closest are in DUMBO and on Atlantic (in Boerum Hill). Whether we can support a bike shop that doesn’t own its own space is another matter.

  • Willow Street Watch

    The best fiction since Hemingway?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Hmm, I’d be curious about the demand for various types of businesses that don’t sell phones, sushi, eyeglasses, or manicures.

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  • Concerned

    StudioBrooklyn. Big problem. Can’t read the difference between my two posts. Needs to go OR be stopped.

  • Jorale-man

    I hate to say it but it would be nice if the BHB reported on these kinds of closings a bit more diligently. I know Claude has had an immense task in picking up the editorial mantle left by Homer but if there’s one thing that I hope will continue more it’s the day-to-day reporting on Heights businesses, especially given the increasingly rough-and-tumble real estate market. Most of this is too small-bore for the city’s newspapers or radio stations but the blog can fill just that kind of service to the community.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I hoped my link would be helpful to you in dealing with your “big” graffiti problem. But if you’re looking more at root causes, well, graffiti’s been a thing since before the dawn of civilization. I very much doubt it will stop happening until absolutely every single person who ever might pick up a spray can or a bucket of wheat paste has something else they’d rather be doing. You might look for ways to contribute to setting in place a system to incentivize those alternative activities. But until that happens…

  • Concerned

    Right… the uptick in graffiti is ok because the cavemen did it. I see now! As far as “setting in place a system…” I’m not a multi-millionaire which means I don’t have the time or the means to do so, but I would gladly contribute if I thought there was something out there that would actually contribute to less graffiti. Until then I’ll play the role play with you since I know this is the role you love so much : Concerned: “Are there no prisons?”
    StudioBrooklyn: “Plenty of prisons…”
    Concerned: “And the Union workhouses, are they still in operation?”
    StudioBrooklyn: “Both very busy, sir…Those who are badly off must go there. Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
    Concerned: “If they would rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.”

  • MaryT

    Sic ’em, Fido! Daughter would yell “GO HOME!” from the terrace… of course, now there are sooo many more vehicles. The corner of Cadman and Clark could use a left turn only light, I’m thinkin’.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Normally I’d hate to interrupt an imaginary Clint Eastwood-style debate but since you put my handle on your straw man I feel the need to gently guide you back to our conversation…

    The reason you have a graffiti problem is that there are systems in this country that create cultures that produce people who feel the compulsion to make graffiti. You can pass laws, you can increase law enforcement, you can make threats, you can coat your property in Teflon, but as long as those systems are still in place your graffiti problem will continue to come back, like moss on a tree trunk, as it has for hundreds of thousands of years, for the same abundantly wide variety of reasons that compel people to make marks on surfaces.

    That is why I sent the link about how to remove graffiti. Apart from getting involved at an institutional level in affecting systemic change, your best bet for dealing with graffiti is just to remove it, get on with your life, and stop taking it personally.

  • Elle

    A heights baby passed away today at a daycare in SoHo. CBS 2 reported that the baby and the parents lived in Brooklyn Heights. RIP baby Towndrow

  • Diesel

    AKA, Crappy Days.