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  • William Gilbert

    Kudos to the nice lady who, on her own and armed with a can of white spray paint, covered much of the graffiti on the Heights Cinema building. She said she couldn’t stand looking at it everyday and I couldn’t agree more. I thanked her for being so community minded. As the building is abandoned right now, before being converted into condos, it is fairly obvious that the owners would do nothing to get rid of the mess. We need more like her.

    Curses to the idiots who overturned all of the litter baskets and garbage cans during the night on Henry St between Orange and Pineapple leaving a real mess. This isn’t the first time either. Another quality of life issue that shows what’s going on lately.

  • LDS

    Does anyone know where the anchor in front of Friend of a Farmer ended up?

  • ClaudeScales

    It’s in storage at a shipyard on Staten Island. We’re hoping to get it placed on or near the Promenade. Stay tuned.

  • CookieGuggleman

    Are unleashed dogs allowed on the rubber track in Cadman Park?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’ve only been in the area less than a decade…can any long time residents shed some light on whether “lately” is accurate when referring to petty disturbances such as spray paint tagging and upsetting garbage bins?

    I find it hard to believe there was some period since the 19th century when these kinds of things never happened. Surely teenagers have always lived in and near the neighborhood, and we know for a fact that citywide crime used to be significantly worse, like in the 70s…

    And in keeping with my tradition of good humor I’d like to point out the possibility that this lady is a gang member whose tag is a square block of white, and that she’s simply established a territorial claim to the abandoned cinema. Beware!

  • AnnOfOrange

    Tree branch hazard: There are two large dead tree branches (still attached to their tree) on Orange Street (between Henry/Hicks) that are at risk of falling on people and/or cars. One overhangs the sidewalk and the other overhangs the street. Plymouth Church may have tried to do something as there has been yellow tape blocking the sidewalk. I entered a complaint via 311 online. It might help if additional people do likewise.

  • AnnOfOrange

    Anyone else tired of all the multiple robo calls from Uber?

  • GHB

    I love that after the 4th of July celebrations, garbage cans were “returned” to corners that didn’t previously have them. (Clark @ Columbia Heights)

  • e

    It is pretty clear to me, at least, that these quality-of-life crimes have escalated in the last couple of years.

    Saying that things were worse in the 70s is pretty small consolation.

  • GHB


  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’d like to think I’m not naive enough to bring up the 70s in an attempt to console; rather, I’m naturally skeptical of any “good old days” claims, as they tend to be contradicted by facts.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I often wonder the same thing about leashed people in the dog run.

  • William Gilbert

    As you have only been here a decade, you can’t possibly know what it was like. There is nothing like to add to this except to say that graffiti was far more prevalent in 70s and 80s than it was in the 60s and 90s. Sandwiched right in between! It does seem to be making a return.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Thanks! That’s precisely the kind of perspective I was looking for, and my reason for asking. Now if we could get past anecdotal evidence and into the empirical stuff we will finally know whether it’s time to board up our windows and lock away our children.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yep, Graffiti was about 1000 time worse 70’s – 80’s and the garbage cans would have bene set on fire or blown up with an M-80.

  • gc

    I received an email from “stop the chop” that says there is a press conference scheduled for this Thursday at 9:30AM on the steps of City Hall dealing with a bill before the City Council to ban the tourist helicopters from the downtown heliport. It would be a blessing to our neighborhood and others if we could win this quality of life battle.

  • Still Here

    UBER fest – How do y’all feel about UBER and the bill to limit the number of cars to 201 put forth to the City Council by Mr Levin, backed by the Mayor but not by our Comptroller. I don’t use UBER but do not see this move as anything other than a way of protecting yellow cab medallion OWNERs, (certainly not their drivers). The congestion issue seems far fetched.

  • Roberto Gautier

    I’ve stopped being taken aback by the robo calls, high-production value t.v. spots and mailers from Uber that portray the company as fighting for the rights of the poor. The truth is that Uber is a multinational company worth over $50 billion that has been banned in all of Spain, in gay Paris and is involved with a tug of war with the NYC Council. Beyond that Uber, along with its investor Google, has a plan to replace human drivers with driverless cars that would belie its concern for the poor.

  • Henry on Henry

    Lately there’s been three instances of fighting outside my apartment on Henry and joralemon . In one instance, a man and a woman were violently beating each other. All three instances were frightening and police where nowhere to be seen. Hopefully this kind of behavior isn’t on the rise.

  • Willow Street Watch

    M-80’s, like full auto and Rockabilly is All American!….

  • Roberto Gautier

    It would be a genuine advance in our understanding of the impact of vehicular pollution if the DEP were to consider the subtraction of the number of cars on NYC streets as a positive step. Wouldn’t adding another 201 cars fall in the negative column vis-a-vis air quality?

  • CHatter

    No. Unleashed dogs *are* allowed in Walt Whitman Park (the north park across the street and adjacent to the EDNY courthouse) before 9am and after 9pm. Otherwise, I believe dogs are required to be on a lead in Cadman Plaza.

  • Willow Street Watch

    The reason ALL this is going on is police activity has been greatly dialed back. This is a function of several major serious factors/conditions

    First, its who is mayor and his priorities

    Second, its the average self absorbed Heights resident. For example how many Heights people REGULARLY show up at the monthly POLICE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING? Do any of you even know when it
    is or where?

    Third, how many of you have phoned 911 when you see something.
    (The trick is to call 911 then call the precinct 718 875 681, then call 911 back to see a) if the darlings at 911 have the call in the system and b) if the information you gave is in the system correctly in unmangled form

    How many of you have called police community affairs 718 875 6850 voice 6521 fax and given feedback that you view the current situation as very serious…

    Its a lot of other factors, its the decline of older residents who viewed the Heights as a final destination they were willing to defend, and the rise of the Current wave of, the Heights is a stepping stone to something better or the Heights is a diappointing place I had to take when I couldnt get some-thing in Manhattan, type Tennant.

    It ALSO the fact that the increasing number of bad guys are assured that unlike the 70’s the average Heights resident is DISARMED.

  • Peter Loibl

    Not trying to belittle our neighborhood, as my 10 years here have provided some wonderful memories, but my wife and I (and two sons) are likely headed to Orange County (just waiting to hear back on the offer we just put on a home).

    This place has changed: some argue for the better, and that is fine. But for me, this neighborhood has lost its charm, and I am tired of giving directions to 4 sets of tourists every time I get some milk, and I’m tired getting barraged by loiterers from Greenpeace and Gay Rights activists when I head to the gym, and I’m tired of the noise outside my window all night long, ranging from fist fights to drunken yelling matches.

    I miss you Brooklyn Heights. I am here for now, but our time together is short, I fear.

  • Willow Street Watch

    I called the police last night. There was two disorderly types at 106 Montague at 11:00 PM one was high as a kite blasting his boom box.
    The other individual had been aggressively pan handling/making provok itive/person remarks for his amusement for two hours prior to that. I’d seen enough. I called 911, then the precinct then I called back 911 and made sure it was in the system right. OK then I waited to see what would happen. Police showed up A HALF HOUR LATER!! Of course, everyone knew to be good boys then.And by this time several of the cluster of darlings has declined. This is just the reality under this character and with a lazy, self absorbed Heights resident we have now.

  • Willow Street Watch

    And of course, the combatants were arguing over which Beach Boys tracks would be played next….one wanted 409 and the other wanted Surfng USA.

  • Elaine Rendon

    I agree about the activists. It’s quite annoying to have to wave them off almost everyday. I always pretend to be on the phone when I have to walk by. They’re always on my block too (Montague across from Starbucks). It’s funny to say but I’m quite used to them ha! Yes the neighborhood has changed, tourists, activists, panhandlers etc… are annoying but its the Heights.

    I lived on Remsen, right in front of St. Francis for 20 years. All the noise in the world was happening outside my window but I slept throughout because it was just something to get used to. However I do understand you. I mean for what we pay in rent (or if you own) the least you can get is some peace but hey….watcha’ gonna do?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Henry, I think it is on the rise. Joralemon is the direct route between the Borough Hall subway stop and Brooklyn Bridge Park/Smorgasburg (on Sundays). Just means more people on that street + drinking in the park + summertime crime uptick = more of this.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Sounds like it’s probably time for you to find a new neighborhood where you don’t hate the lazy, self-adsorbed residents so much. I’m sure you’ll be missed (not so much by anyone on this blog – your dry cleaner maybe?).

  • Willow Street Watch

    I suggest you re-read Mr Loibl’s insightful comments. Its all too true for so many long time responsible residents. But if you make people uncomfortable and apartments turn over, THATS VERY PROFITABLE isn’t it? It ALSO “justifies” bigger and more expensive government programs. Higher taxes/more patronage..SO THAT’S the truth: crime and social disorder MAKES MONEY!!!

    Hey, if crime and degradation of an area COST the financial and RE sectors money how fast do you think nonsense would stop?

    And CL, snide remarks are not contributive…..