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  • Roberto Gautier

    Check out the findings of the New York City Community Air Survey for Brooklyn Heights?

  • Banet

    OTW posted before it’s even Wednesday. Nice job!

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com ClaudeScales

    I need sleep.

  • Roberto Gautier

    Check out the Vanity Fair piece on Mayor DiBlasio’s role as a champion of “unaffordable housing.” Developers profess their love for the Mayor in the piece.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • Concerned

    “ES + MD”
    Does anyone know what I presume to be two teenagers “in love” with these initials??? The “ES + MD” is graffitied all over the neighborhood. The vandal seems to only target signs and mailboxes, and usually is not so bold as to hit landmarks or stone of buildings, which makes me believe he/she (probably he…) lives here.

  • Jorale-man

    Having just returned from the country I definitely noticed the dirtier air here. Maybe things will improve once the weather starts to cool down. The stagnant, hazy air isn’t helping.

  • Roberto Gautier

    Witty, though a bit problematic for the sober.

  • DIBS

    “I think people feel that it’s not a mayor’s prime responsibility to try to lower income inequality,” says Heather Mac Donald, of the conservative Manhattan Institute. “Managing New York is enough. If you can keep the streets fixed and maintain discipline in the schools, that is a challenge enough. If you can prove you have the management mettle to do that, then maybe you take on income inequality. To declare [that issue] as your primary mission as mayor strikes people as grandiose. There is a certain messianic quality that he actually thinks he can solve income inequality. I would argue that that is at the very least a premature goal, but most likely a preposterous one. To the extent that income inequality can be addressed by public policy, which is a real question, it certainly can’t be done at a local level.”

  • DIBS

    And, even worse on a more personal level…

    “What appears to incense many New Yorkers I spoke with is not only de Blasio’s personal style but also a sense that he, unlike Bloomberg, cares far more about politics and his pet projects than actually managing the city. “Most whites I know are left of center, and virtually every one of them can’t stand the guy—and these are all Obama-walks-on-water types,” says a journalist who has covered the city for 40 years. “This sanctimonious arrogance [he has] just irritates people. But it’s more than that. There’s no sense this man has any interest, unlike Bloomberg, in the nuts and bolts of how the city works. He’s lazy. He shows up late. He insults people by keeping them waiting, and he shrugs it off—’Oh, it’s not important I’m here on time; it matters what happens when I show up.’ But it does matter. Part of me wonders if he really wants to be mayor. I wonder if the whole idea bores him, if all he really cares about is being a national figure on progressive issues.”

  • DIBS

    I’ll be up there next week and will report what I encounter having come up from my PA homes.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Enterprising Stockholders + Mayor DeBlasio

    Not enough coffee yet, that’s all I could come up with

  • Andrew Porter

    Having been in Spokane, Wash., during the really bad forest fires late last month, I can report that their smoke reached the East Coast about the last week in August.

    Here’s a link to air quality reports:

    http://alg.umbc.edu/usaq/

  • Roberto Gautier

    More on DiBlasio’s take on “unaffordable” housing within his “progressive” agenda: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/market-rate-apartments-built-public-land-article-1.2354500

  • Andrew Porter

    The 9th was the very last Members Night at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the year. I was caught in the tremendous downpour, lightning and thunder show in late afternoon—and of course hadn’t brought an umbrella or raincoat. The sun set at 7:15, but the BBG was open until 8:30, and it was Very Dark when I finally left.

    The Garden is hosting a display of more than a dozen sculptures by Isamu Noguchi through December 13th. Get some Culture with your exposure to always gorgeous plants and flowers!

  • Concerned

    Solid effort…for no coffee.

  • alyssab

    Hey OTW friends, check out our podcast this week: http://bkheightscast.com/4-kissing-her-in-the-mouth/

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Hah it’s kinda surreal to hear comments on this blog made into news subjects by other media.

    I hope your podcast takes off, if for no other reason than it’s another fitting tribute to the neighborhood, so keep up the good work.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    From tonight

  • miriamcb

    Are the sculptures scattered throughout the garden? We’re members but were gone in August and my daughter LOVES seeing art around town.

  • Andrew Porter

    Yes, various places, including the Osborne, Cherry Esplanade, Japanese Garden, etc.

    I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself on Wednesdays, when I spent several hours there, soaking up the plantings. The Herb Garden is especially fine—though the corn, peaches, grapes, plums, pears, and most of the apples have been harvested.

  • miriamcb

    Thanks!

    We did one of the gardening classes this summer, so we reaped the benefits of some of that harvesting ;)