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  • Willow Street Watch

    As mentioned elsewhere, to understand what is, in truth, happening in NYC education, you have to stop listening to the latest spin coming out of the NYC Department of Education, the UFT or the latest from the Pols. Anyone who wants to understand what is going down has to just access a series of deep insiders who came out and told the truth.

    I suggest everybody assess any reports from the former NYS Teacher of the Year, John Taylor Gatto.

    He walked away. Just read “the exhausted school” or any of his other five book length reports. It’s a miracle that there isn’t a mob of parents and taxpayers outside the DOE after what he (accurately) said.

    Read what Chalotte Izerbyt, he former second in command of the U.S. department of Education under Reagan, says…she resigned and was so upset she put her book, free, on line for anyone to read. Read her “The Deliberate Dumming Down”. It’s really puts what’s going on on dumbo, finally, in clear perspective…

  • eoporto

    I think it is being turned into a wine bar – after the initial sports bar (with a 4a closing time) did not get approved

  • alyssabereznak

    Here’s the latest BK HeightsCast podcast. Enjoy!

  • Willow Street Watch

    Yes, but it takes a sustained, focused effort/protest. It has to go through the layers of the NYC DEP. Which is in large part run like a secret society. It ALSO takes a sustained campaigners to interest the press. And tga5 means city/area wide press.

    The really BEST thing which could happen here is that some classic long detailed article appear in the WSJ or the Village Voice which would put pressure on the basic press to start covering the, endless and ultra noxious BBP nonsense!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    hahahahaha OUR KIDS ARE COMING FOR YOUR STREETS great show guys.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    This happens all the time in NYC. Usually they are filming inside a building, but not blocking the windows so if you walk by, the camera might catch you in the film.

  • alyssabereznak

    Thanks for listening! <3

  • MonroeOrange

    Beorum Bill, you clearly don’t live anywhere near the park..this was the loudest event to date…we are constantly drowned with noise that is way over the permissible decibel level for these events.

    At least this event actually had people show up, its usually 10 people and the DJ playing music for 4 hours as loud as possible.

  • Hicks on Hicks

    If you don’t want to be filmed, just spot the camera and wave really big at it.

  • Still Here

    I believe that there is no way they could build the Marina with DEC approval, which they appear to have. The have sewage pump out stations, rest rooms, but (intentially) no refueling facility. The BBPDC got fined $20,000 by the DEC for the floating pool just for creating a shadow underwater. Do you think they could bully their way around them. Like, how do you casually drop a breakwater (floating, but with significant anchorage underneath) in any US harbor without permission?

  • Arch Stanton


  • StudioBrooklyn

    Was just sharing a nicely composed photo. Jeez!!

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    StudioBrooklyn, haven’t you learned that unless you have something to post that will result in an ugly, name calling, neighbor bashing brawl, it shouldn’t be posted at all???

  • Brixtony

    You could always give them an obscene gesture as you stroll by , if you are so inclined. I’m already a performer so I don’t mind being scenery.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    For the cardboard sign “contract” to be enforceable, I think the film co. would have to give you something in return (consideration), though I am not a lawyer.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    The Hicks-side cornice looks great, doesn’t it? The crew seems to have worked very carefully and considerately all through.

  • Roberto Gautier

    It’s worth looking into how work crews on the Skanska-Koch Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project deal with the trash left after their shifts. It is symbolic of the overall Let the Public Be Damned attitude of contractors and powerful city agencies like the DOT who tell us that we must endure years of nightly construction or tolerate constant honking of vehicles because No Honking laws cannot be enforced. For this mini affront, we have documented a mess of coffee cups, wrappers, bags, cardboard beer cartons, cans, bottles mixed with leaves along the Cadman Plaza exit ramp. Since the development boom in our neighborhood, infrastructure improvements have not been part of the boom. We have been impacted not only by poorly thought-out construction projects, but also by the sundry leavings of tourists and others. The trash left by Skanska-Koch crews can be dealt with by more adequate care and supervision, rather than the use of a crude Slam / Bam approach. Skanska-Koch management can afford to clean up after themselves. As we know, there are endless examples of public policy omissions: Witness the current public service announcement for 311 which stipulates outrageously that construction noise cannot be included in noise complaints. Let them take more abuse is not sane public service policy.

  • Andrew Porter

    Red t-shirts? More likely, a rally for the Young Communists of Brooklyn; seems their leader, Joe Stalin, was speaking at the U.N. later that day. I could be wrong, though…

  • Andrew Porter

    The trouble is, the place is a commercial condo, so instead of just paying rent, the proprietors have to buy the space.

  • Andrew Porter

    I agree with your sentiments, but … paragraphing is your friend!

    Serves to break up big blocks of text, separate topics.

  • ClaudeScales

    Thanks as always for the name check. I do hope we can meet some time.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Mr Porter, are you a retired teacher, librarian, editor or fan of Clifton Webb movies?

  • Andrew Porter

    Retired (although I still do a heck of a lot of writing) editor, publisher, photographer, writer, journalist. Look up “Andrew I. Porter” on Wikipedia.

    Clifton Webb is okay, but the rest of the offerings on Turner Classic Movies are often far more interesting.

  • Arch Stanton

    Sorry, I thought you were complaining about the construction. Yes Nice photo.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Thanks. I believe in using this forum to share ideas, images, and humor, but not to complain. I’m not much of a complainer in general.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Hah I should try reserving that sort of behavior for in-person encounters. In truth though I’m pretty much the same offline. Or at least I think so…