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  • DIBS

    From a friend in Tokyo…early cherry blossoms and a Tokyo parrot. We have early ones in Philadelphia now as well.

  • jim

    Anyone else peeved by the Fire Dept continually parking their personal and work vehicles on the sidewalk on Middagh St. With PS 8 down the street it is a real safety issue and seems counter to the FDNY mission.

    When I spoke to a one of the members the other morning he was dismissive, the crossing guard said she has raised it with her supervisor, but she said their is nothing they can do, even filed a 311 complaint and it was “resolved” as it was not present when the PD investigated it.

    I know many will be critical of this post and attack me and say this is a small sacrifice we should be happy to make for the FDNY and this house, which I know is great to the school and kids in the community.

    Truth be told I am a big fan of the FDNY and the committment and sacrifice they make on a daily basis, but I find myself asking does that have to be exclusive of caring about safety and the safety of kids?….Continually blocking the sidewalk and having kids walking in the street is not safe, period.

  • MaryT

    An early Spring bird, indeed. Wonder what the parrots are doing at Green-Wood? BTW: A couple of weeks ago, the NYT Sunday magazine ran a sweet story about wounded parrot/veteran PTSD therapy.

  • Jorale-man

    A drug dealer who lived on Cranberry Street was arrested after being caught with 3,000 pounds of marijuana:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-man-arrested-hauling-3g-pounds-pot-article-1.2561971

  • DIBS

    Union self-entitlement.

  • Middagh_Girl

    I saw a construction crew moving debris out of the empty building on Montague next to Lassen & Hennings this morning. Maybe someone finally leased the building?

  • MaryT

    We had a similar issue years ago. Court officers parked their private cars in the safety zone in front of our building. What resolved it? 9/11, sad to say. The city installed a concrete slab. That’s gone, CitiBike racks instead. BTW: a portion of Cadman East is now a guarded parking lot (for OEM workers?). Perhaps firefighters could park there, too.

  • Andrew Porter

    I like the photo better this way (and yes, had to squeeze by that same truck yesterday):

  • Andrew Porter

    How he financed his collection is horrible, but to know that he likely had a German Enigma Machine makes me green with envy. Those go for big buck$…

  • alyssabereznak

    Hello neighbors,
    The latest episode of BK HeightsCast is out!

    Listen here: http://bkheightscast.com/21-a-war-on-young-people/

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Drunk phones

  • StudioBrooklyn

    This one was hiding in the rocky bay just south of Pier 1. Someone had left a very generous plate of food.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Ok another question for the dog people, from a vicarious dog person. What’s the etiquette governing non-dog owners/walkers hanging around in dog runs in order to participate in friendly interactions with canine visitors?

  • GHB

    He’s going away for a long time. Maybe you can get it cheap!

  • Teresa

    Today? Some folks have been trying to trap her for weeks now–she may be a lost neighborhood cat.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Creepy.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Yes, just about an hour ago.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Aww really though?? I just want to love the pups and if they’re all in one place it’s so convenient!

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Hahaha, so get one! Plenty of abandoned pups in need of good owners who will love them…and then you can hang in dog park without being weird. Win-win!

  • Teresa

    Great…thank you.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Come on. Don’t you think if it was logistically feasible for me to own a dog, I’d already have a few?

  • DIBS

    Some people just love to lecture!

  • jim

    Thanks Andrew – Much better :)

  • Jane

    Anyone else concerned by the number of people riding their bikes and scooters very fast on the sidewalk? Some kid on a scooter almost knocked me over Saturday morning coming out of the dry cleaners.

  • Alec

    there is nothing wrong with stopping by the dog park with a few treats- at least the dogs won’t mind.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Hang on a second. Adults riding bikes on the sidewalk is a very separate issue from little kids riding scooters.

    Adults are required by law to ride in the street, with traffic, including when using bike lanes on one-way streets, and there is no excuse whatsoever for them being on the sidewalks except to park their bikes.

    Little kids riding scooters down the sidewalk, on the other hand, is just another sign that you’re in a family neighborhood. A long time ago I had a back-and-forth with someone on here about that. If you’d like some pointers about dealing with little kids on scooters, I’m a parent of a little scooting kid and I’d be happy to have that discussion again.

  • MonroeOrange

    they have been doing it for decades…the kids for decades have been able to walk around the vehicles on the sidewalk (they don’t need to walk in the street), so in my opinion, its not a big deal.

  • MonroeOrange

    he made $10 mil a year…to think that should have been taxable for the govt if NY would legalize it…and that’s just one dealer (albiet a very big supplier).

    Also, you gotta admire that he chose the nicest neighborhood to live…

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    I was joking around. Hope that was evident from thread – perhaps not.

  • Jorale-man

    I never understand how kids can navigate our crooked sidewalks on those things. It does seem rather dangerous. But there are no signs they’re losing popularity – every kids seems to have one.