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  • Jeffrey Smith

    Today is Spy Wednesday of Holy Week. The day Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin. Many Heights Churches will be open for worship.

  • skb

    Wondering if anyone knows when the Michael’s Craft store is opening on Atlantic and Boerum Pl? (I realize I’m asking about a big box store in not-quite-Brooklyn-Heights, so please have mercy on me!)

  • MaryT

    Has anyone else noticed the new street lights (guessing LEDs) on Cadman West? Walking up from High Street the other night, there was a glaring brightness I’d never seen before. Hard on this pedestrian’s eyes. I wonder how or if it’s affecting drivers…

  • Jeffrey Smith

    New York City is replacing all the old sodium vapor lights with high intensity Light Emitting Diodes. This is a lower carbon footprint driven move starts by Bloomberg. The city and various enviro/global warming group defend the move as saving at least 30% Energy costs annually. But thousands of City residents have complained that the lights are overly bright. They represent “light trespass” (the new PC term) into homes. A move is underway to shroud the lamps so they do not or less intrude into windows and the LED’s contain less blue light element so as to prrceved as less harsh. But there’s little doubt that in many neighborhoods the new lights with their far higher light are a thugs nightmare. The new lights ALSO make cameras which view or partially view the street far more detail efficient yielding in many cases rendering significantly higher resolution images.

  • Panina

    I was told March 25th

  • DIBS

    There will be an outcry for “safe spaces” from these lights.

  • Concerned

    Good info. Thanks.

  • Andrew Porter

    I plan to use today’s warm weather to check on what’s blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I understand the Magnolias are already in flower! Below: Daffodils, not Magnolias.

  • bb

    Looking into coop apartment insurance. What exactly is covered (workmen, slip and falls, leaks etc)? What should I expect to pay for a policy?Any recommendations/thoughts will be appreciated.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    The very best thing that could happen is that the entire Joralemon
    strip from the BBP to Clinton be LED high lit. With really proper shroud ing so that ideal oval patterns are formed which do not intrude into homes and end a clear deterrent message. We can “warm” the light away from the high blue content present Bloomberg era LED’s.
    You can ALSO get LED’S with a lot of nonvisable light which will supercharge detail in zero lux security cameras without blasting out everyone’s eyes. I know willowtown wants its near West village visual atmosphere, but softened color lights will help with that. But the priority is improve the present really dangerous low light level on Joralemon. Which encourages, well weve already seen what that encourages.

  • rjg

    Our coop requires all owners have a policy. We’re paying $292 this year for what State Farm calls a condominium unit owners policy. We just have basic coverages for the most part but we did get $1,000,000 personal liability coverage just in case something comes up.

  • Jorale-man

    Brownstoner.com just re-launched this week and has an interesting article about the missing stoops on some brownstones. It talks about how the Heights lost many of its stoops pre-1965 landmarking, whereas in poorer neighborhoods, this wasn’t such a problem. But it says the Heights is also slowly regaining some of the stoops it lost as people reinvest in the facades.

    http://www.brownstoner.com/architecture/brooklyn-brownstone-stoops-history-removal-restoration/

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    “The day Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin”
    Supposedly.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    *microaggression

  • skb

    thank you!

  • bb

    Thanks for the info

  • Bornhere

    I actually asked about additional lighting for Joralemon on the nyc website section dedicated to street lights and was told the lighting was adequate, as is. On the south side of Joralemon, between Henry and Sidney Place, there is a bishop’s crook light that illuminates the nearby house as though it were a movie set, but the rest of the block (both sides) has incredible pockets of darkness….

  • William Gilbert

    Was your comment really necessary?

  • Jorale-man

    Christmas in March… in Willowtown…thanks to a movie shoot yesterday.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Yes

  • Jeffrey Smith

    According to the gaggle of irresponsible and rain puddle deep deep types who have allowed the BBP cancer to develops Joralemon St is just perfect as it is and why on earth would anyone think it needs anything further whatsoever…. Well, guys because of the range of destructive insects who have descended on the scene, ranging from Regina to the Park Slope flash which his radical agenda to various levels of government, Joralemon and some of the surrounding blocks now need much enhanced security measures. But that starts with better lighting. Which need NOT be harsh or eye blasting or intrude into homes. Only the ham handed city agencies think you have to have what you have now or thier nwer battlefield lighting approach. But as long as people are largely silent or you’re represented by Mr Peepers and the Park Slope flash types, that’s the choice you’re going to get……

  • StudioBrooklyn

    To Arch, William, Jeff, et al: this is a good opportunity to look at some art! Here’s a pic by an old Dutch friend of mine.

  • StudioBrooklyn
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Nice! a good example of how underpainting really controls the perception of light and shadow.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    If you’re looking for the absolute best examples of grisaille there’s really nowhere else to turn. The light and shadow aren’t merely perceived, but are actually created, by allowing the light to carry color through the layers of glazes and bounce off the underpainting beneath. ;)

  • gc

    Could you share your broker’s name and number? I am also in the market for insurance.

  • Concerned

    I’m confused as to this comment and the up votes to your response to William Gilbert. What’s your issue with what JS said?

  • rjg

    Sure. We’ve been with State Farm’s Raymond Corrado for many years…516-222-0777.

  • gc

    Thanks very much!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I read it as snark, rather than earnest “issue” taking (but, please note, I did not upvote or downvote).