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  • William Gilbert

    Listen, the mayor is taking a lot of heat because people KNOW what they see and it isn’t that crime is better. The Police Commissioner reacts accordingly and crime statistics get finessed. The local precinct commander sends out the message and, in order to make things look better, things get left out or not reported at all. Again, I know what I see and you are telling me not to believe my eyes, but the statistics. Remember, slashing crimes weren’t up until they were – some 20+%. And also, wasn’t it reported that Bratton was involved in some funny business with crime statistics in Los Angeles some years back?

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Good for you. Most people just whine, and the bad guys get over, and then come back for more “helpings” But next time, go to the precinct and force a complaint to be entered into the system. Then talk to detectives. Then talk to community affairs. Then go to the next community council meeting and yell your head off.

    Better locks and an aggressive, intelligent and Wake the Dead LOUD alarm is a really good start. You have to create waves over what happened. The way that HAS to be done is first a complaint/61 number , then detectives then WRITTEN complaints to every pol in sight then a sit down with every pol you can collar, then I would draft a Written statement, deliver it to Mary Frost at the Eagle and Lauren Gill at CNG papers then deliver your account of what 5000 db. At the 84th pct community council.

    Ya gotta make waves guy….

  • Arch Stanton

    Talking to yourself again?

  • Arch Stanton

    “Willow Street Watch”, “William Gilbert”, “Jeffrey Smith” and now most likely “CHASESGILBERT” are the same person.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    So you’re telling me the city is not in the first (late first) stages of going backward. Sure guy. Of course, the 84 is far better than elsewhere and its not 1979…yet. But lets say you had stage three cancer years ago and your doctor sees elevated cancer markers reappear today, what do you do? Say, I feel fine, better than years ago,
    ignore the warnings and go home and have a thick steak and ice cream? Yeah, right, guy…..

    Or do you take prudent action to inhibit the cancer from reoccurring?
    What’s the sane action? Dismiss the warnings and go home to steak and ice cream? Or begin to pour graviola and carivora in your mouth?.
    What’s the sane thing to do? And what’s the sane thing to do in this city. Avoidance and dismissal of serious indications or intelligent, prudent, effective response

  • Jeff Smith

    Really, I think I’m dealing with a bot here folks.

    No response is indicated….

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Ignore the bot behind the curtain folks…….

    Its really malfunctioning now……first, there was a secret Nazi army in the Heights, then, there was no serious youth drug use in the Heights seventies and early 80’s, and now everyone on here is the SAME person!!!

    Artificial Intelligence may yield considerable benefits in the future. But when it malfunctions, you get really human like delusional behavior.

  • Claude Scales

    Sumac drupes; can be used to make tea.

  • Arch Stanton

    No, it is clear you are posting false replies to support your own comments (who else would believe such paranoid, delusional nonsense). A TOS violation, it baffles me why you haven’t been given the boot!

  • Arch Stanton

    Pardon my asking but is this for a LPC issue?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I wonder if that’s true of these ones in particular? I liked the fully saturated contrast of their reds against the blue sky.

  • Arch Stanton

    Oh Jeffrey, give it a rest.

  • Concerned

    Thanks for this, rjg. I hope this trend continues.

  • skb

    Thank you EVERYONE for the responses!! So helpful.


    No, just a funny coincidence. Look me up. I’m very real. And haven’t really been keeping up here anyway.


    Why is everyone constantly accused of posting fake replies? Do people actually have time to sign up for shell Facebook accounts just to sign in here and back up their own comments? I certainly don’t.

  • Arch Stanton

    Wow! you are a total amateur at this Jeffrey, you just confirmed my suspicion in spades!!!!


    I have no clue who you are. If you’d like to confirm my identity, feel free to google me – hell, meet me on the corner of Willow and Pierrepont and I’ll show you my ID. And by the way, I don’t know who Jeffrey is either.


    The funny thing is you’re the one hiding behind a pseudonym. I’m Chase S. Gilbert. I’m on Facebook. I’m on Instagram. I’m on LinkedIn. I have 45,000 Instagram followers on Instagram alone. My own photo is next to my name.

    This is not some ruse – at least, not on my part.

    Again, feel free to look me up anywhere you can. I’m entirely real, lol.

  • Arch Stanton

    Or anywhere else apparently…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Arch’s comments directed at you are misfires (nice Instagram btw!). Jeff Smith aka Willow Street Watch actually does come on here and create multiple handles and swarm the forum with long tirades. So, call this a briefing…this is a nutty place. We all love each other very much.


    Thanks! Yeah, all good. Just a funny accusation I wasn’t expecting, lol.

  • Arch Stanton

    No “misfires” take a step back and look again, who respond to who’s post and when, etc.

  • AEB

    There are several other AKAs as well, of ever-diminishing invention and interest….

  • William Gilbert

    Not true. Rather childish accusation, actually. There can actually be a number of different people that have the same opinion, but if it makes you feel better, you are free to throw out what you like.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    How far of a step back? I Googled him. :D

  • Reggie

    I wonder whether either the BPL Brooklyn Collection or the Brooklyn Historical Society might have photographs of the construction of the promenade that might have the information that you desire in the background.

  • rjg

    I note you’ve looked extensively online but just in case you didn’t spot it there’s a nice photo in The New York Times, Sunday, December 2, 1956, Section 8, Real Estate.

    Brooklyn Heights Residents Resist Change, Prefer Area’s Old World Charm
    By John P. Callahan

    “Ornate wrought-iron railings, reminiscent of the mansions in New Orleans, are very much in evidence in several residences facing the East River. This house was built in 1860.”

  • Concerned

    LOL!!!! Arch Stanton is getting destroyed by Chase Gilbert right now. Arch, it looks like you’ve become as/more paranoid than WSW as a direct result of hating WSW!!! Hilarious. You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Banet

    Agreed that with reported crime down almost 20% year over year for the 84th then either crime is in fact down or there’s a brand-new effort to dramatically supress the reporting of crime.

    And if crime is actually up as so many claim (though I too think it’s the same person posting with multiple accounts) then the powers that be are not only pushing for crime to be underreported by ~20%, but a good bit more to make up for the increase in actual crime.

    That said, in my 19 years of living in Brooklyn Heights, I’ve only had one crime perpetrated against me. In 2011 a homeless person tried to break into my home in the middle of the night.

    I reported the crime immediately and the cops came out at 4am but because the perpetrator never gained entry — they just damaged the door — the police told me that it was “criminal mischief” not “attempted breaking and entering”. This is crap of course — clearly the person was trying to break into my home. But it was reported nonetheless and included in the statistics, albeit as a lower-level crime.