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    I walked by Heights Kids yesterday and noticed a “SALE – Entire Store” sign. Is that goodbye? I love the store, the service, the selection and have been shopping there since my first child was born, some 14 years ago. I am sad to see them go.

  • Jorale-man

    Is there something about the corner of Clinton and Montague that attracts crazy people? Yesterday I walked by no fewer than three people screaming angrily in their cell phones in public. Does the Chipotle bring it out in people?

    In other news: latest Brooklyn Bridge Park revelations = Wow.

  • Arch Stanton

    Must have been some bad energy vortex. My GF reported a mother abusing her child to the cops on that corner, yesterday.

  • DIBS

    It does seem to be crazy central.

  • CassieVonMontague

    That corner is a perfect storm of a few factors. First, there’s the R station so there’s a lot of pedestrians flowing through. Second, a lot of those pedestrians are going to the Social Security Administration, the Courts, or their bank, so they are probably lacking in bonhomie. Third, IMHO the intersection is too narrow and too busy, so everyone is in a bad mood when they have to cross this crowded intersection.

  • Ned on Joralemon

    Seems like they have recently replaced the street lights on Columbia Heights with LED lights. Very aggressive move, and certainly a blight. Not sure whose idea this was, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them punched in the mouth.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Oh no! That stinks.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    What are these latest revelations you speak of??? I’m prepared to be wow’d!

  • Arch Stanton

    Agreed, I’ll add, people competing for cabs, which stop to pick them up and block the intersection… pissing off drivers as well.

  • Claude Scales
  • Arch Stanton

    The City is replacing all the streetlights and traffic signals to LED lamps as they use much less energy. I don’t think punching the DOT commissioner in the mouth would get you very far, except maybe a few years upstate. Try calling into 311, if they get enough complaints about the lights on residential streets, they might find a way to reduce the lamps output or change their color temperature.

  • Jorale-man

    Good theories, all. Occasionally a jazz saxophonist sets up shop on the steps of the Chase bank there. One could question whether he’s too loud/dominating for the corner, but I tend to think he’s mostly a moderating influence – a few good vibes for the area.

  • DIBS

    It’s oftentimes all about the individual and their self-entitlement and not the greater good.

  • Tara Files

    I recommend checking out the website gives an overview of the organization, their lawsuit to stop the demolition of the Brooklyn heights Library and you can email their attorney.

  • Banana Tuesday

    Having worked for an LED manufacturer for some time, there are 3 chief reasons municipalities switch to LED streetlights:
    1) consumes less energy (as @disqus_tL6rENJhvu:disqus noted)
    2) longer lifespan (meaning costly crews don’t need to come out to replace as regularly)
    3) brighter (brighter = safer; fewer lights needed per block — for new lamppost installations)

    But, yes, so bright!!

  • Mary

    The Gothamist reported today on the 84th Precinct meeting and Pier 2 concerns. Did we know that the kids advertise parties at Pier 2 on FaceBook? via

  • Bornhere

    Despite promises of “bishop’s crook” versions, these were just installed on Henry at Joralemon. The light cast is depressing, to say the least, but I can now read in the evening by their “glow” and save a fortune with Con Ed….

  • Concerned

    Here’s the article:

    Of course, Gothamist put wholesome and nice teens who just want to play on one side, and “He Who Must Not Be Named” on the other side in a crazy and racist quote. It was terrible journalism. Also, local extreme left wing, so liberal they wouldn’t describe the skin color of a criminal to a police sketch artist, heroes, “A Tree” and “neighboronhicks” make an appearance in the comment section, making sure everyone knows that things are fine in BBP. Thanks a lot… I’ll make sure the next person I see get stomped senseless in BBP sends you a thank you card for your concern!!!

  • Concerned

    I was trying to figure out what was so insulting about calling a policy “NIMBY”. If you look at the neighborhood all these years and how it has stayed so beautiful and such a great place to live, isn’t that a direct result of “NIMBYism”????? If we didn’t have NIMBYism in BK Heights, wouldn’t our neighborhood have pink townhouses, massive skyscrapers, a freeway through the middle of it, etc….

  • Mary

    Thanks for the corrected link address. I agree that their ‘journalism’ is dicey at best, but appreciate that the meeting was reported on at all. I couldn’t find it in the Eagle.

  • Mary

    I wonder if it’s the same musician that used to play in Cadman Park. Also miss the bagpiper.. now it’s all loud, bad house music and drum circles.

  • Sharon T

    What is anyone’s assessment of what was said at Tuesday’s police meting.I arrived late with my husband and the subject of the BBPC was in play. Later a coworker brought me the gothamist article. Pretty strong stuff. But what real effect will any of this have? The “get in my car” remark is an indication of how far this has gone.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Could you link to the Gothamist article please?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Sorry, I see that it is provided below.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Whoa, Jeff. Let’s calm down. This is NOT who we are as a community:

    In a particularly tense moment during Tuesday’s meeting, notorious gadfly and Heights resident Jeffrey Smith stood up to speak. “Now these mutts are running all over the Heights,” he said. “We’ve got a Heights-wide emergency.”

    “I’m getting in my goddamn car, I’m going Upstate, I’m going to get a couple cases of shotguns and hand them out,” he told us after the meeting. “Understand?”

  • itsjoesullivan

    Hi all, here’s the latest episode of BKHeightsCast!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Whether NIMBYism is “insulting” to you is kind of up to you and how you deal with criticism (for whatever it’s worth, Concerned, I think you deal very well with constructive criticism and relatively poorly with outright disagreement)…but as I understand it, here’s a brief rundown of the implications:

    Positive: implies a pro-active attitude toward neighborhood improvement and a conscientious concern for the well-being of those in one’s immediate surroundings.

    Negative: implies a disregard for the state of affairs outside of one’s neighborhood or close surroundings, either through blatant neglect or as an unintended consequence of protecting one’s own close area, which in turn implies a certain kind of privileged or entitled selfishness; the notion that the only thing that matters is what affects you and you alone.

    I think attitudes that align with NIMBYism are the natural result of coming to live in a nice place, especially one surrounded by places that are comparatively not as nice. Whether this is a justification is perhaps a more subjective issue…

  • Frown of Passion

    Will the the BKHeightsCast be moving to The Ringer too?

  • alyssabereznak

    Heh. You know, we’ve gotten so many offers at this point that it’s hard to decide.

  • Olive

    whats with the big concrete pilings in front of the heights theater? they look rather permanent for a buidling that is going to be domilished.