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  • Sharon T

    We always watch from our building’s roof. I always wonder as I look down, what would happen if we were in that crowd and something went wrong.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yup, that place is a sh!t hole. Once, I bought a hole fish there, took it home put it in the fridge, took it out a couple of hours later, it was completely rotted on the underside, I’m talking mushy flesh rotted. I tried to return it but they were closed, left it hanging on the door.

  • Bjorn D’Angelo

    Tried B Good on Montague for the first time yesterday. Picked up a breakfast sandwich called the Ham and Egger to go. I’m about as far from a crunchy vegan hippie type as one can be, so 97% of their menu has no appeal to me whatsoever and that’s why it’s taken me so long to give it a shot. Anyway, all I can say is WOW! It was great! I wished I liked that hippie crap because I’m sure that’s even better than what I got but unfortunately I don’t. If that sandwich is comparable to their other menu items in terms of greatness this is a welcome addition to our hood. Even I don’t like anything else there!

  • Banet

    Spanning the interstate aside, anything they built would also violate the Protected Scenic View Plane. So that would have to be altered… which would be a pretty big challenge.

  • Concerned

    Ugh. That IS nasty. Garden of Eden does a great job of looking good on the outside and keeping your attention on what they want you to see. But just like the fish you bought, they’re rotten on the underside.

  • Concerned

    “Crunchy vegan hippie type”… LOL! B Good is a perfect example of healthy/delicious eating becoming more of the norm. It’s a chain restaurant, not a small health food store that sells wheatgrass shots with a side of sunflower seeds for dinner. The times are and have been a’changing. You can’t even smoke cigarettes on a plane, anymore. Just kidding.
    You should try the different options they have. You’ll probably like most of the menu, and I promise you won’t have to join a commune if you like the quinoa (pronounced keen-wa).

  • Arch Stanton

    I thought about that, but this would be kind of an outward extension of the Promenade, viewing would be along the bridge and from the tower as well. So I think it might get approval.

  • Slyone

    And they also have really made an effort to support PS8 — setting aside a percentage (15-20%) of profits on 2 “community” days so far to support garden committee work at the lower school (science/social studies extensions). It really made a difference.

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  • streeter

    I was very disappointed with the closing of the quick and affordable Grand Canyon diner. I thought its replacement was going to be an upscale burger joint, so I was relieved to find out that that’s not exactly the case. I’ve gone to B. Good about 5 or 6 times already and like it. The food is good, fresh, healthy and reasonably priced. I’ve never seen it busy, though – each time I’ve visited (weekdays between 6 and 7 pm) there were only a few other customers – so I hope it sticks around. Maybe it’s busier at lunchtime?

  • Concerned

    I’d rather take a bullet on Pier 2 then be a member of that co-op.

  • SongBirdNYC

    I cannot imagine that anything will be built considering the looming, massive overhaul of the BQE cantilever.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Yes, I’ve seen it busy on the weekends. And still not much of a wait for food.

  • cool

    The process probably doesn’t sit well, but be that as it may, the facility appears quite nice:


    Yay to the gardening committee!

  • Brixtony

    I guess you’ve shown your true colors. Yechhh

  • StudioBrooklyn


    How is the organization run? Is it democratic? Does it have a charter that addresses matters of sourcing and ethics?

    I don’t want to get into a big thing about it on here but I suspect that most boycotts are based on a degree of misinformation and often have unintended consequences. Not everything can be the Montgomery Bus Boycott…not even sure if that was cut-and-dry; we never hear stories about working class people (maybe some of whom were black?) who depended on that organization to feed their families…

    …my point being, I sure hope the people at the Co-Op are doing their homework before they blacklist a product based on its nation of origin. One needs only to read the SodaStream Wikipedia page to understand why boycotting the “made in Israel” label is extremely problematic.

  • Arch Stanton

    LOL, some Co/op, LOL

  • Concerned

    I’m not sure what you’re referring to or how you’re reading my post. But for clarification’s sake, the reasons I wouldn’t want to be a member of that co-op are: 1) I don’t need to have a debate with someone over my yogurt, hummus, or any other grocery product; if you don’t like it, don’t buy it, 2) I surely don’t have to meet with everyone else who shops in the same grocery store to discuss political issues 5000 miles away, and 3) you’d never catch me in an orange vest delivering someone else’s groceries in a cart that was made for grocery store tile (I have seen this in park slope and these people look ridiculous). Also, I found a quick way to get a dig in on pier 2, which I found entertaining.
    So if your “Yechhh” is referring to any of the above, then so be it. If it is referring to anything else, it is not my intention to have conveyed what you interpreted.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yeah, it reminds me of a 70’s B-horror flick, where everyone in the village belongs to a satanic cult.

  • Arch Stanton

    I know a few people who belong, more Fascist than democratic IMHO. Or maybe AA is s better analogy; people become addicted to belonging and keep going even though they really don’t need to save a few measly bucks on their groceries.

  • Arch Stanton

    They do a decent burger though the fries, while good, don’t compare with 5 Guys.

  • GHB

    Because the new hotel/apartments were prevented from doing so…

  • gc

    Great! So we can have another parade like the one currently going down Joralemon, only this time it can go right through the middle of our neighborhood.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I know a few too. As is easily imaginable, it’s very political, probably a lot like a small private school parents association. Not surprised at all by this little news item.

  • Arch Stanton

    Like it or not, the foot traffic is going to come through the hood. Better to have it on the commercial streets that can handle it, than narrow residential streets. Also trouble makers will be less inclined to misbehave when there are lots of witnesses around.
    For the record, I live on Montague.

  • brooklynbull

    I usually bring my own bag – have never had a problem of any kind,
    It’s my (totally personal) observation that Key Food and C-town on Atlantic Avenue up have tried to step their game since Trader Joe’s on Atlantic has been such an overwhelming success, with outstanding customer service.

  • brooklynbull

    Tried it twice – good healthy food, friendly staff, but seems pretty pricey.
    Unpleasantly loud inside d/t to weird sound system and tile walls, also droning inaudible rock music. Take out was fine, but if they want to have seated customers, they need to do more to make them comfortable.

  • Still Here

    While many of the comments above highlight the physical problems and the expense of such a project – which had many interesting proposed solutions. I do not remember any killers beyond the cost. . However, the BHA and many BH key proponents of the park were adamantly against this as an entry to the park because they did not want the pedestrian traffic down Montague street or the promenade. This was a contentious issue since the public design process in 2000 when the idea was proposed.

    Today, the advent of the BQE repair makes this something to actually think about.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    This film has a timeline for fireworks in Brooklyn Heights. You may get some idea of the crowds amassing. Now that the Heights is even more touristy, you may want to get there a 1/2 hour earlier.