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  • Teresa
  • SongBirdNYC

    As seen on Henry and Orange. Apparently, there are more in the neighborhood. Who will find them first?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    If only there was an app for that

  • Concerned

    Gothamist finally finds a way not to be worthless. Cool pics and story about BH and Capote.

  • Peter Loibl

    I have always found that Capote quote (“I live in Brooklyn. By Choice.”) to be backhandedly self-deprecating, as if one needs to declare that they actually chose to live in Brooklyn and weren’t forced to live there because of circumstances out of one’s control. Assuming that I am completely whiffing on this? Not sure why this quote has always rubbed me the wrong way, but it just has.

  • Emily Pulaski

    Thanks to Lorde for patronizing our local Brooklyn Heights businesses like Dashing Diva and Park Place Diner. Now when is her second album gonna come out?

  • Kevin

    Does anyone have information on the downed tree branch that has been blocking the sidewalk on Pierrepont in front of the Unitarian church? It’s been there for more than 2 weeks and forces you to walk in the street.

  • KBells40

    I talked to someone at FirstU recently — because it’s the city’s tree (not the church’s) they’ve contacted the city to remove it (likely more than once), but no one has come out yet. Probably wouldn’t hurt to contact 311 and make some noise.

  • AEB

    Rubs me the same wrong way because, as you say, it implies that one would have to justify the choice as choice–else, who but those who couldn’t do better would be the Borough’s only inhabitants.

  • Kevin


  • Arch Stanton

    It stems from the old-time rivalry between the cities when manhattanites had utter disdain for anyone from Brooklyn. Capote was probably saying it in more of a “stick it to you” than a defensive way.

  • Mary Kim

    This Wednesday open thread is especially great so far, with fun sightings, links to interesting articles, and full of neighborhood pride. Thanks all!

  • Jenna

    Love this! Has anyone also noticed Joaquin Phoenix walking around the neighborhood with his sweet pitbull? Great additions to the neighborhood!

  • Concerned


  • Concerned

    Yes. And you are correct. But I’m pretty sure that the cool thing to do is not to announce our cool new neighbors on the internet. Keep it cool…

  • Heightsman

    Agree. As a BH local for 16+ years you don’t speak of the locals….famous or not but we know what you speak of.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I definitely agree about not bothering them or directing people to them. But as I’ve said on here before, when there’s a person whose life and work you really respect, their decision to live in your neighborhood stands as a pretty strong affirmation of the greatness of that neighborhood and, by association, its residents.

  • SongBirdNYC

    Found it! Corner of Henry and Old Fulton

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I just discovered that the receipt that prints out at Fresh Start Marketplace (which will be known as Garden of Eden until it eventually becomes a condominium showroom) contains a typo in the store’s web address. “” apparently doesn’t exist.

  • StudioBrooklyn
  • Roberto

    Last evening, the 4th of August 2016, while strolling with my family on the Promenade, I spotted a man launching a drone while seated on a bench. The aircraft ascended a few hundred feet and then zoomed off over the port towards lower Manhattan at warp speed at helicopter altitude. I called the police and two officers on scooters arrived and told the gentleman to land his drone. The problem is that he may have sent two drones up. The officers told me that such launches are illegal and they have the right to confiscate, but didn’t this time because the pilot was merely “taking photos.” Drones, especially these iffy days, are an unnecessary, added stress to our landscape.

  • miriamcb

    I know this is late to the thread, but this last Wednesday night while walking back home via the Joralemon exit from the park, there was a big accident. A car hit a pedestrian. Based on the windshield damage and that the fire department was hosing down the street, it seemed to be fairly dire. Someone noted to us that the person was still moving when put into the ambulance. Does anyone know what happened?

  • Heights Observer 2

    And thats your moment of power, being a tattle tale. Of course, your doing in a situation where it’s safe

    Hey, why aren’t you over on Joralemon reporting on the gang kids actions?

    Then you’d really be doing some good for the area and then you’d be showing some real nerve….

  • Andrew Porter

    This was illegal activity, directly across from the Wall Street Heliport. I too have contacted the police about people illegally launching drones there.

    Accusing someone who is reporting illegal action of being “a tattle tale” is, in my opinion, highly offensive. Why didn’t you use the more objectionable words “rat out” and “snitch” while you are at?

  • Andrew Porter

    The article mentioned Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the numbers of people who go there every weekend, about which I commented:

    “Many have commented on numerous blogs about the thousands of people who pass through Brooklyn Heights on their way to and from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Much of that flow is concentrated on a single route, along Joralemon Street, formerly a quiet, sedate street in an especially out-of-the-way corner of this neighborhood of less than 25,000 residents.

    “Now, they are subject to thoughtless passers-by and vandalism. They no longer have the quiet appreciation of their own homes, many of which cost millions. Would you like it if teeming humanity was passing by every day?”

  • Mary Kim

    Roberto – apologies, the nonsensical comment by “Heights Observer 2″ was from Jeff Smith. He’s been banned… again.

  • Banet

    Where exactly was this? Joralemon and Furman?

  • miriamcb

    Yes. The car was going toward Dumbo on Furman as far as we could tell, the firefighters were hosing off the manhole in the street in front of the park’s offices. Car and firefighters were right at the corner of Joralemon/Furman.

  • Emily Pulaski

    Wow, I think that was the whitest thing anyone has ever written!

  • Emily Pulaski

    Well, if they post it on Instagram, it’s not exactly private information, is it?