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  • gc

    Peking, the large sailing ship which has been docked at South Street Seaport for the past 40 years, departed this morning for Germany, its country of origin.

  • Emily Pulaski

    So did that tractor trailer on Clarke & Columbia Heights ever manage to turn?

  • Mark

    Had a bird’s-eye view from my study. Took a long time & I lost interest. Not there this morning!

  • KXrVrii1

    And its replacement ship, the Wavertree, is arriving Sept 24.

  • AbeLincoln

    Trying again- Wondering if property values are declining in DUMBO since the rezoning. Hearing about and seeing many new vacancies as of late. A few friends with young children have moved from the area. Troubling.

  • Heightsman

    Headed to Staten Island first to wait in dry dock and winter to pass.

  • MaryT

    Wonderful photo, thanks. We’ve lately been very graced by the setting suns.

    Another tractor-trailer fiasco on our narrow streets. Shouldn’t signs be posted limiting truck size? Just saying..

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I enjoyed this eccentrically large flower in the planted area on the promenade at the base of Montague

  • Reggie

    According to Streeteasy’s July 2016 market report, the year-over-year change in median asking price for Dumbo was +36.8%. Maybe all those parents with young children are pricing their units aggressively as they move to places zoned for schools other than PS 307.

  • B.

    Perhaps they are troubled by the enormous banners festooning Brooklyn Borough Hall. I’ve never before seen flowing fabric portraits on a municipal building.

  • Jorale-man

    Totally agree. I’ve seen stuck trailers at least twice in the last month – both trying to turn onto Clinton from side streets. I wonder if the DOT is aware of this issue? It seems to be getting worse.

  • Jorale-man

    Nothing like a week visiting family in suburbia to experience a nice, clean, first-world supermarket. Rather depressing coming back and have stock up at our grimy, overcrowded collection of grocery stores…

  • Slyone

    It’s all anecdotal, but I’ve met a handful of families from the greater neighborhood who are excited to have their kids there for preK and K. FWIW, and neither here nor there, really, if you look at the “register” stats from the DOE on the school’s website online, the school does look to be more “diverse” this year — in the sense of “multiracial” from the report about segregation in NYC schools from last year. With rounding, based on this year’s register, it is now officially “multiracial,” meaning three racial or ethnic groups now comprise 10% or more of the school’s population. PS/MS8, on the other hand, is now 63% White (including the middle school) — until this year, it had held steady for several years at 59-60%). Looks to reflect decreasing Black population, down to 12.5% from close to 15% just a couple of years ago. These numbers can change quite a bit after school starts, when actual registration is confirmed, so take all of it with a grain of salt for now at least.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    As long as you’re saying Tribe makes better hummus than Charlie Sahadi…

  • Concerned

    Blasphemy! The spicy hummus at Sahadi’s is THE best hummus in the land!

  • Jorale-man

    Well, I’d have to side with Concerned on this one. Sahadi’s hummus has no competitors around here!

  • Arch Stanton

    The woe of GPS…

  • Arch Stanton

    The neighborhood made-up by a real estate tycoon is going sour, Oh Boo Hoo…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    You guys…my comment was illustrating that very point. I was sticking up for our local grimy grocers. I can’t even find staples, like caper berries, in some of those upstate shop rites.

  • Heights Observer

    Tribe better than Sahadi? Absolute nonsense!

  • Heights Observer

    You’ve a very strange way of making a point.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Yeah I thought of just coming right out and saying something like “but we have better selection here” or something but then decided I haven’t been keeping up my end of the snark machine lately. Everything in the service of art.

  • Boba

    Anyone have an update on our friends at the Watermark who blasted sh1tty DJ music at us all night last week?

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve seen them there many times. Are these the banners for the Brooklyn Book Festival, being held around there next weekend?

  • Andrew Porter

    At least they don’t tell the trucks to turn down Montague onto the stub next to BBP.

  • Andrew Porter

    Noticed it a few days ago. Maybe our hot summer was making it bloom. Meanwhile, last night was the last Members Hours at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, when it’s open an extra 2 1/2 hours for members. Was there with bug spray and flashlight.

    Away from the lights of Eastern Parkway, I saw a dozen or so stars, pretty good for NYC. (The best night for seeing stars over the streets of Brooklyn, IMHO, was during the blackout in 2005.)

    Going home, saw that the 9/11 towers of light were shining up into the sky.

  • Rick

    That’s a Hibiscus. The plants were originally donated to the Promenade Garden Conservancy by a local gardener from his own garden. They were moved to the Montague entrance this year where they have revelled in the greater sun exposure. You can look forward to these beautiful blooms every year now!

  • B.

    No. They are portraits of Eric Adams and another official. I have passed them several times in the last few months but don’t know if they’re still up.

  • Teresa

    I saw one on Columbia Heights on Tuesday, and the corner of Clark & Hicks has been regaled for the last 45 minutes with the back-up beeping of one that couldn’t make the corner.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    A few months ago I saw a tractor-trailer take out the One Way sign at the corner of Pierrepont Place. He was attempting to make a right turn onto Pierrepont Street, but because someone had graciously parked in the No Standing zone (simultaneously blocking the hydrant), he had to widen his turn and add a fatal point, at which point the sign went down, shaming the truck driver and making him seem incompetent.

    Interestingly, the sign was repaired within 48 hours. Meanwhile…here I’ll open up the floor to longer-standing disruptions to civic infrastructure.