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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Thats what you get for mouthing off to truck drivers at 5 in the morning.
    But he’s lucky, Back in the day, the he would have likely wound up in the back of the truck…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Ha Ha, Looks like you got throughly trounced on that one. Maybe you should stick to doing what you do best, blocking the sidewalk with your stroller.

  • Concerned

    This is not a bubble and it won’t “pop”. The real estate market is doing very well and will regress to the mean as new housing opportunities are created. What makes you think anything will “pop”? But maybe I’m just assuming what you mean by “pop”. What are you saying that sales/rental costs will go down in Brooklyn when it “pops”?

  • bpelle

    My position is that there is as generalized commercial real estate bubble. Time will tell.

    Intellectual discussion can take place dispassionately and there really isn’t any need to get excited and toss around ad hominem insults. Reasonable people can disagree based on the same set of facts and the passage of time will reveal the information needed to assess the viewpoints.

  • Concerned

    Where did I attack you in my post?

  • bpelle

    “I’m just throwing something out there that might make theoretical sense but probably isn’t that connected?”

    “I suggest you adjust your aluminum foil hat”

    Saying that my viewpoints were uninformed or ill-considered, which they are not, and then saying that I’m crazy. Those are ad hominem.

  • RTL

    Does anyone have an informed sense of when the slew of new lunch options will open up in DUMBO (Westville, Glaze, Dig Inn)? Their sites all say “early autumn” but that time is now! Soon the options under the archway will be closed due to weather and lunch options will be scarce. Thank you!

  • Reggie

    There are different degrees of environmental review. A common mistake that people make is equating impact, which this project will certainly have, with a need to prepare a full-blown EIS. This project complies with SEQRA because it will not surpass the thresholds requiring an EIS.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    The reason I am dismissive is I see it as a waste of time, energy and money. Initially, there was legitimacy to the “good fight” but now it appears to be desperate. Many concessions, by the developer, were extracted through serious negotiations. Steven did an excellent job, in my opinion. There comes a point when you are beating a dead horse.

  • Concerned

    Wrong thread, Broham.

  • Teresa

    Vanessa– was he wearing a collar or is he micro-chipped? I’ll let local animal rescue folks know.

  • AbeLincoln

    Surprised to see all the business closings on Washington and Water Streets in DUMBO. The clothes store, two book stores and the antique/furniture store. True, we were forwarded about PS Books and Powerhouse due to high rents but it’s still shocking to see all the empty storefronts. These, coupled with the old West Elm space sitting empty is quite unsettling.

  • CHASESGILBERT

    That’s just sexist and ridiculous – your stroller remark.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I had to Google “Broham”. You learn something new every day!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    As far a sexist, No, I apply it equally to men as well. As far a s ridiculous, No, It is a a phenomenon that is becoming all too ubiquitous, millennials blocking the sidewalks with their strollers.

  • CHASESGILBERT

    You often accuse men you don’t know of blocking the sidewalk with their stroller?? You don’t even know if she has children!

  • MaryT

    I wasn’t able to attend but did receive a synopsis of the meeting from our board. This is a thin edge of the wedge scenario. If a variance is granted for one structure, my understanding is that more oversized buildings will follow. Whatever happened to public investment in affordable housing? Brooklyn – Singapore West..

  • HereToStay

    LOL. That’s what people always say… And then property values double again in the next 10 years… Slight correction, perhaps, but no catastrophic results here…

  • HereToStay

    Thank you. Yes, enough with the library already… The vast majority of Heights folks welcome the new place and condo with open arms!

  • bpelle

    In June 2007 the 10yr Treasury rate topped out at 5.3%. Today it’s around 1.7%. What do you think would happen if rates went back to their 2007 levels?

  • DIBS

    Why should they? Please, enlighten us.

  • DIBS

    But funny.

  • DIBS

    You want to see closures, walk down Smith St.

  • B.

    Is this comment a joke, Emily?

  • gc

    Try “regression to the mean”. When it happens it won’t be pretty.

  • gc

    Not in my opinion.

  • MPIERCE

    DEJA VU
    Thanks for the update. We’ve heard
    this same scenario before with the
    Brooklyn Heights Library. Levin and
    colleagues will ask the “hard questions”
    and when time to vote toss in a few
    “crumbs” for the public. Then proceed
    to congratulate themselves on a difficult
    negotiation for this improved deal.
    This scenario is getting old!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    “Make America Back In the Day Again”

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Just want to say that we stopped using the stroller altogether when our kid was about 2.5-3. Now when we block the sidewalk it’s because he’s having a complete meltdown about ice cream or something. I love to speculate about which neighbor looking on in horror as they struggle to pass might be Arch.

  • Reggie

    Your understanding is simplistic and overly deterministic at best.