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  • redlola

    Hi, suggestions for a capable, affordable handyman in the area please. I have some small basic things that beed to be done.

  • Jorale-man

    It looks like Brooklyn Bridge Park is revamping the Joralemon Street entrance to change the traffic flow. They say it will “enhance accessibility” here. I wonder what that will mean for the steady flow of visitors that use Joralemon in the warmer weather.

  • StudioBrooklyn
  • WSW

    Considering the huge difference the 84 has made in the Heights, it would be nice if there was some representation of the Heights and especially the 84 Pct Community Council at the Funeral Mass for Stephen Mc Donald at St Patrick’s. I will attend with some family and so should everyone.

    Given the service we’ve received, it’s the decent thing to do.

  • winchell’s cavanaugh

    Scott Reid is great, 347 277 9637

  • Yoshimaro Ikeguchi

    Along those lines, does anyone know what form the proposed Montague access is going to take? Will it be stairs down from the Promenade level, or is it just another pathway off Furman after getting to the Park level from Joralemon?

  • Banet

    It’s definitely NOT stairs down from the promenade.

  • Remsen St Strollin

    There is no planned access from Montague Street in the Heights proper.

  • Pierrepont Resident

    I am reporting a VIOLENT POLICE act I saw with my eyes tonight.
    All this happened between 8:20 – 9 pm
    I live between Monroe Place and Clinton st. I was making dinner when I hear a man (african american from the voice) screaming “fuck you” several times. I go to the window and see another man, white with a dog, screaming back at him something like “come and get me, come come”… Then I went back to my business and while eating, so at this point was like 9:50 pm I hear again screams, same voice as the african american before, ‘help me, help me, help me’. I poke out the window and I see two cops punching violently, the man on the ground. The exact spot was on Pierrepont in front of the building right after the Historical Society. Some neighbor was screaming to stop beating up. I tried to make a video of the whole thing but I did not cached on camera. I did catch though the lady tell the cops: “you didn’t had to beat him up”. The black guy from the voice seemed on the drunk side, probably homeless. He kept saying I am not stupid. Three other car came in 2 police and 1 was a seemingly black car with cops in plainclothes.
    What me and other people saw tonight is disturbing, unfair and scary. Things are escalating on a regular basis with some of the cops behavior. I would like to know what to do, how to report this besides here on our blog. I hope anyone that heard or saw something can contribute. Thanks.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve noticed that building getting taller and taller. Now clearly visible from northern Henry Street, and from Cadman Plaza West, rising above Concord Village.

  • Andrew Porter

    According to this report in the Brooklyn Paper, the crime spree in the Heights is continuing:

  • Henry J

    Well first of all, why do you first make reference to the race of what you identify as the person being placed in custody. Second, you did not view the incident(s) through. So you do not have a complete overview of what occured. For example, how many incidents of weapons displayed and police being assault do you think have occured in and around that court area. Sure, you won’t hear this from the BHA or local press outlets. But just as some victims what has over the years occured. Anyone needs a good complete information to make a judgement.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    It’s not always possible to obtain a complete account/view of an incident as a bystander. I think it’s good that Pierrepont Resident shared the totality of what s/he observed. It’s up to others to interpret/parse out that observation; not everyone is trained in, say, journalistic methods of documentation/analysis. Long story short: good to share, better than not sharing anything.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’ve got mixed feelings about it, hence my lack of comment on the development itself. Occupationally I focus on phenomenological aesthetics. :)

  • WSW

    Sure, the darlings surrounding the Heights are getting in their last “opportunities” in before Jan 20th….because they all know what is going to happen to them (shortly) after that date…

  • Andrew Porter

    I have new information about 35 Pineapple Street: According to a source, PropertyShark reports this building was sold on 12/13/2016 for $10.3 million to “35 Pineapple Realty LP”, part of Benchmark Real Estate Group. No applications for building permits have been filed with the DOB.

    There are 14 class A apartments in the building, plus the store, formerly occupied by “Perfect Paws,” which moved and merged with the pet store on Clark Street. The apartments will be gutted and rented at presumably much higher rents.

  • Andrew Porter

    The page says, “The Montague Street Turnaround will provide direct access to the new Boathouse as well as the Pier 4 Beach…”

    You’re confused by the tiny stub of Montague Street off of Furman Street, which loops around the Transit Authority access building; this is what they’re talking about. There will be no access from the Promenade.

  • Pierrepont Resident

    I saw two police officers punching with violence an (old) african american man, allegedly intoxicated. Now this man was screaming for help, very loudly. I am not the only person that heard the screems and saw this. The neighbor was yelling the cops to stop punching. Probably the same neighbor that called the cops on the first place, who knows. I am reporting the info I do have because I think it’s the right thing to do. Seemed an excessive use of force, an act of violence. There are a lots of maybes here, for sure, but one thing is to arrest someone, another thing is to misuse violence. I want to be able to trust police officers, not second guess their potential abuse. And of course I am sharing the race of the person being placed in custody. It’s for accuracy.

  • neighboronhicks

    the implications behind this statement are foul. also, i was pretty sure you were blocked from posting here lest the threads be hijacked by hate speech.

  • Yoshimaro Ikeguchi

    Got it, thanks. So basically, everyone will still walk down Joralemon, and this access point is mainly helpful to the yacht owners among us.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    By the way, if there are any yacht owners among us, you’re invited over for dinner and drinks sometime. I want to be your friend.

  • Jorale-man

    That’s really disturbing. I wonder if the BHS has outside CCTV cameras that would have caught any of the incident you saw. Or the courthouse on the corner of Monroe. Jeez…

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Were all apartments vacated for gut renovation?

  • DIBS

    Yes, because the one thing better than owning a yacht is having a friend that owns a yacht!!!!

  • Andrew

    Does anyone have recommendations for a good chimney repair/inspection service?

  • MaryT

    Wasn’t there once a stairway from the cliff, way back in the day?

  • Andrew Porter

    Fascinating information about BH buildings at the Building Information System Database:

  • Andrew Porter

    They’re all empty now, apparently (looking at windows).

  • winchell’s cavanaugh

    it was a bridge, Penny Bridge, before the promenade.

  • Diesel

    Been playing that card for years…Woof!