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  • Edwin

    I also find Key Food cashiers, and pretty much most cashiers in NYC, surly. Or course, there are always exceptions, but when I moved to NYC 12 years ago, one of the first things I noticed was how unfriendly cashiers were. And I know other transplants who’ve had the same reaction.

    Also, I feel like Key Food never had more than three cashiers working at a time, and those check-outs in the middle (that have now been replaced by machines) were always empty. So, I’m not sure if many people, if any, are out of work due to them.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m a renter in a doorman-less apartment building…I wonder if there’s any accounting for discrepancies in occupancy/ownership type?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m a transplant too, and this had been my experience UNTIL I became a regular (pretty easy to do if you live here) and started making more of an effort to be nice to them: say hi, make small talk, crack little jokes once in a while. I had been a cashier in high school at a large supermarket, and I was always nicer, willing to go the extra mile, for customers who were neighborly. Of course every person has a different disposition, and this will fluctuate for each person daily as well depending on what’s going on in their own lives, so it’s best to treat them with a great deal of humanity. I don’t say this to be prescriptive, but for the baseline reason that it will make your own experiences at the store more positive and that will contribute to your overall life being better.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Do you mean benches on the roof, as in, turn the roof into a garden like the one pier directly across the water? Because there already are benches lining the pier looking out at the bay.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Did you have any convictions about why drones might be illegal or did you just call the cops on them because you think everyone should help enforce the law?

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

    Paranoid, buttinsky and maybe a touch of a-hole

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

    You tied up 911 lines for some hipsters with a drone? Not smart.

  • B.

    Yes, exactly, StudioBrooklyn. The city can always use more quiet, green spaces that catch a good harbor breeze. Why not?

  • Greg

    How big was the drone?

    There’s a bit difference between 6″ and 4′ (in my opinion).

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I dig it.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    Thanks! I’ve noticed some activity on Pier 3, and the torsioning devices seem to have been removed from the bridge.

  • MaryT

    Even low-tech model planes can be flown only on private property and specified public areas, and for good reasons. But if this is how you truly feel about these far more intrusive flying data collectors, then present your case and work to change the rules. Insulting people who have rational concerns is not helpful.

  • Greg

    I have no opinion on this story because I don’t understand the details.

    But generally speaking, I don’t quite see your argument. Imagine a more relatable scenario: you cross the street against the light and someone lectures you that that’s illegal. Most people I know, including myself, would take mild offense at being lectured for that. But I wouldn’t feel the need to campaign for jaywalking reform laws, either. It is what it is. And probably not a battle worth much energy.

  • Banet

    Greg, I disagree. A 6″ drone will cause a helicopter to crash just as readily as a 4′ one. And I honestly think the smaller ones are more dangerous as they’re easier to lose sight of as they get further away and higher up. They’re also harder for the helicopter pilots to see. :-/

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

    I dont give a rat’s behind about flying drones. I’m Old School Brooklyn and don’t like self-appointed “hall monitors” whistleblowing on minor, noncriminal activities.

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

    “A 6″ drone will cause a helicopter to crash”
    LOL How you figure that LOL

  • Andrew Porter

    Next you’ll be against people who report crimes in progress.

  • Andrew Porter

    I did not add details here which I reported to the NYPD that seemed suspicious beyond the fact they were acting illegally.

  • Banet

    A six-inch drone could cause a helicopter crash by either flying into the rotors or flying into the air intake if it’s a jet assisted helicopter. My father was in the Air Force and his helicopter crashed when it hit a pigeon. I figure six-inch drone carries about as much heft and damage to a rotor as a pigeon.

    Regardless, the people who are experts at what is and is not safe to have in the air of our city say it’s not allowed. So if you see someone doing, it tell the authorities. Simple as that.

  • Greg

    We must be thinking of different things. The few tiny drones I’ve seen could easily be swatted down by a cat, and were light as a feather. Any real aircraft would shred right through them without noticing.

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

    No

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I can buy this, but are 6″ drones capable of reaching chopper airspace? I thought they have a sufficiently limited range capacity for this reason.

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

    I dont buy that story, Helicopter rotors are not that fragile. The intake scenario is only vaguely plausible as the rotor wash would likely blow the drone away before it got close.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Isn’t there a chance, if the drone was above the rotors, that it could get sucked through them, between pockets of pressurized rotor wash, and into the intake? Would be a one in a million shot though I’m guessing.

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

    I doubt it, but just incase, I said “vaguely plausible”.

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

    Oh and what was that?

  • Andrew Porter

    Ask the NYPD what details I added. I’m sure they’d be fascinated to know why you were inquiring.

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

    Sorry, Your mouthwash ain’t making it.

  • redlola

    that’s all he ever does. it’s his core competency

  • Jean

    Andrew Porter you did the right thing. Bottom line – they are illegal,
    so perhaps it’s for a reason. I really don’t get why the other folks on
    here are arguing the point, or comparing it to jaywalking. Seems like a
    couple of other folks on here just want to argue for the sake of
    arguing.