Open Thread Wednesday

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  • AndyHeights

    Thank you Paul for sharing that with us. It is unusual to see the car there on a constant basis but I see no harm in it,
    and if it makes the block safer, then it is actually a very good thing.

  • Maggie

    probably pretty annoying for the folks who have windows that look out on the corner having those lights on all the time…

  • Roberto

    Lest we forget, the city is still pursuing a policy of selling valuable community assets paid for by taxpayers. Remember our library on Cadman Plaza West when the next fire sale is announced.

    And, for those involved in transportation issues and the bike vs. car struggle, I recommend the 1972 Dutch documentary film –

  • Andrew Porter

    Brownstoner post all about the Heights Casino:

  • ws gilbert

    An art gallery over a supermarket? Honestly? Why that makes absolutely no sense at all. That would leave people in the North Heights without a supermarket and you can’t eat art.

  • Love Laner

    In addition to being massive it’s not a terribly attractive building, imo.

  • William

    I live at Henry and Joralemon, so I asked them why they’re stationed there 24/7 and he said its to protect an important person living on the block. So I asked if this will go on indefinitely and was told it will probably only be for another 6 weeks or so. Now I’m really curious to know who this “important” person is.

  • Bob Grobe
  • StudioBrooklyn

    Peas. And. Pickles.


  • David on Middagh

    There used to be an art gallery on Clinton Street, East side between Pierrepont and Cadman Plaza West. You never knew what you’d see there, tho’ the deeply tinted plate glass hid its contents (and purpose!) from casual strollers.

  • Eddyde

    Donuts, Bagels, Cheerios as long as its a ring shaped carbohydrate, it’s cop food.

  • Willliam Gilbert

    Sorry, Peas and Piclkes is a glorified bodega. They do not sell all of the items that a proper supermarket has. I’m afraid that a supermarket IS MORE IMPORTANT TO MOST THAN AN ART GALLERY!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Excuse my caps before, I got excited.

    I was going to respond with a long comment comparing P&P to a bodega and outlining its various positive attributes but I don’t really care about convincing you to shop there. It’s a fairly comprehensive grocery store, whether you like it or not.

    And, whether you like it or not, most of the people who live and work in and around Brooklyn Heights like art, many of them buy art, and some of them actually collect art. This means that there might be a market for an art gallery in our neighborhood, but don’t worry, as far as I know your precious Gristedes isn’t going anywhere and if it does, (a) P&P will be looking at a significant increase in business, and (b) it certainly won’t be replaced by an art gallery.

    (The rent would be astronomical and, for a variety of reasons I’d love to get into another time, most art galleries don’t even turn enough of a profit to survive in small spaces in the outer boroughs.)

    As an artist, I was merely expressing a selfish fantasy at the expense of a still very-much-alive business.

  • Fred Christopher

    Here’s a tune for both of you hall monitors:
    while riding through the Rhine in a big Mercedes Benz. Zapping all the (you can fill in the blank) saving all our friends oh what fun it is to have the “snow people back in town” Now aren’t both of you glad you decided to comment.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    It’s really adorable that the few of you nazis in our neighborhood are feeling emboldened these days but please be aware that your ideas and, if you act on them, you, are not safe in this city or on this website. I’m not sure if you’re Jeff Smith or that white haired doofus with the walker he hangs out with, or any other unbridled mental cripple in your little cabal, but we know what you look like and we know where you live and the things you say are going to make life here much more difficult for you.

  • Reggie

    Our library wasn’t sold. The unused development rights were (will be?) monetized with the proceeds going towards physical improvements at several branch libraries. Yeah, semantics matter.

  • Andrew Porter

    161 Hicks Street is for sale for $5.25 million; details here:

    I can’t seem to find that amount in any of my pockets…

  • Andrew Porter

    There used to be a bunch of art galleries around, including the BRIC Rotunda Gallery at 33 Clinton Street, the one DoM mentioned. There are framing galleries which sell originals and prints, including Jubilee Gallery on Henry, and Montague Art.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    The framing shops are very sweet–Steve at Jubilee is a swell guy–but sorry, those are NOT art galleries.

  • Moshe KeatenbaumODA

    Ban immigrants from violent Muslim countries that want to kill us all and protect America from Islamist terrorist

  • DIBS
  • Reggie


  • Roberto

    Just like a slave’s labor and life got set aside for the use of its masters? At any rate, a great number of people in our neighborhood feel that we were unfairly sold out for a bit of “monetizing”and some “physical improvements” elsewhere.

  • Reggie

    I don’t say you have to like it, your analogy is not remotely analogous, and to the original assertion, the library wasn’t sold.

  • Justine Swartz

    Did you ever see any women eating at Yemen Cafe?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Yes, every time I’ve ever been there. Why do you ask?

  • Justine Swartz

    Thanks! I wanted to try them but every time I looked through the window I only saw men.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Justine, the food is so delicious that even if there was some kind of de-facto male-only policy (which there isn’t!) I would advise you to cross-dress and sneak in. On a serious note, do you do okay with stairs? Their front stoop is a bit steep, as I’m sure you’ve also noticed. (I see you around in the neighborhood a lot–I’ll introduce myself next time we cross paths.)

  • Justine Swartz

    I look forward to meeting you.