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  • Jorale-man

    Interesting. I can understand the Court Street corridor as being a rat haven but I’m surprised to see the central Heights on there. I wonder if it’s partly the result of all of the renovation work being done around Henry St. and Monroe Place?

    Also surprised to see Dumbo as a problem area – they keep at least the main shopping streets pretty clean down there.

  • MaryT

    Waterfronts and rats – perfect together! Also, subway tracks, construction areas, loose garbage, etc. It’s ratty time in the Heights, more to come..

  • You know who this is

    Pest Infestation problems are due to the city being infested by what passes for humans today. Past generations covered garbage, swept up and regularly washed food and nonfood surfaces. At one time we had incineration. We also recognized the clean and neat and shunned the dirty and unkempt. Oh, that’s now so passe in our society as to be outre? Well, folks, you have to live with the results

  • Boerum Bill

    What’s in your fridge, Monsieur Propre?

  • Bob Grobe

    I don’t think our neighborhoods are so bad compared to wealthy Manhattan neighborhoods. Facts are helpful.

    From 1/1/2017 to 3/8/2017 here are the number of rodent complaints filed with 311 for some relevant community districts

    CD1 93
    CD2 62 (includes downtown, Dumbo & BH)
    CD3 176
    CD6 56
    CD8 112
    CD9 101

    CD8 101 (East side, 57th St. to 97th St.)
    CD7 122 (West side, 57th St. to 102nd St.)

  • AEB

    Oh, Claude^….

  • Jorale-man

    I’ve enjoyed the elementary school protesters that have marched up Clinton Street a couple times this year. Today there was a group of about 20 or so kids carrying signs and chanting, presumably for International Women’s Day (their teacher was leading the pack). Learning valuable lessons about freedom of speech can go beyond the classroom.

  • Love Laner

    If construction is the cause it’s only going to get worse with all of the library mishegas.

    Also we had a rat problem on Love Lane(BLEGH). The issue was the trash cans in the garden, one of which had a hole in the bottom. It was bad.

    But I wonder if the number of gardens in the heights are part of the problem?

  • Love Laner

    Anyone on here also a Gothamist reader? I was so sad to see that they’ve been bought by DNAinfo which is owned by a right-wing billionaire who has donated millions of dollars to politicians like Donald Trump, Scott Walker and other friends of the Koch brothers…I hate to think that my clicks are generating any money toward those activities.

    Not to mention they’ve deleted all negative coverage of the DNAinfo CEO Joe Ricketts from their site. What a shame. I really enjoyed their NYC focus.

    Any suggestions for other sites to follow instead (aside, obviously from the wonderful BHB)?

  • Love Laner
  • StudioBrooklyn

    Not enough cats in the gardens. ?

  • Brixtony

    He’s baaaaack.

  • Brixtony

    On my frequent dog walks in the parks and surrounding streets, I have seen less rats than in the recent past. There are also a few hawks helping out with the pigeon and rodent situation these days.

  • Bob Grobe

    Notify NYC – Planned Aircraft Flyover

    Notification issued 3/10/17 at 3:00 PM. A flight of ten military helicopters will conduct a training exercise over New York City on 3/11 and 3/14. The aircraft will fly over the Verrazano Bridge, the Hudson River, the Harlem River, the East River and the Statue of Liberty at an altitude of 500-1000 feet. The training exercise will occur between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on 3/11 and between 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on 3/14.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Apparently Ricketts hasn’t put a total clamp-down on articles that at least give voice to Trump’s critics. Here’s an excellent example:

  • Love Laner

    Apparently not!

  • Love Laner

    Yeah they continue to have articles that speak against the Trump and GOP platform, but if my visits to the site are still putting money in far-right coffers I want to avoid it if I can :(

  • Drats to Rats

    Pretty sure NYC in 70s and 80s were overrun with rats compared to present day.

  • ed townes

    Not sure how this works, but …

    1) Does anybody know if there’s any way one can deal with community eyesores that “works better” than burning them down. I’m thinking of BH’s worst – can’t be more than 5 that come even close – the corner of Monroe Place and Clark. “Surely,” some combo of the BHA, local pols, lawyers who know how to hold someone’s feet to the fire, etc. – can “jiggle the chain” of some either greedy or incompetent or ?? people who have owned this space for years and years with “nothing to show for it.”

    Talk about rats! … Monroe Pl. is used for film shoots and is now undergoing some serious re-development. What’s a community to do? This is such an “outlier” in our nabe that one imagines that there MUST be an attack strategy.

    1a) The City Council passed a bill a few years back that allowed someone (Sanitation Dept. ?) to take abandoned bicycles that were clearly “scrap metal” chained to something and dispose of them. Good ordinance “on paper” – did someone lodge a nuisance suit against NYC and scare BdB into a “just leave ’em be” response?!

    2) Since the 2 parties are clearly “talking past each other” in connection with the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park – battle of their websites and “a day in court” who knows when (I know it’s supposed to happen later this month, but I’ll bet anything, that’s postponed; further, I’ll bet that the merits are not addressed – some procedural thing will keep that from happening for months more,)

    Couldn’t (shouldn’t?!) the BHB provide a forum where both the litigants and the community could make their case!

    Think of it as the 2017 version of whatever platform Lincoln and Douglas stood on 150+ years back.

  • Andrew Porter

    There were also hordes of pigs, which ate the garbage. These are probably not going to return any time soon.

  • Andrew Porter

    Ed, they’re actually very slowly working on that building, 1 Monroe Place aka 100 Clark Street.

  • Andrew Porter

    Sorry I missed a week. Here’s this week’s BH postcard, showing the Borough Hall subway station when it was new and clean:

  • Andrew Porter

    Another BH postcard (making up for last week’s failure to post). This shows the Church of the New Jerusalem, on the corner of Clark Street and Monroe Place. How ironic that this lovely building was replaced by the banal modern buildings which also house a synagogue!