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  • Cranberry Beret

    Boo to Plymouth Church for not yet clearing the snow from any of their sidewalks

  • You know who this is…

    You know, it’s very interesting, there are landlords and certain property owners who never clear their public walkways or only do it days later and they NEVER GET A SUMMONS. EVER. So why the &$*#% is that?

    Really walk around today and look at just who’s sidewalks people, especially elderly, have to negotiate.

    And while we’re on the subject, why are the crosswalks NEVER shoveled. This is one the wealthiest communities in America. So why can’t one of the many very well heeled org in the Heights simply hire the manpower (not any kind of questionables) and clear the crosswalks. What? the BHA cant afford that?

    You only have watch the elderly or children having to make thier way to see just how vicious malthusian based the Heights leadership really is….

  • CassieVonMontague

    I find it hard to resist the pillorying of non-shoveling neighbors. So let me just say, just because your restaurant is closed due to the weather doesn’t mean you don’t have to clear your sidewalk.

    And to not pile on more, I would like to thank the the crews for the Bossert, 58 Remsen, and 60 Remsen who each have an entire block to shovel and did so diligently. Thank you so much!

  • JaneonOrange

    Not to excuse ANYONE for this–but I do note that sometimes staff has to get into the Heights from neighborhoods without below ground subways–meaning they can’t get in during a big storm. That being said, I was out shoveling when our maintenance person didn’t make it in…

  • Peter Loibl

    I saw an old bag at the Clark Street 2-3 subway station last weekend push aside a younger couple with 2 kids struggling with luggage and instead of helping them, told them “carrying so many bags is dangerous” instead of offering to lend a hand. I can tell by her demeanor that she already lives a lonely and depressing life, and while I don’t wish ill will on anyone, I might make an exception for this crusty curmudgeon … come on Brooklyn Heights, we are better than that.

  • Greg

    I’m resolved when I get home tonight to break out a shovel and clear some of those corner crossings where there’s only a single-footprint wide clearing through mountains of snow. Hopefully it won’t be too frozen to work with by then.

  • Teresa

    Adding to the non-shoveling Hall of Shame: Ann Taylor Loft. Nothing around that corner has been cleared.

  • willowrosie

    I have a legitimate question for all north heights residents! I live between Cranberry and Orange and I’m wondering if anyone else notices the extreme difference in the wind/temperature between north and south of Clark street. I SWEAR as soon as I cross Clark to the north, the wind picks up a crazy amount and it can feel like an unbearable tunnel. Anyone else notice that the wind is worse in the north? Are there any science-minded people who can explain this phenomenon to me?!?

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

    If this is happening on Willow it’s probably because of wind spill from the Towers Hotel building. You would get a similar effect on Hicks from the St. George Tower.

  • B.

    Astonishing that you really called that woman an “old bag”; unworthy, even if she was being rude.

    And anyway, old people aren’t expected to help with heavy luggage.

  • CHatter

    And anyone walking on Montague and Hicks will notice the same coming from the Bossert. Sometimes I wonder when the Heights Café sign is going to blow clean off.

  • CHatter
  • DIBS

    Did you help them?

  • Andrew Porter

    I just posted two old postcards, showing the Borough Hall subway station, and the Church of the New Jerusalem, on last week’s Open Thread. Go there and see them.

    For today, here’s the gorgeous old Brooklyn Savings Bank building, on the NE corner of Clinton and Pierrepont, where the office tower is now. A shame this wonderful building wasn’t saved!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dae7a5edd6beeb581478aa9135660d781a0bd1ca0af6af7ba148486f14cf03ed.jpg

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

    As a Montague resident I’ve come to dread the corner of Montague and Hicks whenever there’s wind over ten MPH or so. Even in the warm months it can be enough to blow off a hat or rip a bag from your hand.

  • Peter Loibl

    I did, as did a younger college-aged guy, which was nice to see.

  • Peter Loibl

    I stand by my label: this was a disgusting human being. You don’t have to be physically able to carry luggage to not be such a putrid person.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Ha, good luck! I did my good deed for the day and cleared a couple of those crossings during the afternoon. Then the sanitation dept came by early this evening with their bobcat to clear the intersection — and pushed the snow back into the pedestrian crossings. Can’t win…

  • Cranberry Beret

    Oh I’m aware of that. For Plymouth Church, I wasn’t complaining they hadn’t promptly cleared the snow yesterday…I get it that many workers couldn’t get in. (Although I was a little surprised that an institution of that size doesn’t have someone on duty 24/7, at least on an emergency basis.) But they hadn’t even started clearing this morning (which btw means they could’ve received a summons…not just grief from this curmudgeon). Their crew was out this afternoon, and I felt sorry for them, because the ice was horribly difficult to break up (though I note it would’ve been much easier to clear had they done it last night or at least put ice melt on then).

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Lots of angry parents with strollers trying to get in and out of Kids Club at that spot.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Haha, not the answer that Sour Dibs was gunning for. Good for you.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Indeed, seems the label came from “push aside”, rather than the failure to help carry luggage. Am I misreading?

  • Peter Loibl

    Precisely! Ignoring their struggles would have been lame, but fine. Making a point to be obnoxious is what earned the “old bag” title.

  • B.

    It doesn’t do to call people names.

  • brooklynbull

    Add to the roster of neglectful businesses …
    the ATT store on Court Street.
    The entire sidewalk in front of the store yesterday – a thick sheet of glass. I went into the store & (rather loudly) alerted the staff that they were putting themselves in danger of lawsuits if anyone fell on their uncleared storefront. They mumbled noncommittally, but the sidewalk was still solid ice last night (Thurs) ar 7pm.
    ATT has very deep pockets, so maybe they just dont care ….

  • Cranberry Beret

    Call 311. Or use the 311 app…very easy to file a complaint. No reason they shouldn’t get a summons 2 days later…

  • Teresa

    I wasn’t near there today–still not done? That’s brutal.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Seems to have been taken care of, maybe yesterday.

  • ws gilbert

    Speaking of Subway stations, whatever happened to the wonderful old stained glass lantern lights that used to be at the entrance to the R station near St Ann’s?

  • Reggie

    No mention of Hudson Companies or the BPL deal in the NYT article about the SDNY and Manhattan DA’s decisions not to prosecute Mayor de Blasio on corruption charges. Hopefully we have heard the last from Love Our Libraries on this particular point.