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  • SongBirdNYC

    I want to give a BIG shout out to the fine folks at Jalapa Jar who provided delicious breakfast tacos, salsa and chips for the teachers and staff at PS8 on Tuesday morning! (State tests are happening this week and the parents/PTA wanted to treat them). Jalapa Jar went well above and beyond and prepared more food than expected and even had their staff come in extra early so the order would be ready for pick up at 7:00 am. Bravo, Jalapa Jar!

    Seriously, these guys are the best, their staff attentive and food is fresh and flavorful (and portable!). Stop by their shop in the 2/3 Clark Street Station and grab a bite or some fresh salsa.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I’d like to thank the baristas at the Montague Street Starbucks who are always friendly, polite and helpful. And a big boo to their counterparts in Dumbo, who are always surly and uninterested in helping their customers. Not really sure why there’s such a disconnect between two stores. Management? BQE exhaust? East River tidal forces?

  • CassieVonMontague

    The construction in the building Vinnie Viola bought at the end of Pierrepont Street is very loud.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Brooklyn Bridge Park needs to design their bake lanes better. No one understands one side is a bike lane so bikes and pedestrians weave in and out. More separation and better signage please.

  • Diesel
  • Diesel

    Lousy management at the Dumbo store. Since Starbucks are not franchises, the most likely factor is the store manager.

  • Claude Scales

    Almost every morning an alarm goes off there, and continues for a long time.

  • Jorale-man

    Agreed, it’s a zoo. One fundamental flaw is that cyclists don’t want to ride over those large brick “speed bumps” that are installed only on the bike side. They should either have them on both sides so they’re unavoidable, or remove them entirely.

    Speaking of park design, I am impressed with how lush and green the new pier 5 uplands are looking. Say what you will of the design, but they are putting a lot of care into the landscaping there.

  • Reggie

    I stopped by Jalapa Jar shortly after it opened and they were disorganized and out of ingredients. Okay, said this former line chef, they’re still getting their act together; happens all the time. Went back a few weeks later, same story. Waited a few months more and found nothing had changed. That was all a while ago and Jalapa Jar may now be a finely oiled machine but for this customer, it was three strikes and I’m out.

  • CassieVonMontague

    It’s an alarm?!? I thought it was jackhammering it was so loud. I’m making a complaint if it’s an alarm!

  • CassieVonMontague

    I don’t like the new Anish Kapoor work in the park, and I usually love his work. It’s loud, garish, and silly. Looks more like cheap Disney theatrics than the deep, dread-inducing, introspective pieces he usually creates.

  • GP

    That article appears to be dated.
    (Published: Sept 30, 2016)

  • StevoNYC

    I heard a rumor that Banana republic is going to become another urgent care facility. Can anyone confirm?

  • vspingola

    The baristas in DUMBO are angels compared to their counterparts on Wall St. (Broad St to be exact).

  • Diesel

    I apologize, dogs don’t have a sense of time. Even so, it is still relevant.

  • Parent

    Anyone have any feedback on the Dock Street Pre-K?

  • neighboronhicks

    I’m a big fan, and have had consistently good experiences over the months they’ve been open and operating out of Clark St. If you can’t deal with waiting, you can always try their ready-made salsas from the fridge.

  • neighboronhicks

    As a Starbucks alum from way back, married to another Starbucks alum (different states and stores), the ethos of a store can often be dictated by whether it’s constantly busy (and thus a pressure cooker). I would bet DUMBO is afflicted by a volume problem that stresses its resources. When I worked at a slower store, I was a far less surly barista.

  • Brooklyn

    It says so on the NYDEPT of construction permits on the windows

  • MaggieO

    that’s bizarre… there’s one less than a block away… wtf Montague?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I admire his work too but like many artists I like to give him grief about his exclusive license with Vantablack. I stopped by the opening this morning but had to to leave for an appointment before he arrived. I do feel like “Descension” doesn’t quite live up to the “wow” factor he’s capable of. Thinking of adding a “con” before the title in Krink marker at some point.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I usually notice it well into the afternoon when my kid and I are haunting (like scary ghosts!) the playground.

  • CHatter

    In my opinion they should do away with the “dedicated” lanes entirely. They are broadly ignored by walkers and riders alike. Not necessarily ban bikes or make people walk them (as is supposed to be the case on, say, the Promenade), but instead rely on people’s judgment as to when bikes can and should be ridden, with pedestrians having the right of way across the span of the path, as in most any other park. There are stretches where the “walking” side is way too narrow to accommodate pedestrians, particularly when the park is crowded–there just isn’t enough room to set aside for cyclists who want to treat the path as a thoroughfare. Another unintended consequence of the park’s unexpected popularity.
    (I’ll resist the urge to even start with the special brand of hypocritical sanctimony that attends the annoyed bell-ringing of a cyclist who has almost certainly never once stopped for a pedestrian at a stop sign or red light. Other than to put it in a long parenthetical, thereby starting with it despite promises not to start with it. Bit of a failure altogether, resisting-wise, I suppose.)

  • CHatter

    Good one. I thought the “Understanding” sign should have been replaced with one that read “Underwhelming”.

  • Teresa

    He’s got a horse running in the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Second choice at 5-1.

  • SilverShoes

    Great to hear. Please ask the PTA to send an email to the parent body that
    shares this info!

  • SilverShoes

    Anyone know what the loud and military looking helicopters were that landed in Manhattan about 1:30p yesterday?

  • Reggie

    Most expensive, third most expensive; I don’t think much has changed and where exactly Brooklyn is on a list isn’t material.

  • Reggie

    This is the near-term future of health care in America. The chains are going to expand and the market will decide the winners and losers. You don’t (or maybe you do) say, ‘We don’t need a CVS there because there is a Duane Reade a block away.’ Similar scenario.

  • MaggieO

    yup, definitely do say that. There’s a Rite Aid on Clinton and Joralemon, a Duane Reade on Joralemon and Court, a Duane Reade on Court and Montague, and a CVS on Montague and Clinton. It’s boring and excessive.