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  • Garden

    How come there is so much dog poop on the sidewalks – PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG!!!

  • MaryT

    There’s an open Transportation Forum meeting at 6:30 tonight at 5 MetroTech, NYU Pfizer Auditorium. Discussion of traffic issues surrounding the ‘Gateway to Brooklyn’ and other planned and ongoing construction.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’m starting to lose track of which old postcards I’ve posted here, so if this is a repeat, let me know. This is Court Street, showing the turnaround for the streetcars. The fountain is still there, as are most of the office buildings on the right:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86053254529fbccabadad9dcf5915e3fd2b5ec25e00ac046b231a73a025e95dd.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    And, another office building postcard. This is the Franklin Trust Building, still there, still wonderful:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e70f948b298061108024aa577422d6e78b92d1143e11a291dcb1b1fbbf25792.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    There was a movie once, “The Sky Above, the Mud Below.” Except here, it’s not mud…

  • Joe

    Before the R train! Thanks for sharing

  • Joe

    What’s the big red thing on the left?

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

    I think that’s part of the elevated railway station.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Cranberry Beret

    Kudos to our neighbors who were the first to put out their brown bins last night for collection…one week early. Doh!

  • Curious Bystander

    Any update on the PS 8 waitlist?

  • Gunk

    Yes indeed, by all means please put out your garbage out to smell and rot before heading out to the country or the beaches. Lets see who can take first prize in this one.

  • Avery

    Anyone know why there has been an increase of airplane traffic over the neighborhood recently?

  • Bornhere

    Cloudy/Rainy weather leads to changes in flight paths, and air traffic tends to increase over the Heights.

  • Jorale-man

    Some news on the Jehovah’s Witnesses printing plant building, set to become an office and retail complex (co-managed by Jared Kushner, at least before he’s sent to jail). Note the curious artist rendering of the ground floor retail. http://www.brownstoner.com/development/brooklyn-development-brooklyn-heights-jehovahs-witnesses-25-columbia-heights/

  • vspingola

    What can we do about the police vehicles speeding through the park? It’s like the law doesnt matter.

  • davoyager

    I still wonder why the pier 2 roof doesn’t have solar cells. Seems like such an easy reach.

  • ws gilbert

    That ought to be quite ripe by next week. I don’t see why we have to do this. This is natural stuff that will just decompose in the landfill. It poses no danger. Why the extra $$$ expense to separate it to make compost? The additional expense to collect it, the rats coming to scatter it and the smells emanating from these containers makes this a loser. I understand glass, plastic and metal recycling, but I don’t get this.

  • Garbage Man

    Its part of the garbage utopia narrative. It is insanity showing itself on full display. Anyone with half a brain would think its ridiculous.

  • Andrew Porter

    The ground floor retail is on Furman Street.

    As I posted on other sites about this, I wonder how this will affect the already crowded High Street and Clark Street subway stations. Also, there will be added interest in Old Fulton Street stores that cater to office workers. Currently, the retail caters only to tourists. And there might be spillover into the far northern reaches of Brooklyn Heights from this.

    What’s not mentioned in the redevelopment is that it’s directly across Furman Street from the PierHouse hotel and the Fulton ferry. There will be interesting new retail possibilities and other dynamics arising from this.

    Of course, this is just a few feet above sea level, but fortunately we know that climate change is a hoax, so…

  • Cranberry Beret

    Anyone know the story behind the never-ending big dig on Willow Street between Orange and Pineapple? It gets dug up, gets filled in, gets dug up, gets filled in. Been going on for months. Today I saw them excavating not the normal 8-10 feet under street level but a full 20 feet. Looks like some sewer pipe is going in although I also saw National Grid trucks nearby. I’m all for repairing infrastructure but honestly how long does it take to replace one short block??

  • Big Dig

    I think 70 Willow destroyed the water, sewer and gas lines with thier never ending renovation. Or its a big coincidence that everything went bad at the same time.

  • Teresa

    My debit card from a small bank in upstate NY was declined today at the former Peas & Pickles, and when I called to find out why, my bank said that it’s seen an increasing amount of fraud from that spot, so it’s on a no-go list. It won’t accept any transactions from that store. I can’t imagine that anyone other than me uses a card from this bank there, but maybe there’s some general red alert about fraud there. Caveat emptor.

  • Teresa
  • neighboronhicks

    organics recycling makes the regular refuse cleaner and organics recycling is also quite clean. the bins are airtight, if closed properly and likely to attract fewer pests as such. education is a better answer than grumbling, but i suppose that it’s important for the cranks to have a place to hate on progress.

  • ws gilbert

    IF closed properly. Take a walk through Park Slope and Cobble Hill and you will see many of these containers are NOT CLOSED PROPERLY and that, my friend, is the problem.

  • neighboronhicks

    so we should create more waste rather than make more effort?

  • gc

    The “entitled” crowd is taking over the neighborhood. Buy a property, live elsewhere, renovate forever, make everyone else’s life miserable, move in 2 or 3 years later when the dust has cleared. Maybe a need for longer memories and prairie justice?

  • Jorale-man

    Excellent points. I’m sure no one has given any thought to the additional subway crowding, nor will they. The whole system seems to be teetering on the edge of a major collapse. That said, this is well-served by the ferry terminal and Citibike, for those who can swing it.

    It would be nice to see the retail balance shift a bit on Old Fulton Street. I suspect all of the empty storefronts in Dumbo right now are going to either become bank branches or tourist-focused businesses.

    Right…what rising sea level??

  • Pierrepont

    Does anyone know why 2 Pierrepont has been running its fire alarm bells workday after workday for more than a month? Yes, they work! Cut it out! Enough, already!