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  • GP

    Every time it rains there’s a fairly large street puddle that doesn’t drain by the foot of the driveway/sidewalk near 96 Joralemon (South side between Henry/Garden). Not sure what number it is exactly, (maybe it’s technically Henry?) In any event, who can remedy this – the city? the owner?

  • gc

    Speaking of puddles … how about under the benches on the Promenade? The water stays for a couple of days after a heavy rain. There is also a pretty good sized ” lake ” in BBP near the pop up pool.


    Has anyone heard of any new restaurants coming to the area? It would be nice to have a few new options in the neighborhood.

  • Jorale-man

    The whole Promenade should be repaved and leveled – a lot of the stones are broken or missing and yes, the ponding has gotten worse by the benches. My sense is the Parks Dept. has been redirecting a lot of resources to parks in poor/underserved neighborhoods of late (and for good reason) so the Heights probably falls down the pecking order.

  • Andrew Porter

    The entire Promenade was repaved, with new asphalt blocks and slate, several years ago. The big problem is that the drains are clogged with earth, leaves and other matter.

    I used to walk around with a pole, sticking it into the little round holes in the rectangular drains and opening them up, but I haven’t done that in years. You’d think Parks would have a program to maintain the pavers and drains, but I guess not.

    I know that BBP “lake”—it’s where the earth movers are parked. Eventually it’ll be developed. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a major mosquito breeding area.

  • Andrew Porter

    Time to make the doughnuts. Uh, time for another old BH postcard. Here’s the old Hicks Residence on Hicks Street, supposedly one of the landmarks of the Heights. Why do I think it was torn down a long time ago?

  • Diesel

    I believe you mean, mosquito breeding ponds.

  • Banet

    It was more than “several” years ago. It was more than 8 years, but I think less than 14. So somewhere between 2003 and 2008.

  • Rick

    Anybody remember the name of a restaurant that used to be on Montague Street (I think in the 1990s) that baked a kind of flatbread and then made wraps out of them? It had a bread oven behind a long counter where people would pick up their food. It had other locations in Manhattan, too. My memory is that it occupied the space where Starbucks used to be, which has now remained empty for several years.

  • Arch Stanton

    I think you mean “Cosi” it was a couple of doors east of Starbucks, where the mattress store is now. The place wasn’t very good and quite pricey, which no doubt lead to its early demise…

  • Arch Stanton

    LOL keep dreaming…

  • Jorale-man

    Well, whenever it was last repaved, it needs it again. For such a signature attraction, it’s not in the best of shape.

  • Rick

    Thanks, that’s the one. I agree it wasn’t very good, which was odd because one in Manhattan where I’d get lunch was much better. They had tandoori chicken which I thought was quite good in the fresh-baked flatbread. But when I tried it at the Montague Street location, the chicken seemed of inferior quality, and after a couple of equally disappointing visits, I stopped going.

  • Banet

    And before it was Cosi it was a liquor store. Montague Street Liquors maybe?

  • Arch Stanton

    William H. Van Vleck Liquors

  • Arch Stanton

    I add, the place tried to be too many things, a bar, a pizzeria, a cafe, sandwiches and none done well…

  • JaneonOrange

    I thought that Van Vleck was just west of Henry Street–where the sleep store is.

  • Arch Stanton

    Yes, that’s the spot we’re talking about. The Starbucks reference was at the old location.

  • Andrew Porter

    How Sahadi’s sources their offerings:

  • JL Lewis

    I remember Sahadi’s in the mid 1950’s as a kid. They always had great goods and we’re really honest nice guys from then till the present….

  • Babbie

    This is great. Thanks!

  • Andrew Porter

    Some of the residents of 89 Hicks Street are suing the owner of the building, the Kushner Company. Details on Curbed, here: