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  • Jeffrey Smith


    There are Now TWO monthly police-community meetings! Besides the already established general 84th precinct Community Council, which meets the third Tuesday of the month. So this month it’s the coming Tuesday the 23ed, there is NOW a 84 PCT SECTOR meeting where the officers assigned to a subdivision of a precinct meet with the residents and merchants of an area to hear sector concerns and to explain actions they are taking to deal with local problems.

    Needless to say, people are going to want to know about the atrocious gang attack on a woman related to Halloween. But a range of other serious concerns will be discussed of course.

    The meeting will be held TOMORROW Nov 15th 6:30 at Boro Hall Free
    Admission. Call to confirm: 718 875 6850 call a friend bring a friend

  • AndyHeights

    I was wondering about the house under construction on Henry Street a couple of houses off State Street. This has been going on for many years, with the green box built onto the sidewalk narrowing the walkway for pedestrians, strollers, etc. And there often are construction related trucks double parked leaving no path at all.

    I recently noticed the sign listing the construction says, “Anticipated completion – Early 2016″. Obviously we are soon approaching two years past that date. Does anyone know when this project will really be completed?

  • AEB

    Another day, another Fortune House post. I mean, gang attacks are important, but let’s get our priorities in order, shall we?

    On my last visit there for takeout, the long-haired gentlemen (who I believe is the husband of the owner) in two cases, for two items, mischarged me in his favor. It was only after I got home that I realized the error.

    I advise others to check their bills, which tend to be sent to the kitchen for filling an order very quickly, before paying. Take-out menus, which are on the counter, make this easy to do.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Anyone recognize either of these two gents? This is a painting I completed early last year of a couple guys I am/was friends with; this Thanksgiving will mark the second anniversary of the death of the gentleman on the right (so this post is part throwback, part eulogy; without giving away too much about his identity he was a great person and neighbor). Apparently the gentleman on the left, who came to be a good friend as well, has a storied history in the neighborhood, although I haven’t seen him in quite some time.

  • Arch Stanton

    Excellent work! I wanted my Trumpzilla painting to be of that quality, guess I got gypped :(
    Anyway, the guy on the left looks like “Big Jim” Guy on the right looks familiar but I can’t place the name.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Thanks! That is indeed “Big Jim”; he never told me much about himself but I’ve heard some great stories, always looking for more.

    As for the Trumpzilla painting, something like that on this scale (ballpark of 36″ x 24″) would run you at least $4k right out of my studio, but if there’s a chance you’re serious I’d actually recommend you to a friend of mine who specializes in that kind of work and would probably charge significantly less. (Artists gotta eat too.)

  • Andrew Porter

    On the Ephemeral NY site there was a post about Colin Campbell Cooper, an artist in the 1920s. Among his paintings was this one, showing Manhattan from the Heights, with Furman Street warehouses and docks in foreground. Click on image for a larger size:

  • Andrew Porter

    Wednesday brings another Old BH Postcard. Continuing with the St. George Hotel, here’s an even earlier image, from when it was mostly only on Clark Street:

  • gc

    More elitists or real estate developers doing whatever is convenient to them. Screw everyone else.

  • Andrew Porter

    I used to get take-out from them A Lot, after Su-Su’s Yum-Yum went under, until I realized that most Chinese food is a festival of fat and cholesterol. Once upon a time, this was Norman Mailer’s favorite Chinese restaurant.

  • Jorale-man

    Renovation must be a slow and fickle process in the Heights. There’s also been a house on Clinton and Schermerhorn that’s been gutted (and wide open to the elements) for well over a year now. And then there’s the infamous, half-demolished house at Monroe and Clark. Little sign of progress in each case.

  • AEB

    Well, that tells us something about Mr. Mailer’s palate, doesn’t it?

  • Arch Stanton

    Go there and ask for the site super, politely address you questions and concerns. Or call the contact number on the building permit. If all that fails to yield results, call 311 and file a complaint with the DOB.

  • Arch Stanton

    Got a few Big Jim and more stories from back in the day, I can share. Perhaps a trade? LOL
    I have spent that kind of cash on art in the past. However, I currently have more urgent expenses…

  • Arch Stanton

    Sounds like a hoot, is it BYOB or are they supply’n?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I get it. These are troubled times, financially.

  • Sweeties

    What’s up with the awful shake up at The Henry Street Ale House. The last kitchen configuration with Ralph as chef was the best food they’ve served in years. The owner, Eugene Kaleniak, seems intent on screwing up the place, just when it’s been getting better and better.

  • Cranberry Beret

    The house at Monroe & Clark is active construction. They built the entire rear addition in the last couple of months.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Well, it has been observed several times that the ONLY way to stop or slow to a reasonable/sane pace the behavior in the RE sector is for there to be a string of indictments. Forget largely useless civil actions, unless someone causes good evidence a Federal prosecutor is forced to act on, you can forget your living space or your rights. This is a mix of the classic tulip craze and the wild west. Bleating, moaning and crying, like what LL of you are doing is useless and irresponsible. Roll up your sleeves and do something effective.

  • Jeff revisionist scholar Smith

    Do any of you remember when Mr Mailer chased his wife down the street with either an ax or a butcher’s knife?
    Were any of you here in the Heights long enough to remember when that little Jewel of Heights literary history happened?

  • Claude Scales

    Graffito from the men’s room wall of the Lion’s Head in the Village, one of the greatest bars that ever was:

    “God made Shakespeare, then broke the mold;
    God broke the mold, then made Jacqueline Susann;
    MAILER will advise God what molds he’s trying on.”

  • A neighbor

    Inconsiderate neighbors! The house will eventually be a single family home. Lap pool, elevator, garage etc. Construction notices went out in 2013. Crazy!

  • Daddyo

    Talked to contractors the other day. Single-Family home, near completion (next few months), doing interior finishing work. Pool in basement, not open to public especially BHB commentators!

  • Arch Stanton

    Not so much, just bigger expenses, new roof, new kitchen….

  • Arch Stanton

    So roll em up Jeffery, lead the way…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    You’ll never notice the roof leaking if you’re busy enough staring at the amazing new painting underneath it. ;)

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Went to the sector police meeting it was attended primarily by community leaders. The attack on the woman and near riot at High St were gone over. Many other subjects were discussed like now that e bikes are illegal, when are we going to see some enforcement and when are they going to be gone? Burglaries and other crimes against property were discussed.

    But the big news is that because of the new sector supervisor/officer program, the regular officers in the sector B, Brooklyn Heights, NOW have individual cell phones and you can call them directly when you see anything which should be acted on immediately or in the near time frame.

    The sector B Bklyn Heights officers cell access number are:
    Officer John Condon cell (929) 920-1544,
    Officer Donovan Hunt cell (929) 334-6247,

    If you see or have any concerns about the downtown Bklyn area you can call: Officer Simpkins cell (929) 375-7059.
    or call Officer Airubyai’s cell (929) 990-5587,

    Your information can easily save a life or end a serious danger situation. Please help by becoming involved.

    Hey, folks, this is light years better than 311 where you call and then wait to see if your complaint or observation gets through the layers of departments and petty officialdom till it…may…be acted upon…

  • Reggie

    During the baseball post-season, I heard that the Park Slope Ale House was sold, which was once under the same ownership as Henry Street.

  • Reggie

    Per the precinct webpage on, Condon and Hunt are in Sector Adam and Simpkins and Alrubyai (correct spelling) are Sector Charlie. This is better than 3-1-1 but f you want to save a life, call 9-1-1.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Keeping these officers informed of developing conditions are, as I think you well know, exactly how we can stem situations BEFORE they reach a level where 911 is unavoidable.

    The best medicine/healthcare is preventative folks.

    Question: why isn’t this basic, critical information NOT being promoted or even made available by the BHA or any of “our” major community “news” media?……..