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  • MaggieO

    anybody know who was flying into the Wall Street heliport on Saturday morning? the double-prop military helicoptor sure was exciting to watch from the Chapin playground and Promenade!

  • meschwar

    Our esteemed president.

  • MaggieO

    how disappointing. i was hoping it was someone more interesting…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    What’s disappointing, he didn’t crash into the river…

  • Andrew Porter

    Wednesday already? Okay, you forced me to post another ancient BH postcard. This one is an actual photo, from after the St. George Tower was built. In the left rear distance you can see the Singer Building, still the tallest skyscraper ever torn down.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bbbd9a0dca95667336a2206eefd6244239c71efc6f0548eb4595a9d436400894.jpg

  • Jorale-man

    Has anyone been down to Pier 6 in the park and noticed how many stray cats there are living there? I see at least a couple every time I jog around the center garden. Hope they find a warmer place as the weather keeps getting colder.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Something to look out for: whenever you see two or three “HMX-1″ “white tops” (Blackhawk helicopters with noticeable green and white livery), as well as two or three Chinooks (those are the ones that look like flying buses with fore- and aft rotors, as well as two or three Ospreys (aircraft with rotating propeller nacelles at the end of each wing that permit vertical landing/takeoff), it’s a signifier that the president is coming or going from the heliport. We always have fun watching (and for the last eleven months, booing).

  • WhereBrooklynAt

    Does anyone know of any Christmas fairs at the churches in the neighborhood? I only found info for the Danish Seaman’s Church, which already had theirs mid-November.

  • Teresa

    Have tried to work without success with BPP to trap & neuter them. BPP ignores, just wants them gone/euthanized. Mama cat had kittens in the spring. There are three there that I know of: black/white, Tortie, calico. You can e-mail me at tagnyc@yahoo if you have more info.

  • Teresa

    There’s often a little market at St Paul’s on Court in Cobble Hill

  • Jorale-man

    Thanks for the info – that’s too bad. Maybe it’s worth a call to the Humane Society too.

  • Teresa

    There are groups in the community that are willing to care for them…but BBP doesn’t want them fed because they see the cats as a threat to birds.

  • Love Laner
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    I saw a sign there saying “please don’t feed the cats, they are being cared for by the BBP staff”. Another a lie, from park management, sadly, as expected.

  • Teresa

    Yeah, he’s part of that family, I think.

  • Teresa

    Hmm–that’s interesting. It’s been a while since I’ve talked to BBP about it–I gave up. But maybe they’ve had a change of heart. Would love to get them all spayed/neutered.

  • Banet

    They ARE a threat to the birds. Not to mention that cat food is rat food. As well as diseases in Sandbox Village and the volleyball courts as the cats use them as their litter box.

    Sadly, the park is no place for cats. You’re welcome to adopt them into your home. If not, they have to go.

  • Andrew Porter

    There’s another event at the Brooklyn Historical Society the weekend of the 16th-17th.

    There was a Christmas Fair at the Unitarian Church a week ago which I knew absolutely nothing about. Got there literally 10 minutes before it was over. They told me they’d told The Brooklyn Paper, but no one else, alas.

  • Andrew Porter

    Remember the discussion about what’s happening with the building at the corner of Clinton and Schermerhorn? Friday, on the way home from Trader Joe’s, I saw there was a sidewalk shed going up around the place.

  • Bornhere

    Which building??

  • Jorale-man

    I noticed that too (it’s the gutted building with the upper-floor windows missing). It looks like they’ve got big plans for the place. Check this out: https://149clinton.com

    It looks like the place had some nice original wood details that were probably destroyed, judging by the Streeteasy listing. https://streeteasy.com/property/8360695-149-clinton-street-building

  • Teresa

    It’s not that easy, for many reasons. When cats are removed from one location (no easy task), others generally move into the vacuum. And with the cat colonies at the piers south of the Park, there is no realistic way to keep BBP free of cats. Best solution is for the colonies (which are now small) to be managed (spayed/neutered/fed) to stabilize them.

  • Banet

    I disagree. If you remove them and stop feeding them I think there will be no more cats.

    I say this for a few reasons:

    1. There are very few stray cats and outdoor cats in the area in general.

    2. The park was cat-free for many years. (I suspect these cats settled there because someone is feeding them regularly. I also suspect the overgrown wildflower meadow is perfect habitat for them to hide.)

    3. I have experience with this. A friend bought a house from a crazy cat hoarder. 65 cats lived in the house and the entire block was overrun with strays. Once the 65 we’re gone, another 25 strays trapped and removed, and the 10 pound bags of cat food were removed from the sidewalk regularly then the cats problem was solved.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    “Threat to birds” So what? it is simply nature in action.
    I spent my tot years in the Pierrepont playground sandbox (1960’s), with plenty of cat pooh, hypodermic needles etc. No one ever got sick or died, get a grip.

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

    I also saw him last weekend. Unlike the others, he was not avoiding human contact. A park worker was telling a couple standing next to him that he was to be removed on Monday because “he’s too friendly.” The worker said cats were abandoned in the Park by “heartless people.” If the cat was “removed,” I hope it was to a good home, or to a place that would help him find one.

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

    They told me, and I posted about it here: http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85179

  • Teresa

    I wish they’d work with us. It’s so frustrating that they won’t.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Thanks, but how on earth did you find that?

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

    I remembered reading it years ago, so I did a Google search for “adlai stevenson cat and bird.”