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  • ykwthis

    Waiting for the triple moon event. Will it be visible from the Promenade?

    Hey uncle Claude, even on a single full moon a lot of the commenters here are out on firescapes Howling! So with this triplefecta what’s gonna happen?

    …Hmm, forget the promenade, I think I’ll hide under my sheets…

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    Forget the new tower where the library was. This is an Old BH Postcard showing what was there before the library:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb46ebcec525a11fe91efc782ab5eac44def6364fa831fd5929edb2ba341a8ef.jpg

  • MaggieO

    anybody know what’s up at Hill Country? their sign says “exciting things coming this spring” but there’s also a sign for retail space rental… so… huh?

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

    The place never seemed packed. My guess is they’re downsizing, maybe loosing the 2nd level?

  • Andrew Porter

    New York Post article about how PS 8 is trying to force out a kid with Down Syndrome:

    http://tinyurl.com/yafg4rlq

  • Reggie

    I think they are reformatting the main restaurant but letting go of the fried chicken annex.

  • Reggie

    Saturday will mark the first anniversary of the Notice of Appeal filed by Love Our Libraries (506046/2016), from whom we used to hear often. Shouldn’t there have been some action by now? Maybe there was but it isn’t reflected in the online record. Meanwhile, Hudson Companies are full steam ahead at 1 Clinton.

  • Teresa

    I was among the many who received a parking ticket on Hicks St. on Jan 17, when alternate side was suspended. Requested an online appeal and heard back in about a week: not guilty.

  • Banet

    Correct. Renovating the main space somehow but closed the take-out chicken place.

  • AbeLincoln

    That’s good news!

  • CassieVonMontague

    Any good sources for Brooklyn Heights and surrounding news? I just realized the New York Times has discontinued email alerts for local news.

    Maybe I’ll try a Google alert for “site:nytimes ‘brooklyn heights'” and I’ll see if that works.

  • regularmike

    Wow, that’s not a good look. It should never take a year to prepare an IEP under any circumstances.

  • AbeLincoln

    Seems like yet another NY Post hit piece on ps 8.

  • KXrVrii1

    The article struck me as a bit one sided with little facts. Also probably a situation where the parent can say what she wants, while the school is limited in its response due to confidentiality.

    Is it possible part of the delay is because the Mother is being difficult? My understanding is the IEP is an interactive process involving the parent. And while the goal is to keep children with disabilities integrated into the regular classrooms (the “Least Restrictive Environment”), the DOE acknowledges that children with “significant disabilities” may need to have more specialized programs that are not offered at every school.

    So perhaps part of the issue is the parent here is fighting hard to keep their child in a school that is set up for more moderate “inclusion” when they may need more specialized services.

    I am not unsympathetic to a parent trying to do the best for their child regardless of disabilities. And the DOE goal of “Least Restricted Environments” seems laudable, but at some point it does seem some students need more specialized environments, and I’m sure that conversation can be a difficult one between the school and the parent.

  • AbeLincoln

    IEPs are difficult and time consuming for both parents and school staff. It should be noted that despite it’s reputation, ps 8 is understaffed, overcrowded and underfunded. The staff they do have is stretched way too thin. It’s a safe bet that a lot of parents of children with disabilities at the school are experiencing frustration with the IEP process amongst other things. So I feel like it’s a little disingenuous to blame the principal entirely. I also wonder why this student didn’t enter the school with an IEP already in place. I too am very sympathetic to this parent. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to raise a child with special needs. Hopefully they find a resolution soon.

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

    Humm, could be the parents are engineering a lawsuit….

  • Reggie

    A New York Post article is one-sided? Incroyable!

  • gcarl

    Well, it looks like Friend of a Farmer is officially closed (not a moment to soon.) We all knew it was coming, but there has been a sign on the front door saying they were on vacation and would return on Feb 1. Well, they kept to their word, and they did return…to take the sign down. If you ask me, kind of a sneaky way to “skip town”, with their tail between their legs.

  • Banet

    The fact that the interior was stripped bare a week ago was my tip-off. ;-)

  • gcarl

    I thought, with the sign on the door, that they may be renovating.

  • StevoNYC

    The interior was cozy, but that was the only good thing I could say about FOF. The prices were high and the food mediocre at best (I always felt that way, even about the one on Irving). The thing that set the Heights location apart was the god awful service and the employee infighting. I must have gone 6 or 7 times (kept trying to give them a chance) and there was always drama between the employees. It’s a shame because there was so much potential now it will be another empty storefront.

    On another note, Gallitos is still closed and my guess is won’t be reopening which is a shame, because it was a solid option. Does anyone know the status? Montague street is looking real bad. I rarely see anyone in Ani Sushi and Taperia is consistently empty which doesn’t surprise me. How many empty store fronts are there now?

  • Banet

    Ani Sushi May be like Lichee Nut. Always empty but doing a brisk delivery business.

    Other empty storefronts include the old Starbucks of course and the Ricky’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if Emack and Bolio’s is next. I prefer them to Haagen-Daaz but Emack must do 1/4th the business as the old Connecticut Muffin. How can they possibly afford even the rent, let alone staff, utilities, cost of goods, etc??

  • Reggie

    + Subway

  • gcarl

    It would be a real shame if Gallitos closed. I think it is one of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve been to. The food is always great, and the prices are moderate. I agree that it is never busy when we go, and that is a shame. I don’t know why this neighborhood cannot support more decent restaurants. Do you think Height’s residents are not going out as much, or do they just not appreciate or want good food. As bad as FOF was, it was busy, but poorly run. Or do you think there are more young families than couples and singles, that just don’t go to places like Gallitos? What we don’t need are any more places like B. Good. I pray that Saketumi (also a great place with great food and often not busy) does not fold as well. Saketumi and Gallitos were my two faves in the neighborhood.

  • Teresa

    Very!

  • Teresa

    Glad to hear that about Saketumi. I haven’t been there in a long time–good time to go back.

  • Bornhere

    On the way home from work tonight, I saw an open and back-to-normal Gallitos. (And Taperia was really crowded.)

  • gcarl

    Great to hear. Thanks for posting.

  • lois

    I had been looking forward to Friend of a Farmer, but was very disappointed once it opened. I actually walked out one night – the staff was so rude. The odd thing to me was that it was often crowded! Oh well. I will not miss it, but wonder what will occupy the space.