Open Thread Wednesday

What’s on your mind? Comment away! (And we hope Storm Quinn doesn’t harm these budding crocuses.)

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  • AEB

    Weather hysteria: it sells. But it also adds its own layer of apprehension to a life that already o’er flows with it.

    Bah! Humbug!

  • Megan

    Now that Cooks Companion has closed, where can you exchange Soda Stream containers locally?

  • Claude Scales

    I’m glad you asked that question. My wife and I ordered one for delivery from Bed Bath & Beyond, but it didn’t come with any instructions on how to recycle.

  • CassieVonMontague

    I watched Bridge of Spies. The best parts were the scenes filmed in Brooklyn.

    The spy in the film had a studio in the Ovington Studios on what was then Fulton and now Cadman Plaza West, I’m guessing about where the now demolished library stood. Am I right?

    Sources say he also rented a room on Hicks Street. Anyone know where?

  • CassieVonMontague

    More delays at the Bossert. The company hired by the owners to operate the hotel has backed out. Now they’re planning on opening “this summer.”

  • CassieVonMontague

    If it’s raining, let it mellow. If it’s sunny, flush it down:

  • CassieVonMontague

    New Yorker review of Montero’s

    There was a bartender there, ex-lawyer I believe, that could really talk about the neighborhood. Is he still there?

  • JaneonOrange

    Never found anything local…I return them at Williams Sonoma in Manhattan…

  • Peter Darrow

    I suggested to the manager at Key Food that he pick up a concession and he promised to look in to it. Others might reenforce that with him. Or maybe the Variety Mart.

  • Uws2hicks

    Scaffolding at 70 Henry Street (old BK Heights cinema) is starting to come down. Too bad they didn’t get the windows in before the storm. Now when will the Hotel St. George scaffolding come down…..

  • Montague Resident

    Bed Bath and Beyond on Third Ave has a display with large and small canisters. 50% off if you return an empty. Same price as Cooks Companion.

  • Claude Scales


  • Claude Scales

    Good to know; thanks!

  • Andrew Porter

    They told me by the end of the year. I note the expiration date on the scaffolding has been extended several times; I think it originally said 2016. The stairs on the Pineapple Street side up to the setback were removed a few months ago.

  • Andrew Porter

    Wednesday, and it’s time for more BH stuff. I can report that all my postcard scans have been exhausted, but there are lot of photos I’ve taken over the last 50 years.

    Then there are BH artifacts, for instance these, from the St. George Hotel: (1 of 2):

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    They were talking about pee and poo, not rain and snow. However, the admonition not to eat yellow snow still stands.

    But you can play with them. Just make sure to wash thoroughly afterwards:

  • William

    When they were closing Cooks Companion said you could do them at Best Buy. I ended up contacting Soda Stream directly and they deliver new canisters and pick up our old ones for you, but you have to be home or have a doorman so this isn’t an option for everyone.

  • Eric

    Keep an eye on the snowfall from the 2 St. George Tower YouTube Live cameras

  • CassieVonMontague

    If you’ve got any color photos of BH from the 70s and 80s, i’d love to see them posted here. Such photos seem to be rare on the internet.

  • Ernie

    Alan passed about a year ago. Very nice person.

  • Claude Scales

    Really good; thanks!

  • CassieVonMontague

    A sad loss. He would point out all the knick-knacks on the wall and tell the story behind each one of them. He’d talk about when Frank McCourt lived in the apartment above the bar. A true neighborhood bartender.

  • Reggie
  • winchell’s cavanaugh

    PC Richards will do it

  • CassieVonMontague

    A tree fell on a car in front of 2 Grace Court.

    We’re lucky we don’t live in Westchester or Connecticut because service is suspended for the Metro-North Harlem Line, Hudson Line and New Haven Line.

  • D.L.W.

    I’ll ask the manager at Key Food too. Good idea.

  • AEB

    What, pray tell, is happening to the space once occupied by Tutt Cafe? At the moment there’s no identifying sign(s) out front (though there remains part of the word sandwiches, itself left from earlier days).

    Still Tutt? Or?

  • Cranberry Beret

    It’s still Tutt. They took down the awning with the name, haven’t yet put up replacement signage.

  • Andrew Porter

    Some links of interest:

    The Berkeley and Grosvenor, ‘Choice Apartments for the Luxurious and Refined’ in Brooklyn Heights [Brownstoner]:

    Vincent Viola plans to put a pool inside old Jehovah’s Witnesses property in Brooklyn Heights [Eagle]:

    Condo conversion of Brooklyn Heights Cinema moves forward [Eagle]: