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  • Cranberry Beret

    Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is not long for this world (at Fulton Ferry Landing)

    “BBP is seeking proposals from qualified operators to develop a food and beverage concession at the Historic Fireboat Station Concession located at Fulton Ferry Landing, where the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is currently located. There will be an optional information session and site visit today.”

  • Jorale-man

    What could be more appropriate for that location than ice cream? I wonder if they have their eyes on something more upscale and “foodie” oriented.

  • TeddyNYC

    Anyone else just heard a loud boom (around 2pm)?

  • meschwar

    That place is pretty good, but I don’t think they can withstand Ample Hills at the other end of the park. (AH being the best ice cream place in the world.)

  • BklynT

    Looking to cut the cord. Any Brooklyn Heights specific advice? Tall building facing WEST, wired for Spectrum and Fios. Do antennas work for broadcast? Any other ideas?

  • Banet

    The park recently took control of Fulton Landing from the state. As required by the park’s charter, all commercial spaces need to be competitively bid upon.

    They hope the best bid comes from the Ice Cream Factory… they just can’t give them a sweetheart deal. If they did, they’d catch endless flak for doing so.

  • Banet

    Have you been to the new AH in Red Hook?

  • A Neighbor

    Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory ice cream is the best. Chocolate chocolate chunk is practically addictive.

  • Kit

    I once tried an indoor HDTV antenna for my bedroom, East-facing window. I was really able only to get Channel 4 clearly, Channel 2 very snowy, and Channel 7 not at all. Channel 5 may have been OK, don’t remember as I didn’t use it long. Most of the channels that it did pull in–about 12 in total of the 50+ in the area–were the digital retro channels piggybacking on the main channel spectrum. If you have an Internet service and wi-fi, you may rather do as I did which was to get a Roku streaming device for the bedroom.

  • Eddyde

    I tried a digital antenna to no avail. Recently switched from Spectrum to Fios to cut down on costs, wish I didn’t as Fios has lousy TV channel options and the internet isn’t noticeably any faster… thinking of switching back to Spectrum.

  • gc

    Just got off the phone after my annual battle with Time Warner now Spectrum. Each year it’s the same battle to keep the cost down. This year’s increase was from the current monthly rate of $128 to the new rate of $157. That rate covers TV and internet with no phone. TV is without premium channels like HBO but does include DVR. The increase is in the neighborhood of 25 to 30% and seems excessive. The response this year sounds like a resounding NO to any relief.
    Anyone else have any recent experiences along these lines?
    Anyone else care to share what services they get and what they pay for them?

  • KBells40

    TV: “Spectrum TV Select” $64.99 plus $6.99 for the receiver; Internet: “Spectrum Internet w/ WIFI” $59.99 (incl. $10 bundling discount), plus assorted fees & surcharges = $147.27

  • Cranberry Beret

    It’s fine, but I prefer Ample Hills. However, it’s overpriced and the lines are too long. They fit right into BBP!

  • Craig price

    i use spectrum for $60 and then sling app – its about $26 – i get CNN and assorted other channels and nextflix for under 10 for movies and shows

  • Jorale-man

    Most of the networks have moved their antennas from Empire State to the WTC now, so the reception is much stronger in the Heights. I cut the cord and use both an indoor digital antenna and YouTube TV. With the antenna I get all of the networks clearly, PBS, and a bunch of random channels out of my east-facing window.

    YouTube TV is $35 and gives me news channels, sports, TCM, etc. There might be one or two things I miss but overall I’m very satisfied and happy to pay $100 a month now with Internet (vs. about $215 when I had Time Warner/Spectrum).

  • AEB

    Who is your internet provider, Jorale?

  • Jorale-man

    I use Spectrum for Internet – it’s been working fine of late. Pretty fast.

  • ttt

    Anyone see anything about this? (police in riot gear on Columbia Pl):

  • Emily Pulaski

    Saw those same fat middle aged cops playing soldier and about ten police vehicles. The NYPD is ridiculously over funded if they needed to send like twenty of their proto-fascists in to arrest one guy.

  • Herman on Henry

    I hope those fat middle aged cops never help you should you be in a time of need.

  • Emily Pulaski

    Oooh. Defending the incredibly powerful? How super edgy of you.

  • Bornhere

    He was an “emotionally disturbed person,” evidently threatening to jump. That he was “talked down” is a good thing.

  • brooklynbull

    Is it my imagination, or has the level of snark escalated recently on our little neighborhood blog??

  • Arch Stanton

    And I’ve been on vacation…

  • Herman on Henry

    I suspect you are a real piece of stool.

  • DIBS

    Isn’t it great that the amazingly stupid can have a political agenda here!!!!

  • Emily Pulaski

    Which piece? The seat or one of the legs? Or one of those leg cross piece sections? I hope it’s one of the cross sections.

  • Emily Pulaski

    Why is it “stupid” to criticize a group like the NYPD that is known to abuse their power and to harm minorities? The militarization of the police is a major problem in America today and it disproportionately affects minorities.

    Mockery, which is what I did, can be an effective way to “punch up,” as they say. And the NYPD is one group that deserves every last bit of criticism that can be hurled their way.

  • DIBS

    Learn the difference between criticizing and hurling your tired invectives, vitriol and political pablum

  • Herman on Henry

    The brown stinky piece that comes out your anus.