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  • Cranberry Beret

    Obnoxious parking land-grab alert!

    Apparently The Bossert hotel isn’t reopening in any of our lifetimes. (I heard a rumor that the owner has no intention of finding yet another potential operator, and they’re currently trying to sell out.) Yet they’ve already convinced the city to expand the “No Parking – Hotel Loading Zone” out front on Montague St. The hotel loading zone used to be just 1-2 spaces in front of their awning. Now it extends halfway down in front of Key Food. Those extra spaces used to be free parking once the daytime grocery store truck loading restriction ended, but now the spots are reserved 24/7 for the ghosts of hotels past.

    Cue the picture: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9f62990bcabdb1272a099a0fa8a298c19c9020a1d14060cce3cf7d77986de58.jpg

  • Banet

    I’m amazed Key Food let this happen. To me, it looks like the city was lazy and didn’t want to put a new sign post in at the border between the hotel and the supermarket.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Overheard a builder complaining that the contractors they hired have no idea what they’re doing. Plumbing is a mess, renovations are slow and sometimes have to be redone. It’s the Great White Elephant of Brooklyn Heights.

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    Is there actually any truck loading during the day in front of Key Food? Honest question as I’m not typically in the area in the daytime. Just asking because almost every night there’s that giant monstrosity of a semi truck parked either on the sidewalk or in the intersection of Henry and Montague. I’ve always assumed that truck was deliveries for Key Food.

  • Teresa

    Love the photo, Claude…

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

    That truck you speak of delivers to Starbucks.
    Yes, Key Food gets 1 or 2 semi trailer and numerous small truck deliveries every day.

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    Good to know, thank you!

  • Jaquelyn M. Scharnick

    What’s the best tailor in the neighborhood? Any recommendations you have would be gratefully received.

  • Jorale-man

    In South Heights news, I see there’s going to be an Amy’s Bread shop moving into the space formerly known as Tazza.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes the whole thing is shady. Fact is, the original loading zone was ridiculous. Technically the Bossert was still classified a hotel when owned by the JWs, because they used it for transient use. But it was private (notwithstanding the few rent-controlled hold-outs who were always there). So I don’t see why they needed a loading zone any more than any other big private residential building with people coming & going all the time. (Notice how all the fancy doormen buildings in Manhattan stick cones & fake signs out front of their awning spaces, but you can park there legally if you can withstand the death glares from the attendants.)

    The zone got reduced a little when the city built a neck-down at the corner a few years back, but NBD because like I said, the JWs shouldn’t have had it anyway.

    So now that a real hotel was coming, I don’t begrudge them a couple of spaces for loading – but it should’ve been the spaces already reserved. To add a bunch more spaces isn’t necessary. And of course, the timing is ludicrous, since that place is going nowhere fast.

  • Andrew Porter

    Reported in last Wednesday’s Open Thread, complete with photo.

  • Jorale-man

    Ah, I missed it. Thanks!

  • gc

    It appears that the pop up pool is being torn down at this moment.

  • DIBS

    Lung’s Cleaners on Henry has always done superb work for anything I gave them.

  • Mary Kate

    Packages stolen from 7 Montague Terrace, from the locked entry way. Vandal captured on camera. Unclear how he made it in the building.Watch your deliveries! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/641c97d6f8f38056759d6b49e2ef3d165251b83a92674288a25ae9a20546c0ed.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/341c7f5317271052b014c7c95b9abd268c7e81f0aa513c1cce75f7b8a8b0558e.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    The Urgent Care at 109 Montague, formerly home to the used book store and before that the pharmacy, has closed. Maybe the fact that there are at least 3 other urgent care places within a few blocks was a factor.

  • Eddyde

    The place was terrible. The “doctor” I saw took notes on a piece of paper towel (I kid you not)! When I went to pick up my prescription it was wrong (the pharmacist sad it was norma for that place), so I went back to the “doctor” to get it straightened out, he had me sit next to him at his computer and show him the correct items, common asthma meds, nothing unusual.
    Good riddance.

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