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  • StudioBrooklyn

    On Sunday we stopped by Brooklyn Only Foods and were devastated to learn that As Of Now gallery is now no longer, as of last Saturday.

    We were told its founder, Austin Siegert, had become too busy with another professional commitment, but it was also implied that a lack of success had spurred the decision to close. This latter reason was surprising, of course, considering the short-lived gallery didn’t completely seem to have been conceived as a commercial enterprise, so much as a purely cultural one.

    Either way it serves as a reminder to support your local artist community, especially if you like their work!

  • Chris Bastian

    TAPERIA PERSIAN GRILL seems to have closed again. Anyone know what the situation is?

  • Cranberry Beret

    Anyone see a hawk this morning in the North Heights? Or maybe a chupacabra? I heard a thump against the house around 8am…had a chance to investigate 30 min later and discovered a pigeon with its head ripped off that had been dragged across the yard.

  • CassieVonMontague

    There is a Cooper’s Hawk that hangs out at the end of Pierrepont and I think it flies down to the park. Lots of hawks this year.

  • CassieVonMontague

    The backyard on the east side of Henry at Montague continues to be a mess. Now that the concrete wall is down, it’s even more visible: yard waste, discarded tools, and garbage. And it’s infested with rats. Their nests and holes are visible next to Henry Street.

  • Arch Stanton

    Pardon my ignorance but what “Gallery” are referring to?

  • Arch Stanton

    Who remembers the Ice vending machines that used to be there?

  • Arch Stanton

    Yeah that place is cursed.

  • DIBS

    I’ve seen them devouring pigeons in the cherry trees in that lttle strip of park by the entrance to the A & C trains.

  • Still Here

    We have a Cooper’s Hawk that visits our deck (Fulton Ferry) in search of tasty doves. The A. T. White Center on Willow Place has had a Cooper’s Hawk this past summer feasting on pigeons.

  • Mary Kate

    Recommendations for laundry service in Brooklyn Heights? Fifth floor walk-up with no facilities. I’ve used all three apps with service in the neighborhood…Cleanly, Fly Cleaners, Wash Club, all three have lost/damaged my laundry and dry cleaning more than 3 times (i believed in second chances). I need someone to pick up and drop off the laundry to the fifth floor.

  • gwc

    Maintaining the $2.75 fare for occasional users while increasing the monthly fare by 5% and eliminating the 5% bonus for multiple ride purchases is a real slap in the face to the MTA’s best customers and NYC residents.

  • AEB

    What part of the Heights are you in? I’ve used Plaza Cleaners at 64 Henry (near Orange) for years for laundry and dry cleaning and can certainly recommend them for the former. They pick up and deliver, same day. And owner Jason’s a sweetie.

  • Mary Kim

    The restaurant is open. I was there yesterday and they’re open today. I’m rooting for the place. The food is fantastic. Please patronize them.

  • Mary Kate

    Montague Street. This is helpful, thank you!

  • StudioBrooklyn
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  • stopdankaufman

    Please beware of the Brooklyn resident in this Post article and share widely. He has been conning New Yorkers for 10+ years.

  • Arch Stanton

    Me thinks the basement space is probably not legal for public occupancy. That’s more likely reason its closed.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Or for the “speakeasy” business model? When I met Austin he did tell me he had a few other irons in the fire.

  • Jorale-man

    Brownstoner has a brief summary of the Brooklyn Heights Association’s meeting here. Apparently the city hasn’t responded to the alternate proposals for the BQE redevelopment, which doesn’t sound too encouraging:

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    Most people – and I really think that’s 90%+ – would be glad that there was NO FARE INCREASE when an “authority” has been running huge deficits for ever … and because both the Mayor & Governor are VERY “pro-labor,” it’s safe to say that the $2.75 covers a constantly smaller and smaller pct of the true cost of a ride.

    For a long time, it has been said that the poorer one is – and we’re not even talking about “genuinely poor,” the harder it is to buy rides in quantity, … so the discount effectively made rides cheaper for the more affluent – dubious in my book and most decent people’s.

    Last, the whole subway/bus system has been nicked – a la yellow cabs – by Uber, Lyft, etc. “Death cycle” strikes me as apt!

    Most ways one can measure things, the top half of NYC folks economically are experiencing “good times” lately. Since they CAN AFFORD it and sometimes MUST be places on time, they are NOT taking public transit some percent of the time. It adds up to $millions – and makes for traffic & pollution problems – so holding the line on the base fare AND upping revenue a few pct strikes me as a (rare) instance of govt being SMART!

    That all that new revenue appears to be earmarked to buy more screens for ads proves that the MTA is still too stupid for words.

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    Thanks for drawing attention to that piece. Remember, while the DOT and other govt arms sometimes pay lip service to “community input,” sadly, it’s phonier than a $3 bill. (Even more so when they KNOW their core position is 180 degrees off from community preferences!)

    Add in their NOT BEING “nimble” – and that’s my understatement of the week – and I’m not sure your pessimism is warranted.

    If the electeds put their constituents ahead of currying favor with Mayor Bill – if he sticks with sticking it to the Heights – the BHA “design” (rough as it is) will simply HAVE TO GET a work-up re cost and projected const. time added or saved.

    The other 2 key determinants are how vocal and unified and non-elite the Heights comes across as being … AND – ironically – what leverage the Heights elite DOES HAVE at this point in time. I don’t think I’m overly cynical in saying that money talks. There wasn’t any to speak of in that LIC housing project re the Amazon deal, but there’s enough in the Heights for “the pols” to take notice. Obviously, however, if folks at 360 Furman, Pierhouse and elsewhere decide they prefer the DOT plan and are vocal about it, that would change EVERYTHING.

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  • gwc

    There has been a FARE INCREASE.
    As of April 21 weekly fares will increase 3%, monthly fares increase 5%, and multiple trip passes will also jump 5%.

  • Arch Stanton

    You mean he wasn’t planning on making a living with the gallery :)

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    I think we can agree that if the subway got 3-5% better – in terms of that many fewer delays to take one example – it would be well worth it.

    Are you really going to FEEL that increase? I believe you can apply for a subsidy – or is your real beef that you don’t have a driver and have to share the ride with working people? … Or are you unable to read carefully?

    I emphasized that the “base price” was being kept constant, and I emphasized that there’s a valid public policy reason to equalize things so that poor New Yorkers don’t pay a ridiculously larger share – do the math re $5.50 a day for a person making $15/hour – than do the likes of poor ol’ you!

    Find something real to whine about. Shouting “greed is good” went out of style quite a few years back.

  • gwc

    I’m not willing to assume that poor New Yorkers are unable to do the math and buy a multiple trip pass for anything more than $5.50 and save 5%. We’re on the same side Nomcebo.

  • gwc

    Of course that savings will be gone after April 21.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Right?? Seriously though I wonder if there isn’t enough of an art collecting community in Brooklyn Heights to sustain a very small gallery that features local and emerging talent, especially if its overhead is exceptionally low. As with larger galleries, it’s a matter of cultivating a network of buyers, which takes more time and dedication than someone with another gig would necessarily have.