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  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Hi neighbors—which local cleaner does the best job on small area rugs for the best price?

  • Andrew Porter

    Wednesday calls for another image courtesy the Municipal Archives. Here’s Henry & Middagh Streets in 1961, looking east. Replaced by 140 Cadman Plaza West:
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  • Andrew Porter
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  • Ppont

    There was a robbery at gunpoint on Willow and Cranberry this past week at 11pm. Thoughts?

  • gc

    Car looks a bit like an Edsel?
    1961 is around the right time.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I guess our socioeconomic system is broken.

    Was this an invitation for a slew of remarks about how nasty things are, the good old days, the bad old days, our neighborhood vs. the world, kids who don’t live near enough playing ball on Pier 2 and teenagers walking down Joralemon? How much money does it take to have a regular middle class existence in New York City right now? How many millions of dollars per year?

    It’s awful that it happened to someone. That’s a terrible trauma to have to live with. My heart goes out to them. Robberies happen because desperate people make bad decisions. Who’s to blame? Any of us can go online and look at which politicians we’re electing, how we’re financing education and social services, and then figure out from there where to point the blame, if blame is what we need.

    Meanwhile I’m still trying to figure out where to take my rug for cleaning.

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    Alright friends who are getting out of dodge for a long weekend…who wants to lend a poor sap like me with no view the keys to their place that has a great view of the fireworks? I’m 100% serious and will gladly house-sit & for you!

  • Bornhere

    Arch Stanton/Jeremy: Where are you guys? Look at this image!

  • Fred Restivo

    I have met a number of my neighbors on Clinton near Poerrepont and on Monroe who all report that a series of apparent dust and strong odor discharges have increasingly occurred near the new building being constructed at the site of the old library Clinton and cadman. I have had the same experience but with a metallic smell and taste, others on my floor facing the new building say the same. Makes you wonder why no independent group is doing any fair sampling whatsoever.

  • Jorale-man

    It does feel like BH has gone downhill lately. Even as more affluent people constantly move in, the neighborhood mirrors the city at large: there’s less frequent garbage collection, more trash on the sidewalks, less vibrancy among stores and restaurants, people absorbed in their cellphones. Or maybe I’m just ready for a change of scenery.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Much more harmful and dangerous (usually odorless and invisible) dust is coming from renovations of old brownstones and buildings built before 1980 which are 99.9% of the buildings in BH.

  • Banet

    Have you contacted the contractor about it? Called the DOB via 311. If it’s truly a problem for you then doing one of those is much more likely to get you relief.

  • Mary Kim

    But you’re a pirate. Who in their right mind would give their keys to a pirate?

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    311, DOB – yes, they do come and do NOTHING.

  • Andrew Porter

    Reported wrongly by The Brooklyn Paper as Willow Place, not Willow Street. Said they fled toward Middagh.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve noticed that the new building has turned that block of Clinton into a wind tunnel. They’re currently putting outside weatherproofing, windows and cladding on. Possibly some sort of chemicals are involved.

  • Buzz Gundersen

    1962 Plymouth Valiant

  • LongtimeHeightsResident

    In the 80s, the building I live in now in the North Heights was notorious for housing a drug den full of dealers and addicts.

  • Ppont

    I don’t think we’ll get undesirables living here any time soon but they’re certainly comjng in and taking note of what’s available by force. Time for cameras and neighborhood patrols in my opinion.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    You mean developers who flip rentals, turn out middle class tenants and replace them with millionaire condo-hipsters who order everything from Amazon and Chewy and for whom money is no object, right? Or do you just mean people who don’t pick up after their cigarettes or dogs?—those people have been living here for generations. Please clarify.

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

    You rang sir?

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    Touché.

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

    “desperate people making bad decisions” Ah, the classic limousine liberal point of view. Having actually known people who have done such things, I can assure you it has nothing to do with the preverbal “thief who only needs a loaf of bread to eat”. People who rob others at gunpoint are for the most part sociopaths with no regard for you or anyone else. Think, extreme ego, power trip and self entitlement, to get a better perspective of these types. Born poor they may become armed robbers, born rich they may become president.

    Sorry, I don’t have a recommendation for your rug cleaning predicament.

  • Andrew Porter

    Thursday night, immediately after the fireworks, saw a woman using the stairs down to a basement on Willow as a urinal.

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

    My kind of gal ;)

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

    AKA, Life under deBlaz-a-hole.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I didn’t say they make bad decisions because they’re desperate. I meant that robberies and muggings happen because of a complex multitude of factors that boil down mostly to vast socioeconomic inequality (sociopathy may play a role but I’d bet that’s a byproduct, not a root cause), of which anger and entitlement are also symptoms. I see only victims in these occurrences.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I’m a relatively recent transplant to NYC (in my tenth year here—never felt more at home anywhere else), and BDB makes me want to vomit, but surely this phenomenon isn’t endemic to his administration? It seems to me that NYC has been sowing the seeds of inequality and lack of diversity on a broad scale since before Robert Moses.

  • HeightsGuy77

    There’s never an excuse to stick a gun in an innocent person’s face to rob them. The vast majority of poor people don’t commit violent crimes. The few that do are making an unnecessary choice to be violent. Getting robbed like that ruins many peoples lives. They fear for the rest of their lives; they develop PTSD; they pass the fear onto their own children and the cycle continues. To do that to someone connotes a sociopathic lack of empathy. Or the robber is just a degenerate human being. Sorry, once you decide to be violent, there is no “victim” there!