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  • David Rutman

    I moved from BH in 1984 after 9 years, living at 3 addresses within a 2 block radius. One of my favorite restaurants was Mr. Souvlaki on Montague. Is it still there?

  • CassieVonMontague

    It closed in 2006. It is still missed dearly by the neighborhood.

    It’s now a Hanco’s Vietnamese Sandwich shop, which is very popular at lunch time.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Now that it’s cooler, I was so excited to open my windows. But now I have to listen to the Pier 17 concerts at the South Street Seaport. I swear the speakers must be pointed in a way that the sound bounces right into my bedroom.

  • Andrew Porter

    Okay, here’s the very last image courtesy the Municipal Archives. It’s from 1935 and looks north from the top of 16 Court Street. Incredibly, almost every building is gone, with the exception of the Tillary – Washington St (now Cadman Plaza East) – Johnson Street Post Office complex. Click on it to see it at full size:

  • Jorale-man

    An update just went out on the plans to redo the walking/biking paths in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Among other plans: “more frequent signage will be installed to indicate the bike path and the pedestrian path” and “the cobble rumble strips will be removed.”

  • Fritz

    Bike path on the bridge is a waste of space and dangerous to ped’s. Maybe 1/10 of the numbers of people as walking, no limit on speed. The guys with the helmets who pedal downhill are the worst. Bikes should be diverted to Manhattan Bridge, not far by bike and much more room.

  • meschwar

    I agree, but he was talking about Brooklyn bridge PARK bike paths.

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, I agree too. I’m all for cycling but riders need to accept that the Brooklyn Bridge path is foremost a walking experience (and the riders who yell at pedestrians who stray onto the bike lane need to take a chill pill).

    OTOH, there’s room in the park for both groups, provided these changes make the two paths much more clearly labeled.

  • steven424

    There was talk at some point about installing pedestrian walkways on the I-Beams above the roadways. This is certainly a viable solution since the support structure is already in place and the additional loading would be minimal. Implementing this plan would open up the center path to bi-directional bike-only traffic.

  • aeshtron

    Close an automobile lane on the Brooklyn Bridge and give it to cyclists and charge a toll for all east river crossings : ).

  • Arch Stanton

    Yes the city was supposed to do a feasibility study for a walkway in that space. However, those beams are not designed to take any significant vertical load. If such a walkway were built, it would require those beams to be replaced. Also not sure of the landmarks implications,

  • Arch Stanton

    The Manhattan Bridge is not good for bikes if the destination is downtown or on the westside.

  • Arch Stanton

    Better yet, charge all non residents $10 to access the Brooklyn Bridge walkway.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    There’s been an enormous crane parked in the “No Parking Anytime” zone on the north side of Pierrepont street immediately to the east of Henry for something like a week now, untouched for work purposes. Probably not great for emergency vehicles, such as ladder trucks, looking to make that left turn off of Henry.

    What’s the statute of limitations until I can claim it as a “found object” for an artwork?

  • Claude Scales

    If you sit on it for ten years and nobody throws you off, it’s yours.

  • Local_Montague_Man

    totally agree. very annoying!

  • Betty

    What was going on at Bossert last night?

  • Peter Murchison

    Why is Starbucks on Montague closed these days?

  • DB

    Electrical problems.

  • steven424

    Agreed. The east/west streets to the west side and the Hudson Greenway are not the most bicycle-friendly

  • Heights Newbie

    The party boats are waaaay worse. Sounds like a dance hall in my living room … and they usually swing around 2AM!