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  • Banet

    With the torrential rain that is predicted for Halloween night, do you think we can collectively, as a neighborhood, decide to hand out candy on Friday night instead?

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    Courtesy the Municipal Archives, here’s a 1965 photo of Cadman Plaza West at Pineapple and Orange Streets, with all the buildings torn down and awaiting replacement by highrise buildings and other stuff:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b959a1dd111ebb50bb717b39935a90f2b94853593bd577dadb45ff9ad534965.png

  • MaggieO

    i think that would be a tough one. folks come to our neighborhood from other neighborhoods to trick or treat so unless there’s some kind of city-wide thing i think you’d just end up with two days of trick or treating.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    It is a terrible shame that the Garden Street Halloween Party may be cancelled. The attached video will provide some, who have never attended, with some insight into how special this event truly is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKDw3RB4oKM

  • Concerned

    Hi, with another intrusive and disruptive week long movie filming in the Northern Heights centred around a house on the corner of Orange and Willow Street s that appears to be engaging in commercial like activity on a residential premises by way of leading out the property to movie crews, does anyone have a suggestion how such activity can be reined whether it be through local community board involvement or zoning petition?

    Many thanks

  • Mlo

    Any idea what is going inti firmer Roebling space on Atlantic Ave?

  • Robert Perris

    Following the lead of staff in Council Member Levin’s office, I recommend that you email the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, summarizing all the filming that has occurred this year and requesting that the North Heights be designated a “hot spot,” where (if granted) future permits would be restricted for a set period of time.
    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/about/email-the-commissioner.page

  • KXrVrii1

    I don’t know if it is getting more and more crowded each year, but we finally lost interest in it… just feels like an assembly line for free candy.

    But definitely worth checking out at least once.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I’d write a note to the homeowner encouraging them to donate some of the film-shoot proceeds to charity. Perhaps this is a gentle way to make them aware that their neighbors don’t appreciate the constant disruption.We all know who they are, and agreed – they seem to rent out their house monthly.

  • KXrVrii1

    Does the Mayor’s office provide any access to their data on where shoots take place, or is one required to compile that information oneself?

    (Actually, just looked at the above link and one of the check boxes is “request for information”, so maybe you could simultaneously lodge a complaint and ask for information on how frequently that house is used for filming.)

  • Proto Plano

    NYT writes about Squib park 7.5 million dollar bridge debacle.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/nyregion/squibb-bridge-brooklyn.html
    The costs outlined in this article for building and repairing such a structure sound high. Can someone explain if there was a unique engineering challenge in building this bridge that justified the costs and repairs, or was it just bad engineering for what should have been a fairly straight forward design and build.

  • Walt

    Someone stole a couple of carved pumpkins from my stoop last night. What’s wrong with people?

  • Banet

    I just walked by Grace Court Alley and it looks like they’ve outdone themselves this year. I lost count after 100 jack-o’-lanterns.

  • Jorale-man

    I can’t address the bridge design itself but in the early days of Brooklyn Bridge Park there were a lot of design flaws and mishaps. The blog here even had a “Top 5 BBP Bloopers” post in 2014 that listed the assort problems. Among them was the bridge. For a stroll down memory lane: http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71189/

  • The Booper

    A 1960 Dodge stands in the foreground. I learned to drive on a 1960 Plymouth Fury III.

  • Mary Kim

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/942da973d832717f047bb992d2ce0563469669877ec0e09e7de4e40b3e1caa58.jpg

    I just want to say bravo! to this family on Grace Ct. who rented (?) a cotton candy machine to give the neighborhood kids an extra special treat this Halloween.

  • C.

    Another Italian restaurant unfortunately. This one, I believe, is from the people behind Colonie, though

  • Eddyde
  • Reggie

    I don’t think Plymouth used I, II and III to declare the level of trim package on Furys until a few years later but regardless, that is a lot of car in which to learn to drive. (Where’s DIBS? This is usually one of his topics.)

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    I think you’re confusing the Roebling space with the former Chip Shop space (excuse me while I dab my eyes with tissue after typing those words).

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  • Jorale-man

    Yikes. And presumably the park, too. Especially in the winter as the sun moves to the south.

  • Banet

    It was Grace Court Alley, it was brokers holding an open house, and they left a huge mess of spilled cotton candy cones that are blown all over the block.

  • Banet

    The Chip Shop space next to Colonie will be a wine bar by the Colonie people. Not sure about the Roebling Inn space.

  • H Ginsberg

    I would blame the “tourist industrial complex”

  • Mary Kim

    What a disappointment. Commercializing our Halloween on one of the streets that does Halloween best.

  • MaryT

    I complained a few years ago, and found the Mayor’s Office decidedly (and self-righteously) pro-filming anything, anytime, anywhere. The current long haul tractor-trailers, disguised as ‘trucks’ (as in the old, cute little Haddads) are a noisy, smelly, ongoing nuisance getting worse. Period.

    Why aren’t our representatives actively on our side? $$$?

  • DIBS

    I’ve never been a big MOPAR guy.

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

    A note? Might work if it was attached to a brick