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  • Andrew Porter

    I noticed flowers blooming in front of buildings on the north side of Pierrepont Street. Climate change is a cruel master…

  • CassieVonMontague

    I’m trying to find out where George Foster Peabody (of his namesake awards) lived in Brooklyn. I found an article saying he lived on Willow Street, but I’m finding that his brother Charles was who lived in Willow. Did they both?

    Also, where in Brooklyn did the brothers grow up?

  • Claude Scales

    If you’re planning to shop at Lassen & Hennigs, it’s best to have cash. They add a 3.25% “tech fee” if you use a credit or debit card.

  • AEB

    Yet another reason not to shop at this hamster’s bottom of a “food” store.

  • Teresa

    Other stores in the neighborhood have done the same thing. The bodega in the Clark St. station has done the same, and I’ve seen the sign elsewhere, too.

  • AEB

    When I was in retail, admittedly a thousand years go, cards that charged us too great a service fee–American Express, if I recall was THE culprit–were simply not accepted.

    Making the customer pick up that charge for a basic convenience that benefits the merchant by far is, besides the obvious, tacky.

  • A Neighbor

    A friend, great cook, ate at Clover Hill last night – he said the food was great. So far, tasting menu, byo.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Gotta say I prefer this to stores that simply (and illegally) say “cash only” and won’t deal with you if you just happen to not have cash on you.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I think you’re being too unfair on the merchant esp. when it’s a small business.

    Lots of downside for the merchant, not just benefit: having to deal with chargebacks, letting the issuer take the interest, and of course the fees. I think a lot of times accepting cards is a necessary evil for benefit of the customer.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Menu looks great. Thanks for update! Hope they do really well.

  • bkguysheights

    It is completely legal to be cash only and decline acceptance of credit cards. This is inaccurate, even if I agree with your sentiment that it is inconvenient.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Have got to pay for their rent hikes somehow. That said, the place awful to begin with. I used to shop there until I found a dead fly resting between the slices of the cold cuts I bought there…

  • Cranberry Beret

    I think you meant to write “credit only.” That most likely will soon be illegal in NYC (city council passed bill in January, mayor has a few more days to sign, veto or allow to be law)

    Separately, some people are confused about the credit surcharges because that used to be illegal in NY State (except for gas stations) but last year started being legal

  • pierre

    $90?!!?!!!!! wow. It better be great!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I stand corrected, perhaps. I was under the impression that it was illegal for businesses to have a “limit” below which they would only accept cash, as many bodegas do.

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  • Arch Stanton

    Doing it openly certainly is tacky,. The way most businesses do it is by simply averaging into the price of the goods.

  • Arch Stanton

    Does anyone here remember when L&H was across the street, the the florist now is? They certainly have fallen far away from that wonderful old world delicatessen they once were. What a Shame.

  • aconcernedneighbor

    I am so done with them.

  • aconcernedneighbor

    Han’s Deli. Honestly though, that place is already overpriced WITHOUT credit card fees.

  • Andrew Porter

    If you can’t afford to shop there, or dislike the selection, no need to disparage what they do.

  • Andrew Porter

    A Gothamist article about boundaries of NYC neighborhoods here:

    Has a map of the Heights showing a weird extension east of Court Street. Also showing Bklyn Bridge Park as part of BH:

  • Cranberry Beret

    I’m sure the weird (and obviously wrong) blip east of Court on that map is solely attributable to the Transit Museum. Until about 5-6 years ago, they described themselves as located in Brooklyn Heights (even when they listed their address as corner of Boerum Place/Schermerhorn). This always seemed to me a bizarre choice on their part — holdover from the bad old ’80s/early 90s when the only way to lure Manhattanites to Brooklyn was to say “come to Brooklyn Heights”? Who knows…in any case more recently they’ve corrected themselves to say Downtown Brooklyn.

    As for Brooklyn Bridge Park: Brooklyn Heights sounds right to me.

  • cool

    This looks interesting:

    I can’t tell- is the only entrance from Furman?

  • Cranberry Beret

    Not sure. I wandered into this recently from Columbia Heights. Couldn’t tell if it was a permanent public entrance or just open due to construction.

  • Joey

    What, according to you, no one can offer their opinion of BH establishments on this board?