COVID-19 Open Thread

This is a special thread for the neighborhood to share information specific to Brooklyn Heights as we enter the “New York State on PAUSE” phase starting on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

Let us use this thread to be helpful or to ask for help only. Other general comments, complaints, musings, and ventings can stay on the Wednesday open thread.

Did you order in from a restaurant and have a good experience? Share here. Do you need to do that grocery or pharmacy run (still allowed under PAUSE) and wonder when is the best time for optimal social distancing? Ask here.

Do you have an uplifting anecdote that’s come out of this global crisis? Comment away!



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  • Mary Kim
  • Jorale-man

    Looking out my window, I see a fairly constant stream of people walking by. I wonder where they’re all going? What brings someone outside today? A few appear to be carrying tote bags with groceries, but not all. It will be interesting to see if this scene changes once the stay-at-home order officially takes effect on Sunday night.

  • SongBirdNYC

    The blog has unfortunately been made aware of price gouging at Key Food on Montague Street. Report any and all incidents to 311 or

  • AndyHeights

    While it may not be as “pretty” aesthetically, I so much prefer the Key Food on Atlantic & Clinton for many reasons.

  • Mary Kim

    If you’re going out for necessities, Lassen and Hennigs has some toilet paper and paper towels, and not price gouging. If you need, let’s not hoard.

  • GHB

    They seem to be doubling the prices of meat and poultry. Let’s remember this when life goes back to normal!

  • Teresa

    The former Peas and Pickles also had paper towels last night (Friday).

  • Teresa

    Walks, a cup of coffee, take-out…I’ve been delivering foster cats from the Cat Cafe.

  • Teresa

    Not surprised but definitely bummed.

  • Mary Kim

    Classic Fascati’s. I hope all the guys are okay.

  • Teresa

    Composting at NYC farmers markets is suspended until further notice

  • TeddyNYC

    You can still take a walk because my neighbor would go nuts if she couldn’t take a walk in BBP. She goes there everyday.

  • Arch Stanton

    I made hand sanitizer from Denatured Alcohol 75% and Glycerin 25%. Some websites say this isn’t a good formula but I have it directly from a PhD chemist it will work fine, however it may cause some mild but harmless irritation. That being said, me and my peeps have been using it for days with no issues.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    A simple solution to contain the spread of the virus is to enforce a simple but effective rule that would require everyone to wear a mask (preferably n 95) in the enclosed public spaces.

  • cranberry

    That would be great if masks were available. There is a shortage of masks even for the health care workers who are treating patients with active disease.
    A neighborhood MD

  • Susan O’Doherty

    There was a man selling masks outside 26 Court Street for $2/each last week.

  • Mary Kim

    Our building took up a collection to order in lunch for our incredible staff, who are coming in everyday and working even harder to keep the building clean. There’s been a terrific response, enough to provide lunches for weeks. This will also help keep local restaurants afloat, hopefully.

  • HGold

    I ordered masks from Etsy. Although they’re not N95, they will provide some protection. I feel it will help my family as well as small business owners who are struggling.

  • Arch Stanton

    It’s far from that simple. The masks are only marginally effective at stopping transmission and, as others have pointed out, practalllyunavailable.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    I think you still can get them, or make one yourself. As long as people wear several layers of tightly woven fabric over their faces, it should already slow down the spread of the disease….and that is exactly what we need now so the health care system doesn’t get overwhelmed.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    [In the recently updated guidelines for dealing with mask shortages, the CDC recommends that medical professionals “might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort” if other equipment is not available. ]

    Make one yourself, like you did the hand sanitizer. If a mask slows down the spread by 10-15% it will be MUCH better than nothing. But to be effective mask wearing should be universal in order to prevent one not only from contracting the virus but also from infecting others.

  • Arch Stanton

    The masks are good for people in close proximity with infected people like healthcare professionals and helps those infected from spreading it. But if you’re simply walking around outside or maintaining 6’+ distancing, they aren’t doing much. Yes wear em if you have em in stores etc.
    I am fortunate enough to have a box of N95 masks.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Exactly – that what I said in my original post: “enforce a simple but effective rule that would require everyone to wear a mask (preferably n95) in the enclosed public spaces.”

  • SongBirdNYC

    I’m helping with that too. I drove a kitty to Queens today.

  • MaryT

    On my daily short walks, I’ve noticed a build up of trash, pigeon poo and dog poo on sidewalks and in gutters. This cannot be a good thing.

    Does anyone know if the city plans to power wash neighborhoods? And soon?

  • Heightsman

    I spoke to them and business was way off. They said people in the neighborhood were scared to even have the delivery people at their front door. So if we had supported perhaps they’d still be open. Just sayin…

  • AnnofOrange

    Just notified that Boro Hall GreenMarket will be closed Tuesday (Tues/Wed citywide) so that officials can plan further control measures….anticipated to reopen starting Thursday.

  • Mary Kim

    Just edited original senior hours post with this:

    All Trader Joe’s: 9:00 am-10:00 am

    All Walgreen’s: Tuesdays 8:00 am-9:00 am (with discounts for 55 and over all day Tuesday)

    Also, Trader Joe’s staff “will maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers. This will ensure that those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store to help make their experience a more positive one.”

  • Lauren Tringali

    Disturbed by their behavior. Just was in there, and the are telling people no sales. Yet, there is a sale circular online from corporate website and yet most items that were on sale did ring up. This is concerning since some people may struggling and look to sale items.

  • KXrVrii1

    Aren’t the sidewalks the responsibility of the adjoining owners?