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  • Teresa

    Does anyone know whether the former Peas and Pickles is corporate-owned or a small business?

  • Arch Stanton

    I wonder if Cuomo I haunted by serious error he made in closing LICH, as he now scrambles to create hospital beds.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    You wonder if he is haunted by completely unforeseeable circumstances? Probably not.

  • Arch Stanton

    “Unforeseeable circumstances” Uh no, health professionals have been warning of a possible pandemic and we had some close calls in recent history SARS, etc. It’s the job of our elected officials to prepare for these kinds of emergencies. Not to bankrupt a perfectly good hospital for real estate interests, and undoubtedly lining their pockets. That being said, Cuomo is doing a good job in this crisis.

  • Jorale-man

    On the bright side, if we go into a deep recession (or depression) maybe those high-rises that are slated to go up in Cobble Hill will now be a thing of the past.

  • TeddyNYC

    Yeah, I can definitely see Fortis rethinking this project if we enter a full blown depression.

  • Concerned

    Not sure, but it tried to price gouge me $29 for a bottle of hand sanitizer 10 days ago. That is bad neighbor imo

  • Arch Stanton

    Maybe they’ll go into the hospital business…

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    It appears that SARS & COVID-19 (and probably many other nasty bugs) originated in the wet markets of China. At this point international community – G7, European Union, etc – has to put pressure on the Chinese to shut them all down for good. I don’t think we will do very well if hit again with COVID-20/21….!

  • Andrea

    It’s not them that is price gouging it’s their distributor. They a family run business.

  • CassieVonMontague

    A bit of a diversion:

    The most expensive residential property to go into contract last week was 38 Hicks for $3.5 million:

    In 1970, the New York Times wrote about the neighborhood’s efforts to keep the building and No. 40 next door from being demolished:

    At the time, the building had already sat empty for 60 years. The owner found a buyer willing to spend $44,000 if the buildings were first torn down. A historian estimated that it would cost $250,000 to fully restore both buildings and half that just to make them habitable.

  • Reggie

    LICH was bankrupt before the closure. It was not bankrupted to further real estate development. And although malls build as much parking as needed at Christmas, no one mothballs hospital beds for a once-a-century pandemic.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Apparently Sahadi’s is calling everyone in their rolodex to notify them about delivery options. My Google Voice always does an enjoyable transcription. Here’s how their voicemail message started:

    Hi, this is Mia and I’m calling on behalf of the hotties, and we understand that the answer quite hectic in Brooklyn right now when it comes to the grocery shopping, and we want to reach out to let you know that our store is available online with freedom that you can shop with us online at Mercado.

  • Reggie

    By “the hotties,” I assume Mia means the guys working in the bulk goods area. Sometimes, I need to go home afterwards and take a cold shower.

  • KXrVrii1

    Didn’t there used to be a little poultry wet market around Columbia and maybe DeGraw, near the waterfront. Used to run down there, and on a warm day I had to cross the street early to minimize the stench…

  • Cranberry Beret

    It was bankrupted by gross mismanagement and lack of state oversight.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Sadly the one on Henry Street has already topped off at 15 stories. Here’s hoping the even taller ones on either side of Hicks Street won’t go up.

  • Reggie

    That is true too, but the statement that some entities, with the support of Cuomo “bankrupt[ed] a perfectly good hospital for real estate interests” is not true.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Only poultry – no bats, rats, snakes, dogs, foxes, badgers, foxes, civet cats, pangolins, etc…

  • Tim & Micki

    Jack the Horse Tavern has started a GoFundMe page to support it’s staff who have all been laid off during this difficult time. This link will get you there

  • Rick

    Anybody else not getting your US mail? We haven’t had a single piece of mail in 2 days, and we normally get quite a bit (even if most of it is junk and goes straight into paper recycling!).

  • Mary Kim

    Thanks for the heads up. I will post now.

  • heightsdude89

    Did anyone else see that the Squibb park bridge is almost completely rebuilt? Interesting timing.

  • W.R.

    It was likely human error. Sterilizers not working fully, day to day research occurring (not weapons related), project flushed down the drain and virus went into the river. This is not a conspiracy theory. I’ll bet it comes out that this is China’s Chernobyl.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    As it is I will forever now refer to Sahadi’s as The Hotties

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Whatever the cause of this tragedy was, the entire world is paying the price now. The Chernobyl disaster was made by the Soviets and they owned it, Corona, on the other hand, is the world’s problem. The Chinese started the mess but ironically seemed to have ended up relatively unscathed.

  • AEB

    Call the supervisor of our local PO on Tillary:

    André Berry
    718 855-0292/0912

    If he’s there, he’ll be helpful.

  • El

    Yeah but H1N1 started in pigs – should we shut down all pig farms?? Nothing matters if our govts remain unprepared and incompetent…

  • KXrVrii1

    You sure about that? ;-)

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes, last Saturday very early in the morning they lifted the spans in place.