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  • AEB

    OK, mail delivery–again.

    I’m in the north Heights.Over the past week or so, I’ve received only two pieces of mail. Well, a letter and a magazine, Several calls (one, even, to my carrier, whose number, luckily, I have, but who is on vacation) plus another to the local PO, yielded no explanation other than “everything along the delivery line has slowed down.”)

    So–has anyone else had this experience? Please say yes–I hate being singled out in this way.

    PS, I’ve not received the usual monthly bills from Verizon or Con Ed, which means I’ve had to go online to find out what I owe. Infamy!

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

    The Repugnicans have been wanting to bankrupt then privatize the PO for decades, undoubtably they are trying to seize this opportunity to deliver the coup de grâce…

  • AEB

    Our local PO is a nightmare. Duh. A trip there recently meant waiting with no one–no one–visible behind any of the service windows. Were these folks on their lunch hour? Had no one shown up that day? Was anyone still employed there? There was no one to ask.

    I waited–what else had I to do? Finally, about forty minutes later, one worker slowly made her way to her post.

    I of course understand these are, shall we say, unusual times–and the PO workers face ridiculous risks. However….

  • Cranberry Beret

    We’re in the North Heights. We’ve been receiving mail (incl Verizon bills, small packages that come with the carrier and not the package truck, etc), but a few days have no delivery. TBH, this is par for the course when our regular carrier is on vacation, and not new for COVID times…our local PO’s entire last-mile sorting & delivery operation seems to be highly dependent on the regular carrier and when that person is away, the system breaks down.

  • Reggie

    Only by way of comparison, I stopped by Cadman Plaza Station recently to pick up a package. The line was short (and maintained social distancing) and there were 3-5 window clerks and someone expediting outside the windows. I was in and out in a flash. I have heard that roughly a third of the station staff have called in sick.

  • AEB

    Thanks. That’s helpful.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    As you know, I live across the street and my mail delivery has been fine.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Combined Quay Tower penthouse sets Brooklyn sales record at $20.3 million. It went into contract in October, and they had a virtual closing.

    https://nypost.com/2020/04/15/how-brooklyns-priciest-apartment-ever-traded-hands-despite-coronavirus/

  • CassieVonMontague

    There was a concert from cars on Columbia Heights. I missed it.

    https://www.pix11.com/news/coronavirus/musicians-bring-concerts-to-streets-of-nyc

  • AEB

    You may have a different carrier, Karl. I know this sounds implausible, but sometimes carriers only work one side of a street like Hicks.

  • aconcernedneighbor

    Perhaps this has been posted but what restaurants remain open for takeout/delivery? thanks.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    True, good point.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Had a great takeout from Henry;s End last night. The steak was perfect delivered by a service called Cavier, free of charge.

  • rdgesq

    Does anyone know where one can get a haircut in the Heights now that all the places are closed?

  • Teresa

    Han’s on Clark St. is closed for the foreseeable future. Understandable but a bummer.

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

    It’s DIY for the time being:
    https://www.flowbee.com

  • CassieVonMontague

    What is that loud scraping noise Thursday morning on Pierrepont?

  • SongBirdNYC

    Here’s a list of Montague BID’s restaurants and businesses that are open:

    https://montaguebid.com/businesses/

  • CB

    Anyone know how the owners and staff of Cranyberry’s are doing? I know they’re closed but I’ve been thinking about them.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Kusher Co faces squeeze over former Watchtower properties (with the awful name “DUMBO Heights”)

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-16/kushner-cos-faces-squeeze-in-brooklyn-over-wework-coronavirus

  • aconcernedneighbor

    thank you!

  • GHB

    Gristede’s is charging $7.99 for a 2 oz. bottle of sanitizer. The regular pharmacies are charging around $2.00 for the same. Doesn’t surprise me, but it pisses me off.

  • Jorale-man

    Any ideas on where to buy an elusive face mask in the area are much appreciated. Amazon appears sold-out of everything for weeks and Jorale-man isn’t crafty enough to own a sewing machine.

  • aeshtron

    There are street vendors selling masks, gloves and hand sanitizer on Fulton Street near Jay street as well as near City Point. Surgical masks are going for $5-$8 per mask.

  • CassieVonMontague
  • Jorale-man

    Thanks very much! Sounds like I may have to venture over there.

  • Dan Coe

    There are lots of homemade ones on Etsy.com too. Not medical-grade but still better than nothing!

  • aconcernedneighbor

    We just ordered disposable ones from Walmart. Took two weeks with a slight delay in shipping. We’re also planning to order some more stylish (ha!) washable masks for the long term, but I’m still investigating that.

  • aconcernedneighbor

    Oh no! That is sad. Such a nice family.

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