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  • cool

    Fair enough. Person was rescued – good news. I took ‘climber’ at face value.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Fog signal sounding last night? Anyone have any info about where it is, who is in charge of it? I first noticed it last year. Is it with the ferries?

  • Reggie

    I enjoyed Campanella’s book very much but would caution prospective readers that it is not a liner history of Brooklyn. It is a series of deeply researched historical topics that, the Battle of Brooklyn notwithstanding, are generally overlooked.

  • Reggie

    Good work by NYPD Special Ops; Emergency Services, Harbor, Aviation.

  • Andrew Porter

    I was wondering why, after weeks of no helicopter noise, we were treated to the hovering helicopter noise for so long. Saw the story on the 11pm CBS News.

  • Andrew Porter

    There’s a foghorn at the Battery in Manhattan; you can hear it here when the conditions are right. A wonderful, mournful sound, reminiscent of the city’s maritime heritage.

  • Sandy McCroskey

    The little candy store on Montague carries it. I sometimes give in to temptation, but there is a helluva lot of sugar in that concoction.

  • Arch Stanton

    It was the B-53 Salvage Yard, operated by the NYC Department of Purchases.
    Not only office equipment but vehicles, hospital equipment and just about anything else the city no longer had use for. The junk was sorted into piles of different metals, Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, etc. and then sent to be recycled. My friends and I spent many fun times there, climbing the piles of twisted metal, seeing what was the largest thing we could dump into the river and of course liberating various treasures, some of which still I have to this day!

  • Banet

    I hear the Staten Island Ferry foghorn every 30 minutes — at :05 after and :35 after every hour pretty much 24/7.

  • Heightsguy77

    Did anyone hear what sounded like a bomb last night (Friday night)? It was seriously loud and scary.

  • CassieVonMontague

    That’s the ship’s horn signaling its leaving berth. I only hear it every hour on :35 since they’ve reduced service.

    The tone I’m talking about is an electronic beep and sounds every minute during fog conditions. It was going early Saturday morning. It’s strange there’s no information about it online.

  • Bornhere

    Yes. It was loud but weirdly mellow. But really loud.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Is it possible that this is related to my fog signal? Is there a fog signal cannon somewhere in new york harbor?

  • Bornhere

    I have zero idea what a fog signal cannon is (I’ve lived in the Heights my whole life, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard one), but whatever this was made me think explosion. I heard just the one “boom” and no others (and I heard no emergency vehicles, either). Maybe this will be the aural equivalent of the Case of the Maple-Syrup Smell. (I’m also trying to remember what time it was, but it was well after midnight.)

  • CassieVonMontague

    Could also have been a railway torpedo. It’s an explosive they put on railroads in fog conditions to notify trains. On a quiet night, we could’ve heard one from very far away.

  • Reggie

    I haven’t had one in years but the pairing of espresso and incredible amounts of sugar is what a Manhattan Special is all about. If I recall correctly, they use a super fine sugar.