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  • aeshtron

    Black Lives Matter : )

  • W.R.

    What an appalling horrible continuing saga for how people of color are treated unjustly and brutally. The injustice has to end and thank god so many of us are mobilizing and acting. At the same time, and this thought is not inconsistent, I love the 84th Precinct. They are diverse, and have been nothing but professional and overall awesome in my experience. I’m grateful for our precinct.

  • BH Mike

    We heard you the first time.

  • meschwar

    I wonder how many days the Christopher Columbus statue at Borough Hall has left.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Just another stage in the peripatetic statue’s life.

    “Merchant and art patron Marshall O. Roberts presented this statue to the Board of Commissioners of Central Park in 1869, but they did not choose to install it. In 1934, it was discovered stored in the 97th Street maintenance yard in Central Park. Parks’s chief consulting architect Aymar Embury II (1880–1966) designed a new stylized limestone pedestal consisting of a fluted column on an octagonal base, and the statue was installed that year in Columbus Park (formerly Mulberry Bend Park) in Chinatown. In 1971, following the renaming of the southern part of Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn in honor of Columbus, the statue was moved to its current location in front of the New York State Supreme Court Building.”

  • meschwar

    How dare you make me look up a word. Show-off.

  • MaggieO

    not sure it really sank in though, BH Mike.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Rich

    Yes, please…I need to hear it again!

  • CassieVonMontague
  • CassieVonMontague

    The “last remaining townhouse development site in Brooklyn Heights” is for sale on Joralemon.

  • W.R.

    Like I said – they’re awesome ;)

  • Reggie

    You mean, when Michael Brown was killed? Or are you referring to the late-60s? You’re not going all the way back to Reconstruction, are you?

  • Reggie

    Are you referring to “peripatetic?” Not only a word that doesn’t really have a ‘five-cent’ equivalent, it just sounds good. It’s got staccato!

  • Cranberry Beret

    I watched the BBC video that was posted here last week and it mentioned the Verizon store on Montague was damaged, and I see the store window is boarded up. Was this store looted or just had its glass broken?

  • Tara Quinn

    I used to feel protective of the Columbus statue, as it was made by Emma Stebbins, and female sculptors were rare in the 1860’s. However, my feelings have waned.

    Its placement was encouraged by the president of the Italian American Historical Society of America, John N. LeCorte, who spent much of his life fighting prejudice. There is an article in the NYT from 10/10/71 that cites his efforts to get the statue in place, and a piece from the Society about LeCorte here :

    Just as the statue bolstered those from humble beginnings from places like Columbus’s hometown of Genoa, a new name for the park and statue seem suitable a half century later. I looked at it for a long time today and at the people in the park.

    I’m sure the statue inspired many over the years, but I support a change.

  • Andrew Porter

    I think damaged by would-be looters.

  • Andrew Porter

    Yesterday I watched Ode to Joy, a 2019 romantic comedy starring Martin Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin. It’s running on Showtime.

    Extensive shots in the Heights, including at Aitken Place, the Promenade, Montague Street, the Fruit Street Sitting Area. Uses the exterior of Borough Hall as a library, with interiors shot inside the Othmer Library at the BHS.

  • Claude Scales
  • Andrew Porter

    Stopped at Vineapple today; they said they’re having a soft opening this coming Tuesday, selling mixed drinks to go.

  • Remsen Street Dweller
  • Andrew Porter

    Art by George Ault from the 1920s shows Manhattan from the Heights:

    Original post in Ephemeral New York is here:

  • Karl Junkersfeld