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  • Andrew Porter

    Alternate side used to be Tuesdays and Fridays on my block, cut back to Tuesdays only several years ago.

    Not that I have a car…

  • Andrew Porter

    Here’s another photo I took while wondering around the Heights. Photo from Remsen Street, just east of the entrance to the Promenade. Part of my continuing quest to look for flowers while in exile from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden:

  • gc

    Thanks to all for the excellent feedback.
    I called the doctors and in each case they were happy to explain all the precautions they have implemented but did not have much to say about public transportation. Neither visit concerns a pressing issue but both are in the nature of follow up visits that have already been cancelled once. Both offices suggested that I could cancel and reschedule if I felt uncomfortable with travel.
    On my way to senior hour at Trader Joe’s I stopped by the 4/5 train on Joralemon St. I watched 3 trains arrive . All were pretty empty (5 to 10 people per car). The platform was likewise empty.

  • Robert Perris

    Eleven years ago.

  • GHB

    Tell that to the parents of the little boy who sustained serious burns as a result of some a-hole taking “control of the streets”! Putz

  • B.

    Did you shoot them off continuously from 8:50PM until 3:30AM nightly for almost four weeks at a stretch? Did you and your friends take shifts?

    Rebelliousness is shooting them off once in a while for an hour or so. What’s happening now throughout the city is either deliberate aggression or a sort of imbecility.

  • Arch Stanton

    Nah, Usually during the day or early evening.
    I can’t speak of what’s happing now, I vacated NYC 3 months ago.

  • Jane Van Ingen


  • Andrew Porter

    Time flies when you don’t drive!

  • Arch Stanton

    Nah, Usually during the day or early evening.

  • Jorale-man

    Trying out a new slogan:
    Joralemon Street: Brooklyn Heights’s No-Face Mask Corridor.
    “Want to Catch Covid-19? Come on down!”

  • Odessey

    “Another factor is prolonged exposure. That’s generally defined as 15 minutes or more of unprotected contact with someone less than 6 feet away, said John Brooks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief medical officer for the Covid-19 response.”

  • Jorale-man

    I don’t doubt it, and the risks are fairly minimal. But the next part of that paragraph continues: “But that is only a rule of thumb, he cautioned. It could take much less time with a sneeze in the face or other intimate contact where a lot of respiratory droplets are emitted, he said.”

    So a poorly-directed sneeze by one of the mask-less folks on Joralemon Street could be all it takes.

  • Andrew Porter

    Yesterday coming back from Key Food on Montague, saw 6 teenagers walking close together, faces in phones, no masks, and yelled at them.

    Potential Darwin Award winners!

  • Jorale-man

    There’s no excuse now. We (rightly) hear about it 10,000 times a day now in the news media. Glad you yelled at them!

  • Cranberry Beret

    One of the main reasons certain countries have such low infection rates is because mask wearing is universal, as a cultural norm. There are no “you’re infringing on my liberties!” arguments, no unwinnable debates about whether 6 or 9 or 12 feet is too close or 5 or 10 or 15 minutes is too long.

    A big benefit of always wearing a mask is that it encourages and reinforces maximal community mask usage, not that it necessarily stops transmission in any particular instance.

    America’s rugged individualism and anti-collectivism have unfortunately proven to be VERY sub-optimal for pandemics.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Also sub-optimal for healthcare, fair taxation, infrastructure, social responsibility, democracy, etc.