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  • Cranberry Beret

    Yesterday morning both sides of Hicks St between Clark St and Love Lane were parked up, as has been the recent habit during the pandemic alternate-side parking suspension. Except yesterday was supposed to be a day when parking rules had resumed. There was a large semi-trailer stuck on Hicks at Pierrepont, who couldn’t get by because the street was too narrow with cars on both sides. A traffic cop walked by and declined to give tickets to anyone parked illegally on the street’s east side, or otherwise do anything about the situation.

    NYC, wtf?!

  • gc

    Wear a MASK!
    This means you!
    Health care experts are pleading with us to do it.
    How hard is this to understand?

  • cranberry

    and wear it to cover your nose as well as your mouth or it does nothing!

  • JaneonOrange

    Has anyone noticed that the fire department has opened fire hydrants with sprinkler caps? I have seen two sprinkling away, but alas with no children playing in them. I am wondering if it is a sign of the new times; that parents don’t push their kids out the door….I remember whenever there was one open in the heights when I was growing up, the word would spread and kids would come running…..

  • AndyHeights

    I couldn’t agree more. There is a reason that parking is only allowed on one side or the other of the narrow streets of our neighborhood. It is a hazard blocking the streets with cars parked on both sides. I agree that tickets should be given and cars towed who ignore the parking regulations on these streets.

  • AEB

    I’ve seen such a sprinkler being used–it’s located on Middagh, just a bit south of the Harry Chapin Playground. Kids were cavorting in the spray, surely an old-timey scene.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Daily News Op-Ed by the the senior minister of Plymouth Church, Brett Younger: “Churches, rise up against racism”

    https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-churches-rise-up-against-racism-20200630-5anexxwqrvcznnwbveefxw2npu-story.html

  • CassieVonMontague

    “How 4 families are talking to their kids about racism”

    https://nypost.com/2020/06/30/how-4-families-are-talking-to-their-kids-about-racism/

    Seven-year-old Grayson Hurd has had a front-row seat to the recent Black Lives Matter protests from his window in Brooklyn Heights.

    “He’s a very inquisitive kid,” says mother Lisa Roberts Hurd, 47. She says that Grayson has been asking questions about the protests that have taken place at nearby Borough Hall.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yep.
    The worst part about it is the random enforcement on these blocks. Sometimes cops write a ticket even when parking is legal (albeit due to the confusing rules which I’ve mentioned here before), other times like yesterday when the parking is obviously illegal they do nothing.

  • Andrew Porter

    Good photo, Claude! Taken, I presume, just after the deluge yesterday afternoon?

    I went out last evening to mail a couple of letters, and, lo and behold, first on Clark, then on the Promenade, saw my first fireflies of the summer! A welcome sight, especially as I’m one of many here in BH exiled from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden since it shut down in March. Have missed Rose Night, Summer Members Hours, numerous visits there.

    One BBG member I used to hang out with was an excellent photographer, Tom Vullo, who succumbed to Covid-19 in mid-March.

    Her’s another photo I took recently, from the garden in front of the house at the corner of Remsen and Montague Terrace:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f523f860d3e215f57f4bde4b9ab4d8916c81aab22fe91aabbde011e012bf04e.jpg

  • KXrVrii1

    Not quite Brooklyn Heights, but building collapse appears to have just happened on Court St. and Union. Randomly linking a tweeter with the most photos, no idea about their credibility:

    https://twitter.com/JBN/status/1278430973064097795

  • Jorale-man

    That explains all the sirens this afternoon. That’s across from the Marco Polo Restaurant.
    https://abc7ny.com/building-collapse-brooklyn-carroll-gardens-fdny/6289390/

  • Cranberry Beret

    Around 2pm, there was also an explosion in an electrical vault in the sidewalk on Hicks St just down the block from Engine Co 224. Lots of smoke, and lots of emergency vehicles.

    I wonder if either event is due to the torrential rains?

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    Thanks, Andrew. I took that photo after another deluge last week.

  • meschwar

    And while we’re on the subject…

    You can talk on your phone while wearing your mask properly! The other person will hear you just fine! I promise!

  • Teresa

    The same was true today on Clark and on Hicks.

  • Bornhere

    It didn’t “blow up,” but it did collapse after structural compromise had been identified months ago—and worsened more recently.

  • diego

    Anybody else getting annoyed by the one-quarter sticks of dynamite going off late at night, or nah?

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    I was on a run yesterday morning on Clinton near Joralemon, wearing a mask, and a stranger screamed, “COWARD!!!” at me. Sadly, this is where we are. Thanks, Trump.

  • JaneonOrange

    My son and I rescued one from the lower level of the Henry street garage–have seen more this year than a few years ago. Hope they are coming back!

  • SongBirdNYC

    M80’s were ambient noise in my suburban NJ neighborhood during the summer so I hardly notice them. LOL. I lived about 8 miles from Picatinnay Arsenal too-so we heard big booms all the time because they were testing muitions.

  • Andrew Porter

    Maybe they mistook you for Noel Coward?

  • Andrew Porter

    I saw the building report on the news yesterday evening, and froze it. Structural problems and complaints went back to the 1990s. Like 100 Clark Street (which is still in limbo) this was a collapse decades in the making.

  • Luke Finn

    I was reminiscing about the first restaurant that I worked in,The Clover Hill and found a closed thread with a few people who remembered it. It is true that it was at both 151 Montague street and later moved to Court st. and Ginny Hoyt was the owner. To me, an under confident, somewhat confused 22 year old in 1987 it was the beginning of a 33 year career as a chef, and what a great place to start. Clover Hill was both stylish and comforting, walls covered in local art. The menu was innovative,eclectic and approachable. Ginny hired very good chefs, some of whom unfortunately succumbed to the aids epidemic, but all served as mentors who left indelible footprints for how I would plan my career. Ginny set that off herself with one comment to me that has stuck with me through the two and a half years I worked for her and pretty much through my life, simply stating that I could be very good at this. I have hung on to that statement through the many ups and downs since then, but one thing is for sure that Clover Hill was the beginning for me and in the back of my mind when opening my restaurant 10 years ago in Maplewood,NJ, complete with local art hanging on the walls.

  • B.

    Con Ed’s and Verizon’s endless drilling, MTA repairs on elevated subway tracks, munitions testing — these are the sounds of men at work.

    Playing with fireworks from 8:50pm until 3:30am — every night for four weeks — children in men’s bodies at play.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Update: the situation seems to have normalized. No one had parked on the east side of Hicks when I walked by during the day. In the evening, a few cars were parked there, and there was a NYPD Traffic car onsite writing tickets.

  • Bornhere

    If you live anywhere close to street-level, EVERYONE can hear! :)

  • Mk

    Sad news- Cranberry’s is closed for good. Announcement and memories posted in their windows.

  • austin

    Does anyone know what’s up with State Street closing from 9-4 next week?

  • austin

    Does anyone know what’s up with State Street closing July 7-9