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  • aeshtron

    Black Lives Matter : )

  • Matt

    I’m sure its been discussed before. But best Pizza around the Neighborhood *(non-brick oven)? Fascati’s? MontyQ’s? My Little Pizzeria? Pronto Pizza?

  • Jorale-man

    I see the Pier Two uplands are finally open down in the park. And the picnic peninsula has reopened. I haven’t ventured down yet (a little leery of the mask-less, no distancing runners) but it looks nice from above.

  • Love Laner

    We always get My Little Pizzeria and I think it’s quite good but I’ve been thinking of trying Fascati’s because it has so many loyal fans. MontyQ’s has nice ‘artisinal’ style pizza (with plum tomato sauce) vs NY style. Haven’t tried Pronto yet!

  • Heightsguy77

    Fascati’s is #1 in Brooklyn Heights, by far. It’s a real NYC slice and is better than the tourist traps down the hill in DUMBO. It’s not the best in Brooklyn (I say Difara is, then F & F and then Lucali), but it’s a damn good slice. One thing, though. I think it needs a sprinkle of the garlic powder to make it complete. ENJOY!

  • meschwar

    I like Pronto.

  • Andrew Porter

    After nothing happening for many months, more work is being done on 124 Columbia Heights, the former Jehovah’s Witnesses building. The windows on the west side of the building have been removed, and the inside looks even more bare than before.

    Here’s what the building looked like when it was being built in the late 1940s, when the Promenade itself wasn’t finished:

  • Andrew Porter

    Here’s another photo of the flowers around the Heights, from my walks in search of local replacements for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Love the ironwork, and the arrangement. Whoever the gardener is, my compliments! Click to enlarge:

  • Reggie

    I hated my time on the school’s cross-country team and was much happier after I quit long-distance for no-distance running.

  • B.

    It’s sweltering from below. All those paths paved with black tar; without a harbor breeze it’s awful. Not as bad in the garden areas or where it’s paved with cement, but they take you only so far.

    Spouse and I walked from Joralemon to Bargemusic last week, and we remembered why we swore last summer not to walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park when the temperature’s above eighty degrees.

  • Jorale-man

    Interesting. The lack of shade in the park probably won’t be improved until the trees grow up…a lot. I suspect it’s what Central Park or Prospect Park were like in the 1860s or ’70s.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I’m a Fascati man but let’s not forget about Lucali in Carroll Gardens which was rated #1 in NYC and #2 nationwide according to one poll. Highly suggest you try it.

  • BH Mike

    Thanks for reminding us every Wednesday. I think we got it.

  • CassieVonMontague
  • Banet

    All of the paths that were previously “chipseal” and fairly light in color have been replaced with black asphalt. It must increase the temperature dramatically. The park sweats the color will fade within a year but I don’t understand why they couldn’t find a white or light grey or tan product.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Fascati’s has a yeasty-flavored, crisp crust. Good oregano flavor and not too much cheese

    My Little Pizzeria is a great version of what i think of as the “Ray’s-Style Slice”: heavy on the sauce and cheese with a chewy crust.

    I swear MontyQ’s gets worse every time I try it.

  • gc

    Our favorite is the “Supreme” round pie from My Little Pizzeria.

  • B.

    Precisely. And in most places there will be no trees that can possibly span and shade that wide expanse of asphalt.

    Prospect Park never had black tar roads until fairly late in its history.

  • Brett Cooper

    Table 87!

  • Reggie

    Mike, you might—It could have been half as long.—want to read Ibram X. Kendi’s, How To Be An Antiracist. In brief, there are racists, people who think they are not racists, and anti-racists. What we should aspire to is the last class of people. If you in fact have “got it,” then you can just click the up-carrot on aestron’s post and be on your way. Your comments indicate that at best, you are one of those people who believes themselves to be race-neutral but whose behavior indicates otherwise.

  • Andrew Porter

    Article in The Brooklyn Paper here:

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    This is very sad news once again. An era of the Heights is vanishing. Her contributions to BBP were outstanding, highlighted by the placement of her beautiful carousel which has brought great joy to many little ones over the years.

  • Cranberry Beret

    My condolences.
    I saw Jane and David Walentas out walking and enjoying a weekend afternoon in Dumbo about a month ago. It stuck in my mind because while I used to see them all the time in the neighborhood about 10-15 years ago, I haven’t seen them recently, and chalked it up as another topsy-turvy sign of this pandemic era.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Nice pic, where’d you find that one?

  • Cranberry Beret

    I haven’t noticed any heat-related issues on my outings in the park. But, I vaguely recall reading that the asphalt is “temporary” – they removed the original product because of some issue or other, and intend to come up with a permanent solution (maybe now that the construction is done?). Does anyone else remember this?

  • BH Mike

    See you are implying that I’m racist for calling out someone who posts the same stupid comment every Wednesday. That’s an accusation of low hanging fruit where you can’t come up with a more valid reason. I would wipe my butt with the pages of the book you suggest I read.

  • Reggie

    Thank you for confirming that you really don’t get it despite the use of those very words.

  • KXrVrii1

    So per your logic, unless I read your book and aspire to be an anti-racist in accordance therewith, I am either a racist, or a person who thinks I’m not a racist?

  • Reggie

    Not at all. One reason I recommended Kendi’s book is that he explains the conceptual framework in (too) many more words than I can in a comment on a blog.

  • Andrew Porter

    I don’t remember. I rename photos, put them in folders. This is in my JW folder inside Brooklyn Heights inside Architecture. Just make sure I don’t post from places like the NYT, etc.