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Open Thread Wednesday 7/15/2020
Matt Damon closes entire Brooklyn Heights block to move into new penthouse
Blue lives matter.
Blue lives matter
“Lawyer, writer and fellow Heights advocate Claude Scales” and “fellow architectural archivist Karl Jungersfeld” get mentions in this extended obituary for Martin Schneider in the Eagle.
PSA: From the latest issue of Runner’s World magazine: “If your regular route is crowded, you should try to find a different route or adjust the time you run in the future for the safety of everyone. And if you don’t want to wear a mask when you run, you’ll need to find a route where you encounter no or few people and keep at least a six-foot distance from those you do encounter.” More here: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a32051593/wearing-a-mask-while-running/
The sawhorse closure on the corner of Montague Street and Hicks Street is a joke. Put there by the joke of a Mayor.
What’s with all the helicopters today?
The worst problem when walking or running in BBP are the multitudes who don’t stay to the right. It makes it impossible to keep any kind of distance, even among such wide paths.
According to an article about Governor’s Island in today’s New York Times, “The ferry stop to the island from Brooklyn has … been moved from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Red Hook.”
Meanwhile, here’s another recent photo from around BH: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/472aadccf63d1d729342614f8c8332577b7f18cf5cce2efbfc73af2215b1732c.jpg
Someone provided a response, but the blog “moderator” saw fit to cancel it as well as some other seemingly innocuous posts.
The article you’ve linked to has a number of errors, including that “… Jennifer Connelly live[s] there… It is the highest building in the neighborhood.”
You’d think they could do some fact checking, and maybe notice taller buildings within a few blocks.
“Stop the Violence” march across the Brooklyn Bridge from this side toward Manhattan, with arrests, according to News 4 NY on TV.
Yes. I wrote “Blue lives matter,” which riffed on the other comments that were deleted and was my indirect way of saying, the helicopters are NYPD Aviation monitoring protest activity on the Brooklyn Bridge.
I guess “open thread” is a misnomer
I wouldn’t want to be the blog moderator. In fact, I think Claude has a pretty gentle touch.
Relocating the ferry this summer is part of a larger plan to make “Governors Island … an affordable, local getaway for New Yorkers who need it most,” according to the Governors Island via The Brooklyn Paper. https://www.brooklynpaper.com/governors-island-to-reopen-with-brooklyn-ferries-moving-to-red-hook/
This drives me NUTS. It’s such a simple rule to follow, and is so helpful. I really don’t get it.
It should be pointed out that this doesn’t necessarily indicate any untoward behavior on the part of demonstrators.
This morning, on the Brooklyn Bridge, I was repeatedly threatened with physical violence by one of the pro-nypd protestors who followed me and intimidatingly came within one foot of me. Violence is the language of the incoherent. I also heard the “n” word used several times by a small handful of people. The vast majority of protestors on the pro-nypd side were well-behaved.
Some of the arrests were of protestors who were blocking the Brooklyn Bridge bound automobile lanes which were cleared for the pro nypd marchers. The nypd arrests, from what I saw, seemed carefully executed.
In the past , my comments on this blog have been deleted by moderators –specifically comments about finding several (what I believe to be) heroin needles in our neighborhood. The owners and moderators of any website have the right to curate what makes it on their website.
Spread Love : )
I had a run-in with Federal Protective Services this morning. What I find amazing is that the cops I have spoken with seem genuinely mystified by why many people, not just people of color or economically disadvantaged people, don’t trust them.
Channel 4 NBC news reported “Occupy City Hall” protestors tried to disrupt the march, which originated in Cadman Plaza Park, and several were arrested. I’m sure this will be on the news tonight.
Now I’m going to Trader Joe’s. No protesting or marching, just the long walk home, uphill, laden with food.
Horrifying article with numerous videos of cops behaving badly during numerous marches, etc., on today’s NY Times. Behind paywall, but here’s the link:
As is well documented on this blog, I’m a supporter of the peaceful protests and this movement at large. However, in today’s case, there is video of protesters hitting a cop with a large wooden stick on the Brooklyn Bridge, and bloodying up his face.
So move the ferry stop to one of the least accessible places for most New Yorkers, makes sense.
Agreed, it accomplishes absolutely nothing but aggravation. Just like the mayor himself.
A fairly obnoxious way to greet your neighbors.
The point I was trying to make was that we cannot use arrests as a quantitative or qualitative metric of civilian activity in any context. This is because police arrest people for all kinds of [often bad/harmful] reasons, with or without due cause or process, in their homes and in public alike, and usually with impunity.
I’m happy to talk about the various qualities of different kinds of demonstrators but that was not the focus of my comment.
Perhaps you need to read the BP article to understand what Governors Island is striving to accomplish with the change. Accessibility to the highest number of New Yorkers isn’t the goal.
I saw a very peaceful protestor with a bat hit a policeman over the head.