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  • Jorale-man

    The metal barriers at the top of Joralemon and Hicks are similarly ridiculous. They’re usually pushed aside and traffic drives down the street as it pleases. The more problematic thing is, you really need to walk in the street along that stretch if you want to achieve any social distancing with your fellow pedestrians.

  • aeshtron

    Nope, you didn’t see “a very peaceful protestor with a bat hit a policeman over the head”

    What you saw was disgusting criminal violence that I and many others unequivocally condemn.

  • Monty

    Anyone know where I can buy dry ice in the area?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Singer Building was the tallest. Just kidding. Never saw that picture before. Beautiful building. Thanks for posting. By the way, I worked for Bankers Trust for 6 years at One Liberty Plaza it’s replacement. Ugly building.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    Don’t disagree with your point. Just noting that in this case, certain arrests appear to have been warranted.

  • BH Mike

    Blue lives matter

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    I did read the article.
    For the most part, people in city housing etc, will need to rely on mass transit to get to Red Hook, Which is one of the most inconvenient neighborhoods to access by said system.
    Yet another white-elephant from the de Blazahole circus…

  • Odessey

    When I walk up Joralemon I try to put them back in place unless a car is coming through. Which is about half the time.

  • Jorale-man

    I suspect it’s (at least partly) a way to drive down demand – to keep the crowds at a safer level this summer.

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

    As far as removing comments or banning commenters, I have no power at all, other than to say something to those who do, which I do rarely (usually when someone posts commercial spam). If I did have such power, I’d use it sparingly.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Short film, Cobble Hill: The Personal Touch by Greg Joblove, featuring neighborhood businesses including Two for the Pot, Damascus Bread, and Fish Tales

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG_aBJjEaik

  • CassieVonMontague

    The Bay of New York Looking to the Narrows and Staten Island, Taken from Brooklyn Heights (1820–25) by William Guy Wall, courtesy of the Met.

    https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13112

  • CassieVonMontague

    2020 Census response rate for the neighborhood is about 60% See the map below. The worst response rate in the neighborhood is 47% for the area west of Hicks south of Pineapple to Joralemon. SOMEONE TELL MATT DAMON TO FILL OUT THE CENSUS!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e3f323e6de74dab9ff5ec796f10003023421ba73f756c1b63c0b59ddfa0525d.png

  • TeddyNYC

    They could’ve also done that with a free reservation system like the High Line is doing.

  • Jorale-man

    Agreed. I liked the convenience of getting to the island from here. Good to hear that about the tickets though. Before, it seemed they’d pack people in as tightly as possible before the boat would leave. This might be a little more orderly if anything else.

  • Cranberry Beret

    For the discerning buyer who has $10,825,000 at their disposal and wants all of Hicks Street to peer into their living room through the old store window, we offer you:

    https://www.brownstoner.com/sponsored/brooklyn-heights-historic-district-homes-for-sale-50-hicks-street-elevator-fireplace-sauna-safe-room

  • AEB

    I bemoan the loss, in the building’s former life, of the window display the ground-floor tenant concocted to delight all passers-by. Dolls or other miniatures would change with the seasons. Not quite kitsch and certainly not hip, but thought-through and expressing a particular personality.

    The building now is schizophrenic: a very modest exterior enclosing a would-be Versailles.

  • aeshtron

    My favorite part of this listing for 50 Hicks is the “ballistically raided walls” in the master suite. The easy critique is the difference between raided and rated. It seems questionably wise to give the location of a safe room in a public real estate listing. Finally, ballistic protection varies widely, the two most relevant measures are the muzzle energy and number of rounds it can withstand.

    I began firearm training about age nine. The dystopian future is now : )

  • BH Mike

    Blue lives matter

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    If I recall correctly, the resident who lived in the “window display” apartment prior to the Asian residents was an eccentric and lovable French lady who, if not mistaken, had siamese cats that use hang out in the window to the delight of all who passed. I also seem to recall her displaying children’s clothing in the window. Anyone go back long enough to recall?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Cassie, I realize the painting is identified as being in Brooklyn Heights but the location looks more like Carroll Gardens.. This makes sense since Bergen Hill is in Carroll Gardens. I could be mistaken, though.

  • Michelle T.

    Yes! Her name was Fern. She used to sometimes approach me as I was walking my then baby in her corner. That was some 18 years ago.

  • CassieVonMontague

    I was imagining the windmill is the foot of Joralemon, and the little house on the jetty farther down was Atlantic ferry.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Michelle, thanks so much. Yes Fern, now I recall. Now I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

  • AEB

    Let us note as well that, according to the listing, the building offers “an accessible entrance.” An amenity indeed!

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I assume by “accessible entrance” they are referring to wheelchair accessibility.

  • Andrew Porter

    Gorgeous structure, replaced by ugly box. Another reason Landmarking (which saved the Heights!) was approved.

    Postcard showing Cortlandt Street, with Singer Building at far right:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/238dd5463e634805d497b953cfd9f7e0f1b2980de58e1a08e3c0cbee35f34778.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    Claude is God, but fortunately he’s benevolent. Usually. He’s also channeling Homer Fink…

  • Georgia Fee

    She was a seamstres