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  • A Neighbor

    The Loft on Montague is not on the list of stores scheduled to close. There aren’t many Loft or Ann Taylor stores on the list – it’s mostly chains I haven’t heard of.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    That place has never appealed to me – not very clean (Key Food is even worse), and I noticed in the past some products past their expiration date still sitting on the shelves. Try Perelandra or Trader Joe’s

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Parking in the Heights during Pandemic

    I’m not a driver, so admittedly am not very aware of neighborhood parking rules and regulations. Before the pandemic, I always had guests visit me on Sundays so that could get a spot and it would be unmetered. Is Sunday still the best day for parking in the Heights? What about weekdays? Thank you!

  • HgtsShpr

    Yeah, we don’t drive, but Wegman’s is where we’re experimenting with delivery from via Instacart. So far, so good, if a little pricey in fees.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. This kind of unaware, selfish behavior is one of the reasons the USA is the Coronavirus capital of the world. Some Americans only know THEIR rights. Wake up — we have responsibilities, to others, too!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Wegmans limits the # of people entering the store, but I think the #s are too high. TBH it’s the one store where I’ve felt most exposed when inside. No one keeps distance. Esp. the Instacarters who zoom around like they’re on that Supermarket Sweep show. And even though the ceiling is super high, their dry goods aisles are actually fairly narrow. (Disliked that even before the pandemic.) They do a good job wiping down the checkouts, though, and sanitizer is plentiful.

  • Banet

    In general, so many car owners are away for the duration that street parking is very easy in the Heights during the pandemic.

  • Bornhere

    Which building is in the featured image?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Thanks for this helpful information!

  • Andrew Porter

    This has not been my experience at the Key on Montague. Are you talking about that, or the Key on Atlantic?

  • Andrew Porter

    I was on the Promenade several days ago, and there was a guy on an electric scooter—no license plate, of course—who drove off at high speed when I asked him, “So, does no bicycles also apply to electric scooters?”

    Meanwhile, another local nature photo that probably no one will take offense at:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92dd0106093aa7b28d0cc5ebb00134fe572410cd1bcbd854af06cde12d1d1daf.jpg

  • SongBirdNYC

    Cadman Plaza West. You don’t have to feed the meters on Sundays.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Thank you!

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

    I took that photo on one of my walks As best I can recall, it’s on Columbia Heights, on the west side. Unfortunately, I didn’t capture the house number in the photo.

  • Bornhere

    Thanks, Claude. I did a Google tour, from my Henry Street home and still couldn’t find it. And I pride myself on knowing almost every sidewalk crack, odd banister, etc., in the neighborhood….

  • Bornhere

    Thanks, Claude—I found it, after far too much time on Google maps! It’s 202, and the variation in color of the facade confounded me. Beautiful house.

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

    You don’t have to feed the meters anywhere in NYC on Sunday. Thank Bloomberg.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Cranberry’s mentioned in NYTimes article. An honor well deserved by Jim and family. Again, I must say I am still devastated by its absence.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/nyregion/coronavirus-small-business-nyc.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

  • Teresa

    It’s tightened up quite a bit over the last six weeks or so. In March/April, parking was a breeze. It’s become a challenge recently.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    In that case, would you recommend someone with a car visit on a Tuesday, a Friday or go back to the usual Sunday? Thanks for the update!

  • William Gilbert

    Well, when I used to walk my dog early in the morning Years ago, I used to see the owner of Cranberry’s stuffing his business garbage, donuts and the like, into the corner litter basket. Totally illegal. When I called him out on it, I was met with a reply of extreme anger and obscenities. What a low life. I never forgot what a f**k he was. Glad he’s out of business.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Really early one morning a couple summers ago we were stopped across the street, loading a canoe and cargo onto our car in advance of a camping trip. That low life (what’s his name? Jim?) came out and had the audacity to let us use their step stool—before we decided to order breakfast sandwiches and coffee—to better reach the top of the car. Terrible. Hope they’re replaced by a Dunkin or a nail salon.

  • Reggie

    Like all of us, Jim is a mixed bag. He was frequently rude to me and so I limited my contact with him. Anytime I mentioned this to someone, they (like StudioBrooklyn) had a counter story. Who knows? Too much or not enough coffee?

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Yep, I don’t assume he was nice like that all the time. I will say that every interaction I ever had with anyone working at Cranberry’s, in about a decade of stopping in there intermittently, was similarly pleasant.

    I’ve seen a lot of customers go into businesses like these and treat the workers like dirt, with the workers still being very kind to them, and to a much rarer degree I’ve witnessed the inverse. It’s important to be careful about how we ascribe the behavior of others; much goes on that we don’t see. Instinctively I tend to stick up for the people who are in the position of serving others.