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  • AEB

    Thanks, Banet.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Very sorry, AEB. We lost two cats in as many years. Wishing you many years of happiness with your next one.

  • AEB

    Thank you, Mary.

  • AEB

    Many thanks, SB.

  • Clint Padgitt

    You can also try the cat café, even if they’re closed. There must be a way to contact someone there

  • Banet

    Wow. I hope none of the bricks were demolished — especially the beautiful coping stones. Am I recalling correctly that a car smashed in your front fence a few years back? Your building’s fences/walls really take it on the chin, don’t they.

  • MaggieO

    in case you’re looking for ironwork restoration recommendations – i highly recommend the folks at Spirit Ironworks (it’s a woman owned business too).

  • Love Laner
  • Love Laner

    After the worst of the storm a manhole on Hicks started sparking, then smoking, then caught fire between two cars. Later saw the silver car further down Hicks the next day looking quite a bit worse for wear.

  • B.

    We adopted a young cat from the Cat Cafe some years ago, a couple of months after we had to put down one of our cats. The surviving cat had been licking her fur off in grief, and she (and we) perked up very soon after the new boy entered the house.

    It’s all right. Don’t feel bad. Adopting a cat in need is a good deed.

  • AEB

    Thanks, B. I know I’ll feel much better after another kitty arrives.

  • Banet

    What else did you expect? The silver car IS parked with the rear of the car in a Fire Zone. ;-)

    In all seriousness, that Fire Zone drives me insane. While the sign in the photo is there, the sign at the other end of the zone has been missing since at least October 2007.

    I used to live directly in front of that Fire Zone and almost daily I’d see someone get towed from there.

    I’ve reported it to 311 at least 10 times over the last 14 years. Every time the ticket is closed with: “The DOT will replace the missing sign the next time they’re in the neighborhood replacing signs.”

    Apparently the DOT hasn’t done any signwork here for over a decade?

  • Jorale-man

    For those who enjoy the baked goods at Maison Kayser, the future doesn’t look good:
    https://ny.eater.com/2020/7/31/21349751/maison-kayser-bakery-chain-may-be-closing-nyc

    Between this and possibly Le Pain Quotidien, I’m losing my will to leave my apartment anymore.

  • Andrew Porter

    Just discovered another big batch of historic photos of Brooklyn Heights—enough for a full year’s worth of posts! Here’s 2 and 4 Columbia Place on August 15th, 1904:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/103dc4343fa40f1532e5155fe65ca93ee6e8ce5aacd3d37904295dc6e4b9564f.jpg

  • Justin Racz

    Amazing! Where do you find these gems?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Love this picture of a historic building.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I’ve had good luck resolving issues by using the website form to write directly to the office of DOT’s Brooklyn commissioner. The submission does NOT go into the 311 black hole. They have their own tracking system and respond/act quickly. Here’s the link. (Use this form – all the other links on their site redirect to 311.)

    https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/contact-form.shtml?routing=bk

  • Jeremy

    That photo comes from the New-York Historical Society digital archive:

    http://digitalcollections.nyhistory.org

    It’s in the subway construction photo archive. The pics were taken by the IRT or BMT. You can almost always ID a subway construction pic because they’re marked with a hand-written code in a corner that shows job number, contract number (phase of city-wide subway building), location and date. The builders used the photos to scope out what was above-ground in the path (or nearby) to each line and station, to help plan digging and reduce liability from damage claims from property owners.

    Brooklyn Heights is lucky not just that we have so many subway lines underground, but that this also means the coverage of the photo collection is superb.

    The New York Transit Museum archive also has pics from these collections online:

    https://nytm.pastperfectonline.com

    The N-YHS photos that are publicly available are higher resolution than the NYTM ones.

    I find the search on both of these sites to be pretty obtuse. Most people will be content to let Andrew find and post the pics :) Or wait until my friends at UrbanArchive.org get to geo-locating more of these collections onto their searchable map.

  • Justin Racz

    Thank you so much! I could use some of these photos for my home.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve had good but slow results by calling 311 reporting street lights out, missing Fire Zone signs, etc. Just slow: usually takes a couple of months, but the signs get replaced eventually.

  • Andrew Porter

    Swiped them from a Facebook group which didn’t say where they got them from. But I also did a little image manipulation, heightening contrast, sharpness, etc.

    Tiny URL of the group (you don’t have to be on FB to access this):

    http://tinyurl.com/y6lneud5

    I made the possible mistake of rejoining FB after 5 years not on…

  • Andrew Porter
  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Borough Hall/Court Street Station was the first subway station in Brooklyn, I believe, and was completed in 1908. The picture above was taken in 1904. It would seem logical that surveying this area in 1904 was taking place prior to construction. Interesting observation.

  • Karl Junkersfeld
  • Reggie

    I find this very confusing but have it on good authority that DOT no longer installs signs that point —> at <— each other. Just one sign pointing in the direction of the sign that indicates the next regulation.

  • Banet

    Well, you’re not the only one who finds it confusing. As I mentioned, people get ticketed there daily and toad almost as often. What a stupid rule.

  • GHB

    Can someone explain Fascati’s to me? They were closed for months because of COVID-19, but they still shut down for August vacation? Really?

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    At around 1:20 the afternoon of August 11th I saw two men aged ~25-35 in a white Lexus sedan (sorry, didn’t catch the plate) throw some stuff out the window on Henry between Pierrepont and Montague. It was a collection of opened mail and packages addressed to various units in 55 Poplar. If y’all have a security camera, check the footage; your building just got hit. Sorry, wish I could report more.