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  • HandsoffBuddy

    This people! How much more drama do we need?

  • Banet

    R.I.P. Blossom. The Poké bowl place on Remsen is up for rent. :-/

  • Odessey

    Here is the best review I have seen on whether wearing a mask is effective or not:

    https://conversableeconomist.blogspot.com/2020/08/wearing-face-masks-mixed-evidence.html

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, probably without classes across the street at St. Francis their customer base disappeared. So many beloved (and not so well-known) restaurants in the area are closing.

  • Banet

    Am I crazy to think that this might be a golden opportunity for dozen of interesting new restaurants to pop up in a year or two? Rents will be down a good bit from where they were and there will be endless spaces with built-out kitchens ready for a talented chef to move in.

  • Jorale-man

    Great point. A lot of big chains have been scaling back their NYC operations, unsure of what the future holds. That should have the effect of bringing down commercial rents, at least somewhat. Enter the more interesting shops and restaurants (once there is a reliable vaccine, of course).

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    Hope you’re right, but common sense says that if/when there’s more traffic and lower rents, operators with deeper pockets (those with dozens to thousands of stores) will be back sooner than those “interesting” places.

    The only grounds for hope, really, is that lots of talented people are being squeezed out of corporate jobs. Some of them may be entrepreneurial.

    But I’m afraid that (a) restaurants will NOT come back in a nabe as gray as the Heights in a hurry; and (b) reduced spending (likely) and more and more done online give what you (and I) hope for quite a bit of headwinds.

  • Andrew Porter

    Sunday I was sitting on the bench in front of Salon Van Sickel, reading a book, when a bunch of kids came along. One of them put his face directly in front of mine, then knocked my cap off and ran away. I yelled at him, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but…

  • Steve

    Oh, come on… free speech!! Can’t censor posters – there will be only three people left here on the blog (you including).

  • Justin Racz

    Hi Cassie, do you know what the exact wording is to use as a reason to use the absentee vs. in person? I have an elder relative looking to use it. Thanks!

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Sorry to hear that happened to you. Kids can be rotten. I’m glad this was the extent of the incident.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    On a private blog, the admins technically exercise their free speech by moderating the commentary on here. The definition of censorship is a bit more nebulous, of course, but in legal terms I’m pretty sure this ain’t it.

  • Reggie

    Justin, the absentee ballot for the primary clearly indicated which box to check if the voter was electing not to vote in person because of fear of contracting the Coronavirus.

  • Concerned

    My 5 year child got a basket ball thrown at her by a group of teens when walking down Squibb Bridge. It hit her. The throw appeared intentional.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I’m sorry that happened to your child. I hope your child wasn’t injured or traumatized by it.

  • CassieVonMontague

    “If you are affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus, please check the box for “Temporary Illness” on the application. The definition has been temporarily expanded to include “a risk of contracting or spreading a disease” such as COVID-19.”

  • Reggie

    I want to write, “That’s BH Mike’s kid,” but that is unfair to Mike.