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  • Andrew Porter

    More old photos of the Heights. Here’s Court Street between Montague and Remsen in 1941, showing the Fulton Street streetcar. And note reply, with an even earlier view, from 1915:

  • Andrew Porter

    Buildings in the 1941 photo hadn’t been erected yet. Waiting for the trolley on the west side of Court, south from Montague, September 9, 1915:

  • Cranberry Beret

    Imponderable of the day: why does Gristedes have an ad for Guess jeans in its window?

  • Teresa

    Since the pandemic began, Xtend Barre on Remsen switched to virtual classes, both live and archived (archived for a short time). Over the last few weeks, the studio has begun offering one-on-one in-studio classes: $100 for a full hour, $60 for 30 minutes, with discounts when you purchase a package.

    I went for an in-person class tonight. I felt safe and it was amazing to be back in a room exercising with someone, and the instructors at Xtend are fantastic. If you’re looking for something non-virtual and have the means to do it, I highly, highly recommend.

    AND you’ll be supporting a business owned by a local woman.

    (No, this is not a paid promotion.)

  • Love Laner

    Hope everyone in the neighborhood has been staying safe. Was alarmed to read that virus numbers are back to where they were on May 15 in NYC, with 3.09% test positivity yesterday (11/10) and over 1,731 new cases in the city today alone (11/11).

    I’m wondering what will happen with indoor dining, gyms, etc. given the rapid increases across the entire city.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Yes, everyone stay safe. The 7-day positive rate for 11201 is 0.96, but let us not get complacent.

    Our positivity rate is likely low because most of us are fortunate to be able to work from home, have second homes, and have small households. Please be careful for the sake of those who must come to our neighborhood to work.

    NY State has a COVID exposure app. It will notify you if you’ve had prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Man found dead in stairwell of Joralemon St building. No signs of trauma. He did not live in the building.

  • neighboronhicks

    A friend of mine loves their virtual classes! She was an in person student before COVID.

  • Jorale-man

    I see those semi-enclosed tents in front of Heights Cafe and have real doubts about air circulation and the safety of anyone eating in there. Many of the diners aren’t wearing masks when there’s no food on the table, and the tables appear to be barely six feet apart.

    On the other hand, Hanco’s has been doing a good job with their safety protocols, letting you order online and pick up the food just inside the door. There’s no indoor dining and no tents out on the street. Worth patronizing for sure.

  • Teresa

    They’ve been remarkable through the pandemic, adjusting regularly to help accommodate clients. It’s an amazing place.

  • Arch Stanton

    I remember that Chock full O’ Nuts diner, they had tasty hamburgers!

  • Arch Stanton

    They’re probably selling ad space, nothing is too low for the Grosstedes management team.

  • ColumbiaHeightster

    What building? Daily News site article is behind a paywall.

  • CassieVonMontague
  • Andrew Porter

    Is that on the Pineapple Walk side? PW was designed so there’d be a whole bunch of small shops with entrances and display windows—and then Gristede’s came along and bought up all the space for the single store.

    Recently they noticed they had all that unused display space, painted their name on the glass, removed some of the paint to open it up for outside light.

    Better a tacky ad than blank walls.

  • Andrew Porter

    The hair salon on Pineapple Walk has closed and merged with the one on Clark Street.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    We just tried the new Banh Mi place on Schermerhorn and Court a couple weeks ago for the first time. More out of the way for most but quite a big improvement over Hanco’s in terms of quality, at an identical price point and set of dining protocols.

  • Jane

    I always love your photos! Both are great.

  • Jorale-man

    Oh…good to know. I’ve walked by there and wondered how it stacks up against Hanco’s. Can’t have too many Banh Mi places in the neighborhood.

  • Emily W

    We heard the very sad news today that Heights Cleaners on Montague is closing after decades in business. If you’re customer it’s worth stopping in and saying goodbye–I know I’ll miss everyone’s friendly faces.

  • Jen

    Expanding their product assortment?

  • Jen

    I was a tenant of Robert & Eric’s years ago & always went to Heights Cleaners. They will be missed!

  • Lisa Nicotra

    Hi Andrew. This is inaccurate. I am an employee at the salon on Clark street and we aren’t moving or merging with another salon.

    I think you meant to say the salon on cranberry street is merging with the one on pineapple walk.

  • Andrew Porter

    Thanks for the clarification!