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  • Lauren

    Hi there! I figured this open thread is the best place to ask my knowledgable neighbors: Does anyone have a good place for alterations? I don’t need anything fancy, just a (hopefully invisible) hemline fix on a new and nice-ish skirt. Thanks all!

  • Michael Klein

    Not quite in the Heights, but I’ve had good experiences at Object Custom Tailors on Bond Street.

  • neighboronhicks

    Also on Bond at Pacific, I use Boerum Hill Dry Cleaners. They’re great.

  • Cranberry Beret
  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve heard that Queen Restaurant, at 84 Court Street, open since 1958, has permanently closed. Their website is still up, but a call to the phone number brings the message, “that mailbox is full.”

    Also—brace yourselves!—construction work has resumed on 100 Clark Street. Walked by Wednesday and major new brickwork is going up.

    And here, from August 16, 1904, is a photo of 6-8 Columbia Place, off Joralemon. You can see the photographer reflected in the store window:

  • Clint Padgitt

    I’ve used Brooklyn Cleaners, 150 Joralemon Street next to the entrance of the medical arts building. They have a man who comes in every few days and very precise work.

  • Andrew Porter

    Previously posted, here’s 2-4 Columbia Place, same dates, next door:

  • KXrVrii1

    I can’t say I’m surprised, it was definitely a dated formula. But it was one of the first restaurants we were recommended when we moved to Brooklyn decades ago, and definitely a local institution.

  • gc

    Very sad to hear that Queen has closed.
    Certainly one of the better nearby restaurants.

  • gc

    Another opportunity for our public school children to fall behind their private school counterparts. If the mayor is going to close the public schools what is the logic that allows the private schools to remain open?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    As long as we’re talking citywide and not just in our neighborhood, a vast privilege/wealth gap separates most private school students from most public school students, independently of a pandemic or remote learning.

    It’s this wealth gap, not remote learning, that will really have an effect on outcomes later on in life. Yes, closures should be uniform, but let’s acknowledge that most teachers are doing incredible work right now under the circumstances.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Agree with this in its entirety

  • gc

    Totally agree
    Certainly, as you point out, there are many other more significant reasons for the widening gap. And yes I agree that most teachers are doing very good work under tough circumstances. Still, allowing the private schools to remain open while the public schools are shut down seems totally unfair.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Agreed. The private schools should be fully remote, too.

  • Jorale-man

    Too bad. Queen couldn’t really do sidewalk seating given their location. That stretch of Court Street is not exactly a Parisian terrace.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Eat outdoors at restaurants.
    Give your relatives a break and enjoy Thanksgiving in Brooklyn for once in your life.
    Walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Wear your mask
    Download the NY Tracing app

  • CassieVonMontague

    The line for CityMD is around the block every day. You don’t want to have to wait in that line for hours or make your friends and family do the same.

  • Steve R.

    Has anyone spoken to them to confirm? That message has been on Queen’s phone for months, since they decided to temporarily stop their take-out and delivery.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Pharma king sets Brooklyn townhouse record in pursuit of mega-mansion

    81 Pierrepont was renovated last year, and a billionaire bought it ant the carriage house behind it on Love Lane.

    He will be the second billionaire in the neighborhood as far as I know. Are there any others?

  • Banet

    Who’s the first? I know Joe Steinberg on Remsen is also technically a billionaire based on his stock holdings of the company he’s CEO of.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Yes, I was thinking of Mr. Steinberg.

    If you go by stock holdings, most billionaires are “technically” billionaires.

  • KXrVrii1

    I’ve read about London town house mega-mansions where the trend is to start digging down to increase square footage – huge garages, underground swimming pools, theatres, etc.

    I can definitely see why subways, various utilities, etc. would make this very difficult in BH, but it seems like a lot of those same issues would apply to a place like London.

    So I am going to remain unimpressed by this new record until we get some true Xanadu level excess ;-)

  • Doublebara

    Digging up gardens to increase square footage has been happening in the Heights for some time. One project is ongoing on Garden Place.

  • KXrVrii1
  • El

    I think his house also has the carriage house behind it on Grace Ct Alley if it’s the one I’m thinking of. One of my favorites in the neighborhood based solely on the facade (I looked it up years ago & the listing mentioned the carriage house detail). Well, I guess my dream house will remain a dream :)

    I’m fairly sure Vincent Viola does/will live here, since I used to live next door to all the renovation construction on Montague Terrace! An neighbor told me part of the lengthy process was because they were digging out to put a sauna in the basement or something. Can’t say I think digging on Montague Terrace is a great idea…

  • Pierrepont

    A real loss for the neighborhood. That place was admittedly not hip in the least, but the food was inspired and beautifully cooked and presented. 😢

  • Brooklyn Noob

    No. All schools should be open. “Lowering the bar” to create equality is another step to mediocrity.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Finally, a local epidemiologist weighs in!

    Please tell us—what other pubic health responses to the pandemic should we abandon, now that this hoax is over and nobody is contracting Covid?

  • Jorale-man

    I would venture a guess that a lot of the virus spread in the Heights can be traced to teens and 20-somethings. Tonight I witnessed a group of maybe 4 college-age people, only one properly wearing a mask, show up on their friends’ doorstep on Sydney Place. The friend answered the door, also sans mask, and proceeded to hug her guests with lots of effusive screaming and squealing as they entered. I see that and think, until a reliable vaccine arrives, we’re heading downhill very fast.

  • Brooklyn Noob

    No I am not, but the guys quoted here are:
    And here:

    The 3% rule is totally arbitrary and was set by a union who cares little about kids and more about power by creating a voting block that scares politicians. No one questions that COVID is a horrifying issue. As Europe has proven, schools are not the problem. We are losing a generation of kids.