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  • Andrew Porter

    Here’s my photo of some of the brilliant foliage on the Promenade (now fallen):

  • Andrew Porter

    Major work finally being done on 124 Columbia Heights, which will be apartments, with a swimming pool and garage:

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    And on the Promenade side, I suspect this is where the swimming pool is going:

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  • karateca2000

    Some people have been stealing packages from my building’s lobby during the past few months. The most recent happened on Sunday after midnight. I live on Montague St.

    I spoke with the super this morning and he told me this is the fifth time it happens. Has anyone experienced this problem recently?

    Please be careful when you open the door. Ask who is coming before you open.

  • KXrVrii1

    “Well I’ll be, this most be the 5th time con edison has come to check the meters…”

    Get a ring or similar device. It won’t stop the theft and the police won’t do anything, but at least you can put up videos of your local porch pirates in action.

  • KXrVrii1

    Maybe I should look into the Jehovah’s witnesses a little more. They timed the Brooklyn real estate market extremely well. And now they are no doubt benefiting from the Covid related appreciation of suburban / rural areas. Should I look into an investment property in Wallkill?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    We generally see an uptick in package thefts in December, leading up to holiday commerce season (Merry Holiday Commerce Season, by the way!). We used to have a really good relationship with the UPS driver servicing our block, gave her a key and everything, that almost put a complete stop to it, but sadly she’s been gone for a few years.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Area Man Looks At, Possibly Buys Home In Wealthy Neighborhood.

  • Banet

    Much leafier than one typically sees in your older photos of the neighborhood. Also interesting to see all the telephone poles — never saw those in the neighborhood.

  • Jorale-man

    Gothamist has a map showing how people voted, almost block by block, in the election last month.
    No great surprises – about 92-95% went for Biden in the neighborhood – though it does make you wonder who the few outliers are.

  • Cranberry Beret

    The premise of that article can be summarized: “Alex, who is one person who never bought my house?” (with apologies to Cliff Clavin)

  • RD H

    This really brings the artless expansion of the building on the left to light. An act of vandalism.

  • CHatter

    I hope that lady went back for her baby in 1905.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Heard a report this afternoon that a car drove onto the Promenade and was chased by NYPD vehicles before being cornered. Anyone have details?

  • gc

    Thought I saw cars flying down Promenade from south to north at about 6:30 last night. Looked very dangerous with a number of people, including children, still on the Promenade.

  • aeshtron

    IMHO, it should be physically impossible for even a lifted pick-me-up truck to enter the Promenade and most other NYC pedestrian areas. Pedestrians deserve protection from psycho drivers!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I haven’t seen it happen during this administration but during the Obama years the cops used to drive their squad cars right onto the Promenade (to provide “security”) whenever Marine One would arrive at the helipad across the harbor. If there were barricades in place, how could cops possibly keep the President safe?

  • Armando

    Right? Imagine being neighbors with *GASP* a conservative.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Do you mean to insinuate that Trump voters are “conservative”? Is that the reigning ideology there? Asking honestly.

  • Margaret Healy

    Around 4pm I was walking north on the Promenade at Pineapple St with my 2 dogs and all of a sudden this big black car sped by me. I felt the vibration and breeze on my right side almost as if it had touched me (it had not). There had been no discernible noise to hear. People scattered. A young couple asked me if I was ok. I then saw it ahead at the Orange St end, sitting there but I made a u turn and went back to Clark St exit where I met others who had seen it fly by also. That was the end of my walk.

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  • mk

    It is an issue in the neighborhood. I’ve filed many police reports as it is the only way to get it covered by insurance. Officer Hunt is generally helpful, after our biggest theft in the building the actually arrested a man from our building’s video footage. But then they informed me he was released and arrested months later. It is about community action at this point, making sure you have a relationship with UPS/USPS/FedEx and those in your building to look out for each other and packages. If you are out early in the AM, unfortunately you can usually see individuals lurking around checking for packages when it is still dark. Reporting it keeps patrol in the area though.

  • MaggieO

    that is absolutely insane. that video shows the car going south but the description above seems to indicate that it was headed north… was this maniac just zipping up and down the promenade?

  • Arch Stanton

    Cop cars cruising the Promenade is a long standing practice, it was going on back to at least the Nixon administration.

  • Margaret Healy

    That is about how fast it passed me and perhaps he turned around at the orange/cranberry st end and raced back since I don’t think it possible to get off at that curved exit. It was not as dark as that video when he passed me but the light was going down. I exited very fast as I had a shock. I did not see any police or police cars at all.