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  • aeshtron

    Black Lives Matter : )

  • Andrew Porter

    Saw a photo recently, “Black Olives Matter,” scrawled on an overpass…

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  • J forgotten heights Smith

    I see, so the southernmost of the three residential buildings (with the elect freedman sign) was taken down so they could erect the
    small square building which once housed a smaller Daniel Reeves food market. Interesting…..(look at the great chain-drive Mack Truck on the corner)

  • Andrew Porter

    Also at one time a synagogue, I believe. Here it is as a food market, in 1940:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26bbef8355bbf5686675697acb38d97d87aad638bffcddcb17e74649a93c9f92.png

  • Banet

    That corner building has been empty since I moved to the neighborhood over 2 years ago.

    You think someone would get Landmarks to approve the reconstruction of the original building. They certainly have a good model to follow in the neighboring buildings.

  • BH Mike

    No more or less than any other lives

  • Andrew Porter

    That row is the remnant of even more buildings. At least one was torn down when the large building on the next corner was built (click to enlarge):
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9574db47a7ed31929f3db63fd50ad0750bb9373ac44515e191750f9ba8f90c21.jpg

  • gc

    The clear and obvious examples of Black Lives not being equally valued, both now and even more so in our country’s past, is the reason Black Lives Matter needs to be emphasized today.

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  • RD H

    Hey, how was DC? Any good selfies to share?

  • Jorale-man

    It’s been empty since at least 2008, in fact, and probably longer. Once or twice a year someone will come and clean up the sidewalk and pull the weeds from the front “garden,” but otherwise, it’s an empty blight on the block. I like Banet’s idea but am guessing the owner is happy to take a tax break and leave it as is. :-(

  • BH Mike

    I don’t buy into any of that B.S. black people are no more better or worse than me or anyone else. They also have the same rights as me or anyone else. They are certainly not as oppressed as they make themselves out to be.

  • BH Mike

    Actually I never been to D.C. nor am I a Trump supporter.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Alas, those “weeds” are actually Milkweed. If they allowed them to flower, you’d likely have a bunch of Monarch butterflies congregating there.

    But nope, let’s have some bare earth instead, sigh…

  • CassieVonMontague

    Fur-Clad Capitol Rioter Son of Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky

    https://gothamist.com/news/trump-fur-ever-costumed-capitol-rioter-son-brooklyn-supreme-court-judge

  • Jorale-man

    Interesting. Didn’t realize that. They are very much preferable to the dirt and dead leaves that are left when they’re pulled up every time.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I continue to be woefully unsurprised by the compatibility of religious Zionism with modern white supremacy movements.

  • Eddyde

    There is a big difference between their rights and how they are actually treated. That’s the problem.

  • Eddyde

    So then you’re just an independent racist?

  • Eddyde

    A conspirator in the failed coup of the bandana republic.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Billionaire Vincent Viola Sells 8 Montague Terrace in off-market deal to a domestic Delaware-based limited partnership named M8T for $25 million

    https://therealdeal.com/2021/01/05/vince-violas-25-5m-mansion-sale-breaks-brooklyn-record/

  • W.R.

    I quite like that little building. It has some nifty Art Deco detail and is quite beautiful. It’s too bad there isn’t a productive use. It would be a super cool home except for the lack of windows.

  • Jorale-man

    I’ve always thought it could be a nice little grocery store or a bakery/coffee shop. Someone could restore it to how it looked in the above photos with windows along the front.

  • AEB

    Let me do my best to settle this. Yes, all lives matter, are important. But we live in a time and country in which, because of widespread racism, black lives are often undervalued, particularly by law enforcement. This is a social evil that must be addressed. By asserting the sanctity of black lives, black people (and others) are attempting to call attention to that evil so that it can be corrected, as it must be. No claim is being made for special privilege or standing. This fact is misunderstood by those who resent or are prjudiced against black people.

  • Mr. Hicks

    That horse is double parked

  • BH Mike

    Calling someone racist is low hanging fruit and so easy to do without much behind it. Don’t agree with someone or have a different take, then that person is racist. That’s a problem.

  • Eddyde

    No, my question was based on a logical conclusion.