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  • GP

    I must have missed the announcement but saw the windows of Heights Cafe all covered in paper. Are they renovating, temporarily closed, or a casualty of the pandemic?

  • Jorale-man

    In other restaurant news, I saw an application notice on the doors of the former Maison Kaiser on Court Street from Le Pain Quotidien. It appears they’re looking to do something with that space – it was unclear from the notice. I read that LPQ’s parent company bought out Kaiser after it went bankrupt, so maybe there’s hope that they’ll revive the bakery there?

  • Andrew Porter

    Discussed in last Wednesday’s Open Thread. Renovating; expect reopening in mid-March.

  • Andrew Porter

    Another Wednesday (and my first visit to the Botanic Garden since last year, my first time in the subway since October).

    Here’s this week’s Old Photo: corner of Montague and Clinton in 1913, before the block-through bank building was erected on the east side of Clinton:

  • Brett Cooper

    On my afternoon run I noticed some distressing degradation on the lower level of the BQE. That is actual rebar sticking out from the cement. Is the city going to just wait until this collapses and kills some people to fix it??

  • Mike Suko

    I saw that several years back & had the same reaction. We can have a contest for who thinks the least of the D.O.T., but I haven’t a doubt in the world that they are aware of something THAT OBVIOUS. What I don’t know – nor, I suspect, do you – is what matters … structurally.

    I’m at a point in my life – final third ? – where I’ve gotten past “Ain’t science grand?” to “What were they thinking when the bolted something carrying millions of vehicles (some of them monster trucks) onto a rock face?”

    Sure, we’d all like to believe that the engineering and construction were world-class, … and that they concluded that 1950’s level traffic (by weight) could grow 10-fold without the structure “being at risk,” but I surely do have my doubts.

    BTW, I would give 5-to-1 odds that if you combed the archives, you would actually find (I think I remember it) an APorter photo just about a twin of yours going back c. 5 years!

  • Brett Cooper

    Well I guess it makes me feel better that it hasn’t gotten worse in 5 years. Maybe we can send these photos to the Polly Trottenberg replacement Hank Gutman? I understood that after they scrapped the 6 lane highway they decided on a repair-in-place solution which smacks of typical govt band-aiding. From the looks of it they aren’t even doing that.

  • Mary Kim

    Hi Neighbors. There is a new Indian restaurant, Mint Heights, in the space recently vacated by Asya at 46 Henry St. (347) 916-0325.

  • MaggieO

    i saw that too… trading good customer service and delicious bread and interesting pastries for bad customer service and boring pastries…

  • Jeremy

    Nice pic. Shot taken about a year before the new York & Sawyer design was built.

    Same bank though. If you zoom this pic you can see the sign off the corner: Brooklyn Trust Company

  • Cranberry Beret

    TIL Starbucks charges the higher (Manhattan) prices for its stuff in Dumbo & Park Slope compared to prices at Brooklyn Heights & Downtown Brooklyn locations. Weird.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Norton Juster, Who Wrote ‘The Phantom Tollbooth,’ Dies at 91

    Homer Fink wrote about Juster sharing a “big old decrepit duplex apartment” in Brooklyn Heights with the illustrator Jules Feiffer when he wrote it

    In 2017, a big old [renovated] duplex was for rent in the same building, 153 State Street, for $3,500 a month.

  • Jorale-man

    Yeah, LPQ is no substitute for Maison Kaiser. I’ll probably patronize it if it opens though. Beggars can’t be choosers…

  • Mike Suko

    Actually, it MAY have gotten worse. Who can say? But it is VERY fair to compare it to teeth. Cavities (like rebar showing through) are not the worst thing that can happen in there.

    And remember, “repair-in-place” can take hundreds of forms. Yes, if they limit it to weekends and 2 years (just picking a number), they’ll have 100 “sessions.” The engineers have obviously concluded that there’s no need for “root canal.” That is, what’s holding the cantilever up and out has “stood the test of time.”

    You’d think, however, that there’d be photos of some huge truck “stopped and weighed” in the year or so since that was recognized as crucial in reducing the risk in this game plan. I’ve never seen one. It defies belief that an industry where time is money would have no bad actors.

  • Maltz

    I saw that too! Have you tried it yet?

  • Andrew Porter

    Major literary and children’s fantasy news. I shared the NYT link with a whole bunch of news blogs and individuals. That he was a Local makes it even more newsworthy. BTW, it’s a wonderful book (the movie, a little less so)!

  • Andrew Porter

    You might be thinking of this old photo, showing the rebar during construction:

  • Andrew Porter

    If you go to this link, you’ll find three recent stories about local BH streets at the top of the page:

  • Mary Kim

    Not yet. They just opened this week. But planning to soon and will report back.

  • jtbkh

    We have Spectrum and have been experiencing at least two 2 hour internet outages per month in the last several months. I’m wondering if other Spectrum customers in the neighborhood are experiencing the same unreliability or if it’s just us?

  • W.R.

    Same here. Spectrum SUCKS!

  • CassieVonMontague

    Spectrum subscriber here. Every few days or so the internet goes out at around midnight. Usually it’s back before morning. Twice I had to reset my router and modem before it came back.

  • Remsen Street Dweller
  • Proto Plano

    Also have spectrum and have noticed these outages are happening very frequently. Am trying to get Fios for my building

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    I have same issues with Spectrum and they make it nearly impossible to get credit for outages. The only thing worse than Spectrum is (unsupported) copper line Verizon (when you can’t get FIOS). Believe me, I know.

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  • Jm

    No no no it is not you!
    Same experience here.

  • Red Leader

    Our service has been out most of the day, since NOON. Hours long outages have been happening to us 2x/week for a few months. I’m livid.

  • Red Leader

    I’m so excited.

  • Rick

    Same here, including tonight. Right now (9:15pm) I can see Spectrum guys working inside a service opening on the sidewalk downstairs from our apartment.

    This afternoon from my window I counted five Spectrum trucks parked within a block, with multiple guys working.

    I forget the date, but a month or 2 ago there was an intense fire on Hicks Street, with flames shooting out of one of the Spectrum underground access points. The fire department did come and put it out, but it may have started this problem.

    And a Spectrum tech guy I spoke to said that each subsequent outage could fry a different part of the neighborhood system, so it becomes like wack-a-mole for them.

    But they still have no system for automatic credits to our bills. They say they are working on one, but for now one still has to waste time calling them to get a credit for each and every outage. Really irritating.