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  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes, ditto

    These jokers tried to charge me $50 for the second service call because I had a tech out more than once. Mind you, neither of them could do squat because the whole system is garbage

    Another tech told me Charter rolled out new modems to customers regionwide last summer, to meet some self-imposed upgrade plan, but the corresponding back office equipment didn’t arrive in Brooklyn due to Covid manufacturing shortages in China. So the new modems are more prone to dropping a signal due to level mismatches across the system when there’s a blip.

  • AnonyMom

    Amy’s Bread in the old Tazza space on Henry near Atlantic has some delicious things, fyi.

  • JaneonOrange

    Honestly I have been having a great time with Spectrum. Service went out once at midnight and when I called they said there was scheduled maintenance being done. Fios in the building has been very spotty.

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    Spectrum user here … and mostly (like I have to think when last it was “down”) no problemo. Just a thought. I bought my own modem to replace theirs. At $40 some may think that’s worth a shot, esp. if they return it if it changes nothing. At that price there’s no router, so some additional gear (another $40, roughly) is needed to replicate what you probably have.

    More serious gripe(s) pertain to monopoly/duopoly pricing. Some may not be aware that their phones can provide connectivity … to laptops, desktops, etc. Not OK for streaming, I don’t think, but given what some are reporting and the occasional crucialness of connectivity, it might pay to get savvy & resourceful. Griping has near zero impact.

    Related, Huawei (and others) make a device the size of an Altoids tin that has some big advantages over most phones used as hotspots. FWIW, some phone plans really shut “solutions” like this down; others might stick you with a scary high bill. CHECK. [Trying to be brief, but I have done these things – with success – in situations like yours.]

    Note to Montague BID – “WiFi the darn 2 blocks of retail – might pay for itself in a month or 2.” Why are there no LINK kiosks there?

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    She won’t stop sending me spam texts. Blocked!

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    Nah…. I could swear that one day you had the same moment the poster & I did – what is euphemistically called a WTF moment. Don’t know if your photos are geo-searchable, but where Joralemon meets I forget the name of the ground level street is.

    But your photo is a WOW, too!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes, the Spectrum tech recommended the same (user-provided modem). My understanding is you need to call Spectrum to swap the modem IDs in their system (not entirely plug & play), so I’m waiting til I sort out the ridiculous billing issue before I attempt to ask them to make any technical changes. We already have our own router (just using spectrum equipment for modem functionality) so modem swap should be simple.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    One of the stories in Forgotten NY is about Columbia Place in Willowtown. I have attached Part 1 of a tour of Willowtown with notes about its history if interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qq4tJQQcyI

  • TeddyNYC

    I’m just guessing here, but maybe they’re taking into account the middle class people working in the area who may be more price sensitive? In particular, people working at the courts, government agencies, etc.

  • Jorale-man

    PSA: With the gradual arrival of warmer weather, face masks are not chin straps. They go over your mouth *and* your nose when in public. That includes runners too. Especially runners.

  • Mike Suko

    And I’ll guess that they have better locations, less competition where their prices are higher. If “price sensitivity” made their top 5, well, it would blow up their existing business model. Also, y’gotta consider WHAT their competitors charge. Jacques Torres & others down there give Starbucks “cover.”

  • Mike Suko

    Small shame that this seems to be available only in a small format, but even that had a silver lining. It led me to this page:

    https://vimeo.com/user4399236

    For anyone who loves Brooklyn Heights, it’s an amazing collection – a little random, but that’s a good thing! BTW, does anybody know if there’s a good not crazily priced guided walking tour of the Heights, now that spring is almost here?

    Karl: Do you have dozens or hundreds more? Happy to help you upload if you just got tired doing so.

  • Mike Suko

    I’m sure people’s experience may vary, but a single phone call resulted in my getting much higher speed at (for 1 year) a much lower price. NO need for a technician visit either! Sometimes, tech lives up to its potential.

  • travy

    anyone get the vax at nyu langone on joralemon yet? what was it like? which one did you get? thanks!

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Here are tons of historical films of the Heights from around 2010 going forward. The good old days.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWVZ0OXMw-wIBP7S0n8RQ_w

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJunkman007

  • gc

    Joggers in BBP today were the worst. Way more than half had no masks. The entitled crowd showing off what they’re all about.

  • Jorale-man

    Unbelievable. And there are prominent signs when you enter the park to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart. Even if you feel you can safely avoid being near other people, those are the posted rules.

  • Mike Suko

    I don’t want to be snarky. Let me just ask: I think that most who complain have had 1 or 2 shots. So “where’s the beef?” I’m so sure that – there HAVE been decent breezes – outdoors with a runner just 1 second within 6 feet of you – is lightning-strike-you low probability/low risk … that this smacks of “tsk, tsk.” Exercise & masks DO NOT play well together.

    Yes, some are jerks. Others may have been vaxed themselves. I’m more concerned about the people getting a jump on picnics on the grassy areas. THEY are stationery, pretty much – and unmasked.

    Even worse, the motorized bikes I saw yesterday look almost as beefy as Harleys. They put rocks on the promenade because one moron drove down it. What will it take for BBP to introduce & enforce a no-motors policy on the bike paths?!

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Vaccination does not mean guaranteed immunity from Covid, especially with new strains on the way or autoimmune conditions lowering the probable effectiveness of the inoculation. I’ve had two shots with virtually no expectation whatsoever that any of my habits can change back to the way they were in 2019.

    I’m not sure what it will take to feel safe enough that the sight of noses in public doesn’t cause anxiety. When we talk about “the new normal” this is what we mean.

  • gc

    CDC recommendations are for everyone to continue wearing masks in public settings. It seems to me that we are all better served if everyone follows these guidelines.

  • travy

    i’m not being jerk but in the breezy open air of the park, unmasked exercisers shouldn’t be a big worry for you. i think on the sidewalks and in situations where you’re forced to be near people a mask should be pulled up but there’s not a lot of examples of virus transmission outside in open spaces. again, not trying to defend joggers, more suggesting you shouldn’t be so worried down in the park.

  • gc

    NY now running at more than double the national average covid caseload. Doesn’t seem like the right time to be cutting corners.

  • Jorale-man

    A new Lincoln ad shot at Hicks & Remsen Streets a few weeks ago, with Jon Batiste (cc: Claude):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9HNzpNxreM

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Holding my breath for intervals while walking, when a naked nose comes toward me, has become second nature. I’m like a weird-looking porpoise.

    I think part of the issue here is that it’s not about whether we’re all able to visualize the hydrodynamics of the aerosols around us and react perfectly rationally. It’s about signaling and overcompensating and we do it not only because we are protecting the physical health of those around us, but also their emotional health. There’s a small but not insignificant amount of stress naked noses and mouths now cause in public.

  • CassieVonMontague

    First, they did a nice job cleaning up the garbage cans on the Remsen side of 222 Hicks

    Second, no one in this neighborhood would ever own a Lincoln.

  • Cranberry Beret

    In the park today, runners had no lock on the “what, me mask?” attitude. Walkers, bikers, runners, rollerbladers, young, old, and every other visible category you can think of: at least half the people I saw were maskless

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Great commercial. One talented dude.

  • Jeremy

    LOL. They did bring in a vintage Lincoln for the shoot (see pic).
    Wonder if that idea was cut, or there’s a second version coming?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1b40103d65c60dd4ff3d3f2e9f19db04c5b8caf9f3ac27eb81265e794104c874.jpg

  • AnonyMom

    We tried it last week, happened to be their opening night. Food was fresh and quite tasty. Not overly greasy and just the right amount of kick.

  • Banet

    That’s a great Lincoln. Likely a ‘59 – with “suicide” doors in the back. My grandfather had one that was a convertible.