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  • kizz

    L&B Spumoni Gardens opens up their second location on Monday, August 2nd. This will be located at 46 Old Fulton Street.

  • Andrew Porter

    Good photo, Claude!

    Here’s Washington Street (Cadman Plaza East south of the BQE) in 1926. The Streetcar tracks are long gone, as is the building in the right foreground, torn down for the BQE:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa9a792db69e1401f13b65c5a15a496a681eebc5baeb4a0167501eaeba31e224.jpg

  • WallCharger360

    Where IS the streetcar for these people? Walking up Washington is a schlep.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Very cool. Very crowded with factory workers, I presume, leaving their factories for lunch.

  • JaneonOrange

    Such a vibrant area!

  • Jorale-man

    Is anyone happy with the Covid protocols – and haircuts – at their local hair salon? Very disappointed that Salon 78 no longer requires the stylists and other staff to wear masks. My stylist has been vaccinated but I have no idea about the others, and ventilation or social distancing there have never been so great to begin with.

  • Nomcebo Manzini

    It’s clearly not in the Heights, but it’s a nice walk on a nice day … and SHE DOES do a great job – now, by appointment only (unless that’s reverted.)
    LANA … 523 Henry St., near Union. She definitely did all the right things when the pandemic was “blazing.” You appear to be more “concerned” than I am, and I respect that, but you must know you’re swimming against the tide at this point, even in B.H., I think. You likely will have to choose between some degree of risk and some degree of “better grooming.” I’ll have to make a similar choice re live theater.

  • Jorale-man

    Thanks for the recommendation. She sounds very good.

    Yes, we shall see. With the Delta variant being as contagious as chicken pox, I don’t particularly want to experience a breakthrough infection or pass the virus onto immunocompromised family members. Seems it shouldn’t be so hard to just wear a mask while cutting hair (and yup, live performance is another issue too).

  • cool

    if you look closely, the people at the bottom of the hill are taking selfies.

  • Andrew Porter

    Alas, Mark at Salon Van Sickel on Middagh broke his leg commuting home via the Brooklyn Bridge walkway a week or so ago. He’ll be laid up for some time.

    While he’s healing, I’m sure the other people there will continue using safe tonsorial practices.

    Incidentally, noticed they’ve removed the plastic barriers around the cashiers when I went to Trader Joe’s today. The unofficial consensus of people working there who I asked said it was definitely Too Soon.

  • Andrew Porter

    On the way back from Trader Joe’s, I saw a guy cutting a woman’s hair outside of 24 Monroe Place. She was sitting in a chair on the sidewalk, and he’d apparently arrived by bike.

  • Andrew Porter

    Potential water main break in front of 153 Remsen Street. Water is bubbling up out of the pavement in two areas, about a gallon a second. I submitted it to 311:

    Service Request Number: 311-07130934
    Type: Water Maintenance – Leak
    Location: 153 Remsen Street
    Date Submitted: 7/30/2021 4:16:48 PM

  • Jorale-man

    Good to know – thanks for the tip. Sounds like a rough accident.

    Re TJ’s, too soon indeed. We’re at 1100 new cases a day and steadily climbing in the city. It doesn’t seem like such an imposition to keep the plexiglass up to protect their workers and customers. And they were so good about limiting the numbers of people in the store last year.

  • kizz

    An Italian ice shop called The NY Icery will be moving in at 8 Columbia Place. There is a currently a NY Icery in the Upper West Side and also Greenpoint. The Greenpoint location is moving to Brooklyn Heights.

    Per the owner, they expect to open in mid-August.

  • kizz

    I meant to add this to my previous post as well, but a soup dumpling shop signed a lease for 162 Montague Street. The business will be called Ding Soup Dumplings.

  • MaggieO

    plexi barriers have actually been shown to provide little protection on their own and to actually increase risk in areas with poor ventilation. they would be wiser to maintain occupancy limits and distancing.

  • kizz

    I spoke to the owner just now, and they will open on Friday, August 6th beginning with to-go slices.

  • Moni

    Who gives the best cut at Van Sickel? I used to go to Jessica but she left.

  • Andrew Porter

    I go to Mark. May have to use someone else, as I get shaggier.

  • Jorale-man

    I’ve read that too when it comes to poorly ventilated spaces. Not sure how that plays out with a cashier/customer dynamic – I suspect it provides a psychological reminder to people to behave themselves. But you’re right about occupancy limits.