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  • T.K. Small

    In order to help alleviate the ongoing supply chain delays, Brooklyn Bridge Park will be reconverted back into a functioning shipping port… :-)

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    And will also those long-retired longshoremen be brought back from the nursing home?

  • Andrew Porter

    Courtesy the Municipal Archives, here’s the view looking west from the top of the St. George, over the Towers Hotel and the houses above and docks below Furman Street. Probably in early 1940s (click for larger image):

  • Jorale-man

    Additions to the area:
    There’s a new Palestinian restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in the former Beasts & Bottles / Red Gravy / Novel Kitchen spot. Looks promising from the outside.

    And there’s a new deli/cafe in the condo building in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near Pier 2. No more schlepping several blocks to pick up a carton of milk if you live down there.

  • Bornhere

    I wish… .

  • CassieVonMontague

    In local carjacking news, there was a carjacking at Henry and Pierrepont on Oct 20 as reported in the Brooklyn Paper

    A group of pirates violently carjacked a car service driver on Henry Street on Oct. 20.

    The victim told police that he was waiting to pick up a fare near Pierrepont Street at around 12:25 am, when the four marauders opened his driver side door, pulled him out of the car and beat him, before fleeing in his white 2018 Lexus.

  • Andrew Porter

    Pirates? Identified by what they were wearing? Here, just before they docked at the Marina below the Heights (and apologies for making light of this incident):

  • kizz

    The CitiBike station on Clark Street just west of Henry Street is back up and running, effective early this afternoon.

  • MaggieO

    Anybody know what happened to the cake display window at Lassen & Hennigs?

  • cool

    A few ideas for the promenade:

    I like the one of a cafe. We could a cafe at one of the corners next to the Gaynor memorial in Cadman as well.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Michael Randazzo, wonderful man and popular Brooklyn Heights resident passed away on Monday after a long illness. He will be missed by me and many others who knew him. God bless him and his incredible wife. Below is a video I made, for the Brooklyn Heights Blog, 9 years ago as a tribute to his effervescent personality.

  • Jorale-man

    Nice ideas. I’m not against them but I think they need to do something more basic and that’s repave the entire surface. It’s a real minefield for walkers and joggers with so much cracked and uneven pavement and water ponds near the gardens after every rainfall. Perhaps our new city council member could advocate for this.

  • Jorale-man

    Arr. Ahoy with ye Lexis, matey!

  • Andrew Porter

    They told me that someone threw a bottle at it.

  • Andrew Porter

    Not that simple. It’s under the jurisdiction of the Parks Dept. and as such, extremely limited in what’s allowed. See:

  • Andrew Porter

    Have especially noticed that of late, as I’ve drastically increased my walking there. The drains clog up with dirt and plants, are never cleared out.

    Promenade was rebuilt once, but improvements were never maintained, alas.

    But aren’t improvements waiting for the renovation of the cantilever?

  • AEB

    Department of Human Defensiveness

    So I go into the new French bakery on Henry. I see the chocolate madeleines, they look good, and I buy two.

    Get home and discover they’re rock hard. Go back to the bakery with them. The woman behind the counter calls the manager, an older gent. I tell him they’re stale and that I’d like my money back. He takes the bag and tosses it in the garbage, the contents un-checked-out.

    I get my money back and say that I think they should dispose of the remaining chocolate madeleins, still on display. He says, “They’re supposed to be crunchy.”

    Of course they’re not. “They’re hard,” I say, “feel them.” He doesn’t. “We bake them every day,” ha says…..

    Moral: if you can’t admit that your madeleins are stale when they’re returned for being so you’re…very silly. And a bad business person.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Quote from experts:

    What is the texture of madeleines?

    Madeleines are firm, yet spongy in texture, very similar to a pound cake

  • AEB

    The ones I bought, Karl, were unsqeezable.

  • Jo

    I got both chocolate and plain madeleines from there last weekend, and they were hard and dry too. Either these were also stale or perhaps just overbaked/they have a bad recipe.

    The patisserie (esp the fruit tart) was good though.

  • Banet

    I find their chocolate croissants from the Court Street location to be among the best I’ve ever had. The 3 or 4 I’ve purchased from Henry Street have been uniformly staler. They’re… good. But not a transporting experience like the ones down on Court. Here’s hoping they sort it out.

  • CassieVonMontague

    My reviews:

    Coissants are almost too buttery for my taste.

    Kouign-amann is like eating a stick of butter wrapped in pastry.

    Canelle is rubbery. They need to be eaten right out of the oven.

    Paris-Brest was okay.

    Country loaf is too white. Almondine’s is better.

    Every quiche I’ve had was great.

  • TeddyNYC

    Something tells me most of them are past the nursing home.

  • Jorale-man

    Ah yes, the cantilever renovation that most of us will never live to see.

    Actually, there should be a promenade conservancy, kind of like what Central Park has. It could also fund better trash pickup and deal with the rodent problem.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    2021 Brooklyn Folk Festival will be held next weekend at St. Ann’s Church. I’m not going this year; the thought of the audience all crowded together…

  • AEB

    The overall problem, as I see it, is a lack of know-how on the bakers part, with no one on hand to recognize their errors and train them. But of course they should have arrived fully experienced.

    Kouign-amann, for example, should be a sublime, distinctively formed laminated pastry that tastes of butter and caramel. At “Tart” they are stumpy, dry and unevenly risen. And yes, the cannelle were rubbery, hardly edible. Tart pastry is pale and dry. Etc.

    Perhaps the quality of the baked goods will improve. I say it regretfully, but once again our neighborhood can’t seem to offer high-quality edibles. We don’t even do bastardized dish versions well, see any and all of the food produced by our local “Chinese” and other ethic restaurants.

  • Heightsguy77

    Huh!?! They gave you your money back and you’re still complaining because they didn’t throw out the entire batch, as if it was poisoned!?! WOW!!! You’ve got some nerve. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had from them. They are a boon to the neighborhood, where we have a very hard time keeping good businesses.

  • AEB

    Would you like to buy stale pastry because it was still being offered even after its staleness was pointed out? I’m complaining about poor business practices. I don’t think you get a pass to sell inferior merchandise just because you exist, however much your presence may be welcome. Or will you eat anything?