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  • MaggieO

    looks like Heights Vision found a new home – 130 Clinton! It hasn’t been announced anywhere but there’s a sign on the door that says “deliveries for Heights Vision”

  • AEB

    The new head shop on Henry is up and running–though minus a sign. If only life worked as well as protesting that sign did to remove it!

    And under the heading of Life in These United States, Brooklyn Heights Division, has anyone else noticed that the gentleman behind the counter in the Plymouth Cafe (always a puzzling operation in its economy of available items) has the habit of asking you what you want then asking you again minutes after you tell him? Like clockwork.

  • Jorale-man

    Yup, and just as scaffolding is going up all around the building. I’m sure they’re thrilled to see that. Any bets on how long that will stay up now?

  • MaggieO

    it’s a Local Law 11 required sidewalk shed… hopefully the conditions can be addressed expeditiously. being a resident i do have a dog in this fight.

  • Heights Resident

    And how long has the scaffolding been up in front of St Ann’s and Holy Trinity? Answer, many, many years. So much for local law.

  • Heights Resident

    Sounds like you really should shop somewhere else. Right?

  • CassieVonMontague

    St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Restoration

    The challenges to restoration, repair and maintenance have been constant and challenging. Many of the building’s problems date to the twelve years it stood empty and untended in the late 1950s and 1960s. Over the years, and with much public support, roofs and windows have been restored and most recently, the decorative ceiling of the sanctuary has been stabilized. It is a safe and beautiful place for the many uses it serves – performances, presentations, meetings, exhibitions and of course worship.

    The tower needs significant restoration. Scaffolding has stood in front of our church for decades, protecting pedestrians from the potential of falling stone and obscuring the welcome offered by a truly magnificent entrance. The National Fund grant opens a path to long overdue repair and strengthening of the tower’s masonry, which has suffered substantial weathering, material loss and damage over the years. We are confident that our members and friends will want to join our efforts to raise matching funds to restore our treasured building that has long served the community.

    There is a link on that page if you would like to donate to the restoration.

  • Andrew Porter

    Here’s the Heights Casino in 1915. Can’t have the hoi polloi seeing what’s going on behind those windows, can we?

  • Heights Resident

    So the law isn’t always enforced equally. It has always bothered me that the restoration of a religious building has been partially paid for by the state of New York – and via an environmental bong issue no less!

  • nomcebo manzini

    Did you hear that there are now 2 head shops in Bklyn Hts?! Oh, I see that AEB’s “on it” – I’m really just poking fun at what I’m sure will be gone before I know it – “the environmental bong [sic] issue” that “Heights Resident” is rightly lit up about.

  • Jorale-man

    To the jerky dude not wearing a mask in CVS tonight: we’re still in a highly transmissible phase of the pandemic. One can contract omicron extremely easily and quickly. Even if you don’t care about your own health, please be a good neighbor, put on a mask and keep your distance from others. It’s not asking that much. Gracias.

  • Leave Everyone Else Alone

    Die mad.

  • CassieVonMontague

    The law you are referencing is the Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) formerly known as Local Law 11, which does not apply to St. Ann’s and the Holy Trinity, as it does not apply to buildings with six stories or fewer.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Those aren’t for privacy. Those are south facing windows! You want everyone schvitzing on the squash court?

    Bring Back Huge Historic Canvas Shade Awnings! There’s only one house left that has them, on Willow Street. The BHA & Landmarks should require them on all brownstones!

  • Effective Presenter

    Are masks law or not?

  • Effective Presenter

    Nothing exciting goes on at the Casino

  • Arch Stanton

    Air conditioning made the window awnings obsolete.

  • BH Mike

    Mask crybaby

  • Arch Stanton

    Governor Hochul allowd the mask mandate to expire. Masks are no longer mandatory indoors.
    Of course individual businesses can still ask their customers to mask-up. Do you know what CVS’s mask policy is? If they don’t demand masks, I don’t see what your issue is?

  • Arch Stanton

    I don’t think protesting played much part, other than possibly reporting it. An Illuminated sign permit is required everywhere in NYC, add the LPC to that bureaucracy and I doubt we’ll see any such signage made permanent.

    Better than many delis where they ask you once and, like clockwork, screw up your order.

  • Arch Stanton

    Not exactly true. The FISP states that buildings greater than 6 stores must hire an engineer to inspect their facade, every 5 years. Any building, regardless of height may be issued a violation for unsafe condition of the facade and must install a sidewalk shed until the issue is remediated.

  • Jorale-man

    Well, Hochul’s decision was based primarily on political focus groups, not on scientific guidance. Read the NY Times article from last week, which discusses her decision-making. The CDC still advises masks for indoor spaces, as do most epidemiologists and virologists that I’ve seen interviewed.

    Ultimately, there needs to be a social contract based on simple common sense. An airborne virus is still infecting a couple thousand NYC residents a day. Yes, one is also technically allowed to scream fire in a crowded theater but there are some things we all do (or should do) to be responsible members of society.

  • MaggieO

    Every building is required to be kept safe. Local Law 11 provides the additional requirement that you have to have your building inspected every 5 years. St. Ann’s problem is a safety problem, but it wasn’t noted due to a LL11 inspection.
    Also – St Ann’s issues predate LL11, which passed in 1998.

  • meschwar

    Heard a rumor that the CVS on Montague is closing. Anybody know if this true?

  • gc

    “social contract based on simple common sense” is a distant
    dream/memory in this country.

  • KDHicks
  • KDHicks

    Also has anyone heard anything about what’s going into 141 Montague? Walked past and says “Olive & Garlic Gourmet Deli”… sounds promising?

  • AEB

    You must understand–I hope you will–that my comments are seldom if ever a gauntlet thrown down. I just like reporting on local oddities. There are many. PS, someone could probably make a lot of dough creating a device that measures how quickly people go into their corners when confronted with evidence they don’t like.

  • Bornhere
  • kizz

    Clover Hill (at 20 Columbia Place) is open for daytime service starting Saturday, February 19th. Dinner is coming soon.

    This is their first day back in business in nearly two full years. Let’s hear it for them for resurrecting from the dead 👏.