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  • Andrew Porter

    Is everyone set for the new heat wave? I’m not looking forward to my next Con Ed bill!

    Meanwhile, here’s 151-53 Montague Street on Feb. 24, 1916:

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  • MaggieO

    that photo makes me sweat.

  • Jorale-man

    “Steaks and Chops.” A precursor to today’s dining sheds? The building has actually held up pretty well, all things considered.

  • T.K. Small

    Two weeks ago, I posted my concerns about the large planters on the corners of Montague Street. I sent an email to the BID through their online contact form and so far have not had any response. I also tried to call them, but could only find a nonworking telephone number. Is it any wonder that Montague Street is not all that appealing…?

    With the proliferation of food delivery services, avoiding electric bikes has become that much more urgent. Yesterday a very large one was barrel-assing down the sidewalk on Pierrepont Street; easily, a serious accident could have occurred.

    I consider this a legitimate issue and people have read my comment here and contacted me directly in agreement. What would people recommend for the next step towards possibly getting a response?

  • aeshtron

    When the operator of an Ebike chooses to ride on the sidewalk and crashes into pedestrians it is not an accident as it is the intentional actions of the Ebike operator that caused the crash.

    Like it or not, Ebikes are here to stay and I believe will continue to grow in popularity. Ebike operators, pedestrians, cyclists and poorly disciplined children would all benefit from dedicated, protected space to travel safely.

    To reduce the number of potentially dangerous interactions with Ebike operators please consider ordering fewer products to your home. Yes, it’s convenient to have cocaine, cannabis and chicken delivered to ones home but unless one is disabled it’s often healthier and cheaper to go visit your friendly local purveyor in person.

    It may be impotent, but consider writing several handwritten letters to elected officials outlining your concerns.

    IMHO, it’s silly that currently,
    over 40% of Manhattan street space is dedicated to the
    parking of private motor
    vehicles. This space could be used more effectively. Although it’s convenient and cheap for me to park my ugly pollution belching vehicles on local Brooklyn Heights streets for free for years, I do believe there are better uses for public

  • Andrew Porter

    Your first two paragraphs were spot on, but then you topic drifted into other territory.

    T.K.—whom I’ve seen in BH for for years—is mobility impaired, and this topic is especially concerning for him.

    Just called the BHA on behalf of T.K. and they promised to contact him directly.

  • CassieVonMontague
  • Effective Presenter

    We suspect TK would have included BHA in his first outreach?

    Thank you for contacting BHA let’s hope some action is taken to protect disabled residents of Brooklyn Heights.

    In the old days Howard Golden, David Dinkins, Rudolph Gullianni Michael Bloomberg, would NOT have ignored TK Small Esq.

    Clearly the world has changed.


  • T.K. Small

    Thank you Andrew. I had forgotten about BHA. However, one should not need to contact BHA to get an answer from the Montague Street BID.

    As for why I am raising this topic, I’m more concerned for the safety of frail seniors in the neighborhood. My eyesight, hearing and situational awareness is sufficient that I’m not all that worried about myself. Unless there is a head-on collision, they will get hurt more than me.

  • Eddyde

    Dim memories form my childhood, me thinks it was a women’s clothing store 60’s. Then it was Burger King in the 70’s-80’s then Banana Republic 90’s

  • Red Leader

    Is anyone noticing the influx of pedicabs in the neighborhood? Not sure how I feel about this.

  • MaggieO

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen one in the neighborhood. where have you seen them?

  • Red Leader

    Just started seeing A LOT of them on Hicks St. and on Love Ln. Hoping they’re not here to stay.

  • Cranberry Beret

    I think they’re shuttling crew for a film shoot

  • Red Leader

    oh that’s great news, thank you!

  • Eddyde

    What’s your beef with pedicabs?

  • Red Leader

    They’re cockroaches who rip off tourists. That’s my beef. Thanks for asking.

  • Andrew Porter

    Wrong building. Burger King, then Banana Republic, were at 133 Montague Street now, I think, the Urgent Care place.

    See this post from 2016:

  • Andrew Porter

    They could have spelled Middagh Street correctly!

    This photo, slightly corrected (click to enlarge):

  • Jorale-man

    A NYT piece on the new trash bin pilot project on Montague. Good report, though it tries a bit too hard to find a negative angle in a couple places.

  • Eddyde

    Yes, I stand corrected.

  • Pierrepont

    Last 8PM sunset of the year is tonight (Wednesday). Next time sunset falls after 8PM will be next May, so enjoy it while it is here.

  • Pierrepont

    Meant for the other OTW. Sorry!