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Photo by Martha Foley: window box at the BHA Show House, 145 Columbia Heights.

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  • Andrew Porter

    I looked inside yesterday. All the shelving in place along the walls. I’d say they’re from Franklin Fixtures, leading producer of bookstore/library shelving. Ceiling removed to show joists for floor above.

    Looks much larger than when it was Fish’s Eddy or Housing Works. No partitions, going all the way to the back wall.


    Law & Order, back in 2003 – 2006 an episode was filmed on 8 Montague Terrace.

    Benson and Staibler called on a Persian family greeted at the door standing on the stoop over the the shoulders of the detectives 11 Montague Terrace, 9 Montague Terrace, 5 Montague Terrace are in clear view.

    Can anyone tell us the title of that Law & Order episode?


  • Andrew Porter

    Met Loudon Wainright III in the garbage/recycling room in my building’s basement. After he moved out, his daughter Lucy Roche moved in. Used to hear her guitar echoing down from the floor above.

    There’s a reason Pineapple Street is part of “Angels in America.” Stephen Langley, head of the Brooklyn College Drama Dept., lived (and died of AIDS) there.

  • Andrew Porter

    Larger still, the long vacant 2-story former Starbuck’s Coffee.

    Meanwhile, with Barnes & Noble decamping to Atlantic, the entire block-long B&N/Regal Cinemas building will be in play.

  • Andrew Porter

    Stuff filmed here is too numerous to mention. Here’s one of my photos of something being filmed on Orange Street:

  • Crystal


  • Gail Eisner

    “In Brownstoner” is not a “seal of approval.” 75 Pineapple can be searched easily, and the City’s data are this:
    Year Built: 1899
    Open Violations: 51
    Total Violations: 200
    “Heat & Hot Water” is the category with the most dings, but plumbing & electric each have violations. Sounds like Cassie did well to thumbs-down Greenbrook.

  • FatFreddy’sCatheter

    What did AEB just say?

  • Banet

    I expect that whole building will be torn down and a condo tower will be built there. But only after sitting empty for at least 3 years.

  • Andrew Porter


  • Andrew Porter

    Trucks resupply Sahadi’s, the fruit and veg place, Key Food, all on the block from Clinton to Court.

  • T.K. Small
  • TeddyNYC

    Maybe a Whole Foods could fit there? I guess a Union Market would be a more likely bet.

  • Andrew Porter

    Condo tower with the 50-foot-high limit on new construction courtesy Landmarking? Not gonna happen.

  • Andrew Porter

    Yes, the construction of Metrotech is definitely an idea whose time is past, Before it was built, I used to go to Sid’s Hardware, in a former church on Myrtle Avenue, demolished in the process. Now that was a destination!

  • Cranberry Beret

    I think Banet was talking about the movie theater building (which isn’t landmarked), not the old starbucks building. But I wouldn’t count on the height limit being around forever anyway. The times they are a-changin’…

  • Mike Suko

    I’m quite sure you’re right on that count. Mayor Adams is “all in” re building & development – probably more than diBlasio and with even less concern for “affordability.” … And while it could take 20 years or more, if you build enough market rate units, people “down the ladder” WILL have better options. Plus, you’ll grow the tax base. (Not sure they’d be MY priorities & approach, but if ever one needed proof about “changing times,” diBlasio giving way to Adams might be it. That’s not rah rah, btw – just in keeping with a NYT article where people like AOC were quoted as being – roughly – more ready to compromise.)

  • South Brooklyn Boys

    What’s with the unleashed 15-20 dogs on the synthetic turf on Cadmen Plaza every morning. It’s really difficult to then walk past later in the morning when all the babies are crawling around on the same spots the dogs have been urinating and pooping. Not cool, dog owners!

  • CassieVonMontague

    They put up “No Dogs” signs last year, but the dogs can’t read.

  • HenryLoL

    Um, I hear ya, but it’s not a baby blanket either…

  • FatFreddy’sCatheter

    This comment was not worth reopening this tab. LOL.

  • clarknt67

    Yeah. I figure one reason is all the elite private schools here (St Ann’s, Packer, Friends). Most of them have kids.

  • clarknt67

    Are you under the impression there are any outdoor locations in NYC that are sanitary for babies? Bird and rat poop is fine?