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  • Andrew Porter

    Excellent choice of photos for the header! Those people are stopped there is to look at the goldfish in the fountain at the corner. I’m always amazed by the people who think fountain=wishing well, and throw coins into it—potentially poisoning the fish.

    Meanwhile…here are the rest of my photos of the People’s Trust building, exterior and interior, here and in my replies:

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  • Angela De Marco

    Adding to the disturbing trend of electric vehicles riding on sidewalks is the new disturbing trend of women hawking lunch on the Montague block between Clinton and Court just beyond Fresh Market. It is not getting to the point that the only place to walk on Montague Street is in the street.

  • MaggieO

    not sure what’s disturbing about people selling food. vehicles on sidewalks are hazardous, people trying to sell you things that you don’t want is a minor irritant and a fact of city life. are they blocking the sidewalk?

  • Angela De Marco

    Yes, blocking the sidewalk. Selling out of a cooler. Not licensed. Not insured. Just another example of the city falling apart.

  • gc

    What is moving into the former Women’s Exchange store on Pierpant Street? Major work going on inside today.

  • Banet

    Has anyone here been inside the house/apartment building shown in the header? Does anyone know the history of that house? I was just commenting to my spouse as we walked by yesterday how I’ve always wondered what it’s like inside. At least one room still has a beautiful ceiling fresco intact — you can see it from the street.

  • Effective Presenter

    Yes and they should NOT be on the sidewalk

  • Angela De Marco

    I believe it is an extension of Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities is moving its food pantry from St Charles Borromeo church to 55 Pierrepont effective September 1 and will offer the pantry and also counseling and other services for people in need or in distress.

  • gc

    Thank you for the information regarding 55 Pierrepont St.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    the best way to look inside a building without actually entering is looking at StreetEasy “236 Henry Street”.

    Go to past rentals and click on the apartment and look at the pictures.

    This building is limited to studio and one bedroom apartments.

  • Bornhere

    The owner is from the Canary Islands and used to be one of the premier contractors in the Heights. He’s retired now, but he continues to work on the exterior of his building, the landscaping, and, of course, the koi pond.

  • Banet

    Great idea. And wow, what a sad collection of generic studio apartments. Though I found the unit with the ceiling frescos — “unit PF” – which rented at a major premium to all the others.

  • Claude Scales

    There used to be a naval type flag mast with a crossbar on the roof of the lower part of the building. My wife called it “Admiral Boom’s house,” after a character in Mary Poppins who had a similar mast (along with a cannon) on his house.

  • Peter Darrow

    Let’s go easy here. These are Hispanic women selling lunch to Hispanic workers in the Heights. There are a few of them in various locations near construction projects. Why the hostility?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    This is my favorite apartment in all of Brooklyn:

    Incredible layout. Ben Simmons of the Nets bought a condo in the Oylmpia for $12,000,000. Whenever I pass that building on way to DUMBO Market I am amazed at the opulence in my backyard.

  • Angela De Marco

    No hostility. Just fact. Not selling to construction workers, hawking to anyone who walked by. They could have done the same thing at the park where the greenmarket is, plenty of workers there going in and out of the courts. My point is that they were blocking the sidewalk already overrun by bikes of every flavor with no license, insurance, or permit, selling out of Coleman coolers. My opinion, not ok.

  • Andrew Porter

    That’s in the film, of course. After the author saw what Disney did to her novel, she refused to have anything more to do with Disney.

    Purists and those who believe in the sanctity of authors works should instead read the actual novel and series.

    Background info here:

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    That is an incredible apartment.

    Thank you for sharing this.


  • Curious Neighbor

    Two Dumbo- related questions:

    1) I saw that Sam’s Autobody on Old Fulton Street moved — the one next to the ever, almost opening L&B Spumoni. Anyone know what is moving in?

    2) In Brooklyn Bridge Park, next to the One Hotel, there is now a fence up, and the parking lot towards the ferry, the bike path entrance, and all of the trees in the vicinity have all been cut down and cleared. What’s happening there?

    Internet powered citizens, do you thing and bring me some enlightenment.

  • Peter Darrow

    More important, where did Sam’s go. They are the best!

  • Curious Neighbor

    589 Smith Street

  • KBells40

    I can answer #2! They’re reconfiguring the entrance to the park with a new pavillion:

  • Jorale-man

    The industrious Mary Frost has a good piece on a proposed bill to make ice cream trucks go electric within 3 years. A very much welcome plan, as anyone who’s been subjected to the truck fumes at Clinton & Livingston or Pierrepont & the Promenade know.

  • Mark C

    Finally went to Sushi Lin. The best sushi I’ve had in Brooklyn. Had the 10-piece sushi Omakase, oysters, and dessert. All were excellent. Highly recommended!

  • Effective Presenter

    Do you know it’s DUMBO and NOT Dumbo?

    Dumbo is a Walt Disney character an elephant.

    DUMBO is an acronym, Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

  • clarknt67

    “another example of the city falling apart”

    I think they meant histrionic, not hostile.