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  • Peter Darrow

    Why the police helicopters hovering over the Heights about noon yesterday?

  • Iggy Sikorsky

    “Person in need of assistance at Pier 3” The helicopter response makes me think it was a person who jumped in or was threatening to jump into the East River.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    And 75 Poplar, next door, in 1961. Doorway is still there, but in 75, original ground floor windows replaced by modern, cheaper ones:

  • Peter Darrow

    Wow, thanks.

  • Sweeties

    Anyone know what’s up with the sloppily silver painted benches on The Promenade?
    I say someone “slapping” silver paint on one, last week. Now another has received the same treatment.
    Looks very slapdash and unofficial.

  • Jorale-man

    Disappointed to see the “no through traffic” signs taken down at Joralemon & Hicks. I’m sure most drivers never obeyed them but it was nice in principle to have the shared roadway going down to the park. Once again, cars win out over everyone else on NYC streets.

  • Banet

    Does anyone know what the story is with the screaming that occurs most nights on the north side of Joralemon Street between Hicks Street and Henry Street around 10:30 PM at night? It seems to be on the back of the building.

  • Banet

    I saw that last week and meant to ask. It’s a number of benches that are within a stone’s throw of the Pierrepont playground. Some of them seem to be sanded down as well – the wood is a lighter brown.

  • Remsen Street neighbor

    Hi, I know its not Wednesday anymore but had to ask… Does anyone know what the story is with the very loud motorcycle gang that drives on the promenade in the middle of the night? They exit at Remsen street and rev their engines so loud my kids wake up :(. They make the loop several times.

  • Peter Scott-Thomas

    A modest (not too ambitious proposal. . .

    The NYT this AM (Fri.) has a short piece bemoaning how “smoke shops” are displacing things like dry cleaners. True, I don’t happen to patronize the former, but in that we will find ourselves with Ubereats and the like delivering before very long, the ONLY reason these shops (most of which, of course, violate laws many times each day) CAN survive is a supply-demand imbalance AND crazy high profit margins. (Kind of similar to why Starbucks & competitors or opticians or banks proliferate, while we’re extremely lucky to have 2 bookstores.)

    SO, “resolved” – because I believe it could happen – just as every restaurant is required by NYC to be inspected and to demonstrate EXPERTISE in matters pertaining to hygiene – “training” at least one employee, why can’t the City do something similar w.r.t. people who ARE selling substances that are ingested. E coli is the nasty for restaurants, and there are certainly health risks for the everyday smoker. Product purity – the NYT also reported today that 6,000 people have died from overdoses in Baltimore – IS a health concern. It’s no coincident that intoxicate and toxin have the same root!

    If a dry cleaner didn’t “vent right,” it would be shut down in a NY minute. Surely, PUBLIC HEALTH is involved here, too.

    Even Mayor Adams claims to see this as a problem, so the notion that no City agency has the authority or the power to put a lid on is intolerable. We’ve got – I believe – a fine City Council. Surely, one of its 50 members could FIX THIS via legislation. Maybe, give our barely visible Public Advocate [mostly there in case Mayor Adams dies in office] something REAL to deal with.

    Why is LAND USE something individual neighborhoods have a big say about … while criminal enterprises (some of them surely “mobbed up”) can easily displace stores & services seemingly unceasingly? BOTH have a major impact on local quality of life.

  • B.

    Or maybe they’re just taking their sick animals to the vet. Or dropping off elderly guests visiting their families. Or just going about life.

  • karateca2000

    There are other routes. That street doesn’t take you anywhere.

  • karateca2000

    I heard them. A bunch of jerks who have nothing better to do.

  • Teunis J.

    They probably shouldn’t take Joralemon then.

    But seriously folks, I always wondered why they don’t fix the bricks on Joralemon but now I have a pet theory that the neighborhood wants the street so uneven and bumpy to slow down cars.

  • nozy_naybore

    what’s up with the favorite neighborhood smoke shop on Henry? Closed down again?

  • MaggieO

    the Belgian Block pavers on that stretch of Joralemon are actually in much better condition than they were when I first moved to the neighborhood 10 years ago. They’re always going to be bumpy, but there were some significant dips that you risked bottoming out on. They absolutely encourage slower driving and I think that’s a valuable service on that block!

  • Red Leader

    I have nothing to offer but what kind of screaming are we talking about?

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, it’s a welcome side effect (though I do get envious of DUMBO’s spotless, re-bricked streets whenever I walk down there).

  • gc

    Part and parcel with all the other quality of life issues that have been kicked to the side of the road!
    From the top to the bottom of the food chain there is no consideration for anyone but

  • gc

    Not to mention the total lack of enforcement.

  • Miss Cranapple

    I would never have expected such a daring design approved by landmarks for the Cranberry Pit that’s been there for 10+ years

  • Sweeties

    Well, that’s about as nice as the ugly POS at 322 Henry Street. Looks nicer from the back, which is not something you can say about everything.

  • KBells40
  • gc


  • Miss Cranapple

    Do you mean 324 Hicks St? It has the same silly jutting-out windows as that building, which was built 20 years ago. Is it the same architect?

  • Sweeties

    Yes. You’re right. I meant Hicks.

  • Banet

    Don’t hate me, but I think I kind of… like it? I wish it stepped down more in height on the western side as it approached the wood frame house but I think they did a clever job of transitioning between the two different facade planes.

  • Banet

    Loud, violent raging screams? Not sexual screams. Not domestic violence screams. More like… an attempt at catharsis?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Banet, I must admit I like it also. I like the diversity of architecture. In its own way it does fit in contextually in my very humble opinion.