Comments for Brooklyn Heights Blog http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Mon, 22 May 2017 17:37:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Comment on Local Houses of Worship Open for “Sacred Sites” Tours This Weekend by DIBShttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83873/comment-page-1#comment-565421 Mon, 22 May 2017 17:37:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83873#comment-565421 Wish I had been there for that

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Claude Scaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565420 Mon, 22 May 2017 02:30:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565420 I was told that they have been preserved and will be displayed inside the new library.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by B.http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565419 Sun, 21 May 2017 10:55:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565419 Maybe the demolition-happy developer, who has as yet put no money down at all for his purchase, will emulate The Donald, who had promised the Bonwit Teller friezes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then destroyed them to save removing and moving costs.

Whoops, he said, sorry, well, they weren’t so great anyway, no loss, who’d want to look at them? or something to that effect.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Carlo Trigianihttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565418 Sun, 21 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565418 I forgot. I live in a sanctuary city. The thing that gets my goat is I pay 13% on every dollar I make in NYC and state and cant get the government, who all get paychecks and pensions funded by me, to do their job. I pay $2600 a year to an insurance company (never been in a wreck, by the way) and when I call them to inform them people are ripping them off and I can help, they tell me there is nothing they can do. Well that’s not good enough. Residential permit parking would help solve both problems. There are other cards to play… Lots of problems to solve…

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565417 Sun, 21 May 2017 00:13:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565417 I agree, it’s a sham, like I said, If they get caught the’ll realize it so wasn’t worth it…

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Carlo Trigianihttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565416 Sat, 20 May 2017 20:07:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565416 Why should those who don’t cheat subsidize those who do? It’s so obvious. There are six people in my 33 unit building who don’t have New York plates. I can assure you, they put their heads on the pillow at least five nights a week in Brooklyn. As they say on MNF, “Come on man!”

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Carlo Trigianihttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565415 Sat, 20 May 2017 19:56:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565415 It depends on the value of the car. Bottom line, if you live in Brooklyn, your car should be registered in Brooklyn. Parking permits would force residents to register and insure their car in Brooklyn. Pretty simple.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by B.http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565414 Sat, 20 May 2017 16:24:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565414 So funny. No such entity, at least on Joralemon Streeet, called the Packer School. The name is, as I wrote in my comment, the Packer Collegiate Institute.

“Packer” for short.

Yes, our Brooklyn streets are a mess.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Jorale-manhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565413 Fri, 19 May 2017 20:05:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565413 Those businesses are definitely part of the problem too. But I’ll never understand what prompts someone to drop their used food wrappers or soda cans on the ground where they work or live, rather than taking it to a garbage can.

Speaking of Packer School, I see there’s an evacuation this afternoon (Friday) with fire trucks all around. Anyone know what the story is?

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Joeyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565412 Fri, 19 May 2017 17:32:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565412 I think the sidewalk in front of Starbucks, Honeygrow and the Equinox is consistently more filthy than the sidewalk in front of Packer School from my observation.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Cranberry Berethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565411 Fri, 19 May 2017 17:25:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565411 Yep demo is well in progrress. Don’t walk by on a windy day, tons of dust coming off the demo. Looks like the relief panels from the front were removed early on (they’re supposed to go into storage pending adaptive reuse somewhere) – anyone can confirm this actually happened?

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565410 Fri, 19 May 2017 15:30:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565410 I’d be fine with registering and insuring bikes, though it seems like massive overkill considering there’s only been a single death caused by a cyclist in the city in the last decade as compared to well over 1,000 deaths by auto in the same time period.

As far as registration costs, the cost of registering a car in NY is tied to the weight of the vehicle. So If it’s $32.50 to register a 2,000 pound car, then a 40 pound bike should cost 2% as much — or 65 cents a year. (Some might argue the registration fee should be based on the volume of space the vehicle takes up, but that’s not how the state does it.)

As far as paying for parking, sure — as long as the cost is also commensurate with the amount of space they take. So if a car pays $2/hour then the bike should pay 20 cents an hour.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by KBells40http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565409 Fri, 19 May 2017 14:41:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565409 They have been actively in demo mode for a month or so. About half the structure is gone, last time I looked.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by MaggieOhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565408 Fri, 19 May 2017 13:34:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565408 well it looks like the demolition permits were issued at the beginning of March and they had another couple permits in the works that were approved in April. sounds like they’re probably still working on getting all the necessary approvals.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by MaggieOhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565407 Fri, 19 May 2017 13:26:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565407 Looks messy from the DOB info. Stop work orders from 2015 are shown as resolved or partially resolved and a couple of the construction permits are still active but apparently their temporary construction fence permit expired in 2016 and there’s an open violation for that. Even more fun, the GC listed on that violation doesn’t have an active DOB license… so… yeah… doesn’t look good. Time to find out who owns the property and see what the heck is up.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565406 Thu, 18 May 2017 22:12:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565406 The Irony is, it’s not that expensive to insure a car in NYC anymore. I pay less than a grand a year for liability. 20 years ago it was 3 times that..

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565405 Thu, 18 May 2017 22:07:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565405 People mainly do it for lower insurance premiums. However, If they are ever in a serious accident and investigated, they can find themselves in real trouble…

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565404 Thu, 18 May 2017 22:03:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565404 It doesn’t cost the city anything to let someone park a car on the street. But the city makes hundreds of millions a year in parking tickets, so there’s your parking fee.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565403 Thu, 18 May 2017 21:57:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565403 Roughly half the households have a car equals roughly half the people have access to a car.
There is far more Sidewalk space than parking spaces.
The automobile is a legitimate mode of transportation. People need not be unduly taxed or penalized for owning one. If you think it’s right to charge for every single parking space than bicycles should be registered, insured and pay for on street parking as well. But I’ll bet you don’t want that…

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565402 Thu, 18 May 2017 21:41:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565402 Yeah, 2 yeas at least.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by FoodArtforKids.comhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565401 Thu, 18 May 2017 20:18:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565401 Hope so too. Otherwise, ten years from now, this will have been the 4th Window Festival sponsored by Apple ..

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by StudioBrooklynhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565400 Thu, 18 May 2017 18:21:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565400 Sounds like a problem that could be surmounted with sensible rule-making.

For example, have different tiers of permits that can be purchased and displayed in any combination one likes: city-wide, which entitle you to a certain number of hours at a time, borough- or zone-wide, which entitle you to a certain number of days at a time, and neighborhood-wide, which are more or less year-round permits. If you work in the city, purchase the permit for the city and the borough; if you only use your car to go out of town on the weekends, just get the neighborhood permit.

Not perfect, but just an idea off the cuff.

I suspect the reason they don’t do this is because it would result in fewer people getting parking tickets, and therefore less revenue for the city.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by StudioBrooklynhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565399 Thu, 18 May 2017 18:16:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565399 My understanding was that the reason people register out of state was to avoid paying the in-state sales tax, which of course is nearly 10% of the total cost and has to be paid in a lump sum upfront regardless of how the car is financed, not just the registration fees. Of course I could be wrong.

I often wonder how much the presence of idle demolition dumpsters and fallow loading zones contribute to parking congestion in the neighborhood, and whether it shouldn’t be harder in general to get a license (so many bad drivers out there, it makes you wonder) and therefore a car.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by B.http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565398 Thu, 18 May 2017 17:31:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565398 The Packer Collegiate Institute if in violation of litter laws should do more to keep its sidewalks clean. Difficult to do when garbage blows up from Court Street — but then, that’s the breaks. But thank you for agreeing re grass. You might also have liked the ivy that once festooned the bricks.

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Comment on Local Houses of Worship Open for “Sacred Sites” Tours This Weekend by Claude Scaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83873/comment-page-1#comment-565397 Thu, 18 May 2017 16:52:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83873#comment-565397 Schermerhorn! I’ve corrected it.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Jorale-manhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565396 Thu, 18 May 2017 16:17:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565396 Agreed that the lawn does make the block much more pleasant visually (and perhaps contributes to cleaner air on some small level). That said, I do wish the Packer School would do a better job at keeping the sidewalk in front clean. It’s awfully filthy some days. If anyone from the school is reading this, please consider sending your cleaning staff out front on a more regular basis.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565395 Thu, 18 May 2017 15:57:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565395 My college roommate lives in Washington DC. They have residential parking permits. Works really well. You pay a relatively low annual fee and get a sticker. It lets you park on the street. It also forces you to have DC plates and pay DC insurance.

No permit? You’re general limited to 2 hours of parking.

The only downside is that the city is divided up into dozens of zones. This keeps people from the edge of the city from driving to work and parking in residential neighborhoods close to the jobs (just as people drive from Bay Ridge and park here before taking the subway a stop or two into Manhattan).

These zones mean that if you want to spend the night at your girlfriends, or even just go to a friend’s house for an afternoon, you’ve got a problem.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565394 Thu, 18 May 2017 15:54:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565394 That registration fee is $26 to $48.50 per YEAR, depending on the weight of your vehicle.

None of that money goes to the city — it all goes to the state. But seriously, that’s what it costs to park just a few HOURS in Manhattan.

If you’re seriously saying that the registration fee should be used to make up the cost of free street parking, then you’re asking them to up State registrations fees — just for NYC residents — to what? $1,000 a year? $2,000? And I’d have to pay that even if I live on Staten Island, have a driveway, and never use street parking? That just doesn’t make sense.

What *does* make sense is having people pay for what they use. Street parking — wherever it’s scarce — should have a cost associated with it.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565393 Thu, 18 May 2017 15:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565393 Yes, about 50% of households own a car, but a huge amount of those cars are parked on private property. In driveways mostly (think all of Staten Island) but also in parking garages (think most private cars in Manhattan south of 110th street).

Further, that’s 50% of *households*, or 1.4 million households according to the NYCEDC (which in turn got it from the U.S. Census), which is likely where you also got your stats. So that’s roughly 1.4 million cars (how many New Yorkers do you know who own more than 1 car?) out of 8.5 million New Yorkers. That’s not 50%. So now we have more space dedicated to parking that walking for, as I said, a mere fraction of the population.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83869/comment-page-1#comment-565392 Thu, 18 May 2017 15:25:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83869#comment-565392 If no one has ever stumbled across this, it’s one of the things that makes the Heights so special. Try to swing by — you’ll be impressed.

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