Comments for Brooklyn Heights Blog http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:18:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Reggiehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567161 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:18:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567161 Since I am often on Citibike, what CHatter proposes is in essence what I frequently do. I dock-up on one side of the Brooklyn Bridge, walk across and get a new bike on the other side. It adds, I dunno, 20 minutes to a half-hour to my trip. That seems like a big ask of local residents so tourists can take selfies with the Manhattan skyline in the background. There has to be a way to increase capacity and hopefully DOT is working on it. Or, if we are set on a categorical ban of users, I suggest non-residents. There was plenty of room on the promenade in the 80s.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Andrew Porterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567160 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:46:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567160 If you think that people actually obey the rules and don’t ride their bikes on the Promenade, I have a bridge to sell… uh…

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Comment on “WATCHTOWER” Gone; Time and Temp Remain by CHatterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85379/comment-page-1#comment-567159 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:42:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85379#comment-567159 “FOR SALE”

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by CHatterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567158 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:40:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567158 Why not treat it like our own promenade: bikers have to dismount at the bridge and walk their bikes across. That way bikers can continue to use the route, but not present a hazard to pedestrians.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Heightsguyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567157 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:11:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567157 Make the promenade two-tiered. Bicycles on bottom, pedestrians on top. Problem solved

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Comment on RIP Rocco Scali, “The Barber of Brooklyn Heights” by Thomas Cowperthwaitehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85338/comment-page-1#comment-567156 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:10:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85338#comment-567156 I was really saddened to hear about Rocco’s demise. He was not only a terrific guy, but a great barber and a treasure trove of information about Brooklyn Heights. His clientele included many of the borough’s movers and shakers—those who didn’t mind hanging out with the hoi polloi for a sliver of time every few weeks. And Rocco was gracious with everyone, bringing fresh mint from his garden to his favorite local restaurants, joking with his coworkers, sharing parking tips and gossip with denizens and tourists alike. Yeah, a real loss.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Ann Herendeenhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567155 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567155 Perhaps ridicule is the wrong word. Many bicyclists seem to feel contempt for pedestrians, not stopping at red lights and stop signs, and going the wrong way on one-way streets. On the BB, the walkway is just too narrow to be shared by walkers and cyclists. I think it was built as a walkway, not a bike way. Yes, pedestrians “stray,” especially tourists. That’s the pleasure of visiting one of the city’s great structures. The only practical solution is to give cyclists a lane of their own, separate from cars and.pedestrians.

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Comment on Promenade Tree Lighting Wednesday; Celebrate After at Brooklyn Women’s Exchange by Claude Scaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85382/comment-page-1#comment-567154 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:37:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85382#comment-567154 Because of my work schedule, I probably won’t be there for the lighting, but I will be at the Women’s Exchange afterward.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Reggiehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567153 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:23:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567153 I would be more than happy if the City made the walkway pedestrians only AND took a lane on the bridge for cyclists. The only mode of traffic for which numbers are down on the Brooklyn Bridge are cars. As others have said, it is absurd to ask cyclists to take the Manhattan Bridge (which I do use whenever I can because the Brooklyn Bridge has become such a nightmare) regardless of their destination, be it the Hudson River Greenway or the Staten Island Ferry.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by petercowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567152 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:14:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567152 Andrew,
Correct – the bridge used to take trolleys and subways.

Its capacity was much higher than it is today, when it was given over to autos.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by petercowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567151 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:13:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567151 Ann,
I don’t know any bicyclists that ridicule walkers, and I can tell you two things:
1) on the BB bike path, the problem is pedestrians encroaching onto the bike path, not the other way round.

2) in the time since a bicyclist last struck and killed a pedestrian in NYC, over 700 New Yorkers have been killed by cars.

So let’s keep the focus where the problem is.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Ann Herendeenhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567150 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:36:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567150 Not sure when it started, the enmity between cyclists and pedestrians, but we should be on the same side. Having to share a narrow *walk*way is absurd—and comments from cyclists to ban pedestrians are ridiculous. Yes, take a car lane and use it for bicycles. More important: recognize that not everyone is able to ride a bike. The elderly, people with disabilities—some of us can walk, and prefer it to riding in a car, but cannot ride a bike. We do not appreciate being mowed down and ridiculed by riders on two-wheeled vehicles who behave as aggressively as drivers but don’t obey any of the traffic rules.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Andrew Porterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567149 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:58:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567149 At least we don’t have to make room for the trolley cars any more:

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Comment on “WATCHTOWER” Gone; Time and Temp Remain by Andrew Porterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85379/comment-page-1#comment-567148 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:52:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85379#comment-567148 I predict Kushner will put enormous red “NO COLLUSION” letters up there…

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Comment on Promenade Tree Lighting Wednesday; Celebrate After at Brooklyn Women’s Exchange by Andrew Porterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85382/comment-page-1#comment-567147 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:45:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85382#comment-567147 I’ll be there, Claude!

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Comment on ‘Tis The Season…For Building Intruders by Andrew Porterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85365/comment-page-1#comment-567146 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85365#comment-567146 Whenever I see a package left between the inner and outer doors of my building, I move it out of sight of someone outside the doors.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Andrew Porterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85349/comment-page-1#comment-567145 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:39:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85349#comment-567145 Gee, you’re right. I guess I missed it.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by petercowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567144 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:35:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567144 It will happen.. probably not under de Blasio, but it will happen.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Jorale-manhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567143 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:15:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567143 I agree that a car lane should be removed and given to cyclists. Cars still vastly dominate our city’s infrastructure; this would be a small concession in the grand scheme of things.

Better yet, they should introduce congestion pricing for Manhattan, but it will never happen. These aren’t visionary times for urban planning.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567142 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:56:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567142 Right back at ya. I want to bike to work and have to take a much more dangerous (and longer) route on the Manhattan bridge?

While I expect that far more people bike to work over the Brooklyn Bridge than walk to work, the bridge should be designed to accommodate all modes of transport.

Personally I think 1 of the 6 car lanes should be dedicated to bikes and the boardwalk above should be all pedestrian.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Claude Scaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567141 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:43:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567141 So, if I’m working in the Financial District, as I am now, and get up early on a nice morning and decide to walk to work, I’m to be forced to take a long detour to the Manhattan Bridge in order to please bicyclists?

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by petercowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567140 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:37:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567140 Boy – the stupid is strong on this thread.

de Blasio, being de Blasio took off the table the obvious.. take a car lane away.. give it to the bikes.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by Banethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567139 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:16:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567139 Agreed. The Brooklyn Bridge is fat superior for getting to the West Side Greenway, Which is the most popular bike lane in the city.

Why not ban pedestrians from the Brooklyn Bridge? The view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan bridge would be wonderful and Chinatown is far more interesting than City Hall.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by karateca2000http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567138 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:24:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567138 I disagree. People ride bicycles not because they want to have fun. It is a mode of transportation. Taking the Brooklyn bridge is convenient because it is very well connected to the west side highway greenway. The Manhattan bridge is a terrible option if you are going to the west of Manhattan. The same can be said for pedestrians: “Take the Manhattan bridge, you will get a better view and it is nearby”.

Perhaps there should be a physical barrier to avoid tourists from invading the bike lane.

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by EasyPeasyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567137 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:41:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567137 Exactly. This isn’t rocket science. Ban the bikes.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Claude Scaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85349/comment-page-1#comment-567136 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85349#comment-567136 I remembered reading it years ago, so I did a Google search for “adlai stevenson cat and bird.”

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Comment on Solutions Mulled for Easing Brooklyn Bridge Promenade Congestion by A Neighborhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85393/comment-page-1#comment-567135 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:16:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85393#comment-567135 For anyone who walks on the bridge, the answer is easy. Bikes shouldn’t be allowed. The walkway is excruciatingly narrow for two walking lanes as it is. Of course, people stop to look and take pictures and travel in groups. Many of them are tourists, enjoying one of the most exquisite sites in New York.

For some unknown reason, bikes, of which there are many fewer than pedestrians, are given half of the narrow walkway. Many self-entitled riders whiz by pedestrians at high speed, terrifying pedestrians and apparently unaware that many walk into the bike lane without notice.

Brooklyn bike riders I speak to say the Manhattan Bridge is a far better alternative. It’s only a short ride away – and it has exclusive walkways for bikers and walkers.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Arch Stantonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85349/comment-page-1#comment-567134 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:57:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85349#comment-567134 Thanks, but how on earth did you find that?

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Teresahttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85349/comment-page-1#comment-567133 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:39:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85349#comment-567133 I wish they’d work with us. It’s so frustrating that they won’t.

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Comment on Open Thread Wednesday by Claude Scaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85349/comment-page-1#comment-567132 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:10:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=85349#comment-567132 They told me, and I posted about it here: http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/85179

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