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Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, "BoCoCa" (Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens), Red Hook, Metrotech.

Destroy: whatever cockfarmer came up with "BoCoCa." For crying out loud. At least "DUMBO" is in all-caps and its acronym spells out the name of a flying elephant.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 20:55 (fifteen years ago) link

I forgot Fort Greene!

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 20:58 (fifteen years ago) link

this thread is Newyorkist.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 20:58 (fifteen years ago) link

this BOARD is Newyorkist!

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:00 (fifteen years ago) link

boo york

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:05 (fifteen years ago) link

From now on, this thread is going to be Reginist.

Hee-yaw!

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:07 (fifteen years ago) link

oooofff course you do.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/14/nyregion/14boco.html

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:14 (fifteen years ago) link

And yet another competitor has entered the scene. Frank Galeano, who works with Mr. Natoli, has recently introduced CoWaDi, for Columbia Waterfront District, the strip of restaurants and shops along Columbia Street.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:17 (fifteen years ago) link

we've taken that logo. you guys can't use it anymore.
from now the "I (heart)" is solely the doman of Regina. It was decided in the UN.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:17 (fifteen years ago) link

that "regina" cursive font is so 1985!

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

it looks like it should have "featuring special guest paula poundstone" written under it.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Okay, Regina, great. Start yer own thread.

I live in Downtown Brooklyn, matter of fact, and we're territorial. Everything on the west side of Gold Street, from Flatbush to the BQE, then south of the BQE to Cadman Plaza West and Court Street, is downtown, including Metrotech. Draw the southern border where you would like... Atlantic?

Classic: it might as well be another city that you live in. Lots of subways. If you're willing to walk 20-25 minutes, tons of restaurants in three utterly distinct neighborhoods. The Hillside dog run.

Dud: No grocery stores, except for that miserable Associated in Concord Village. No late night food or booze. Walking along Tillary Street, especially where it crosses Jay.

Dickerson Pike (Dickerson Pike), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Nothing says "This week at the Regina Comedy Bunker: Robert Klein and Sam Kinison" more than that logo

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I've always wondered: What's the actual neighborhood designation for the Metrotech and Fulton St. areas? The Flatbush Extension around DeKalb (where Junior's is) -- is that technically Fort Greene?

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:51 (fifteen years ago) link

It seems like no one's all that quick to assign names to those parts of Brooklyn (I've heard everything surrounding Metrotech -- Bridge St, Adams, Lawrence, Jay, etc -- given the "Metrotech" shorthand, but it must have been something before that).

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:57 (fifteen years ago) link

This board is Californist.

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:58 (fifteen years ago) link

This board! This board! This board is on fire!

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm assuming that no clever names have been assigned because those areas seem super-resistant to spiffing up. i knew some people who had a new condo apt. for a while on lawrence street, and the urban renewal on that side of court street just did not take off.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

The "Columbia Waterfront District" designation is soooooo wrong and pointless. It's still Carroll Gardens; it just picks up on the other side of the BQE and goes down past Hicks another block to Columbia St. It's not worth giving it a new name. Search: The bus that follows that route to Red Hook. Destroy: Just about everything else on Columbia St.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 22:10 (fifteen years ago) link

The Flatbush Extension around DeKalb (where Junior's is) -- is that technically Fort Greene?

I would say Fort Greene ends at Flatbush, yeah.

Bruce Ratner can eat a bag of dicks.

hstencil, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 22:39 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd draw a line around the hindquarters of LIU, and stick that with Metrotech/Downtown Brooklyn. All LIU offers to Fort Greene is a view of the athletics field and parking lot
.

Dickerson Pike (Dickerson Pike), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 23:49 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
So I've lived in this city my whole life and I know bupkis of Downtown/South Brooklyn. While I've dipped a toe in most of the neighborhoods (never Brooklyn Heights!), I've only done so when called there for particular purposes, and have never done enough walking around to get a feel for any of them (excepting perhaps our mini-Red Hook tour).

So I think I need to start being a tourist in my own city. Which neighborhoods to see separately or collectively (for instance, if Downtown/Fulton/Metrotech belong to a surrounding neighborhood, which one is it?) and in what order? Which streets to walk?

(note that the same is true for Park Slope and the park itself, but I won't ruin the integrity of the thread alone)

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 29 May 2005 18:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I've totally avoided the Brooklyn Heights/ Montague Street neighborhood as well, gabbneb, so I have absolutely no idea. It always seemed to me like a little slice of, say, New Haven got misfiled in Brooklyn.

My knowledge of "downtown" Brooklyn extends to, essentially, Albee Square Mall on Fulton St.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 29 May 2005 23:13 (fourteen years ago) link

But wouldn't "South Brooklyn" be, like a long bus ride away from there?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 29 May 2005 23:14 (fourteen years ago) link

south brooklyn is actually another name for red hook.

Did the glacier in the library bounce today? (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 30 May 2005 00:24 (fourteen years ago) link

and red hook is what they used to call carroll gardens until the racist italians decided they didn't want to be associated with the "ghetto" part of red hook.

Did the glacier in the library bounce today? (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 30 May 2005 00:25 (fourteen years ago) link

but to answer gabbneb's q: brooklyn heights is beautiful but it's not much of a destination spot. the restaurants are mostly okay middle-class neighborhood places (because that's what stays in business) but nothing really worth traveling for.

court street is the main drag for cobble hill/carroll gardens, and that's a slightly hipper, younger demographic. yuppie-mom twee. lots of maclaren strollers and pet-grooming stores. carroll still has a couple of old-holdout italian restaurants and bakeries; they're probably not in any danger of closing because if they've survived this long, they're owned by the mob. (the amazing latticini barese is sadly no more, though.)

boerum hill/smith street is past its prime, but faan and the boat bar are there.

fort greene is great. just absolutely super-great. if you're gonna be a tourist in any neighborhood, do it there.

Did the glacier in the library bounce today? (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 30 May 2005 00:35 (fourteen years ago) link

HOWEVER, if you like barbecue, one of the best bbq places in the city just opened up on henry street. i'm addicted to their sauce and i wish they'd deliver some out here.

http://www.brooklynmenuguide.com/menupages/140.php?id=140

Did the glacier in the library bounce today? (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 30 May 2005 00:38 (fourteen years ago) link

the promenade is one nice thing about teh heights.

ft. greene just got a weird new solar cafe place!

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 03:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, that cafe in FoGre rules.

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 03:35 (fourteen years ago) link

it didn't open when you were supposedly in new york, dingleberry

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 03:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I was just in NewYo this weekend.

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 03:37 (fourteen years ago) link

sure

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 03:39 (fourteen years ago) link

NuYo (rican)

The Pinup Girls of YANK (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 03:40 (fourteen years ago) link

JBR, I hang on your every word. Spending the next five days in an apartment (an empty apartment!) in Park Slope, like, near 5th St. and 5th Ave. Will need interesting places to walk. Plz advise further.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:40 (fourteen years ago) link

go drink lots of beer here:
http://www.go-brooklyn.com/html/issues/_vol27/27_07/200fifth2.html

The Pinup Girls of YANK (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:42 (fourteen years ago) link

It's a deal.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:43 (fourteen years ago) link

if you plan on going for a nice walk in the 'slope, may i suggest greenwood cemetery? i walked around there for an hour yesterday and wasn't bored one bit. it's right down the street from you! (5th ave. at 22nd st.-ish)

joseph (joseph), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I love me some cemeteries. Good plan.

slightly more subdued (kenan), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:49 (fourteen years ago) link

then you'll adore this one. it's MASSIVE. also: lots of famous people interred within its gates (leonard bernstein, wild bill hickok, boss tweed, to name a few)

joseph (joseph), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:52 (fourteen years ago) link

i love that the correct spelling is "green-wood" (with the hyphen). it looks so stilted and wrong. the cemetery is terrific for birdwatching, if you're into that at all.

The Pinup Girls of YANK (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 04:54 (fourteen years ago) link

It seems like no one's all that quick to assign names to those parts of Brooklyn (I've heard everything surrounding Metrotech -- Bridge St, Adams, Lawrence, Jay, etc -- given the "Metrotech" shorthand, but it must have been something before that).
-- stockholm cindy (jod...), March 16th, 2004.

my friend calls it RAMBO--Right After the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

waxyjax (waxyjax), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

JBR, I hang on your every word. Spending the next five days in an apartment (an empty apartment!) in Park Slope, like, near 5th St. and 5th Ave. Will need interesting places to walk. Plz advise further.

Prospect Park, dood. And the zoo therein. THEY HAVE RED PANDAS. My GF lives at 21st between 6th&7th, and I will soon live there as well. There's a good taqueria on 5th and 20th street (and if you eat there they'll give you fresh chips & yummy spicy sauce [though not what we gringos would call salsa, necessarily]).

Ian John50n (orion), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:06 (fourteen years ago) link

5th and 20th is kind of sunset park, right? the chinatown there is supposed to be amazing.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Walk down Flatbush to Grand Army Plaza, maybe up Eastern Parkway to the Botantical Gardens/Brooklyn Museum too. I live around there. It's pretty neat.

Candicissima (candicissima), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:11 (fourteen years ago) link

breakfast or lunch at tom's diner is a good idea while in that area.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:16 (fourteen years ago) link

sunset park is more the 40s, i think.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 31 May 2005 17:53 (fourteen years ago) link

BookCourt closin

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:43 (two years ago) link

unrelated: F.O.B. filipino bbq is pretty good

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:43 (two years ago) link

author emma straub and her husband are supposedly looking to open a bookstore in the general vicinity

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:47 (two years ago) link

we should tell her

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:49 (two years ago) link

bookcourt put out a press release but didnt say why they were closing, they own the building btw

lag∞n, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 22:48 (two years ago) link

Maybe they just felt done with the business and wanted to take advantage of the higher rents they could get, or sell the building and retire or something.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 22:49 (two years ago) link

something like that

lag∞n, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 22:54 (two years ago) link

i think they're just retiring

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 23:06 (two years ago) link

new bookstore is just gonna sell the harry potter series i think

schlump, Thursday, 8 December 2016 02:38 (two years ago) link

relatedly there is a new greenlight on flatbush ave btw

schlump, Thursday, 8 December 2016 02:59 (two years ago) link

ha when they opened on fulton years ago i was all u will be out of business in 2 months u poor soft headed fools

lag∞n, Thursday, 8 December 2016 03:05 (two years ago) link

re: retiring i don't think they're THAT old, or so old that they couldn't scale back their own hours (they already have worker bees) and just live THAT way. Also closing in 3 weeks is a really short window for an announcement if ur finna clean house and empty the store for a new tennant. I bet it's gonna be a turnkey sale

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 8 December 2016 13:56 (two years ago) link

i've never been to bookcourt. what do they have there?

, Thursday, 8 December 2016 16:33 (two years ago) link

court

Author readings approx 5 times a week; well stocked neighborhood book shop with great ambience. Always 5 or 6 people inside browsing; way more on weekends.

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 8 December 2016 17:03 (two years ago) link

also i have seen actor M Shannon there

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 8 December 2016 17:11 (two years ago) link

Cobble Hill's very good video store, which I patronized a bit several years ago before I was inundated with other options, is moving to the Alamo Drafthouse downtown.

http://www.indiewire.com/2016/12/video-free-brooklyn-alamo-drafthouse-theater-1201756310/

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 December 2016 16:39 (two years ago) link

people talk about chains moving in to smith st or w/e but those places that have been run out of business are all empty storefronts. idk what chains people are talking about. there are the places that look like corporate fast casual which may or may not be small businesses (white maze...), places that look like mob fronts (sunken hundred...) & places that are bad taste (bornholm, or whatever it's called; the various and sundry tacky boutiques). I don't see the gap moving in, for example. certainly not in the critical mass that people keep talking about.

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 12 December 2016 17:57 (two years ago) link

like, brooklyn industries has been there for years but I excuse local chains, no matter how pointless/shitty they are

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 12 December 2016 17:57 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

RFI: what do you guys know about parking by the Greenpoint Ferry Landing? (asked on the Queens thread is well, not sure which is the best thread for Greenpoint)

Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 May 2017 11:20 (two years ago) link

one year passes...
three months pass...
three weeks pass...

this seems excessive

The city may have to shutter the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for 6 years during construction of the BQE, according to @NYC_DOT project manager Tanvi Pandya.

— Julianne Cuba (@Julcuba) September 20, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 September 2018 20:07 (one year ago) link

hmm pretty sure the bqe already exists

sprout god (lag∞n), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

nuthin's ever finished

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

http://gothamist.com/2018/09/24/bqe_crumbling_photos_brooklyn.php#photo-1

mizzell, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

A major problem with the roadway is the concrete itself. It turns out it wasn’t really designed for heavy trucks. Pandya said if the 1.5-mile stretch slated to be repaired—between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street—isn’t done by 2026, truck traffic will have to be restricted.

that seems fine?

nba jungboy (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 16:25 (eleven months ago) link

good. shouldn't have given the waterfront to cars.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 16:53 (eleven months ago) link

there's an existing waterfront park along the only part of the BQE that's close to the waterfront

mizzell, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:47 (eleven months ago) link

the Belt Parkway is a disgrace for this reason though

mizzell, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:02 (eleven months ago) link

BQE is the worst road.

ian, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:23 (eleven months ago) link

I start to admire the BQE when I haven't been on it for a while. It's this great big fuck off road, rarely governed by any laws, spreading absolute mayhem across a large part of NYC at any time of the night or day. You really have to mentally prepare yourself to get on it as a driver.

Position Position, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:32 (eleven months ago) link

the part between the prospect expressway and the battery tunnel entrance, where it goes over the gowanus, is always magical

mookieproof, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 19:36 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

ha, the next apple product event is at BAM on octobeer 30

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 20 October 2018 16:21 (eleven months ago) link

Pacific Green (grocer) on court and pacific lost the battle w J Crew; last day tomorrow

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:57 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

Di Fara, the iconic Midwood pizzeria that has been around for more than 50 years, has been seized by the state after not paying taxes. pic.twitter.com/AN2UtvL4rC

— Morena Basteiro (@morenabasteiro) August 20, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:06 (one month ago) link

lol those 30$ pies were such a bargain too

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:27 (one month ago) link

it's about a mile from me and never made it there

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:56 (one month ago) link

nor did i. i live around the corner from lucali if i want to wait two hours for a $30 pizza

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:18 (one month ago) link

yeah i don't wait for... anything

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:21 (one month ago) link

I went a bunch of times a long time ago and it was fantastic. The wait was frustrating but it was really really good pizza.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:34 (one month ago) link

i had it once because i happen to be walking by and there was only a small line . It was pretty damn good though but not mind blowing and the place is a dump ffiw

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:36 (one month ago) link

the government is eating all the pizza now

lag∞n, Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:54 (four weeks ago) link

uhhhhhh

Does anyone know what the hell kind of chicken massacre happened in Boerum Hill? pic.twitter.com/Wfk73zm1jZ

— Sara Vilkomerson (@Vilkomerson) August 30, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

Well there goes chicken as a lunch option

calstars, Friday, 30 August 2019 16:38 (three weeks ago) link

omg

lag∞n, Saturday, 31 August 2019 05:00 (two weeks ago) link

see what you’re missing, hippie?

mookieproof, Saturday, 31 August 2019 05:04 (two weeks ago) link


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