Restaurant Review : White Castle
August 12, 2011 9:44 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott
959 Atlantic Ave. (Just east of Grand)
Clinton Hill

I had a real craving for greasy food on Wednesday evening, and based on advice form people on the LifeinBlkn OT, I decided to give White Castle a try.
Having lived my entire life in the Southeast and California, I had never tried one before, although I was familiar with the chain through various pop culture references.

We walked there, but there appears to be amble spaces in their parking lot. The inside of the restaurant was somewhat dingy, but not overly nasty. It was clearly designed to “high crime area” standards, with a small window for ordering and pickup instead of a counter, and a bathroom that required employees to buzz you into.

Being my first time, I decided to stick to the hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and onion rings, although the “Chicken Rings” looked like they could be interesting. The total for 4 hamburgers, 2 cheeseburgers, 1 order of onion rings, and 1 medium fountain drink (which I would call large) was $8.80, including tax.

The drinks are self-serve, which means unlimited free refills while you are there. There is a large stash of ketchup and mayo packets for customers, although it looked like a ketchup packet had leaked at one time, leaving the rest slightly sticky. The tables were clean, and we had the choice between standard tables, booths, or high table.

It took the food around 5 minutes to arrive, largely because they cooked us a fresh order of onion rings. The onion rings were standard fast food quality, made of shaped tiny pieces of onion and not whole rings.
The tiny burgers were quite interesting. They were very moist, both from the onions they are cooked on as well as from fat. The bottom bun was quite soggy on all of the burgers, although sometimes the sogginess pattern was uneven. The burgers went down quite easy, seeming so “slide” down my throat. The onions gave them a good flavor not usually found in low end fast food burgers.
Overall, the burgers seem to find an odd combination of deliciousness and utter disgustingness.

Ratings (out of 5):
Facilities and Ambiance : 2
Price: 5
Food Quality : 1 and 4
Overall rating : 3

Atlantic Yards Construction
August 12, 2011 8:02 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott
Here are some shots I took on Wednesday evening.

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August 12, 2011 7:00 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott

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August 11, 2011 7:18 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott

New Article Forthcoming...Weigh in now!
August 10, 2011 11:34 AM - Open Thread - N. Ter Vivos
Good day blog readers and participants. My name is N. Ter Vivos (the attorneys in the house will understand the play on words!) and I will be writing a column/article on legal issues called "Briefly Speaking." I have already selected several topics about which I will write, but I also want to hear from you. What types of legal issues would you like to see covered? Remember, although I am an attorney, I can provide information about legal issues and topics but cannot and will not give specific legal advice. Please let me know what interests you, what you've always wanted to know about, etc. I make no promises, but will do my level best to cover topics within the realm of my knowledge and experience. I thank you in advance for your contributions, ideas and readership.


REPOTD-August 10th 2011-Fountain House
August 10, 2011 10:17 AM - Real Estate - DeLepp

Check out the outdoor spaces, stained glass and the ceilings in the 1930s spanish style casa in LA.
1.549 million

August 10, 2011 9:22 AM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere
It's about that time again...CobbleHiller and InsertSnappyNameHere will host another raucous CobbleSnaps Event on August 25, 2011. Mark your calendars and get ready to party. Details regarding time and location will follow soon! Tell your ma! Tell your pa! Tell everybody to BE THERE!

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August 10, 2011 6:59 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott

4th, Atlantic, and Flatbush traffic changes - 1 week later
August 9, 2011 9:23 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott
It has been one week since the full implementation of the Atlantic Yards driven changes around the intersection of 4th, Atlantic, and Flatbush, and here's my perspective as a resident of block impacted and a frequent pedestrian through the area.

The heart of the changes was the shutting down of northbound 4th along the tiny block between Atlantic and Flatbush. That space was large enough to hold around 3 cars or one large truck in each lane without blocking the crosswalk or traffic lanes at Atlantic. Cars and trucks routinely blocked the intersection here, creating an unsafe situation for pedestrians had have to weave around cars to cross, or go into the Atlantic traffic lanes to get around trucks. This was especially a problem for people crossing with carts after shopping at Atlantic Terminal or Atlantic Center. The intersection routinely being backed up also led to cascading issues at Atlantic/Flatbush, and large amounts of honking through the area.

Since the changes, the crossing of 4th along the north side of Atlantic is obviously easier and safer. I have also noticed a huge decrease in honking along Atlantic. There has been an increase in traffic along Atlantic between 4th and 3rd, especially truck traffic. In my unscientific observations, the reduced honking has more than made up for the increased truck noise.

Traffic lights and walk signals were also changed because of the new traffic pattern. The largest change was adding an additional cycle for Northbound 4th to have a protected left turn onto Atlantic. This has led to increased wait time for pedestrians crossing Atlantic, which impacts people trying to go form the north side of Atlantic to the subway entrance at 4th and Pacific. I have noticed the additional wait time, but it has not been too annoying.

Overall, I would call the changes a success. A major safety issue and annoyance was taken away and replaced with more minor annoyances.

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August 9, 2011 7:01 AM - Open Thread - BoerumHillScott

Townhome for sale 299K
August 8, 2011 8:27 PM - Real Estate - Townhouselady
Hey all,

One of my best friends is getting a divorce and has listed her townhouse. I wanted to put it up here just in case anyone was slightly tempted to have a look-see and possible make the jump to Jersey City:

The Booth
August 8, 2011 6:47 PM - About LifeinBklyn - BoerumHillScott
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Based on a drunken idea that I think Rob came up with at Montero, I have created a new private, members only forum called "The Booth."
The idea behind The Booth is that it is a place for things that too offensive to be placed on the public areas of the site.

I want to keep rules to a minimum, although things that will get the site shut down or get me in legal trouble are still off limits.

If you want to be a member, reply here or send me an e-mail with your username to