Rower Chick's B'Day OT
February 26, 2015 7:50 AM - Partridge
Have a fun day, Chick!

February 26, 2015 8:26 AM - BirdnestHead
Whoa!! Happy B'day, Rower!!
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February 26, 2015 8:35 AM - Partridge
Cold out, but not too bad. Feels like snow.
February 26, 2015 8:36 AM - BoerumHillScott
Good morning.
Lots of stress from all sorts of directions today.

The good news is that I have been burying myself in programming, and the new version of the site is closer than I thought.
Last night, I got the migration of all users, articles, forums posts, comments, and images working.
About the only thing that will not transfer over is your password.

Still have various odds and ends to clean up, but all the big work is done except for one function (showing number of new posts).
February 26, 2015 8:38 AM - Partridge
Weather report calling for snow from 3pm into the early morning. Light snow, it says.
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February 26, 2015 8:44 AM - petebklyn
another b'day. you people do seem to have a lot of them.
Edited at February 26, 2015 8:44 AM
February 26, 2015 8:44 AM - Cobble B. Hiller

***Happy Birthday, rower!***

Cool, BHS, looking forward to seeing it!
February 26, 2015 8:45 AM - petebklyn
you must watch other station....mine says a little flurry this morning but that is the extent of it
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February 26, 2015 8:47 AM - petebklyn
Will the new revised website improve people's dispositions? can it do our taxes and file them too?
February 26, 2015 8:51 AM - BoerumHillScott
That would be an upgrade.
I'll add those features to the list.
February 26, 2015 8:51 AM - Partridge
Station? What's a station?
February 26, 2015 8:59 AM - DeLepp
Happy Birthday!
February 26, 2015 9:02 AM - dibs

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February 26, 2015 9:03 AM - Partridge
Scott, will the new site auto-refresh telling us when there are new comments waiting to be read? Or are we destined to remain losers who refresh constantly to find nothing has happened?
February 26, 2015 9:10 AM - BoerumHillScott
I have designed things so auto-refresh can be added somewhat easily after we go live.
February 26, 2015 9:12 AM - Partridge
Whoa! Now we are talking cool.
February 26, 2015 9:13 AM - More4Less

I hear Scott got mega gift for you.
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February 26, 2015 9:17 AM - More4Less
Randi, stop making look bigger & bigger fool and just pop in. Don't you stop hanging here then hang over there>>>>>>>. That be selling out big time.

BTW, congrats on the purchase
February 26, 2015 9:20 AM - Deleted
Happy Birthday, RC!
February 26, 2015 9:25 AM - Deleted
As I keep saying, the site NY YIMBY is such a breath of fresh air.

Here is their analysis of the supermarket situation in Clinton Hill, and the current zoning laws which contribute to it.

But this demonstrates NYC's bizarre political calculus. Yes, have politicians play the race angle, to get their base worked up and gather some headlines. In the meantime, don't do the hard work of city planning.

Same thing with the Garner case. Play the police-race angle. Ignore the fact that four policeman were deployed to arrest a guy selling loosies, because the city and state government want their confiscatory taxes on this vice.
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February 26, 2015 9:33 AM - DeLepp
DNA had an article about the meeting as well. VM had to apologize for her comments about white people and their eating habits.

February 26, 2015 9:35 AM - Deleted
really silly comment by VM - has she even been into the grocery store in question?
February 26, 2015 9:36 AM - Deleted
i'd say the demographics of shoppers accurately reflects the demographics of the neighborhood
February 26, 2015 9:40 AM - dibs
She had to use the white people as her scapegoat since reasonable discussion about redeveloping the site wouldn't work. Your intellectual politicians at work.
February 26, 2015 9:41 AM - Deleted
happy birthday rc!
February 26, 2015 9:52 AM - Slope4Eva
GM. Happy Birthday, RC. Happy Belated Birthday, Rezmo!
February 26, 2015 10:16 AM - dibs
House to vote on net netraility today withiout ever having seen or read the actual bill
February 26, 2015 10:25 AM - Deleted
figures - house is majority republican - i doubt many could read
February 26, 2015 10:27 AM - Deleted
^^^^nice try, but weak. I'll give you "A" for effort.
February 26, 2015 10:31 AM - Deleted
out of practice.
February 26, 2015 10:31 AM - Deleted

You probably know this already: I passed by your old place this morning, and the development is finished. He has really spiffed up the façade, and people have now moved in.
February 26, 2015 10:41 AM - More4Less
New door or old door? MM said landmark landmarked it with the old metal door hence why I am asking
February 26, 2015 10:47 AM - Deleted
New door.
February 26, 2015 10:48 AM - More4Less
Market ready to reach it try to reach new highs.

Clear out of the blast off area
February 26, 2015 10:55 AM - MontroseMorris

I didn't know people had moved in, but the last time I drove down there, the facade had been redone. I have to admit, I cried. It looked so beautiful, and it was something I just never could afford to do. I still don't think I can watch other people coming and going in and out of the house.

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February 26, 2015 10:56 AM - MontroseMorris
Happy Birthday, Rower!!!

Cool stuff, Scott, thanks so much.

February 26, 2015 10:56 AM - pepper
Happy Birthday Rower Chick!
February 26, 2015 10:58 AM - DeadCatBounce
Happy Birthday RC.
February 26, 2015 10:59 AM - DeadCatBounce
Bull Market in stocks is getting very old.
I am using each new high to raise cash.
Willing to sit on sidelines and wait for the new, new thing.
February 26, 2015 11:19 AM - Partridge
Got a text early this morning that left me a bit weirded out.

"Good morning, Partridge (spelled correctly). This is Ray from CMY. Please give me your email address."

Well, I didn't like this. Who is Ray, what is CMY, I'm thinking. Hmm... 917 number. Someone local, but I don't know a Ray. Don't know a CMY. Google searching... Who do I owe money to? Can a process server email one now a days? Scary shit goes through my mind.

I answered, "Good morning. CMY?"

A minute later Ray texts back,


Fuck me. Now he's playing games with me. I'm not answering him. Try to ignore the feelings of dread. Palms a little sweaty. Try to eat breakfast without thinking about it. Look at pretty things on Etsy...

Three hours later...

Text: "Your insurance broker."

February 26, 2015 11:23 AM - Deleted
who conducts business via text? sounds like you need a more professional insurance broker
February 26, 2015 11:23 AM - dibs
He needs to learn to send a properemail as your insurance broker

February 26, 2015 11:23 AM - dibs
February 26, 2015 11:26 AM - Deleted
'gd mrning plz send$$$ :) kthxbaai"
February 26, 2015 11:28 AM - Partridge
Moron, right?

I went to my gmail, searched him and low and behold I had an email from him last year. I emailed back on that thread. If I had his email address he should have had mine. Dope. Texting me at 8:30 am.
February 26, 2015 11:33 AM - Partridge
lol, dh
February 26, 2015 11:37 AM - dibs
I don't think anyone I do any sort of business with texts me.
February 26, 2015 11:45 AM - dibs
ISIS releases videos showing them destroying ancient artifacts going back to the 9th C
February 26, 2015 11:46 AM - Deleted
The tenants in the buildings I manage txt me all the time :(
February 26, 2015 11:50 AM - Partridge
I sorta hang with a less professional crew, but no one normally texts me either.

Y'all remember Department Head? She's the gal in charge of getting me my commission payment for sold jewelry items. Although we exchanged a couple of normal (professional) emails before she went away for 10 days, I have not heard from her yet since she should have returned to work. Today is day 4 post vacay. Time to poke her again, I think.

And then there is the altruistic designer/vendor who tried to pass sharp rings off on me in the name of feeding women in Kenya! I cancelled the balance of my order with them. $1,200. They called and emailed. Tried to make things nice but I stuck to my guns and held firm on my cancellation. This incident, and a previous one, has caused me to lose confidence in both their products and their willingness to handle problems professionally.

The world is going to pot.
February 26, 2015 11:51 AM - dibs
"This incident, and a previous one, has caused me to lose confidence in both their products and their willingness to handle problems professionally."

You should highlight that point in your correspondence

February 26, 2015 11:52 AM - dibs
OK…got to go to the grocery store.
February 26, 2015 11:55 AM - Partridge
I did. They will make changes. Better they learn the lesson from a small store like mine than with a multi-store Anthropologie order.
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February 26, 2015 11:55 AM - Partridge
Nice you have a local grocery store to shop in.
February 26, 2015 12:33 PM - dibs
Both the Stop and Shop and the WF down here sell things that both black and white people eat. I even see black people in the WholeFoods which I suspect would stun Vilamette Montgomery.

Rarely do I ever hear the race card being played down here. I think Philadelphians are above that sort of low level stupidity.
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February 26, 2015 12:35 PM - Partridge
I do wonder what she honestly meant when she said that. Was she thinking about certain supermarket brands or just prices or what exactly?
February 26, 2015 12:40 PM - dibs
I really need to come off the gout-inducing eating I have been doing since last Friday night. Having a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup for lunch. Lasagne tonight for dinner and craving a tuna sandwich for tomorrow. Unfortunately a high end dinner out with friends again both Fri and Sat
February 26, 2015 12:42 PM - dibs
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February 26, 2015 12:44 PM - Partridge
Read the sodium content on that tomato soup. They are usually astronomically high.
February 26, 2015 12:47 PM - DeLepp
I sent her an email, curious as to her team's response.
February 26, 2015 12:47 PM - dibs
I took a pill this morning to expell sodium. If I read every label on everything I ate, I'd probably starve. You're starting to sound like Cobble, now.
February 26, 2015 12:47 PM - dibs
Let us know, DeLepp.
February 26, 2015 12:57 PM - Partridge
Not really. I'm the only sodium conscious person here. Maybe Benson. Some things should be avoided (capers, soy sauce, canned tomato juice) in order to leave room for necessities like cheese.
February 26, 2015 12:57 PM - Deleted
Yes, I am curious to know her response too. She represents my district also.
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February 26, 2015 1:00 PM - DeLepp
dave barry essay on parents having more fun:

February 26, 2015 1:03 PM - dibs
NASDAQ about to surpass Mar 2000 highs. I remember in 2001 or so, the CIO of USTrust said we would never see thopse levels again.

The market is a lot less expensive now than it was back then. There were no earnings backing up any of those levels and here, things like AAPL, QCOM, CSCO, MSFT are actually cheap.
February 26, 2015 1:05 PM - petebklyn
I am sympathetic to losing a supermarket. She probably meant moonfaces and breadknots
February 26, 2015 1:08 PM - dibs
Good piece. I remember being on the stairs looking through the bannister at my parent's parties with all their friends. Lots of music, drinking and smoking. They did them weekly, rotating among everyone's house. I don't remember at what age we were left home alone. People didnt call the police back then and the police dint call child services..
February 26, 2015 1:09 PM - DeLepp
My parents went to the Paul Bunyan every friday night with friends. Half the time they weren't on speaking terms but it got them out to socialize.
February 26, 2015 1:18 PM - dibs
Always the same crowd…The Keenans, The Hagertys, The Bannigans, The Sullvans, The Conways and Father Kennedy.
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February 26, 2015 1:26 PM - petebklyn
people didnt call police -- because with that crowd they were all related to the police.
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February 26, 2015 1:27 PM - petebklyn
UVE up 11% today....record highs
February 26, 2015 1:29 PM - dibs
Wish I hadn't sold some of mine. Strong run.
February 26, 2015 1:30 PM - Deleted
FCC makes internet a public utility. Score one for americans
February 26, 2015 1:31 PM - dibs
Actually I don't think anyone they knew was related to any of the police. More importantly, we were kinda "related" to the mayor through Kirsten G's grandmother and my father used to ride back and forth to college with someone who became a judge.
February 26, 2015 1:32 PM - dibs
"FCC makes internet a public utility. Score one for americans"

As with most politicians, you have not thought this through.
February 26, 2015 1:34 PM - petebklyn
plus for some minus for others and makes no diff for rest. So that is why a net neutrality
February 26, 2015 1:38 PM - BoerumHillScott
The only opponents to net neutrality are Verizon , ATT, and Comcast/Time Warner Cable, along with a subset of their partners and the usual gang of libertarian think tanks supported by those companies.;
February 26, 2015 1:38 PM - petebklyn
I bought it for $4.85.

PAA down almost 5% though so easy come easy go
February 26, 2015 1:39 PM - petebklyn
article in WSJ saying that Dolan from Comcast not so concerned
February 26, 2015 1:42 PM - dibs
PAA hasn't done anywhere near as bad as most pipelines. I see the did an quity offering today at $50. probably the low in the stock. Maybe I'll buy some.
February 26, 2015 1:43 PM - BoerumHillScott
When I was in California, there was a pretty regular party rotation, and pretty much everyone had kids.
It is not as common here, but I think part of that is due to fewer parties/gatherings in peoples homes and more in bars, which is largely caused by people living in smaller spaces.
February 26, 2015 1:53 PM - More4Less
Lost relatively then a lot of money in that tech bubble but learned hard lessons that helped me avoid subsequent pull crisis
February 26, 2015 1:55 PM - dibs
Sad stories from lots of people who got swept up in that tech bubble. No one had a clue about valuations but what was worse was people owned stocks in companies where they had no clue even what the company did!!!!
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February 26, 2015 1:56 PM - More4Less
Now that I am out of telecom, I am I favor of net neutrality. If I went back to that industry, I would be against it. This panda perspective from a biased selfish view
February 26, 2015 2:00 PM - More4Less
I got killed by too much margin and too slow to get out - typical retail investor mentality. Before it crashed, was making avg of 1600 gain each morning (buy and sell before lunch). Should have known it was too good to be true - never again. The alert new yorker mentality ON since then
February 26, 2015 2:13 PM - dibs
Malaysian Chinese who owns 4 Chinese restaurants and a guy I used to sleep with was in tears as he told me he lost over $200,000 in the market then. He showed me the names he owned and even I didn't recognize many. When I asked him who gave him the names he replied "One of my waiters."
February 26, 2015 2:29 PM - dibs
My UIL getting bought. +19%
February 26, 2015 2:47 PM - petebklyn
my URI all better.
February 26, 2015 2:57 PM - Legion
I lost on tech bubble.
Pushed me into real estate which has been a good fit for me thus far.
I'm a hands on type of person.
You can "force" appreciation in real estate to a certain extent.
February 26, 2015 3:48 PM - Legion
...others I think they missed,
Nighthawks with Stallone, Billy Dee Williams and Rutger Hauer, that was a great New York film,
also The Warriors of course.
One huge omission in the "outer borough" section is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
What's great about that one (like The Royal Tenenbaums which is included) is the fact that you know it's filmed in and around the city but it's nowhere that's obvious. It goes with the crazy, dream-like quality of the film itself.
If there was a New York State section, they definitely would have included Buffalo 66.
If you haven't seen that one, it's a great film. Some of the cast includes Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Rosanna Arquette, Ben Gazzara, Angelica Huston and even a strange and rare cameo by Jan Michael Vincent.
February 26, 2015 3:49 PM - Legion
What happened?
Did everyone migrate to the new site already?

...anyway the March issue of Vanity Fair has a great article on the 100 best New York films.
They made some big omissions in my opinion. Films like Broadway Danny Rose, Godfather I,II and Moonstruck.
They have the films broken down by decade.
I'm partial to the 70's films myself. I think they have the most weight, but there are great choices from each decade from
the original King Kong to Breakfast at Tiffany's.
February 26, 2015 3:51 PM - DeLepp
Buffalo 66 made me happy I don't live in buffalo.
February 26, 2015 3:53 PM - DeLepp
I advised a couple of friends to not taking jobs with these tech start ups in 99. All of them imploded.
February 26, 2015 3:53 PM - Legion
...another huge omission,
The Pope of Greenwich Village with Mickey Roarke (before he messed with his looks) and Eric Roberts.
A perfect movie filmed all over lower Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

February 26, 2015 3:56 PM - Legion
Yeah, Buffalo looks totally depressing in that film.
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February 26, 2015 3:56 PM - DeLepp
I think that list also left off some classic screwball comedies from the 30s.
February 26, 2015 3:59 PM - Legion
You mean like The Thin Man series delepp?

February 26, 2015 4:04 PM - dibs
Where's benson to add The Honeymooners
February 26, 2015 4:05 PM - DeLepp
That and I think they missed holiday and bringing up baby, though that was mostly CT I guess. And Topper.
February 26, 2015 4:12 PM - RowerChick
Afternoon. Thanks for the good b-day wishes. I'm feelin' a bit better about 42 than I did this morning.
February 26, 2015 4:17 PM - Legion
Happy Birthday RC!

February 26, 2015 4:21 PM - Partridge
Got my commission check in the mail. Just Shy of $1500. Party!
February 26, 2015 4:26 PM - Legion
Benson loves the Honeymooners.
Which brings up another NY classic, The Hustler with Jackie Gleeson as Fats.
February 26, 2015 4:29 PM - RowerChick
Branching out into the PLUSA gathering areas. I was thinking next Wednesday night
On the blog it says the karaoke starts at 10:00. I thought it started at 9. I was thinking about getting there around 7.

Decent enough moonface bar food, I believe.
February 26, 2015 4:35 PM - Legion
Commission check?
Sounds good LP, what's on your short list of things you must buy as a complete indulgence?
February 26, 2015 4:48 PM - dibs
Coldest reported February ever recorded in many parts of the country.
February 26, 2015 5:02 PM - Partridge
My 2010 3G iPhone has seen better days. That's about all I need.
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February 26, 2015 5:05 PM - dibs
Dodged snow today. Parts of NJ and DE got 6"
February 26, 2015 5:16 PM - pepper
Snowing in Utah.
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February 26, 2015 5:54 PM - kazootite
About New York films, I think Benson and some others would like this:

The Filming Locations of The French Connection, Then and Now

Happy Birthday to RC !
February 26, 2015 6:00 PM - RowerChick
The French Connection-most awesome NYC chase season ever!
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February 26, 2015 6:00 PM - RowerChick
The French Connection-most awesome NYC chase season ever!
February 26, 2015 6:05 PM - Cobble B. Hiller

I need the name of an exterminator. Water bugs in the basement! Ack!
February 26, 2015 6:08 PM - dibs
LOL at Cobble trying to rid a Brooklyn house of bugs. Glad she was never my tenant.
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February 26, 2015 6:11 PM - Partridge
My building uses:

Green Earth Pest Control, Inc.
Scheduling Department
212-444-1034 - New York City
201-855-8000 - Hudson County New Jersey

We have been pest-free ever since. They come monthly.
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February 26, 2015 6:32 PM - Legion
The chase scene in The Seven-Ups is no slouch:

Roy Scheider is in both films.
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February 26, 2015 6:32 PM - Deleted
This place could use an exterminator
February 26, 2015 6:33 PM - Legion
those aren't water bugs,
those are huge roaches.
...and they can fly too!
February 26, 2015 6:53 PM - Deleted
heeeeee's baaaaaaack!
February 26, 2015 6:56 PM - pepper
Did you sign your contract, Randi?
February 26, 2015 7:00 PM - petebklyn
just buy those cans that release spray...bombs....much cheaper than exterminator.
February 26, 2015 7:15 PM - kazootite
"The French Connection-most awesome NYC chase season ever!"

The French Connection Car Chase Was "Dangerous" And "Life-Threatening"

Cool, Legion.

February 26, 2015 7:21 PM - petebklyn
Panic in Needle Park location was place I went to see on my 1st visit to NYC
February 26, 2015 8:33 PM - rf
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February 26, 2015 8:34 PM - More4Less
about time he shown up. I am already a much larger fool thanks to him not showing up by this past Tues.
February 26, 2015 8:36 PM - More4Less
am loving all this alt side suspensions
February 26, 2015 9:59 PM - Deleted
I've said it before: I saw the French Connection on the big screen about 4-5 years ago, and what struck me the most was the palpable sense of NYC on the verge of decline. Much of it was filmed on location, and the city looks dirty and worn-out. It captures a city still intact, but about to go through some very rough times.
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February 26, 2015 10:03 PM - Partridge
Anyone following the maraschino cherry / marijuana / suicide caper in Red Hook?
February 26, 2015 10:08 PM - petebklyn
no...what is that all about?
February 26, 2015 10:09 PM - Partridge
February 26, 2015 10:16 PM - DeLepp
On the morning news this morning. Charlie Rose spoke about it.
February 26, 2015 10:19 PM - Partridge
Very strange story. I think there will be even more which comes out. What they discovered wasn't suicide worthy.
February 26, 2015 10:27 PM - DeLepp
50 lbs of pot not much. I think they suspect other illegal drugs.

February 26, 2015 10:29 PM - Partridge
And to think a just couple of years ago his run off syrup was causing the rooftop bee keepers to find red honey.
February 26, 2015 10:30 PM - Deleted
Charlie Rose is on the morning news?
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February 26, 2015 10:34 PM - DeLepp
yea, CBS this Morning. 7am to 9am.
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February 26, 2015 10:35 PM - Deleted
Does the guy have any free time?
February 26, 2015 10:37 PM - Partridge
I'm still fascinated by a sense of anarchy that exists in RH. A Wild West where the rules of the city don't always apply. Parking signs seem only recently added. Cars drive the wrong way down streets. Tumble weed rolls, businesses dump their waste in the water, street artists paint at night, Japanese tourists photograph the sights.
February 26, 2015 10:39 PM - Partridge
"Charlie Rose is on the morning news?"

I was going to ask the same thing but googled it instead. Since January 2012. I have no TV. What's your excuse?
February 26, 2015 10:48 PM - Legion
Red Hook is where Hubert Selby's classic and disturbing work, Last Exit to Brooklyn, takes place LP.
February 26, 2015 10:49 PM - DeLepp
He is very busy but he is no longer the young bachelor about town so has more time for work. I like the CBS morning news, charlie and nora ask some tough questions and gayle king doesn't bother me so much. They used to bring her on after 730. The rest of morning dreck seem to be an endless supply of utube videos and reality stars.
February 26, 2015 10:50 PM - DeLepp
Last exit to Brooklyn made me glad I wasn't there during the decline.
February 26, 2015 10:54 PM - BirdnestHead
FCC voted to make Internet "common carrier", as opposed to "information service". This is not the same as "public utility". Net Neutrality bill going to Congress is a different animal, and does *not* advance the principles of net neutrality.
Just sayin'.
February 26, 2015 10:56 PM - Deleted
"What's your excuse?"

I don't watch the morning news!
February 26, 2015 10:57 PM - Deleted
Dad "terlet" Benson has many stories about Red Hook back in the day.
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February 26, 2015 11:00 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
"LOL at Cobble trying to rid a Brooklyn house of bugs. Glad she was never my tenant."

Not in my house, it's my elderly friend's cellar. Infested with water bugs.

Thanks, LP. I will call them in the AM.
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February 26, 2015 11:00 PM - Deleted
BTW: an old-school person from Red Hook never uses that term (Red Hook). They would say that they were from "The Point" (most likely pronounced "The Pernt") or Erie Basin. I'm not sure of the derivation of the phrase "The Point".