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Where are the Grownups in Brooklyn Heights?

June 6, 2013

I’ve been appalled at the childish behavior of the residents of 150 Joralemon, who have taken to having their building’s maintenance staff pile bags of trash on the Citi Bike station outside their building.

As Kim Velsey says in this outstanding piece in the Observer, this is not how civilized city dwellers should act:

Co-op resident Nina Hackler told The Post: “There just isn’t enough room. Something has to give—and this time, it’s the bikes.”

Anyone with that attitude doesn’t belong in New York City. Comprising, accommodating other people and things, handling disputes without resorting to throwing garbage at things you don’t like—those are essential requirements for being able to live in this or any other city. Anyone who can’t deal with the inconveniences of sharing space with 8 million other people in a civilized way should seriously consider leaving.

There seems to be one thing the wealthy NIMBYs of Brooklyn Heights–and PPW–do not understand.  You may own your apartment or your building, but you don’t own the shared sidewalk and street outside.  That belongs to everyone.

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3 Comments
  1. Janice D. permalink
    June 6, 2013 6:31 pm

    Years ago, I worked at the 84 Precinct. A mature couple who lived in Concord Village complained bitterly about the traffic and noise around the entrance/exit to the Brooklyn Bridge, expecting the NYPD to shut it down for their peace and quiet. Which came first, the bridge or the rich, presumptuous bozos? That didn’t not affect their sense of entitlement.

  2. TOM permalink
    June 6, 2013 10:37 pm

    Before leaving NYC because some new user has infringed on your only sidewalk space(access to home and walkway/storage of waste per City regulations) you should fight back. Am I right?

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