Where are the Grownups in Brooklyn Heights?
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.