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I noticed you on the platform because you were tall....and cute. When the G finally arrived I got on with you and sat next to you, not really on purpose but more just becuase the seat was open and I had the opportunity. Next, was attempt to make some conversation...which I did. It was the weakest conversation, and you probably noticed a slight dampness to my brow and upper lip. "Where is that house?", I said retardedly as you turned the page past the English castle. Surprisingly, you didnt quickly move away, but politley responded. And chatted a little before you got off at Bedford.Just one free drink? Dude.
I kept trying to see if you were wearing a ring, but couldnt tell with the magazine in the way. But you were tall, like about 6'+ with those cute boots on. Blondish brown hair, a very noble nose and face, jeans, greyish leather jacket, and bouret sort of hat that I didnt really like. Seriously, frame that striking face with something else....go see eugenia kim. it can be our first date.
Youll never see this because youre too busy deigning textiles for furniture and interior things, and youre probably married or with b/f anyway. But I recently had a friend post on here and they ended up meeting and really getting along well, so just maybe....tell me something i said to you, or was wearing, and your first drink will be on me.
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A developer's bid to buy a famous Coney Island Italian restaurant and convert the site into luxury housing appears to be toast. Nino Russo, co-owner of Gargiulo's Restaurant, a neighborhood institution, told The Post yesterday he plans to reject Thor Equities' offer.We note the word "yet" appended to the sentence. We're certain there are significant Coney land deals to come in 2007.
"We are going to be celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2007, so we have no intention of selling yet," he said.
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the Broken Angel and an adjacent lot has been being stealthily marketed for sale by Massey Knakal's Michael Annunziata. As a result, the listing is not up on the web but we've seen the tear sheets on the prop. The Angel itself is at 4-6 Downing Street and sits on a 40-by-100-foot lot zoned for R6. At 13,000 square feet, the current building is actually overbuilt by about 4,000 square feet. The empty lot next door at 8 Downing is 20-by-100-feet.All very interesting. No emails recently from Chris Wood, who has periodically provided updates. We're going to assume one will be forthcoming soon, given all this.
Based on these assurances CBN contracted a large team of environmental consultants and produced a highly praised independent analysis that is being used by officials in evaluating the Atlantic Yards proposal. One problem…the Assembly money has “disappeared.”There is a cautionary tale here for community organizations messing with big projects that come with government (or developer) money, and we're not entirely convinced this is the last cry of "we've been stiffed" that we will hear, given all the groups that have gotten and will get Forest City Ratner money from the process. That having been said, this smacks of dirty, lowdown politics at its finest. First you hire a group and hope they'll be pushovers. Then, when they turn out to do excellent work, you simply try to screw them by not paying, in turn, stiffing all the consultants they hired to analyze the huge Atlantic Yards documents. Let's hope it's just a itty-bitty check processing boo boo. But, given the rank ugliness of the Atlantic Yards process, we're thinking more than honest paperwork error.
Outgoing Assemblyman and early Atlantic Yards supporter Roger Green twice blocked the money, and twice after meeting with CBN members who addressed his concerns he agreed to remove his freeze. CBN would really like an accounting of where that money has gone and why.
“Public money was promised three times for a community review of this EIS. The community deserves to know what happened to that money. We hope the media and all government officials will insure these questions are answered. We aren’t going to let this drop without an accounting,” said James Vogel, spokesman for CBN.
It’s just so easy to skip paying bills during the holidays, especially if you’re the government!
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I live right around the corner from there and called 311 to complain about the stink. A couple days later an inspector showed up, went to my next-door neighbor's building (just a normal building) and said that I had called in about a smell coming from THAT building! There is a stinky cabbage processing plant on one corner and that oil-filled field on the other and the inspector was such an incompetent moron (with no sense of smell) that he just picked a random building and questioned them about their odor. Of course I wasn't home and they never contacted me again.Our own impression has been that there is no oversight of the cleanup of this
I got mugged at knifepoint while taking out the garbage Christmas Eve at 9pm.Ouch.
I negotiated with him for my health insurance card - not only because it has my Social Security number and was really hard to get, but because I knew that such a request would humanize me in the mind of my attacker, and make it harder for him to stab me. Such are the benefits of studying human behavior. All I lost was my phone, cards, and money.
Getting a knife pushed into your ribcage now and again is just part of the price we pay to live in a city, and New York is supposedly one of the safer of the bunch. But I have to admit, it makes me question working two extra gigs (I won't divulge which ones they are) in order to pay the exorbitant rent this part of Brooklyn - when the streets are less safe than they were in the supposedly bad parts of Manhattan where I used to live.
It may just be the humiliation of not fighting back that's getting me down, but I fear that Brooklyn may be a crock. And with a two-year-old daughter, I feel a strong urge to spend my effort elsewhere.
Hi There,And the response:
I just placed a custom order for a zip up sweatshirt. I want Gowanus Brooklyn on the front of the sweatshirt but wanted to make sure that the way the word "gowanus" gets split looks like gowa-zipper-nus rather than having "anus" on one side of the sweatshirt. Hope you can understand my concern! Perhaps the way you will do it will say gowanus on one side of the zipper and brooklyn on the other side. I couldn't quite tell if the text would be on one line or two lines. In any case, I just want to make sure that wherever the letters break doesn't cause my boyfriend any undue embarrasment. Thx for caring. Feel free to call me if anything needs to be clarified further!
Dearest Olivia,Thanks for caring, Hercules!
Thanks kindly for your order. Gow Anus certainly makes quite the statement, but we can understand why your boyfriend may not care to make it. Your order has been modified accordingly to prevent any murmurs and/or sussurations.
With abundant respect,
Grass plot adjacent to Carroll Street Bridge at Gowanus Canal; tracks and wires bisecting grass plot; portion of bridge at right; street with automobiles, pedestrians, and buildings receeding into right background; piled lumber behind wooden fence at left; pilings in canal in right and left foreground; wooden building with painted sign, "Watson & Pittinger Timber Yard," beyond grass plot; factory, smokestacks and water tower in background.The photo below is, naturally, "Carroll Street Bridge After Planting."
Grass plot adjacent to Carroll Street Bridge at Gowanus Canal; wires, pulleys, and tracks bisecting grass plot, with circular flower beds on either side of tracks; side of bridge at left; wooden fence at right; portion of canal between railing and fence; piled lumber and factory with two smokestacks in right background; street with automobiles, pedestrians, and lampposts receeding into left background; wooden building with sign, "Watson & Pittinger Lumber & Timber" beyond canal.Typed caption on verso: "Carroll Street Bridge -- Carroll Street Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Brooklyn. It was built in 1889. A new motor and brakes were added to it in 1957. This is how it looked in 1912."The area is no longer planted. If you're familiar with this view today, you'll note the old power plant in the background, part of which is still standing.