I'm taking over the phrase I once heard someone call my little fringe neighborhood. Left Hook seems appropriate. Its not Red Hook, its not Carroll Gardens, its not Cobble Hill and the term "Columbia Waterfront District" is just ridiculous unless you're a historian.
A couple of weeks ago I came home to a flier alerting me to a meeting of the Department of Housing concerning new housing construction on Columbia Street. I took a look at the logistics of what was proposed and I can't see the downfall of what they want to do. Yes, the buildings are slightly taller than the rest of the neighborhood, but not drastically so. They'll be right on the waterfront giving the new tenants spectacular and enviable views. The portion of the neighborhood population currently enjoying that view live on a couch on the sidewalk next to the shipping cranes and sit around all day drinking their beer out of paper bags. Its hard to understand people complaining about vacant and disappearing stores (ie. the Lido Lounge) and be scared of new construction. You can't have a thriving neighborhood unless people live there and want to visit. Red Hook may have a long way to go, but this little neighborhood could easily be more vibrant, not that I'm complaining, I like it the way it is....but it'd be nice to know the places around here had some customers.
I have no idea what this is, but I recently began to feel inferior because I've never had anyone put up anything as cool on my building. In other news, I have one small tip/rant to make. If you go on Craigslist and see someone offering up a large amount of clothes to donate for free, DO NOT reply asking to have them because you recently "gained A LOT of weight". More than one person responded to my ad in this way, and yet I'm not taking pity on them. They'll probably never understand why I'm not giving them my clothes. Perhaps they haven't been fat long enough. Its not like I'm clothing a blob who lays on the couch eating 3 turkeys just for breakfast, these are the clothes that I've worn since college, jeez!