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November  18

Can You Feel The Excitement?

From the Montclair Times, lots of waxing poetic about the opening (tomorrow!) of the 430-space Crescent Deck in Montclair. The deck's special features include three-lane entry and "code blue" telephone poles (to be used in case of emergency). Also in place...

A staff presence will be on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while a digital recording system will pick up any nefarious activity that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Cone-topped lights and a “ledge modification system” are designed to make life as uncomfortable as possible for pigeons.

To see the deck in all its glory -- including a view of the Manhattan skyline and the Watchung mountains from its top floor (sounds like a great makeout spot), go downtown tomorrow for the ceremony, music, food and prizes taking place between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. But walk if you can, because parking will be a bitch down there.

November 18, 2005 in Only in Montclair | Permalink


But walk if you can, because parking will be a bitch down there.

comedy gold. i <3 montclair.

Posted by: efs | Nov 18, 2005 9:48:09 AM

"But walk if you can, because parking will be a bitch down there."

At the risk of sounding like a noser, this is why I enjoy the Baristanet. LOL, Liz.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 18, 2005 9:48:32 AM

A party for a parking lot. Nuff said.

"Better Tailgating vs. Giants Stadium!"

Posted by: Chris | Nov 18, 2005 10:28:22 AM

I'll be there but that's because I work on Church Street on Saturdays. Of course I'll have to take a peek at the party. Will there be dancing? A demo of that ledge modification system?

Posted by: Krys | Nov 18, 2005 11:24:52 AM

:) -- I enjoy you all, immensely...

Meanwhile, wouldn't it be great if all the business owners in Montclair Center and their employees made a point to park their own cars in the top floor of the Crescent deck, thereby freeing up on-street parking for shoppers and patrons (especially for those with packages, strollers, or making quick runs, etc).

Posted by: Liz | Nov 18, 2005 11:48:11 AM


Will you be there to see the fruits of the agenda?

Will you announce yourself?

I for one, would like to meet you in the flesh!!

Posted by: exit_151 | Nov 18, 2005 12:18:39 PM

Let us thank the wonderful mayor and council for all the glorious parking spaces that will be added to our lovely town. Blessed are we to have such noble and caring folk looking out for the interests of not only our fine merchants, but the landed gentry who support them. Let us celebrate with tasty bratwurst and festive decor the sorely needed parking that will bring honor to our beloved town.

Praises be to Dick Grabowski, whose retail genius shall bring a blitzkreig of German SUVs to the once dirty, filthy, Bolshevik stores of Church Street. May the highest honors be bestowed on the valiant contractors, who bravely built the parking decks and had the courage to make our town center look like New Brunswick and have raised the spirits of the worker collective. A triumphant cheer for Steve Plofker, whose genius would best be implemented in plowing under the wretched infadel Montclair Museum and uniting Bloomfield Avenue in one plae, glorious vision of Reich... er, retail.

May we, the servant class, look skyward to these godlike figures and, without dissent, applaud them for their skilled leadership and decisions beyond reproach. Were we simple folk to criticize them, the heavenly vision of our Fatherlan... uh, fair town... would collapse into a dark abyss of Bohemian decay. Praises to our leaders for stiking into the foul reaches of Bohemia, into the Sudetenland of head shops and small produce store, to yield this triumph, this answer to our prayers, this savior of all businesses that did not close in cowardice and were made strong by the spirit of the state -- this Parkstag!!!

If only Montclair had a balcony that one of its cherished supporters could make this speech from, preferably accompanied by screaming, chants and sharp gestures.

Posted by: notteham | Nov 18, 2005 1:27:53 PM

"Let Them Eat Colanders!"
"Montclair, Montclair, uber alles!"
"Mein Fuhrer: I can Walk! (But I can't Park!)"
"Apres moi, le eminent domain!"
"We'll always have Brooklyn."

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 18, 2005 1:37:17 PM

A chicken in every pot and 430 cars in every garage!

Posted by: Chris | Nov 18, 2005 1:43:54 PM

liberals beware...the iceman is going to the movies in montclair tonite to see the clooney flick. i hafta watch out for the democratic cooties!!!

Posted by: The Iceman | Nov 18, 2005 4:00:42 PM

Will the Giant Inflatable Remsen make an appearance at tomorrow's festivities?

Posted by: crank | Nov 18, 2005 4:48:42 PM

I doubt it...but the real Ed Remsen will probably be there.

Waddya say Ed are you on here?

Posted by: badd_patti | Nov 19, 2005 1:23:05 AM

Absolutely. Today is a great day - you don't get to open a deck every day and because I get to drive the first car in, I had to get it washed and waxed. Then it's off to MHS to watch the football team take on Roxbury.

Posted by: Ed Remsen | Nov 19, 2005 10:34:55 AM

Unfortunatly i had to attend a wedding with my parter in nyc. According to several friends who did attended it was a great day had by all. The mayor gave a splendid speach. The atmosphere was electric. Joyce was better than usual. Smiles all around. Kudos to the mayor and the conservative wing of the council. Sienna built the deck. Proof that the private sector when guided properly can solve most problems. There is no stopping us now. Church Street can now become the rodeo drive of nj. Bring on bay street.

Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 19, 2005 9:30:51 PM

And the great day continued. Montclair beat roxbury 34-6. Can it get any better?

Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 19, 2005 9:35:31 PM


You're making me gag - please stop it.

Posted by: Ed Remsen | Nov 20, 2005 2:08:42 AM

Oh come on Ed, we know you secretly enjoy the postings of your sycophant, Sebastian. He's gotta be getting his inside information from your regime, otherwise where's it coming from.

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