Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from June 2006

Coney Island All Lit Up with Fireworks and Parachute Jump

June 30th, 2006 · 4 Comments

The photo above, which was posted over at Curbed today, offers a cool preview of what Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower will look like when Boro Prez Marty Markowitz throws the switch at 9:00 PM next Friday, July 7. (It’s also pictured in the paper he mails out to Brooklynites, which hit mailboxes yesterday.) Plenty to do […]

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Gowanus Goes Green

June 30th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Call Gowanus green, at least, if the vision presented last night by the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation pulls any weight. The GCCDC’s updated plan for Gowanus, which was unveiled at a meeting at St. Agnes Parish Hall on Sackett Street, divides the neighborhood into South, North and Hinge zones. The South Zone would lean […]

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Brooklinks: Friday Taking it Down Edition

June 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related blog items and news story that are worth checking out: We Love Brooklynites [Bklyn Record] Street Eats: Ali’s Roti Shop [Gothamist] Ali’s Gets Gothamized [Across the Park] Street Honors Bob Marley [NYDaily News] Clinton Hill Hooker Hotel? [NYDaily News] McCarren Pool Fight Continues [onNYTurf] Summer Fun in Red Hook […]

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Brooklyn Parrots: The Movie

June 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Ah, urban wildlife. The other day, we turned to Brooklyn’s cool parrot colonies and to the wonderful blog dedicated to them at brooklynparrots that has been set up by Steve Baldwin, the man who runs Brooklyn Parrot Safaris (there’s one on Saturday, July 1…check the brooklynparrots site for info) and is the Parrot King of […]

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Rescheduled Billyburg Short Film Fest is Tonight

June 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

The 3rd Annual Billyburg Short Film Festival, which was rained out on Saturday is now happening tonight at our favorite spot–McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. Festivals showcasing their work include The Coney Island Film Festival, The Brooklyn International Film Festival, and the Billyburg Short Film Festival. The event starts at 6:30. Admission is $10. There will […]

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Lonely Gowanus Building is Landmarked

June 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

We’ve been following the tale of the building at the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street in Gowanus for some time and knew that it had been up before the Landmarks Preservation Commission a few weeks ago. The building is on the corner of the site of the planned Whole Foods and, yesterday, it […]

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In the Event of a Hurricane, Take the A Train

June 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

There is a lot of new and fun information now available at the Office of Emergency Management‘s website about the updated city hurricane evacuation plan, including a brochure in 10 languages and a long primer on the Evacuation Plan (click here for the full PDF). The new $30 million hurricane plan that will triple the […]

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Brooklinks: Thursday Prepare to Evacuate Edition

June 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a selective daily review of news stories and blog items related to Brooklyn: Beating the Heat in Fort Greene [Bklyn Record] Williamsburg Has its Own Sitcom [FREEWilliamsburg] Spumoni [A Brooklyn Life] Brooklyn Blogosphere: How Big? How Diverse? [Dope on the Slope] Brooklyn Blogfest 06 Podcast [Dope on the Slope] Congestion Pricing and East […]

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Celebrating the Gowanus (Comprehensive Plan)

June 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

The Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation is holding a get together tonight to showcase the comprehensive plan in its current iteration for the Big G and environs. The group has been developing a plan that emphasizes public access to the Gowanus and dreams of a “green” neighborhood with environmentally-friendly projects. The group’s chair says that […]

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Moving? Call GE8-5800

June 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

From Brooklyn Ramblings and the in-depth research and extensive photography of Sonja Shield comes a priceless look at the era when New York (and Brooklyn) telephone exchanges started with letters rather than numbers, and 718, 917, et. al. were just a twinkle in Bell Telephone‘s eye. Check out excellent examples of Brooklyn signage that can […]

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Park Slope North? Now They’ve Crossed the Line

June 28th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Park Slope North? Has the Brooklyn property rush delivered us to the point where someone can refer to a community like Prospect Heights as an extension of its neighbor to the south? Apparently so. A listing for a $1.65 million, new three-family development on Underhill Avenue refers to its location in “trendy Park Slope North […]

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Breaking News: Atlantic Yards Appeal Motion Filed

June 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Attorneys for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn and 15 co-plaintiffs have filed to appeal last month’s Appellate Division decision overturning a State Supreme Court decision. The “motion for relief” was filed with state Court of Appeals. (Translation: They’re asking the court to hear their appeal.) The case centers around an environmental lawyer who had represented Forest […]

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New York Highlights Six Outdoor Brooklyn Eating Options

June 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

New York‘s guide to 25 outdoor dining spots happens to include six Brooklyn choices (and we know there are tons more). In any case, the ones that are showcased in the mag, followed by New York‘s description in quotes, are: Alma. 187 Columbia St., at Degraw St., Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-643-5400. “A restaurant in […]

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Brooklinks: Wednesday Long Weekend Coming Humpday Edition

June 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a somewhat random and somewhat premeditated daily selection of Brooklyn-related news articles and blog items. Smile Brooklyn [Bklyn Record] Brooklyn’s Best Outdoor Eats [Bklyn Record] Spidey Eats Here [423 Smith] Fourth Avenue Carnival [Sunset Parker] Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues. Or is There? [Gothamist] Dining with a Side of Sky (Outdoor […]

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Williamsburg Waterfront Development Primer

June 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Gowanus Lounge is the first to admit that we’ve had a devil of a time keeping the Williamsburg waterfront developments straight, even though we pay close attention to what is going on at each site. So, spurred by yesterday’s story about the “groundbreaking” at the site of the Palmer’s Dock development at 164 Kent, we […]

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MAS Eulogy to East River’s Lost Industrial Heritage

June 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

The Municipal Arts Society held a session last night billed as a “eulogy” for the East River’s lost industrial heritage. Included among the “deaths” are the iconic Long Island City Power House, whose smokestacks were castrated last year as part of a redevelopment plan that will push a highrise through the building, the burned-down Greenpoint […]

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Birds on the Brain: Hating Mockingbirds in Prospect Heights

June 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment

There’s some bird hating going on over at the Prospect Heights Discussion Board about a loud songbird around Sterling and Flatbush. The discussion is too funny not to pass along. First, people were wondering what the tuneful bird was. Some suggested our friends, the Brooklyn Parrots. Popular opinion, however, settled on Mockingbirds, which are known […]

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Four More Cool Brooklyn Blogs: Shortcakes, Runners, Pigs and More

June 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

Four cool Brooklyn blogs have come to Gowanus Lounge’s attention in the last few days, so we thought we’d help spread the good news. First among equals is Coney Island Shortcakes, which is being brought to you by the people that have set up a Strawberry Shortcake stand on the boardwalk near Cha Cha’s. We’re […]

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Brooklyn Parrots Revisited

June 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

Heard about the Brooklyn Parrots? No, the Cyclones haven’t been renamed. Gowanus Lounge is talking about the parrot colonies around Brooklyn, with two of the biggest being at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn College campus. A Brooklyn Life wrote about them a while back and a visit to Green-Wood in search of them. There is […]

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Brooklinks: Tuesday Edition

June 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news articles and blog items. Sunset Park Hosts a Latin American Rainbow [Sunset Parker] Bklyn Bridge Park Public Meeting, 6-28 [Brownstone Bklyn Politics] When I’m Sixty-Four [Callalillie] Spidey on Dennet Place [423 Smith] G Train Entering Carroll Street [Joe's NYC] Bio Warfare at BAM? [JeepBastard] I Love Brooklyn […]

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About Time: Decrepit Coney Island Aquarium Mural Repainted!

June 26th, 2006 · Comments Off

The peeling Coney Island boardwalk mural on one of the New York Aquarium‘s block-long walls is no more. Over the weekend, painters were hard at work creating a new mural, the outlines of which had gone up the week before. The new mural–which is bright, but about whose overall merit we will hold off until […]

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Skin and Fins Redux: More Mermaid Parade Links

June 26th, 2006 · Comments Off

We were going to add these links to yesterday’s Mermaid Parade roundup, but have come across so many other photos, that we’re going to add them here today, and use the excuse to post a couple more of our photos, which exist in large numbers in our Mermaid Parade 2006 flickr photoset: Mermaids on Parade […]

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Small Factory Design’s Rounder: Made in Brooklyn

June 26th, 2006 · Comments Off

Gowanus Lounge is thrilled to report that we are now in possession of “The Rounder,” a super-cool stool (with storage space inside) that we won for taking Second Place in the Design Sponge Brooklyn photo contest a while back. Not only does the Gowanus Lounge home base now have a wonderful new piece of furniture […]

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Brooklinks: Monday Edition

June 26th, 2006 · Comments Off

Invite Only Atlantic Yards Meet and Greets [Atlantic Yrds Report] Bohemians in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Ramblings] Sinister Squirrels [Dope on the Slope] Behold the New Christie’s [Daily Heights] Pk Slope Zone Busting! [Pk Slope Courier] Paying Any Price to Live Here [NYTimes] Flatbush Speaks, Again [Dope on the Slope] Where Every Day is a Holiday [NYTimes] […]

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Famous Park Slope Biker Pig

June 26th, 2006 · 1 Comment

So, Gowanus Lounge was strolling down 11th Street in Park Slope on Sunday afternoon on our way to the meeting of our Brooklyn Writer’s Group at Bar Toto, when we spotted this big stuffed pig in a black leather jacket with big rainbow-colored beads. We pulled out our camera and were shooting away when two […]

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