Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from July 2006

Another Brooklyn Food Miracle: Whole Foods to Open in Dumbo

July 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

A little while ago, Curbed reported (well, Gowanus Lounge wearing our Curbed mask) that Whole Foods is planning to open a big store in Dumbo. Still our hearts! You can almost envision a time, a few long years from now, when the formerly desperate Brooklynite stands by the fridge wondering if he or she should […]

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Park Slope Mommy Rage Hops the Pond to the UK

July 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

Don’t look now, but the Cult of Momma Bean, the raging Park Slope mommy who tossed a can of beans and cracked the back windshield of a car that turned in front of her, is making news across the Atlantic in the UK. So, now, a whole lot of people who’ve never heard of the […]

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Happy 70th Birthday McCarren Pool

July 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

Today is the 70th anniversary of the dedication of McCarren Pool on July 31, 1936. McCarren Pool, which ceased operating as a pool in 1984, was the eighth of eleven giant pools built by Robert Moses and the Works Progress Administration that opened during the summer of 1936, which in and of itself is hard […]

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Brooklinks: Monday Hey, It’s a New Week Edition

July 31st, 2006 · 2 Comments

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related news stories, blog entries and images, like the one above, of tourists stalking the sunset at the Fulton Ferry Landing. Brooklyn is a Destination for Tourists [AP/Newsday] Heat is on Con Ed [NYPost] Sunset Park Street Eats [NYDN] Best Pizza Contender: DiFara’s [A Brooklyn Life] Fire Causes Problems at […]

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Weird Visions of Red Hook’s Future

July 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

Red Hook is being “reinvented” by Yale School of Architecture students, and all we can say is, well, they are only conceptual drawings. Very, very conceptual. So, we present them for those that enjoy flights of fancy, a few of which are pictured above. Otherwise, here’s a little sampling of the vision: A naturalistic recreation […]

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Bloc Party Rules at McCarren Pool, but the Big Concerts Bite

July 30th, 2006 · 3 Comments

A couple of songs into Bloc Party’s set at McCarren Pool on Saturday night lead singer Kele Okereke looked around the vastness of the pool-turned-concert venue and proclaimed, “So, I guess this is a pool party.” Not quite. The “pool parties,” those would be the community-spirited free events on Sunday afternoons. The Bloc Party concert, […]

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Brooklinks: Sunday Very Hot Edition

July 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related articles, blog entries and images. The photo above was taken on February 12, when it wasn’t quite so hot as it is now. Not Brooklyn, but Worthwhile Reading: A Rough Week for Preservationists [Gothamist] Into Our Town the NYPD Came [Streets Blog] 90 Years Ago, NY Harbor Blew Up […]

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour Part Deux: No Parking with Blue, Gray & Yellow

July 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Yellow Building on Kent

July 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Video for a Blazing Summer Day: Sledding in Prospect Park During ’06 Blizzard

July 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

It’s hot, so keeping with our theme of cool images today, heres a video that recalls winter, specifically sledding in Prospect Park. Click on the video below or on this link.

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12-Year-Olds Rob Stroller Mom in Prospect Park

July 29th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Just when we had almost forgotten about the “teen wolfpacks” menacing people in and around Prospect Park, we check out today’s Post and find that two 12-year-old boys mugged a jogging Park Slope mom pushing a stroller in broad daylight yesterday. (Hold the jogging stroller wisecracks for a minute.) Yes, this sort of nasty stuff […]

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Brooklinks: Saturday Sights and Sounds (with Chill) Edition

July 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news articles, blog entries and images. (The photo above, as you swelter today, was taken on February 12. Remember?): Interesting Brooklyn Video/Sonic Action: ABL: Radio-Funky Junky-Mixed by DJ Jason Schell [A Brooklyn Life] Maspeth Gas Holders Imploded in Greenpoint (circa 2001) [You Tube] Canarsie Sunset [You Tube] Dancing […]

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Gowanus Lounge Saturday Curbed Wrap Up

July 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

We spend a fair of time each week churning out items for Curbed, most of which don’t appear here. So, if you’re curious and haven’t seen them, here’s a sampling from this week. McCarren Pool Update: No Swim, Only NoiseConey Island Update: More Luxe Housing, More HeatMeet the New Williamsburg WaterfrontCollateral South Slope DamagePeevish Williamsburg […]

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour Part Deux: Googly Call Box

July 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: The End

July 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Remains of Todd Shipyard Buildings, Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Spitzer to Empire State Development Corp.: Hold on a Minute

July 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Democratic Gubernatorial frontrunner and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has avoided the subject of Atlantic Yards like a truck full of toxic waste for most of the campaign, has come down on the side of project opponents on at least one front: he wants more time for public comment and hearings. Norman Oder reported […]

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The War for Brooklyn: A User’s Guide

July 28th, 2006 · 3 Comments

This week’s Time Out New York has a cover story near and dear to our hearts. Titled “The War for Brooklyn,” the package of stories takes a close look at the fight over the futures of several neighborhoods and at several projects: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gowanus, Downtown, Bed-Stuy, the Williamsburg-Greenpoint Waterfront, Red Hook and, of […]

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Before the Storm: Huge Crowd Watches Glass, Kronos & Dracula

July 28th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Phillip Glass and the Kronos Quartet were brilliant last night at Celebrate Brooklyn, performing their original score for Dracula as a huge audience shifted its focus back and forth from the legendary musicians to Bela Lugosi on the screen. Brilliant, that is, until a raging thunderstorm loomed and cut the performance short about 25 minutes […]

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Red Hook Soccer Field Weekend Food Fiesta, Part II

July 28th, 2006 · 4 Comments

All of the restaurants that set up shop at the Red Hook soccer fields have gotten an avalanche of good press in the last couple of weeks. The spot was even named in New York’s “Best Cheap Eats” roundup and ranked Number 9 on a list of 101 with four stars. This is New York‘s […]

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Brooklinks: All Hail Friday Edition

July 28th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Number One Recommended Blog Read of the Day: 72nd Precinct Cops Harassing Sunset Park Residents and Businesses [Sunset Parker] Other Quite Valuable News: Mayor Marty Markowitz? [Brooklyn Papers] Atlantic Yards to be Surrounded by Ocean of Temporary Parking [AYR] South Brooklyn Hotel Boom [Brooklyn Papers] G Train is Gross [Metro] Soccer Club Punished for Fixing […]

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Fun Friday Time Waster: F Train, A Five Boro Film

July 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

In our constant trawling for material, we came across this video posted this week, called “F Train, A Five Boro Film (Anime Version).” Check it out. Where else can you see a kung fu vid set on the F Train with Eno doing Baby’s on Fire in the background? Click the vid below or on […]

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A Little Williamsburg Before and After Action

July 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Gowanus Lounge always makes a point of wandering down Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to see how things are going in the total makeover the waterfront is starting to get. One point of interest is the new East River State Park, slated to open soon. In any case, the “before” shot was taken on July 3 […]

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Brooklyn Double Speak of the Week: "Friendly Condemnation"

July 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Can someone who speaks English, rather than Double Speak, please tell us this: What in the name of God is a “friendly condemnation“? Is it like “friendly fire,” which even though it’s a big, bad boo-boo, still leaves the recipient as dead as he who is on the recieving end of old-fashioned unfriendly fire? Or […]

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Gowanus Eco Cruise on Saturday in a "Human Powered Boat"

July 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Yes, it’s supposed to be hot as hell on Saturday, but how many chances do you to get out on the Gowanus Canal, especially if you don’t want to do the South Brooklyn Seine via canoe or kayak? The latest opportunity comes courtesy of the Urban Divers on Saturday (7/29) from 1PM to 3PM. The […]

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Brooklinks: Thursday "Got Food?" Edition

July 27th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related news stories, blog items and images. Brooklyn Food and Booze:Yassky on Black and White (Cookies) [Edible Brooklyn via Brooklyn Record]New Fort Greene Booze Spots [setspeed]Trout is Pleasant [A Brooklyn Life]The Dope on Chickory Brooklyn [NYT]Bocce and Beercheese at Union Hall [NYPress]New Restaurant Alert: Bocca Lupo [A Brooklyn Life]Mighty Good […]

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