Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from August 2006

"Virtual Tour" of a Brooklyn Apartment

August 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

Our friends at Poland Korea Relations — the Polish guy and his Korean girlfriend that periodically produce urban life videos and postings from an interesting perspective — are at it again with a “virtual tour” of their Brooklyn apartment. You can see it by clicking on over to polandkorearelations or go directly to it by […]

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A Taste of the (Original) Robert Moses to Close Out August

August 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

If you read Gowanus Lounge, you know we often cite Robert Moses and use his name as a pejorative, frequently to refer to the arrogant planning process surrounding Atlantic Yards and the community-violating nature of some of other big projects going up in Brooklyn. The superb Brooklyn Heights Blog offers up some wonderful background on […]

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8th Annual Waterfront Festival in Sunset Park

August 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy soupflower/flickr] Via Community Board 7 comes notice of its 8th Annual Waterfront Festival, which will be taking place on Saturday, September 16th from 11:00AM-6PM on the Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier at 1st Ave. and 58th Street. The festival, dubbed “Celebrating our Success” will highlight Sunset Park HS, the proposed waterfront park, downzoning and […]

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Brooklinks: Thursday Fare Thee Well August Edition

August 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news articles, blog items and images. Money, Politics and Power: Yassky Campaign Cancels Fundraiser at Last Minute [Sun] Robert, Why Does it Have to be So Big? [Brooklyn Heights Blog] More Atlantic Yards “Bogus Points” [No Land Grab] Community Benefits Agreement Accountability: No Reports [AYR] Anti-Atlantic Yards Candidates […]

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Williamsburg-Greenpoint Rezoning Send Up

August 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

We found “Rezoned So You Can Own” while trawling around on You Tube, and it’s definitely worth a few minutes of spare time, if only for its funny bitterness about the entire issue and its take on gentrification in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Click on the embedded video or on this link. The vid comes from […]

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Old Time Gowanus Canal: "The Lavender Lake"

August 31st, 2006 · Comments Off

Of all the pages on the wonderful Forgotten New York site, one of the closest to GL’s heart is “The Lavender Lake,” which provides much detail and a lot of photos of our namesake Big G. Here, you’ll find tons of info, like the following on the South Brooklyn Seine’s history: It was created in […]

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Lola Staar Founder Talks About Coney Island

August 30th, 2006 · 2 Comments

[Photo courtesy of Coney Island Shortcakes] Coney Island fashion designer and boutique owner Dianna Carlin is the subject of a fascinating new Q&A conducted by Jonathan Bowles, the Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future. In the interview, the owner of the Lola Staar boutique on the Coney Island boardwalk talks about her […]

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Atlantic Yards Wednesday #2: Planned Shrinkage End Game?

August 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Of all the fascinating things swirling around the hyper-controversial Atlantic Yards project in the days since last week’s public hearing, the most interesting is the discussion about a possible scaling back of the project before it goes to the Empire State Development Corporation‘s board for a certain vote of approval. Is the talk of shrinkage […]

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Yassky Almost Publicly Gets in Bed with Architect, Then Blinks

August 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Maybe it was the bad press from Brownstoner and The Politicker that did it? Or the call from the Daily News? First, Brownstoner reported that Congressional candidate and City Council Member David Yassky would be holding a fundraiser with Robert Scarano, the controversial Brooklyn architect who recently gave up the right to self-certify his work […]

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Brooklinks: Wednesday Midweek Edition

August 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Shrinkage, Flyers and Videos: Imagining a 50% Atlantic Yards Scaleback: Shrinkage is Not Surgery [AYR] Ratner “Liar Flyer IV” is in the Mail [No Land Grab] How to Rig a Public Hearing Video [Freddy's Brooklyn Roundhouse] How to Rig a Public Hearing (This Links Directly to the Video Download) Everything Else: Markowitz Calls Out DOB […]

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Atlantic Yards Wednesday #1: New Flyer in the Mail

August 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

A new Atlantic Yards flyer (Number Four in the series) is now in the mail, according to No Land Grab, which has posted images from the promotional document. The new effort to win over more Brooklynites to the Atlantic Yards side trumpets the endorsements of the project by the New York Times, New York Daily […]

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Brooklyn Video: Wonderful Brooklyn

August 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Here are Brooklyn scenes, mainly from Greenpoint (including the Greenpoint Terminal Market before the conflagration) and Dumbo, with music by Sparklehorse. Click on the embedded video or on this link.

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Pitching Muni Bonds Via Bizarre Gowanus Canal Boat Ride

August 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

This gem, which features the Gowanus Canal, may qualify as one of the stranger videos we’ve seen recently. It is from municipal bond salesman Jim Lebenthal, who functions as the pitchman for the Gowanus both onshore and on a boat crusing the canal with a classical music backdrop. Lebenthal, apparently, wants to sell tax-free bonds […]

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Incredible Photos of Red Hook Sugar Refinery

August 29th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Sweet, originally uploaded by Soupflowers. If you want to see some photos of the old Revere Sugar refinery in Red Hook the way you’ve rarely seen it, then head on over to Soupflower’s new photos of the domed structure taken from inside the property. We found them because the Brooklyn Record featured one of the […]

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Make Levees Not War

August 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

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Brooklinks: Tuesday Planned Shrinkage Edition

August 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news stories, blog items and images. Shrinkage Strategy: Pressure Mounts to Curb Size of Atlantic Yards [Sun] Scale Scam [DDDB] The Murmurings of a Scaleback [AYR] Yassky Calls (Almost) for a 50 Percent Atlantic Yards Scaleback [AYR] New Hearing, More Questions [Metro] Handy Overview of Environmental Review Process […]

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Blogger Gets a Ticket for Being Too Far to the Right

August 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

onNYTurf mastermind Will James was busted ticketed during the Friday night Critical Mass bike ride (which featured, among other things, about 100 cyclist and 90 cops, making for a nearly one-to-one cop to cyclist ratio). The ticket was for not being far left enough. We will copy and paste some of Mr. James’ narrative of […]

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Coming Soon: Forgotten New York–Views of a Lost Metropolis

August 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

If you dig the Forgotten New York website and its exhaustive information and photos of New York City neighborhoods and places–many of which no longer exist–then the publication of Kenneth Walsh’s Forgotten New York book (Harper Collins) should provide some good reading. This may be old news to some that pay attention to Walsh’s excellent […]

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Second Atlantic Yards "Community Forum" Added

August 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

No Land Grab, which keeps tabs on the Empire State Development Corporation’s website, is reporting that a second Community Forum on Atlantic Yards has been added. The new forum is slated for Monday, September 18, 2006, from 4:30 pm–8 pm at the New York City College of Technology (Klitgord Auditorium), 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn. The […]

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A Mosaic Grows in Red Hook

August 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

The Van Brunt Street scenery in Red Hook is getting a little brighter with the installation of a “Red Hook themed mosaic” at 349 Van Brunt, which is between the Hope & Anchor and Atlantis antiques. Mosaic artist Max Airborne from Oakland created the work, pictured here, which she is installing this week. “We wanted […]

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Not Loving Gowanus Holiday Inn’s Cousin in the Bronx

August 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

What’s good for Gowanus isn’t good for the Bronx. The Norwood News reports that some Bronx residents are up in arms about plans by the same developers that built the Holiday Inn Express on Union Street in Gowanus to open a 42-room, five-story Comfort Inn on Webster Avenue in the Bronx. While Brooklynites might dig […]

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Bushwick Inlet Park Plan Previewed

August 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

The Parks Department showed its preliminary Master Plan for a 25-acre Bushwick Inlet Park in Greenpoint and Williamsburg to Community Board 1 last week. The ambitious plan would involve acquiring waterfront land from five private owners, including a parcel that was once the proposed site of a highly controversial power plant. The plan would include […]

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Brooklinks: Big Last Monday of August Edition

August 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news articles, blog items and images. Development: Atlantic Yards Fallout [Gothamist] YIMBY! The Williamsburg Hasids Want an Arena? (Not Really.) [AYR] DEIS Bogus Points: Bogus Blight [No Land Grab] Discussing Coney Island’s Future [Bay News] Residents Decry 12 Story Tower [Fort Greene Courier] Everything Else: Barges Making a […]

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Brooklyn Video: Coney Island Landmarks

August 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Here’s an interesting little video from a report on Coney Landmarks that aired on Channel Two. You can watch by clicking on the embedded video below or by clicking on this link.

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"A Fish Called Sheepshead"

August 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

Sheepshead Bay is not called “Sheepshead” because it’s shaped like a sheep’s head. It got its name, rather, from a fish called a Sheepshead that was once found in local waters, but is no longer. Now you know, in case you didn’t previously, which is one reason why you might want to click on over […]

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