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Entries from September 2006

Brookvids: The Domino Sugar Plant

September 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

We love the old Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg and would miss its brooding presence if it were to be demolished. Some of the buildings have wonderful old architectural detail if you take the time to look at them. Music here is Radio 4. To watch click on this link or simply click the embed.

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Brooklinks: Saturday Very Visual Edition

September 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related articles, blog items and, especially on weekends, images. Pictures: Tilt-a-Whirl 1979 [Julian Davis/mnartists] Even Girls Do It [justiNYC] Sunset Park Gem [dec10/flickr in Sunset Parker] Cyclone [f.trainer/flickr] Late Afternoon from Boylan Hall, Brooklyn College [seriously excited!] The Sadness of Lost Objects [bluejake] Look in Clinton Hill [Lex's Folly] […]

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WPA Festival This Weekend in Williamsburg

September 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Check out the WPA Free Fest in Williamsburg today (9/30) and tomorrow (10/1). The WPA Free Fest is put on by the Williamsburg Performance Alliance–which is a nod to a different WPA, the Depression-era Works Progress Administration–and offered free of charge at different venues in Williamsburg. Click here for the full schedule. Performers include ABADACA […]

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: No Smoking Please

September 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Gowanus Lounge Saturday Curbed Wrap Up

September 30th, 2006 · Comments Off

Regular readers and clickers (we thank you) know we post over at Curbed too from Monday through Friday. Here are some of this week’s offerings posted by our other blogging personality: Selling West Orange as “Brooklyn, New Jersey” Poopi No Mas Brooklyn Sale Prices: “Reaching for the Stars”? Breeders Threaten “Dyke Slope” South Slope “Crack […]

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Beware the Gowanus Canal Shit Storm

September 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Read the Atlantic Yards Draft Environmental Impact Statement section on sewage, as we did, and you would think that a miracle has been wrought. Reduced to a few words, the report says that Atlantic Yards and all its 15,000-18,000 new residents and toilets would produce an itty-bitty problem here and there (ie, untreated sewage overflows […]

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Brooklyn Week in Review

September 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments

We’re road testing a new weekly feature–an end of the week Brooklyn wrap-up called “Brooklyn Week in Review,” which will highlight some of the particularly important, interesting or amusing stories of the week. Highlights of the week of September 25, 2006 The BrooklynSpeaks group, which some Atlantic Yards opponents immediately started referring to as BS, […]

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Brooklinks: Friday End of Public Comment Period Edition

September 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn related articles, blog entries and images. Comment: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods Says Atlantic Yards Impact Report Shouldn’t Be Approved [AYR] CBN Ready to Submit Critical Analysis of Atlantic Yards Study [No Land Grab] Brooklyn Speaks, but Did They Think First? [onNYTurf] Last-Minute Atlantic Yards Public Comment Template [No […]

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Attention Atlantic Yards Shoppers: A Template to Beat 5:30 Public Comment Deadline

September 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Despite a variety of prostest and appeals that the Atlantic Yards public comment period be extended, the Empire State Development Corporation is hewing to its deadline, which is today at 5:30 PM. (The deadine was slightly extended to handle the legal requirements of adding a third public forum.) While the entire review, hearing and comment […]

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Greenpoint’s Land of a Dozen Fingers

September 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Needless to say, we were a little surprised in one of our periodic wanderings around Greenpoint when we actually counted the number of new and tall buildings going up in a particular corner of the neighborhood. It’s the oddly shaped patch in the map above that we have dubbed The Land of a Dozen Fingers […]

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Chile Pepper Fiesta at Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Saturday

September 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

To judge by the crowds that have shown up for it in recent years, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden doesn’t need us to promote it’s annual Chile Pepper Festival. But, it’s worth nothing that the fest takes place on Saturday (9/30) and that it’s full of activities and performances. (The BBG even has a little blog […]

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Park Slope Pig or Fort Greene Pig?

September 28th, 2006 · 2 Comments

One sure way to catch our attention is a story about an animal, almost any kind of animal. We’re especially into urban wildlife stories, but also enjoy more run-of-the-mill creatures like dogs. In any case, we noticed on the Park Slope Forum that people are discussing a pig that has been spotted being walked down […]

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Atlantic Yards as Seen from Across the Pond: "A Project Recalls Mistakes of the Past"

September 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

From a story in the new Economist headlined “Up in Arms About the Yards: A project recalls mistakes of the past,” comes a very interesting take on Atlantic Yards. We’re going to excerpt some of the story here: The Atlantic Yards, in the heart of Brooklyn, are now nothing more than a sunken set of […]

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Brooklinks: Thursday Accent on Food Edition

September 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news stories, blog items and images. Trans Fats: Big Brother in the Kitchen? [NYT] New Yorkers Prefer Trans Fat McDonald Fries in Taste Test [NYPost] Squirrels Prefer Wendy’s [NYDN] Other Food: Sample is Remodeled and Cool [Chowhound] Best Sushi Spot in Brooklyn? [Brooklyn Record] Japanese Class at The […]

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Recycle Your Computers & Donate Clothing

September 28th, 2006 · Comments Off

The city’s computer recycling effort is coming to Brooklyn on Saturday (9/30), and it’s especially convenient if you live in the South Slope. The recycling drop spot is the plaza in front of Prospect Park across from Bartel Pritchard Square (Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest). Following are accepted: computers & laptops, monitors & […]

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Hipsters and Church at Greenpoint’s Cafe Grumpy

September 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

We’ve dig Cafe Grumpy on Meserole Ave. in Greenpoint, but haven’t been there on any Sunday nights, so we didn’t know that it’s serving up faith in addition to espresso. The Daily News scores with a fun story today about the congregation that’s been having services there since July. We’ll let writers David Freedlander and […]

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Public Peeing and the Park Slope Mom

September 27th, 2006 · 7 Comments

Every now and then in our wanderings, we come across something unexpected and, um, interesting. So it is with this next item, which caught the attention of the adolescent side of our brain with the title “Pop a Squat.” It’s from a myspace entry posted by someone named Jenny. Here goes (verbatim): So on my […]

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A Short Greenpoint Oil Spill Primer

September 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

Since the “Community Update” on the Greenpoint Oil Spill and the testing confirming benezene, methane and other fun things under the ground is tonight (Wed. 9/27), we thought this would be a nice day to rehash some facts about the spill so large it makes the Exxon Valdez spill look on the small side. The […]

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Brooklyn Runner Hits First Milestone

September 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

We’ve been terrible about linking to Gary Jarvis, AKA Runs Brooklyn, who is one of our favorite Brooklyn bloggers. Gary, you might remember, set the ambitious goal of running every street in our borough and has been blogging about it since Spring while taking excellent photos of nabe highlights during his runs. While we were […]

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Brooklinks: Wednesday Mixed Bag Edition

September 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of news stories, blog items and images. BrooklynSpeaks Speaks About Strategy [AYR] Boro Park Robbery Stuns Residents [Sun] New Parachute Jump Lights to be Dark for Two Months [NYDN] Borough-Bashing Public Storage Ads Yanked [NYPost] New Downtown Brooklyn Business Improvement District [NYPost] My Ideal New Brooklyn Bridge Park [DumboNYC] More […]

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Why We Love Red Hook

September 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

We love Red Hook, and one of the things we truly like about the nabe is that it retains some of its flavor despite the encroachment of some popular restaurants and, of course, the big Fairway. We posted the top photo over at Curbed yesterday, but figured we’d share here too, along with this bottom […]

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Memo to Atlantic Yards Opponents: Can We All Get Along?

September 26th, 2006 · 3 Comments

To: Atlantic Yards OpponentsFrom: Gowanus LoungeRE: Appearance of Split in the Opposition Just thought we’d say a few words, because we’ve noticed that the debut of BrooklynSpeaks has raised a few hackles in the anti-Atlantic Yards camp. We’re guessing that this has made for a couple of ha-ha’s around the water cooler at Forest City […]

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Checking Back in on Brooklyn Bridge Park

September 26th, 2006 · 1 Comment

When last we heard from Brooklyn Bridge Park it was summer and Sen. Hillary Clinton had said she opposed the building of luxury condos in conjunction with the proposed development, then beat a hasty retreat. In late summer, the very respected Project for Public Spaces, put the project in its Hall of Shame and placed […]

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Brooklinks: Tuesday Brooklyn’s Still Speaking Edition

September 26th, 2006 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related news stories, blog items and images. Still Speaking: The Third Way [The Real Estate] Develop Don’t Destroy Speaks About Brooklyn Speaks [DDDB] What’s That You Say? BrooklynSpeak Up [No Land Grab] Brooklyn Speaks Launches [OTBKB] Still Considering: 8 Percent Scaleback Surfaces at City Planning [AYR] City Planners Suggest […]

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Ghang Thai Kitchen Now Open on Smith Street

September 26th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Ghang Thai Kitchen has opened in the space on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens formerly occupied by Tuk Tuk. The latter was, once upon a time (2002-03ish) a fairly decent Thai eatery (for Brooklyn), but had gone way down hill. It got a frighteningly bad score from the Health Department not long before it went […]

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