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Entries from February 2007

Atlantic Yards Financial Documents Finally Public

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

We haven’t had time to look at them closely, and reading financials isn’t our No. 1 skill (and we’ll defer to Atlantic Yards Report and Norman Oder for the in-depth analysis), but Brownstoner scores an excellent scoop by posting several of the most sought-after PDFs in certain Brooklyn circles. You can check out the post […]

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Here’s the Video: We Are the Pool!

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

PoolAid screened its We Are the Pool! vid last night. We won’t rehash all the details about McCarren Pool here. Simply click on the embed below to watch or click on this link to go over to YouTube.

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Another Erection in Williamsburg, Pt. I

February 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This pile driver was at 165 N. 10th Street in Williamsburg for a couple, banging away until it moved on to another site a few blocks away. This device is making the round in the neighborhood, because we’d also spotted it parked next to the Roebling Oil Field a couple of months ago. The site […]

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Speak No Evil: Thor Coney Tenants Required to Sign Confidentiality Clause

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Lola Staar Boutique founder Dianna Carlin, who we reported in early February was evicted by Thor Equities, is speaking out about why she was forced to go. The entrepreneur says she was given the boot by the developer because she balked at a confidentiality clause that was part of the lease she was offered. Ms. […]

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Release of Atlantic Yards Financial Data Coming?

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Don’t look now, but all that previously private financial information about Atlantic Yards could be released soon. The Empire State Development Corporation had stonewalled requests for the release of the critical and revealing information during the Pataki Administration. That development is reported in today’s New York Sun. The release of the information would come in […]

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GL’s Construction Site Du Jour: 110 Green Street

February 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Our Greenpoint correspondent hit us off with multiple photos of the big neighborhood construction site at 110 Green Street that is destined to be the home of a very glassy new condo building. We present some of those pics here, taking note of the fact that it’s a very accessible site to anyone in the […]

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Brooklinks: Wednesday Arrivederci February Edition

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. 20 Years of “Temporary” Parking at Atlantic Yards? [Brooklyn Speaks via No Land Grab] Atlantic Yards Demolitions Could Start by April [AYR] Starrett City Buyer Said to Have Sketchy Record on Affordable Housing [NYT] Help Change the Gowanus Whole Foods Design [I'm Seeing Green] Vicious […]

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"© Snapple Coney Island Park, Inc."

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

We found this posted by Astrolander at the Coney Island Message Board. It touches on the subject of what we’ll lose with a Coney Island re-do that treats Coney as a brand name and nothing more: The likes of Coney Island as we know and love, we will never see again, either with condos/corporate retail […]

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New Red Hook Resident Reminds Us It’s "Go-On-Us," Not "Go-Anus"

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

We stumbled across this item on Inprint, which comes from the New School University. It’s a “neighborhood profile” written by someone that just moved to Red Hook. It’s short and it moved us: I just moved to Red Hook about a week ago. I still don’t know much about the place. There’s a lot of […]

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National Group Says Brooklyn Public Library Censored Art

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

The discussion about the Brooklyn Public Library’s exclusion–some would say censorship–of certain works in its current show about the community surrounding the Atlantic Yards project continues. The National Coalition Against Censorship is saying the exclusion of the works was censorship and takes the library to task for not including several works in the “Footprints” show. […]

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The Crap Sewage Runneth Over in Gowanus

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of bondidwhat/flickr]We’ve done a lot of posts about what you might call Gowanus’ crappy little secret–the tendency for sewage to flood basements flow into the streets from manholes during rainstorms. (Actually, it’s no secret to residents, only to, say, future condo buyers.) In any case, the flickr photographer who goes by bondidwhat shot […]

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"Cruising" Study Finds Park Slope Parking Hell

February 27th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Looking for a parking space in Park Slope? Tough luck. According to a new study, more than half of the traffic in Park Slope is “just cruising for a parking spot.” That interesting finding is in a report called “No Vacancy: Park Slope’s Parking Problem and How to Fix It” conducted by Transportation Alternatives. The […]

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GL’s Construction Site Du Jour, Greenpoint Edition

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

The photo above and below was sent to us by a Greenpoint correspondent who is always sending great photos and information our way. As we are always impressed by the number of construction and/or demolition sites with fencing that is wide open, poorly secured or that has been knocked down, this little winter scene caught […]

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The Splasher Doesn’t Like Scotch Either

February 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments

We devoted quite a bit of space yesterday to the paint vandal known as the Splasher, but we didn’t post a photo of the damage he did to a painted Dewar’s ad on N. 6th Street. It’s interesting if only to show that he is targeting advertising too.Related Posts:Splasher Strikes Again Across WilliamsburgN. 6th Street […]

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Who’s Opening Windows at the Williamsburg Domino Plant & Why?

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here’s an interesting mystery: Why have dozens of windows at the old Domino Sugar Plant in Williamsburg been opened in the last few weeks? The Waterfront Preservation Alliance of Greenpoint & Williamsburg, which is working hard to try to save the historic building, would certainly like to know. They write: Now this building has stood […]

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Brooklinks: Tuesday Train & Dome Edition

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Rep. Nadler Expresses Concern Over Toxic Gunk in Gravesend Bay [Green Brooklyn] Legal Issue: Did Ratner “Initiate” Atlantic Yards? [AYR] This Will Totally be a Whole Foods as Soon as We Clean Up the Toxic Waste [Consumerist] Gowanus Yacht Club is Hiring Writers [Brooklyn Record] […]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Meeting Tonight

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Brooklyn Bridge Park development is one of those projects about which controversy continues, even though it was approved by the Empire State Development Corporation during the reign of Chair Charles Gargano. Yesterday, there was a report that the park’s cost could actually balloon to double the original estimate of $150 million. That report, actually, […]

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Poolaid Vid Debuts Tonight

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

As we noted a couple of weeks ago, Poolaid, the group concerned about various McCarren Pool issues, is debuting its “We are the Pool” tonight (2/27). The video will debut at Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue (cross street: Meeker Ave.), in Williamsburg. The event is from 7–9 pm. The Poolaid people write: The video is […]

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Splasher Strikes Again Across Williamsburg

February 26th, 2007 · 15 Comments

The street art vandal known as the Splasher has struck again in Williamsburg, splashing white pain on street art and ads on N. 6th Street, Kent, Berry, Wythe and other locations around the neighborhood. In contrast to the aqua and maroon paint used in earlier splashings, the new splashings were done with white paint. At […]

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The N. 6th Street Splasher-Artist War Continues

February 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, we came across the results of renewed destruction of street art by the vandal known as the Splasher. (Insert your comment here about how it’s all vandalism.) On N. 6th Street this has led to a series of punch-counter punch exchanges between vandal and artists. (You can see the full post about the latest […]

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Thor’s Hammer Nearly Finished With Revere Dome

February 26th, 2007 · Comments Off

We noted on Saturday that the Red Hook skyline viewed from a distance is now missing its iconic dome. These photos show why you can no longer see it. The demolition crews dispatched by developer Joe Sitt and Thor Equities have now started cutting holes in the base of the structure itself. In a couple […]

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Whole Foods Site From the Inside

February 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Photoblogger The Food of the Future and flickr photog f.trainer scores again with some fun nice shots of the Whole Foods site in Gowanus viewed from the inside. (We hope he wore some good boots and didn’t track any of the toxic back home.) He posted the photos on flickr last week and has been […]

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Sunset Park Highrise Has Few Fans

February 26th, 2007 · Comments Off

That 12-story building proposed for 42nd Street in Sunset Park continues attracting opposition. Last week, Community Board 7 voted unanimously to denounce the “non-contextual” building, which would be located at 420 42nd Street. Now, CB7 is going to have a community meeting on the development on Thursday (March 1) at 6:30. The meeting will offer […]

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Brooklinks: Monday More Sloppy Than Snowy Edition

February 26th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Lawmakers Vow to Push Starrett City Rent Protection [NYT] A Grudging Times Correction on Atlantic Yards [AYR] BKLinks [ABL] Second Annual Brooklyn Blogfest on May 10 [OTBKB] Brooklyn Bridge Park Cost Could Double [NYDN] Brooklyn Streets That Are No More [Brooklyn Ramblings] Straight Out of […]

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An NYT Op-Ed and Words from Cleveland About Atlantic Yards

February 26th, 2007 · Comments Off

We neglected to link to the New York Times op-ed by Jennifer Egan on Saturday (which was, astoundingly, the paper’s first such treatment of the most important development in Brooklyn history). The op-ed is absolutely worth a read (the writer is very up front about her position) and places the development in the broader context […]

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