Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from March 2007

GL’s Save Coney Island Slideshow

March 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Here’s some slideshow action from yesterday’s Save Coney Island protest. You can check out our flickr set here and the flickr slideshow itself by clicking here. Related Post:Save Coney Island Protest Rocks City Hall

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Brooklyn Nibbles: Supermarket Edition

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Having visited the new Bowery Whole Foods yesterday, we have a couple of notes on Brooklyn food retailing. 1) The Borough President noted in a wide ranging set of remarks promoting development in Brooklyn that Trader Joe’s “will be in Brooklyn shortly.” The prediction, which is clearly based on knowledge of the space the retailer […]

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Brookvid: The Save Coney Island Demonstration

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Click on the embed and take a look at yesterday’s Save Coney Island demonstration at City Hall.

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Brooklinks: Saturday Visual Non-Coney Edition

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brookly-related information and, especially on weekends, images. Photos: Walking and Reading [A Test of Will] Another $2M House in Williamsburg [Bluejake] Office Space, Atlantic Avenue [seriously excited!] Back Window [Lex's Folly] Seventh Avenue Brooklyn [Joe's NYC] “The End” Sign is Back [A Test of Will] Not Photos: Eminent Domain […]

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Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Our Lady of the Body Shop

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Brooklinks: Special Save Coney Island Edition

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Save Coney Island Flickr Tagged Photos [flickr] Coney Island Takes Manhattan [Brit in Brooklyn] Protestors: No Condos in Coney [NY1] The Coneys Land at City Hall [Kinetic Carnival] Protest Photo Essay [Coney Island Reporter] I Come to You Today with Sand in My Shoes… [Found in Brooklyn] Protest Against Coney Island Development [WNYC] Save Coney […]

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Gowanus CDC Director Tom Chardavoyne Passes Away

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Some sad news to report. Thomas Chardavoyne, the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corp., has passed away. The news comes via an email from Community Board Six District Manager Craig Hammerman. Mr. Chardavoyne was deeply involved in efforts to create a strategic plan for the Gowanus community and to ensure that planning, […]

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Annual Submerge Festival Coming

March 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

The Urban Divers are sponsoring the eighth annual edition of their Submerge Festival, which showcases film/video, photography and other art media produced by local and international artists to raise awareness of water. This year’s festival will be held in July in Red Hook (exact venue and days, TBD). The festival moves to a different waterfront […]

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Save Coney Island Protest Rocks City Hall

March 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Save Coney Island protest arrived on the steps of City Hall this afternoon with costumes, music, speeches and an awful lot of cameras. “Coney Island is more than an amusment park,” said author Charles Denson, who noted that he had originally favored developer Joe Sitt’s redevelopment plan, but said he’d turned against it as […]

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Hot Sheets for Hipsters: A New Greenpoint Hotel!

March 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

So, the first new hotel to open in Williamsburg-Greenpoint won’t be a boutique hotel near Bedford Avenue. It will be one at 40 Withers, right up against the BQE, in Greenpoint. We don’t know if it will be affiliated with any chains (it has that Days Inn kind of look) or if there will be […]

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Gowanus + Baseball = ?

March 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

What happens when you search for “Gowanus” and “baseball”? You find the Gowanus Rotisserie Baseball Gazette (who knew?) and a logo for something called the “Gowanus Aura” whose logo is on Webshots and which we reproduce here to the right. Now, avoiding the temptation to go on at length about a “Gowanus Aura,” we’ll say […]

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Trying to Enliven the New Stillwell Ave. Corridor of Blight

March 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

We were a little cheered to see a report that the Coney Island Development Corporation discussed ways to revive Stillwell Avenue between the Bowery and the Boardwalk. Of course, the strip didn’t need any reviving or revitalization until Thor Equities demolished everything, but now that it’s been turned into a potentially dangerous wasteland, attention turns […]

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Park Slope Transportation Roundup

March 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

[Slideshow courtesy of Streets Blog, which posted it on Slideshare] Streets Blog has offered so much good reporting on Park Slope transportation issues over the last few days that it’s hard to know where to start. Taken together, the items show possible progress on a number of important fronts, including making the death trap known […]

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Civic Involvement Reminder: Save Coney Island Protest Today

March 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

If you’re of a mind to express your opinion about keeping Coney Island’s amusement district intact for amusements and to question the current redevelopment proposals or, if you want to take in a colorful scene, don’t forget today’s Save Coney Island protest at City Hall. The full rundown is here, but we’ll note the demonstration […]

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Brooklinks: Friday Coney Island, Baby, Edition

March 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: Coney Astroland’s Last Season and Siren Fest Date [Brooklyn Vegan] My Coney Island Baby…Good Bye [newyorkette] Get Ready for Thorasick Park (KinetOscope Vid Coming!) [Kinetic Carnival] Coney Island Demo Reminder [Brit in Brooklyn] Rally Against Coney Condos [Newsday] Astroland Gets Ready for Final Opening [Gothamist] […]

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Greenpoint Gets Banged, Too

March 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Our favorite Williamsburg tool, the one that bangs every property in the hood, cheated for a few days, moving it earthshaking talents north of the border into Greenpoint. We got an email that said, “Since Tuesday they have had a 5-6 story pile-driver grinding away from roughly 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. I […]

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Here’s How a 40 Story Building in Coney Island Would Blend

March 29th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Lost in some of the publicity about Coney Island redevelopment is the fact that developer Thor Equities wants to put several highrise condo towers on or near the boardwalk. One building would be up to 50 stories tall. The others would clock in at 40 stories. All would be in the current amusement zone, which […]

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Red Hook Update: Street Art Rescued!

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

After we posted our item yesterday about the street art on the shed on Beard Street in Red Hook that was about to be obliterated by demolition of the Revere Sugar Plant, our special neighborhood correspondent reported some happy news. The art was “rescued” by a neighborhood resident “hours before the Blue Monster of Red […]

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Brooklyn Water #2: Newtown Creek Flambé?

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Could Newtown Creek actually catch fire? Nah. But the blogger that captured this compelling image on the Brooklyn side of Newtown Creek–at the epicenter of the awful Greenpoint Oil Spill–brought up the Cuyahoga River and brought back memories of the days when Burn, River Burn was a very real thing. (The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland […]

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GL’s Construction Site Du Jour: North Fork Supports 390 Lorimer

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Miss Heather] Today, we turn to 390 Lorimer Street for our construction site du jour, not so much because it’s unsafe–though it looks a little on the rickety side–but because using your bank’s signage as part of your fence is a nice touch. Which only goes to show you that North Fork […]

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Brooklyn Water #1: How’s the Gowanus Doing?

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Is it GL’s imagination or is the water quality in the Gowanus Canal getting worse? It seems like every time we cross South Brooklyn’s Grand Canal there’s more oil on the surface and more garbage floating around. Again, it could just be that we notice it more on certain days, and we realize that everything […]

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Brooklinks: Thursday Focus on Food Edition

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Porkchop Express] Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn information and images. On Thursday we devote some extra attention to food. The Food Checking Out Pyza in Greenpoint (above) [Porkchop Express] Coney Island Buffet is “a Nice Eating Alternative” [About Brooklyn] Slice Pizza Club No. 8 on April 15 at Totonno’s [Slice] […]

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Sunset Park to Get Eventual Rezone

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Nobody particularly likes to focus on a rezoning discussion, but battles over the future of neighborhoods are won or lost during the rezoning process. Most of what comes later is simply fallout. So, we note with interest that Sunset Park, which is already feeling a lot of development pressure as building spills over from the […]

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Brooklyn’s Serious Mortgage Foreclosure Outbreak

March 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

The map above is from a study of foreclosures in 2006 that was done by the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. Those big concentrations of red dots are what you might call Subprime Mortgage Pox that is afflicting low-income Brooklyn communities as the so-called subprime market implodes. The Daily News had an entire bunch of […]

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Save Coney Island Demonstration Details

March 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Details of the Save Coney Island demonstration at City Hall on Friday have been set. The release that just landed in our inbox says, in part, “Join us on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan as we protest Thor Equities’ proposal to build high rise, luxury condos in heart of the Amusement District in […]

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