Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from April 2007

How to Make Coney Island "Year Round": Build an Ocean Dome

April 30th, 2007 · 5 Comments

So, here’s the “year-round” Coney Island solution, though it does look like it takes up a lot of real estate. It comes from Japan, from whence a lot of interesting land use, planning and architectural ideas originate. (Dubai is an excellent source as well.) This came to our attention in the context of someone circulating […]

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Tags: coney island · Urban Planning

Sakura Matsuri: The Slideshow

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

myspace graphicsA little slideshow from the Sakura Matsuri Festival this weekend at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. If this doesn’t work for you, you can head over to our flickr slideshow by clicking here.

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Atlantic Yards on a Map in Under Ten Years

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here’s a mashup of an Atlantic Yards map with projected completion dates of buildings through 2016. Atlantic Yards Report’s Norman Oder, who posts this today, notes of the completion dates that “time will tell whether it’s a valid reference or a fantasy.” Estimates of the timeline for the full project range up to 15-20 years, […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Don’t Forget the Brooklyn Blogfest, Now with Cool Poster

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Second Annual Brooklyn Blogfest is next week, on May 10th at 8 p.m. at the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne Park. OTBKB, which is organizing the event, has posted this cool poster, which should be appearing in some different spots around Brooklyn. The poster was created by blogger, Lisa Di Liberto of Urban […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs

Brooklinks: Monday Happy Bee Edition

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: Pink-a-Boo [Dope on the Slope] Sakura Matsuri [Brit in Brooklyn] Ward Bakery Loses a Wall [AYR] Revisioning Atlantic Yards [I'm Seeing Green] Times Takes Note of Local Blogging [NYT] City to Offer New Residential & Commercial Bldgs. with Reopened Atlantic Ave. Jail [Sun] Development on […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

New Brooklyn Blog: Walksbklyn

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Walksbklyn] A GL reader who got in touch some time ago as he was moving to Gowanus, emailed to let us know that he’s started a new blog. It’s called Walkbklyn and the blogger respectfuly acknowledges that the name “was delicately lifted and then modified from Runs Brooklyn…I just don’t have the […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs

Greenpoint Oil Spill TV Redux

April 30th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Any coverage of the awful Exxon-Mobil Greenpoint Oil Spill is to be applauded, and so we were interested to get an email from WNET announcing a definite Tivo moment: an episode of New York Voices on the Greenpoint Oil Spill this Friday, May 4 at 10 PM. The email about the show says: For over […]

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Tags: Greenpoint Oil Spill

Interesting Vid: Williamsburg Under Construction

April 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Check out this video of “Williamsburg Under Construction.” Even though it will come up as being quite long, the vid itself is a little more than a minute. The rest is the Hot Hot Heat track used under the visuals.

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Tags: Williamsburg

More Sakura Matsuri!

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here’s a little more from the Sakura Matsuri festival yesterday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As we noted yesterday, the blossom scene leaves a little to be desired this year due to some trees that have already bloomed and lost their blossoms and a whole bunch of trees that won’t be at full bloom for […]

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Have a Look at Gowanus, Washington Park Remnants Included

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Yanksfan v. Soxfan] The blog Yanksfan vs. Soxfan is an unexpected place to find a long and interesting post about Gowanus, nonetheless they posted one yesterday. It’s actually about “New York’s Oldest Extant Ballpark,” which is Washington Park, one of whose walls still exists on Third Avenue. We’ll let them explain: Extant […]

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Tags: Gowanus

GL Sunday Brooklyn TV

April 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Some new selections for a Sunday from the YouTube, including a couple of pieces on the Greenpoint Oil Spill and some just-posted vids of “UFOs” over Brooklyn. Click here if the player doesn’t cooperate.

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Tags: Sunday TV

GL’s Weekend Curbed Roundup

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

As you may know, we also post over at Curbed. Here are a few Brooklyn tidbits from that part of the world this week. The New Look at N. 7th & Bedford Avenue (above) Coming to the Old Brig Site in Wallabout The Edge Turns Up the Volume in Williamsburg A Look at the Atlantic […]

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Tags: Curbed Roundup

On the Sofa: GL Reader Comments

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Blight Me: Is Developer Blight a New Brooklyn Tactic? “What was done in Edgemere and neighboring Arverne was criminal. For many, many years there were thriving summer bungalow colonies on the beach blocks of Rockaway stretching from the Beach 60s to the Beach 40s which were torn down for the supposed ‘development’ in the mid-1960s.” […]

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Tags: On the Sofa

Brooklinks: Sunday Day of Rest Edition

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Mirabelle Studios] Pics: Farrell’s, Est. 1933 [Park Slope Street Photography] Pizzeria View [A Test of Will] NYC 2 Way [seriously excited!] Spring [OTBKB] Words: Is Clinton Hill the “Bloggiest Neighborhood”? No Way. [AYR] Stoopendous in Park Slope [OTBKB] Debonaire Fashion with an Edge in Bed-Stuy [Bed-Stuy Blog] Shakespeare at a Park Slope […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: We Buy Gold

April 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Tags: Photo du Jour

Sakura Matsuri: Not Many Blossoms, but Good People Watching

April 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Let’s just say that because of timing and nature, there’s better people watching this year at the BBG’s Cherry Blossom Festival than there is blossom watching. (Some blossoms that were out have already fallen, and a lot of trees are about to bloom, but those blossoms look like they’ll be at peak mid- to late […]

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Red Hook Ikea Topped Out

April 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

[Photo courtesy of Keylime Steve/flickr] Keylime Steve, who captures some interesting shots of Red Hook, posted this image on flickr of the steel framework of the massive Red Hook Ikea as seen from the water. It has now been topped out. Steve writes: In a tradition going back possibly as far as the late 1800′s, […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Time to Get Your Sakura Matsuri On, If You Dare

April 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Not that it needs any introduction or promotion, given the huge crowds that show up every year, but the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s Cherry Blossom Festival takes place today and tomorrow from 10AM-6PM. There are usually long lines to get in (and this year the BBG is actually doing advance ticket sales) but one does get […]

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Brooklinks: Saturday Very Visual Edition

April 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Jellybeans on the L courtesy of Martha Martha Martha/flickr] Images: Ratner Attracts Red Cross Disaster Relief Truck [Brit in Brooklyn] Floyd Bennett Field [Bluejake] Favorite Gowanus Alley [Frank Lynch/flickr] Wicked Sunset [Velvet Sea] Astroland [Atomische] Flower Girls [Lex's Folly] Red Hook From Water, No Dome [Keylime Steve/flickr] Ward Bakery Accident Photos [Brit in Brooklyn] Hood […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: The Pepto Bismal Building

April 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Tags: Greenpoint · Photo du Jour

Fun Vid: Rocketboom Goes to Coney Island

April 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here’s a nicely produced video of a visit to Coney Island posted by Rocketboom. Very cool.

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Tags: coney island

The GL Spring Fling Series: Bushwick Edition

April 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Tags: Uncategorized

PM Update: Ratner Workers Call Cops & Keep Working

April 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Prospect Heights demolitions being done by Forest City Ratner and the falling parapet situation at the Ward Bakery Building continue to be interesting today. 1) This morning the ESDC called a halt to demolition activities, but apparently, the call was ignored, at least as late as 3:00PM when workers were reported to still be […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · PM Update

Breaking: ESDC Halts Atlantic Yards Demolitions

April 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Empire State Development Corp. has temporarily halted the demolitions on the Atlantic Yards site following yesterday’s “parapet collapse” at Ward Bakery. Curbed reported the development a few minutes ago, and a release from the ESDC is now circulating. Here’s the text of the release: The partial collapse Thursday at the Ward Bakery building created […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Construction Issues · Ward Bakery

Fun With Parapets: Ward Bakery, Before & After

April 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

Truth be told, we hadn’t thought much about parapets before 10:15 yesterday morning, nor had much opportunity to use the word in our writing. Ever. In any case, here’s a little Ward Bakery before and after comparison, to give an indication of just how much parapet would have landed on your head had you had […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Construction Issues · Ward Bakery