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Entries from July 2007

Warnings Before Roof Collapse on First Place in Carroll Gardens?

July 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

Were there warnings before the roof collapse at that building at 90 First Place in Carroll Gardens on Sunday night? Brownstoner has details on the collapse and the Department of Buildings response, including a Stop Work Order. A look at the DOB website, finds 6 complaints lodged against the building since May, including ones for […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Construction Issues

Gowanus Development Site: Yours for $12M, Canal Views

July 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

We’re not even sure how we found the listing for this building at Union and Bond in Gowanus/Carroll Gardens, but it can be yours for a mere $12 million. It’s listed on City Cribs, and this is what they have to say: This corner warehouse on Bond Street is very large development site in a […]

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Tags: Gowanus

Kent Avenue Rising: 291 Kent

July 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

We’re not entirely sure what is planned for 291 Kent Avenue, which is a long, narrow lot across the street from the Domino Sugar Plant (AKA, as of recently, the New Domino with 2,000 apartments). What we can say is that the building on the site has been demolished and that the Department of Buildings […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Domino #2: Questions About the "New Domino"

July 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Without question, the proposed “New Domino” development that was formally rolled out to the press at an on-site event last week and which is has its first hearings today in from of the City Planning Commission, would be a huge project. It would include at least 2,200 residential units and several buildings of 30 and […]

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Tags: Domino · Williamsburg

Domino #1: Domino Plant as as Art Museum?

July 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

The email we got along with the link to the YouTube vid above, which is really more of a Powerpoint presentation than a video, said “why can’t we have affordable housing and something that gives back to the community, city, etc? it could even be private financing if need be.” Yesterday, Lost City described the […]

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Tags: Domino · Urban Planning · Williamsburg

Giglio Church’s Former Sunday Construction Building Coming Along

July 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

What you are looking at is the rapid progress being made on 525 Union Avenue, the luxury condo going up behind Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Giglio church on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. One of the reasons that the building has gone up so quickly is that there had been a great deal of […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Brooklinks: Tuesday End of July Already Edition

July 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Today, we pay our respects to Tom Snyder, who passed away yesterday. Yvette Clarke Taking 6-Week Medical Leave of Absence [City Room] Brooklyn Housing Court Trial Over South Williamsburg Rent Strike Wraps Up [BDE] Weekly Coney HOOPLA! [Kinetic Carnival] The Wonder Wheel is a Wonder […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Attack of the Car Alarms on Boerum Hill

July 31st, 2007 · 6 Comments

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. In recent weeks, we’ve had a spate of stories about car window smashings and tire slashings on Boerum Hill, not to mention hookers under windows and (0ur favorite) the Boerum Hill Crapper. This morning, we find some emails about everyone’s favorite urban sonic scourge–the screaming car alarm. We […]

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Tags: Boerum Hill

Say What: Stop & One-Way on High

July 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

We return to our ongoing series of compromised Brooklyn signage with this example of signs that have been relocated to accommodate buildings construction. We continue to assume that this is a totally legitimate thing because it happens so frequently, but we might suggest to the city that stop signs that are several feet higher than […]

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Tags: Signs Under Siege

Williamsburg Residents Chafe Over East River State Park Rules

July 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

The complaints about East River State Park in Williamsburg make the big time today, in a manner of speaking, with a story in the Daily News about how people are ticked off about its short hours and the abundance of rules. (You can read one of our posts about the pre-sunset shooing of visitors here, […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Coney Island #2: "Anarchy, Violence & Mayhem"

July 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Looks like things got a little rowdy in Coney Island this weekend, at least, according to a dispatch from someone on scene. The action took place at Cha Cha’s on the boardwalk where the band World Inferno played a show. According to reports, the crowd start tearing the bar apart. Here’s the report that was […]

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Tags: coney island

It’s Official: Park Slopers Have Fled for Summer

July 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

What’s wrong with this picture? Hint: It has to do with the abundant amount of parking available on a Sunday evening in Park Slope. In any case, you know that the height of summer has hit the Slope when the normal Parking Derby is suspended. For comparative purposes, the normal scene at the hour this […]

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Tags: Park Slope

TV on the Radio Do McCarren Pool, Water Included

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Jonny Leather/flickr & jonnyleather.com]We ended up a little beaten down by yesterday’s weather and skipped the TV on the Radio show at McCarren Pool, even though we were on the list to shoot it and we love the band. In any case, the pool had a bit more water than usual and […]

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Tags: Events · McCarren Pool

Coney #1: Photos of the Coney Sand Sculpting Contest

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of azzface/flickr] The 17th Annual Sand Sculpting contest, which was sponsored by Astella Development Corp., was held in Coney Island on Saturday. Here are a few great shots of the event and the fun sand sculptures that were posted on flickr. [Photo courtesy of Sarah Paradise/flickr] [Photo courtesy of dietrich/flickr] [Photo courtesy of […]

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Tags: coney island · Events

GL Construction Site Du Jour: Back to the Cement Plant

July 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We keep returning to these properties whose official addresses are 157 and 173 Kent Avenue and 224 Wythe Avenue because the demolition process of both the cement plant that originally occupied the site and the building you see reduced to rubble above, has been so weird. About 2/3 of this full block in Williamsburg–across the […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Former Landfills Near Starrett City Set to Become Parks

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

If you’ve ever been on the Belt Parkway, perhaps you’ve noticed the big hills along Jamaica Bay near Starrett City that don’t seem to be natural parts of the landscape. If you’ve ever thought that they look like capped landfills, well, they are. (And if you’re a longtime resident you actually remember when they were […]

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Tags: Environment

Brooklinks: Monday New Week Edition

July 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Today, we also quietly pay our respects to Ingmar Bergman. Echoes of Atlantic Yards in New Domino Plan [AYR] Before You Reinvent a Place, Try Equaling It [No Land Grab] NYT Eminent Domain Story Doesn’t Even Mention Brooklyn?!? [Duffield St. Underground] Is the Domino Plant […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Where They Put Doors & Bells in Greenpoint

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

We know that there’s an explanation for this, we just don’t know what it is. We can only assume that, at some point, the staircase leading to this second-floor disappeared. Whereas, the doorbell sign did not. In any case, this image, which comes to us from Meserole Avenue in Greenpoint, was captured by our Greenpoint […]

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Tags: Greenpoint

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Coney from Train

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Coney Island, Brooklyn[Cool photo courtesy of vinnie716/flickr]

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Tags: coney island · Photo du Jour

Notary District Rat Problem Attacked

July 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We don’t know what’s up with Vincent Russo, the gentleman who has owned these curious buildings on Smith Street for more than a half-century, and whose signage has adorned the neighborhood for decades. Months ago, a commenter noted that he had passed away (he is well into his 90s) earlier this year although we haven’t […]

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Tags: Smith Street

Disconnected in Brooklyn on Craiglist: I’m the Dude with Two, You Know…

July 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments

For this week’s Brooklyn Missed Connection we offer up this tale that we know is a fabrication, yet stands out for its desperate attention-getting qualities. It rings a bell too, so we may be onto a serial Missed Connection poster. Regardless, it amuses. In its bizarre way: I was the man who was born with […]

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Tags: Missed Connections

Busted Up Coney Boardwalk Continues to Generate Concern

July 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The horrid condition of the boardwalk in Coney Island, a subject to which we’ve devoted countless, continues to generate some coverage. This week the Bay News notes the boardwalk’s deterioration. It also makes the very interesting point that Coney Island redevelopment make encourage the city to allow the problem to get worse before it gets […]

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Tags: coney island

Brooklinks: Sunday Summer Lite Edition

July 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Times Has Major Blind Spots in its Eminent Domain Coverage [AYR] Urban Explorers Exploring [NYT] Out of Control Car Hits Scaffolding, Met Food, Maggie Moos on Seventh Ave. [OTBKB] Even Muppets Offended by Greenpoint Sewage Smell [newyorkshitty] Newtown Creek Scum [Lex's Folly] Picture New York Without Pictures [Brit in Brooklyn] Civil Liberty Issues [I’m Seeing […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Scrap in Warm Sunlight

July 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn[Photo courtesy of Gary Mirabelle/Mirabelle Studios]

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Tags: Gowanus Canal · Photo du Jour

GL’s Weekend Curbed Roundup

July 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

As you may know, we have some fun over at Curbed from Monday through Friday. Here’s some of this week’s output over there: DIY Bicycle Policy in Greenpoint (above) Behold 502 Metropolitan in Williamsburg: It’s a Keeper Bushwick’s ‘Nightmare on Grove Street’? Checking in on Red Hook’s Big Blue Friend A Look Around the Old […]

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Tags: Curbed Roundup