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Entries from August 2007

Gowanus Nursery Appeals for Help Fighting Likely Eviction

August 31st, 2007 · 8 Comments

We noted during a Community Board 6 meeting we attended in late spring that one of the Red Hook Garden District’s recent arrivals, the Gowanus Nursery, was being threatened by new residential development. The nursery had been on Third Street and moved this year to Summit Street in Red Hook. Here’s the email from the […]

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Tags: Red Hook

The Bunker in Gowanus Getting an Exterior

August 31st, 2007 · 3 Comments

Finally! The building we like to call The Bunker on Bond and Carroll Streets in Gowanus because of its stunning street-side lack of windows abundance of wall space, is getting a skin. The facade appears to be white. You will also note the exterior wood paneling, which is a trademark of architect Robert Scarano on […]

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Tags: Architecture · Gowans

New Building Putting the Green Back in Greenpoint

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Given that we featured a jaw-dropping Gowanus building designed by Karl Fischer earlier this week, we figure this is a good time to have another look at one of the architect’s buildings rising on Diamond Street in Greenpoint. (We last checked on it July.) The photo comes from our Greenpoint correspondent. Of the green facade […]

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Tags: Architecture · Greenpoint

The Most Disgusting Gowanus Photo Ever: Do Not View Before or After Meal

August 31st, 2007 · 4 Comments

We almost hesitate to post this photo because it’s so freaking foul. It and some others were sent to us by a GL reader who submitted it in order to share the situation on Ninth Street between Second and Third Avenue in Gowanus that it depicted. Call it Garbage Porn. Of the trash company whose […]

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Tags: Gowanus

A Succulent Wall Grows in Williamsburg

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Have you ever wanted to call a place succulent? Well, now you can. Perhaps you’ve read about the Green Wall in Williamsburg. It was covered not long after installation in Dwell. Well, we figured we’d post these photos of the exterior wall of the new Williamsburg bar called Oulu, which is on N. 4th Street […]

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Tags: Enviornment · Williamsburg

Brooklyn Nibbles: Special Slope Pizza Edition

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

We’re especially happy to run this item, because it concerns Pizza Plus, the little Seventh Avenue pizza place that was devastated by a bad fire in May that also displaced residents upstairs. As you can see in the photo above, Pizza Plus is almost back. It’s been a long haul, but the restaurant has gotten […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles

Brooklinks: Friday Long Weekend Edition

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Have a Happy Labor Day Weekend. We’ll be here if you need us! And, we’ll have some exciting news to share on other side of the holiday. The Times Knows How to Do Better, But Not With Atlantic Yards [AYR] The Greenpoint 100 [11222] Dog Shit […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

GL Brooklyn TV: West Indian Carnival Videos

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

It’s time for the 40th Annual West Indian Day Parade on Monday, so here are some vids posted to the YouTube of the parade & carnival in past years. Enjoy.

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Tags: Uncategorized

Spend Time at Hank’s with the Freddy’s Crew Tonight

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of dlemieux/flickr] Ever wonder what it would be like spending time in two possibly doomed bars at once? Tonight’s your chance. Via No Land Grab we find that the crew at Freddy’s Bar, which sits in the path of Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Project, is taking over Hank’s, the bar at Atlantic […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Disco Don’t Destroy

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

While there may be a lot of bulldozing and drilling going on in the vicintity of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues, the future of the Atlantic Yards development hinges on the various legal battles against it, which include a still active lawsuit against the use of eminent domain and a suit about the environmental review process. […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Events

Upcoming: Get Poopy at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble

August 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

No, we’re not talking about what goes on in the restrooms downstairs at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble on Seventh Avenue at the changing tables. (Though an incredible amount of it goes on.) We’re talking about a reading in the store next Wednesday at 7:30 by Dave Praeger, who is the author of Poop […]

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Tags: Events · Park Slope

Has Another Developer Struck Black Gold Near Roebling Oil Field?

August 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We will preface this by saying that we have not personally smelled the oil which is alleged in the following email that was passed along to us, nor have we personally seen evidence of it. However, given that the email comes from the office of a New York City Council Member, we think it is […]

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Tags: Environment · Roebling Oil Field · Williamsburg

Is F Train Express Idea Dead Until 2012?

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Don’t look now, but even some supporters are starting to suggest that the F Train Express idea, which has gotten much play in the media, may have died at the starting gate. That’s because the MTA is sticking to its guns and continuing to say that there’s no way they can do it until 2012. […]

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Tags: Subway

Brooklyn Nibbles: Williamsburg Edition

August 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Today, we have a couple of Williamsburg food & drink items to bring up to date: 1) Red Bowl is open on Bedford Avenue. The new restaurant–which is the third addition to Bedford’s little Asian Row that includes Wild Ginger and Thai Thai–bills itself as new Asian, but the mix leans heavily toward refined Chinese. […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Williamsburg

Coney Island #2: Zoning Recommendations Delayed Again

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The long awaited Coney Island Development Corp. zoning recommendations, which had been expected as early as this week, have been delayed again until October. This latest development is reported by Neil deMause in the Village Voice. One could conclude that the zoning study is taking time, but it’s more likely on hold to give more […]

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Tags: coney island

Coney Island #1: Thor Mermaid Parade Vid Is Back

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

That video produced by Thor Equities about the Mermaid Parade and then pulled down for some tweaks after a request by Mermaid Parade founder Dick Zigun is back. (You can read the back story here if you aren’t familiar.) The main change that we can see identify is that it now says “Thor Equities at […]

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Tags: coney island

Red Hook Moment: Sleepy-Sleep in the Ruins

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The demolition equipment that has been hard at work on the former Revere Sugar site being cleared by Thor Equities was silent at the time we found this gentleman catching some rays and some z’s. He’s one of the group of people that spend serious summer quality time with their boats docked in Red Hook […]

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Tags: Red Hook

Urban Green Fences Up in Williamsburg

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Given the amount of grief we’ve given the condo development on N. 6th Street called Urban Green (perhaps you might remember it as Urban Death?) for maintaining a construction site that we thought was so wide open that it was a peril to children and drunken hipsters, it’s only fair to note that they’ve got […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

West Indian Carnival Is Coming

August 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The special GL correspondent who sent us this photo she took on Eastern Parkway yesterday said it put her in the carnival spirit. We agree, and it compelled us to note that the 40th Anniversary edition of the parade is happening on Monday, Sept. 3. There will, of course, be events all weekend long. If […]

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Tags: Crown Heights

Thursday Transportation Special: No Bikes Here Pretty, Pretty Please

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Quite simply, we have nothing to add to this image that could possibly say more than the image itself. Related Post:Williamsburg Transportation Policy: It’s a Bike. No, It’s a Trash Can

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Tags: Williamsburg

Say What: Snow Route, Etc., Etc.

August 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Yes, it comes from Williamsburg. No, it’s not the most tagged up sign we’ve ever seen, but we think it’s rather nicely stickered, hence our decision to include it here.

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Tags: Signs Under Siege · Williamsburg

Brooklinks: Thursday Long Weekend Around the Corner Edition

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related information and images with respect, today, for Hilly Kristal. Save Coney Island Looking for Troops [Kinetic Carnival] Atlantic Yards Office Space in the DC Context [AYR] Starrett City Owners Make Move to Market Rate Housing [NYT] Starrett in Bid to Nix Low-Rent Money [NYP] Brooklyn Development Roundup [Curbed] Spitzer […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Renovation Progress on Williamsburg’s S. 6th Street

August 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Waterfront Alliance of Greenpoint & Williamsburg reports in on the renovation and conversion of one of the more beautiful buildings on the south side of Williamsburg, the old Bedford Avenue Theatre at 109 S. 6th Street. They write: Located on South 6th, just west of Bedford Avenue, this building was graced with a peeling […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

PM Update: Veto of Building Inspection Measure Angers Brennan

August 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

(RIP, CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, who has died at the age of 75 from cancer. Mr. Kristal ran CBGB’s for three decades, until it was forced to close last October.) You might have noted this morning that Gov. Eliot Spitzer vetoed a bill yesterday to require more inspections by the Department of Buildings of structures […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · PM Update

New Look Gowanus Will Not Be Like the Old One

August 29th, 2007 · 8 Comments

The rendering upon which you are gazing? It’s a building designed by the prolific Karl Fischer Architect. We came across it in the course of checking out yesterday’s Brownstoner post about Mr. Fischer’s design for a new hotel at 237 Duffield Street. While plans are currently in a state of rejection at the Department of […]

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Tags: Gowanus