Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from September 2007

Dondi Does Dumbo

September 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We caught Dondi the Elephant at the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival yesterday. We were transfixed. Dondi is a very, very smart creature and pretty darned cute too. Someone asked the guy who lays down under her at the end of the vid if he was afraid to do so, and he said, “I […]

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Tags: Dumbo · Events

Shroud Lifted from Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building!

September 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Workers were busy yesterday lifting the black shroud that has surrounded the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building all year. The black netting was supposed to have been down by July 4, but there was a bit of a delay. Nonetheless, netting and scaffold removal was in full swing when we stopped by. This photo was shot […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Dumbo Under the Bridge Art Fest Pics

September 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Here are a few photos we took at the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival yesterday. It continues today and is very, very much worth checking out. We’ll have more pics and a full flickr set tomorrow.

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Tags: Dumbo · Events

Disconnected in Brooklyn on Craigslist: Trashpicking Disco Balls on Flatbush

September 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

It’s time for another Brooklyn Craigslist Missed Connection. This week’s top choice isn’t long, but it is certainly to the point. It’s also the first Missed Connection we’ve seen that has to do with trash picking: trashpicking on flatbush – w4myou gave us your discoball although you took scene it. we told you we planned […]

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Tags: Missed Connections

Newtown Creek Nature Walk Opens

September 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of newyorkshitty & chicapoquita/flickr] We’ve poked some fun at the new park on Newtown Creek at the massive sewage treatment plant in Greenpoint, but if the truth be told we think it’s cool to have public access to that long-suffering body of water. Yes, there is irony in a nature walk at a […]

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Tags: Greenpoint

Brooklinks: Sunday Reflections Edition

September 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: Time for Action on the Big Exxon-Mobil Spill [NYT] Who Needs Hollywood with Brooklyn Movie Shoots? [53 Boerum] Waiting for Landmark Designation in Midwood Park [NYT] This Week in Windsor Terrace History [Icky in Brooklyn] New York Shitty is a Terrific Blog [OTBKB] I Confess: […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Get Frantic at the Atlantic Antic Today

September 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

In case you’ve been out of borough for months or in a place without internet access, today is the famous Atlantic Antic. The 33rd edition of the Antic stretches for 1.5 miles down Atlantic Avenue, from Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights to Fourth Avenue. It runs from 10AM-6PM. There is food. There is drink. There […]

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Tags: Events · Street Fairs

GL Sunday TV: Brooklyn Heights

September 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

A few vids from the YouTube of and from Brooklyn Heights, including one of Richard Thompson and David Byrne performing Psycho Killer at St. Ann’s in 1992.

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Tags: Brooklyn Heights · Sunday TV

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Casting Call

September 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Dumbo, Brooklyn

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Tags: Dumbo · Photo du Jour

Greenpoint House Attacked by Truck (Doing Illegal Work) at Scarano Building

September 29th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Paying attention to the rampant violations of work hours and stop workers can be a rich and rewarding endeavor, although not necessarily for the victims. Take the case of 53 Java Street, a project designed by Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, in Greenpoint. What you are looking at is a photo of a truck that tipped […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Greenpoint

Another Detour on N. 7th Street’s Road to Modernity

September 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

That was fast. Yesterday the New York Post reported that the Stop Work Order at The Modern on N. 7th Street–a development that we’ve chronicled extensively–had been lifted. We also blogged about it over at Curbed. The Modern (205 N. 7th Street), you might recall, had problems with damaging a building next door, busting a […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Translating the Miss Brooklyn Naming Story from Japanese

September 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

So, how would Frank Gehry’s story about naming Miss Brooklyn–his Atlantic Yards tower–read if it were translated from its Japanese version back into English by an auto-translation program? No Land Grab did and the results are funny. A sample: All these motley colors, all these sincere Victoria type construction, took his starry night recollected a […]

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Tags: Architecture · Atlantic Yards

Check Out Coney Island’s Baby Walrus

September 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

There is, apparently, a vote taking place for the New York Aquarium’s baby walrus. Here he is.

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Tags: Animals · coney island

Brooklinks: Saturday Very Visual Edition

September 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Photos: Revere Remainders [A Test of Will] Gowanus in the Fall [burntsienna] Miguel’s Locksmith [Frank Lynch/flickr] Williamsburg Skyline [Blue Jake] Ellis G. Was Here [Pardon Me for Asking] Carroll Sreet Crossing [Atomische] Rambo Truck [Luna Park/flickr] Brooklyn Backyard [seriously excited!] Red Hook Park [A Test of Will] Pet Pigeon, Coney Island [Park Slope Street Photography] […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour, Part II: Sunflowers

September 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Gowanus, Brooklyn

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Tags: Gowanus · Photo du Jour

The CB7 Waterfront Festival, Today in Sunset Park

September 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

The 9th Annual Brooklyn Community Board 7 Waterfront Festival takes placer today on the 58th Street Pier, off First Avenue, in Sunset Park. It runs from Noon-6PM and includes food, music, art, peformnces, boat rides and more. Here are some of the listed activities: Music / Art / Dance, Refreshments / Food, Canoe trips / […]

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Tags: Events · Sunset Park

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour, Part I: At the Park

September 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Tags: Photo du Jour · Williamsburg

Environmental Technician Calls Roebling Oil Spill "Huge"

September 28th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Another test well was drilled yesterday on N. 11th Street across the street from the Roebling Oil Building. One of the technicians working on the project–who is very familiar with the spill area–called the underground spill “huge,” according to a resident who had a long conversation with the workers. “It’s much bigger than just a […]

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Tags: Environment · Roebling Oil Field · Williamsburg

Brooklyn Nibbles: Huge Ricky’s Greenpoint Special

September 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

So, what Brooklyn neighborhoods won’t have a Ricky’s outpost by this time next year? The big news out of Greenpoint yesterday–proclaimed in photos of signage–was that Ricky’s is opening a store on Manhattan Avenue. Our friends at Racked conveyed the news, noting that it will be a Halloween store and then open up as a […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Greenpoint

Say What: Gold Medal Award Winner

September 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Let’s just say this wasn’t like this a couple of weeks ago. The photo was emailed to us by Williamsburg blogger INSIJS and is of the corner of Wythe Avenue and N. 6th Street where the old National Sawdust building is being demolished. He emails: That’s a “stop ahead” sign almost entirely engulfed in the […]

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Tags: Signs Under Siege · Williamsburg

Cruise Ye Olde Gowanus on Sunday

September 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Ever wanted to see the Gowanus Canal from the water? Of course, you can always do that in a canoe courtesy of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, but here’s a chance to do it in a boat. The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, which sponsors many great tours all year long, is offering its […]

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Tags: Events · Gowanus Canal

L Train Report Card: A Lot of "C"s

September 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The L Train, which is the lifeline of an awful lot of people living in North Brooklyn got a mixed set of marks in the latest NYC Transit report cards filled out by riders. While they’re far from stellar grades, they’re a lot better than you’d think, given service disruptions, overcrowding and the like. Here’s […]

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Tags: Subway

Brooklinks: Friday End of Another Week Edition

September 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related images and information. Has Success Divided the Red Hook Vendors? [NYT] Time for a Moratorium on Carroll Gardens Moratorium Talk? [Brownstoner] After Tormenting Neighbors, Slope Prep School Should Give Them a Tour [OTBKB] Background on the Modell Pawn Shop [Lost City] Interview with the Creators of Future Perfect […]

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Brooklyn Paper Reporter Ariella Cohen Leaving

September 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

It makes us sad to note that our friend Ariella Cohen, who has been a superb reporter at the Brooklyn Paper for the last two years, is leaving. We are happy for Ariella–she is moving to New Orleans to pursue new professional challenges in a town that is full of them. Yet, Ariella’s departure will […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Big Weekend in Brooklyn: Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival Kicks Off Tonight

September 28th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival, which is one of our favorite Brooklyn arts events of the year, kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. Brace for two full days and nights of outdoor events, performance art, special exhibitions, sculpture installations, open studios and more. Every year when we go, there are always a […]

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Tags: Dumbo · Events