Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from October 2007

Trick or Treat: Cracked Walls, Pits & Crappy Fences in Greenwood Heights

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

For a moment when we saw these photos, we thought we were looking at a site we’d missed in Williamsburg or Greenpoint. Actually, it’s at 300 20th Street in Greenwood Heights. Brownstoner noted the mess yesterday morning and there’s now a Stop Work Order on the project for both undermining the property and building next […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Greenwood Heights

Happy Halloween from GL

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Happy Halloween from GL. Here are a couple of houses in Williamsburg that are always done up, both for Halloween and for Christmas.

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Tags: Halloween

Karl Fischer N. 8 & Roebling Updates & Revealed

October 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

We’ve been watching the building on the site of the former Tribeca Oven in Williamsburg at N. 8 and Roebling since the builders dug a very shallow foundation and started building up. We have no idea why this building, which is a mere two blocks from the Roebling Oil Field, has no basement. We’re guessing […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Bklink: Carroll Gardens is Like a New West Village

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

“So Carroll Gardens is quaint, and for those in love with the West Village but who simply can’t afford to live there, it will do. The tree-lined streets with well-kept brownstones, little cafes and restaurants, and independent boutiques are all that’s required of a charming neighborhood. As rents rise, it’s only bound to grow nicer […]

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Tags: Shortlink

Landmark Tuesday: Eberhard Faber Approved, Dumbo Goes "Astonishingly Well"

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Yesterday was a good day for a couple of possible Brooklyn landmark districts. The Eberhard Faber District in Greenpoint was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and appears headed for final approval by the City Council. Meanwhile, the hearing on the Dumbo Historic District “went astonishingly well,” according to the Historic Districts Council Newsstand blog. […]

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Tags: Dumbo · Greenpoint · Historic Preservation

Exploring Coney Island Creek

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

It looks like a number of local photographers and bloggers went to the wilds of Coney Island Creek, known for the ghosts of its sunken boats, and came back with photos and tales of sinking into (possibly toxic) muck. Photos posted so far include those put up by the wonderful photographer Elizabeth Weinberg on Burnt […]

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Tags: coney island

Tis the Season: Barfing Pumpkin

October 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

This comes from Humboldt Street, from the camera of our Greenpoint correspondent who notes–of the hurling Halloween decoration that it’s “Proof positive anything Williamsburg does, Greenpoint does better.” Indeed.

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Tags: Halloween

Brooklinks: Wednesday Halloween Edition

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Happy Halloween. Decking Installed Next to South Slope Crack Building [IMBY] It Came From the Blogosphere [No Land Grab] Are Scholarship and a Study for Ratner Compatible? [AYR] Bay Ridge Day Care Parents Get $115 Ticket [NYDN] The Major Improvements to Myrtle Avenue [Streets Blog] […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Hint of Controversy Over Carroll Gardens "Town Hall" Meeting?

October 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Carroll Gardens is never a dull place, at least, not in terms of development issues and community meetings. As we noted last week, another Town Hall Meeting is coming up on November 19. The one in late August was so well attended that it’s been moved to a larger venue–the auditorium at PS 58. An […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens

Help Keep the Port Authority from Killing the JFK Cats

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

Our friends at Slope Street Cats sent out an “action alert” about what people can do to stop the possible extermination of the feral cat colony by the Port Authority at JFK Airport. We understand that in a world full of horrors and deprivation, the fate a few hundred cats at an airport aren’t world […]

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Tags: Animals

Bklink: Man Bites Ghost in Greenpoint

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

From an edition of the New York Times in 1923 comes the following headline: “Man Bites a Ghost and Upsets Seance.” The subhead is: “Spirit Voices Stop Suddenly and Woman Medium Flees Cabinet in a Bathrobe.” The details of this Greenpoint story that was deemed news that was fit to print in 1923 demand to […]

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Tags: Shortlink

Upcoming: Klezmatics Fundraiser for DDDB

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

The legal battle against the massive Atlantic Yards continues and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, which has led the long fight is hosting a benefit with the grammy-winning band klezmer band the Klezmatics at the Brooklyn Lyceum on November 8. Kakande and the Demolition String Band, will also perform. Money raised by the concert will help […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Events

Say What–One Way Bondage

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

We have to say that this is first such specimen that we seen and, for that, we thank our Greenpoint correspondent. Naturally, it comes from Greenpoint.

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Tags: Greenpoint · Signs Under Siege

Bklink: The Bushwick Ice Cave

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off

The Bushwick apartment called “The Lair” must be seen to be believed, if only for the photos. Let’s just say it’s the only dwelling we’ve ever seen with an “Ice Cave.”–Curbed

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Tags: Shortlink

Meet the Burg’s Newest Bike Sales Shop: N. 7th & Bedford

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Psst. Want to buy a bike? Then, it would behoove one to check out the new-ish bike parking racks installed by the city at N. 7th and Bedford. Often in life, things find unintended uses once they are built or installed. Such is the case with the bike racks that were created by removing some […]

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Tags: Transportation · Williamsburg

Red Hook Waterfront Looking Like a Parking Lot

October 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

How one feels about this depends on how one feels about old shipyards and, say, graving docks that have been filled in versus huge parking lots. We will note that Ikea opted not build a parking garage at its Red Hook site, preferring the cheaper solution of paving over acres of prime waterfront land and […]

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Tags: Ikea · Red Hook

Dumbo Landmarking Hearing Today

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Map from the Landmarks Commission via Dumbo NYC]The hearing on creating a Dumbo Historic District takes place before the Landmarks Preservation Commission today. It’s an important step on the road to creating a Dumbo Historic District, which is widely expected to occur. Dumbo NYC has very thorough coverage of the issue as does the Dumbo […]

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Tags: Dumbo · Historic Preservation

Bklink: Park Slope is the Next Chelsea

October 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“When my broker said ‘Park Slope is the next Chelsea,’ and I said ‘but what about the Park Slope Restaurant?’ she waved her and dismissively and said ‘the days of that place and the cheesy dollar stores that go along with it are numbered.’ I hope so. I’m growing impatient.”–Gawker

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Tags: Shortlink

Eminent Domain Redux: Downtown Hearings Held (Again)

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The city held another hearing yesterday on its plans to seize property for development–including the Underground Railroad homes on Duffield Street–via eminent domain. The repeat hearing was held because the city had to withdraw its original findings because it “mistakenly” failed to enter a blight study into the public record during original an original hearing […]

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Tags: Duffield Street · Eminent Domain

Major Bed-Stuy South Rezone Approved

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The City Council approved a major rezoning of Bedford-Stuyvesant yesterday. The rezone covers 206 blocks. It downzones brownstone residential blocks and upzones the commercial spine on Fulton Street. The rezone covers the southern portion of Bed-Stuy, bounded by Quincy Street and Saratoga, Atlantic and Classon Avenues. A rezone for the northern part of the neighborhood […]

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Tags: Bed-Stuy · Rezoning

Brooklinks: Tuesday Pre-Halloween Edition

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: Traffic Congestion Mitigation Hearings This Week in Brooklyn [Brit in Brooklyn] Construction Worker Falls to Death in Brooklyn [Sun] Duffield St. Hotel Site Sells for $9.5M [Brownstoner] New Holiday Inn Coming to Downtown Brooklyn [Brooklyn Daily Eagle] BP Candidate Bill de Blasio’s Record Considered [AYR] Remembering […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Credit Card Muni-Meters Slowly Coming to Brooklyn

October 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Joy: Muni-Meters that take credit cards are slowly coming to Brooklyn. There was a major installation of them in Bensonhurst last week, along the 86th Street shopping street between Bay 14gth Street and 21st Avenue. The Daily News reports 58 muni-meters that take credit cards took the place of 330 traditional meters. Also, there are […]

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Tags: Transportation

Say What–Brooklyn Bus Edition

October 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

It’s not the most dramatically damaged sign we’ve ever seen. Not even the most tagged up bus sign we’ve seen in Brooklyn. Nonetheless, this is the first one we’ve seen sitting on the sidewalk. We found it on Lorimer Street, not far from McCarren Pool and Park.

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Tags: Signs Under Siege · Williamsburg

Bklink: We’ll Take the Terrier Dressed as the G

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Check out some pics and a rundown of the Great Pupkin in Fort Greene. Some of the favorites include a Chi dressed as the devil, a dog in PJ with slippers and a Boston Terrier dressed as the G Train.–Clinton Hill Blog

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Tags: Shortlink

Tis the Season, Part II: Hanging Around

October 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Tags: Halloween · Williamsburg