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Entries from March 2008

An "Open Letter to the Brooklyn Museum"

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

The backlash over the Brooklyn Museum’s Gala honoring developer Bruce Ratner continues. There will be protesters at the April 3 event, and today an “Open Letter to the Brooklyn Museum” went out and was posted on the DDDB website. Here are a couple of excerpts: It is uncomfortable to step up and point out why […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

City Responds to Public Place Worries, Downplays "Fugitive Dust"

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

The city has responded to concerns about work underway at the Public Place site in a letter sent to City Council Member Bill de Blasio saying that the current preliminary work doesn’t pose a threat, but that a water truck and other steps will be taken to contain “fugitive dust” when concrete removal gets underway. […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Environment · Gowanus · Public Place

This Week’s Carroll Gardens Dust Up: 340 Court Street

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Last week, a team from the Toll Brothers came to Carroll Gardens to present the developer’s plans for a big development on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. This week it’s the Clarett Group’s turn as they come to the neighborhood to show plans for the controversial building at 340 Court Street on the site […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens

GL Analysis: The Toll Brothers Battle & the War for Gowanus

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

For all of the intense reaction to the Toll Brothers proposal to build a 447 unit development in Gowanus, the project would not be far out of line with what the city is likely to propose for the neighborhood. The outlines of the city’s plan won’t be known for a bit, but buildings of 10-14 […]

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Tags: Gowanus · Gowanus Canal · Rezoning

More Drilling at Roebling Oil Field

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

As we noted last week via an email we got, work has started on an expansion of the Roebling Oil Field project, aka the Roebling Oil Building and/or Warehouse 11. We found the pile driver on scene on Sunday and a petroleum-like smell wafting from the scene, though as far as we could tell the […]

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Tags: Environment · Roebling Oil Field · Williamsburg

Bklink: You Can’t Photograph That, Continued

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Another week, another tale of a photographer and/or blogger being told by someone on a public street not to take photos. (It happened to us on Friday on Beard Street in Red Hook via a private security guard who stopped his car and said, “You can’t take any pictures here. Don’t take any pictures.”) We […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs · Downtown Brooklyn

Burg’s Crappiest Development Site Goes Seriously Metal

March 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

It is with a very heavy heart we conclude that there will be no more Construction Site Du Jour awards for one of our Lifetime Achievement Award winners, 250 N. 10 Street in Williamsburg. The site as can be seen in the photo above, went seriously metal last week. The crappy fence that had graced […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Here We Go Again: Is There a Park Slope in Charlotte?

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

It hasn’t been that long since the entire “Is There a Park Slope in (Fill in the Blank)” thread of emails on Park Slope Parents and we thought it may have run its course with the final Park Slope in Iraq exchange, but here we go again. Today’s question, which comes from an email brought […]

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Tags: Park Slope

Brooklinks: Monday Start of the Week Edition

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: More than $20B in Big Developments Around City, Including Brooklyn, Dead? [NYDN] Deadly Domestic Abuse in Red Hook [Gothamist] Mom Killed by Stray Bullet in Bed-Stuy [NYP] Mother Killed at Random by Thugs at Brooklyn Party [NYDN] South Carolina HS Band Visits Red Hook [Gothamist] […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Eye on the Street: When the Art is Gone on Union Street

March 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Our Carroll Gardens Correspondent grabbed a shot of the former site of some cool public art near the Union Street Bridge in Gowanus. Leading us to wonder whether a fraying piece of public art is preferable to the maroon paint job that succeeded it. In any case, the “before and after” juxtaposition is interesting.

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Tags: Gowanus · Street Art

Bklink: Community Board Cuts

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Community Boards are considered valuable by some and scorned by others, but they perform some vital functions at the most basic community level. The boards, however, are facing 5-8 percent cuts, “which may not sound like much, but cut into already limited resources…After all, the CBs serve the equivalent of decent-sized cities, as the districts […]

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Tags: Community Boards

Signs of Spring: Williamsburg Pussy Willow Edition

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

From Driggs Avenue at N. 11 Street in Williamsburg.

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Tags: Signs of Spring · Williamsburg

Upcoming: Teddy Bear Drive for Israeli Children

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

A Teddy Bear & Stuffed Animal Drive is underway through April 7th. We came across the following email that gives some of the detail: In coordination with Bears from Bergenfield, all donations will be sent to children in Israel who have been victims of terror, are in shelters or who are in the hospital. Bring […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Gowanus Lounge Photo Du Jour: Whoo Hoo

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

We ran a somewhat earlier photo of this artwork yesterday along with some other Burg street art, before we found that it had been updated in a most amusing way. It is from Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg.

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Tags: Photo du Jour · Street Art · Williamsburg

Bklink: Bloggers Are Like Roosters

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

“Here in Brooklyn it’s illegal to keep roosters because the crowing makes for poor relations between neighbors, but hearts are not illegal, and thanks to the blogosphere, we hear more and more hearts crowing without any restrictions. In Brooklyn so many blogs maintain vigilance for the sake of the public good, asking for nothing in […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs · Shortlink

Say What–No Standing Hanging

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

From Dumbo comes a No Standing sign that has seen better days and is now just sort of hanging there.

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Tags: Dumbo · Signs Under Siege

Upcoming: Williamsburg/Greenpoint Truck & Trash Talk

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

If you’re interested in the topics of trash and trucks, there’s a meeting with representatives from the Department of Transportation and the Transportation Committee of Community Board 1. It will take place tonight, (3/31) from 7PM-8:30 PM at the Buckley Center at St. Cecilia’s School which is located at 1-15 Monitor Street.

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Tags: Events · Greenpoint · Williamsburg

Street Couch Series: Recliner with TVs

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

This plush and once-proud recliner comes to us from Dekalb Avenue in Bed-Stuy where Miss Heather found it communing with a couple of old TV sets. While the staging suffers from the fact that the TVs have been carelessly placed behind the recliner, it’s still easy to picture kicking back in it and watching.

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Tags: Bed-Stuy · Street Couches

Bklink: Cloudy and a Bit Wet

March 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

There is very early morning gloom outside the Brooklyn weather observatory today as the forecast calls for clouds “with a little rain” and a high of 51 degrees. Tonight will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a shower in places. The low will be 46 as we inch toward weather that is more or less […]

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Tags: Shortlink · Weather

Eye on the Street: Interesting Recent Burg Street Art

March 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

The amount of street art one finds in Williamsburg has been decreasing exponentially with each passing year in the 2000s to the point where only finds a small amount of what was around even three years ago and a fraction of what one could find seven or eight years ago and even less than before […]

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Tags: Street Art · Williamsburg

Disconnected in Brooklyn on Craigslist: Cortez the Killer?

March 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

We often eschew the stranger postings on the festival of passing ships known as Craigslist Missed Connections, yet there was something compellingly weird about this one. It’s not a “missed” connection per se so much as it seems to be a connection that went awry: Vasiliki: HE CAME DANCING ACROSS THE WATER, CORTEZ, CORTEZ….. – […]

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Tags: Missed Connections

A Slice of Life Park Slope Rental Woe

March 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Here’s an interesting rent-controlled Park Slope conundrum making the rounds via the Park Slope Parents Group. We post it because it raising interesting questions about what to do when the landlord starts doing ominous things in the building that indicate change may be afoot: I live in a rent stabilized building. Recently the landlord has […]

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Tags: Park Slope

Bklink: Remembering the Dry Cleaner

March 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Probably no neighborhood dry cleaner in Brooklyn has closed with more public notice and mourning than Trusting Cleaners on Court Street. The shop closed on March 15 and today about 250 people are expected for a farewell party at the Kane Street Synagogue. The Oh family was in business for 25 years. They had to […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill · Shortlink

Adoptable Brooklyn Cutie of the Week, Part II: Mama

March 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s another adoptable pet of the week from the Brooklyn Animal Rescource Coalition (BARC) shelter in Williamsburg. Generally, we only post one Adoptable Cutie of the Week. But, when we got these photos of Mama, who lives at the BARC Shelter in Williamsburg, we decided to add her today. Miss Heather took these pictures and […]

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Tags: Adoptable Cutie

Interesting Vids: "New Brooklyn" Teasers

March 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

New Brooklyn is a film coming this fall from Christopher Cannucciari. All we can say is that the trailer features so much of the Williamsburg landscape we’ve photographed and posted about that we feel like we know it without even watching it. We like them, so we’re posting two vids here. The IMDB plot summary […]

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Tags: Williamsburg