Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from April 2008

Catch GL on BL Tomorrow

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

GL will be on the Brian Lehrer Show tomorrow morning to talk about one of our favorite neighborhoods, Red Hook. We’ll be covering the state of things and the impact of the coming of Ikea in mid-June. Details to be posted on the BL show’s page on the WNYC site later. Right now, the segment […]

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The Urban Environmentalist: Blue Marble Ice Cream Q&A

April 30th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Today, we inaugurate a new feature that we’re very happy about: interviews and reports from the Center for the Urban Environment. This feature is “Living Local Economies,” which will focus on local businesses that are green or focused on sustainability. The subject of the interview is Alexis Miesen Co-Proprietress of Blue Marble Ice Cream on […]

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Tags: Boerum Hill · Living Local Economies · Urban Environmentalist

Fun with Construction: Greenpoint Edition

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

We’re always interested in complaints about and tales of construction work going on at all hours. So it is with 602 Manhattan Avenue in Greepoint. We got this short email from a reader: On this property at 602 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint work goes on until 10:30 PM , as well as Saturdays. There are no […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Greenpoint

Third Avenue Getting a Slice of SLCE

April 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

There is more compelling evidence of the serious upscaling and development of Third Avenue in Gowanus. This is is a recently cleared development site at 433 Third Avenue, as noted by Brownstoner back in February, which will be developed as a six-story residential building with 27 units. It comes from SLCE, an architectural outfit that’s […]

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Brooklyn Based: April Mix Tape

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today, we formally welcome Nicole Davis, the founder of the superb blog/email Brooklyn Based as a GL contributor. Nicole will be posting…well, whatever she would like from her extensive knowledge base of all things Brooklyn as well as directing readers to some of her wonderful posts on BB. Did we mention we’re very excited about […]

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A Walk Around the Blog in Coney Island

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Check out the latest episode of Brooklyn Independent Television’s A Walk Around the Blog featuring Ben Nadler of Kinetic Carnival looking at a community garden in Coney Island.

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Tags: coney island

Some New GL Features & Contributors!

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Today is an exciting day for us as we’re formally welcoming not one but two new contributors. Writers from the Center for the Urban Environment (CUE) will be contributing material as The Urban Environmentalist. They kick off their “Local Living Economies” series today with a fascinating interview with the founder Blue Marble ice cream. Nicole […]

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That Sinking Feeling on Pacific Street

April 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

[Photo courtesy Adrian Kinloch] This pot hole/sink hole is on Pacific Street near Vanderbilt. It was sent to us by GL Contributor and Brit in Brooklyn blogger Adrian Kinloch. Depending on which side of Vanderbilt it is located, one might call it Bruce Ratner’s big hole. To do so, however, would be wrong.

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Another Call Today to Undo School Budget Cuts

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

There’s another press conference coming today to call on Mayor Bloomberg to avoid projected cuts of $539 million in the education budget. The budget is probably coming on Thursday, so this morning City Council Member Bill de Blasio (who is running for Brooklyn Borough President) along with Council Member Robert Jackson and other elected officials, […]

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Tags: Education

Gowanus Rising: The Final Repair on Fourth Ave.

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Chalk up another car-related business formally gone from Fourth Avenue. We say “formally” because Parkside Auto Repair closed last year, having sold its property for $3.75 million. Since then, signs have offered the property for up to 20,000 of retail space. The demolition equipment came for the garage, which is now gone. There are no […]

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Upcoming: A Busy May 7 in Carroll Gardens

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

May 7 will be a very busy day in Carroll Gardens with three different meetings from which to choose: 1). KeySpan/National Grid is holding the first public meetings to “discuss the remedial investigation of a former manufactured gas site located at DeGraw near the Gowanus Canal.” This is the beginning KeySpan’s participation in the public […]

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Brooklinks: Wednesday Midweek Edition

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brookyn-related information and images: · Renters Facing Huge Rent Hikes This Year [NYP] · Agreement Allows Ratner to Build 44% Smaller Phase I [AYR] · Chain Drugstore to Replace Key Foods in Bay Ridge [NYDN] · Mayor vs. Teachers, Round II [Sun] · Jeweler Shot in West Brighton [NYP] […]

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Brooksping: Magnolias & Furniture

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We call this little scene, behind a building on Atlantic Avenue, Printemps Mort.

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Bklink: Gimme! DOH

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“We’ve got some bad news for L-train riding espresso drinkers. The tiny Williamsburg outpost of mini-chain Gimme! Coffee at 495 Lorimer Street has been temporarily shuttered by the Department of Health.” Reopening soon, though, apparently.–Racked

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Tags: Shortlink

In the Pool: Footprint

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Have a flickr photo you’d like GL and our readers to see? Drop it in our brand new Gowanus Lounge Flickr Pool and tag it “gowanuslounge“! [Image courtesy of threecee/flickr] Tracey Collins has been working hard to build a visual record of the Atlantic Yards footprint. This is a photo taken a few days ago. […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · In the Pool

Fun Vid: BBG Cherry Blossom Time Lapse

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

From the Brooklyn Botanic Garden a fun vid of the cherry blossoms in time lapse. Very cool.

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Bklink: Cyclones Tix

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

“Single-game tickets for the Brooklyn Cyclones go on sale this Sunday, May 4 at 9am. Tickets are $7-$15 a seat. I want to be first in line for opening day tickets. Who wants to camp out overnight with me? Nathan’s is just down the street, and its open 24/7! We could take turns holding a […]

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Tags: Shortlink

In the Pool: Brighton Light

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Have a flickr photo you’d like GL and our readers to see? Drop it in our brand new Gowanus Lounge Flickr Pool and tag it “gowanuslounge“! [Photo courtesy of lornagrl/flickr]

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Bklink: Slope Armory 2009

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

There may have been a ribbon cutting in the winter, but the renovated Park Slope Armory won’t be ready for action until 2009. “The formal agreement between the city and the YMCA that’ll result in the Y running programs at the Park Slope Armory for five years has almost been reached…The new $16 million, 600-seat […]

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Tags: Shortlink

Poetic Development: The Gala II

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

The Gala II The children are all nestled in their beds in the poorest quarters of Brooklyn, but a few, special Brooklynites continue to celebrate their triumphant creation, their gift to the needier folks: Affordable Housing Yes, it is a well known fact that the ability to generate affordable housing can reduce human pain and […]

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Tags: Poetic Development

Bklink: Sunny & Cool

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

There is a chill in the air outside the Brooklyn Weather Observatory this morning as the sun starts warming things up. Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny conditions with a high of 58. Tonight, there will be some patchy clouds and a low of 44.–Accuweather

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Tags: Shortlink · Weather

Public Service Announcement: Have You Found Me?

April 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

A GL reader in Williamsburg emails about this lost cat: “I lost my Grey Tiger, 4 yrs old, about 15 lbs. neutered male. Went missing early AM sunday April 27 at 390 Hooper st in Williamsburg between s. 1st and s. 2nd streets. Please call if you have him at your home/shelter! I am so […]

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Tags: Animals

‘Racist and Rough Playground’ in Carroll Gardens?

April 29th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Here’s a little something we came across via the Bococa Parents Group email list that talks about a nasty little experience at the Vincent Dimattina Playground, which is on the far end of Carroll Gardens near an entrance ramp to the BQE. It alleges a racial/ethnic confrontation in the playground. Here it is: I just […]

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Bklink: Ocean Avenue

April 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

“When I wanted to head south toward Coney or Marine Park, I’d use avenues like Bedford or the Ocean Parkway bike path, which seemed infinitely more interesting than Ocean Avenue (which paled beside its parkway cousin). It just seemed so boring in comparison, mostly lined with uninteresting apartment houses…now I can discern highlights where there […]

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Park Slope Neighbor Trouble for Union Hall

April 29th, 2008 · 4 Comments

While Park Slope’s Union Hall is very popular with customers, it is not so loved by neighbors, many of whom call it a “public nuisance.” Now the bar is facing a hearing before Community Board 6, which recently handled another liquor license hot potato with the Jim Mamary oyster bar on Hoyt Street in Carroll […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Uncategorized