Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from May 2008

Prospect Heights Pavarotti Sings and Sings and Sings..

May 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Don’t you love street corner opera? Apparently, some Prospect Heights residents are especially feeling it. Here, from Brooklynian, is the account: is anyone familiar with the opera man on st. mark’s near the corner of washington? he chooses to perform (practice) every afternoon and subjects the block to off-key notes and stains the neighborhood. i’m […]

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Tags: Prospect Heights

CUE Tours: Whitman’s Brooklyn & the Navy Yard

May 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Here’s our regular weekly post from the Center for the Urban Environment about the great tours they run: Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn. Saturday, May 31 – 2-4 pm – with Francis Morrone. Celebrate Whitman’s 209th birthday (5/31/1819)! The literary scholar Harold Bloom said that Whitman was the only American writer who could be put in the […]

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Tags: CUE · CUE Tours

Adoptable Cutie of the Week, II: Gadjet

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s another GL Adoptable Cutie of the Week, information about whom landed in our inbox last night: This is Gadjet, a cat that will be needing a home soon. Gadjet isn’t a shelter cat, but another one that is going to need a new place to live due to people circumstances. The email we got […]

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Tags: Adoptable Cutie · Animals

Brooklinks: Saturday Lite & Pink Edition

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: · Rally to Oppose City’s Homeless Shelter Plan on Sunday [Bed-Stuy Blog] · Relative Silence About Grossly Delayed Fort Greene Center [AYR] · Pre-K and Irises [Brooklynometry] · The Trailer Spot [New York Shitty] · Brooklyn Film Works Back for a Third Summer [OTBKB] · […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Fun Coney Vid #2: The Old Days, 1940-56, Part II

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s the second part of a compilation of historic footage of Coney Island shot between 1940 and 1956 that was posted to the YouTube this week.

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Tags: coney island

Brooklyn Industries + Prospect Park Alliance = New T-Shirt

May 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

This is the new Prospect Park T-Shirt, which is a joint venture between Brooklyn Industries and the Prospect Park Alliance. Per an email: Brooklyn Industries and the Alliance collaborated to design a graphic t-shirt that shows support for one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful resources. Brooklyn Industries will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sale […]

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Tags: Prospect Park · Uncategorized

Ruby’s Reopens on Coney Boardwalk After “Unfortunate Accident”

May 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Fans of Coney Island and of really weird and darkly funny incidents will no doubt recall the guy that fell through the floor of the crapper at Ruby’s on the boardwalk in Coney Island. He was originally said to have come out of the basement covered in poo, but it was later said to only […]

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Tags: coney island · Joe Sitt

Fun Coney Vid #1: The Old Days, 1940-56, Part I

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s Part I of a compilation of historical footage posted this week to the YouTube.

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Tags: coney island

Upcoming: Stories in the Garden

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

There’s another year of Stores in the Garden coming up at the Hoyt Street Garden (corner of Atlantic Avenue). Per an email: We have a microphone and an amp, several benches and some mats to sit on. It is a very popular event, especially for families with young children. This year, besides the story reading, […]

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Tags: Boerum Hill · Uncategorized

In the Pool: Dancing on the Boardwalk

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of lornagrl/flickr] This pic submitted by GL Photo Pool contributor lornagrl captures the very essence of the fun that one sees on the Coney Island Boardwalk in mid-step.

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Tags: coney island · In the Pool

GL Photos Du Jour: Memories

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Gary Mirabelle/Mirabelle Studios] They’re not specifically Brooklyn photos, but they are pics of very old things taken in Brooklyn by our contributor Gary Mirabelle and they are very cool, so here they are. They might jog some memories for older readers and those who weren’t around when things like these were sold […]

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Tags: Photo du Jour

Bklink: Strong Thunderstorms

May 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

While it’s looking good outside the Brooklyn Weather Observatory right now, the forecast is calling for change. There will be “a few thunderstorms, some severe; storms can bring downpours, large hail and damaging winds.” These are expected to develop this afternoon. The high will be 79. Tonight there will be “an evening shower or thunderstorm […]

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Tags: Shortlink · Weather

Eye on the Street: Another Dain

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Many works by Dain have appeared in the Burg over the last couple of months. This one is on N. 10 Street near Berry.

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Tags: Eye on the Street · Street Art · Williamsburg

The Amity Street Surprise: Sequel Plays Without Notice

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The controversial 110 Amity Street project in Cobble Hill won an important preliminary approval last night. In a surprise move, the developer Time Equities brought the project back before Community Board 6′s Land Use and Landmarks Committee for reconsideration. There was no public notice. The Committee, which had previously voted for a conditional disapproval of […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill · Historic Preservation · Uncategorized

Adoptable Cutie of the Week: Boris the Famous Cat

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We have a very special Adoptable Cutie of the Week today: Boris the Famous Cat. He is desperately in need of a new home. He’s not a shelter cat, but is in private hands, so to speak. Here’s some info about him: Like many Brooklynites, Boris is originally a Manhattan transplant, but has been in […]

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Tags: Adoptable Cutie · Animals · Uncategorized

Park Slope Parking Watch: Spaces Available

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Our totally unscientific Park Slope Parking Watch finds definite movement in the block that our Special GL Correspondent has been tracking since in the beginning of the temporary suspension of alternate side of the street parking regulations nearly two weeks ago. In this photo taken late yesterday, two spaces are available and one vehicle has […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Park Slope Parking Watch

Dying Languages Get One More Night at BAM

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

There are an estimated 7000 languages spoken world-wide (174 of which are spoken in New York City, according to the Department of City Planning), and half of them are slowly disappearing. The Linguists, one of the documentaries being shown as part of the Sundance Institute at BAM — which began last night — follows Dr. […]

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Tags: Event · Fort Greene · Uncategorized

Here’s the Gowanus Music Club…in Prospect Heights

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

No, it’s not a new venue. It’s a music program for young people. (Sorry, club goers.) The email we saw about it said: In case you hadn’t heard, I’m starting a rock school out here in Brooklyn with Tracy Bonham, Peter Brown, Tomas Marsh, and James Joughin. If you or anyone you know has a […]

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Tags: Prospect Heights

Meet Gowanus Waterfront North & South

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The prime areas of rezoning interest in Gowanus will be the area around the Gowanus Canal itself, where some of the biggest projects might someday rise. City Planning envisions a canal that will someday have a 40′ foot wide public esplanade on both side (a Sponge Park has also been proposed independently) and buildings rising […]

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Tags: Gowanus · Gowanus Canal · Rezoning · Uncategorized

Upcoming: The Return of Rooftop Films

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

One of our favorite summer series, Rootop Films, is back for another season. Per an email: We’re back, kicking it off with a screening this weekend! On Saturday, May 31st, at 9:00pm we will be holding a FREE screening of the film “At the Death House Door” in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. The film: Pastor […]

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Tags: Event · Gowanus

25 Blocks Worth of Change in Gowanus

May 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The City Planning Department unveiled its draft proposal for the big Gowanus rezoning at a Community Board 6 meeting in Carroll Gardens last night. The area that is proposed for rezoning is a 25 block area between Fourth Avenue and Bond Streets bounded on the south by Third Street and on the north by Butler […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Breaking: Another Horrific Crane Collapse

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of Seth Holladay/flickr] This is not a Brooklyn story, but given that we constantly cover construction safety issues and the Department of Buildings, it is so horrendous that we’d be remiss to not mention that a crane collapsed this morning at E. 91st St and First Avenue. It damaged nearby buildings and early […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Brooklinks: Friday Real vs. Paper Edition

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: · Dealerships Forced to Remove Cars from Bay Ridge Sidewalks [NYDN] · PlaNYC 2030 Needs a Parking Policy [AYR] · Scarano Thinks Big on Bergen [Brownstoner] · Looking Back [A Year in the Park] · Flatbush Unity Garden Kicks Off [Sustainable Flatbush] · Loving the […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

“Unfortunate Accident” at Ruby’s in Coney Explained

May 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The story about the guy that fell through the toilet floor at Ruby’s Bar in Coney Island over the weekend has been explained and updated. The person who posts photos as Rubyhost on flickr, explains that the person did not emerge “literally covered in shit” as was thought and says that landlord Joe Sitt is […]

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Tags: coney island

Bklink: Booze Cruises?

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

The city is looking for someone “to operate excursions, educational boat services, and/or other waterborne vessels intended for public use” from the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. The RFP has gone out from the New York Economic Development Corp.–The Real Estate

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Tags: Sunset Park