Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from July 2008

Brooklyn Flora: Suns Bloom

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of jplpagan/GL Flickr Pool] These gorgeous flowers come from Carroll Gardens, where there are many, from the roving camera of jplpagan via our Gowanus Lounge Flickr Pool.

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Tags: Brooklyn Flora · Carroll Gardens

In Prospect Park, Frisbees from Carl and Erin’s 2005 Wedding

July 31st, 2008 · 6 Comments

A lot of weddings take place at the Picnic House in Prospect Park and some of them, apparently, leave behind wedding favors. For instance, these Carl & Erin wedding frisbees. From a reader email: My housemate and his brother were walking towards The Long Meadow in Prospect Park when they came upon a sack of […]

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Tags: Prospect Park

And Now, Some Brooklyn Rooftop Sunset Action

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

These gorgeous photos of one this weekend’s sunset as seen from a Brooklyn rooftop come to us courtesy of the blogger who produces 66 Square Feet, who provides us with many lovely pictures. She writes: “I am a bit obsessed with my own and the neighbouring roofs at sunset. I love the satellite dishes, the […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill

The Mystery of 208 Varet Street

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is 208 Varet Steet (aka 198 Varet), which is of interest because it’s just down the street from the “Live Like a Hipster King” loft hostel and commercial condo which has been featured recently. 208 has been under construction for a while and is an 11-story building of 65,000 square feet. Applications to build […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Brooklyn Based: Considering the Burg’s Desert Island

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Desert Island is one of those places that shines in the consumer retail rough. Proprietor Gabriel Fowler openedthe Williamsburg store in February of this year, with nothing more than a bank loan, a small community of artist friends, and a desire to share some of his favorite comics, zines and books. Fowler grew up around […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Based · Retail · Williamsburg

Bklink: Brooklyn’s Industrial Side

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Check out a slide show of some superb photos of industrial (or previously industrial) Brooklyn shot by local filmmaker and photographer Nate Kensinger, who is also (we are glad to say) a GL Contributor. Nate’s photos are on display right now at the Brooklyn Public Library as well.–NYT

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Tags: Shortlink

Red Hook Pool Discouraging Poop

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

The Red Hook Pool has a reputation for being one of the tightest ships in the public pool system, despite the fact that we had a parental complaint of an alleged turd in the pool (specifically “some kind of excrement” from a teenager) a few weeks ago. The pool is so tightly supervised that more […]

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Tags: Red Hook

Park Slope Retail Report: Applewares is Done

July 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Applewares, the retail spin off of Applewood, has become the latest casualty among Park Slope retailers whose future was, at best, suspect. A poster on Brookynian reports that it closed this week and that the space is being cleared out. Reaction is not particularly of the upset variety. For instance, one person writes “that place […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Retail

Upcoming: GL Concert Calendar

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

And now, a selection of Brooklyn musical happenings today and tomorrow: Thursday 7/31/08 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at Metrotech: Meshell Ndegeocello (Soul) – Free!!, 12:00pm Celebrate Brooklyn: Mark Morris Dance Group-Free!!, 8:00pm Castle Clinton, River to River: The Long Winters (Indie)- Free!!, 7:00pm Friday 8/1/08 South Street Seaport: Brother Ali, The Rub (Hip Hop) […]

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Tags: GL Concert Calendar

Opening Today in Williamsburg: Hello Health

July 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Here’s one of the more intriguing businesses that we’ve seen open in a long time and one that we think could take off, if only because it will provide health care to uninsured people or allow for convenient appointments for those with insurance who can’t get a regular doctor’s appointment right way. It’s called Hello […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Confusion Over Public Place Asbestos Removal in Carroll Gardens

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

There is nothing to set off alarm bells like asbestos removal and that is what happened at 455 Smith Street, the big warehouse that quietly became part of the Public Place project earlier this year. It’s being torn down and asbestos removal has been going on for much of July, frightening some residents. City Council […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Thor’s Coney “Summer of Hope” Yields to An Empty Lot

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of Rubys Host/GL Flickr Pool] This is all that remains of the property owned by developer Joe Sit and Thor Equities after the amusements that were there were packed up trucks and driven to a fair in Tennessee. The rides and other attractions were supposed to be on the property through Labor Day […]

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Tags: coney island · Thor Equities

Bklink: LICH Closing Maternity Ward, Selling Buildings

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

The piecemeal dismantling of Long Island College Hospital and selling of real estate in Cobble Hill continues. The latest closure is the maternity ward, which delivered 2,800 babies last year. “Stanley Brezenoff, president of Continuum Health Partners, the parent company of Long Island College Hospital, said Wednesday that the obstetrics service was being closed and […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill · Shortlink

Brooklinks: Thursday Last Day of July Edition

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: · Man Accused of Massachusetts Murder Found in Brooklyn with Children [NYP] · Drowned Girl’s Body Found Off Brighton Beach [NYDN] · More Detail on Body Found in Prospect Park [Sun] · Atlantic Yards Mentioned as Yankees Deal Scrutinized [AYR] · Work at 37 Nevins […]

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Bklink: Dyker Heights Mansion for $2M

July 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

There’s a 5,800-square-foot beauty on the market in Dyker Heights for $1.99M. Partial description: “Architecturally breathtaking, this custom four bedroom, three and a half bathroom, center-hall Colonial in desirable Dyker Heights, perfectly captures the essence of the modern living with an expansive foyer with its impressive wedding staircase, high chandelier and imported Italian marble flooring. […]

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Tags: Dyker Heights · Shortlink

Meet Two New Williamsburg Developments Near 80 Metropolitan

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

These are two new developments in Williamsburg that are nearly (but not quite) neighbors. Both come from MDIM Architects and both are near 80 Metropolitan, the big development on the site of the Old Dutch Mustard Building. The building on the left is 50 N. 1 Street, which is between Kent and Wyth Avenues and […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

In the Pool: Keepin the Riff Raff In

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of jplpagan/GL Flickr Pool] GL Flickr Pool contributor jplpagan calls this image “Keepin the Riff Raff In.” This shot of the sunset over Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Fence and razor wire works nicely.

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Tags: Brooklyn Heights · In the Pool

On the Sofa, Daily Edition

July 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

“That place was great. 5th ave looks like shit with all these new buildings everywhere, who’s moving into these they all look vacant to me, the developers and greedy owners of the condo building are ruthless and don’t care how they are affecting my neighborhood. They stole my view of Manhattan from my apt. that […]

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Tags: On the Sofa · Park Slope

In the Pool: Greenpoint Finest Deli

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of rutila/Gl Flickr Pool] It’s the Greenpoint Finest Deli as submitted to our GL Flickr Pool by rutila.

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Tags: Greenpoint · In the Pool

Bklink: Gross

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Outside the Brooklyn Weather Observatory right now it doesn’t look so bad, but it’s going to be pretty gross today. The forecast calls for a hot and humid day with a high of 90. It will feel like 100. Tonight will be clear with a low of 72.–Accuweather

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Tags: Shortlink · Weather

Brooklyn Flora: Corona Flower

July 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

This flower and discarded carton of Corona go together quite nicely. The images comes from Grand Street iin Williamsburg.

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Tags: Brooklyn Flora

Development Notebook: 365 Union Gets Glassed

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The very slow moving box at 365 Union Avenue in Williamsburg has been making some progress of late, even to the point of getting glass. The six-story building comes from the shop of Robert Scarano and is one of nearly a dozen buildings going up in a small triangle of Williamsburg east of the BQE […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Bklink: The Good Old Days

July 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

“We have the tale of The Night of the Great Cat’s Meow Fire and Horse Stampede—surely one of the most bizarre and exciting episodes to occur on the periphery of Prospect Park, exactly 79 years ago yesterday.” Per the New York Times of July 28, 1929: “”Three night clubs in Coney Island Avenue, between Hermit […]

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Tags: Prospect Park

From the List: I Found Your $25,000

July 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

And now, from the wilds of Craigslist we turn to a Brooklyn Lost & Found. If you recently lost a bag with $25,000 in cash, someone has found it: i found a bag full of $$$ in a cab (3rd ave -64 st) if you lost this $$$ please contact me it was 25,000 dollars […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Also From Carroll Gardens Court St.: “Bar Noise & Front Yard”

July 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Here’s an email circulating via the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association about a noisy bar and an attempt to kill a tree that we believe focuses on Fourth Place and Court Street. The email doesn’t name the bar, but it would appear that it might (we are speculating based on circumstantial evidence) be PJ Handleys, which […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens