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Entries from August 2008

“Invasion of Roaches” at Carroll Gardens Community Board Mtg.

August 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

This item blends three items of interest: public school, community boards and, well, cockroaches. It comes from an email posted to the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association list and concerns the auditorium at PS 32 in Carroll Gardens, which is often the site of Community Board 6 and other neighborhood meetings. Here’s what it says in […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens

Disconnected in Brooklyn: Hottie at Spumoni Gardens

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

This is the first time we’ve eve had a Missed Connection from Spumoni Gardens, the pizza place and Italian Restaurant on 86th Street in Bensonhurst, and as such is very exciting: Hottie at Spumoni garden 12:00 noon / Black mercedes / married? – m4w – 42 (Spumoni Garden Brooklyn) I must say you are the […]

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Tags: Bensonhurst · Missed Connections

GL Sunday TV: Labor Day West Indian Carnival

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

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8th Annual Coney Film Festival Coming Up

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

The 8th Annual Coney Island Film Festival is almost upon us and the films that will be shown have been announced. The Fest takes place from September 26-28 at Sideshows by the Seashore and at the Coney Island Museum. The list of films has been posted here and there will be more info at the […]

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Tags: coney island

Fun Vid: Unconventionally Yours in Minneapolis

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

We had the first part of the Unconventionally Yours convention episodes with Brooklyn resident (and GL friend Trace Crutchfield) yesterday morning. Here’s the second one, about Minneapolis, where the GOP will gather. Happy viewing.

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Tags: Video

Brooklyn Flora: What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of vaduzuvunt/GL Flickr Pool] This is a Brooklyn morning glory captured at an undisclosed location by frequent GL Flickr Pool contributor Vaduzuvunt.

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Tags: Brooklyn Flora

Street Couch Series: Franklin Street Leather

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

We came across this specimen on Franklin Street in Greenpoint where it waited behind bars for its eventual disposal. There was also something written on it about trouble, but we don’t think it had anything to do with bedbugs.

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Tags: Greenpoint · Street Couches

In the Pool: Union Street

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of mikebny/GL Flickr Pool] This is beautiful Union Street in Gowanus and the view toward Park Slope. The image comes from mikebny through our GL Flickr Pool. Do consider jumping in an joining if you haven’t.

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Bklink: Sunny & Pleasant

August 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Outside the Brooklyn Weather Observatory, it’s shaping up to be a nice one on this Labor Day Weekend Sunday. The forecast says it will be “less humid and pleasant with a full day of sunshine.” The high will be 85. Tonight will be clear with a low of 64.–Accuweather

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Tags: Weather

Park Slope StoopGate Redux: Another Stoop Booze Bust

August 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Yesterday our friends at Brownstoner ran a post about people busted for drinking on their own stoop in the Slope after Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday night. The boozers got a $25 ticket for their post-Obama Stoop Party. That emails said, in party: My husband was IMing and having a beer last night on […]

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Tags: Park Slope

Adoptable Cutie of the Week: Teddy

August 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

This week’s pet is from the wonderful Sean Casey Animal Rescue shelter in Kensington. They do wonderful work and have an abundance of great animals that need loving homes: If your heart doesn’t melt when you look at Teddy’s picture, well, we don’t know what to say. Teddy is a Labrador/German Sheppard mix and cute […]

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Tags: Adoptable Cutie · Animals

Eye on the Street: Gas Mask

August 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

This gas mask stencil comes to us from N. 8 Street in Williamsburg and does manage to make a bit of a statement.

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Tags: Eye on the Street · Williamsburg

Interesting Vid: Al Jazeera Looks @ Coney Waterboarding Attraction

August 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Earlier, we had our own vid showing the waterboarding attraction at Coney Island that almost instantly drew a lot of attention. Here is a report from Al Jazeera that really consists mostly of its creator speaking. We found this originally on Kinetic Carnival.

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Tags: coney island · Uncategorized

Street Couch Series: Coffey Street Sofa with Rug

August 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of vaduzuvunt/GL Flickr Pool] In terms of both composition and content, this pic of a sofa that comes along with a dirty rug, in Red Hook works perfectly. It was captured on Coffey Street off Van Brunt. It rocks.

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Tags: Red Hook · Street Couches

Fun Vid: Unconventionally Yours in Denver

August 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This vid is a little off-topic for us in that it doesn’t deal with Brooklyn, but it does feature a Brooklyn resident, our friend Trace Crutchfield, who can be a very funny man. Check out Unconventionally Yours in Denver. If you can’t veer a bit off the beaten path on Labor Day Weekend, when can […]

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Tags: Video

Brooklyn Flora: Union Street Sunflowers

August 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of June Carter Cash Peep/GL Flickr Pool] We’ve had photos of these sunflowers on Union Street near the Gowanus Canal before, but they are endlessly fascinating to us. We like the angle in this pic.

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Tags: Brooklyn Flora · Gowanus

GL Photo Du Jour: Tricky Dick, ATM, Chair, Sneakers

August 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Miss Heather] This photo has all the visual elements of scenic excellence. There is a Richard Nixon poster from Obey, an ATM, a chair and sneakers, all from Williamsburg. Mainly, however, it’s a very good Tricky Dick.

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Tags: Photo du Jour · Williamsburg

Closing Friday Photo: Happy Labor Day Weekend

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

This is Beer Island. The red truck serves BBQ. They are in Coney Island. Like many things there, it makes us smile. We are sad that the official summer season is coming to a close (where did it go?), but Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Tags: coney island

Eye on the Street: A Face on Burg’s N. 6 Street

August 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

We’re not clear on the artist here, although we probably should no. The face is on a wall on N. 6 Street in Williamsburg where a lot of art has come and gone over the years.

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Tags: Eye on the Street · Williamsburg

Fun Vid: McCarren Pool Time Lapse

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s a fun time lapse just posted to the YouTube of the stage at McCarren Pool being put together. The whole thing.

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Tags: McCarren Pool · Video

The Williamsburg ATM Advantage: More to Read

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

We’ve seen people in some Brooklyn neighborhoods complain that, say, their branch banks look like crap (attention Bank of America. Hint. Hint.). Williamsburg ATMs, as can be seen in this photo of one outside a newly upscaled deli on Metropolitan Avenue near Union, are in a class unto themselves. This one, which has several messages, […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Upcoming: Labor Day Weekend Skating Parties at Dreamland

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

There are a couple of skating parties coming up this Labor Day Weekend at the Dreamland Roller Rink in Coney Island. Tonight is a Bollywood Party starting at 7PM: Bombay meets Hollywood kitsch extravaganza! Sway your hips to the Bollywood’s upbeat and catchy musical films! Featuring a few select pieces from performer Cara Yeates’ fascinating […]

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Tags: coney island · Uncategorized

A Few Details About Sunset Park’s Future

August 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

We turn now to Sunset Park, where City Council Member Sara Gonzalez took a walking tour of the park this week with Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Julius Spiegel. Per a release from Ms. Gonzalez’s office: The Parks Department officials pointed out the improvements thus far including all new paths, curbs, drains, benches and magnificent plantings all […]

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Tags: Parks · Sunset Park · Uncategorized

New Brooklyn Blog: Snark in the Park

August 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s hard to know what to make of the future of Snark in the Park, a brand new blog, except to say that it’s going to take a different kind of look at Prospect Park. What do we mean? Well, the first post is about a spot where one can find many un-parklike things, such […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs · Prospect Park

Interesting Vid: “Homeless in Fort Greene”

August 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Here’s a short documentary just posted to the YouTube about a women’s shelter in Fort Greene. (Warning: it starts with a test pattern and a loud tone of about four seconds.)

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Tags: Fort Greene · Video