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Entries from September 2008

GL Update: Still Suspended

September 19th, 2008 · 71 Comments

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the dozens of people that have emailed or left a comment since yesterday morning. GL is still suspended indefinitely. It is a personal decision that we’ve made. We hope to reverse it at some point, but we don’t know if that means 24 hours, three days, a […]

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GL Announcement: Gowanus Lounge Will Not Publish Today

September 18th, 2008 · 25 Comments

Our apologies up front: GL will not be publishing today, having lost a very big supporter and source of inspiration and intellectual kinship, except for possibly posting some items submitted by our faithful contributors. We are very, very sorry. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading these last 2 1/2 years.

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Upcoming: GL Concert Calendar

September 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

And now, a selection of musical events between today and Sunday: Thursday 9/18/08 The Bell House: The Lily’s, Matt Pond PA, Robbers On High Street, and Special Guests (Indie)- Free!!, 8:00pm (Gowanus Grand Opening!!!) Friday 9/19/08 Union Hall: Oppenheimer, Merz (Indie Rock via Dublin)- $10, 8:00pm Saturday 9/20/08 Southpaw: 5th Annual Brooklyn Country Music Festival […]

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GL Music: Shilpa Ray, How Do We Love Thee?

September 18th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Get excited, people! Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers (band name– we’re not getting that excited) have two shows in the next few days, tonight at Rehab and Saturday at Pianos. This gal, Brooklynite Shilpa Ray, is the next Janis Joplin. If Janis Joplin had a love child with Ella Fitzgerald. Her aptly-named band Beat […]

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GL Day Ender: Does a Parking Ticket on Horseback Hurt Less?

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

There are many ways to get parking tickets in Park Slope, but most of them involve people on foot, in carts or in cards. Not in this case. A Special GL Correspondent writes that this ticked was announced by the sound of horse hooves and of neighing. There is irony in that it was a […]

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Tags: Park Slope

Brooklyn Nibbles: Frankies 457 Court St. Expansion Still Under Cover

September 17th, 2008 · 5 Comments

We do know there is work going on at Frankies 457 on Court Street on the major expansion that will make it easier to get a table at one of the more popular Italian restaurants in South Brooklyn. What we don’t know is when the work will be completed. In any case, a Special GL […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Carroll Gardens

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Cuts Ribbon, Set to Reopen

September 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony and press preview this morning for the redone Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s $49 million new building designed by Rafael Vinoly. The museum officially reopens to the public on September 20. The building, clad in a new exterior made up of 8 million daffodil yellow tiles, has doubled-in-size to 102,000 square […]

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360 Smith Development Gets a Weird Snake

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

The site of the 360 Smith Street development has been quiet for some time. A new piece of artwork popped up during the last 48 hours. We have no idea about the placement or the placer.

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Tags: Carroll Gardens

GL Music: Earl Greyhound in Williamsburg

September 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The good vibes will be buzzing tonight when Earl Greyhound plays at Public Assembly for the Blown Speaker Presents: Handsome Devil showcase. These guys (and a lady) will, ahem, “rock your faces” with irresistibly sing-a-long-able, fuzzed-out songs. Their recorded music bounces and swells with thunderous guitar riffs and stylistic influences of eras past; it’ll steal […]

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Development Notebook: Doing the Crawl at Burg’s N. 10 & Berry

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

There is much competition for the Slowest Building in Williamsburg title, but one of the Top Five Contenders is this building going up at the corner of N. 10 and Berry. If it seems like it has been under construction forever, it sort of has. Work has been underway for more than a year and […]

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Tags: Development Notebook · Williamsburg

Bklink: Flatbush CommUNITY Garden

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

Meet Brooklyn’s newest community garden. It’s the Flatbush CommUNITY Garden. “Brooklyn’s newest community garden broke ground at the beginning of July. We planted for the first time two weeks ago. Planning for the garden began at least as early as the Winter of 2007, when I first became involved. The Flatbush CommUNITY Garden is a […]

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Tags: Flatbush · Shortlink

More Fun with Crime, Prospect Heights Edition

September 17th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Yesterday, we had quite a bit about Park Slope crime. Today, we’re turning to something from Prospect Heights. It comes via Brooklynian and is about a mugging in the neighborhood: So I just witnessed a mugging and I am all shook up and have to vent. Actually, I’m pissed off. First, I’m pissed because I […]

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Tags: Crime · Prospect Heights

Brooklinks: Wednesday Focus on Food Special

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of the Williamsburg Nerd] · Disappointed with the Still Closed Kellogg’s Diner [Williamsburg Nerd] · Slope’s Scottadito: Average choices, low prix fixe prices [Brownstoner] · Stumptown Coffee Coming to Van Brunt St. in Red Hook [Gothamist] · No Cuban Sandwich: Franklin St Store Closed for Renovations [New York Shitty] · Renovated Carroll Gardens […]

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Brooklinks: Wednesday Midweek Edition

September 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of June Carter Cash Peep/GL Flickr Pool] Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: · More Schools Get “A’s” in Report Card [NYT] · City Schools Make the Grade [NYP] · PS 270 in Clinton Hill Goes From an “F” to an “A” [NYT] · Work on LIRR Viaduct Starting […]

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School Report Cards Are Out: The Brooklyn Scores

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

The city’s annual School Report Cards are out and, overall, more schools got “A’s” this year. To find the rundown of Brooklyn schools, click here. Reports are also available here on the Dept. of Education’s website.

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Tags: Education

Bklink: BK TJ’s Coming September 26

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

The much anticipated Brooklyn Trader Joe’s at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street has gotten signs, is being stocked and now has an opening date: September 26. The store, which is at 130 Court in the old Independence Bank building, will be open from 9AM-9PM. Except much fanfare on opening day.–NYDN

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Tags: Cobble Hill · Shortlink

Sleeping Nanny Scandal Grips Carroll Park

September 17th, 2008 · 22 Comments

Don’t look now, but a nanny was spotted sleeping in Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens. The Sleeping Nanny of Carroll Park apparently didn’t just catch a few seconds of shut eye. She was quite out for quite a bit of time. Here is a first-hand account via the BoCoCa Parents Group: Hi, If this person […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens

Bklink: Cops Arrest Suspect in Slope Teen Stabbing

September 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

“Cops arrested a teenage boy Tuesday in connection with a stabbing in Park Slope Monday, after which a 16-year-old high school student was hospitalized as the result of multiple knife attacks. Tuesday afternoon, police announced the arrest of a 14-year-old connected with the attack. Armed with information from witnesses, detectives apprehended the young suspect at […]

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Tags: Crime · Park Slope · Shortlink

Brownsville Pool Landmarked

September 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Betsey Head Play Center in Brownsville was one of the structures in the city that was landmarked yestrerday. Nine of 11 Robert Moses era pools have now been landmarked and the Red Hook Poll is under consideration. Per CityRoom: The Betsy Head Play Center is within a 10.5-acre park of the same name that […]

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In the Pool: Foggy Boardwalk

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Rubys Host/GL Flickr Pool] This pic was taken on the Coney Boardwalk on a compellingly gloomy day. It’s quite the counterpoint to a lot of summer photos.

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Tags: coney island

On the Sofa, Daily Edition

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

The John Jay kids are a terror; we avoid 7th Ave. during after-school hours. Last time we tried to shop around 3, my daughter emerged from the fish store at 3rd St. and 7th Aves. into a melee, girls shrieking and rolling in the street, pummelling each other, pulling out hair extensions, and screeching curses […]

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Tags: On the Sofa · Park Slope · Uncategorized

Upcoming: Coney Island at a Crossroads Tonight

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

The Municipal Art Society is sponsoring an absolutely fascinating discussion of Coney Island tonight with some key players in the drama. It’s called Coney Island at the Crossroads. Featured speakers include Kent Barwick, president, Municipal Art Society; Purnima Kapur, director, NYC Department of City Planning, Brooklyn Office; Lynn Kelly, president, Coney Island Development Corporation; Carol […]

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In the Pool: Last Night’s Sky

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Mikkime/GL Flickr Pool] It wasn’t last night’s sky, but the night before. Love those Brooklyn sunsets.

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Bklink: Sunny to Partly Cloudy

September 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

Outside the Brooklyn Weather Observatory the sun is coming up and we have blue skies. Today’s forecast calls for it to be sunny to partly cloudy with a high of 77. Tonight it will be mainly clear with a low of 60.–Accuweather

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Tags: Shortlink · Weather

GL Day Ender: The New Slope Beacon’s Closet

September 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

This is going to be the new location of Beacon’s Closet. Back in August we originally noted based on a reader tip that it would be vacating its current location near Union Street. It’ll be moving to the corner of Warren Street, at 92 Fifth Avenue, where it will be replacing this gift shop. We […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Retail