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Entries from December 2008

GL Year Ender: Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Well, it’s finally here… the end of 2008. Time to celebrate!!! If you didn’t get that big Christmas bonus (or you did, but you already spent it all), are cutting costs, don’t feel like going out to Time Square, the bars or the parties, but you don’t want to just stay in – don your […]

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GL Announcement: Thanks to Our Readers & Contributors in ’08

December 31st, 2008 · 8 Comments

There is no way to end what has been a very tumultuous year for us except to thank our hundreds of thousands of dedicated readers, our supporters and, especially, all of our contributors. Some of those who send us superb material prefer to remain anonymous, and we respect their wishes. You all know who you […]

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GL Pre-Year Ender: Brooklyn Bridge Walk into 2009

December 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year! Dr. Phil’s New York Talks and Walks is presenting guided tours of the City Hall area and across the Brooklyn Bridge. Multiple walks will start tonight between 10:15 PM and 11:15 PM and ending at midnight. NYC’s best tour guides will lead you around the City Hall area […]

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Tags: Holidays

GL’s 2009 Brooklyn Deathwatch: Five Rotting Corpses???

December 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Last year, we went out on a limb and predicted the Gowanus Whole Foods project wouldn’t happen. It hasn’t. Yet. This year there are oh-so-many projects that one can predict will be scaled back or do the Dance of Death. Here are a few to chew on: 1. Atlantic Yards. We think there is a […]

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Tags: 2008 Year in Review

2009 Will Change Brooklyn’s Development Vocabulary

December 31st, 2008 · 8 Comments

What a difference a couple of years makes. When we were wrapping up 2006, we were calling it the year Brooklyn changed forever. Atlantic Yards had been approved. The Williamsburg construction boom was underway. Industrial landmarks all over the borough were threatened. Those are not the kinds of things we expect to be talking about […]

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GL’s Top Ten Brooklyn Stories of 2008

December 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Here is our selection for the Top Ten Brooklyn Stories of 2008: 1) The Boom Goes Bust. Parts of Brooklyn–Downtown, Williamsburg and Greenpoint–to name a few, will turn out to be Ground Zero of the spectacular Development Crash of 2008. The city’s awful failure to plan for growth will be replaced by its failure to […]

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Street Couch Series: The 2008 Grand Finale Special

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo for GL courtesy of New York Shitty] We end our 2008 Street Couch Series with a grand finale worthy of New Year’s Eve. It has the couch. It has the church building built in 1953. And it has the graffiti that says “fuck.” Perfection for the final hours of what has been quite a […]

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Astroland Destructoporn Vid: From the Q Train

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

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Brooklyn Nibbles: Park Slope Wine Bar Getting There

December 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Brook Vin, the new wine bar on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope near Tenth Street, is getting ready to open, as the window says “Soon.” It will be operated by the same people that own the wine shop across the street. There was some original concern by neighbors that outdoor seating would cause noise during […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Park Slope

Meg Groome Photo Du Jour: Winter

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo for GL courtesy of Meg Groome] Appropriately spare, we think.

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Dramatic Official Evidence Parking Trouble in Park Slope

December 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Ouch. We hate when that happens. We planned to run this pic we shot the other day anyway, but then we found an AP story on Crain’s about how parking in Park Slope bites the big one, people smashing up your nothwithstanding. The gist of the story is the when alternate side parking was suspended […]

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A Little Coney Island Protest Slide Show

December 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

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Coney Roundup: Ruby’s Will Party, Demonstrators Will Protest, Thor Will Start Negotiating Leases

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

You didn’t think that New Year’s Day 2009 would pass uneventfully in Coney Island? Of course, there’s the Polar Bear Club swim at 1PM. But word came down late yesterday afternoon that Ruby’s Bar & Grill (though covered with a FOR LEASE sign by Thor Equities) will be open for its Polar Bear Party from […]

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In the Pool: Night Owl Grocery

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of nifty pete/GL Photo Pool] It’s an unidentified bodega somewhere in Brooklyn looking pretty cool at night.

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In the Pool: Mysterious Old Car

December 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Are you a member of our GL Flickr Pool? Please add your new photos. We love them and we love to post them for our readers to see. And, if you haven’t joined, what are you waiting for? [Photo courtesy of jackszwergold/GL Flickr Pool] This is an old car that has appeared on Henderson Walk […]

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GL Day Ender: Coney Island Break Up Letters New Years Day

December 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Here’s a free event, after you probably spent all your money on too much booze and/or other stuff this New Year’s Eve. This Thursday (New Years Day, 1/1/09!), as part of the 15th Annual Alternative day of Spoken Word Extravaganza, Mermaid Hawley and Bluesman have 6 minutes to “save Coney Island” sometime between 6-8pm (said […]

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Tags: Brooklinks · coney island · Crime · GL Day Ender · Governor's Island · Red Hook · Uncategorized

Street Couch Series: Fifth Avenue Slope Chair Needs Good Home

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Get thee to Fifth Avenue near Prospect Place. Bed bugs may or may not be included, but everybody could use a little blood sucking in their lives, right?

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Tags: Street Couches

A Really Creepy Astroland Death Picture

December 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Are you a member of our GL Flickr Pool? Please add your new photos. We love them and we love to post them for our readers to see. And, if you haven’t joined, what are you waiting for? [Photo courtesy of Pablo 57/GL Flickr Pool] There’s nothing we can say about this, except to note […]

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AstroGate Update: Reward Offered for Stolen Collage

December 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There’s now a modest reward being offered for the Astroland Memorial collage that was stolen the other night, most likely by a collector. Tricia Vita of the Coney Island History Project informs us this sign will be going up on the gate this evening. If you have it, email merci2009@ymail.com. No questions will be asked. […]

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Slope Dilemma: How Do You Not Say F* in Front of the Kid?

December 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

We haven’t been paying much mind to the gems that come across the transom from our dear and thoughtful friends at Park Slope Parents, but a reader brought a discussion about how to avoid “cussing” in front of the little ones to our attention. How the fuck, exactly, does one avoid dropping the F Bomb […]

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Williamsburg Retail Report: Big New Khims on Driggs Almost There

December 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

[Photo for GL by a Special Williamsburg Correspondent] The Khim’s grocery empire in Williamsburg is very close to a major expansion at the corner of Driggs Avenue and N. 11 Street. A special GL correspondent reports: “This a new grocery store going in on Driggs and N 11th. It is the old warehouse space where […]

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Tags: Retail · Williamsburg

Merde: Hotel Le Bleu’s Le Vue Still Closed

December 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This one kind of fell through the cracks before the holidays, as a reader wrote us about going to Hotel Le Bleu on Fourth Avenue seeking to imbibe at the lounge on the top floor. As readers may know, we’ve been calling it Tres, Tres, Tres Bleu because the whole freaking hotel is lit up […]

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Tags: Gowanus · Hotels · Uncategorized

Brooklyn Nibbles: A Sneak Peek Inside the New Slope Hancos

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

That sound you hear is the people who used to spend their days at the old Tea Lounge on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope gazing at what is being done to the old hangout of stroller moms, their spawn and those that managed to fit in between them. We managed to stick our camera through […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Park Slope

Astroland Destructoporn Vid #1: Through the Gate with Wind

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

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Businesses Call Thor’s “FOR LEASE” Number & Nobody’s Answering

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

We got an email very early this morning that a number of business owners in Coney Island have been trying to call the “FOR LEASE” phone number at Thor Equities and that they either get no answer or simply a voice mail with the name of Sam Sabin, who handles leasing for Thor in Coney. […]

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