Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from January 2009

Carroll Street & Fourth Ave. Corner of Horrors Looking Nice

January 31st, 2009 · 9 Comments

On the left, we have what we call The Shaft, a product of Henry Radusky and Bricolage Designs. On the right we have The Big Ass Box from Christo the shop of Armand Quadrini, who is also known as the bench warmer for Robert Scarano because he has replaced the King of Brooklyn Architects on […]

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Tags: Architecture · Fourth Avenue

GL Adoptable Cutie of the Week: Mick Jagger

January 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

Today’s lovable cutie is called Mick Jagger. He’s a hard working kitty that was laid off and out of luck. Good thing that there was a loving person around until he can find himself a permanent home! Mick Jagger was rescued from the Kensington area of Brooklyn. He was living in a bodega until they […]

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Tags: Adoptable Cutie · Animals

In the Pool: The F Runner

January 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of chadwbecks/GL Flickr Pool] A woman running to catch the F Train as it heads for the Carroll Street Station in Carroll Gardens.

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · In the Pool

Fun Vid: Brooklyn Trolleys in the 1930s

January 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

This is a vid of trolleys running all over Brookyn in the 1930s. You’ll see some familiar buildings and it even runs down Fifth Avenue. Cool stuff.

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Tags: Video

Deborah Matlack Photo Du Jour: Greenwood Heights Walk

January 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Deborah Matlack] This is Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights. GL Contributor Deborah Matlack sent us this pic after one of the recent light snows/slushes/ices.

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Tags: In the Pool · Sunset Park · Uncategorized

Brooklinks: Weekend Wrap Edition

January 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

Kucinich asks Citigroup to give up Citifield Naming Rights Deal [AYR] Food Stamps and Other Badges of Shame [Bed-Stuy Banana] Well Deserved Kudos for a Sunset Park Honoree [Best View in Brooklyn] Super Bowl Party at Le Toukouleur This Sunday [Bed Stuy Blog] Game On [Brooklyn Based] Ugly Betty Coming to Montague Street [Brooklyn Heights […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

In the Pool: Just Say No

January 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of hugohurst/GL Flickr Pool] Yes it is a delicate hour for this sort of thing. And, yes, they replaced the “o” in proctology with a butt.

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Tags: In the Pool

GL Day Ender: Community Blogging With Flatbush Gardener

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Usually, our GL Day Enders are sort of routine posts, but this one brings us pleasure because it involves a friend and fellow blogger who does great work, Flatbush Gardener. He will be giving a talk about Community Blogging at the Monday Morning Coffee Talk sponsored by the Historic Districts Council. It’s on Monday, Feb. […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs · GL Day Ender · Uncategorized

Bklink: Avalon & Toren Rising

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

Toren had a head start and is winning the race, but Avalon Fort Greene, which is across the street is going up at an amazing pace or as a tipster put it “Both of these buildings are going up quick!” Avalon is going up at about two stories per week. Toren, meanwhile, is almost completely […]

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Tags: Fort Greene · Shortlink

Street Couch Series: Wrapped in Greenpoint

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Miss Heather] All we can say is Thank God this couch on India Street in Greepoint was wrapped to protect it from the elements the other day.

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Tags: Greenpoint · Street Couches

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Acrimony & Confirmation of Shrinkage

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Click to enlarge image] We weren’t at last night’s public meeting about Brooklyn Bridge Park, but by all accounts–and there are several–it was not a happy scene. There was shouting. There was finger pointing. There were “I told you so’s.” There was also an admission of the obvious: for now, only Pier One and Pier […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Back in the Day: That 1976 Spirit

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of Betty Blade/GL Flickr Pool] The photographer, whose documentation of Brooklyn in the not-so-distant past we love, writes: “These were painted on the subway wall to celebrate the Bicentennial a few years earlier. Photo 1980. Avenue C and McDonald Aves.”

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Tags: Brooklyn Back in the Day · Kensington

Brooklyn Nibbles: Athena in the South Slope

January 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Athena, a new Mediterranean restaurant, opened at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Fourteenth Street in the South Slope the first week of January. We’ve known about for a while, and early word has been positive, but have been waiting for a chance to wander by and grab a pic before posting about it. Well, […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · South Slope

Amazing, Must See Vid: Brooklyn by the Sea (1979)

January 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Here is Arnold Baskin’s 1979 short film: “Brooklyn by the Sea.” Per the dear friend of GL, Jack Szwergold, who brought it to our attention: This is amazing. Truly amazing. It captures all of the weirdness and magic of Brighton Beach in 1979 just before it became a 100% Russian enclave and was a mix […]

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Tags: Brighton Beach

Toxic Thomas Greene Park Winter Bonus: Ice Skating!!!

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

Who needs the big new ice center in Prospect Park? There’s a makeshift one in Thomas Greene Park in Gowanus that doesn’t cost a penny. During the summer this part of the park floods. During the winter, it floods, but it turns into an ice rink. We call the park toxic, by the way, because […]

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Tags: Gowanus

GL Quiz: WTF is This?

January 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

[Photo courtesy of K. Lapp/GL Flickr Pool]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Brooklinks: Friday I’ll Be Back Edition

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

· City Gets Rest of Willoughby Square Park Properties [Brownstoner] · City Gets Input on Tillary St Redesign [McBrooklyn] · Slow Upward Climb at 16 Court [Brownstoner] · Eh, Who Needs the Carlton St. Bridge Anyway? [AYR] · Brooklyn Macy’s Elevators Rock [Lost City] · Neglected President St. Brownstone Being Renovated [PMFA] · Musings of […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

…Speaking of the Burned Out Miss Wiliamsburg

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

Here’s a photo we shot on Monday of a bike chained to what used to be the entrance of now crispy critters Miss Williamsburg Diner. We thought it was a cool shot. Now, it’s also ironic. Speaking of which, local blogger INSIJS, who shot all the photos of the fire, notes that Rescue Me has […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Blight Me: South Slope Icy, Gaping Hole Edition

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We firmly believe that developer blight is going to emerge as one of the THE issues of 2009. We’re talking about construction sites that are either abandoned or left to fester for so long that they become ugly, dangerous to the community and a kick in the ass to quality of life. So, we’re starting […]

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Tags: Blight Me · South Slope

Dude Has Red Hook’s Demolished Revere Dome Tattooed on His Shoulder

January 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

[Click to enlarge photo] GL readers know of our love for the former Revere Sugar Dome and factory in Red Hook and our anger that developer Joe Sitt leveled the site, whereas something brilliantly creative could have been done with it by city officials with vision. But we digress. Late last night, Adam Suerte, the […]

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Tags: Red Hook

In the Pool: Empty Landscape, Sad Heart

January 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

[Photo courtesy of me-myself-i/GL Flickr Pool] This is Astroland as it looked yesterday. What a heartbreaking sight and what an unneccessary thing. We do not have positive feelings about any of the people who collectively allowed this to happen.

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Tags: coney island · In the Pool

More Happy News: Yesterday’s M & R Train “Funeral”

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Photo by Kathryn Kirk] There was a mock “funeral” yesterday for the M & R trains, which face nighmarish cuts. It happened in the Court Street subway station. Given that service on the M & R is already befitting a Stephen King novel, the cuts would turn it into a Wes Craven film. In photo […]

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Tags: Subway

In the Pool: Near Zero

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Photo courtesy of K. Lapp/GL Flickr Pool] The photographer writes: “I think this device measures neighborhood-appropriate real estate development. Found on a fence in Gowanus.”

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Tags: Gowanus · In the Pool

GL Day Ender: Crown Heights on TV Tonight

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

Crown Heights is being featured on Brooklyn Independent Television’s really cool Neighborhood Beat series. There’sa broadcast tonight at 8:30PM. Per an email: In this debut episode, guest community producers and editors help Neighborhood Beat explore the Crown Heights community in all of its amazing diversity. Take an exciting Jewish walking tour and get a glimpse […]

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Tags: Crown Heights · GL Day Ender

GL Announcement: We Need, Love & Take Tips

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

Tips, photos and information from readers are the lifeblood of GL, just like other blogs. So, send us your tips. We always love hearing from our readers when they see or hear something interesting of get an interesting photo of something going on in their neighborhood. We like to span Brooklyn so all neighborhoods are […]

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Tags: GL Announcements