Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Entries from February 2009

A Small Victory for Frostbite: East River State Park Reopening Tomorrow!!!

February 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

We normally don’t post this late on Saturday, but we just got an email announcement that East River State Park is reopening tomorrow, a month earlier than planned. The release was entitled “”Spring hsa Sprung! Friends of the East River State Park Succeeds in Getting Park Open Again.” Here is what it says: With spring […]

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Tags: Parks · Williamsburg

Adopt a Kittie Day from the Empty Cages Collective

February 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

Yes, friends, it’s cat and kitten adoption day today noon to five PM. The even, which is cosponsored by the Empty Cages Collective and NYC Pet Supplies is happening at 241 Bedford Avenue, between N. 3 and N. 4 Streets. You know what needs to be done. Go forth and do it. You can see […]

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Tags: Animals

In the Pool: Our Lady of Peace Church

February 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of Jack Szwergold/GL Flickr Pool] Devoted reader and contributor Jack Szwergold writes: “This is in front of a church that is right across the street from the sweatshop my mom worked in. My parents never really talked in detail about their workdays, but my dad mentioned a few times how my mom would […]

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Tags: Gowanus · In the Pool

Q: How Many People Does It Take To Get a Stop Sign? A: A Lot

February 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

From the GL Inbox last week, this only goes to show how much neigbhoborhood activism it takes to get a some stop signs insgtalled. For real: A quick note with the text of the letter that has gone out from CB7 to NYC DOT. Great letter by our Dist. Manager. *I am hopeful our elected […]

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Tags: Greenwood Heights · Uncategorized

PSA: If You Found an Envelope Full of $100 Bils, You Can Save a Wedding

February 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

[Click to enlarge] The GL readers who took this shot and emailed it it us writes that “the attached was hung tonite on second st and smith. Its a winner in the best flyer i have seen in a very long time seen category!” Indeed, it is. If you have it, give it up and […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

In the Pool: Ye Olde Gowanus

February 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments

[Photo courtesy of Eugene Gannon] There she is. Brookln’s Grand Canal

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GL Day Ender: Another Greenpoint Hostel! It’s a Trend!

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Click to enlarge to full size] Brooklyn, meet Greenpoint Lodge. Lodge meet Brooklyn our out of town tourist friends. Now, go play. This is The Lodge ag 95 Norman Sreet, which has benn advertising on Craigslist and that we found via a commengt left on a New York Shitty Post about a failed condo turned […]

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Tags: GL Day Ender · Uncategorized

Brooklyn Back in the Day: Billlboards on Fulton by Bernice Abbott

February 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments

[Photo courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collection] This Bernice Abbott photo is described as “Billboards and signs, Fulton Street between State street and Ashland place, Brooklyn. (October 29, 1936).”

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Slope Gets Coltura with Collina Italiana

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

Collina Italina will open on March 16 on Garfield Place and 6th Avenue bringing a touch of bellissimo to the Slope. According to their website: At Collina Italiana (CI), we offer Italian language and culture programs both on- and off-site. Lovers of Italian language and culture are finding that CI classes offer a unique opportunity […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Uncategorized

Really Cool Vid: I Live in Brookyn

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Check it out. This one is fun.

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Tags: Video

Bklink: Failed Condo Goes Luxe Hostel in Greenpoint

February 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We’ve beein seeing these listings on CL for weeks but were too dumb to put two and two together until Miss Heather just did. $75 a night at a failed condo. Nice. [New York Shitty]

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Tags: Shortlink

Eat It: Aliseo in Prospect Heights

February 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

em>And now, it’s time for our weekly feature from Eat It: The Brooklyn Food blog. This week’s review is of Aliseo in Prospect Heights:

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Tags: Eat It Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nibbles: Tempo Presto (Take Out and Catering) is Finito

February 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments

The Tempo Presto on Seventh Avenue in the Slope went early last year, eventually becoming the pretty succesful Barrio Restaurant. Well, adding to the growing amount of retail or restaurant space that is available on Fifth Avenue in the Slope is Tempo Presto’s take out branch. It first came up on Brookynian about a week […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Still Problems at Novo Park Slope with the Boymelheat

February 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A month ago, Brownstoner reported the presence of a big porable steam generator outside the Novo Park Slope on Fourth Avenue. Well, a check yesterday, reveale that it is still there, leading one to conclude that there are big Boymelheat issues at work. We can’t wait to see the summer brings in terms of the […]

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Tags: Fourth Avenue · Park Slope

Brooklinks: Friday Lion With Nasty Mouth Edition

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

· Legal Victory for Atlantic Yards Developer [CityRoom] · Appellate Court, with Misgivings, Dismisses EIS Case [AYR] · All Hail the Bedbug Sniffing Dogs [NYT] · And Brooklyn Has Biggest Increase In Bedbug Complaints [NYDN] · Crap Cakes: Lovely 133 Water Street Goes Bankrupt [Brownstoner] · Con Ed Says Don’t Park Here, Capsice? [PMFA] · […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Park Slope’s Stimulus Package: Drink Beer

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

It just might work and it will certainly help people forget about things. In any case, this is the sign in the window of Bierkraft on Fifth Avenue in the Slope, which is a sort of a paradise for breakwki lover interested in a a part of the economy recovery President Obama failred to mention […]

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Tags: Park Slope

Atlantic Yards #2: Federal Bailout? Online Petition Says Hell No

February 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We’ve also avoided the complex topic of using Federal economic recovery funds to bail out the financially sinking Atlantic Yards project. Local backers have been pulling out al the stops to lobby the governor for money and to us–who fully support a massive Federal spending plan to rescue the economy–putting money into Atlantic Yards would […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards #1: Court Rules for State on EIS Litigation

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

We’ve been too diverted by other subjects–some of them stupid–to wade into Atlantic Yards recently, but it’s time. Yesterday, the State Appellate Court Ruled for the Empire State Development Corop on the Atlantic Yards Environmental Impact Statement Appeal. Oppenents will now ask the state Court of of Appeals to review the case. There is a […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Meg Groome Photo Du Jour: You See, Coney Can Be Year Round

February 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Photo for GL courtesy of Meg Groome] Perhaps Coney Island can be the kind of pace where can chill out all year round. Our photographer writes of this group in front of the historic Child’s Buiding: “This group was basking in the sun and tucked in away from the winds.”

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Tags: Photo du Jour

Because We Can: PIL–Public Image

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the post-punk classics from John Lydon and PIL: “Two sides to every story. Somebody Had to stop it. I’m not the same as when I began.”

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Tags: Because We Can

In the Pool: Red Hook is Smoking

February 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

[Photo courtesy of Aonghais MacInness/GL Flickr Pool] The photographer writes that “Was walking though Ikea in Red Hook and saw lots of smoke in the distance. ” He lables the pic a “fire,” but it seems to have all the hallmarks of an incinerator, which release horrible amounts of sooty black smoke into the environnment.

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Tags: In the Pool

GL Day Ender: Bits of the Yards in a Soap Box

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

As the possible Atlantic Yards site (also known as Propect Heights) is being demolished by Bruce Ratner, Guy Ambrosino is doing–or saying–something about it. (Bear in mind, however, his statement is more of the memory and the appreciation of communal statement than it is in protest and politics.) This Saturday (2/28) from 4-5pm Guy’s What […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

A New Yahoo Group: Brooklyn Versus Burbs and Beyond

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

We found this announcement in a Park Slope Parents email for a new group that could be quite interesting in its own way: I’ve started a group called Brooklyn vs Burbs and Beyond, for people living in Brooklyn who are being priced or driven out of neighborhoods such as Park Slope in search of good, […]

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Tags: Park Slope

A Little Chat Tonight About Making Gowanus Bigger

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

There’s an important meeting tonight at 6:00 PM about the proposed rezoning of Gowanus that could seriously change the face of about 25 blocks of the neighborhood. The Community Board 6 Landmarks and Land Use Commmittee will be reviewing the city’s proposal. The meeting takes place at Long Island College Hospital, 339 Hicks Street (Conference […]

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Tags: Gowanus

GL Music: Is Greenpoint El Dorado?

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

[Image via flickr] Before she moved to Brooklyn in 2007, Carrie Rodriguez was already singing about Brooklyn, or at least the Brooklyn Bridge.  But perhaps we should start at the beginning.  Carrie Rodriguez grew up in Austin, Texas, the daughter of a musician father and artist (and opera buff) mother.  Classically trained as a violinist, […]

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Tags: GL Music