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Gowanus Lounge Update & Bob Guskind Memorial

March 8th, 2009 · 60 Comments

With great sadness, a few of Bob’s friends, who were given access to his site, will try to update Gowanus Lounge with:

1) An obituary and other links

2) An announcement of a memorial gathering (April 4)

Meanwhile, comments and questions are welcomed. They will be moderated. Please give us time.

For a current list of links and tributes, go to Flatbush Gardener.

(The date on the post has been updated so it stays at the top of the page.)

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  • 1 newyorkshitty.com » Blog Archive » Disambiguation & Gratitude // Mar 7, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    […] First off, I would like to thank everyone who has tendered their thoughts via comments here, the Gowanus Lounge and via email. Frankly I was overwhelmed by the response. I suppose I shouldn’t have been: Bob’s dedication and hard work were an inspiration to many myself included. For those of you who reached out to me I want to tender my deep felt gratitude and thanks. To those of you I have not replied to (yet) my silence should not be construed personally. The last few days have been very been hard ones. I simply needed time to sort through my feelings. I guess you could call it grieving. The previous having been said I would like to make a long overdue clarification regarding this post: […]

  • 2 Rooftop Films // Mar 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    All of us here at Rooftop Films are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Guskind. We’re flattered that, over the years, we won the support of such a tough-minded critic, and indebted to his promotion of our work. Most of all, we appreciate Guskind’s thoughtful inspection of our events, as Rooftop and Gowanus Lounge shared more than just a neighborhood: we had a mutual commitment to supporting local individuals and businesses, finding stories and images that express and celebrate (for better and worse) the character of a neighborhood, exploring all aspects of this city, discovering the obscure and questioning the obvious. Guskind’s unique perspective will be missed.

    –Mark Elijah Rosenberg,
    Founder & Artistic Director, Rooftop Films

  • 3 XO // Mar 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Someone I never met helped connect me to my own neighborhood — the characters, controveries, uniqueness, and charm. Over the past couple of years, Robert turned me on to events, groups, adoptable cuties, and locations that I never would have found on my own. I am painfully conscious of how those who were personally close with him must be feeling his loss…my thoughts are with you, as well as my thanks for keeping this site up.

  • 4 neighborhood threat // Mar 9, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I’ve been offline for the past four days and only heard this news now. What a terrible loss to Brooklyn, New York City, the blogosphere, and of course to his friends, family and colleagues.

    He was stubborn and obstinate and his voice truly his own. He will be missed.

  • 5 Rubys Host // Mar 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I was very saddened to learn that Bob had passed. I have enjoyed reading the Gowanus Lounge. His support of Coney Island was shown frequently thru his articles on the redevelopment of this histrorical part of Brooklyn or as Bob said “Destructo Porn”. Bob will be very missed.

    Rubys Host

  • 6 Lee Miller // Mar 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I never got the chance to meet Bob personally, but felt very connected to him through Gowanus Lounge. He helped me to connect to my Brooklyn neighborhood. He demonstrated each day why civic participation really does matter. I will always remain thankful to Gowanus Lounge, both personally (GL brought me many laughs, helped me to learn about nearby events, and discover local artists…in fact, I actually discovered Nathan’s photography through GL) and professionally as a City employee, often looking to his blog as a resource. His contributions to journalism will be deeply missed by so many. Thank you Bob and RIP.

  • 7 Lisanne! // Mar 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I’m just completely blown away by this. Bob Guskind did all of the things that people like myself lacked the self-confidence to do. He became an important voice for those of us who are horrified by the destruction of the city we love. Especially Brooklyn. He fought his demons harder than most of us do, and we are the better for that. We who appreciated what he has accomplished have to continue to speak out for what we believe. Our voices need to be a bit louder now for we have lost one whose words had the greatest of potency.

    We shall collectively be his legacy.

  • 8 Daniel // Mar 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I say we turn this website into a “collection” of select bloggers. A few from all parts of brooklyn, well at least the well written ones anyway. Everyone gets a login and and contributes once to twice a week.

    I don’t see how this site can continue without that format.

  • 9 Dan Myers // Mar 10, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    After moving to Park Slope in June, I quickly discovered that the best way to find out about the neighborhood was through Gowanus Lounge. When I started my blog, Here is Park Slope, last month, I sent my links to Bob and he kindly posted a few of them. His site was the key aggregator of all the little blogs, and although I never met him, his influence on the neighborhood and on Brooklyn blogging in general is undeniable. To Bob, he’ll be missed.

  • 10 Jeanne // Mar 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I was shocked and saddened to learn that Bob had passed away; as many others have written here, The Gowanus Lounge was one of the first sites I visited each morning. I will miss Bob’s wry, witty, and above all, astute, observations about Brooklyn, and I will miss his passionate and tireless advocacy for Coney Island, in particular. In the midst of the shock and grief that comes with such an untimely loss, I can’t help but think how fortunate we are to have had the chance to know him through his words and photos.

    May your spirit be still and know rest, Bob.