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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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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 J. Mork // Mar 6, 2009 at 9:06 am

    The void is palpable, Bob. I miss you & your blog.

  • 2 gbruni // Mar 6, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Very sad news. Rest in peace, Bob.

  • 3 Anonymous // Mar 6, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I will miss you and your work! Thanks for letting me contribute some photos now and then.

  • 4 Rebeccah Welch // Mar 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

    All of us here at the Center for the Urban Environment (CUE) are deeply saddened by the news of Bob’s death. If there is a need or interest, we would gladly open our doors for a public tribute. Bob’s work and spirit remain close, even as we mourn his passing. In the conversations I have had over the last 24 hours, it is clear how many lives he touched and how eager the community is to recognize his contribution to the borough and show our support. He was a true and passionate citizen of Brooklyn, and will be missed for years to come. Please feel free to reach out to us: 718.788.8500.

  • 5 lornagrl // Mar 6, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Rest in Peace Bob. You will be missed..

  • 6 L. Arrasmith // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:12 am

    The first time I came across Gowanus Lounge I was immediately hooked, inspired by Bob’s passion, relentless effort to seek the truth and overwhelming love for Brooklyn. He will be missed, but never forgotten. R.I.P., Bob.

  • 7 Xris (Flatbush Gardener) // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Thank you for doing this. His own work and words are the best tribute.

  • 8 Nathan Kensinger // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Hearing about Bob’s death was sad and shocking. With his passing, Brooklyn loses one of its greatest voices. He brought so many people together, and supported so many good projects, important issues, and talented individuals.

    To me, he was a friend, a collaborator, and the single greatest supporter of my photography in New York. He helped me start my own photo website, wrote a generous story on Curbed or The Gowanus Lounge about almost every photo essay I shot over the last 3 years, reviewed my film screenings, and happily sponsored the Red Hook Film Festival this past summer. When Bob asked me to be a contributor to this site, The Gowanus Lounge, I didn’t have to think twice.

    Just a couple weeks ago, we collaborated on what will now be our last story together, an expose about the dangerous demolition near the Public Place site. Bob, with typical glee, labeled the demolition “an outrage” while describing my photos as “the hottest demo porn we’ve seen in a long time.”

    http://www.gowanuslounge.com/2009/02/17/public-place-warehouse-demolition-porn-possible-lies-a-serious-threat-to-public-safety/

    The tone of this story will be how I remember Bob Guskind – fierce, funny, passionate, generous… a true advocate for the Gowanus, a friend to his neighborhood and a voice for so many important stories in Brooklyn that would otherwise never be told. Its sad to think we won’t be seeing him again, out there on the streets of Brooklyn, camera in hand, ready to capture another great story.

  • 9 Andrew // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I didn’t know Bob well, but it was always wonderful to run into him. He will be missed.

  • 10 Kevin O'Leary // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

    It’s a tribute to him that you, his friends, would take on the work of keeping his site open. I am very sorry for the loss.

  • 11 Katia Kelly // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:34 am

    How infinitely sad it is to be on this site without its host.
    Thank you for your knowledge, your generosity and most of all, for your love of all things Brooklyn, Bob.
    You have taught me so very much.

  • 12 eliotwagner // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

    It was less than a month ago when I sat down with Bob at Ozzie’s on Fifth Avenue and I signed on to do GL Music. Even though I only met Bob that once, I knew him through seeing him in public, email and, of course, GL.

    Bob was such a vibrant force, such a presence, that the void his death creates is huge. And the sadness of his loss is palpable.

  • 13 Susan Fox // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I know that many of us would like to do something to show our support of Bob. He was a complex, intelligent man who described himself as a “big mush” in his last email to me last Friday.

    When I was talking to Bob at lunch last week he mentioned how rewarding for him it was to post Pet of the Week on GL. Can we start a memorial fund and donate money to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in his name?

    I’m happy to set it up with Sean Casey if need be.

    Susan Fox
    Founder, Park Slope Parents

  • 14 Jack // Mar 6, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    R.I.P. Bob.

    His recent repostings of pictures I took in and around a Gowanus sweatshop my mom worked in really touched me. He truly understood the struggle of the working person and understands how development can affect communities.

  • 15 Dave Kenny (Dope On The Slope) // Mar 6, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    We’ll miss you Bob.

    I first met Bob at an early Brooklyn Blogfest where he claimed that the Gowanus photo group I’d set up on Flickr was part of the inspiration to start Gowanus Lounge.

    While Bob’s writing was insightful and prolific, I usually encountered him out walking around with his camera when I was out walking around with my camera.

    Bob dearly loved Brooklyn, and his insights into local issues was informed by direct experience of her streets and her people. He was a genuinely engaging soul, a keen observer and an expert listener. He had strong opinions on many subjects, but I always got the sense that he was willing to view things from many angles and even had empathy with people he disagreed with.

    Empathy.

    I think that’s the trait I will most remember him for.

    RIP

  • 16 Diana // Mar 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Gowanus Lounge was one of the first blogs I stumbled on (along with New York Shitty) when I moved back to Brooklyn almost 2 years ago. I have had the pleasure of meeting both individuals behind these fantastic blogs and it is very saddening to hear this news about Bob. I barely knew him but the impression I got was of a very sweet, caring, and smart individual. This is a great loss to the blogging community, Brooklyn, and NYC.

    Rest in peace, Bob. You will be fondly remembered by many.

  • 17 IMBY // Mar 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Although we never met, R.S.Guskind was more than generous in throwing a plug my way. He always had nothing but good words…

    He shared with us his unconditional love for the absurd, for the abandoned… For our discarded street furniture and household pets. Two things that according to my understanding of the New Testament, are absolute requirements for salvation. See you, when I see you, Bob

  • 18 Icky // Mar 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    RIP Bob. You were a good friend to many, a always available confidante to a few, and a wonderful supporter of all of us. The blogging community will not be the same without you. You tied us together and fostered a real blogger community.

  • 19 cc // Mar 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Bob Guskind was, quite simply, a wonderful human resource. I found him supportive, intelligent, and most of all, principled. His passion for Brooklyn and the multitudes that inhabit it will be deeply missed. Please rest well, Bob.

  • 20 Susan Povich // Mar 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Bob, if you can hear this in heaven, us Red Hookers will deeply miss your passionate advocacy for our community. Personally, I will think of you every single time I see an abandoned couch on the street. Your voice will remain with us, though we can not replicate it, we will surely try to keep your journalistic vision alive.

  • 21 deborah matlack // Mar 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    My life was touched by a man named Robert whom I never met! He gave me a chance to show my work in his unique venue, he was so devoted to our beloved borough of Brooklyn, so dedicated to giving us news about the overdevelopment, about animals needing homes, about street couches and various themes, what a great imagination and heart that man had. I will miss him so much and am grateful for his kindness. My condolences to his family and all his friends. Rest in peace, Bob.

  • 22 E.C. Stephens // Mar 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I considered him one of my dearest friends, due in part by us working together on this site but also because we just had so much in common. It is really odd and devastating to wake up and not see his daily email asking me how I was doing and what I had today for the site. He was incredibly supportive emotionally and professionally. This is a great loss to Brooklyn and all his friends.

  • 23 Valerie Landriscina // Mar 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Rest in peace Bob.

  • 24 BRIC Community Media // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Mr. Guskind was a contributor to many Brooklyn Independent Television shows such as “Reporter Roundtable” and “Brooklyn Review.” His passion and concern for our borough is evident in every appearance. We’ve put a collection of archival footage on our blog in remembrance of his hard work and care for Brooklyn.

    You can see the different clips here:
    http://tinyurl.com/co5ycc

    Our condolences to Guskind’s friends, family and followers. He will be missed.

  • 25 Rob Leddy // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Gowanus Lounge has always been my first must read blog of the day. No one captured Brooklyn like Bob. Whenever I would send him an event release from Coney Island USA, he’d have the info up either that day or the next and would always respond back with a thank you or a how’s things? He loved the personal touch and was a staunch supporter of what we do. His passion always came through in his writing. This is a very sad loss. R,I.P. Bob

  • 26 F Jasmine Adama // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Bob gave me a place to rant and post and share when I had nothing during the WGA strike. My last email went unanswered. Now I am too paunfully aware of why. Thank you Bob.

  • 27 F Jasmine Adams // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    So much so I can’t type…

  • 28 Megan S // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Bob for the posting of the Adoptable Canines of the Week from Sean Casey. As Susan attested before, he could loved helping these animals. Thank you, Bob. I will miss our conversations.
    Megan

  • 29 Omar Robau // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    The inspiration I drew from, at the start for my own blog, was Bob Guskind’s Gowanus Lounge. He gave me a chance to echoe my own posts and pictures out to the blogosphere. GL was the first place I went to every morning. Bob was a superbly nice person with great curve. He was astute and expressive in person as well as on his premier Brooklyn blog. He and his incredible work and passion for Brooklyn as well a special love for Coney Island will be dearly missed.

  • 30 Vaduzuvunt // Mar 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    After hearing the news and moving thru Brooklyn, it all looks different. A piece of Brooklyn is now missing. Gowanus Lounge was by far my favorite daily routine to read… so much so I wanted to help Bob out with writing. Though brief, I appreciated our friendship and looked forward to every day’s conversation and GL postings.
    I hate that my inbox is empty. Bob will truly be missed and thought of always.

  • 31 plastic // Mar 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    :(

  • 32 Eric McClure // Mar 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I don’t think that there’s much that I can add to what’s already been written here. Let me just say that Bob’s passion for our neighborhoods, for animals in need, and for fighting the good fight were all telling measures of the man.

    May his death inspire us to lead our lives just a little bit better.

  • 33 Brenda from Flatbush // Mar 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    As we RCs say, May perpetual light shine upon him…and may it be the lovely light of the big sky over his beloved Gowanus. He was a guy who could see beauty in brokenness and humor in darkness. I will miss coming here to connect with and share his passion for all things Brooklyn.

  • 34 Bruce // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    My name is Bruce aka Capt_Nemo from the Coney Island board.

    There is great sadness and anger over what is happening here in Coney Island over what Joe Sitt of Thor Equities has done so far, and what he further wants to do.

    For the last couple of years, I have chronicled through photos exactly what is going on, something the main stream media failed to do over and over again.

    Bob often added my photos of outrage to this blog so more more people knew what was happening here, so the right people will be blamed.

    Bob, I am sorry we never met, so I can thank you for helping us.

    Bruce

  • 35 Green Brooklyn » R.I.P. Robert Guskind, Founder Of Brooklyn Blog Gowanus Lounge // Mar 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm

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  • 36 Marie // Mar 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I am so terribly sad over Bob’s passing. His blog was part of my experience of Brooklyn. I will miss his presence.

  • 37 Miss Lo // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I only met Bob in real life a couple of times, and knew immediately he was a big softy.

    GL really captured the soul of Brooklyn, and I simply cannot begin to imagine Brooklyn without Bob. I would always be awed by not only the quantity of the material he posted, but the quality. He was prolific.

    I would share with him pictures I took around Gowanus, where I work, and really felt I had a kindred spirit looking at the absurdity of the Whole Foods and the 4th Avenue Monstrosities. He always seemed grateful when I sent him pics, and I always felt – and will continue – to feel like I was included in a family.

    Bob, you are a hero. May you live forever in the Coney Island of yore. I know that your Street Sofa in Heaven is a throne.

  • 38 Graziella Radici // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Bob’s last conversation with me included: “Graziella, you are long overdue for a poem, here.” “Yes I know,” I told Bob and we had a laugh. Only Bob could say something like that to me and not cause me a creative meltdown with my poetry. He always welcomed my poems and always provided me with an accessible venue for my work. But the best part of all was the editing process. Bob ALWAYS tried to feature my work exactly as I had written it and ALWAYS let me edit and re-edit right up to 8:00 in the morning which I knew was the “deadline” time. I may have been driving him crazy, but never, not once, did he come out and say so. He was all about integrity to the artist. He seemed to intuitively know how to nurture artistry in people and I saw him do that over and over again with many others as well. He had an enormous heart and when it came to Brooklyn as we once knew it, before this current era of over-development and corporate greed , there was no bigger advocate in the world for the Borough he loved so much. How rare is a person is that? Rest in Peace, Bob. I hope we meet again sometime.

  • 39 Triada Samaras/C.O.R.D. Co-Founder // Mar 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I am never going to forget the immense support that C.O.R.D. (Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development) received from Bob and from Gowanus Lounge over the past couple of years. Bob was a true friend to Carroll Gardens: He passionately and thoroughly had been reporting on all of the major projects threatening our historical neighborhood with over-sized and ill-conceived development. He was also exceptionally bright. He personally called me to appear with him on a B-CAT segment featuring our Carroll Gardens “Democracy Wall”, called “A Walk Around the Blog” (2/2008) which we have proudly featured at our blog ever since. The Democracy Wall stood at the Carroll Street F train stop in enormous neighborhood protest to the coming “Oliver House” project. What a supporter Bob was! Indeed, it was Bob that coined the word: “Democracy Wall”. Bob could also be found in person at some of the many neighborhood meetings and events in the tiny amount of “spare” time he had in between his two full-time jobs.
    Dearest Bob: You will sorely be missed. Rest in Peace, our friend.

  • 40 Ron // Mar 7, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Bob and his GL had a reach far beyond Brooklyn. He transported the sounds, sights, people and life of his home to me in California. He did this in a way that when I have visited, it all felt familiar. Bob was a treasure. R.I.P.

  • 41 Triada Samaras/C.O.R.D. Co-Founder // Mar 7, 2009 at 12:30 am

    More from C.O.R.D.:

    And now for some history, here is a very early blog post at our CORD blog:

    (Bob broke the following story and featured us many, many more times after this….Hundreds, really, too numerous to count at this sad moment….This gives a good idea of the level of his passion and commitment to Brooklyn neighborhoods, however….Bob was relentless!)

    http://carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com/search?q=all+hail+to+Bob

    T.S.

    CORD Post: Saturday, June 23, 2007

    “This is our All Hail to Bob!!!! corner:

    “To: “Bob” Robert Guskind, masterful journalist at http://www.gowanuslounge.com and http://www.curbed.com, and today’s newly appointed “Guardian Angel of 360 Smith Street” where would CORD and Carroll Gardens be today without your superior, unflinching, astute, timely, courageous, and thankfully sometimes hilarious(!) coverage of our story? We thank you, thank you!

    “A brief history: Bob was the first journalist to break our story both at Curbed and at Gowanus Lounge when he featured our “Heavy Metal” nightmare that began on Memorial Day here in Carroll Gardens. That weekend, residents surrounding the proposed site, learned for the first time about the “imminent” changes coming to our corner: a massive new project now called “360 Smith Street” by developer William “Billy” Stein planned for the corner of
    Second Place and Smith street: a 46 unit, 70 foot high towering project over the F train Station at Carroll Street and involving the public subway plaza.

    “Until Memorial Day, most residents had neither heard of the “imminent changes”, nor the developer, Mr. Stein, not the chosen architect, Mr. Robert Scarano whose architectural license and self-certification ability Councilman Bill deBalsio has recently called on NY State and NY City and local residents to revoke! And, most residents did not fully understand the “AS OF RIGHT” ruling (now challenged in our petition) that allows developers in our beloved neighborhood to proceed without caution or warning to implement vast changes to our Brownstone Blocks without our input, consultation, support, or even knowledge. To date, we have not seen any architectural drawings of Mr. Stein’s 360 Smith Street project despite our repeated requests. Nor have any of the proper local and community organizations/politicians stepped up to the plate to help us ACTUALLY SEE and discuss what our block will soon look like.

    “We at CORD have now taken the position that “As of right” is JUST PLAIN WRONG !
    and we have called for a MORATORIUM! on all buildings and alterations OVER 50 FEET until the politicans and other proper authorities can figure out a way to immediately protect our neighborhood in Carroll Gardens with proper re-zoning and landmarking. The “five-year long” re-zoning process that we we heard about at the CGNA meeting on June 11, is not acceptable. What will Carroll Gardens look and feel like in five years if we do not get immediate help from the politicians? We refuse to support any politicians who do not accept responsibility for our neighborhood.

    “Mr. Guskind has also provided invaluable links and story references at Gowanus Lounge to the many other blogs who have recently picked up our story. In addition countless local and city-wide newspapers and journals have kindly and intelligently been also covering our story including: the New York Times, the Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill Courier, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the Brooklyn Papers, the Daily News, and more. To all of these sources as well. we send our enormous, heartfelt THANKS! to those who are keeping our corner and our new petition and blog in the news! (Look for coming archives of these sources as well). Sincerely yours, CORD

    “FYI: Here is Bob Guskind’s coverage (to date) at Gowanus Lounge and at Curbed:

    “From http://www.gowanuslounge.com

    1) 5-25-2007
    Smith Street Could Get Very Very Shiny
    2) Wednesday, May 30, 2007
    Smith Street Revolt Brewing Over Shiny New Building?
    3) Thursday, May 31, 2007
    More Heavy Metal Backlash in Carroll Gardens
    4) June 1, 2007
    Carroll Gardeners Continue to Oppose Smith Street Building
    5) Saturday, June 02, 2007
    Not a Good Week to be a Controversial Brooklyn Architect: Scarano
    Rally Planned
    6) June 3, 2007
    Anti-Building Signage Torn Down on Smith Street
    7) June 5, 2007
    Battle of 360 Smith Street: Fight for Your Right to Plaza
    8) June 6, 2007
    Major New Developments in the Battle of 360 Smith Street
    9) Thursday, June 07, 2007
    Robert Scarano is Having a Bad June
    10) June 8, 2007
    GL’s Guide to Elected Officials & Community Board 6
    11) June 11, 2007
    Battle of 360 Smith Street: Strategy Session Tonight
    12) June 12, 2007
    New Shots Fired in Battle of 360 Smith Street
    13) June 13, 2007
    The Big Carroll Gardens Issues: Rezoning & Landmarking
    14) June 15, 2007
    More Curious Street-Level Developments in Battle of 360 Smith
    Street: Mystery Paint Job
    15) June 15, 2007
    A Little Brooklyn Tour de Scarano
    Scaranos copy 6-15-2007
    16) Tuesday, June 19, 2007
    Battle of 360 Smith Street: Councilman Circulates Scarano Email
    Second Place Plaza
    17) June 20, 2007
    Carroll Gardeners Busy With Robert Scarano Wikipedia Page?
    18) June 21, 2007
    Carroll Gardners Post Online Petition, Report Illegal Work

    “From Curbed http://www.curbed.com

    1) Thursday, May 24, 2007
    Heavy Metal Coming to Smith Street?
    2) 5-30-2007
    Scarano Pushback on Smith
    3) Wednesday, May 30, 2007
    Carroll Gardens ‘Monstrosity’ Seem to Have Fan Club
    4) June 1, 2007
    Carroll Gardeners Now Tossing Bricks at Big Smith Street Building
    5) Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    Will Carroll Gardens Fight ‘South Beach’ Look?
    Posted by CORD at 12:23 AM”

  • 42 Linda // Mar 7, 2009 at 8:28 am

    This is such sad news. I didn’t know Bob personally, but the blog was so lively, and so full of a big, curious, warmhearted personality, that I feel as though I did.

    He will be missed.

    A Detroit fan

  • 43 Anonymous // Mar 7, 2009 at 9:39 am

    WOULD ANYONE SECOND THE IDEA TO NAME A STREET OR PARK IN BOB’S MEMORY?

  • 44 Gio // Mar 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

    The first time I posted on Gowanus Lounge I misused a word in my post as I rushed through typing it. Since I make a living as a transcriber and proofreader I was horrified by my error and discovered that on Gowanus Lounge you cannot edit your comments. I hit the contact button on the site and in an e-mail I told of my upset with not being able to correct my error, I am a professional, blah blah blah. A few minutes later a sympathetic Bob wrote back to me and he worked with me so that the original error could be corrected thus restoring my good name (to myself). RIP Bob.

  • 45 Tricia Vita, Coney Island History Project // Mar 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Coney Island is in desperate straits. No one cares as much or could give it as much in depth coverage as Bob did. Yesterday I watched an old vid of Bob on Brian Lehrer in which he said “I started Gowanus Lounge a few years ago because mainstream media had pretty much abrogated its responsibility to Brooklyn.”
    That’s pretty much how I feel as a former journo who quit to work for the Coney Island History Project and why I admired Bob and his work.

    In regard to Coney, I’m sad and afraid that many of the large and small stories that Bob would have covered will go unreported this season. The fact that he was an experienced journalist with his own blog, doing 10 or more posts a day, plus another 10 or so in his paying gig for the real estate blog curbed, and the fact that he cared so much, all came together to make it possible. The NY Times City Room blog regularly linked to his stories instead of covering what was happening in Coney Island and other Brooklyn nabes. Bob broke many Coney news stories—too numerous to list here!– that were consistently “picked up” (often without credit) by New York’s daily newspapers and tv news. Bob’s work made a huge difference in our lives and he will be missed more than I can say.

    I do not have a blog but I’m a regular poster on the CIUSA message board, one of Bob’s many news sources about Coney Island. Many posters have expressed their condolences and sorrow in a thread on that board. I posted the following:

    I never met Bob Guskind but we exchanged many emails because I sent him info about the Coney Island History Project. I will miss his astute observations and his passionate and tireless coverage of all things Coney. In everything he wrote it was clear he cared very deeply about what was happening here. After the press conference on 1/28 announcing the Astroland Rocket would be donated to the city, I sent out a release to the media. Bob replied:

    Thanks, Tricia. I’m happy to know it will be in Coney. I’m almost afraid to ask if the city plans to put it back on display, uh, soon.

    Somehow, even happy Coney news makes me want to cry these days because I see disaster looming for years to come and no plan to keep things vibrant and it just breaks my heart.

    In my writing it comes out as anger and rage, but in me it just comes out as tears and heartache.

    But I am glad the rocket is staying.

    Bob

    During the “deconstruction” of Astroland, Bob’s frequent “destructoporn” posts about the dismantling of Astroland annoyed a few idiot readers, who would post something like give it a break, enough is enough. Coney fans would break in with, well no one’s forcing you to read it, it’s his blog he can post about Astroland all day long if he wants etc

    Since Gowanus Lounge is down for now, we can’t revisit GL’s coverage, but Bob’s videos– His user name is writerman000—are still up on YouTube.

    He went to Astroland on the park’s last day, Jan 31, and made some vids, including one titled Astroland Snuff Film Final2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKuLYBJcWaQ
    And there’s his visit with Jimmy Prince from Feb 12… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz5b8MLfcX8

    Bob’s vid of the Astroland Memorial Shrine that Spidora & I started on the park gate is still up too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-s826XG_fk&feature=related

    I last heard from Bob on Friday. He said he’d try to make the CB 13 meeting, but I didn’t see him there. That day GL was down, no reply to my email.

    RIP, Bob. Coney Island, or what’s left of it, will miss you this season.

  • 46 MK Metz // Mar 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Brooklyn is a better place because of Bob. Thank you, Bob’s friends, for bringing Gowanus Lounge back online. It will serve as a testament to his work.

  • 47 Marc Farre // Mar 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    To all of Bob’s friends and fans in the blogosphere,

    Thank you for this incredibly outpouring of love and emotion, which I wish Bob could have seen.

    A small group of his nearest and oldest friends are working on assembling a portrait of Bob that will do his entire life justice. We are also working on a memorial event for him.

    Please give us a few days, as there is much to do, and we are doing it under understandably emotional conditions.

    Thank you for all you are doing, and please stay tuned.

    We are united with you in love and respect for Bob and his life.

  • 48 Best View in Brooklyn // Mar 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Like so many others, I only corresponded with RG through email, but I feel like I know him because of his writing on Gowanus Lounge and his support for Best View in Brooklyn.

    Thank you for helping me out when I was more clueless and more naive than I am now, and thank you for sending some people my way through your links.

  • 49 BklynBorn // Mar 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I never met Bob, but I had a great appreciation for Gowanus Lounge and the loving, intimate and wide view the Bob presented of Brooklyn. I’m glad the site has returned and my condolences to those who loved him.

  • 50 E.C. Stephens // Mar 7, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    As you’ve seen, Mister Heather needs to do some site work on GL and it will be down for a bit. I’ve been lucky to work closely with Bob and help him run this website before he passed. I am certainly happy for all of us that the archives are back up!
    Rest in Peace Bob, bless you for your friendship.

  • 51 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: [...]

  • 52 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

  • 53 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.

  • 54 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.

  • 55 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

  • 56 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.

  • 57 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.

  • 58 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.

  • 59 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.

  • 60 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.