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Entries from February 2008

Canadian Picked to Run Huge Ikea in Red Hook

February 29th, 2008 · 8 Comments

The job of managing the massive Ikea in Red Hook has gone to a Canadian who has worked for the multinational retailer for 14 years, according to a press release issued yesterday, which notes that the massive store will open this summer (August has always been mentioned as the most likely date). Ikea is hiring […]

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Tags: Ikea · Red Hook

Things Get Crappy at the Bergen Street 2/3 Station

February 29th, 2008 · 6 Comments

If you are averse to stories about mounds of crap or if you are eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, stop reading and move on to the next item. If, like us, you find such tales of shitty misfortune compelling in a weird sort of way, read on. This comes from the Park Slope Forum on […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Prospect Heights · Transportation

Park Slope Friday #7: Red Hot Death Scene Revealed

February 29th, 2008 · 13 Comments

And, now, the last in our special Leap Friday focus on Park Slope retail & restaurants. Whatever happened to Red Hot Szechuan, the latest restaurant on Seventh Avenue to kick the bucket, appears to have occurred very quickly. (As in, everyone took off running for their lives.) A look inside reveals menus still stacked on […]

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Bklink: Cops Vs. Museum?

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Cops Vs. Museum?

“A cop-bashing art exhibit at a taxpayer-funded museum in Brooklyn portrays the city’s Finest as trigger-happy racists who have put bull’s-eyes on the backs of black New Yorkers. Police abuse victims, including African immigrant Amadou Diallo, are depicted as shooting targets in the ‘The Blue Wall of Violence’ exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary African […]

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Tags: Fort Greene · Shortlink

Park Slope Friday #6: Laila is Turning Japanese

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

South Slope Middle Eastern Laila closed suddenly a month or so ago. We can now report, based on our keen powers of observation, that it’s going Japanese. The new place appears to be called Ten Japanese. We are certain the appearance of yet another Japanese restaurant in Park Slope–which has its share of them on […]

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Construction Site Du Jour: Busted on Bayard

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Construction Site Du Jour: Busted on Bayard

The site of the former Beauty Addiction Building, which had been the one lone holdout on Karl Fischer Row in Williamsburg, has been cited by the city for a problem again. We last featured 14 Bayard as a Construction Site du Jour in late January. Since then, the construction fence has been padlocked closed again, […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Bklink: Brooklyn Ghostbusters

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Brooklyn Ghostbusters

Having trouble with supernatural issues? Got a pesky ghost in your condo or coop or apartment? Need the place blessed? Call Sal at Brooklyn Ghost Investigators. Seriously. —Pardon Me for Asking

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Park Slope Friday #5: Behind the Second St. Cafe Paper

February 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

A big “for sale” sign is now gracing the window of the defunct 2nd Street Cafe on Seventh Avenue. The space on the market via Brenton Realty, which doesn’t appear to have an online listing up for it. In the meantime, some of the paper has been peeled back, allowing a glimpse into the former […]

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Tags: Park Slope

You Can’t Photograph That, Continued

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Photographer Tracy Collins, who is creating an important photographic record of the Atlantic Yards footprint and project, had a bizarre encounter of the finest kind while taking photos of the closed Carlton Avenue Bridge. He calls it another episode of “You Can’t Photograph That.” This time, the photo vigilante wasn’t a police officer, but could […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Park Slope Friday #4: Bank Space Goes Red

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Park Slope Friday #4: Bank Space Goes Red

The temporary wooden front at the former D’Agostino’s/Gothic Cabinet Craft space at Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street has acquired a coat of red paint. As we first noted last April, part of the space is becoming a branch bank. At the time, we were told it would be a Bank of America. The identity of […]

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Tags: Park Slope

Bklink: Rat-Squirrel Shed

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Rat-Squirrel Shed

“The world is now safe from the Rat-Squirrel House. Relatively, anyway.” Some scaffolding has gone up around Cobble Hill’s most compellingly interesting structure. “Imagine the first floor surrounded by a green wooden box of scaffolding on top of blue metal poles and capped with a sprawling plywood bowl the shape of a giant catcher’s mitt—all […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill · Shortlink

Park Slope Friday #3: Tempo Presto Concerto for Power Saws

February 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

This is the former Tempo Presto space at Seventh Avenue and Third Street in Park Slope. What’s not clear from the photo is the cacophony of construction work yesterday afternoon that was going on inside behind the grates that were pulled down and locked up tight. If one had passed by with earplugs on, one […]

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Park Slope Friday #2: Park Slope Books Closed

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Park Slope Friday #2: Park Slope Books Closed

Park Slope Books on Seventh Avenue, which is the second bookstore to shut down on the block between Second and Third Streets, is done. The lights were still on yesterday, but the store had been emptied. It is reopening on Montague Street. The “for rent” sign is still in the window.

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Brookbit: Action at Court Street Blockbuster?

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Something was going on yesterday at the old Blockbuster location on Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Blogger PMFA photographed a contractor wearing a dust mask going in and out of the building. The building, however, is still listed for sale for $3.8 million and also for rent, presumably whichever comes first. Also, no building permits […]

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Tags: Brookbit · Caroll Gardens

Park Slope Friday #1: Brooklyn Industries in Its New Location

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Park Slope Friday #1: Brooklyn Industries in Its New Location

The great Seventh Avenue space swap that brought Brooklyn Industries to the corner storefront at Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street and relocated Urban Optical to space that once housed a salon, is now somewhat complete. Brooklyn Industries is now in its new digs. Urban Optical is in its new space. All that remains now is […]

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Bklink: Rental in the Burg

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Rental in the Burg

The first sizable new rental building to be completed in the Burg is going up at N. 8 Street and Driggs. It will be a six-story building with 50 apartment being developed by Kalmon Dolgin. Rents were expected to range from $2,500-$3,850 per month for 1BR and 2BR apartments with the penthouses priced around $5K […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Organic Bok Choy on the Gowanus May Take a While

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Don’t expect to see construction equipment soon at the big, polluted site at Third Avenue and Third Street where Whole Foods is planning to build a large grocery. Our friend Gabby Warshawer at Brownstoner has been talking to state officials and found that it could be a while. While the cleanup plan for the toxic-laden […]

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Tags: Gowanus · Whole Foods

Broolinks: Friday Leap Day Edition

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Broolinks: Friday Leap Day Edition

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: Call Atlantic Yards Affordable Housing “Delayed” [AYR] Brooklyn Condo Market is Driving Miss Brooklyn [AYR] Atlantic Yards Reports Shorts [No Land Grab] Thoughts on the Revived 421-a Developer Tax Break Debate [Brooklyn 11211] “Notorious Brooklyn Punk” Causes Fatal Car Crash [NYP] Miss Brooklyn is a […]

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Fun on the Gowanus, 1903 Edition

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fun on the Gowanus, 1903 Edition

We happened upon this story from the October 23, 1903 edition of the New York Times and were amused enough by it to offer it as diversion here: Battling with a big blaze on the bank of Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, last night, the firemen were driven back by the sudden breaking loose of a great […]

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Upcoming: Brooklyn Greenway Presentation

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Upcoming: Brooklyn Greenway Presentation

There’s a presentation on the Brooklyn Greenway next week for Community Board 1’s Parks, Environment, Waterfront and Transportation Committees. It will take place on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30PM at Lady of the Snow Society, which is located at 410 Graham Avenue (between Withers and Jackson). The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway project area covers 14 miles […]

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Tags: Event · Williamsburg

Bklink: Brain Bank Freeze King

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Bklink: Brain Bank Freeze King

We’ve never heard of the Bank Freeze King and we keep seeing “Brain Freeze” every time we see the phrase, but he’s a lawyer who is alleged to put a freeze on bank accounts when he represents creditors or buyers of debt. There are a lot of complaints about the so-called Brain Bank Freeze King […]

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Tags: Park Slope · Shortlink

Street Couch Series: Finished

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Street Couch Series: Finished

Our wonderful Carroll Gardens Correspondent provides this image of furniture on the street, which is clearly done with the living room part of its existence and just kind of out there with the trash.

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Bklink: Snow & Rain Tonight?

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It will be sunny today and cold, with a high of 33, but clouds will increase as the day goes on. As things stand right now, the forecast for tonight calls for snow mixing with rain and a low of 32. At least, that’s the call as of early this morning.–Accuweather

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Tags: Shortlink · Weather

Carroll Gardens Hell Building Burns Bright at Night

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The building at 333 Carroll Street that has been nicknamed the Carroll Gardens Hell Building is looking bright this week. Someone in the area sent us photos and noted “Looks like some signs of life at 333 Carroll Street. Lights were on last night leading me to believe they’re up to something.” The photos of […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens

Piano Finito: Big Ratner Tower is Dead

February 28th, 2008 · 5 Comments

The 100-story tall Renzo Piano tower at Tillary and Jay Street that would have been developed by Bruce Ratner is dead. Both the Daily News and the Brooklyn Paper report the tower has fallen victim to rising costs and the credit crunch. Forest City Ratner would have built a dorm and lab for City Tech […]

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Tags: Downtown Brooklyn