Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

GL Update: Still Suspended

September 19th, 2008 · 71 Comments

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the dozens of people that have emailed or left a comment since yesterday morning. GL is still suspended indefinitely. It is a personal decision that we’ve made. We hope to reverse it at some point, but we don’t know if that means 24 hours, three days, a week, a month or never. From the moment we started GL, we’ve had the support of a wonderful set of readers, tipsters and contributors. During that time, GL has been a complete labor of love and an exhausting 8 hour a day commitment in addition to our regular blogging job. Right now, we have stepped away from our little blog until some personal things are sorted out. We are so grateful to all of you for having taken the time to read GL. Since it felt like fall for the first time this morning, and made us even more wistful about things, we will leave you with a photo that reminds us of the best summer ever.

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71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Winden // Sep 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    A serious loss in my daily routine. GL always had the best information. Not sure it can be replaced by reading all the other Brooklyn blogs together.

  • 2 Erica // Sep 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Bob, just wanted to wish you a happy New Year (Shanah Tovah), and pray that whatever was wrong can be righted, and I wish for you sweet new beginnings, that all your prayers be answered, and that an endless bounty of goodness, health and happiness be showered upon you and your loved ones, this year and every year. Godspeed, bro.


  • 3 Abraham // Sep 26, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I hereby rescind that wish.

  • 4 Kdubs // Sep 28, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Good luck and great job! Especially Katie Rush!!!

  • 5 PZ // Sep 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    My sympathies for whatever is going on and I do hope things get better, Rob.

    You don’t owe anyone anything and continuing again is your choice. Though if it’s going to close shop, I beg that you please at least do a concluding post with some closing thoughts, predictions and reflections about Brooklyn and blogging. It would also be great to read a clear-cut explanation of what is causing the shut down (I think most people have no idea what’s going on, to be honest).

  • 6 Michael // Sep 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Hope all is ok soon

  • 7 g-spa luva // Sep 30, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I should probably stop coming back here to see if you’re back on line.. can you just email me when this party starts again?

  • 8 Brenda from Flatbush // Sep 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    I echo PZ; we need closure, those of us who made this a cyber-town square. Please?

  • 9 Jack // Sep 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I think you have closure. If you want any more clarification please re-read his posts again.

    I really like checking out Gowanus Lounge, but like most anything anyone does in public, the creator has every right to pull the plug if they can’t do it anymore for whatever reason there might be.

    And as someone who went through some deep family/personal issues over 10 years ago, I can honestly say: Mr. Guskind should do whatever he needs to do to make himself better. Readers—including me—are really not owed anything. Especially considering how much readers “pay” for this great resource (ie: 0).

    Take care of yourself and don’t feel obligated to keep a blog alive. There’s life and personal needs and those are always more important.

  • 10 JC // Sep 30, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I echo Jack’s sentiments — please do not feel obligated to keep this blog alive. In fact, I encourage you to take it down immediately so as not waste any more energy fishing for sympathy from these poor people you’ve left in the dark. Please, you owe it to yourself. Don’t do it for us. Just take care of number one, Bob. Put the dog down already.

  • 11 Jack // Sep 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    JC, it’s geniuses like you that ultimately make people pull sites down and go “Why do I bother?” Seriously, you have any clue how stressful it is to run a site even in good times thanks to trolls like you? It’s one of the main reasons I personally pulled down my own blog: Real-life or writing things and patrolling comments from ass-hats who never got enough attention from their parents as a child.

    Might I ask you crawl back into the hole you came from.

  • 12 JC // Oct 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Jack – Please, enough with the drama. If my comments brought down the Gowanus Lounge, I’d pat myself on the back, but unfortunately I’m sure that’s not the case. It’s not so much the blog I don’t care for, it’s Mr. Guskind himself. I and many others have grown more and more aggravated with Mr. Guskind and other bloggers’ continued snarky commentary online. We feel that he and others like him have helped to fuel and incite the types of culture wars that are now prevalent throughout Brooklyn. Specifically, we feel his subtle assaults are misdirected at the newest guard of regular, hard-working, middle class folks who are just trying to find a place to live and raise a family, rather than assailing the underlying problems that have nothing to do with these people. While he is hardly responsible for the resulting prejudice that new transplants face moving into evolving neighborhoods, and in particular, into new construction in these evolving neighborhoods, he is obviously one of the louder and more present voices online. He knows that his snarky posts will generate a largely evil dialogue from posters and trolls alike, and for what? For page views and revenue generation for a cesspool of a site like Curbed, that’s what. Sure, maybe GL was more pure, but at the end of the day, I and others think the guy is a jerk. And I don’t feel the slightest bit bad about pissing him off, stressing him out, or otherwise taking pleasure at his beloved blog coming down.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, asshole.

  • 13 Jack // Oct 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    JC, the only asshole here seems to be you. It’s amazing you should post any of this. Your pejorative use of the word “bloggers” is hilarious. You know how hard it is to simply start a blog? Not at all hard. Sign up for a free account at any number of blog hosting sites. Post something. And that’s it.

    So if you feel that Mr. Guskind is responsible for the “…resulting prejudice that new transplants face moving into evolving neighborhoods…” then please start your own blog an express your opinion.

    And if you can’t do that then why not fully identify yourself, you self-centered schmuck.

    PS: “Specifically, we feel…” don’t presume you speak for anyone but yourself. The Royal “We” is laughable otherwise.

  • 14 JC // Oct 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Jack, trust me. I was blogging long before the term even existed and only gave it up when every Tom, Dick and Harry put one up to satiate their narcissistic desires. So please don’t talk down to me as if you know anything about me. It’s not about me anyway. It’s my right to be an asshole if I choose. That’s not the issue.

    And believe me, there just may come a time when I start blogging again on just this very topic. But because I DO understand how hard and time-consuming it is to maintain a blog, I choose not to. I am quite happy posting my opinions on other peoples’ blogs as I see fit. If someone has a problem with that, then they should disable comments altogether. And let’s face it, Mr. Guskind and the editors of others blogs are certainly no stranger to censorship — I’ve seen many a comment “disappear” from the roll when someone finally figured out how to hit a nerve.

    And all this about self-identification. Puh-lease. What does that accomplish other than shifting the debate from the issues to the individual? You sound like a smart guy, I’m surprised you wouldn’t realize that. In this case people like Mr. Guskind and other bloggers like him have inserted themselves into the frey such that they have BECOME part of the issue. And that’s why I and many others feel quite justified in being a thorn in their side. Everything else karma can take care of. (And karma has obviously dropped by recently given the recent turn of nebulous events.)

    You know, it’s awfully ironic how so many bloggers can dish it out, but then start whining and crying when they get a taste of their own snarky vomit. And Jack, my friend, you have made that point so very clear.

  • 15 Jack // Oct 1, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    You bile and specific complaints about Gowanus Lounge make one thing clear: You are somehow involved in the real estate market or own enough of a stake in condos/coops to be angry at Gowanus Lounge.

    There were some trolls based in Carroll Gardens that reared its head when the battered women’s shelter geared towards the Asian community opened.

    So I’m willing to put some money on the fact you’re one of them.

    Enjoy your misery.

  • 16 Daniel // Oct 1, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    BTW I hate the both of you for ruining these comments.

    What sites have been people reading now that there is this huge hole in Brooklyn news?

  • 17 JC // Oct 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm


    I take great enjoyment knowing that you couldn’t be more off in your assessment of me. I wish I could take your money.

    Anyway, enough of all this. I have bigger fish to fry than you, little man.

  • 18 Ruth Edebohls // Oct 2, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I agree with you. And I have great faith that GL will return .

  • 19 Marie // Oct 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    GL does not owe anything to anybody. Not closure, not an explanation, nothing.

    It might be back, it might not. So what? It was a small and enjoyable part of our lives, and a bigger, major, part of someone else’s life, who entertained and informed us at no expense to ourselves. RG will move on, here or elsewhere.

    Why on earth anybody feels that they have been let down, or that GL’s suspension is a personal betrayal, is beyond me.

  • 20 JC // Oct 4, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Well, let’s see Marie. People don’t put up blogs to send information out into entropy, now do they? No. They put them up so people READ them. And then people start reading them and become loyal followers. This is obviously good for the blog owner. It strokes their needy ego, and may even help generate revenue through advertisers. In short, most blogs exist because they have a FOLLOWING. If a blogger didn’t have a following, he may as well just keep a personal diary. Right?

    You’re kind to be so forgiving to someone who basically left all his children at the front door of the hospital without so much as a note as to why he left them behind. What a stand-up guy this Robert must be.

    But I’m now realizing from the majority of these comments that the Gowanus Lounge is merely a Brooklyn blog almost wholly supported by other Brooklyn bloggers. And that would make perfect sense given how little people seem to care to comment on the stories on this blog. (Remember: Bloggers have their blogs! They don’t have time to comment on other peoples’ blogs!)

    Who knows? Maybe that’s why Robert canned it for now. I mean let’s face it. It’s a lot of work to put this blog together. If only your mom, dad, a few colleagues, and a few dissenters like me read it, then why bother? I just feel bad for the 2 or 3 people who obviously love this blog and have dedicated themselves to reading it daily, and now get left in the lurch by way of a bunch of ambiguous BS commentary designed to attract a bunch of sympathetic comments. (As exemplified in this comment thread. Pathetic.)

    As I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again — Robert’s a self-centered, self-promoting, egotistical little shit.

    That’s my genuine opinion having read Robert’s pedestrian posts for years now, and I’m entitled to it.

    If you don’t like it, stop re-visiting these comments, or tell Robert to turn them off or to censor my posts as he is wont to do anyway.

    You want Robert to start the Gowanus Lounge up again? Well, here you go:

    *** Hey Robert, I’m so glad you brought this blog down. I feel vindicated that you’ve been compelled to end it all. I hope it never returns. ***

    Now you watch people… the Gowanus Lounge will be back up in no time. That’s how ego and hubris work!

    You can thank me later.

    Just call me JC.

  • 21 Kill JC // Oct 5, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Come on back when you are ready