• Translator Audio / The South Sound Studios Now Accepting Donations for Sandy Relief

    A couple of weeks ago we reported that Translator Audio Studios in Gowanus — owned by producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Made out of Babies, Converge, Keelhaul, etc) and Candiria’s John LaMacchia —  was destroyed when Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters broached the banks of the nearby Gowanus Canal. The loss was complete, as 100% of the gear that Schneider had collected for the past two decades was destroyed.

    A little bit of good news: Translator Audio and its partners The South Sound and Civil Defense Studios have begun accepting donations to help the studios get back on their feet. Those wishing to contribute to the relief effort can do so here.

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  • Photo Gallery: Halloween in Carroll Gardens

    The seasonal lawn decorations in the historic district portion of Carroll Gardens are the stuff of legends, with brownstone owners going all-out in an effort to best their neighbors through all of fall and winter’s holidays. Halloween is no exception, as residents typically adorn their front yards with skulls, scarecrows, jack o’ lanterns, blow-up ghosts and other spooky accoutrement of all sorts.

    The Halloween decorations on the evening of October 28th were a bit tamer than usual, as Hurricane Sandy was scheduled for landfall the following day and residents wisely chose not to leave their giant-sized, inflatable decorations out for Sandy to chew up and spit out. Still, an impressive array of holiday flare was on display.

  • Lightstone Group Says Hurricane Sandy Flooding Will Not Alter Development Plans

    In a recent article for The New York Times highlighting the damage sustained to buildings in Gowanus by the Canal’s floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy, a representative for the Lightstone Group — the developers behind the massive, 700-unit development that will break ground at 363-365 Bond Street in late 2013 — was quoted as saying that the canal and its toxic overflow will not impact the development’s plans at all:

    Ethan Geto, a spokesman for Lightstone, said that the plans for the project already take into account significant flooding and will not need to be altered. The buildings will be raised above the sidewalks, nine feet above high-tide level. The plans also call for state-of-the-art bulkheads and a new storm drain system to keep sewage from spilling into the canal.

    Oh well… it was wishful thinking to assume the development’s plans would be halted or altered in any way. But someone might want to tell Mr. Geto that Sandy’s floodwaters rose 14 feet above sea level.

  • Fletcher’s BBQ on Third Avenue Opens Tonight!

    Fletcher's BBQ

    Fletcher’s BBQ, at 433 Third Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets, finally opens tonight after months of construction. The traditional American BBQ joint — which offers slow-smoked, humanely raised brisket, ribs, pork shoulder and other cuts in a 2,600 pound, bright red, J&R Pit with oak and maple woods — was miraculously spared the toxic flood waters caused by Hurricane Sandy that ravaged much of the neighborhood (including the recording studio less than a block away).

    Gothamist has the skinny (err… fat) on the menu:

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  • Translator Audio and The South Sound Studios in Gowanus Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

    Translator Audio

    Translator Audio, the Gowanus recording studio owned by producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Converge, Made out of Babies, Keelhaul, etc etc etc) and Candiria’s John LaMacchia, was decimated by the flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. The studio had recently located to The South Sound music complex at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, just one block from the Gowanus Canal.

    Here’s a statement that Schneider posted on Translator Audio’s Facebook page:

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  • Even More Photos Of Sandy’s Mess In Gowanus

    On the afternoon of October 30th, a few hours after Hurricane Sandy’s departure from New York City, I took my digital SLR for a stroll around Gowanus. This is what I saw.

    Displaced earthworm on Bond Street.

    Gowanus Grove barrier blown down.

    Detritus in the Canal, next to the Carroll Street Bridge.

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