• Twig Terrarium New Sign


    Gowanus’ “easily contained, easily maintained, life” terrarium business Twig has moved to a new location at 287 Third Ave., the former location of SET Gallery. We first reported on the move — from Twig’s old location across the street — back in May, and it’s now open and ready for business with a new giant branch sign labeled “Twig.” The new location offers more space than the tiny old storefront at the corner of President Street, which now has a For Rent sign hanging in the window.

    We’re still waiting on that Honey I Shrunk the Kids terrarium.

  • New Storefront & Townhouse Rental at 467 Carroll Street

    Live In & Work In…

    by B. Umanov 

    467 Carroll St.

    467 Carroll St.

    467 Carroll Street is open for business; the newly renovated building between Nevins and 3rd Ave. has been placed up for rental as a “Live Work Townhouse.” Construction progressed remarkably quickly; while three buildings on the opposite side of the street have been under construction for a year or longer, sidewalk scaffolding went up around 467 Carroll well under a year ago.

    A storefront has been added on the ground level; it has parque floors but not much else, and appears to have some kind of backyard access. It’s not clear whether the lot immediately adjacent to the property on its west side is connected with 467 Carroll or not. Below, before (from Google Maps Street View) and after pictures of the building:

    467 Carroll St.

    467 Carroll St.

    The rental seems to be an all or nothing arrangement: either the whole building — storefront and residence — or not at all. Here’s the contact info for prospective renters:

    467 Carroll St.

    GYFO considered converting the building into our worldwide headquarters, but then reality set in and we headed over to Canal Bar instead.



  • Gowanus Street Art, September 7, 2012

    Gowanus is a Canvas…

    by B. Umanov 

    Corner of Nevins Street and Carroll Street:

    Union Street Bridge, west side:

    Union Street Bridge, east side:

    3rd Street, Whole Foods construction site:

    3rd Street between 3rd Avenue and Bond Street:

    SE corner of 3rd Street and Bond Street:

    SE corner of 3rd Street and Bond Street:

    NE corner of Second Street and Bond Street:

  • Third Street Gets a New Bike Lane

    The corner of 3rd Street & Bike Lane…

    by B. Umanov 

    Third Street bike lane

    Third Street is getting a fancy new green bike lane between Third and Fourth Avenues. The lanes on each side of the two-way street are still under construction as of press date, with orange traffic cones and yellow tape surrounding the newly painted green pathways. The new lanes are “Class 2, Curb Side Lanes” with no buffer lane or parking protection, and will link up directly with the Third Street bike lanes connecting Third Avenue and Smith Street that were painted earlier this summer.

    Third Street has been ripe for a bike lane since the B71 bus was axed as part of the MTA service cuts of 2010.

    For an explanation of the different kinds of bike lanes in use in New York City, check out the short film below featuring interviews with various NYC DOT employees.

  • Corn Grows In Gowanus

    The Ailanthus isn’t the only tree that grows in Brooklyn: an ambitious agriculturalist is giving corn a shot in the streets of Gowanus.

    The above photo was snapped last week outside of the Ivy Garden, the Asian market that opened last year at the corner of 4th Avenue and President Street. Two planters — one on 4th Avenue and one on President Street — flank the store’s entrance, each with several corn stalks approaching eye level. A pet project of the store’s proprietors? Some other neighborhood resident with a passion for cereal grains? We can’t say. But while the corn ears themselves aren’t exactly greenmarket quality, we’re impressed that they’re even growing at all. Here’s a close-up:

    By the way, if you’ve yet to frequent Ivy Garden, we highly recommend: in addition to being a great place to pick up last-minute standard grocery items of all kinds (milk, vegetables, cereal, ice cream, etc), the sandwiches, sushi and Asian treats they stock during lunch hours are all excellent.

  • Kittery Seafood Shack Coming to Gowanus/Carroll Gardens

    Carroll G’s Lobster…

    by B. Umanov 


    Is it in Gowanus? Carroll Gardens? Somewhere else?

    Your father would’ve called it all “South Brooklyn” and scoffed at you for using these “made-up” neighborhood names designed to sell real estate, but wherever your predilection for nomenclature lies the news of another seafood joint could spell trouble for Gowanus’s Littleneck, itself approaching its one year anniversary. Get ready for Kittery, yet another restaurant in a neighborhood that has way too many to keep track of.

    Kittery is currently under construction at the corner of Smith and Union Streets and is set to open in the coming weeks. A sign in the window (below) promises “Coastal Cooking From Maine to the Gulf,” but we’re guessing the food will favor the latter; the restaurant takes it name from Kittery, Maine, a town just across the border from Portsmouth, NH.


    The same space was briefly the home of Diego, an ill-fated, decent but unspectacular Mexican restaurant that didn’t last very long. Before that, The Union Smith Cafe occupied the corner lot for a number of years.

    Kittery, like its predecessors on the same lot, will have indoor and outdoor seating; from the looks of it it may have an outdoor bar as well. Will Kittery’s fate echo the instant success of Littleneck, or will it be the next in a long, long line of Diegos past, present and future? Whatever the case, we’ll be in line for a lobster feast the minute it opens to find out.

    Follow Kittery on Facebook here.


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