The demolition of 363 Bond Street and the associated headache were nothing compared to the assault that’ll begin when Pride Builders — the group contracted by Lightstone to construct the new monstrosities — begins pile driving. The earth will shake, everything will rattle, we’ll be jolted awake every morning, we won’t be able to think all day; nothing will feel sane to the residents of Bond, 1st and 2nd Streets. That day drew ever closer this morning when two enormously big flat bed trucks arrived and unloaded impossibly long steel poles into the snow-covered construction site (top photo above, courtesy of GYFO reader miking7). A hulking pile driver already sits ready to go in the yard, awaiting its sole task of hammering these poles straight down into bedrock.
No excuses for the lack of posts here lately, we’ve just been crazy busy. Dammit… that was an excuse. But Gowanus never stops, and thankfully the most excellent South Brooklyn blog Pardon Me For Asking has some local updates for ya:
Let’s just preface things with, it was only the middle of the week and the stressiness from work really was taking a toll on us. We couldn’t sleep well, we were so tense, and we pretty much lived with a grumpiness plastered on our face.
Well, luckily, we got to pop into the ‘soft’ opening of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club… And let us tell you, we feel so relaxed and chill! So, strew it all, we don’t need to ever get near anything stressful like work again! All we want to do is just grab a sweet cocktail and slide of biscuits (the puck thingies) across an supersmooth shuffleboard. Really, we think that doctors should recommend this activity for anyone who exhibits any signs of grumpousness or mean face. We really feel like we had some type of perfect massage. We truly can’t explain the just chillness we feel, but we can offer a few visual aids. So, here it is the inside of a complete, sexy looking, mood lit Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
The night’s Cocktail list, which apparently are names of legendary shufflers…
We are not sure of the phrase “Keep your pigeons off the fences”. Is it like a motivational phrase or like something that we shouldn’t do? Either way, we choose to use it as an empowerment… Yes, we will KEEP our PIGEONS OFF THE FENCE!…
Some lovely people that we played a game with…
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If you thought that the new Whole Foods in Gowanus wouldn’t have much impact upon the myriad long-standing mom-and-pop businesses of Carroll Gardens, think again. Brooklyn’s first Whole Foods is aggressively courting residents of the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhood — known for its small, family-run specialty food stores — with an aggressive ad campaign at the Carroll Street subway station.
It’s sad to think about, but Whole Foods almost certainly means the demise of some of these businesses, many of whom were some of the only stores selling certain fare in all of South Brooklyn until Whole Foods came around. As if it weren’t clear enough in the abstract, it all came into perfect focus when I ventured down to Whole Foods to take advantage of a $20 coupon they’d dropped in my mailbox, my first official shopping sojourn at the new store.
TEDxGowanus — an event featuring TED-style talks inspired by the unique ideas, stories and arts that have incubated in or are related to the Gowanus area – is coming to the Green Building on Union Street this January 26th. More details about the event in our previous coverage.
But you won’t have to wait until the 26th for the fun to begin: this Saturday at 2 PM, author and historian Joseph Alexiou – who will be participating in the event on the 26th — is leading an “Instameet Up” tour of the Gowanus Canal. Here’s a description from the event’s Facebook page:
According to a Facebook post by the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club on Union Street, the long-awaited fun zone for adults is finally set for a “soft opening” next week:
It appears my Gowanus BBQ review piece from the end of 2013 is already a bit outdated: the first of the three BBQ joints to inhabit the environs of the Gowanus officially closed its doors before the holidays and will not be re-opening, according to HeresParkSlope.com. Apparently even the run-off from overcrowding at the recently opened Dinosaur BBQ across the street wasn’t enough to keep the joint open.
Back in 1979 legendary producer Martin Bisi started BC Studio in an industrialized neighborhood now called Gowanus. Since then Martin has worked in his hidden oasis with the likes of Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock, Brian Eno and the Dresden Dolls. Directors Sara Leavitt and Ryan Douglass reflect on Martin’s hidden Brooklyn treasure and the effects the recent areas gentrification has had on Martin’s world in their doc Sound and Chaos.
Check out the preview:
In 2007 Joy Reidenberg, a comparative anatomist and a professor at the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was called in to do an autopsy on a wayward Whale who had wondered into the Gowanus Canal. This baby minke whale (baby = 12 foot long sea creature) was sadly given the name Sludgie by the Daily News as a reference Fudgie the Whale ice cream cakes. Upon being confused and trapped in the Gowanus Canal, Sludgie’s plight captured the hearts of local New Yorkers. But despite the hopes of an entire city for his escape, Sludgie would never leave Gowanus and would end up on Professor Reidenberg’s make-shift autopsy table.
In this piece from TedxGowanus, Professor Reidenberg talks about her examination of poor Sludgie the Whale:
Sludgie skull will be on display at TedxGowanus on January 14, 2014 thanks to Proteus Gowanus.
Get your tickets to TedxGowanus here.
the gift giving holiday season is coming to an end. And you totally got that new IPhone, IPad, TV, Play Station… you wanted!
But what pray tell will you do with all your old electronics? Toss them in the trash like some kind of 1980s caveman? No, you will not, cause you believe in recycling cause you don’t hate the earth!
Where do you recycling your once beloved technical gizmos? at the E-Waste Warehouse on President street in Gowanus silly!
They take pretty much anything that was once considered ‘high tech’. Grab your junk and drop it off today… it’ll make you feel good. Like really good… like winner the lottery good!
469 President Street
(at Nevins Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Bonus Your Face Off
Here’s little behind the scenes of the E-Waste facility from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism videostorytelling:
Pardon Me For Asking has the details of an extremely brazen robbery that took place early yesterday morning at the Satori building at 342 Bond Street between Carroll and President Streets. Here’s a quote from a resident of the building:
A man picked the front lock, went immediately to the basement, cut the pipes to some of the water heater units, and left. The whole thing took less than 2 minutes.