• Let the Pile Driving Begin: Piles Arrive at Lightstone Group Gowanus Site

    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.

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  • We All Deserve To Shuffle

    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.

    First up… the really cool center main bar…

    Here’s a pan view of a majority of the space.

    Shufflers chatting on the courts…

    The night’s Cocktail list, which apparently are names of legendary shufflers…


    To the right are these VIP feeling cabanas where you can just sit back and watch all the chillness in the room…

    Here’s a shot of the Eastern set of courts…

    Some nice things on tap as one can see…

    This is the first of many cocktails, which made the evening even more magical…

    Here’s another cocktail with a shot of the bartender, who clearly had the best shirt in the history of ever!…

    A closer shot of one of the pretty cocktails…

    This shot’s blurry cause of the pretty cocktails, but we think it is trying to display the flags from all the past/present shuffleboard leagues around the U.S….

    There’s this wall of old timey photos tucked away in the corner that are pretty neat…

    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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  • Will Whole Foods Spell the End of Carroll Gardens Family Businesses?

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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.

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  • TEDxGowanus Free “Instameet Up and Tour” This Saturday

    tedxgowanusTEDxGowanus — 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:

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  • Fort Reno BBQ is Closed for Good, Set to Re-Open Soon as Taco Joint

    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.

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  • Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio


    images from Sound and Choas Facebook page

    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:

    Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio from Sara Leavitt on Vimeo.

  • Sludgie the Whale: An Epilogue by TEDxGowanus

    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.

  • Don’t Toss, E-Waste It!


    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!

    E-Waste Warehouse
    469 President Street
    (at Nevins Street)
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    (718) 858-8777

    Bonus Your Face Off

    Here’s little behind the scenes of the E-Waste facility from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism videostorytelling:

    Gowanus E-Waste from videostorytelling on Vimeo.

  • Watch a Video of This Crazy Robbery in Gowanus


    Photo Credit: Pardon Me For Asking

    Photo Credit: Pardon Me For Asking

    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.

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