• 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.

  • Damage to the Coignet Building?

    Today marks the official opening of the Whole Foods in Brooklyn. Some are saying the new store  ”Symbolizes Area’s Redevelopment”, while others are calling its the ‘end of Gowanus’. Either way the store is up and opening.

    One of the main concerns of having a mega store being built on the Whole Foods lot at 3rd Ave and 3rd Street has been whether or not the landmarked Coignet Stone Company Building right on the corner is adequately protected. One of the rules giving to Whole Foods is that they have to preserve and repair the building. Clearly the repair part of the agreement was/is not slated till after the store has opened. We can understand that a focus by a big company might be on launching their new place and not the complex repair of an old, somewhat forgotten building.


    Last night we received a tip from a GYFO reader indicating that some of the facade of the building had fallen off! They say:

    …a big part of the side of the staircase has crumbled overnight. It was not this way yesterday…and that whole front piece is missing.


    In the picture they sent in the concrete that wrapped around the front part of the staircase is just simply gone.


    top image sent in by L. Mariano taken by Martin Bisi


    -We went by and took another photo to clarify the damage. -

    More concerning is that according to the tipster the missing pieces are nowhere to be found and that they believe this most likely happened…

    cause the staircase was behind fencing through yesterday, and it was removed sloppily

    We wondered over after the sun came up and found tones of items lying right next to the Coignet Stone Company Building. Some of these items looked to be hastily placed (thrown) within the footprint of the history structure.


    ~derp! This looks like a great place to throw some wood. Who give a rats ass about hurting the side of the building or the old fencing. (not a real quote)

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  • (Last Minute!) Holiday Happy Hour Sale!

    OMG! You totally didn’t get any shopping done! You’re screwed… Grandma will totally disown you cause all you can do is get her a crappy gift from a gas station.


    you could drop by the Holiday Happy Hour Sale over at Halyards on December 22nd, 2013 from 11am to 7pm.

    Check out the details:

    Attention all holiday shopping procrastinators (and those of you who just like to day drink on Sunday).  On December 22nd from 11am-7pm, a bevy of Brooklyn based female designers and artists will be offering the answer to your holiday shopping woes.  Hosting their first ever (Last Minute) Holiday Happy Hour Sale at Halyards Bar in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

    Featured artists include: Knit’s from A Brooklyn Heart and Blackboards fromSignificant Others by Audrey Manning, Brigid C Scruggs Photography Fine Art and Prints, Scarves from Heather Rose Studio, Clothing from Various Love Affair by Anjia Jalac, Tapestries, Beer Koozies, Dream Catchers and more from Jessi HighetPress Vintage by Emma BracyJewelry from Brooklyn Heavy Metal by Abbi Stern, Cheek-ie by Angela Barrow, M.. by Maggie Semrau, Owl&Bone by Erin Molitor, K. Fagan and skincare from Enid B. by Kareen Fagan.

    Halyards, was opened by owner Edward Colley who has converted a number of warehouses into artists studio’s in the Gowanus area.  The bar is a hotspot for many local designers, artists and musicians to grab a drink on their way home from their studios.  So what better Bar than Halyards to introduce you to a mixed brew of amazing artists! Half priced beer and wine for the duration of the sale will help you entirely forget the holiday shopping madness of Houston and Broadway.

    406 3rd Ave,
    Brooklyn, NY 11215

  • One Last Look at 363 Bond Street Before it Gets Torn Down

    363 Bond Street


    If you’d like to get one last look at 363 Bond Street before it’s covered up — and eventually torn down — now’s your chance. Construction workers are currently erecting a construction barrier similar to the one they installed across the street at 365 Bond Street in July. Soon enough both buildings will be gone to make way for the 700-unit monstrosity that’s coming; a new sign promises demolition will be complete by the end of 2013.

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  • The Lightstone Group is Contacting Gowanus Residents

    The Lightstone Group has been sending out letters via Certified Mail (signature required) to residents near their Gowanus development site. The Group intends to conduct detailed examinations of the inside and outside of building near the site before they begin construction in an effort to protect themselves against lawsuits resulting from potential damage, standard practice when a building is going up that will require earth-shaking and ear-splitting pile drivers. We’re SO looking forward to waking up to that at 7am every morning for months on end.

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  • L Train Vintage rolls into Gowanus

    Gowanus once again finds itself at the corner of hip and cool with the opening of L Train Vintage on Sackett btw 4th Ave & 3rd Ave in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY.

    What is L Train Vintage you ask? Well, it’s a vintage and thrift store that started in Williamsburg… then transplanted to Bushwick. The following video talks about Urban Jungle, which is apparently one of the stores in a series of stores under the L Train Vintage brand. It explains a little bit more of the brands backstory…

    So, what will you see when you stop by L Train Vintage’s new Gowanus location?

    Well, for one lots and lots of space that’s filled with hip things:

    Like Shoes…

    womenswear (they have Menswear too)… Read more ›

  • The Gowanus Lightstone Development Death March Grinds On

    Things are busy on the Lightstone Group’s Gowanus development front, with a flurry of on-site activity over the past few weeks. Demolition is nigh.

    A two-man crew of surveyors are out right this second mapping out underground cables and pipes with spraypaint on the asphalt — similar to the markings they put down earlier this year – this time with yellow, red and the dreaded white markings, the latter indicating “proposed excavation limits or route,” according to the Wikipedia entry on utility location markers. A separate three-man crew down the block is busy using shovels and a small front-end loader to clear away the dense grass and weeds that have grown in sidewalk crevices over the past few months while the building at 363 Bond has been neglected.


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  • TONIGHT: Protest Against the Lightstone Group’s Gowanus Development

    Save Gowanus is hosting a rally tonight to protest the Lightstone Group’s 12-story residential development set to begin construction on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The rally starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Carroll Street bridge. Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will appear at the event. DNAinfo.com has the story.

    Lightstone filed plans with the city this week to start construction at 363-365 Bond Street, although when the construction will actually begin remains unclear. The city’s Planning Commission approved the development in March.

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  • Verizon Vacates Gowanus Lot it Has Occupied Since 1977

    The entire block bordered by Nevins, Carroll, Union Streets and the Gowanus Canal has been completely vacated by longtime tenant Verizon. You might not recognize this lot from many of the nondescript warehouse blocks in Gowanus but for the dozens (hundreds?) of Verizon trucks that used to be parked inside. Here’s a picture from Google Maps Street View, dated June 2011, Verizon trucks in full force:

    Verizon Lot Gowanus


    Today, the lot is completely empty. Here’s a photo we took from the Union Street Bridge:

    Verizon Lot Gowanus

    The building had been a hub for Verizon field technicians since 1977. One has to wonder, with all the development both planned and already underway in Gowanus, did some anxious speculator snap up this entire lot for future development?

    After some quick Googling, we’ve determined that the answer is yes, of course: TheRealDeal.com reports that Property Markets Group, “a developer known for luxury residential buildings,” snatched the entire property for $14 million this past December.

    Those of us nauseated by the 700 unit residential development going up on the opposite side of the canal can breathe easy (the canal’s fumes notwithstanding) for now: PMG’s Richard Lam says there are no current plans for developing the lot. Indeed, it appears that the company is just looking for a tenant to rent the space for now while plans are made to develop the property, according to sign on the corner of Nevins and Union Streets:

    Verizon Lot Gowanus

    The Verizon vehicles previously housed in this lot have relocated to another facility on Third Street and Third Avenue. We’re sure that lot will become luxury condos too faster than you can say “FiOS.”


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