• shipping containers for bio-remediation

    Here’s some bitchen science…
    This animated sequence posted by Pilot Projects shows a concept of bio-remediation with the use of 40 shipping containers sitting in the Gowanus Canal. The plan called Modular Floodplain covers the shipping container with plants and soil, which would filter (meaning help to clean) the Gowanus Canal.

    This design won Honorable Mention for Urban Ecology in Water_Works Competition from Gowanus by Design.

  • Save Gowanus Ballroom

    Gowanus’s well known performance venue, Gowanus Ballroom, got completely trashed by hurricane Sandy. The photos of the venues destruction have made us extremely sad not only the owners, but also for the artist that have used the space to create some of the coolest shows ever in the history of ever!

    The space in in dire need and you know who can help, You!

    Yes, YOU!

    You can totally help save one of the coolest artists meccas ever!

    For only $15 bucks the Gowanus Ballroom will be offering a badass lineup of artists, musicians, and performer this Saturday, November 24th, 6pm!

    7:00pm –  Sweet Soubrette
    8:00pm –  Amanita Nita

    9:00pm –  ON
    10:00pm –  Shayfer James and Sara Zar
    11:00pm –  Will McEvoy
    12:00am –  Apocalypse Five and Dime
    1:00am –  Pendulum Swings
    1:45am –  Matthew Silver, the Great Performer
    2:00am –  Consumata
    3:00am –  Morgan O’Kane
    with  Flambeaux Fire throughout the evening!

    More details from Gowanus Ballroom:

    Due to ongoing clean-up, we are combining the Save Gowanus Ballroom Fundraiser with  FlutuArte NY!   Both will now take place on Saturday, November 24th, 6pm. Donations of $15 per-person admission will support the Gowanus Ballroom and FlutuArte.   We will also be accepting donations of canned goods, clothing and other emergency necessities for those suffering in the wake of hurricane Sandy.
  • WSJ talks Shuffleboard – gives wrong info about neighborhood

    The Wall Street Journal gets in on the hot Shuffleboard action with a piece entitled Gowanus is Sprouting, Bar One.

    Although we can appreciate the WSJ illustrating both perspectives of the Shuffleboard debate (as we have always done), the publication adds in a few talking points that are just wrong concerning the neighborhood. In an effort to explain other businesses in the area, the WSJ mentions Crooked Tail Café & Sandwich Shop as a business on the block. Unfortunately, Crooked Tail Cafe closed a year ago, which is easily found on the internets and specifically on this site through Google when you type “Gowanus Crooked Tail” (that’s called investigative research).

    The WSJ also decides to points out that Twig sells:

    moss terrariums that can cost more than $300.”

    We are not sure why this amount is pointed out considering that Twig has terrariums from $25.00 on up. Is the WSJ implying that Gowanus can’t have expensive things or are they saying $300 is expensive for a unique large terrarium? We are not sure. This information seems to be saying something, but whatever it is it’s not relavant to the articles subject.

    The article also talks about the roof deck that is mentioned on the Shuffleboards facebook page. If they were paying attention at the CB6 meeting, they would know that this has since changed. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard peeps said at the meeting that they’d wait 6 months before doing anything with the roof deck and said they’d get approval from CB6 itself for the roof deck. Taking from the FB page is kind of lazy when facts have clearly changed.

    Also, the Shuffleboard Club is not a bar… it is a sports venue, so to put “Bar One” in the title must be referring to some other place, not mentioned in the article.

    Plus, in all this shufflingly around… mentioning things in the neighborhood this article (and pretty much every article) has failed to mention that there is Canal Bar on 3rd Ave near the other businesses mentioned with the piece. How close is Canal Bar to the businesses they mentioned? It’s literally right next door to the CLOSED Crooked Tail Cafe. (Also, to be clear Canal Bar is bar one in Gowanus, since it’s technically the oldest bar in the area.)

    Gowanus isn’t sprouting. It’s already vibrant and if reporters would take a little time they’d actually notice.


    Check out the article here.

  • The Third Avenue Whole Foods Has Broken Ground

    For better or worse, it begins.

    The long-delayed and much ballyhooed Whole Foods on Third Ave and Third Street has finally begun construction. The ground has been leveled off, about half a dozen large work vehicles are on the site, and a pile-driver has already buried several piles into the ground (audible from several blocks away during day-time work hours).

    Whole Foods Construction

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