Recent Posts (Page 3)

  • The Gowanus Flushing Tunnel Repairs are Nearly Complete, Testing to Start Soon

    Gowanus Flushing Tunnel

    The Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel — an underground connection designed to bring fresh, oxygenated water from the East River into the head of the oxygen-poor Gowanus Canal — is finally getting ready to come back online after years of repairs and setbacks. According to Gary Kline of New York State’s Department Of Environmental Conservation, the “City will start the initial pump test of the Flushing Tunnel in the next 2-3 weeks.” The repairs, which cost the city $190 million, have been underway since 2009. The temporary oxygenation pump system visible throughout the surface of the canal will be removed this winter.

    For more information on the tunnel’s re-opening, Pardon Me For Asking has the full story.

    For more information on the flushing tunnel and its unique history, check out this article in the New York Times from 2011.

  • Indoor Tennis Courts Coming to Gowanus in 2014


    524 Baltic Street in June 2011, via Google Maps Street View.

    524 Baltic Street in June 2011, via Google Maps Street View.

    DNAinfo is reporting that a 15,000 square-foot indoor tennis facility is coming to the one-story structure at 524 Baltic St., between Third Avenue and Nevins Street in Gowanus. Anthony Evrard, a Belgian partner in the project “with a tennis background,” says the facility will open in May 2014. All of the courts will be indoor when the center opens, although rooftop courts are not out of the questions for the future.

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  • Photos: Workers in Hazmat Suits Removing Asbestos from Future Lightstone Group Site

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    Workers as 363 Bond Street — one of the buildings soon to be torn down to make way for the Lightstone Group’s 700-unit apartment complex — have been performing asbestos abatement over the course of the past week. Men in full-body navy blue suits and gas masks have been spotted atop the roof during regular work hours, drilling, scraping and carting away the scraps. Langan Engineering is overseeing the asbestos remediation efforts.

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  • The Gowanus Whole Foods Will Open on December 17th

    Whole Foods Opening Dec 17


    It’s official: the Gowanus Whole Foods on Third Street and Third Avenue in Brooklyn will be opening on December 17th. So sayeth a vinyl banner posted on the side of the building late last week. There’s no turning back now! A flurry of construction workers were visible hard at work inside the building even late at night this past weekend.

    Meanwhile, since controversy seems to follow Whole Foods wherever it goes, the latest involves the historic Coignet building next door that Whole Foods agreed to restore as part of the deal that allowed them to build their store in Gowanus. While local residents claim the Whole Foods construction process caused a crack in the building and greatly worsened its condition, Whole Foods denies the allegations. As long as Whole Foods makes good on its promise to restore the building (which it hasn’t begun yet) and as long as the building doesn’t fall down in the meantime, we say: what’s the difference? Read about it in the Brooklyn Paper.

  • New York Mets Owners Stake Claim in Gowanus, New Development on the Way

    337 Carroll Street

    337 Carroll Street as of December 6, 2013. (foreground)

    The Lightstone Group isn’t the only company with a massive construction project about to get underway in Gowanus: just a half block away on Carroll Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets, a subcontractor for Sterling Equities has begun erecting construction barricades for the demolition of 337 Carroll Street, a one-story, white-brick building that spans a good chunk of the block.

    If you’re a New York Mets fan the phrase “Sterling Equities” might induce extreme feelings of nausea and panic — the company owns the team in full, and their principal owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, made headlines a couple of years back for their alleged involvement in the Bernie Madoff scandal.

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  • Degraw Sound’s Holiday Party

    Local music recording studio of awesomeness, Degraw Sound, is having it’s holiday party! The poster shows that there will be delicious beer from Brooklyn Brewery.


  • Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus


    Needs some amazing gifts for the holiday… Join Proteus Gowanus and Morbid Anatomy Library for an array of curious and protean items.

    When: Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Where: 543 Union Street, #1C, Brooklyn, NY 11215


  • Ted x Gowanus!

    Hang onto your nerd hats Gowanus peeps, it’s about to go all Ted Talks in Brooklyn’s Superfunest area!

    Ted, the global spreader of ideas via epic presentations, is coming to Gowanus January 26th, 2014 at The Green Building and 501 Union.

    According to the website the theme seems to be “Inspiring Community”, which is clearly Gowanus! (Suck it everywhere else!)

    TEDxGowanus is 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.  This event will involve a cross section of attendees and speakers, from original Gowanus residents and business owners to recent entrepreneurs, developers, and thinkers. The TEDxGowanus agenda will include a full spectrum of topics: from performances and presentations by local artists to stories and ideas that explore the neighborhood’s history, industry, ecology, and evolution.  During breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with an exhibit area featuring displays and booths by local businesses, speakers’ projects, and artists of Gowanus.

    So, it’s like an epic nerd lecture Gowanustastic mix!


    Speakers so far include:

    Ate Atema – (who did this great talk already about bitches street creeks, which we assume he will talk more about at this event). He is the Managing Principal of Atema Architecture, ‘an award-winning New York-based architectural practice, and Flow Collaborative, an international team he formed to work on large-scale projects integrating architecture, ecology and infrastructure.’

    Eymund Diegel – (aka Professor Gowanus) ‘is the chair of Public Laboratory, a fun citizen science group partnered with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Grassroots Aerial Photography program, where local citizen’s Eymund Diegel is the chair of Public Laboratory, a fun citizen science group partnered with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Grassroots Aerial Photography program, where local citizen’s insights help improve Google Earth and City mapping of our neighborhood. As a Gowanus resident, he also helps out at the Hall of the Gowanus, a community historic research resource. ‘

    Andrew Gustafson - a geographer, historical researcher, and New York City tour guide. He develops and leads tours for the Brooklyn-based company Turnstile Tours, and his projects have included the research and development of tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, as well as about Brooklyn’s rich baseball history.

    Hans Hesselein – (aka the Green Planter) Hans joined the Gowanus Canal Conservancy as the Director of Special Projects in December, 2010 and was asked to serve as Executive Director in 2013. Throughout his time at the Conservancy, Hans has been responsible for developing and managing green infrastructure projects, watershed planning initiatives and volunteer stewardship programs. Hans comes to the Conservancy with a strong background in horticulture, construction technology, community engagement and landscape architecture.

    Plus a whole lot more see here!

    *code names from GYFO; speaker details from TedxGowanus website

    Grab your tickets early for $25 bucks today here

    Shout out to both the Team over at TedxGowanus for setting this bad boy up. Special big luv to Sean Gannet who’s organizing stuff and Joseph Alexiou (Gowanus history buff) who’s co-curating.

  • Crafted at the Canal Holiday Market Dec 6 & 7

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    “Friday, December 6th’s market will be held from 5pm to 9pm with DJ’s spinning holiday tunes and local vendors selling their clever crafts. Plus attendees who are 21+ will receive a complimentary beverage thanks to Coney Island Brewing Co.

    The craft fair continues on Saturday, December 7th during Build It Green!NYC’s regular store hours, 10am to 5pm. Free coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters will keep visitors to the market roasty toasty, while vendors will continue to offer a wide variety of reuse inspired gifts.

    Products at Crafted at the Canal range from soy candles in recycled vessels, framed photographs in reclaimed lumber frames, upcycled art pieces, reuseable holiday cards, pet-friendly toys/clothes/dishes, recycled bicycle parts turned into jewelry, hand painted wooden objects, bike accessories, DIY bottle lamp kits, hand-crafted custom home decor and furniture, New York sea glass jewelry, handwoven recycled plastic bags, repurposed maps turned wallets, glazed lamps, and more! Plus a local vendor will be selling fresh made crepes and warm apple cider.

    JUST ADDED: The NYC Compost Project, hosted at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be joining the fair on Saturday, showcasing worms and hosting family friendly composting activities!

        Friday, December 6th from 5-9pm &

    Saturday, December 7th from 10am-5pm 

    Confirmed Vendors for Crafted at the Canal 2013:

    La crepe
    Planet ert
    RK Designs
    I like that Lamp
    Weldbilt Studio
    Original Women
    Painting Pamala
    Recycled Granny
    New York Clocks
    WoodKnot Design
    Long Play Coasters
    Pasqualina Azzarello
    Cards Worth Framing
    tara.PATRICE Designs
    Woodshed Woodworks
    Lucie & Lacie Soy Candles
    Sea Glass Jewelry by Pamela
    ARF ARF: Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness

    *info from BIG website

  • Audibletreats Holiday Party


    Local Gowanus based publicity agency, Audibletreats, is having a party! According to the poster image there probably will be some type of nog and peppermints… We are guessing that there will most likely some kicking rhymes and beats from some of Audibletreats clients too.
    Audiletreats party

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  • Newsflash: Cotta Bene’s Lunch Storefront Has AMAZING Sandwiches!

    Gowanus residents probably know Cotta Bene, the pizza restaurant at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Carroll. Maybe you’ve stopped in for a slice, ordered a pie, or enjoyed a delicious eggplant parmigiana. Or all of the above, as we’ve been doing ever since it opened as Bencotto a few years back.

    But did you know Cotta Bene has a separate storefront just around the corner on Carroll that’s open only for breakfast and lunch? It’s a small operation in a one-story building (if you could call it a “building”) wedged in between two taller ones, the entire thing maybe ten feet wide if that, so small the counter opens right out onto the sidewalk. There is no room for sitting inside, just a simple bench on the curb. They specialize in hot food, the kind that can be prepared on a short order grill, mostly sandwiches, but with a bit more love than your average lunch spot and higher quality ingredients. I’ve walked past a hundred times but hadn’t tried their food until recently. Boy, was I glad I did.

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