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  • 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

    Crafted at the Canal 2013 - icon



    “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

  • 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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  • Community Planning Meeting Will Be Held on Monday, December 9th by Councilman Brad Lander

    Brad Lander

    Councilman Brad Lander of the 39th District has invited Gowanus residents to meet with him and other local politicians at a new recurring event called Bridging Gowanus, starting on Monday, December 9th at 6:30pm. Loosely put, Bridging Gowanus aims to discuss general environmental, economic, and community goals as the neighborhood moves ahead into the future.

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  • Sneak Peek: Royal Palms Shuffleboard

    Well then, here’s something fantastic!

    What you’re seeing ladies and gentlemen is the inside of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Gowanus. Since its just images, let us explain how it feels inside the soon to open establishment. It feels… wondrous! It’s like being a kid and seeing Santa for the first time!

    Sign up for the latest details over at

    Check out more photos of the space on the Royal Palm’s facebook page and friend them too here.

  • The Gowanus Whole Foods is Nearing Completion


    The new Whole Foods in Gowanus is getting close to finally opening. Very close. I had my doubts when they posted a sign a few months back that boasted they’d be opening in “Late 2013,” but it does seem like a possibility with a month left to go. All the brick is up. The park area on the canal waterfront is nearly done. Solar panels in the parking lot have been installed. The greenhouses on the roof are in place. Workers mill about inside the building installing the interior at a furious pace. Things are happening — fast. Check out some photos I snapped last Wednesday below.

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  • 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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  • Watch This MTA Video of the Ongoing R Train Tunnel Repairs

    R Train tunnel work

    If you live in the Eastern part of Gowanus you probably rely on the R train for transportation. And if you rely on the R train for transportation you’re probably extremely frustrated that the tunnel connecting it from Brooklyn to Manhattan will be closed for over a year while it’s being repaired from damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters.

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  • Halloween + Gowanus = Halloweenus Party This Saturday!

    Halloweenus 2013

    With October 31st falling in the middle of the week this year the party schedule has been difficult to keep up with — parties the weekend before, parties the night of, parties the weekend after. parties everywhere! Lots of chances for dudes to dress up as <insert currently trendy TV character here> and ladies to dress up as slutty _____ and for everyone to get down and dirty.

    And so: this Saturday, November 2nd the annual Halloweenus event returns to the Gowanus Studio Space. The action promises to kick off at 9:00pm and teases a closing time of 8:00am. Yowza! DJ Chewrocks and DJ Scribe will be spinning, you’ll be dancing, and everyone will be taking silly pictures in the photobooth and drinking beer from event sponsor Kelso.

    Advance tickets are only $10 here and $15 at the door. More info about the event here. The Gowanus Studio Space is loctaed at 166 7th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

  • Google Maps Street View Car Spotted in Gowanus!

    Google Street View Car


    Spotted in Gowanus: a multi-camera car donning Google Maps Street View decals! Although we know these cars exist no one ever seems to spot them, gliding through America’s urban landscapes unseen like a rare breed of wild animal. Finally seeing one was mildly exciting in a very nerdy way.

    This particular spotting was especially notable for one reason: the car was pulling out of the 1st Street alleyway between Bond Street and the Canal, meaning that the next iteration of Street View will still show the squat warehouses that are there now, not the 700-unit monstrosity that is soon to come. The current Street View image captures were taken in June of 2011. Not sure how long it’ll take Google to process the most recent round of photographs before posting.

    I’m still kicking myself for wasting a perfectly good opportunity to strike an obscene or otherwise hilarious pose as the car went by… instead, you get our hack journalism.


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