THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Where's the rent?
It may be a favored sport of retirees (it’s right up there with bridge and watching Wheel of Fortune), but Gowanus residents are worried that plans to build a bar with regulation-size shuffleboard courts will bring rowdy, inebriated crowds to their neighborhood, The Brooklyn Paper reports.
So many New Yorkers have lofty dreams when it comes to real estate, but who would have imagined that a Brooklyn loft-dweller would net nine years of free rent?
The seven-year roller coaster ride that has been Whole Foods’ Brooklyn saga may be taking another nose dive. The blissful ride started in 2005, long before Brian Williams had ever heard of Brooklyn. It slowed to a snail’s pace in 2007 and then completely halted in 2008 in the midst of the grotesque Gowanus Canal’s Superfunding. New York State was nice enough to clean up the property and set Whole Foods back on track in 2010.
The whole ordeal has left us twisted and nauseous from the bureaucratic and communal ups, downs, and loop-de-loops. (Or maybe the toxins are making us nauseous.) Regardless, Whole Foods might be one rubber stamp away from approval, but the Gowanus locals are not succumbing without one last fight.
Preserve and Report
On Saturday afternoon, a security guard sat in the back seat of an idling white jeep, watching over a 2.1-acre patch of dirt near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. There was an overflowing can of garbage next to the car’s front bumper and a puddle of groundwater nearby. Just across the canal, against the backdrop Read More
Depending on whom you ask, the greatest tragedy to ever befall Brooklyn was the loss of the Dodgers to LA. But thanks to some internet sleuths, a piece of Dodger history on the shores of the Gowanus Canal has been saved.
Earlier this year, Gothamist began snooping around a wall on Third Avenue Read More
On a recent sunny Saturday morning, a group of 30- to 40-something Carroll Gardens locals stood outside Carroll Park at a table manned by local community activists, their discussion rife with words like “developers” and “preservation.” Upset that the nearby Hannah Senesh Community Day School was seeking a variance that would allow it to acquire public Read More
On Dec. 12, Pete Grannis, commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, penned a letter to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency with a request: take over cleanup of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, using the federal Superfund program.
The canal is heavily polluted, and while some cleanup work is under way, the state requested that the Read More
If you can summon the courage, and brave the subway ride, the Gowanus Studio Space, a non-profit arts organization in Brooklyn, is having a show of Halloween themed photographs. Titled "All Hallow’s Even," the show opens tonight, albeit at the distinctly un-witch-like hour of 6.
Nothing too scary, mind you, or candycorn sweet. Read More
That’s what Brownstoner’s reporting. Evidently, according to a source within the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which must sign off on development on the Gowanus site at Third Street and Third Avenue, the store’s a no-go. Besides:
[E]vidently the trend in the supermarket biz has swung away from superstores, our source notes; in Read More