What is the future of the Gowanus, other than hotels and dolphin carcasses? via Flickr user Wally Gobetz
Do you live adjacent to the rockinest Superfund site in South Brooklyn? If so, come join your fellow Gowanus residents (Gowanusites? Gowanai?) at Bridging Gowanus’ Community Planning Meeting on Monday, December 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at PS 372 (512 Carroll Street). What makes this meeting special is the focus on land-use and long term planning on the neighborhood of Gowanus, not just the usual laundry list recitation of STIs found in the Canal itself. (more…)
GrandeMarshall is shouting into the mic that he wants you at the party on Friday. via Facebook
Friday marks the 6th anniversary for Fool’s Gold Records and they are bringing in a sick lineup to SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Avenue, Gowanus) to celebrate the occasion. The Brooklyn-based record label has been establishing themselves as a standout label in the industry by merging the two distinctive sounds of hip-hop and electronic music, and now they’re celebrating their success. Some of the label’s big hitters (A-Trak, Danny Brown and Chromeo) will be missing the show due to conflicting tour schedules. However, don’t make the mistake of underestimating this B- Team, each with a dynamic sound of their own, these guys are blazing their own trail and securing their future in hip hop. (more…)
Please don’t corner her with your Rory/Lorelei slash script
To the well-read, sophisticated-but-down-to-earth fans of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Gilmore Girls (and the late, lamented Bunheads), any imagined encounter with the creator has probably played out like a scene from one of her shows: quick, quippy, punny, funny and well, sophisticated. Coffee is involved, obviously, and everyone is maybe eating Ding Dongs together while saying funny words like “Oy” and tossing off references to W. Somerset Maugham. Well, this Thursday at the Bell House you can see if life is really like a television show, when Sherman-Palladino is interviewed and honored by the podcast Employee Of The Month. (more…)
Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, check out this awesome party. Photo by Athena Azevedo
There’s a new house party in Brooklyn, and it involves no body paint or midnight fish tacos. Before you say, “Hey wait, I actually like fish tacos”, you need to hear this: deep in the heart of the borough, there’s an opera scene brewing. And if you listen hard enough, you can detect the musical vibrations of BK’s best new startup. It’s called LoftOpera, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.
Much like fall is the season when TV networks roll out new episodes of their shows, fall is also apparently the season when Brooklyn’s talk shows roll out their new seasons. Of course, TV has the advantage of you not wanting to leave the house because it’s cold, so Brooklyn’s live talk shows have responded by rolling out the big guns. Late Night Basement saw an appearance from Yael Stone of Orange Is The New Black to open its new season, and now Running Late with Scott Rogowsky is kicking things up a notch at its season premiere on Wednesday by pulling both Eugene Mirman and Demetri Martin as the first guests for the show’s new home at Littlefield. (more…)
288 Third Ave (Carroll & President)
What is it: New England comes to Brooklyn in the form of this clam shack. Littleneck brings oysters and clams from far and wide (except, thankfully, the neighboring Gowanus Canal) for you to suck down by the half dozen. Oh, and they have a pretty nice selection of select drafts and New England favorites in bottles and cans.
Why we love it: We mentioned that it has a raw bar, right? Nothing’s better during a day of drinking than a few dozen raw clams and oysters and a few beers. Of course, if you’re more into the cooked thing, they have plenty of other seafood and land-lubber options. And with the clean, atmospheric décor, this might be the perfect place for that OKCupid drinks-and-snacks date you’re trying to set up for next week. (more…)
How drunk do you need to get for $15/lb cheese to be a good deal? via Crain’s
The Gowanus Whole Foods is slowly but surely taking shape, and now that they’ve got their hiring out of the way, it’s time for them to start giving out more exciting news. For instance, your grocery shopping is about to get a little hazier, because the store is going to have a rooftop bar to go along with its rooftop farm. Man, Urban Outfitters must be pissed. (more…)
Contains 1000% of FDA daily requirements for e. coli! via Flickr user Listen Missy!
It’s a matter of common wisdom around here that unless you want to end up like that poor dolphin, you should never go into the Gowanus Canal. Avoiding the water at all costs, despite what artists or kayakers tell you, is in your best interests. The biggest reason for this? The waterway is so, so polluted that no one knows what the hell will happen to you if you drink a cup of its oily, slick water, as Popular Science’s Dan Nosowitz found out. (more…)
Fun fact: This dresser was not always this nice. via Facebook
The streets you walk on, much like life, are full of garbage. The difference between the garbage you get from your yapping boss and the garbage you find on the street though, is that you can call the street garbage salvage and actually make it look pretty nice, if you know how. Fortunately for you, tonight in Gowanus, you can find out just how to do that. We can’t help you with your boss, though. (more…)