Mother Feather “Mother Feather” Official Video

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Photo above from Mother Feather’s site by David Pexton

Mother Feather‘s official video for their self title song “Mother Feather.

Filmed at the amazing Gowanus Ballroom!

Bonus Your Face Off

Gowanus Ballroom is still looking for help after being flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Won’t you consider making a donation to this wonderful art space as someones holiday gift? You know donating also makes a good self gift too  :)

Runner & Stone Opens!

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This morning the sun filled 285 Third Avenue illuminating a uniquely designed new eatery in Gowanus, Brooklyn called Runner & Stone. The space, which was under construction for months (and discussed previously), has been transformed from an old law office into a beautifully laid out bakery and restaurant.

Today, for their soft opening, Runner & Stone offered up lots of tasty treats for curious locals who started flooding in just before 9:00am.

Upon exploring the space customers could see why construction took so long. The eatery has not one, but two levels…

a skylight garden…

and not just a full kitchen, but a bakery area to make pastries and bread.

The space is filled with beautifully crafted thick wooden tables made from old water towers.

And the walls of the space have an interesting texture look with concrete bricks shaped by the use of old flour bags.

It’s truly a warm and inviting space!

Runner and Stone‘s opening marks yet another dramatic shift for Gowanus’s Third Avenue. The Avenue that runs through an industrial neighborhood, exploded recently with many new businesses trying to take advantage of the seemingly endless foot traffic that is usually only found in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. Runner and Stone joins Cotta Bene, a delicious Italian restaurant (best Italian rolls ever!), in focusing on not only the dinner market, but the breakfast/lunch market to fulfill the populations needs. Runner & Stone and Cotta Bene are a part of a growing dining scene that includes the popular clam shack Littleneck, Littleneck’s sister space The Pines, and the well know, pork chop offering, haunt Two Tom’s. But restaurants are not all that have taking over Third Avenue; unique stores like Twig Terrariums and the Brooklyn Robot Foundry  have appeared and started proving business can indeed grow and grow fast along Third Avenue in the once forgotten neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn.

 

Twenty Years in Gowanus: The Bridgerunners Motorcycle Club

Photo by Joel Zimmer.

Those intimately familiar with the buildings in and around Gowanus have surely passed the above nondescript two-story affair on the southwest corner of Butler and Nevins Streets, abutting the Canal’s northern terminus. Even if you happened to take the time to stop and check it out, you could’ve easily missed the discrete signage announcing the building’s current purpose: the home of Brooklyn’s Bridgerunners Motorcycle Club.

The building housing the club was built as the Gowanus Station of the City of New York’s Water Supply Distribution system; its one-time role in the city’s water distribution is unclear (The Gowanus Station is not mentioned in NYC’s official history of the system, although it’s possible this particular one wasn’t used for drinking water).

The building may or may not be “19th century industrial architecture” according to the doofus in the below Curbed video who comes to the poorly-researched conclusion that the Bridgerunners are “some kind of running club”:

The Bridgerunners Motorcycle Club took residence in the building in 1993, a year after their formation on Walcott Street in Red Hook. According to the BRMC website, ”It’s [sic] members are dedicated to brotherhood, respect and the art of motorcycle riding.” Here’s a picture of the BMRC taken in Red Hook from back in 1992 [via the BMRC Facebook page]:

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And some modern day shots, also from Facebook, taken at the BRMC’s 20th anniversary block party this past summer:

And a few more from the official BRMC website:

One of the things we love about Gowanus is the variety of people attracted to its swampy environs. It’ll be a shame when the tide of gentrification takes hold en masse and forces out gritty New Yorkers like the members of Bridgerunners, who staked their claim here 20 years ago.

Root Hill Burger Opens Today

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Late Monday evening Root Hill Burger announced via their Facebook page that they will finally be opening their doors today. Root Hill Burger’s build has been watched by both Park Slope and Gowanus residents as another welcone addition to 4th Avenue between President St. and Carroll Street. For neighbors it’ll be another happy staple for those that love Root Hill’s Cafe and those that love meat. Despite just opening Grub Street declared in it’s fall preview in August that Root Hill Burger would had 9 burgers on the menu. And those that attended the recent Film Biz Recycling Fundraising event Lights, Camera, Auction actually got to taste some of Root Hill Burger’s sliders. We didn’t get a chance ourselves to get a taste at this event, but that’s cause they went, so darn fast. Most likely cause people loved them!

Photos of the interior of Root Hill Burger appeared on their facebook page shortly after the announcement they would be opening.

(Click the photo to see more images)

 

 

Inside Runner & Stone

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Late one evening after a Twig Terrariums Halloween party we had the privilege of taking a tour of the new soon to open Gowanus neighborhood bakery, restaurant, and bar, Runner & Stone. Runner & Stone has been building for months, while also still offering tasty treats at the Brooklyn Flea. Their place, still under construction, is on 3rd Avenue between President St. and Carroll St. and is surprisingly huge. When you walk in there is a bar on the right side that holds one sexy looking espresso machine…

And just across from the bar you’ll find space for seating… which you can kind of see in this crappy picture we took when we walked in… Continue reading

Brad Lander Says Lightstone’s Development Should Be A Wash

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Carroll Garden’s Patch broke the news…

City Councilmember Brad Lander, sent an open letter yesterday to David Lichtenstein, Chairman and CEO of The Lightstone Group, pleading with the company to withdraw its application for development of 363-365 Bond Street. 363-365 Bond Street sits right off the Gowanus Canal at a property near the Carroll Street Bridge (formerly the Toll Brothers site). Councilmember Lander refers to the large amount of flooding from hurricane Sandy as the reason why The Lightstone Group should not build their current version of a 1,000 residential condo on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

You know this hurricane flooding…

As one can see in the video the water from Sandy’s storm surge easily filled the property (behind the metal fence on the left side of the Carroll St. Bridge) where The Lightstone Group’s new condo is set to be build. This particular video shows the beginning of hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Later towards the end of the storm, this area had way more water in it. The flooding from the Canal actually went up Carroll Street in both direction and could have reached four to five feet on the 363-365 Bond Street property.

Councilmen Lander is adamant about The Lightstone Group changing or canceling their plans for the location. He says that he would be glad to work with Lightstone in the future for development in the area, but gives them a very stern warning if they continue with their current plans. In the letter he tells The Lightstone Group:

If you choose not to reconsider in light of what we have learned from Hurricane Sandy, but instead push forward with your existing proposal unchanged, I will urge the City Planning Commission to reject your application.

Brad Lander doesn’t seem to be playing around and looking at the video and images during and after the storm no one should be.

Gowanus dodge a bullet with this storm. The neighborhood is actually prone to flooding when it rains and hurricane Sandy was mostly wind and flooding from the storm surge. If there had been rain mixed with Sandy this situation would have been even more devastating for Gowanus and South Brooklyn. Imagine all the water running down the streets from Park Slope and Carroll Garden’s during a huge rainfall mixed with the power of a hurricane… it would have been disastrous!

To read all of Councilmember Brad Lander’s letter go here.

 

Lightstone Group Says Hurricane Sandy Flooding Will Not Alter Development Plans

In a recent article for The New York Times highlighting the damage sustained to buildings in Gowanus by the Canal’s floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy, a representative for the Lightstone Group — the developers behind the massive, 700-unit development that will break ground at 363-365 Bond Street in late 2013 — was quoted as saying that the canal and its toxic overflow will not impact the development’s plans at all:

Ethan Geto, a spokesman for Lightstone, said that the plans for the project already take into account significant flooding and will not need to be altered. The buildings will be raised above the sidewalks, nine feet above high-tide level. The plans also call for state-of-the-art bulkheads and a new storm drain system to keep sewage from spilling into the canal.

Oh well… it was wishful thinking to assume the development’s plans would be halted or altered in any way. But someone might want to tell Mr. Geto that Sandy’s floodwaters rose 14 feet above sea level.

Twig Terrarium’s Halloween Grand Opening

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It was just over a month ago that we notice Twig Terrarium‘s new giant branch sign over their shop on 3rd Ave between President and Carroll Street. This large eye catching sign officially marked Twig Terrariums move from one side of 3rd Avenue to the other. The terrarium building business left their old space on 3rd Avenue and President St last May for new roomier space in the old Set Gallery. They recently sent out a note inviting everyone to see their new space. They are throwing a Ghoulish Grand Opening on October 26th!
This party should be crazy festive! We went to their last opening at the previous locations and drank some crazy cocktails from a bubbling cauldron! Plus, their new space has some new featuring like a terrarium building area and some type of giant tree that sits in the center of the main room of the new space.

The space is like a magical universe where worlds are all inside little bottles. We like to go and pretend we are some type of deity looking down on existence! Guess we are going to need a Zeus costume for the party… see you there!

CB6 Says: Bond Street Condo A Go Go…

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Despite its own sub-committee voting ‘no’ and despite a petition from FROGG with over 450 names in opposition, Community Board Six voted in favor of the Lightstone Group building a 700 unit condo at 363-365 Bond St. (formerly the Brothers property).

PardonMeForAsking has the play by play from the meeting, which you should read. It opens with:

Last night’s monthly meeting of Community Board 6…left many…scratching their heads and wondering about the board’s integrity.

Read the story here.