(Last Minute!) Holiday Happy Hour Sale!

OMG! You totally didn’t get any shopping done! You’re screwed… Grandma will totally disown you cause all you can do is get her a crappy gift from a gas station.

Or…

you could drop by the Holiday Happy Hour Sale over at Halyards on December 22nd, 2013 from 11am to 7pm.

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Attention all holiday shopping procrastinators (and those of you who just like to day drink on Sunday).  On December 22nd from 11am-7pm, a bevy of Brooklyn based female designers and artists will be offering the answer to your holiday shopping woes.  Hosting their first ever (Last Minute) Holiday Happy Hour Sale at Halyards Bar in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Featured artists include: Knit’s from A Brooklyn Heart and Blackboards fromSignificant Others by Audrey Manning, Brigid C Scruggs Photography Fine Art and Prints, Scarves from Heather Rose Studio, Clothing from Various Love Affair by Anjia Jalac, Tapestries, Beer Koozies, Dream Catchers and more from Jessi HighetPress Vintage by Emma BracyJewelry from Brooklyn Heavy Metal by Abbi Stern, Cheek-ie by Angela Barrow, M.. by Maggie Semrau, Owl&Bone by Erin Molitor, K. Fagan and skincare from Enid B. by Kareen Fagan.

Halyards, was opened by owner Edward Colley who has converted a number of warehouses into artists studio’s in the Gowanus area.  The bar is a hotspot for many local designers, artists and musicians to grab a drink on their way home from their studios.  So what better Bar than Halyards to introduce you to a mixed brew of amazing artists! Half priced beer and wine for the duration of the sale will help you entirely forget the holiday shopping madness of Houston and Broadway.

Halyards
406 3rd Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

One Last Look at 363 Bond Street Before it Gets Torn Down

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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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The Lightstone Group is Contacting Gowanus Residents

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The Lightstone Group has been sending out letters via Certified Mail (signature required) to residents near their Gowanus development site. The Group intends to conduct detailed examinations of the inside and outside of building near the site before they begin construction in an effort to protect themselves against lawsuits resulting from potential damage, standard practice when a building is going up that will require earth-shaking and ear-splitting pile drivers. We’re SO looking forward to waking up to that at 7am every morning for months on end.

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L Train Vintage rolls into Gowanus

Gowanus once again finds itself at the corner of hip and cool with the opening of L Train Vintage on Sackett btw 4th Ave & 3rd Ave in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY.

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What is L Train Vintage you ask? Well, it’s a vintage and thrift store that started in Williamsburg… then transplanted to Bushwick. The following video talks about Urban Jungle, which is apparently one of the stores in a series of stores under the L Train Vintage brand. It explains a little bit more of the brands backstory…

So, what will you see when you stop by L Train Vintage’s new Gowanus location?

Well, for one lots and lots of space that’s filled with hip things:
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Like Shoes…
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The Gowanus Lightstone Development Death March Grinds On

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Things are busy on the Lightstone Group’s Gowanus development front, with a flurry of on-site activity over the past few weeks. Demolition is nigh.

A two-man crew of surveyors are out right this second mapping out underground cables and pipes with spraypaint on the asphalt — similar to the markings they put down earlier this year – this time with yellow, red and the dreaded white markings, the latter indicating “proposed excavation limits or route,” according to the Wikipedia entry on utility location markers. A separate three-man crew down the block is busy using shovels and a small front-end loader to clear away the dense grass and weeds that have grown in sidewalk crevices over the past few months while the building at 363 Bond has been neglected.

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TONIGHT: Protest Against the Lightstone Group’s Gowanus Development

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Save Gowanus is hosting a rally tonight to protest the Lightstone Group’s 12-story residential development set to begin construction on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The rally starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Carroll Street bridge. Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will appear at the event. DNAinfo.com has the story.

Lightstone filed plans with the city this week to start construction at 363-365 Bond Street, although when the construction will actually begin remains unclear. The city’s Planning Commission approved the development in March.

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Verizon Vacates Gowanus Lot it Has Occupied Since 1977

The entire block bordered by Nevins, Carroll, Union Streets and the Gowanus Canal has been completely vacated by longtime tenant Verizon. You might not recognize this lot from many of the nondescript warehouse blocks in Gowanus but for the dozens (hundreds?) of Verizon trucks that used to be parked inside. Here’s a picture from Google Maps Street View, dated June 2011, Verizon trucks in full force:

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Today, the lot is completely empty. Here’s a photo we took from the Union Street Bridge:

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The building had been a hub for Verizon field technicians since 1977. One has to wonder, with all the development both planned and already underway in Gowanus, did some anxious speculator snap up this entire lot for future development?

After some quick Googling, we’ve determined that the answer is yes, of course: TheRealDeal.com reports that Property Markets Group, “a developer known for luxury residential buildings,” snatched the entire property for $14 million this past December.

Those of us nauseated by the 700 unit residential development going up on the opposite side of the canal can breathe easy (the canal’s fumes notwithstanding) for now: PMG’s Richard Lam says there are no current plans for developing the lot. Indeed, it appears that the company is just looking for a tenant to rent the space for now while plans are made to develop the property, according to sign on the corner of Nevins and Union Streets:


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The Verizon vehicles previously housed in this lot have relocated to another facility on Third Street and Third Avenue. We’re sure that lot will become luxury condos too faster than you can say “FiOS.”

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!

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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  :)