Friday, September 19, 2014

Join Gowanus Neighbors And Friends At Sunday's People's Climate March!


If you are planning on attending Sunday's People's Climate March and live in or near Gowanus, you may want to meet up so that our neighborhood, which has and will continue to experience the effects of global warming in the future, can be well represented.

Join Gowanus neighbors and friends at The People's Climate March! 
Meet-Up: Sunday September 21st 
at Carroll Street Station at Smith and 2nd Place

Time: 9:30 AM

The march is in NYC at 11:00 am on Sunday, September 21st.

To mark the UN Climate Summit, a massive march will take place in Manhattan 
on Sunday, September 21 Street at 11 AM.  The march will begin at Columbus Circle and continuing on to 11th Avenue and 14th Street. 

Gowanus, Brooklyn is experiencing climate change first hand! We've seen how 
frequent, heavier rainfall causes sewage to flow into the canal.  We have seen how developers are pressuring city government for more zoning changes to build their large-scale, residential buildings on toxic land, in a flood evacuation zone. 

Let's continue to speak up on behalf of the environment and our Gowanus community!

Let's march together on September 21st, under a Gowanus banner, and demand action on local and global climate crisis issues!

Participate in a historic demonstration and demand action on the climate crisis from local and world leaders!

Below is some interesting information regarding the effects of global warming on Gowanus.
The videos were taken in 2012 during a walking tour of the Gowanus Canal with climate change expert Klaus Jacob of Columbia University and with Paul Reale of The Climate Reality Project, which was founded by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States.

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Charts courtesy of Gowanus Canal Conservancy.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ricky's (Halloween?) Coming To Smith Street Soon

Posters in the storefront window at 209 Smith Street between Baltic and Butler Streets indicate that Ricky's will be moving in soon.  This may be a temporary location for the chain, since the posters include the link to the store's Halloween costume and accessory site.
The nearest Ricky's haircare and make-up shop is located at 107 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Thanks to both Bob and Donald for alerting us to the opening. Donald wrote: "The recent loss of Met Food means that 3 of the 4 stores on that intersection are currently vacant, so it's good to see some activity."

The storefront was the home of Faan, an Asian fusion restaurant for ten years. It was replaced by the short-lived Burger on Smith, which closed in May 2013.
The space has been for rent ever since. It is currently still listed by Thor Equities, which would support the assumption that this will be a seasonal pop-up store for Ricky's.

Animal Loving Care Celebrates New Court Street Location With Open House Event

photo credit: Animal Loving Care
Animal Loving Care, which has provided services for cats and dogs in the neighborhood since 2000, has recently relocated to a larger space at 556 Court Street.  To celebrate the big move, everyone is invited to stop by check out the new facility on September 28th.
Here are the details:

Animal Loving Care, a dog and cat grooming, daycare and boarding space in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, is pleased to open its doors to the community for a special open house event on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

The open house will feature a host of attractions to local pet owners in the facility’s bi-level Court Street location from 12-4 PM. Come meet the staff and tour the facility, get pet product samples, put your name in for fun, pet-oriented raffles, check out specialty pet products and artwork only available at Animal Loving Care, and more!

Animal Loving Care is owned and operated by Yukino Ushimaru, a neighborhood resident who founded the business in 2000, at first primarily as a dog walking service. After training at the New York School of Dog Grooming and working as a groomer in other NYC shops, Yukino decided to expand her business with the intention of creating a gentler, kinder experience for the animals. Five years later, Animal Loving Care outgrew its Sackett Street space and moved to its new residence at 556 Court St. The company has also expanded its caring mantra to “home style” boarding – cage-free, 24-hour care – and doggy daycare.

The open house will serve as a means for new and old customers and friends to get to know Animal Loving Care’s new space. Dogs welcome!

Animal Loving Care Open House Celebration
Sunday, September 28
12-4 PM
556 Court St between West 9th Street and Garnet Street

'Amazing Garden' On Columbia Street To Host Its 4th Annual Competition For Best Grilled Sandwich In Brooklyn

Photo Credit: Amazing Garden

The Amazing Garden, a green oasis on Columbia Street that has been tended by the community since the 1990's, is hosting its fourth 'Annual Grilled Sandwich Competition' on Saturday, September 20th at 3 PM.

Taste grilled sandwiches from this year's competitors: Henry PublicVekslers and Bar Bruno and cast your vote for your favorite. Amy Eddings of WNYC will be one of the judges.

Below is more information:
Please come to the Amazing Garden on Saturday, September 20th for our fourth annual grilled sandwich competition.
How it works: three chefs compete for the title of best grilled sandwich (meat) and best grilled sandwich (vegetarian). 

This year's competitors: Henry Public, Vekslers, and Bar Bruno.

As sandwiches come off the grill, ticketholders get to sample them and vote on which was tastiest.
Entry: $15 (kids are free). It's a fundraiser, and all revenues will be used for maintenance and repairs of one of the most popular community gardens in our part of Brooklyn.

Benefits: continuous delicious food, live music, WNYC's Amy Eddings, friendly faces

Location: The Amazing Garden, at the corner of Carroll St. and Columbia St. in Brooklyn.

Follow The Amazing Garden on Facebook here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Fall At The Carroll Gardens Public Library

The Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is hosting several weekly classes and clubs for young and old this fall.  Besides "Toddler Time" on Thursday mornings and "Babies And Books" on Mondays,  one can take advantage of english conversation classes,  the Knitting and Crochet club, the open Writing Memoir Group and fitness classes.

Jeana Musacchiosenior hosts senior exercise classes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 11 am with yoga, aerobics, strength training, chair exercises.
Classes are free.  No registration or experience necessary, either! Please use the Union Street stairwell entrance when entering.
On Thursdays from 10-to 10:30,  join Lisa Catanzaro for  'Mindful Meditation', followed by Chair Exercises.
There is also "Sit Down To Get Down", a six-week series of chair exercises led by Akwesi Asante, Owner of Arts in Performance. He is an Actor, Dancer, and Fitness and Nutrition Consultant. Those classes are held on Thursdays at 10:30 am to 11:30 am.
For Further Information, call the Library at 718-596-6972

For the full line-up of classes and clubs hosted by the library, click here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baba's Pierogies To Open On Third Avenue In Gowanus

Interior. photo credit: Baba's Pierogies
Gowanus is about to get a new lunch and dinner option.  Baba's Pieroggies will soon open at  295 3rd Avenue, between First Street and Carroll Street.  The eatery's menu will be "designed around the pierogi".

Whether fried or steamed, this Eastern European comfort food will probably be well received in the neighborhood.

Check Baba's Pierogies' website or Facebook page for information on the grand opening. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite by clicking on the restaurant's You Tube clip above.

The restaurant's name and the video seem to indicate that there is actually a Baba (or grandmother) involved, which would be very cool.

Important Public Meeting On Siting Two Combined Sewage Retention Tanks In Gowanus


This is an important meeting.  Please make sure to attend!

Exactly a year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Record Of Decision (ROD) for the clean-up of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site and signed it into law. The document explains which cleanup alternatives will be used to clean up the toxic canal.

The ROD for the Gowanus Canal Superfund required the City to implement measures to control the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). EPA expects the City to construct two retention tanks in the upper portions of the canal to retain discharges during heavy rainfalls, until the overflow can be pumped to the local sewage treatment plant.

The EPA suggested two locations for those tanks in the ROD, but was willing to discuss alternative locations with the City during the remedial design period.

New York City responded by delaying and hired a consultant, who came up with a list of 86 possible sites, some of which can easily be dismissed outright.
This prompted the EPA to issue a Unilateral Order to the City for conducting the design work for the remedial actions described in the ROD. Specifically, the Order compels New York City to perform the design for siting and building the CSO retention tanks and for the excavation and restoration of the 1st Street Basin, as described in the ROD.

Obviously, the City is starting to take the EPA more seriously. The NYC Department of Environmental Protection will be  holding a public meeting tomorrow evening to discuss with the community the potential location for the two combined stage retention tanks.
DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd will be on hand to answer questions.   So will our elected representatives.

Public Meeting On Siting Two Retention Tanks To Reduce Combined Sewer Overflow
NYC  Department of Environmental Protection
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6 PM to 8 PM
Wyckoff Gardens Community Center
280 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Moment In Time: Painting Gowanus

This past Sunday.  Carroll Street Bridge.

'Taki 183': Accidental Find In Red Hook Recalls A Bit Of Graffiti History

Jason Schwartzman
photo by Jason Schwartzman
Carroll Gardens resident Jason Schwartzman made an interesting discovery in Red Hook recently and shared the photo above with PMFA readers. Jason writes:

"This is a photo of a graffiti tag, 'Taki 183,' that I found accidentally at the handball court in Red Hook right by the BQE Atlantic Avenue Exit.

When I was a kid in the late 60's/ early 70's, one of the first graffiti tags I saw in the subways was Taki 183--a black magic marker on the subway tile (it's famous enough to be google-able). I always remembered it, but didn't think about it for eons till I glanced down yesterday and was stunned by this archeological find (or so it felt). Of course my 9-year-old son could hardly be bothered by this bit of history, but perhaps your readership will feel differently!

Of course, I googled "Taki 183".  Sure enough, Demetrius, the graffiti writer behind the tag not only has his own web site but also a Wikipedia page.
'Taki' was Demetrius' nickname. '183' stood for 183th Street in Washington Heights, where Demetrius lived  in the early 1970s.  Back then, he was a teen, going to high school in Midtown Manhattan. He began leaving his tag on subway trains, light posts and 'anywhere he felt was a good spot."
After he became a messenger, he moved about the City, leaving his signature in other neighborhoods.

The New York Times article shown below appeared in 1971. It brought Taki instant notoriety.

According to Wikipedia, Taki "was one of the most influential graffiti writers in its history".

Here is a link to his bio.  In a follow-up article in 2011,  the New York Times calls Demetrius the "forefather of graffiti."

Obviously, Demetrius made it as far as Red Hook in the 1970. Thank you so much for sharing, Jason.

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Now That's Locally Grown: Gowanus Produce

Produce garden at the corner of Carroll Street and Bond Street in Gowanus

Container gardening: growing fresh produce on sidewalk at Third Street.

Container garden on Hoyt Street near Third Street.
Vegetables or fruit?  Edible?  I must admit that I am not familiar with these two.
Whole Foods at Third Avenue and Third Street in Gowanus may impress some with its rooftop greenhouse, where Gotham Greens grows salad and tomatoes, but local residents seem to have just as much of a green thumb growing a rather surprising variety of fresh produce in and around the neighborhood.

Just take a look at some of these cucumbers, melons, peppers, and tomatoes.  Even kale seems to thrive in sidewalk containers in Gowanus.
I am not familiar with the two exotic looking fruits/ vegetables from the container garden on Hoyt Street.  Are they edible?  Does anyone know what they are?

What is the most exotic produce you have ever grown in your garden?

Tonight, Community Meeting On Centralized Parole Facility In Gowanus

Tonight, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, together with Councilman Brad Lander and Community Board 6, will be hosting invited a meeting about a new proposed centralized parole facility in Gowanus. Representatives of NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will be on hand to answer questions from the community.
The department is intending to relocate its operation from downtown Brooklyn to a brand new building that is currently being constructed at 5 Second Avenue, near the Gowanus Canal.
The new three-story 55,000-square-foot building will allow about 5,000 parolees to check in with their supervisors.
Previously, the site was used as a bus repair facility.  

It is important to note that this is not a prison, as it was rumored.  It is also important to note that zoning on the site allows such use.  Perhaps, our politicians and the Gowanus business community can help introduce job training programs to better reintegrate the parolees by providing them with real skills and jobs and to keep them working in Gowanus.

Community Meeting on Centralized Parole Facility

Monday, September 15, 2014
6:30 PM
78th Precinct Stationhouse
65 Sixth Avenue (at Bergen Street)
4th Floor Courtroom

Friday, September 12, 2014

6th Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival This Saturday

This Saturday, September 13, 2014, don't miss the sixth annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival and enjoy food, live performances, kiddie rides and a tour of the community gardens.
The festival starts at 12 Pm.

From the event's Facebook page:
"The Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival is a family-friendly, annual festival held every second week of September in South Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront neighborhood. For the past six years, we’ve attracted a diverse crowd by advertising and reaching out to online and print media to provide strong local coverage. Admission is always FREE. It is a day of fun for all with children’s activities, entertainment, shopping, and more."