Friday, October 02, 2015

Flood Alert: Lightstone Group's Residential Project At High Tide Today

Friday, October 2, 2015 
(photo credit: Mark Karwowski)

Below, photos of Lightstone Group's development and Gowanus Canal at high tide taken on Saturday, October 3rd

(photo credit: Mark Karwowski)

Flood warnings have been broadcast in the news for the past few days here in New York City and the rest of the East Coast.

Here in Gowanus, the waters of the polluted canal were rising after a period of steady rain. Above are some photos taken today from the Carroll Street Bridge at 12:30 PM  by reader and friend Mark Karwowski.  The mechanism of the bridge were underwater which happens often when it rains here in Gowanus. More significant is the result of the rising water on the Lightstone Group residential development currently being built at 365 Bond Street. The new bulkheads in front of the building were almost totally submerged under water from the Canal.
One wonders what could happen on Sunday/ Monday, when we could potentially get some serious rain as a result of Hurricane Joaquin.

The Gowanus Canal, of course has been declared a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In related news, Councilman Brad Lander sent out the following message earlier today regarding the possible effect of Hurricane Joaquin in the area.

As you know, there’s a chance that Hurricane Joaquin is headed our way. We don’t know its exact path, and hopefully it will head out into the Atlantic, rather than make landfall, as the most likely current forecasts predict (you can stay up-to-date via the National Weather Service, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management).

But since there is a real chance that the storm could hit near NYC, we should be ready. If the storm does hit, it would likely be Monday orTuesday, so please use the weekend to make sure you’re prepared:
Know your hurricane evacuation
Have an emergency plan in place for your family: Some good tips are here, including what every household should have on hand in case of emergency (drinking water, nonperishable food, a working flashlight and batteries, etc).
Sign up for text and email notifications from Notify NYC, the City’s official source for information about emergency events and important City services, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
Report power outages or downed wires to Con Ed at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) or (where they also have helpful storm preparation tips).
National Grid customers can report gas service interruptions by calling 1-718-643-4050.

In the event that the storm does hit us, we’ll work to set up a system for you contact our office if you have any problems in your neighborhood.

A few other notes:
Whatever ends up happening with Joaquin’s trajectory, we are getting a lot of rain. As many of you know too well, there are places in our neighborhood where flooding-from-rain is chronic – especially near the Gowanus Canal , along 9th Street and 2nd Avenue. We can’t fix that before Monday, but I’m working hard to make sure that we address it with a real fix soon.
For many of us, this time spent anxiously looking at weather report is evocative of the days after Sandy, and a reminder of the tragedy we weathered together just three years ago. As I think of Sandy, I remember not only the pain we saw, but the extraordinary compassion of our community. If needed, I know that our community will respond again (and we’ll be here to help coordinate efforts). In the meantime, use this weekend to check up on an elderly or homebound neighbor.
While no single event can be pinned on climate change, there is overwhelming evidence that the increase in severe weather events is linked to global warming caused by human activity. So if Joaquin doesn’t hit, think about using the found time to take action for a more sustainable planet. I was pleased to see Mayor de Blasio come out earlier this week recommending that NYC’s pension funds divest from coal (and consider other fossil fuels as well). There are so many ways to do so – one is to get involved with 350 Brooklyn (part of the broader network o


High Tide In Gowanus Canal on Saturday 23rd, October 2015

Mazzone Hardware's 11th Annual PumpkinFest Is On For Saturday

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 From Mazzone Hardware
With the weather forecasts calling for an end to rain by tomorrow morning, we have decided to go forward with Pumpkinfest as planned. It will be cold, cloudy, and probably windy, but we are going to pray for the best and let the show go on!
As long as the weather holds out we will start as planned at 10am and continue until 4pm.

We will have over 20 raffle prizes, lots of give a ways, popcorn, face painting, clowns, and plenty of pumpkin carving and coloring

Our featured raffle prize is an Al Roker Autographed Big Green Egg BBQ ($1500 value). We are selling tickets starting today in our Hardware store for $5 each. All of the money raised will go directly 
to our local Children's Miracle network hospital!
Please spread the word!


No need to drive out of the city for a taste of fall. Mazzone Hardware is hosting its 7th Annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 3rd, right here in the neighborhood. There will be pony rides, clowns, face painting, music and refreshments. Most importantly, there will be over a thousands of pumpkins. Be sure to bring your little ones to this fun event. It is all free

11th Annual PumpkinFest
On Saturday, October 3rd, Mazzone Hardware, along with the support of many local businesses, community organizations, and elected officials – will be hosting this year’s Annual PumpkinFest.
From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fourth Place will bustling with activity. As in the past, there will be lots of FREE refreshments, including hot dogs, pop corn, water, juice, and so much more. There will be clowns and musical entertainment. There will be FREE Face Painting by Brooklyn Workshop Gallery Artists and FREE Pony Rides by Excel Builders & Renovators.
And what’s a PumpkinFest without a pumpkin? So let’s not forget to design your own pumpkin. Paint and carving tools will be provided FREE.

And finally, Children’s Miracle Network will be raffling off some really great prizes, including a large-size Big Green Egg BBQ which was featured on the Today show earlier this year and autographed by Al Roker. Retail value: $1,500.
Mazzone Hardware
470 Court Street
at the corner of 4th Street

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Bring Your Pet To The Blessing Of The Animals In Carroll Park This Sunday

(Please note, in case of rain the ceremony will be held at St. Paul's Church at 199 Carroll Street.)

If you have a pet, large or small, you might want to bring it to Carroll Park this Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at 2 PM for the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.  The event will be held next to the War Memorial. (Carroll Street between Smith and Court Streets)

The blessing has been a beloved tradition in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood and is held jointly by  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, and St. Paul & St. Agnes Roman Catholic Parish..

(Photos courtesy of St.Paul's church and Drew Helstosky)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Picture Of The Day: Watering

Spotted on a soggy day in a front yard on Carroll Street.
Watering will hardly be necessary in the next few days.

Carroll Gardens Businesses For Sale: 'Park Bench Café and Crêperie' On Court Street and 'Line Bagels' On Smith Street


Just over a year ago, the Settecasi family took over the former George’s Potpourri storefront at 489 Court Street between Nelson and Huntington Streets in Carroll Gardens to open their The Park Bench Café and Crêperie.
The opening was followed a few months later by a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Carlo Scissura, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Craig Hammerman, manager of Community Board 6.
Just by chance, I came across a listing of the business on Awaye Realty's web site. The Settecasi's are hoping to sell the crêperie for $199, 000. From the listing:

Incredible Business Opportunity! High Volume, High Visibility Location!  Turn-Key Café and Creperie in the Heart of Beautiful Carroll Gardens. Pristine.
 Condition: Brand New Store Front that gives a Warm and Inviting Atmosphere for Customers. Gorgeous Newly Renovated Layout with Back Yard: (18.5 X 30)Beautiful Tin Ceiling Hardwood Laminate Flooring. All Equipment is included. Basement Storage. Back Yard with tables, chairs, umbrellas and park benches.

Remaining lease on the storefront is 14 years at "low monthly rent."

Did you ever try the crêperie? Was it any good? Will you miss it? What new business would do well at this location, do you think?

From  Awaye Realty

On a related note, Awaye Realty ask has a listing for Line Bagels store at the corner of Smith and 9th Street.  The business, once named F Line Bagels before the M.T.A. objected, has been a fixture in the neighborhood for quite a few years.  Now it is being sold for $349,000 with a remaining lease of 6 years at $5,570 a month.

Awaye Realty listing's description of the business:
Fantastic Carroll Gardens Opportunity!
Prime Smith Street Location Steps to Smith and 9th-F and G Train Stations, and Bus Stops Close to Smith Street Restaurant Row Thoroughfare
Business for Sale:
A Successful and Established Bagel and  Deli Business on a Busy Corner of Carroll Gardens Turn Key, Start Making Money from Day One!
Ideal as a Café/Deli/ Pizzeria/Restaurant or Franchises and Etc. . . Build Your Dream Business!
Tremendous 1800SF Space Plus Basement!
Over $400,000 of Restaurant and Refrigeration Equipment
Fantastic High-Traffic Corner Location
Busy Smith Street Location with High Visibility
Too Much to Mention!

Line Bagels survived the recent two year closure of the nearby F/G train station at 9th Street and Smith Street.  But the station has re-opened in early 2013, which certainly increased foot traffic and business at that corner.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Picture Of The Day: Limbo

Weeds growing over the wood benches in P.J. Hanley's side yard on Court Street at 4th Place
The gastro-pub has been closed for well over two years now.

9th Street Bridge Lane Closing From Monday Through Thursday Next Week

Community Board 6 just sent out the notice above from the NYC Department Of Transportation regarding lane closings on the 9th Street Bridge in Gowanus next week.  From Monday October 5 through Thursday, October 8th the eastbound lane of the Bridge will be closed.
On Tuesday, October 6th, the westbound lane will be closed.
All work will take place from 10 am to 1 pm.
So allow extra time if you cross the bridge during your commute.

"Studio In Motion": The Little Mobile Hair Salon Parked On Court Street

Caroline Destefano in her 'Studio In Motion' mobile

Have you ever noticed the 'Studio In Motion' truck parked in Carroll Gardens?   Every Friday and Saturday, the mobile full service hair salon is stationed on Court Street at the corner of First Place.   Its owner, Caroline Destefano  welcomes clients in her small but efficient space for haircuts, color, hi-lights, blowouts and make up.
The prices are lower than in some of this neighborhood's brick and mortar hair salons.  Haircuts, including wash and blowout start at $35 for women, $20 for men, and $25 for kids.
Single process hair color is $50, highlights start at $75.  The salon also offers some very reasonably priced packages.
When I stopped by a few days ago to peek inside the truck, Caroline told me that she has been bringing her truck to Carroll Gardens since last summer.  The rest of the time, she parks it in different neighborhoods in Staten Island.
Caroline is super friendly so don't hesitate to stop in.  She accepts walk-ins.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can contact her at or at 347 794 4014.
You can find all pricing on Caroline's web site here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Huge Crowds At Yesterday's 41st Atlantic Antic

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Judging by the sheer number of people, the 41st Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn was a huge success yesterday.  The famous street fair was every bit as fun as in years past, featuring music, fun merchandise, and great eats.
The weather certainly co-operated since the cooler fall temperature made it quite pleasant.

The only regret I have is that I missed the belly dancers and the arabic music, which is always set up between Clinton and Court Street near Sahadi's.  That is always my favorite part of the Antic.  By the time I made it to that part of the fair, our elected officials had taken the stage, so I decided not to linger. Was Eddy the Sheik there yesterday?

Were you there?