Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Four Car Collision On Clinton Street At President Street Last Night

(photo credit: Chance Bliss)

If you live on Clinton Street near President Street, you may have heard a huge crash at about 9:30 pm last night.  It was the result of an accident involving four cars.  The driver who may have caused the crash seems to have fled the scene.
PMFA reader Chance Bliss lives nearby and immediately came out of his building to offer assistance.
He sent us this account of the accident:

Hey Katia,
Just so you know, there was a four car collision / hit and run just under thirty minutes ago, at the intersection of Clinton Street and President Street.

We heard the loud collision outside our window, over a block away, and then I ran over to the intersection to see what had happened.

When I arrived, there were already a dozen or so bystanders.

Several of them called 911 as I was there, while a friend of ours hailed down a police car at the intersection of Clinton Street and Union, who promptly ignored him and drove off down Clinton Street, away from the accident.

This happened again about five minutes later - another patrol car came down Union street, presumably from the 76th precinct, and several people ran towards the car, waving at it, but the driver ignored them, even though i could see that he look down the street in our direction, and proceeded to drive off down clinton street, towards Atlantic.

We waited over twenty-five minutes before anyone from the police or emergency services showed up.

One of the cars that was hit was a green cab - the driver said that he was moving down Clinton Street towards Atlantic when his taxi was hit by a white car in the middle of the intersection. According to the eyewitness I spoke with, this white car then proceeded to hit another parked car before driving off down President Street towards Henry. One person who was parking his citibike on President, near Henry, saw the car speeding towards him, then gave chase.

When I left the scene a few minutes ago, he was giving his account to the police officer who had arrived.
The driver of the taxi cab was dazed and seemed to be in a bit of shocked, but had no visible injuries.

In any event, it's outrageous that the police completely disregarded several attempts to reach them, and that it took emergency services over 25 minutes to arrive.

That is rather a long time for police to respond to several 911 calls. The crash site is just around the corner from the 76th Precinct on Union Street.  Why would the patrol cars just drive by without at least offering assistance?

Did anyone else witness the crash or call 911?  Let us hear from you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Here Is Something New! Paddle Boarding On The Gowanus

(photo credit: Brian Stuss)

This amazing photo was taken yesterday by PMFA reader Brian Stuss. Brian writes:
"I snapped this last eve walking back from Whole Foods. The brave guy is barefoot."
Many have canoed in this polluted waterway. We have even seen a very daring swimmer attempt to swim the entire length of this EPA Superfund, but someone on a paddle board may be a first.

Only in Gowanus, folks!

Monday, September 26, 2016

"East One Coffee Roasters" To Open Soon In The Former Casa Rosa Space On Court Street

(photo credit: Morten Tjelum)

The retail space at 384 Court Street at the corner of Carroll Street has sat empty for the past two-and-a-half years, ever since Casa Rosa, an old fashioned Italian eatery, closed its doors after 34 years in Carroll Gardens.
Fortunately, the space will soon be home to a new neighborhood coffee shop and eatery named "East One Coffee Roasters."
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Morten Tjelum, one of the four partners in this new business.  He was kind enough to provide PMFA with more information about their upcoming business and to include the amazing photo above showing of the current construction work on site.

Morten writes:
After years of vacancy, the space at 384 Court Street (corner of Court and Carroll – previously Casa Rosa) has now found new occupants. Tom (US) of Italian descent , Dale (South Africa) a coffee and craft beer ‘geek’, Morten (Danish) all into the Nordic food craze and Scandinavian simplicity and Adri (South Africa) a fabulous modern baker, have rented the space and are now in the process of preparing it for a full service restaurant (along Carroll Street) and an artisan coffee shop (facing Court Street). The team met years ago in London and operated a couple of coffee branded businesses there for a number of years.

The name will be East One Coffee Roasters. E.1 being the post code prefix for the East London neighbourhood of Shoreditch which remains the stomping ground for coffee enthusiasts and independent artisan restaurants. The Shop and Restaurant will be very relaxed and unpretentious. It’ll be a place where locals can pop in for a coffee and a bite to eat, meet neighbours, have a chat, try out one (or some) of the craft beers and wine that will be offered or sit down in the restaurant and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner.

The restaurant will feature contemporary and eclectic offer of light American fare with a splash of antipodean and British cafe on offer – interesting foods based on seasonal availabilities. We intend to support the local Carroll Gardens Greenmarket and procure as much as possible from there. In acknowledgement of the heritage of Carroll Gardens, it is likely that the menu will offer the occasional red sauce and a couple of pasta dishes (Tom has a number of his Grand Mothers prized recipes). An artisan roaster will be on premise, roasting a number of single origin coffees and espresso blends for the enjoyment of customers throughout the day. Here we will be utilizing the latest technology in an old fashioned art to ensure the happiness of all of our neighbours and passersby that may not enjoy the amazing aroma of freshly roasting coffee on a daily basis (not us of course…we love it!) The Coffee Shop is being rebuild to easily accommodate a number of baby buggies – after all, the space is located across from the playground at Carroll Park. For the many canine members of the neighbourhood, there will certainly always be fresh water available and hook ups strategically placed so that staff and guest can keep an eye on the precious pooches outside.

Morton adds:  “We very much enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere in Carroll Gardens and intend to contribute to the local community in whichever way we can and look forward to be a positive addition to Carroll Gardens.

It will be wonderful to see some life return to this storefront, which has stood vacant for too long. I have no doubt that East One Coffee Roasters will do very well, especially because of its proximity to Carroll Park.
Welcome to Carroll Gardens, Morten, Tom, Dale and Adri.

Have Your Pet Blessed At St. Paul's Church This Sunday In Celebration Of The Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi

(Photos above courtesy of St.Paul's church and Drew Helstosky)
If you have a pet, large or small, you might want to bring it to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church On Carroll Street this Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at 2 PM for the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The event is a beloved tradition in Carroll Gardens and certainly a fun event to watch, even if you don't have a pet.

As in years past, the blessing is held jointly by St. Paul’s Church and Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church,

Friday, September 23, 2016

Apartments At '365 Bond' Luxury Building In Gowanus Now Listed On Craig's List

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As seen from the Carroll Street Bridge, 365 Bond Street in background, 363 Bond Street in foreground
365 Bond Street at First Street
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At Second Street
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365 Bond Street apartment listings on Craig's List

Pardon me for asking, but doesn't it seem a bit surprising that 365 Bond Street, the 12-story rental development by Lightstone Group in Gowanus, has felt the need to advertise its apartments on Craig's List?  The developer is now offering a month free, 'end of summer specials', and telling people to ask about 'incentive information' on the building's own site.  Could this be an indication that, perhaps, the units in this building are not renting out as fast as anticipated?

Just search Craig's List for 'apartments for rent' in Gowanus (or Carroll Gardens) and you will come across quite a few listings for units at 365 Bond Street.

The luxury rental development on the shore of the Gowanus Canal, an EPA Superfund, was completed in early 2016. Of the 430 apartments in the building, 83 were set aside as 'affordable'.  The market rate apartments were offered for rent this past March through Douglass Elliman, which operates a  'leasing gallery' right inside the building.  By the beginning of April, the first tenants moved in.

The rent for the apartments currently available range from $2,483 a month for a studio apartment to over $6,800 for a two bedroom with a terrace.  Yes, the apartments are very nice, but the rooms are rather small.  The amenities in the building are awesome, but perhaps not enough to justify the rental price?

We keep on hearing from our politicians (and developers) that there is a huge deficit of apartments in the area. If that is the case, one would imagine that the building would have been fully rented by now and that the developer would not need to offer rental incentives.

More apartments will be available in Gowanus in the near future. Just next door to 365 Bond Street, a 12-story sister building at 363 Bond Street will be completed in 2017.  It will add another 268 units to the development complex.

Councilman Brad Lander has been pushing hard for an overall rezoning of the Gowanus Canal corridor from mostly manufacturing to mixed use, which will open the floodgates to more residential developments similar or even larger that the Lightstone development.  That will mean thousands of new apartments may soon come on the market in Gowanus.
That's rather ambitious for a neighborhood that sits squarely in a flood zone and includes one of the most toxic waterways in all of the United States. An environmental clean-up of the Gowanus Canal is planned, but is still years away from completion.

In the meantime, those adventurous enough to move into these new buildings will have to deal with foul odors emanating from the canal and with rats, as it would appear.  As the photos below show,  rodent bait stations have been place every few feet along the circumference of 365 Bond Street.

***And one more thing:  I have heard that those who won the lottery for one of the 83 affordable apartment units at 365 Bond Street have not been allowed to move into the building yet.  Apparently, Lightsone is waiting to fill all the market rate units before letting the lottery winners move into the building.
Is that correct? Can someone shed some light on this rumor?

Rat baiting stations surrounding 365 Bond Street
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Picture Of The Day: Smith Street Afternoon

Smith Street at 4PM.
Traffic was all backed up till at least Union Street

Free Tango Lessons At Carroll Gardens Library This Fall

IATI Theatre will be hosting free tango lessons at the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday evenings beginning on October 4th till December 13th.  So mark your calendar and come out to dance.
Here is more information:
Learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most dramatic dances at this fun, informal series. Brought to you by IATI Theater! Lessons are in English and Spanish and are taught by a professional dancer.  Space is LIMITED, so arrive early! This class is FREE!  
Lessons are in English and Spanish.  Come alone or bring a partner.
The class consists of two sessions:
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM Beginners
7:00 PM- 7:45 PM Advanced

The Carroll Gardens library is located at 396 Clinton Street at Union Street.

Italian Trattoria 'Broccolino NY' To Replace Hunter's On Smith Street

Many in the neighborhood may have realized that Hunter's at 213 Smith Street closed its doors during the summer. The popular restaurant and bar offered a nice seasonal American menu and served great drinks in a casual atmosphere. The week-end brunch in particular made this a favorite spot in the neighborhood.

Its replacement, Brocccolino NY, will open in the storefront vacated by Hunter's soon, according to signs in the window. The eatery will be a "contemporary trattoria serving Italian eats such as homemade pasta, pizza and  kale caesar salad."
Broccolino will be an outpost of a restaurant by the same name located on Dean Street between 5th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.

Don't know about you, but I already miss Hunter's.  How about you?
Does anyone remember Athena, the greek restaurant that operated at this spot before Hunter's?

You Are Invited!: Opportunity To Preview Carroll Gardens 'Significant' $9 Million Townhouse


181 President Street Floorplan

Advertised as "most sophisticated new construction townhouse in Carroll Gardens", the one-family, four-story brick home at 181 President Street has an impressive price of $9 million dollars. What do you get for this hefty sum? 5, 351 square feet of interior space, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, two private outdoor terraces, amenity floor, and a multi car garage.

The home was designed by Ramy Issac of Issac and Stern Architects, PC and is being marketed by Halstead Property Development Marketing, which is currently inviting interested buyers to a private tour for a 'final preview opportunity'. 

If you have that kind of money and are looking for that unique 'one-of-a-kind' home right here in Carroll Gardens, you may want to click here.

Do you think the price is realistic for a one family home in this neighborhood?

Monday, September 19, 2016

'Phil and Anne's Good Time Lounge' To Open In Former Char No.4 Space On Smith Street

Anne Burrell
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Since the sudden closing of Char No. 4 in July 2015, the storefront at 196 Smith Street in Boerum Hill has sat empty. However, the space once occupied by everyone' favorite neighborhood whiskey bar will open later this month as "Phil and Anne's Good Time Lounge". The Lounge is a joint venture of TV Chef Anne Burrell and Phil Casaceli of Daddy-O's in the West Village.

According to NY Eater, the Goodtime Lounge will serve "Italian-influenced Mediterranean food."
Burrell describes the new place as “funky, cool and homey.”

Anne Burrell is the second TV chef to open a restaurant in the immediate vicinity in recent months. Carla Hall of ABC's The Chew has been serving soul food (to mixed reviews) at her "Southern Kitchen" on Columbia for the past few months.

What do you think? Will the Good Time Lounge be a worthy replacement for Char?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gowanus Souvenir Shop Presents "Ride", An Exhibit Of Debra Pearlman's Work

 (photo credit: Gowanus Souvenir Shop)
A House Called Air, 2013, Acrylic, photographic silkscreen, glass beads on canvas
 by Debra Pearlman

The Gowanus Souvenir Shop  not only sells some very cool items that "riff on the many facets of the canal’s mystifying and troubling yet often humorous and darkly fascinating history", it also serves as a gallery for local artists. Tonight, the Shop is hosting its first opening exhibit of the season, which will feature the work of artist Debra Pearlman.  The opening is tonight.
Read on:

Gowanus Souvenir Shop exhibits work by Debra Pearlman

The Gowanus Souvenir Shop is please to present work by the artist Debra Pearlman. The exhibition is entitled “Ride” and runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 2. An opening reception will be held Sept. 15, 6-8 pm
A photo is like a souvenir—a memory, a memento of a brief moment in time. There’s an opportunity to present many responses to this initial photograph: an informal setting and selection of work offers the viewer the chance to experience and reflect on this process. 

Titled RIDE, this installation evokes movement or the implied motion of play, and the objects that support these many activities, all presented here together. Painting, photographs, works on paper, some with text, swings, and a bungee jump caught mid-air in all of these media, invite one to think about play, joy, fear, and anxiety of momentarily casting gravity aside.

Debra Pearlman is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Brooklyn and has shown in New York and internationally, including major installations in

Leipzig, Germany, and Lodz and Krakow, Poland. Her work is included in collections of MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, The Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, the Museum Sztuki, Krakow, and others, and in private collections including that of Francis Greenberger and the Hiram Moody and Sarah Giraud collection. Her awards include a named residency at the Corporation at Yaddo, The Peter Reed Foundation, Dieu Donne, The Foundation for Contemporary Art and the government of Saxony.
The exhibition is part of the Artslope Festival

The Gowanus Souvenir Shop is located at 567 Union Street between Nevins Street and Third Avenue in Brooklyn

Good-Bye, El Milagro! International Gift and Furniture Store Closes Its Doors On Smith Street

El Milagro, an international gift shop first opened in Boerum Hill as a pop-up shop at 180 Smith Street in late 2014. A few months later, owner Roberto Lopez moved the business across the street to #181 Smith Street, a storefront that had been occupied for decades by the beloved Tony's Hardware Store.

El Milagro sells jewelry, furniture, rugs, and accent pieces, as well as plants, but the prices have always been quite steep. That may have contributed to the fact that the store is now closing. Before it does, Milagro is reducing the price of its remaining inventory by 25 to 60%.

The retail space, which includes 2,000 sqft of retail space, a 2,000sqft basement and a 1,200 sqft outdoor lot with a separate entrance is now for rent by Smith Hanten Realty for $12,500 a month.

Will you miss El Milagro? Care to guess what may take its place?