Creative agency Vanderbilt Republic, who lit up the Kentile Floors sign one last time using projections, will project a constantly changing “light sculpture” onto the Smith-9th Street Bridge in Gowanus. Beginning January 12, “this half-mile light sculpture will evolve nightly through two weeks of research, transforming the frame of the Smith-9th Street Bridge into a canvas for ecstatic creation,” according to the group’s website. The show will start after dark every night until January 23. There will also be an artist reception January 16 featuring an installation from light artist and scientist Colin Bowring, aka “the Wizard,” at Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street, Loft C8.
It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:
Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm
Developer Adam America has released a rendering for its latest project in the Gowanus/Park Slope borderlands along 4th Avenue. The seven-story apartment building at 610 Warren Street will be stucco with large divided windows. We like the top of the building but wish there were a bit more going on at the street level, such as more windows or doors or stores rather than blank walls.
Building design along 4th Avenue has been much criticized for its lack of stores or other features at ground level that would make the area more inviting and pleasant to walk. This building is not directly on the avenue, but just off it, between 3rd and 4th avenues in Gowanus.
New York YIMBY first published the design for the 31-unit development, which has 16 parking spots on the ground floor and 36,000 square feet of residential space. Architects Issac and Stern first filed permits in late September. The property is currently home to a one-story garage and car rental business, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the garage.
Council Member Brad Lander released his Bridging Gowanus framework this afternoon (we were expecting it Monday), condensing a year of community meetings. The document lays out a vision for development in Gowanus that hinges on high-rise apartments to help fund improvements residents demand, including anti-flood measures, more parks, more schools, affordable housing, and ways to protect artists and manufacturing businesses.
It proposes a “mandatory mixed-use zone” that will “require a balance of light industry, cultural and artistic uses,” a special manufacturing zone, and mandatory inclusionary zoning to require affordable housing in new developments. (The first two are new types of zoning districts proposed by the City Council in a report Wednesday.) The document includes a list of buildings that should be considered for landmarking, as well as alternative approaches to preserving Gowanus’ historic buildings.
He’ll present the plan at a public meeting on Monday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S. 32, at the corner of Hoyt and Union streets. Residents can submit comments through the end of the year and read the full framework on the Bridging Gowanus site. You can also read the press release and summary here.
Lightstone Group is holding a community meeting tonight to discuss its plans for the next phase of construction at 363-365 Bond Street, the 700-unit megadevelopment on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. Reps from the developer will present the upcoming construction timeline and take questions from neighbors, according to an announcement sent out by Council Member Brad Lander.
“The meeting is no doubt a small concession to the community, which had to deal with months-long pounding noise and vibration from pile driving during phase one of the project at 365 Bond Street,” noted Pardon Me For Asking, which published the announcement.
The meeting will happen from 6:30 to 8:30 pm tonight in the Community Room at Mary Star of the Sea, located at 41 1st Street in Gowanus.
Council Member Brad Lander has condensed a year’s worth of feedback from the “Bridging Gowanus” meetings and plans to present the highlights at a meeting later this month. He calls it a “draft community planning framework” on his website, and told Brooklyn Paper that ideas included protecting manufacturing and improving transportation and environmental infrastructure in the area, although the list of recommendations isn’t finalized yet.
Lander and other pols first organized the Bridging Gowanus meetings last year to solicit feedback from the community about development. Neighborhood groups criticized the process for being “undemocratic” and having a hidden agenda to create a consensus — or the appearance of one — to rezone the area for residential, as we reported at the time.
The meeting will happen Monday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S. 32, located at 317 Hoyt Street, between President and Union Streets. Those who won’t be able attend can email their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community group Gowanus United today filed a lawsuit to halt the construction of a three-story, 61,000-square-foot parole reporting facility at 15 2nd Avenue, between 5th Street and the Gowanus Canal, just behind Whole Foods. The suit claims the state’s Department of Corrections didn’t perform an environmental review to examine how the building and its day-to-day operations would affect the community. A press release sent out by the group did not say in which court the suit was filed.
As previously reported, the state department lost its previous headquarters downtown several years ago to development and has been housed in three different downtown locations since then. The offices serve about 5,000 parolees, or 400 a day. The state signed a contract over a year ago and construction is well under way (we took the above photo in August). Construction is supposed to finish in January, and the building is supposed to open in April.
The lawsuit also seeks to overturn a zoning waiver granted by the Bloomberg administration late last year, which allows the state to build fewer parking spaces than the site’s zoning requires. The group’s press release argues that the site isn’t served well by public transportation, and a lack of off-street parking would only make nearby traffic and parking worse.
Lightstone has just locked down a $120,000,000 loan for the first phase of its 700-unit megadevelopment at 363-365 Bond Street along the Gowanus Canal, and the Observer’s article on the financing has additional details on what will be built between 1st and 2nd streets. The 12-story complex will have 429 units, including 86 affordable ones. In addition, as previously reported, there will also be a landscaped courtyard, roof decks, a fitness facility, a theater room and a waterfront park on the banks of the canal.
Overall, the controversial rental project will have 140 affordable units (20 percent of the project), as the developer promised in 2012. The buildings will range in height from six to 12 stories, and the development will also have a 25-year tax abatement, as previously reported.
For a whole house in Gowanus, its doesn’t get much cheaper than this little 800-square-foot two-bedroom on Bond Street. The listing says it’s below market rate because the tenants will be responsible for their own minor repairs and painting. There are two baths, laundry in the kitchen, and a shared patio (presumably with the house on the corner).
It’s half a block from the 700-unit complex that Lightstone is building at 363-365 Bond Street, where neighbors have been complaining about loud construction and pile driving for six months. It’s also a block from the canal; we hope “minor repairs and painting” are not frequently necessary because of flooding. Do you think it’s worth it for $1,995 a month?
This weekend is the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios, when neighborhood artists open their doors to allow the public to visit their studios, learn about their art and the creative process and to buy artworks. This year 315 artists and arts organizations are participating, including a huge range of types of artists: painters, sculptors, performers, printmakers, photographers, installation artists and many more.
Those planning to attend can check out a list of participating artists here and can find a map of studio locations here. In addition to visiting studios, those attending can sign up for curated tours which will take place on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. There will also be a panel discussion on how to build an art collection on Saturday and a walking tour of murals on both days. For more information about the event, visit the Arts Gowanus Open Studio page.