Posts tagged with "Gowanus":

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A Room with a View: A Boutique Hotel to Rise Along the Gowanus

The contaminated waters of the Gowanus Canal—nor the threat of flooding from future storms like Hurricane Sandy—are deterring developers from building right up on the canal's edge. In fact, a new swanky boutique hotel is about to wash up on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. This comes at a time when several new hotels are in the works for Brooklyn over the next few years, including the Rockwell Place Hotel in the Brooklyn Downtown Cultural District and Selldorf Architect's revival of the Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights. Capital New York reported that downtown nightlife maven Matt Abramcyk of the original Beatrice Inn and Smith & Mills restaurant will build this new 82-room hotel to be named the Gowanus Inn & Yard at 645 Union Street just off Fourth Avenue. Abramcyk will team up with Alec Shtromandel who built the Union Hotel on nearby DeGraw Street. The project is expected to cost $13 million and slated to open in early 2015. With a slew of new restaurants and concert venues, Gowanus is emerging as the next industrial frontier primed for new development catering to Brooklyn’s hipster-meets-yuppie set.
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Thrice As Smelly

On Monday, we reported on the Bloomberg administration's continued vociferous resistance to Superfund listing for the Gowanus Canal. While the main complaint by the mayor was that the Superfund stigma would poison the area for development for decades to come, we did not mention—at least not this time—that a major concern is also that the city could be held liable for some portion of the Superfund cleanup because of a number of polluting properties on the canal. That seems all the more likely now—as does the potential for listing—as the Post reported yesterday that the city has been sent a notice for its liabilities. According to the tab, "The city’s responsibility comes through previous/current ownership of an asphalt plant, incinerator, a pumping station, storage yard, and Department of Transportation garage." In an interesting new twist, the Navy was also served with a notice for at least nine "facilities where the Navy directed and oversaw government contractors which owned and/or operated facilities adjacent to the canal."
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Architecture Party

Saturday night’s Beaux Arts Ball was a smash! Hundreds of architectural enthusiasts and even the Dosa guy from Washington Square Park trekked to Brooklyn to attend the Architectural League’s annual benefit for their exhibition and lecture programs.Attracting the likes of well-known New York-based architects Calvin Tsao, Karen Fairbanks, and co-chair Andy Bernheimer, along with a slew of designers, critics, writers, like ourselves, and design aficionados, the event at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus opened its doors for the architecture community to explore the building’s many studios and enjoy an open bar and good company.

The ball took place in the courtyard and buildings of the factory, with studios of local artisans, fabricators, artists, designers, filmmakers, and publishers open for viewing and art making during the early hours of the night. We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the offices of both new and familiar faces, including Cassim Shepard, Project Director of UrbanOmnibus, John Mangin of Center for Urban Pedagogy, along with designer Lindsey Adleman of Lindsey Adleman Studio.

Lasting late into the steamy Brooklyn night, the evening was filled with everything an architect could possibly need to pull an all-nighter, from music, provided by DJ Chris Annibell/Afrokinetic, and alcohol to late-night eats from street vendors. Who said architects don’t know how to party? 

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Drinks, Dancing, and DIY

The Architectural League's Beaux Arts Ball 2009 this Saturday night has a dress code, but not the kind you might expect. “No stilettos please,” warns the invite, because in addition to the standard drinks and dancing, this ball features a vast factory where guests will be “building, binding, stitching and printing.” The night’s theme is MANUFACTURE, and the venue is Gowanus’ Old American Can Factory, a sprawling 19th-century complex recently repurposed as a working space for creative industries. Some of the artists-in-residence will be on hand inviting guests into their studios and demonstrating how to use the machinery. (“Free materials will be available; feel free to bring your own,” urges the invitation.) It may be hard to picture, but the Architectural League has a strong track record of pulling off art installation/ fancy-dress-ball mashups. Last year’s Beaux Arts Ball boasted giant inflatable bubbles; 2007’s had a mylar lounge and a fog room. And if you’re not feeling industrious, you can always head over to the courtyard for food and drinks, with DJ Chris Annibell/Afrokinetic spinning and Wingspace Theatrical Design lighting the night. Beaux Arts Ball 2009: MANUFACTURE. Saturday, June 6 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM+ (Note: manufacturing space closes at midnight) The Old American Can Factory 232 Third Street at Third Avenue Gowanus, Brooklyn 11215 Tickets are still available, $25-250.