Gowanus Canal

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Where to Find a Solid Bowl of Vegetarian Ramen

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Dassara Brooklyn Ramen (271 Smith Street; 718-643-0781) Neighborhood: Gowanus, Brooklyn Cuisine: Asian-American fusion

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    I Feel Really, Really Terrible About How Much I Like the New Gowanus Whole Foods

    I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Victrola Burlesque and "Be Fabulous" at Steven Kasher Gallery

    This week we're adding a bit of fabulousness to your agenda. Partake in a night of Queeraoke (yes, that's exactly what it sounds like), party like a supermodel at Steven Kasher Gallery, and catch rousing dance performances by the lovely ladies of Victrola Burlesque. You're welcome.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The Gowanus Canal Is Terrifying, Filled With Shipwrecks and Will Cost Millions to Clean Up

    Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Atypical Food-Related Father's Day Activities to Celebrate Dad

    Since you were born, all your father wanted on his special day was to have someone deliver him his beloved newspaper and let him devour a plate of bacon. Now it's time to show him you've become a responsible, decision-making adult by taking him out for a Father's Day he won't forget. Here are a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Brooklyn Is All About Clams

    The "stuffies" at Kittery are wonderful. Overflowing with fennel-flavored Italian sausage, they're Brooklyn on the half-shell. In the 1630s, when the first Dutch settlers started poking around in the swamps between what are now Carroll Gardens and Park Slope with an eye toward turning it into agri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Interpretation of Dreams at Pearl & Ash; Outstanding Seafood at Kittery

    Spring is ripe with surprises (80 degrees, 40 degrees, you know the drill). This week, our professional eaters explored two curveball restaurants and were pleasantly delighted--though not equally--by each. Tejal Rao appreciated the food at Pearl & Ash more than the dark and noisy space on the Bowery ... More >>

  • News

    April 3, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Brewmaster O'Sheiss Uses Gowanus Canal Water in His Beer

    A cool frothy glass of Sheiss Weiss Dunkel Brooklyn breweries pumping out craft beers are now common enough, so it takes a new approach to cause a splash, and that is just what Sanford O'Sheiss, founder of fledgling Olde Gowanus Brewery, has done. This Stevens Institute graduate began his project ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Brother Jimmy's BBQ

    Brother Jimmy's BBQ's pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw option, this one from the Union Square branch. Note the presence of the charred outer parts of the meat, sometimes known as "Mr. Brown." [In connection with a feature that will be appearing this Wednesday in the Village Voice, I've revisited ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Gross Gowanus Canal: Cleanup Conversations Continue

    ​The Gowanus Canal, which has the unique honor(?) of being one of the few water bodies in America that can kill a baby whale, might soon lose its century-old street cred as a cesspool for industrial waste. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency met with area residents and shared its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Sewage Secrets: Leif Percifield Does Not Like It Raw

    Last week, Runnin' Scared brought you news of Leif Percifield, a Parsons grad student who's working diligently to develop a phone app, DontFlushMe, that could prevent 27 billion gallons of shit from flowing into New York's waterways yearly. A lot of this raw sewage enters the City's harbors as overf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    11 Most Astonishing Dishes of 2011, NYC

    ​Truffle chawan mushi from EN Japanese Brasserie (click on image to enlarge) What does it mean to call a dish "astonishing"? Well, it has to be beautiful to look at, innovative within its canon, and perfectly executed. It has to surprise as well as satisfy. Such a designation can occur only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Rubulad Throws Open Its Doors In Hopes Of Saving Itself

    via Rubulad's Kickstarter​The announcement of this month's Rubulad bash, which takes place this Saturday near the Gowanus Canal, comes with the note "please forward wildly." There are plenty of good reasons for this, the least of which is that it will be awesome; the forthcoming installment of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    The Hudson: Frequently Kinda Poopy

    ​A while back, we were all a bit concerned about our New York City water exploits. A fire in the engine room at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem caused the plant to shut down, spewing nasty water out into our nearby bodies of H20, and officials deemed the Hudson, and parts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Littleneck Promises to Bring Brooklyn Its "First and Only Classic New England-Style Seafood Shack"

    Littleneck, or a rendering thereof.​While the Gowanus doesn't exactly summon comparisons to Cape Cod, Aaron Lefkove is planning to make its dining options a wee bit more evocative of the New England shore.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Live: Undead Jazzfest Shows Off Its Rock-Solid Vital Signs

    Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23.​ Second Annual Undead Jazzfest Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 Better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Five Dead and Gone Classic Brooklyn Restaurants

    pbase.comAt one time, Lundy's was the world's largest restaurant, seating 2,800 hungry souls.​ Shed a tear for Brooklyn's great restaurants of the past. They once defined life in the borough, making it unnecessary to toddle to Manhattan for a lively and memorable night out, and they died as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2011

    Beer for Beasts Benefit at Bell House

    ​The festival featured 20 unique beers created for the occasion, plus a slew of Sixpoint standards. Saturday, Boston's BeerAdvocate and Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery collaborated to stage a benefit for the Human Society of New York. There were over 600 attendees in each of two sessions, one aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Brooklyn Once Had Huge Pot Plants Growing Wild

    ​In the not-so-distant past, Brooklyn was filled with marijuana plants "as tall as Christmas trees" in vacant lots, as reported by the Brooklyn Eagle in 1951. Ben Gocker, a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, recently found clippings in a folder called "Crime: Drugs: Marijuana," which de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Manufacturing Human Breast Milk Cheese Is Disgusting

    ​Samples of human cheese were offered last night at Feast in Greenpoint. Human cheese is one of those topics you wish would just go away. It first reared its ugly head last year when a blogger-chef from a certain Chelsea bistro suggested he'd milked his wife to make cheese for a private party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    My 10 Favorite Concerts Of 2010, Starring Jay-Z, Pavement, And Michael Bolton

    Stephen Malkmus, at the first of Pavement's 50 shows here. Pics by Rob unless noted otherwise.​The 100-plus shows I saw this year spanned from the Cake Shop to Radio City Music Hall, from Williamsburg block parties to Michael Bolton's house in Connecticut, the events that occurred therein all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: The 2010 Summer Guide

    ​As you emerge from the schvitzy oven that is New York's subway system today, indulge in that new heat and sunshine with the help of the Voice's special pull-out 2010 Summer Guide. Keep yourself busy above ground during the three-month sweat-stained shitshow that is a summer in New York City, ... More >>

  • Music

    May 25, 2010

    The Toxic Joys of Sunday Best

    How the best weekly dance party in town wound up alongside the Gowanus Canal

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Can't Wait for the KFC Double Down Sandwich? Make It Yourself!

    ​We're betting the Fork in the Road Double Down will prove to be even tastier than the KFC version--once the latter's tardy ass appears four days from now. KFC's new Double Down Sandwich is a dream come true: two extensively breaded chicken breasts, several slices of Mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    From NYC to the West Bank, the Boom is Over For Builder Shaya Boymelgreen

    Shaya Boymelgreen can get you a room with a view.​New York, circa 2005 -- the building boom is transforming neighborhoods like Williamsburg, DUMBO, and the Financial District. During that period, Shaya Boymelgreen and his partner, diamond magnate Lev Leviev, built condos faster than just ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2009

    Republican 'mob' war for McMahon's seat

    The Staten Island Republican primary to choose a candidate to compete for Vito Fossella's former seat, currently held by Democrat Michael McMahon, may take place between Michael Allegretti, the 31-year-old scion of a Bay Ridge family whose family business was investigated for ties to the Gambino fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Urban Photographer Nathan Kensinger Knows NYC's Best Rooftops, Toxic Industrial Canals, and Dive-Bar Bathrooms

    We recently published our Best of NYC issue, the Voice's annual opportunity to bestow awards like Best Vigilante and Best New Snarky Media-Gossip Site on our favorite things. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Nathan KensingerIn the Kitchen, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Pig Roast 'On' Tonight at Brooklyn Yard in Spite of Downpour

    The Hapa Kitchen cooks planned on roasting two pigs in an arcane Cuban-Chinese style at Brooklyn Yard this evening, assisted by some celebrity barbecuers. The bad news is, what with the incessant rain, there will probably be no canoeing on the Gowanus Canal tonight. The good news is that the pig roa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Report from the Hapa Kitchen Cook-out at Brooklyn Yards

    The cooks from Hapa Kitchen pose for an exclusive Village Voice photo after serving hundreds at the Brooklyn Yards. According to the Hapa Kitchen website, "hapa" is a Hawaiian word used to describe people of mixed race, generally half Asian and half Western. Now a consortium of cooks ... More >>

  • Art

    May 20, 2009

    Conrad Shawcross Sails the Gowanus!

    Brave brit will not be deterred by PCBs or anti-terror squad

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Despite Late Jameson Surge, Bloomberg Clicks With Jobs, Against Superfund

    See, it could always be worse: Urbanite reports that a new issue of Spider-Man will have newspaperman J.J. Jameson, the webslinger's arch-nemesis, elected Mayor of New York. No word as to whether the cigar-chomping Bugle editor will end the smoking ban. It's fun to hear Spider-Man writer Dan Slott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Toll Brothers Pulling a Fast One in Gowanus?

    Never trust a landlord, even if you're a powerful community board. Gowanus Lounge has learned that Community Board 6, which had given conditional approval on February 11 to Toll Brothers' condo project on the Gowanus, thinks they've been swindled. Toll Brothers received the approval on the condition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Live: Spiritual Unity with the Joshua Light Show at Issue Project Room

    Spiritual Unity with the Joshua Light Show Issue Project Room May 30th The pleasures available at the Issue Project Room on Friday were classically heady: a boxy loft space, free jazz, tripped-out crap on overhead projectors, and pure summer heat. With the Joshua Light Show's giant white screen blo ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2008

    Issue Project Room Moves Again

    A nomadic experimental-music spot gets a lovely (and hopefully permanent) new home

  • Books

    October 9, 2007

    Bleak Waters

    The Gowanus Canal inspires some poetry in Maggie Nelson's latest

  • Books

    July 31, 2007

    The Tentacles of Foreigners

    Highbrow? Lowbrow? New York welcomes Spaceman Blues's alien invasion.

  • Art

    August 1, 2006

    River Dance

    Down the Mississippi with the Miss Rockaway Armada

  • NYC Life

    October 11, 2005
  • NYC Life

    May 24, 2005

    Secret Church

    It's cheerful on Fifth: "Hey, Bob, I'm just coming out of the barbershop"

  • NYC Life

    June 22, 2004
  • Dining

    February 17, 2004


    Belleville builds a better bistro in Brooklyn's Park Slope

  • NYC Life

    February 18, 2003
  • NYC Life

    September 24, 2002
  • Music

    March 26, 2002
  • News

    October 30, 2001

    Terrors of a Subway Rider

    Notes From the Underground

  • News

    July 10, 2001

    Private Pandemonium

    As Clubs Flounder, Clandestine House Parties Flourish

  • News

    December 26, 2000

    One Track Mind

    Chelsea Group Works to Save an Abandoned Rail Line   

  • News

    July 25, 2000

    Fishy Business

    Polluted Rivers Make for Environmental Racism

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