Kentile Sign Gets Last Minute Reprieve from Destruction

Jun 15, 14 Kentile Sign Gets Last Minute Reprieve from Destruction

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The heartwarming symbol of the heyday of Brooklyn industrial growth, the 50-year-old “Kentile Floors” sign was saved from oblivion by a group of fast-acting citizens and City Councilman Brad Lander. At the moment the sign towers eight stories high above a textile company owned by Eliahu Cohen. The actual Kentile Floors Company is long ago out of business. Cohen said the sign itself is rusting and in need of repair, while the building which houses his company was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Last week it was discovered that Mr. Cohen obtained the permits he needed to take down the sign. Scaffolding was built around the sign but it could not be confirmed if there was a real plan to remove the sign. In only hours of the scaffolding going up and the information about the permits revealed, citizens began a “Save Our Sign” campaign and organized a nearby protest. Councilman Lander met with Mr. Cohen, who told him that although he would love to save the sign, the costs to preserve it were too high. Mr. Cohen said in a statement: “We love the sign, and we heard the voices of so many community members. We will work hard to preserve the letters during removal.” Founder of the Gowanus Alliance, Paul Basile, said that his group, which is composed of property and business owners in the neighborhood where the sign resides, will work together with the community to save the letters and “find a marvelous location for their eventual re-installation, where they can serve the public and be part of the future of...

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Gowanus Canal Luxury Housing Project Under Fire

Aug 11, 13 Gowanus Canal Luxury Housing Project Under Fire

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It is not smooth sailing for the 700-unit luxury housing project being developed by the Lightstone Group along the banks of Brooklyn’s famed Gowanus Canal. Protestors gathered last week to proclaim that the proposed development will cause flooding in the streets with filthy water from the canal as well as breaking several laws when it is constructed. The protest drew dozens of activists who hope to either alter or stop the Lighthouse Group’s present plans. The development is to go up within the bounds of Bond, Carroll and Second Streets along the canal, long known for its bad smells and putrid water. The Lightstone Group is expecting to begin construction in early 2014 and finishing sometime in 2015. “The project’s design is ill-suited for the community,” said Warren Cohen, First Street resident, of Save Gowanus, the group who organized the rally. “It’s going to aggravate the flooding region-wide,” said Gowanus activist Marlene Donnelly. Spokesman for the Lighthouse Group, Ethan Geto, says that the activists are perpetuating, “not just misinformation, but disinformation” concerning the project. The Lightstone Group is not changing its building schedule or delaying construction in anyway. They say they have government approval and all the green-lights it needs, with a complete environmental impact review on file. “The rally organizers simply do not have the facts on their side,” Geto...

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Lost Dolphin Dies in Polluted Gowanus Canal

Jan 27, 13 Lost Dolphin Dies in Polluted Gowanus Canal

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A seven-foot long dolphin was seen by onlookers on Friday swimming in the highly polluted Gowanus Canal, occasionally surfacing and trying to rid itself of the dirt and gunk that was sticking to its back as it swam around looking for a way out. Unfortunately the dolphin died in the canal before the New York Police Department could move in to save it. The sight of a dolphin in the filthy Superfund location drew a news helicopter to observe its behavior and many bystanders to photograph it and post its picture to various social media sites. The Canal is a 1.5 mile waterway cutting through many of Brooklyn’s most ritzy neighborhoods, but it is full of industrial waste from years of its use as a sewage dump. As a Superfund site since 2010 the federal government can force those guilty of polluting the waterway to pay for its cleanup. According to the police they were waiting for the go ahead from animal experts on the scene who were hoping the dolphin would find his own way out of the filthy canal during high tide. The plan was to help the dolphin if he did not find his own way out. Unfortunately by then it was too late and the dolphin died. The body of the dolphin was removed from the canal on Friday night, and transported to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation where researchers there will investigate the exact cause of the dolphin’s...

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Gowanus Residents Worried Beloved Neighbor Will be Mixed Up with Crook

Sep 19, 12 Gowanus Residents Worried Beloved Neighbor Will be Mixed Up with Crook

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Thomas D’Alessio was a well-loved neighbor and friend to people in Gowanus. He was also a veteran of the Normandy invasion of France during World War II and a person remembered for his good deeds and upbeat attitude. D’Alessio was also known as “Tommy the Mayor,” and loved to tell stories about his life, and buy ice cream for kids in the neighborhood. According to D’Alessio’s son, pop stayed optimistic even after he was run over by a drunk driver, an even which left him with damaged legs. He always put a positive spin on stories about the Great Depression and the history of the Brooklyn that he loved. “The people on his block got a much better appreciation of the neighborhood through his stories,” said his daughter Marie D’Alessio. Mr. D’Alessio lived on Sackett Street for 91 years, until he died in 2008. Now his neighbors want to remember and honor him by renaming part of the street after him. They have already petitioned the city for the renaming, but they are full of worry that a curious visitor passing through the street might decide to “Google” the new street name, and will be shocked to find that the street is named after a New Jersey sheriff who was caught and imprisoned after he spent campaign funds on real estate and vacations during the 1990s. Unfortunately, Googling the name “Thomas D’Alessio” brings up a different person than the Sackett Street neighbor and war vet. Due to the high news interest of the sheriff’s crimes, the New Jersey “Thomas D’Alessio” trumps the Brooklyn “Thomas D’Alessio” and comes out on top of the Google results. Making for much confusion, and embarrassment for the Gowanus neighbors and Brooklyn’s D’Alessio’s family, they are trying to resolve the dilemma. One simple way to relieve the confusion is to make sure that the middle initial is included in the street sign. The petition to the city for the new street name requests that the street be called “Thomas A....

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Brooklyn Stuffed Animal Repair Team to the Rescue

Jun 18, 12 Brooklyn Stuffed Animal Repair Team to the Rescue

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Some might argue that getting a teddy bear mended isn’t the most important thing happening in Brooklyn – but it you were the little kid with the torn teddy bear, it just might feel like it is. That’s why a Brooklyn mother-daughter team started NYC  Lovey Repair, “operating” on stuffed animals that need repairs.  Becca Benghiat and Amalia take the animals into their homes. As Becca said, “So far, it’s a 100% success. We’ve been able to get the animals back in the same day. The kids are so happy.” They’ve turned their own house in Prospect Heights into a veterinary hospital, of sorts, welcoming stuffed animals in for plastic surgery, operations and more.  As Benghiat said, “We seem to do lots of plastic surgery. We’ve had some people bring in identical donors — take the head off this one, and put it on the other one. That’s usually a secret exchange with the parents.” As of June 23rd, the NYC Lovey Repair will be officially open for business, enabling people to make appointments to get their stuffed pets completely refurbished free of charge.  Those who are interested can find the duo at... dirty chat | view profile | site important | http://mennhelsenorge.com/ | shopfr2

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Everybody Eats- A Gluten-Free Bakery in Gowanus

Nov 28, 11 Everybody Eats- A Gluten-Free Bakery in Gowanus

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Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood is home to the small business called Everybody Eats, a baking company which excludes gluten, nuts, soy, seed and pod plants in its products. The business owners, Pedro Arroba and Bruce Bassman, created the project out of necessity. “We came up with this company because I’m a celiac,” Arroba explained. “I have celiac disease; it is an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a vegetable protein in wheat, barley and rye.” A Rising Trend The baked goods include things like deli rolls, baguettes, pizzas, cookies and cakes. Due to their lack of preservatives, the products are frozen and shipped out to retail stores, restaurants and numerous other customers. The products are ready to eat immediately after heating. Gluten-free food is a rising trend, even in those who do not suffer from the disease. Arroba and Bassman know that while that is undoubtedly good for business, it may not be an ideal diet. “It’s a Serious Disease” “There’s this kind of ‘fad’ eating thing going on. People latch on to things because they believe it will help them. Recently we have sports figures and celebrities claiming all kinds of benefits. They are not diagnosed,” Bassman said. “We don’t think that is much help to the gluten-free community, because it is a serious disease and should be taken seriously. If you get off the diet, you can get very sick.” Arroba added: “We believe that gluten is wonderful and if I could eat gluten, I would. We are not experts or doctors, we are just cooks and bakers and we create this to make the celiac happier and gluten-intolerant people happier. We are not sure if people would be doing better, being without gluten.” Though they refuse to reveal their secret, the bakers are confident that their goods are the best in the...

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