A Moment In Time: In A Cloud Of Dust

A worker enveloped in a cloud of dust.
Green Building On Union Street near Gowanus Canal.

Reminder: Carroll Park Fair Is This Saturday

It'll be a scorcher, but we'll have a nice breeze to keep us company during this year's Carroll Park Fair tomorrow from 10am to 5pm!

Come by to meet neighbors and elected officials while browsing for housewares, clothes, books, music, antiques, jewelry, furniture, tchotchkes, and everything else under the sun.

A few 10' x 10' spaces are still available - rent one for $35 by emailingcarrollparkfair@gmail.com!

This yearly event is organized by the Friends of Carroll Park.   Hope to see all of you there.

The American Cinematheque Presents an Evening With Sofia Coppola In Person

The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica has added a double feature on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, with a special guest - Sofia Coppola, director of the upcoming film, THE BLING RING. The evening will consist of a double feature of Coppola's 2003 film LOST IN TRANSLATION starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as travelers in Tokyo and her feature film directorial debut THE VIRGIN SUICIDES with Kirsten Dunst.

Sofia Coppola will appear in person at the Aero.
With five very diverse features to her credit, Sofia Coppola is among the most fascinating filmmakers working today. The daughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, she got an early start in the movies as an actress, but soon gravitated to the other side of the camera. As a writer-producer-director, Sofia Coppola has explored such themes as youth, glamour and loneliness with both sensitivity and visual flair.

The remarkably assured THE VIRGIN SUICIDES demonstrated Coppola's rapport with both veteran and younger performers, a skill put to even more impressive use in LOST IN TRANSLATION, for which she became the first American woman nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. The director reteamed with star Kirsten Dunst for the dazzling MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), a film energized by Coppola's love of fashion, Paris and alternative rock, while SOMEWHERE (2010) casts a knowing eye on the high life of Hollywood. Based on actual events, the upcoming THE BLING RING follows a group of young burglars (including Emma Watson) who target the rich and famous.

The double feature begins at 7:30 PM. The discussion with Sofia Coppola is between films.

The films screening include:
 2003, Focus Features, 105 min, USA, Japan, Dir: Sofia Coppola
Two Americans cross paths one night in a luxury hotel bar in Tokyo. Bob (Bill Murray, never better) is a movie star shooting a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. A box office hit, LOST IN TRANSLATION was nominated for four Oscars, earning one for director Sofia Coppola's Best Original Screenplay.

1999, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Sofia Coppola
For her feature directorial debut, Sofia Coppola adapted the Jeffrey Eugenides novel of adolescent repression and rebellion in an upper-class Detroit suburb in the 1970s. A group of local boys are mesmerized by the mysterious Lisbon sisters, who are kept on a short leash by overprotective parents James Woods and Kathleen Turner. When one of the girls (Kirsten Dunst) strikes up a relationship with one of the guys (Josh Hartnett), it sets in motion a chain of events that ends in tragedy.

The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Tickets are on sale at the box office or on fandango.com

To view trailers, get ticket information and for updates to the June 5th event, click here. 

New Liquor License For Former 'Jim And Andy' Produce Market On Court?

Just a few weeks ago, Jim and Andy, the delightfully old-fashioned, family-owned fruit and produce store  on Court Street, between Warren and Wycoff Streets, closed its doors for good.  The place was a real neighborhood institution and for many decades,  before Fairway and Union Market opened nearby, it was the only produce store far and wide that stocked a wider and fancier variety of fruit and vegetables.  Besides selling to local residents, the father and son team also supplied many of the local restaurants.

In 2009, the father passed away, but the son carried on. When the store closed this spring, it was rumored that the business was only closed to the public but would continue supplying neighborhood eateries.  That does not seem to be the case.
In the last month, the inside of the space has been completely gutted and a public notice has been taped to the gate, indicating that Jim and Andy, Inc. is applying for a full liquor license for this location.
(The applicant is going to appear in front of Community Board 6 on June 3rd.)

No word yet if the son is behind this new venture or if a new owner  just kept the name to pay homage. Hopefully that means that the old sign will stay.
Does anyone have more info?

Picture Of The Day: Headless Madonna

Spied in a Carroll Gardens courtyard

A Little (Nostalgic) Carroll Gardens Movie: A Moment In The Sun

A Line From Brooklyn
An old Brooklyn postcard.

Carroll Gardener and friend David Castillo of Blue Barn Pictures sent me this beautiful little movie he filmed in the neighborhood this past week-end.  He writes:

"Yesterday I was at a bbq on President st and looked up to see clothes lines. I remember when i was little watching my mother hang clothes on the line and the squeak the wheel would make as she pushed the line out. Such an old school New York thing that has almost completely disappeared. I am glad Carroll Gardeners are still using clothes line."

 I am glad as well, David. And so glad you shared this movie. Thanks.

News From SAVE GOWANUS Regarding Lightstone Group's Development On Bond Street

image via Save Gowanus

Save Gowanus, an association "dedicated to the responsible and sustainable development of the area surrounding the Gowanus Canal", is holding its next meeting on the proposed Lightstone Group development at 363-365 Bond Street on Tuesday, June 4th.
Please take the time to attend to  hear an update on legal issues, fundraising, and getting support from local politicians.
Tuesday, June 4th @ 7 PM
Mary Star of the Sea
41 1st St. (bet. Hoyt  and Bond)

And if you can, stop by to meet and talk to members of Save Gowanus at the Carroll Park Fair, Sun. June 2nd 11-6.

Please also take time to tell NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation to safeguard our community from impacts of Lightstone’s Brownfield Cleanup by emailing your comment regarding Lightstone's application before June 1st.

You can do so by sending the following letter prepared by Save Gowanus.
(Click here to send it directly from their web site.)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)
Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP)
John Grathwol, NYS DEC- Division of Environmental Remediation,
Remedial Bureau B,
625 Broadway,
12th Floor,
Albany, NY 12233-7016

Response to Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) from LSG 400 Carroll Street LLC and LSG 363 Bond Street LLC for a site known as 400 Carroll Street and 363 Bond Street, site ID #C224173. This site is located in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings, and is located at 400 Carroll Street and 363 Bond Street 11231

Redevelopment and Brownfield Cleanup Programs must take place in the context of our post-Sandy, climate change world. In Dec 2010 NYS issued the Sea Level Rise Task Force Report to the Legislature. The task force also recommends that city, county and state governments seriously consider abandoning whole areas of the coast altogether, to allow vegetation to gradually migrate away from the shoreline and give nature a chance to build more natural barriers to rising seas, hurricanes and severe storms known to hit the Northeast frequently. The report offered no other real solutions to this growing problem.

We are deeply concerned that the State of New York may be financially supporting and encouraging new large-scale residential development in flood-prone coastal districts which will also be subjected to the rising level of the sea. We are particularly concerned that such new large scale developments, while being designed in a manner to protect the new structures from flooding, will result in negative impact to flooding conditions in existing surrounding neighborhoods. We also are concerned about the prospects of adding large numbers of new residential buildings in flood districts that would require evacuation during storm conditions, even though the new structure may have sufficient freeboard to prevent flood damage to the building.

We believe that the State of NY should not extend state funding, in any form, to brownfield redevelopment sites in coastal areas that carry risks of of creating additional flood harm in the adjacent upland communities by altering region-wide coastal flooding and stormwater drainage patterns. We ask that any such property brought into the NYS Brownfield Cleanup Program that is in a coastal area, be required to provide an objective and thorough region-wide hydrological impact study that describes how the area drainage would change given the proposed development.

We also ask that any brownfield remedy carried out in such an area be assessed and evaluated for its effectiveness under storm and flooding conditions. We ask that a detailed explanation be given on how the remedy and the proposed redevelopment construction will function as sea level base lines rise over the coming decades and century. The citizens should know if the re-investment of their tax dollars are being put to a good or frivolous use.

Stay connected to Save Gowanus via their website or via their Facebook page.

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2013 At The Urban Meadow: 10 Incredible Bands For $10

The Red Hook Jazz Festival, a fun, family-friendly outdoor event held every summer at the Urban Meadow, is back for a sixth year with two Sundays in June. The Festival is sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council, The House Of Pizza & Calzone and help from the volunteers of the Urban Meadow Community Garden.  The event costs $10 for adults. It's free or kids.
Mark your calendars. Here are all the details:
Big Bang Productions presents the 6th annual RED HOOK JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 on two consecutive Sundays, June 9 and June 16 in the Urban Meadow, a community garden on the Columbia Waterfront District.  
Celebrating its sixth installment this year's Red Hook Jazz Festival line-up features some of the world's most forward-thinking jazz musicians and composers playing today, with a focus on female artists and drummers, featuring the vocalist Fay Victor, the pianist Kris Davis, and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and Allison Miller (in both categories), Clarence Penn, Mike Pride, Mark Feber, Ted Poor, and Tom Rainey.Highlights of horn players are: Seamus Blake, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby Jon Irabagon, Loren Stillman, and Adam Kolker. Other well players include bassists Ben Street, Chris Lightcap, Drew Gress and Ken Filiano guitarist Adam Rogers, Nate Radley and Paul Kogut, piano players Gary Versace and James Carney and many other incredible musicians. 
The Red Hook Jazz Festival prides itself on being a homegrown jazz festival featuring an amazing line-up of mostly local talent. Where other festivals rely on corporate sponsorships and donations, the RHJF is an all-volunteer event proud to support a wide variety of superb figures in New York City and Brooklyn jazz, both young and old. The RHJF has truly developed a tradition of presenting great music with a laid back vibe, an outdoor setting, and a strong family-friendly focus, while striving to develop the next generation of jazz audiences. 
Last year, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz gave the RHJF a proclamation, and this year the RHJF is proud to announce a grant award from the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). 
The Urban Meadow is located at the corner of President & Van Brunt Streets in Brooklyn, NY. This year's RHJF is sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council, the House of Pizza & Calzone, and the Urban Meadow. 
Both days start at 1pm and end at 6pm. Entrance is $10 per adult/ kids attend free. Details, event schedule and directions follow below.For up to date announcements on the RHJF, visit: http://www.facebook.com/RedHookJazzFestival and the Urban Meadow's website: http://urbanmeadowbrooklyn.blogspot.com/p/directions-to-urban-meadow.html.

Picture Of The Day: The Gowanus Empress

The blooms of a Chinese Empress tree trailing in the murky waters of the Gowanus Canal.
To read more about this unusual tree, click here.

More Headaches For Neighbors Of Construction Site At 467 Union Street

Construction site at 467 Union Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets
Second Stop Work Order issued to 467 Union Street on May 14th, 2013
Neighboring building at number 465 Union Street
Repaired damage to Number 465 Union Street

More misery for the neighbors of a construction site on Union Street between Hoyt and Bond Street. For the second time since work began at 467 Union Street, a full Stop Work Order has been issued by the NYC Department Of Buildings.

Back in September 2012, excavation work for a new building at this address caused severe structural cracks to the neighboring building at 465 Union Street. In response, NYC Department Of Buildings imposed the first Stop Work Order for number 467. The agency also issued a Vacate Order to number 465.

Over the last few months, the cracks to the façade at number 465 have been repaired, the Vacate Order lifted  and construction resumed next door.  However, more trouble lay ahead for the home owner. Just this month, DOB imposed a second Full Stop Work Order to #467 Union Street after a 311 complaint stating that the construction had "changed the water course, blocking the natural water drainage under the foundation, creating flooding of neighboring properties at #463 and 465."

Once featured as a House Of The Day on Brownstoner, the original building at 467 Union Street was marketed by Corcoran as a teardown. After some time on the market, it was eventually sold for $377,000 in March 2012 to Jill and John Bouratoglou, the husband and wife team behind Bouratoglou Architect, PC. Shortly afterwards, permits were filed with NYC Department Of Buildings for a four-story, one family house.

Granted, water drainage and flooding are an ongoing problem for residents along Gowanus, but one can't help but feel sorry for the neighbors of this construction site.  They certainly have had to deal with their fair share of trouble.

A Meaningful Memorial Day Celebration In Carroll Park

Joan D'Amico welcomes everyone
Father Astor Rodriguez 
Patrick Watson sings the national anthem
Assemblywoman Joan Millman with several veterans
Assemblywoman Millman address those in attendance. "This Holiday is not about sales.  It's about people who sacrificed their lives."
Bruce McDonald of Friends Of Carroll Park
The Memorial Day Ceremony in Carroll Park has become a tradition in the last few years and it is nice to see that more and more local residents, young and old, are taking the time to remember those who gave their lives for this nation.
After a blessing by Father Astor Rodriguez and a beautifully sung rendition of the national anthem by Patrick Watson,  a wreath was laid in front of the war memorial by veterans from the neighborhood.

Several firefighters of Ladder 131 were also in attendance.  After the ceremony, they placed flowers at the memorial for Lou Valentino on Court Street at President Street.  Lou was a fire fighter who grew up in Carroll Gardens.  He lost his life in a blaze in 1996.

The event is organized by Court Street Merchants Association with the help of Friends Of Carroll Park.

Film Noir with an Exotic Tiki Flair at 2013 Tiki Night at the Egyptian Theatre

The exoticism of the South Seas blows through Hollywood with the Cinematheque's annual Tiki Night at the Egyptian Theatre on June 1, 2013, starting at 5:00 PM! Join us in the courtyard for performances from King Kukulele & The Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers, tiki vendors, and a no-host bar with your favorite Polynesian drinks. A slide show and a 50th Anniversary tribute to the Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room by Bob Baker's Marionettes will precede a screening of the 1954 film noir HELL'S HALF ACRE, filmed in Honolulu. Grab a lei and a Hawaiian shirt and come on down for some Tiki-tainment! 

Vendors will be in the courtyard from 1:00 PM.


1954, Republic (Kit Parker), 91 min, USA, Dir: John Auer

Filmed in the notorious red light district of Honolulu, this Auer/Fisher concoction is a delirious excursion into low-life noir. Evelyn Keyes becomes a taxi dancer to hunt for her missing G.I. husband Wendell Corey, who she believes is alive and writing hit songs in Hawaii! Little does she know he’s more than a simple songsmith - he’s also a gangster vying with Philip Ahn for control of the island’s vice rackets. Toss the sultry and statuesque Marie Windsor into the mix, and it’s pulp nirvana. Imagine film noir with a slack-key guitar soundtrack ... as good as trashy B-movies get!

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028. 
Tickets available on www.fandango.com 

Have A Great Memorial Day Week-End, Everyone!

My back yard in the rain.

Granted, it is a rainy start to a three-day week-end, but the sun is bound to come out eventually.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day and rejoin me here on Tuesday morning. I am working on a few interesting stories about the neighborhood.


The World's Best and Most Entertaining Commercials Showcased forOne Night Only at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood
Now here's a program that would make Don Draper cry with tears of joy. Advertising just doesn't get any better that these curated ads from around the world. Created and produced by Jean Marie Boursicot for more than 30 years, the world renowned international advertising cinema festival, The Night of the Ad Eaters®, featuring the world's best, creative and jaw-dropping commercials on the big screen from amongst 60 different nationalities, premieres in Los Angeles on May 31, 2013, 7:30pm, at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.  Details about the content of the program can be found here. The oldest commercial is a 1917 ad featuring Charlie Chaplin!

A special three-hour edition of the international advertising cinema festival will be showcased at the Egyptian Theatre for one night only, featuring hundreds of amazing, entertaining commercials from 40 countries.  The Los Angeles program will include: 'Singing America' (popular songs in commercials produced in the USA);  some of our favorite stars featured in commercials; New York in commercials; selected European commercials; Pepsi commercials from different countries; Parisienne cigarette commercials shot by the world's best film directors, selected commercials from Great Britain, and cinematic blockbusters in commercials. Presented in two parts, there will be a complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders at the intermission. The box office will remain open through the break and tickets can be purchased to the later segment of the program as well as the entire program. Prices remain the same, And feel free to come as your favorite "Mad Men" character!

A one night only annual event with an enormous cult following internationally, The Night of the Ad Eaters is now heralded in more than in more than 100 cities in 40 countries worldwide including Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Beirut, Mexico City, Lisbon, Hong Kong and Geneva, attracting more than 300,000 enthusiasts.

Handpicked by AdEaters founder Boursicot from his own vast personal archive avoiding repetition and familiarity, the ads are amazing, intriguing, shocking, and funny, representing the vitality, creativity, passion and trends present in the world of advertising from around the globe, in this riotous cavalcade of commerce.  Based on a language shared by all, no subtitles are necessary for "The Night of The AdEaters," transcending all linguistic and cultural differences.   
Part 1. (1 hour)
  • Singing America. (Popular songs in commercials produced in the USA on 50-60th)
  • New York in Ads
  • Selected European Ads

Part 2. (2 hours)
  • Pepsi ads (Produced in different countries at different times)
  • Star Wars theme and characters in Ads
  • Selected ads from the Great Britain

4. World best directors making ads for Parisienne cigarettes:
Jean Luc Godard, David Lynch, Bakhtigar Khoudoynazarov, Giuseppe Tornatore, Emir Kusturica, Roman Polanski, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, Joel & Ethan Cohen.

5. Movie stars in ads:
​Charles Chaplin (1917), Ziyi Zhang, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Jean Reno, George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Val Kilmer, Catherine Deneuve, Clive Owen, Gerard Depardieu, Hugh Laurie, Uma Thurman, Richard Gere, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melanie Griffith, Dustin Hoffman, Mickey Rooney, Tommy Tune, Paul Newman, Monica Bellucci, Jack Black

Gwen Deglise, film curator and programmer for the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, comments "The American Cinematheque is proud to present the first edition of this unique cultural program in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre, and we anticipate that local audiences will enjoy it as much as audiences have all over the world."
Araz  Mamet, CEO of Amaze Pictures, the Los Angeles producer of The Night of the Ad Eaters®, states: "This unique festival created for Los Angeles will offer ads never  before seen in the U.S., classic and contemporary spots, and something for everyone. "
Tickets are available at www.fandango.com (see links from the American Cinematheque website).

Sponsors for the Los Angeles edition include The American Cinematheque, United Nations Development
Program and Glocalcast.com.  Partners include the Los Angeles Film School.

About The Cinematheque Jean Marie Boursicot

The Cinematheque Jean Marie Boursicot is the biggest and only film library in the world dedicated to TV and cinema commercials. At first, Jean Marie Boursicot only intended his cinematheque to serve as a resource for students of advertising, so he mainly approached business schools and professional training organizations. Wellreceived by the advertising community and supported by the major agencies, the Jean Marie Boursicot Cinematheque gradually expanded its activities. Jean Marie nevertheless soon realized that without public or private subsidies, he would have to find new financial resources to ensure the preservation of advertising archives and guarantee the Cinematheque's survival and independence.

In 1981, he therefore created the very first "Nuit des Publivores®" (in English: "The Night of the Ad Eaters"), called "Friandises", with two aims: to share his passion and collect the funds necessary for the care and restoration of old films. In short, the "Night of the Ad Eaters®" became advertising and advertising became the show. The cinema-crazy little boy had become the "guardian of the temple" and the "memory" of the ephemeral world of fashion and creativity.
Established in Switzerland since 2005, for insurance and copyright reasons, the "Jean Marie Boursicot Cinematheque" is now internationally recognized as the greatest existing museum in the global advertising-film sector.
The Cinematheque Jean Marie Boursciot in figures / The Activity, the Media, the Museum Statistics:
  • More than 950,000 films, 80 countries.
  • The annual contribution of the agencies: 750 correspondents across 80 countries, 10,000 to 20,000 new films a year.

General philosophy:
To make the Cinematheque, which receives no subsidies, thrive while enriching its contents.
Partnership with TV stations:
Broadcasting of the Night of the Ad Eaters (Rai 3, Canal +, France 2, TF1, TSR, RTBF)
Various retrospectives:
Illustrations of TV broadcasts, telefilms and feature films
Sale of turnkey shows (MCM, COMEDIE, PARIS PREMIERE, PRO TV Romania, QUATRE SAISONS Quebec,
Video publishing:
The Cinematheque produces numerous thematic compilations and documentaries about advertising, with numerous distributors (FOX PATHE EUROPA, POLYGRAM, STUDIOCANAL, UNIVERSAL).
Use by institutions:
The Cinematheque regularly collaborates with Paris's Pompidou Center, the Cité des Sciences and other museums and institutions, with permanent or temporary exhibits.
In early 2003, the Vienna Technology Museum (Technisches Museum Wien) opened a space dedicated to the Jean Marie Boursicot Cinematheque and the history of film advertisements.
Educational activities: 
The Cinematheque collaborates with numerous publishers of academic works, including, notably,  HACHETTE EDUCATION.
Jean Marie Boursicot gives numerous lectures in schools and universities in France and abroad.
Picture Research:
Most of the world's advertising agencies approach the Cinematheque regularly to obtain historic, thematic or sector-based film footage.
Read more on our   website

Picture(s) Of The Day: Sweet Ride

1970's Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Parked on Clinton Street Near 4th Place