Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Gowanus Lounge Turns One Today

First Post

Today is GL's first birthday. During our first year we posted 2,200 items, the first of which is pictured above. We hope we've made a small contribution toward adding to the flow of information in Brooklyn and to shedding some light on the things that we cover. You may agree with us on some issues or disagree strongly with us on others, but if you think we've added a little something to the discussion about Brooklyn's present and future, then we've been doing what we set out to do.

What motivates us is simple: to share information so that less happens in Brooklyn when no one is looking or has to wait a week to read about it. We know we can't get it all, but if we get a little and someone else gets a bit more, pretty soon a lot more information is available.

GL has been a labor of love, and the product of very long work days and very sore feet as we make our way around Brooklyn with a bag of photo gear slung over our shoulders. We have made many friends in the process, which is the nicest part about doing all of this.

We want to especially extend our thanks to Curbed founder Lockhart Steele, whose support and encouragement have been invaluable. Without Lockhart there might not even be a GL. Others have encouraged us too, particularly Gothamist founder Jake Dobkin, whose kind words have meant a lot, No Land Grab's Lumi Rolley, who has been a good friend, Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn's Louise Crawford, who was supportive from Day One, and Atlantic Yards Report's Norman Oder, whose dedication and intellect are inspiring. The sites that link to us regularly are too numerous to mention. You know who you are and we appreciate the fact that you find our stories worth mentioning. To the hundreds of thousands of visitors that have stopped in: Thank You. To our readers that have passed along valuable information, and to the particularly valued readers that have practically become contributors: Thank You. Thank You.

Our goals for the next year are simple: Bigger. Better. Faster. Smarter. Different. More.

A lot more.

Here's to Year Two.

16 Comments:

Blogger Brooklyn Salt said...

Happy Birthday! Keep up the great work

9:15 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Salt said...

Happy Birthday and congrats!

Keep up the great work

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Atomische said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Keep up the good work!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats on a fantastic first year. gw is an invaluable community resource, with fresh, up to the minute information about what's going on in bklyn. it's hands down the best bklyn blog. give yourself a nice pat on the back for a job well done.

onward andupward. better, faster, different (but not too different)

9:49 AM  
Blogger O. L. Robau said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU GOWANUS LOUNGE!!!!

KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!
YOU'RE THE BEST BLOG IN BROOKLYN!!!!


from Kinetic Carnival

10:54 AM  
Anonymous The Changeling said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! You're definitely one of the hardest working bloggers in blog-business! We, the readers, truly appreciate it.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Eliot said...

Congratulations and thanks, Robert.

11:45 AM  
Blogger dth20k said...

Great job!

Best Wishes from just across 4th ave...

12:31 PM  
Blogger IMBY said...

Happy Birthday!!!! You sure are quite a sophisticated 1 year old! Looking forward to Gowanus Lounge's terrible two's.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous C.C. said...

Thank you for the great work, Robert.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns from this wannabe Brooklynite!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous GerritsenBeach.net said...

Conrgats!

7:43 PM  
Anonymous DumboNYC said...

GL is a must read for all things Brooklyn. Thanks for the insights and news that we wouldn't have otherwise known about. Looking forward to another year of GL!

10:59 PM  
Blogger i'mjustsayin said...

I can't believe its only been a year. GL's quickly become part of a nutritious breakfast - and its not just for breakfast anymore!

Happy Birthday and keep up the great work Robert!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Lesterhead said...

Happiest Bday wishes and thanks for all the support you've given to CH Blog :)

11:51 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Happy birthday and congrats, Bob. GL's still the first blog I check every morning. Best wishes for year #2!

9:29 AM  

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