Friday, March 6, 2009

Robert Guskind, Dogged Brooklyn Blooger, Dies

BOULDER, Colorado -- Robert Guskind, founder of the Brooklyn-based blog Gowanus Lounge and writer for the site, was found dead Wednesday evening. Our condolences go out to his family and friends; Brooklyn has lost one of its most tireless champions.

We at the Walter Duranty Report will remember him most fondly for his relentless coverage of the sad state of affairs along the Coney Island boardwalk, which is being turned into a row of blighted vacant lots by its tyrannical landlords, Thor Equities. The company has dreams of turning the boardwalk into a stip of hotels and luxury condos (I guess they don't realize how far Coney Island is from Manhattan), but in the meantime, they are satisfied to jack up rents to drive off tenants and sell off the iconic attractions of Astroland to the highest bidder in Dubai or Pakistan. These same jokers have real estate interests in Russia; what a surprise.

But, it is probably best to leave the tributes and remembrances of Mr. Guskind to those who really knew him.

[Curbed: Robert Guskind, R.I.P.]

[New York Shitty: Dedicated To a Good Friend]

[Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn: Robert Guskind 1958 - 2009: Founder of Gowanus Lounge Dies]

[Brownstoner: Robert Guskind, Founder of Gowanus Lounge, Dies]

Unfortunately, Gowanus Lounge still remains down, but you can still peruse the archives of the blog's predecessor on

UPDATE: Gowanus Lounge is back up!

[Photo courtesy Pablo Jonesy via Curbed]

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