Last summer I tried to jump-start my little blog. I emailed several well-known Brooklyn blogs to see if I could contribute anything. The first response I got was from Robert Guskind with www.gowanuslounge.com. He was more than happy to listen to my ideas and posted the first thing that I pitched to him, including my photos. From that point on, my little blog got a surge in traffic and Robert kept the emails coming. I worked with him on several things last summer and he was always positive and kind in his emails. He boosted my confidence as a new blogger and was a great person to bounce ideas off of. Recently, I received an email from Robert checking in and wondering how Jersey City was. He also told me that he would always welcome my ideas/stories/photos and to keep writing. I responded and told him I often visit Brooklyn and I would keep my eyes open. I didn’t realize that would be the last communication I had with him.
I was deeply saddened to read today that Robert was found dead in his Park Slope apartment on Wednesday, March 4th. I was also very sad to learn that he had been going through a “rough several months” and previous health problems. Here is a link to In Memoriam, posted on Gowanus Lounge, which was beautifully written by Marc Farre.
I needed to pay tribute to such a gift to the blogosphere and to the Brooklyn community. Robert, you will most certainly be missed more than you can imagine. When I think of the neighborhood that I left and will always love, I often think about your witty and colorful posts. My deepest condolences to Robert’s family and friends.