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Channel 12 - Underground Lobster Pound Story

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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Channel 12’s Story on The U.G.L.P.
Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

So The Brooklyn Chowder Surfer has another story this time on Channel 12.

Greenpoint guy’s underground lobster roll business gets popular, but the city tries to put a stop to it.

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Underground Lobster Pound on PIX News

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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The Underground Lobster Pound makes the news… AGAIN!
Location: location

Check out this story Channel 11 WPIX did on The Underground Lobster Pound

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Derby gets press in the NY Daily News!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Here’s a quick screen grab, click on it to go to the article:
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Daily News says:

Brooklyn Fishing Derby has them angling for the prize

Tuesday, October 20th 2009, 4:00 AM

This competition is the reel deal.

The first annual month-long Brooklyn Fishing Derby is in full swing, beginning just as a state fishing law requires all New York anglers to be licensed.

“Talk about timing,” said Ben Sargent, 32, a former Williamsburg restaurant owner and organizer of the fishing derby, which runs along the East River shoreline from Red Hook to Long Island City. “How do you like my luck here?”

The derby and its 60 competitors started Oct. 1, the same day the license requirement became law, and many Brooklyn anglers aren’t hooked on the idea of having to dish out $10 to fish in New York waters.

“It’s now a privilege to go fishing,” said Sargent, a lifelong fisherman and co-founder of the Brooklyn Urban Anglers fishing club. He has not yet purchased a license.

“They’re only doing this to make money on licenses and to make money on ticketing you. Nobody’s been caught yet, but there’s a lot of guys in protest who are just not going to get licenses.”

Fishing club co-founder James Potter, 36, agreed, saying: “It’s just another barrier for people who live in a big borough to get out and enjoy themselves in public water.”

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is in charge of issuing licenses and ticketing violators. A ticket can cost up to $250 and 15 days in jail.

“For the next three months, through December, we’re issuing warnings and trying to educate. If they’re out there every day fishing without a license, then they’ll get a ticket,” said DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino.

But Severino conceded that only three special DEC marine enforcement officers were patrolling New York City waters in boats, warning fishermen. They are aided by an additional 20 environmental conservation officers on land.

In Kings County, 6,956 anglers have already bought the state license, making up 14% of permitted fishermen statewide.

“I guess in New York people are very concerned about the laws and that you’re obeying them all the time,” said Mel Smothers, 62, a Bushwick artist and avid fisherman who learned about the new state rule when he signed up for the derby, and bought a license shortly afterward.

The competition was extended through the first week of November to allow more time for anglers to catch large bluefish and striped bass as they pass through New York waters on their way south to the Chesapeake Bay.

The derby, labeled the “common man’s fishing competition” by Sargent, is all catch and release. There are no boats allowed and all participants are free to fish whenever they like, as long as they provide video or photo proof of their catches.

So what’s the final prize? Sargent said he’s hoping to get one of the derby’s 30 local sponsors to pitch in “prizes that are over the top. Like a wheel of cheese.”

Press: Throwdown!

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Guest appearance
Date aired: January 2007
Ben goes head to head with Bobby Flay in a chowder throwdown Brooklyn style.

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Press: Ben on Martha Stewart

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Martha Stuart Living
Guest appearance
Date aired: October 2006
Ben shows Martha how to make chowdah.

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Press: Surfers Journal

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

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Surfers Journal
No Surf Till Brooklyn
Date: April 06′
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Press: New York Times

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

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New York Times
Chowders Define a Williamsburg Sand Bar
Date: 2006
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Press: Metro Sports New York

Friday, March 4th, 2005

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Metro Sports New York
Surf’s Up in NYC
Date: 2005
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Press: New York Times

Friday, March 4th, 2005

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New York Times
A City Crowd Goes Surfin’, Surfin’ N.Y.C.
Date: 2005
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Press: New York Times

Friday, March 4th, 2005

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New York Times
Surfing NYC? Its Not Malibu, but a Queens Beach Will Do
Date: 2005
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Press: Amsterdam

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

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Amsterdamn
Guest appearance
Date aired: 2004

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Press: Japan Press

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

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Japan
Guest appearance
Date aired: 2004

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Press: New York Times

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

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New York Times
Grand Central Terminal, In the Curl
Date: 2004
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Press: Greenpoint

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

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Greenpoint
A Chowder Shack in Brooklyn?
Date: 2004
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Press: DNR

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

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DNR
Street Wave : New York City has always seemed an unlikely home to surf shops—until now
Date: Dec 2003
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