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Shining a Light

Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn. On a bright, sunny day the park lights were one, which made for an interesting glow. In the right, from the 3rd St. bridge in Gowanus Canal about three blocks from where our son and family live, is a view of the new, luxury apartments build right on the EPA Superfund site of Gowanus Canal. I’m not sure how the developer wrangled a green light to develop on this site, but since this is NYC, I would imagine some money exchanged hands and all was good. The Canal has been designated a Superfund site since 2007 and only the week I was visiting were they starting the first pilot debris removal from one section of the canal called “the turnaround ” adjacent to the Whole Foods store that just went in a few years ago ( that’s another story). What may look like an idyllic location in this image is actually a very toxic ( heavy metals,  tar oil, etc) waterway which, on heavy rain days, raw, untreated sewage flows into. Then there is the smell, something you would never forget. On hot days the canal becomes this stagnant, heated cesspool that has an odor you would never forget. On this day it was pretty mild, but still can be shocking to non-residents walking through. I have read that the starting rents on the one bedroom apartments is $4500.00 per month!  One more dynamic to consider: during Superstorm Sandy the area flooded. The water came up over the banks of the canal and ran uphill about one block, which would put the first floor apartments at risk in the event of another big storm. You can  see some videos of Gowanus and the storm on YouTube. Very crazy.fullsizeoutput_2646

Duwamish Waterway

Switching locations. A stark reminder  that this river is still suffering from pollutants, probably from industrial discharges.

Gowanus Canal-#5

Gowanus Canal-#4

Gowanus Canal-#3

Third Street Bridge with various shots in different directions. I was surprised to see the Consolidated Freightways trailers ( CF ) as that freight forwarding company went suddenly bankrupt 10+ years ago. Here is a link to a video on the canal.

Gowanus Canal-#2

Views from 3rd St Bridge.

Gowanus Canal

Abandoned building, scrap metal business, section of the canal and dead rat floating near the 3rd St. Bridge. In the background of the image of the canal turning a corner you can see an elevated section of track/trestle for the F Train. The red brick building with no windows is a couple of blocks from the Gowanus Canal, but seemed to fit into the general environment you see as you walk towards the canal itself.

The canal is now an EPA Superfund Site. If you click on the link the Wikipedia page will have a map of the canal area on the right side of the page. Where we walked that afternoon was down 3rd St. up a couple of blocks to Carroll Gardens and then returned via Carroll St and Carroll St. Bridge.


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