Dredged material from Gowanus Canal 4th Street Basin: lots of junk, some artifacts

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Recent dredging of the Gowanus Canal’s 4th Street Turning Basin, where contractors are conducting pilot work to test the efficacy of methods for cleaning and capping before rolling out the effort to the rest of the canal, have turned up a lot of junk, especially old tires. But not everything being removed from the canal’s… Read more »

Parks and aggravation: Canal-side builders leaving cars on sidewalk

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Via the Brooklyn Paper: Workers who are building a controversial apartment complex on the banks of the Gowanus Canal are parking on sidewalks, say neighbors, and they haven’t stopped despite multiple warnings and tickets from police. “They just park on the sidewalks every day,” said Michael King, who lives on Second Street, across from developer… Read more »

More Than 56,000 People Applied for 86 Affordable Apartments on Gowanus Canal

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Via DNAinfo… More than 56,000 people are vying for a chance to live next to one of America’s most polluted waterways. Some 56,058 applicants entered an online lottery for 86 affordable apartments at 365 Bond St., a new high-rise overlooking the contaminated Gowanus Canal, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development said. HPD… Read more »

In Memoriam: Bette Stoltz

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We are terribly saddened to learn of the passing of our Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group colleague, and long-time local activist, Bette Stoltz, who died Thursday, November 19 after a brief illness. Our most sincere condolences go out to Bette’s family and many friends. The CAG’s Katia Kelly posted a touching tribute to Bette on her… Read more »

Waste watcher: Historian dredges up Gowanus Canal’s dirty history

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Author, historian and Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group member Joseph Alexiou has just published a new book – about the murky past of the Gowanus Canal. Story via the Brooklyn Paper: “The Gowanus Canal is a lens through which you can look at the development of Brooklyn as a city,” said historian Joseph Alexiou. “You could stand at… Read more »

Boat Captain Dreams of Gowanus Canal Teeming With Life, Not Pollution

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John Lipscomb (Photo: Leslie Albrecht/DNAinfo)   Via DNAinfo and Park Slope/Windsor Terrace/Gowanus reporter Leslie Albrecht: John Lipscomb loves boats, open water and the scent of fresh ocean air, but on a recent humid evening at low tide, he couldn’t wait to steer a bathtub-size aluminum vessel onto one of America’s most polluted waterways. “Shall we?” Lipscomb… Read more »