The Gowanus Watch

The property we’ve devoted ourselves to sits very close to a body of water that has been deemed toxic. In fact, as of March 2, 2010, the Gowanus Canal has been added to the EPA’s Superfund Priority List.

What does this mean for us?

Well, you ask a good question my friend. It means many things. To me, the Gowanus is emblematic of the growth it can inspire. Its expansion can be as big as its extension. People are drawn to water. We like running by it, swimming in it, kayaking, fishing and boating in it. We like to accumulate by it and gaze into it. We have an affinity for it. We like it’s look and allure, the calming sound its ripples make and the world that lives within it. We are, essentially, in love with water.

In terms of the Gowanus Canal, many condominium and big business developments have been put to a screeching halt after the canal was designated a Superfund. As per this article in the NYT, the standstill of big development has made headway for start of small transformation.

Young artists and small businesses are sprouting up. Hip bars, restaurants and local shops begin to line the neighborhood surrounding the canal, also called Gowanus. This signals some hope for us and our future in this neighborhood but one thing remains: something needs to be done about that very polluted water.

I’ve decided to start keeping tabs on the canal and any subsequent developments I hear about. I can certainly imagine a clean body of water surrounded by greenery and parks, gardens, maybe a school and contemporary water-front businesses.

Time will tell what happens next. For now, I’ve got my eye on that canal.

Here are a few pictures I took of the canal with my cell phone camera. Click on each photo for an enlarged view.

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About Maya

I like words like "labyrinthian," "kerfuffle," and "serendipitous" because they're mellifluous. I love poetry, pumpkin ales, sangria, long summer days, Fall foliage, going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves in October, live music, Jazz, Salsa dancing, theater, film (foreign and indie), the arts (myriad varieties), dance (in theory and practice) and any place where I can sit outdoors and take it all in.
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2 Responses to The Gowanus Watch

  1. anonymous says:

    kayak the canal! its awesome.

  2. It’s interesting to hear all the different visions folks have for the Gowanus. You might enjoy listening to the following radio podcast/article I published today on Gowanus and the artist community there. http://thebrooklynprospect.com/2011/10/19/art-flows-in-gowanus/

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