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Brooklyn Informed: The Gowanus Canal

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Learn more about the Gowanus Canal "sewershed," newly named an EPA Superfund site.

The murky depths of Brooklyn's highly polluted Gowanus Canal conceal the remains of its industrial past. Now, having recently been listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List, it looks to a clean future ahead. The best part? Restoring the canal will be paid for by polluters, not taxpayers....read more

William Miller: Gowanus Canal

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NYC photographer finds abstract beauty in the polluted Brooklyn waterway

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal carries the unwelcome distinction of being one of America's most polluted waterways. To gaze into it is to witness more than a century of unfettered industrial abuse, with all of the coal tar, oil slicks, and garbage you might expect. So it's not exactly the most photogenic landscape in New York. But local photographer William Miller has a knack for finding beauty in......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Glassphemy!

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Smashing bottles on the Gowanus Canal.

New York's Macro-Sea invades underused urban spaces and reenergizes them with creative projects and happenings. Like Glassphemy!, a 20x30-foot "visceral and psychological recycling center" erected in a pre-gentrified lot on the Gowanus Canal. In a violently fun take on recycling, participants were invited in the structure to smash empty beer bottles against the bulletproof glass. The shattered......read more

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