July 7, 2009

Gowanus, Brooklyn – July 6, 2009


Lot with a view


The Batcave





Carroll St. Bridge












The Unthinkable


Union St. Bridge




Submerged Steel Girder




Bond & 3rd St






I almost fell over the edge of the canal getting these next few shots. For those of you who know about my irrational fears, you know how harrowing this set was to capture…

Dead End – Bond St.



This poor plastic bag got snagged on some form of detrius on the bottom of the canal 



Kentile Floors Reverse


9th St. Trestle




Even rainwater turns toxic in Gowanus…






The Vichar/Abadi Warehouse at 455 Smith Street. Demolition began in February, but a “Full Stop Work Order for HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS and LACK OF PUBLIC PROTECTION” was issued shortly after. As you’ll see from the series below, it appears as though they got most of the work done…

More from Gowanus Lounge:
















No Escape




F Train



Kentile Floors Side View – Founded in 1898, it once billed itself as “America’s largest manufacturers of super-resilient floor tile”. It went out of business in the late ’90’s but the sign remains…








Banks’ Trestle



Looking SW



Cement Funnel


Golden Gowanus


Smith St


One of the hot topics in the area is whether or not to declare the canal a “Superfund Site”. This would mean that the government would donate significant resources to cleaning up the canal as it poses a potential hazard to those living around it. The mayor and local developers are against the declaration because it could decrease the value of property in the area. Good to know they care about the well-being of Gowanus residents!


Hoopties – 9th St



St. Thomas Aquinas Church


Old vs. New – 4th Ave & 8th St



  1. A few comments: i like this set. great colors you got from the canal. you should have fallen in.
    on the bond & 3rd set, the sketch in the top left looks like me. nice shots of the tags.
    you drink camel piss.

    Comment by Vic — July 8, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  2. If I fell in, I would be drinking camel piss, amongst a flurry of other carcinogens. That really does look like you, so strange!

    Comment by wally426 — July 8, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

  3. The Gowanus is contaminated because Exxon allowed oil to leak into it for decades, they should be the one’s to pay for it.

    Comment by Nick — July 9, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

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