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Gowanus Canal

  1. infrastructure
    Climate Change Is Putting More Poop in New York’s WatersA crappy side effect of all this rain.
  2. The Smell Map of Gowanus Is HereSo glad they didn’t map my bedroom. 
  3. urban planning
    Gowanus Canal Is Getting a ‘Sponge Park’ to Make It Slightly Less Toxic It will at least help block some new contaminants from flowing into the canal when it rains.
  4. superfund sites
    Environmental Activist Swims in the Gowanus Canal — AgainBecause one dip in raw-sewage waters is never enough. 
  5. the weather
    Heavy Rains Send Polluted Garbage Water From Gowanus Canal Into Brooklyn StreetsEw.
  6. no swimming
    This Man Went for a Swim in the Gowanus CanalEverything except for his face and mouth were covered.
  7. oh brooklyn
    Brooklyn TED Talk Coming Live From the Gowanus CanalGood luck in there.
  8. neighborhood news
    Giant Ball of Trash in Gowanus Canal Is Actually About HopeIt’s a sculpture made from 450 umbrellas and 128 two-liter bottles.
  9. gross things
    Canoeing on the Gowanus Canal Is Just As Gross As You ThinkThere is still work to be done there.
  10. things that are gross
    Gowanus Canal to Host Smelliest Boat Race EverWorld’s first all-Superfund course.
  11. new developments
    Gowanus Canal Is Getting 700 New NeighborsA huge development got approved.
  12. sad things
    The Gowanus Dolphin Never Really Had a ChanceMore sadness.
  13. aquatic puppies!!
    Poor Dolphin Dies in Disgusting Gowanus Canal [Updated]Cute, but ew.
  14. things that are gross
    It’s Going to Cost Half a Billion Dollars to Clean the Gowanus CanalIt’ll take until 2020, too.
  15. development watch
    New York Developers Can Gentrify AnythingSuperfund status does not trump Gowanus location.
  16. gowanus canal
    The Politics of Poop: Feds Battle the City Over Gowanus CleanupWe’ve had enough of this crap.
  17. rock you like a hurricane
    Hurricane Irene Could Be a Toxic Shitstorm in the Gowanus CanalPAHs, PCBs, and poop, oh my.
  18. neighborhood news
    The Gowanus Canal’s Toxic Waters Now Support Some Manner of WildlifeA muskrat joins the hipster houseboats.
  19. buried treasure
    EPA’s Gowanus Cleanup Reveals Sunken Vessels, Possibly From the Eighteenth CenturyThe ships may be from the canal’s heyday as an industrial highway.
  20. cleaning up
    Gowanus Canal Residents to EPA: How About That Raw Sewage While You’re at It?Please?
  21. neighborhood news
    Developers Bail on Gowanus CanalThe canal has been stigmatized, perhaps, since getting a “Superfund” label.
  22. mystery mayonnaise
    Black Mayonnaise Is at the Bottom of the Gowanus Canal“The color is like lava, really black. It just kind of oozes.”
  23. neighborhood news
    Man Drives Into Gowanus CanalAnd survives!
  24. neighborhood watch
    The Plaza Will Soon Let You Throw Money at It AgainGowanus: The Gowanus Village is on the market for $27 million, and Curbed has a photo gallery, including shots of the “beautiful canal waterfront.” [Brownstoner] Lower Manhattan: Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The visitor center down there will have a public program at 7 p.m. in remembrance. [WTC Visitor’s Center] Midtown: The Plaza’s final opening date is scheduled for March 1. It starts at only $1,000 a night. But that comes with wireless! [NYT]
  25. neighborhood watch
    Fishing in the Gowanus Canal: Yeah, They Do It. What?Astoria: Boy, Pete Hamill’s writer bro Dennis sure loves the park here. Perhaps just a few hundred words more than necessary? [NYDN via Queens Crap] Bushwick: Horny gay gentrifiers, listen up. That hot local papi you just took home may agree to tie you up … but only to steal your Gucci watch. [NYP via BushwickBK] Gowanus: They’re fishing bluefish out of the toxic Gowanus Canal … and eating them! Ew, that’s just naasty! [Gowanus Lounge]
  26. it happened this week
    Who Do You Like?As Indian summer continued its extended run last week, some of the most popular kids in town found themselves getting the cold shoulder. A federal lawsuit charged Bloomberg LP discriminates against pregnant women, and BMOC Mike Bloomberg promptly reminded us that he no longer runs his namesake company. (Later in the week, a little red in the face, he admitted he regularly talks to senior executives there.) Onetime Most Likely to Succeed Barack Obama fell 33 points behind Hillary Clinton in the latest presidential poll.
  27. the morning line
    Congestion Pricing, Coming Soon to a Midtown Near You! • The mayor will use Earth Day to unveil a barrage of housing, transit, and environmental proposals. In the spotlight today: a charge for drivers to enter midtown, a cabbies’ dream and car commuters’ nightmare. [NYT] • Governor Spitzer is requesting FEMA aid, including disaster unemployment relief, for twelve counties hit hard by the weekend’s nor’easter. New York City is in line for some federal funds as well. [WSTM] • Albany, meantime, is proposing the so-called Paw and Claw Tax (on pet food, natch), with the money going toward shelters. The tax would apply to “dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits and birds.” Your ferret is now a bargain. [NYS] • Tom Cruise, whom the Post now dubs “the diminutive Scientologist,” hit Chelsea (an easy joke there) to raise funds for his questionable sauna-and-vitamins program for 9/11 emergency workers. Reporters were banned. [NYP] • And it took two fumbling attempts for the NYPD scuba team to tow the departed Sludgie the Whale from Gowanus to his final resting place in Jersey City. Deadpanned one detective by way of equivocation, “This was my first whale.” [WNBC]
  28. the morning line
    No Good News • It pales in comparison to Virginia, but it shouldn’t: A disturbed Queens man killed his mother and two others before killing himself. The mother is said to have called the police seven times seeking protection, the last time minutes before her death. [NYDN] • The Virginia Tech gunman addressed his manifesto to “30 Rockefeller Avenue, NY, NY 10102” — and it still made it to NBC: the one package that would probably be better off lost. [NYT] • Oh, great, look who’s coming to Manhattan: JCPenney. The company will open a 150,000-square-foot store in the midtown. A Lower East Side branch is surely to follow by, oh, 2012. [CNN Money] • The Times produces a think piece on the New Jersey Governors Who Speed, interviewing a Christie Whitman staffer and Thomas Kean. The consensus is that speeding is “just part of the culture.” [NYT] • And the final bummer on a wretched morning: The Gowanus whale is dead. Surprisingly, not from poisoning; the poor thing struck a “rocky ridge.” We suspect suicide. [NYP]
  29. photo op
    A Whale Floats in Brooklyn* A Squib On a Whale** As it turns out, “there’s a whale in the Gowanus Canal” sounds much more exciting than it looks. * We were trying to go with a Squid and the Whale reference, but nothing worked. Feel free to e-mail better suggestions. ** And the winner is the inimitable Adam Sternbergh, who, whether highbrow or low, is always brilliant.
  30. the morning line
    Save the Whale, and the Musicians • After Jon Corzine recovers — speedily, we hope — we see a lot of PSAs in his future. Not only was the New Jersey governor not wearing a belt at the time of his crash last Thursday, but the car was doing 91 mph. [NYDN] • Cynthia Greenberg, an activist who claims to have been kicked in the head by an NYPD officer at an antiwar rally, will get $150,000. The city is making the case go away after Greenberg threatened to produce videotape. [NYT] • The German Army has fired the instructor who told his soldiers to imagine scary black dudes in the Bronx before squeezing the trigger. Chalk the victory up to the unlikely alliance of YouTube and Bronx beep Adolfo Carrion. [amNY] • As live-music venue closings reach a critical mass, musicians descended on City Hall yesterday to protest. Turns out guitarist Marc Ribot speaks fluent municipal-ese (“that industry brings hundreds of thousands of tourists,” etc.). [Metro NY] • And a baby minke whale has made its way into the Gowanus Canal. As of this moment, it’s still navigating the filthy waters, and rescue plans are being drawn up; on a related note, is “Fin City” really the best the Post could do? [NYP]