15-04-22 Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn’s Own Superfund Site) – An Earthday Tribute

I was in Brooklyn at The Gowanus Canal yesterday. Today, in honor of Earth Day, a man spent an hour swimming in it…

New York Times —–

WPIX – Channel 11.

The man’s name is Christopher Swain. In 2004, he swam the entire length of the Hudson to support clean water. He is a man who puts his body where his mouth is…

My day was not so adventurous.





11-25-14 A Sign Of Red Hook

This may be my favorite sign in the city.

Seen on a bridge over the Gowanus Canal (back in the past referred to as Lavender Lake due to its pungent smell, now apparently supposed to become the Venice of Brooklyn.)


6-5-12 Carroll Gardens, Gowanus and Prospect Park aka Venus? Nah, Brooklyn

Urban Utopias (a class for which I am the TA ) went to Brooklyn today. It was good shooting weather, partly to mostly overcast but not uniform, “not too hot and not too cold” said Goldilocks.

We started in Caroll Gardens at Eco Brooklyn which is an “innovative green building company” with a great roof garden and a lovely backyard.

Then we moved on to the Gowanus Canal which is on the EPA‘s Superfund National Priorities List. The sign in the first picture tells the story…

Then we took a 20 minute walk

to Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park

My attempt at creating the “feel” of the Hudson River School without using Photoshop

Of course I had hoped to end this post with pictures of the Transit of Venus but, while the clouds broke long enough for me to see it through the nifty safety glasses the Columbia University Astronomy Department provided, I did not have the time to set up and get the shot…

However, I did see this little devil viewing the event

Now, if you blow up this next shot and run it through your super CSI computer equipped with all the latest computer enhancement devices, I can promise you with almost 100% certainty…you still won’t see Venus.

For a different (yet similar) view of the Transit of Venus check out Where’s my backpack?

3-25-12 Made It

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land

G. K. Chesterton


From Riverkeeper

“A Clean Water Landmark for NYC

A landmark agreement announced March 13 between New York City and the state will lead to $2.4 billion in investments to reduce sewage pollution in the Hudson River, Newtown Creek, Gowanus Canal and other waterways. The agreement reflects years of Riverkeeper advocacy, in partnership with the SWIM coalition, to advance green infrastructure, preserve citizen rights to clean water law enforcement, and take significant strides toward achieving the Clean Water Act goals of making even our urban waterways safe for swimming and fishing.