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  • Gowanus Canal Historic District? (Updated)

    Um… say what? A large corridor along both sides the Gowanus Canal could be officially registered as a historic area. Back a few years ago Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) put in a request with New York Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) to have Gowanus placed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Urban Industrial District. This means that lots of those fantastic industrial building along the Canal could be saved. This would also drastically change the residential river-walk vision that many have for the Gowanus Canal.

    This coming Thursday, March 13, 2014, the New York State Historic Preservation Review Board was suppose review Gowanus’s nomination, but according to an email from Community Board Six (CB6), the consideration for Gowanus has been postponed for 60 days to allow for more review. Craig Hammerman, District Manager of CB6, noted in a general info email to CB6 peeps:

    NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation office that the City of New York has requested a 60-day postponement because it had several buildings in the application and it wanted more time to consider how it would be impacted by the proposed designation; therefore, this item will not be considered on the State Review Board’s March 13th agenda.

    So looks like the world will have to wait and see the fate of Gowanus’s historic  status. You’d think with all the old structures, and the areas involvement with the American Revolutionary War and the Industrial Revolution, that Gowanus as a historic district would be a no brainer. *derp!


    If you’re a super nerd like we are, you can totally read the application draft nomination for Gowanus Canal Historic District here!


    Update: In a previous version of this post, it was stated that NYSOPRHP would be looking at FROGGs application, when in fact they were continuing their review of Gowanus’s nomination. The term ‘river-walk’ in this article is tongue and cheek reference to design ideas for Gowanus.

  • The Green of Whole Foods 3rd & 3rd Store

    Whole Foods site at Third Ave & Third Street here in Gowanus, Brooklyn, has been called the ‘the greenest grocery store in America’. But is it really? Can they make this claim?

    Steam Engine Films produced this video for Whole Foods, which highlights what Whole Foods Gowanus really have going on, when it comes to being green…

    Whole Foods Brooklyn – Green Tour from Aden Hakimi on Vimeo.

  • Water Restoration Technology

    Ok, so clean up crews will soon be cleaning the dirty waters of Gowanus Canal with the EPA’s Superfund plan. (Which you can totally see the details of here.) The clean up for the EPA involves capping the Canal and ‘dealing’ with the combined sewage overflow system that dumps pooh into the Canal. Both of these issues are totally super important, but these are just the beginning of clean up for the beloved stinky Canal. What needs to come next is continuos filtration of the water. We are sure there are many ideas out there, but we thought we’d suggest a random cool one anyways.

    Featured in the image below are what’s called Floating Treatment Wetland

    These are mini ecosystems on a tiny island islands that naturally filter the nasty elements out of water; say dirty water like in the Gowanus Canal.

    Floating Treatment Wetlands make this:

    Look like this: Read more ›

  • We’d Like A Mini Museum Please

    Imagine having a piece of a Apollo 11 command module, pooh from a dinosaur, or even a piece of the oldest matter ever collected! You can, and it can all fit in the palm of your hand with a Mini Museum. This is an epic collection in a small little space, which will make your friends so jealous and you so freaking cool. Check out the nerdasticness…

    Billions of years of life, science and history in the palm of your hand!
    Donate here!

    Go Science!

  • DEP offer $6 Million in Grants

    ↑ Bishop Loughlin Before and After ↑

    Department of Environmental Protection is offer $6 million dollars in grants for Green Projects to community groups Non-Profits, and Property Owners. That’s a whole lot of green to make a whole lot of green!

    Over the past 3 years the DEP has offer $11 million in grants to fund various green projects. You might be familiar with a few like: ’43,400 square foot green roof at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the nation’s first blue/green roof combinations at The Osborne Association in the Bronx, a green roof at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in Manhattan, permeable pavers and rain gardens at Queens College, a New York Restoration Project community garden in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, and a green roof at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn.’

    ↑ Queens College, Rain Gardens Permeable Pavers ↑

    DEP wants to continuing greening the hell out of the big apple and, for the first time ever, offers not one, but two times during a single year for groups to submit applications. These application dates are:

    For even more details on how you can become the next Captain Planet for your neighborhood go here!

  • Hoverboards are Real?

  • New Scarf to Absorbs Germs

    One needs lot and lots of protection from Germs in Gowanus and all over this sneezy City. Good thing someone invented the “Scough“, a stylish scarf that helps protect against both germs and pollution!

    You can grab your own “Scough” here!

    Bonus Your Face Off
    One of the founders of Scough, Andrew Kessler, is no stranger to innovative ideas. He actually opened a book store that only sold one book (his own as a matter of fact). Check out his shannagans in our old post: One Book for an Entire Bookstore…truly Martian

  • Spend $1,000,000.00

    Aside from some evil world dominating plan, how would you spend $1,000,000.00?

    Well, both City Council Member Brad Landers for the 39th District and City Council Member Stephen Levin of the 33rd District want to know. And you can totally tell them by casting your vote on your favorite idea in the Participatory Budget!

    Wait, what the hell are  Participatory Budgeting Projects? Well…

    Basically it’s a way for local communities to choose how they’d like to spend money for projects in their neighborhoods. It’s freakin’ brillant. There a many proposal out there, from parks to school bathroom renovations, to planting trees, to solar panels…  It all depends on which district you live in.

    To check our what specific great ideas are up, head on over to the Participatory Budget Expo on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Camp Friendship (339 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215). Or you can just swing over to this site and click on your district! A Sim City like map will come up and show all the cool ideas and where they’re located.

    Once you know what you want to spend the $1 million on, you can cast your vote from on April 5, 2014 and April 6, 2014 (early voting April 1).

    Go to City Council Member Landers or City Council Member Levin’s websites or even for more details on where to vote!

    Go on with your kickass self and check out the expo and rock the vote!


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