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Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel turns 100! so let’s Party!

Update: There are two parades for this event: one modest sidewalk parade that starts on Butler Street & goes down Bond to Union; and a watercraft parade that’s on the Gowanus Canal.

What do you do when an old grandma turns 100 years old? You have a party that beats all the other parties granny has ever had. What do you do to celebrate a polluted flushing tunnel off the Gowanus Canal? You have a huge party and a parade that’s beats all others crazy events in existence.

Proteus Gowanus Presents: A Parade and Celebration for the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel on June 21st, 2011. The tunnel, built in 1911, was one of the first ways people tried to ease the nastiness that floated in the Canal. In theory the tunnel made it so that the ‘nastiness’ would be moved out of the land lock Canal and into a larger body of water. –that larger body of water being the New York Harbor. Later in 1960 through a series of foolish events causing a mechanical failure and finance issues the Canal’s Flushing Tunnel was closed. For almost 30 years the Canal didn’t move. It just sat and kept getting worse and worse. Luckily in 1999 it was brought back to life and began flushing the pollution back into the New York Harbor where it belongs. Tee hee…

Come celebrate the Tunnel that keeps the Canal from being even grosser than it already is.

Check out the details:

One hundred years ago, all of South Brooklyn came out to celebrate the opening of the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel. The tunnel’s pump would draw fresh water from Buttermilk Channel into the stagnant and odorous Gowanus Canal.

On June 21, 1911, the neighborhood marked the long-awaited opening with bunting and streamers, speeches and parades. A 9-year old girl, crowned Miss Gowanus, floated down the canal on a barge, tossing white lilies into the now purified waters of the canal.

Parade route: The sidewalk parade will begin on Butler Street, behind the old Pumping Station.

We will walk down Bond to the Union Street Bridge, where we will meet up with a second parade on water—and cheer on Miss Gowanus!

The celebration will end with refreshments at Proteus Gowanus, down the alley at Union and Nevins.

Visit Proteus Gowanus for more.

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