Eymund Diegel, of the Public Laboratories, fiddles with his DIY aerial mapping device. He’s got some tape, a camera, a kite, and a ‘hello kitty’ hairband. He’s about to send his mismatch aerial camera high above the Gowanus to take photos like these. It’s another day in the life of a scientist, but he like so many others are working on unimaginable projects. This project? the Gowanus Canal! Eymund and an of army of people are trying to change the Canal back into the natural waterway it once was. The New York Times takes a look at what he and others are doing in the area here.