• Stick a tree up your friends backyard

    Our friends with backyards think their so special. “Look at me”, they say “I’m having a summer BBQ cause my apartments way awesomer than yours.” Then you go to said summer BBQ cause you don’t have a backyard and your socially required to…
    But when you get there you find that the stupid umbrella padio furniture that your friends have only shades four people. And your not going to be one of those four cause you’r late or not one of their special friends with a baby.(urgh Babies…taking our shade!) So, your stuck baking like bacon in the summer sun getting a sunburn that your doctor will say is the worst sunburn ever! This is all because your friends will buy tomatoes plants to grow, but fail to get plants that will grow tall enough to protect you and other non-baby having folk from the sun during backyard events!
    Now its winter and your safe from summer BBQs. But for the sake of your skin you gotta think ahead. You gotta get your stupid backyard summer BBQ having friends a tree that you can get shade from during their events.
    But where does one find a tree? The bodega surely doesn’t sell them and neither does the CSA your apart of. What the tree?
    Don’t worry the Gowanus Canal Conservancy totally has trees and their freaking giving them away this Sunday!!!
    Think about it, you’ll be a hero to everyone, especially the other sunburnt non-baby people!
    Take your backyard friends over to the Salt Lot by the Canal thus Sunday and make them get a tree! (Trees may take more than a summer or longer to get to shading height).


    [Gowanus Canal Conservancy] is teaming up with MilliontreesNYCNew York Restoration Project and BuildItGreen!NYC to bring NYC residents more trees for their homes and yard. We will be giving away 150 free trees at the Salt Lot during our Clean & Green Volunteer Day. Tree adopters will be able to choose their trees online and pick them up the day of the event anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm. 

    This Clean & Green will bring volunteers back to the Salt Lot again to help out with the tree giveaway, building a new compost windrow, and planting a new rain garden that will help to absorb and filter stormwater runnoff. Come on over for a great day of community and outdoor activities!

    Make sure to wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring plenty of water!  To RSVP, e-mail [them] at 

    Time: 11am – 3pm    Location: The Salt Lot (2 Second Ave)

  • Gowanus CAG meetings in October

    • Oct. 16: Water Quality/Technical Committee (re-scheduled from Oct. 9). Agenda TBD.
    • Oct. 23: Monthly General CAG meeting. Agenda: 1) Agency updates; 2) CAG charter and membership; 3) committee updates.
    • Oct. 29: Special CAG meeting with NYS DEC Officials: James Tierney, Asst. Commissioner for Water; Robert Schick, Division Director for Environmental Remediation; Venetia Lannon, Director, DEC Region 2; and Gary Kline, Chief, New York City Municipal Compliance Section, Bureau of Water Compliance.

    Real Estate Committee and Archaeology committee meetings to be scheduled.

    Please note that unless circumstances dictate otherwise, all CAG general meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month and all WQ/Technical Committee meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Other committee meetings are on an as-needed basis, for the time being.

    All meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are open to the public. Locations to be announced.


  • Gowanus Dredgers: Up the Creek, With a Paddle

    The tale of the Gowanus Dredgers…

    Gowanus Dredgers: Up the Creek, With a Paddle from Viola Gad on Vimeo.

    info from Vimeo posting:
    In 1999, a group of guys went drinking at a Brooklyn bar and came up with a crazy idea. They’d buy a couple canoes and start riding up and down the polluted Gowanus Canal to call attention to the environmental issues there. By the next morning, they had pooled their money and purchased the canoes. They decided to call themselves the Gowanus Dredgers, and began paddling through the noxious stew of industrial runoff and sewage. The Dredgers have since developed into a nonprofit organization devoted to opening access to NYC’s waterfronts, including the Gowanus, and they have championed environmental restoration of the waterway.

  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy Upcoming Events

    The Gowanus Canal Conservancy non-profit group sends out occasional email newsletters with news of upcoming events concerning the canal, including volunteer garden planting, tree giveaways, compost facility building and more. Sign up for the newsletter by dropping them a line .

    Read their latest newsletter below for a list of upcoming volunteer events and lectures this fall.

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  • Third Street Gets a New Bike Lane

    The corner of 3rd Street & Bike Lane…

    by B. Umanov 

    Third Street bike lane

    Third Street is getting a fancy new green bike lane between Third and Fourth Avenues. The lanes on each side of the two-way street are still under construction as of press date, with orange traffic cones and yellow tape surrounding the newly painted green pathways. The new lanes are “Class 2, Curb Side Lanes” with no buffer lane or parking protection, and will link up directly with the Third Street bike lanes connecting Third Avenue and Smith Street that were painted earlier this summer.

    Third Street has been ripe for a bike lane since the B71 bus was axed as part of the MTA service cuts of 2010.

    For an explanation of the different kinds of bike lanes in use in New York City, check out the short film below featuring interviews with various NYC DOT employees.


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