• Sign at Whole Foods site says “CONTAMINATION SITE”

    Over the past few months the site for Whole Foods new store in Gowanus, Brooklyn, at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, has been a buzz with activity. Various construction vehicles have been zipping along next to the Canal; workers has been digging and laying concrete. The footprint for the store is well on its way to being complete. And up until November some residents nearby and in surrounding neighborhoods have been rejoicing with the idea that the Texas born chain is finally building its controversial store on the banks of the Gowanus, Canal.

    But, then Hurricane Sandy happened and the Whole Foods site, like much of the land along the Gowanus Canal, flooded. Flooded badly! Every inch of Whole Foods property in Brooklyn was submerged by Hurricanes Sandy’s surge. That gave Whole Foods advocates pause. But, then rumors started that the water was just ‘sea water’ and, as one smiling local residents stated after the storm, “there’s nothing wrong with a little salt water!” This rumor was validated for Whole Foods advocates by the EPA who tested a whopping four samples in two buildings (that’s only two!), near the Gowanus Canal right after the storm. The EPA found that bacteria was high, most likely from the massive amount of untreated sewage that is frequently dumped in the Canal, but that the toxic chemicals like metals and petroleum were very low. So, for advocates, ‘no harm, no foul.’ But the water that flooded the Whole Foods site may not have been sea water, since the water in the Gowanus Canal, which is 20 feet away, is a Superfunded site; And yesterday, twitter user @MartinBisi posted an image of a sign at the Whole Food sign, which read: “WARNING NO TRESPASSING ACTIVE CONTAMINATION SITE”…

    Um… say what now? You mean the location for a place that is going to sell food to the masses has a sign that reads ”WARNING NO TRESPASSING ACTIVE CONTAMINATION SITE”???!!!

    The sign appears to be next to a newly placed drain or vent that could possibly lead to the Gowanus Canal. Although why bother putting a drain or vent at all that leads to the Canal, since the waterway is just right there. Plus, if you look carefully at the image there appears to be several other signs with the same message all along the orange netting that separates the Whole Foods site from the Canal.

    Why are these signs even here? Why are there not signs like these all over the Gowanus near the Canal? The Canal’s a ‘contaminated site’, isn’t it? Why are these signs just at the Whole Foods site? Only time will tell.

    Time may even reveal that these signs are somehow a fake, misplaced, or even related to some construction contaminated. But simple logic will tell you that a plot of marshland next to a Superfunded contaminated Canal (set to take 25 years to clean), which has been flooded by that Canal’s very ‘toxic’ water, is most likely ‘contaminated’ and thus dangerous.

  • Scrap Metal Recyclers Busted For Canal Dumping

    While the feds have been trying to sort out a way to clean the superfunded Gowanus Canal, Benson Metal Corp. and Simsmetal East have been dropping pieces of metal scraps into the legendary toxic waterway. According to the Daily News, Benson Metal Corp. were documented at least 100 times dropping metal into the Canal. Benson Metal Corp. has been fined and indicated they will clean up their act. Simsmetal East who provides Benson Metal Corp. barges has also indicated that they will be cleaning up their act.

    Polluting makes Captain Planet sad…

    See the Daily News for more details here: Two scrap metal recyclers busted for dumping waste into Gowanus Canal; one slapped with $85K fine

  • Made In Gowanus Tours

    Take a stroll around Gowanus, the Superest Superfunded neighborhood, to see who’s reigniting the American maker movement with Made In Brooklyn Tours. The tour will take you around the industrial neighborhood so you can learn about this neighborhoods fascinating and unmatched history. (How fascinating you may ask? try 1st American Revolution  and industrial revolution fascinating!)

    Check out the detail of the tour:

    Made in GOWANUS Tour <–click for tickets
    Visit the heart of Brooklyn’s “maker movement” via its main artery and historic industrial waterway, the Gowanus Canal. See who’s makin’ it in Gowanus!

    Made in Brooklyn Tours are guided walking tours with a Made in Brooklyn theme. They tell the story of Brooklyn’s rich manufacturing heritage and today’s thriving “maker movement”. On Made in Brooklyn Tours the stars of the show make works of glass, metal and wood. They’re makin’ wine, chocolate, ravioli and more. All designed and Made in Brooklyn. Celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of Brooklynites past and present. Don’t just come to see Brooklyn. Get to know the captains of industry who made it here and the aspiring entrepreneurs who are makin’ it in Brooklyn today!


    Additional Details
    Made in Brooklyn Tours are designed for adults in small to mid-sized groups for an especially good time together. No two tours – even of the same neighborhood – are alike. Tours last about three hours and each is a unique experience. We’ll make a number of stops moving at a leisurely pace. You’re encouraged to return to your favorites after the tour to shop, eat or drink. Please arrive a little early and use the restroom before we start. We’ll be outside much of the time so dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a bottle of water, and don’t forget your camera!

    Get your tickets HERE

    Learn about other maker tours in Brooklyn at: www.MadeInBrooklynTours.com

  • Forget Black Friday… Go Green This Friday

    If you aren’t already standing in a line waiting for some big box store sale that they could easily afford to do all the time, than there is still hope for you. Just forget about going to the megastores and fighting your way to those worthless deals. Give up the ridiculous tradition of Black Friday and Go Green with Build It Green, Film Biz Recycling, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s E-Waste Warehouse here in the greatest neighborhood in the world, Gowanus, Brooklyn!

    All three of these Green places are having a mega holiday sales with 50% off selected items this Friday November 23rd from 10am – 5pm!

    AND! they are all having a having a craft workshop to help you make the perfect gift from 3 – 5pm.

    Go Green! Think Unique, Eco-friendly, DIY, and Inspiring creativity with ReUse.

    Green is so an X-mas color anyways!



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The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

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