• 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!


  • The Dead May Have Been Awoken

    You know those really spooky horror movies where someone disturbs some ancient burial grounds and all sorts of crazy weird stuff starts happening? Well, get ready for the crazy weird stuff to start happening…

    Yesterday, construction workers doing preliminary work for a possible school in Gowanus did some digging right where supposedly a mass grave from 1776 exist. The construction worker used this machine…

    to take samples. What they may not have realized is that their drilling might be going right down into the last resting place of 256 Marylander soldiers who died during the first battle of the Revolutionary War (Battle for Long Island / Battle for Brooklyn). There’s very compelling evidence from Eymund Diegel of the Public Laboratory & Proteus Gowanus and his community Grassroots Mapping team, that identifies this location, 170 8th Street (Parking lot), as part of a very historically significant mass grave. The supposed grave runs from the middle of properties near 9th Street and 3rd Avenue (American Legend) under 8th Street to properties at 8th Street and 3rd Avenue (Brooklyn Homebrew and Four & Twenty Blackbirds). Eymund Diegal and his team have done tons of research and aerial mapping of these locations. Some of the most compelling signs that their really might be a huge grave in the 170 8th Street parking lot is the direction of the plants growing in the lot, which seem to match the layout of dug trenches, and the cracks in the parking lot’s concrete that are about 8 feet a part (8 feet being the length of a grave). Because of the efforts made by Eymund Diegal and the community based Grassroots Mapping team the story of grave existence has reached those   who would be very horrified by someone drilling or even digging where such a treasure trove of American history might exist. Back in September Martin O’Malley, the Governor of Maryland, sent a note to New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg saying the Maryland would help preserve the site. Although, it is not known if efforts have been made by the Major’s office to control the 170 8th Street site, which is currently privately owned. What is known is that the lot is open for development and based on the testing being done by the construction workers, it looks like a school might want to use the property.

    We’re not saying that Revolutionary Soldiers are going to come back from the dead and wreak havoc on Brooklyn! (or are we!)

    What we are saying is American archaeologist and historians would be appalled at knowing the site was not properly excavated and history was simply covered up.







    More details on mapping here.


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