• Oil vs. Water – Cleaning Slick from the Gowanus Canal

    The rainbow sheen that dances on the surface of the Gowanus Canal isn’t anything pretty, its oil! This oil comes from the streets and from manufacturing along the Canal. Some of the oil has floated in the Canal since the industrial revolution. Oil is one of the biggest problems for the Canal because of the whole oil vs. water thing. Water and oil don’t mix, but you can’t just sift out the oil as no technic has been able separate the two even though they don’t mix. It a conundrum or maybe not! Scott C. Smith of OPFELX Solutions shows how a simple product can remove oil from water. It’s almost like magic! The oil is pulled in by some green polyolefin foam that looks like the remains of a muppet. The product sucks up all the oil out of the water and then that oil can be strained out for reuse. It really sounds too good to be true. Check it out…

  • Free the Network: Documentary about DIY-Internet

    We just got out Time Warner bill and it looks like our internet is going to go up…damn it! Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to pay for the web considering it is not just a recreational play thing anymore, it’s the way we all participate in society and commerce?!

    Well a few smarty pants amongst the Occupy Wall Streeters created a mobile network that provides free access to the World Wide Web. Motherboard documents these rebels who have DIY’d their way onto the internets in a piece called Free the Network.


Gowanus, Brooklyn

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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