• Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card Found… To Rare To Estimate Its $$$$$$$$$

    Before the Brooklyn Dodgers became the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers they were known as the Brooklyn Atlantics. The Atlantics played during baseball’s infancy at Washington Park baseball field, which use to be a 3rd Ave. and 3rd St. in Gowanus Brooklyn. (Some amazing old photos of the baseball field can be found on this site. And yes the old wall to the baseball field still stands.)

    Recently a baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics was unearthed at a garage sale. This card is now up for sale at the Saco River Auction Co. in Maine on Feb 6th, 2013. The value of this card simply can’t be estimated because the only other card like this one is in the Library of Congress. Pretty nifty! Check out the authentication document here.


  • Never Has A Fire Hydrant Looked This Beautiful

    James Maher Photography

    The striking photo above was snapped by New York City photographer James Maher on Bond St.between 1st and 2nd in Gowanus. Maher offers the following description of the photo via his own website:

    Here’s an interesting example regarding how light can transform a scene.  I was lucky to be stuck in this area of Gowanus for a few hours a couple days ago and there was about a 5 minute period where the lighting happened to be perfect.  It was right at the moment where the sun first rose over the building in the background and backlit a few of the front plants but nothing else – it added a kiss of depth, variance, and shine to the plants and the photo in general.

    No direct sun and this scene would have worked but wouldn’t have had shine and depth.  All sun and there wouldn’t be any variance to the plants and they would have been too bright in relation to everything else in the frame.

    Check out more of Maher’s New York Photography at his website.

  • Birds Eye View From A Giant Red Balloon

    So last weekend you were probably bee boppin around Gowanus and might have seen a big red balloon floating in the sky near the Canal. As usual whenever you see a big red balloon you thought two things:

    1) 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons) – the song by that band you can never remember the name of!


    2) Le ballon rouge (The Red Ballon) – the 1956 movie by Albert Lamorisse that you fell asleep watching in film class and failed to ever watch all the way through, even though it’s only like 30+ minutes long.

    Neither of which have anything to do with the balloon you saw in the sky.

    The floating red balloon you possible saw is for an ongoing mapping project being conducted by the Public Laboratory, local residents, and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Low Altitude Mapping Program with the help of Gowanus Dredger’s canoes…aka a whole lot of Gowanus nerds! The data is being collected by all these sciency types for a Proteus Gowanus Over My Dead Body Expedition map and the Conservancy’s Gowanus ReLeaf Expedition aerial review. The team used a Red Balloon from Grassroots Mapping filled helium donated by Liberty Industrial Gases.

    The Googlesque images taken shows the here and now of Gowanus, Brooklyn from above!

    Check out a few of these aerial shots that show Thomas Greene Park Pool, Bayside Fuel Depot, the Canal, Bond St, President St, the controversial Royal Palms Shuffleboard rooftop, and a few of balloonist enjoying themselves.

    (images provided by Eymund Diegel)

    In addition to the fun shots above another round of photographs, found here , were specifically taken for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to show Canal edge vegetation, new plantings, and street end sites that local residents would like converted to parks. The images also show the greenery the Conservancy has added near the Gowanus Canal and their outdoor office known as the Salt Lot. It probably shows other sciency stuff too like water levels and icky things like pollution.

    Also, a group of photos for Proteus Gowanus were taken in the search for one of Gowanus’s biggest secrets. Supposedly hiding under a large slap of concrete maybe 250 plus dead bodies! The bodies are possible of a Maryland Regiment killed in the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, the 1776 Battle for Brooklyn aka the Battle for Long Island. The image shows 8th Street and 3rd Avenue from above. In it you see someone laying on the ground for scale and a large amount of concrete that has what appears to be cracks making patterns. The theory, listed  under one of the images on Proteus Gowanus’s flickr page, is that if there is a mass grave…

    expansion cracks in the concrete would run north south, contrary to the logical northeast to southeast layout of the lot and steel reinforcing grid’s expansion joints.”

    The images alludes to such cracks and truly might be the final resting place for America’s first soldiers to be lost in battle. Further studies of the images and from other historical documents may force the excavation of this particular lot in Gowanus in the future.

    The mapping program is ongoing and previous birds eye view photos are available on the Proteus Gowanus flickrGowanus Canal Conservancy’s flickr pages and Mapknitter.org.

  • Cloak Camera Bag

    So you can’t be as badass as Frodo with a ring that makes you invisible, nor can you be as cool as the nerd wizard Harry Potter with an invisible cloak. But you can at least kinda cloak your really expensive camera when shooting in a sketchy place…

  • Images of Gowanus’s banks by Mikael Levin

    Local photographer, Mikael Levin, creates stark black & white images of the Gowanus Canal’s banks. Each image shows a mix of nature and man-made items merging together next to the polluted waterway. Check them out here.

    Also, Mr. Levin created a piece that allows one to sail down the Canal without any health risk in this 34 minute piece title Landscape with Calm (and Trash):

    Both the images and video are now being featured at the Gallery Gilles Peyroulet in Paris.


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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