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The 1.8 mile-long Gowanus Canal is infamous for being one of the smelliest and most polluted waterways in America. In 2010, the EPA deemed it a Superfund site, one that will cost an estimated half billion dollars to clean up. Despite this, wildlife somehow manages to thrive in its arsenic- and sewage-laden carcinogenic ooze. In his series “Gowanus Wild,” photographer Miska Draskoczy captures the unlikely natural beauty hiding in this site of urban decay.  Draskoczy, who lives on the...
      The thought of sharks and octopi swimming along the seats of a retired F train seems the stuff of post-apocalyptic cinema. But from 2001 to 2010, NYC Transit helped turn thousands of subway cars into artificial reefs on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. American Reclamation: Next Stop Atlantic, a series by award-winning photographer Stephen Mallon, documents these subways’ journeys out to sea and their cinematic plunges into the deep. “I’ve always been attached to these machines, their surreal beauty...
"New York City wilderness" might sound like an oxymoron--planned parks, tree pits, and cramped courtyards hardly count as untamed nature. But as photographer Leah Oates reveals in her series "Transitory Space: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and Beyond," on view now at the Brooklyn Public Library, otherworldly landscapes often hide in plain view here. In Oates’ trippy images, captured on 35mm film and manipulated in-camera using double exposure techniques, the trees of Prospect Park transform into...
Monday evening the Brooklyn Public Library hosted the first event in an ongoing series on gentrification which includes panel discussions and a project to collect bits of oral history from residents. The several weeks long series is delicately titled, "Brooklyn Transitions." Now that gentrification has been overused to the point of becoming a catch-all term to describe a variety of insidious phenomena including the involuntary displacement of longtime residents, it's evolved into something of dirty...

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