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As you likely have heard, the Gowanus Canal is filthy. Made by man's own hands in the 1860s, it was designated a Superfund site in 2010, and granted $506 million to fund its cleanup. But before the polluted stew that inhabits the foundation of the canal (called "Black Mayonnaise" and composed of, in part, chips of asbestos, plus some arsenic, copper, lead, and mercury) can be dredged and removed next year, the industrial garbage that's been dumped...
By all accounts, the Gowanus Canal was a clean waterway when it was built in 1849. But the industry that it supported, and the combined wet weather and sewage overflows that emptied into it at 10 bank-side locations, made it, to put it lightly, dirtier. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency designated the canal a Superfund site. Just a year prior, in 2009, developer Toll Brothers Inc. initiated a zoning change to the canal's waterfront...
    It really seems like there's a map for everything these days. There's a map that shows how promiscuous New Yorkers are (handily broken down by neighborhood). And there's a map showing where all the dirtiest grocery stores are (this is not a map for the faint of heart, or for anyone grossed out by rodent feces i.e. all of us). And now there's a map which makes it easy to see just how close...

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