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As far as inaccessible warehouse-raves go, Greenpoint is having itself a moment. On Halloween came the disastrously over-booked fracas planned inside a plastics factory and, yes, Superfund site, that got shut down before the fun could even start. The streets of north Brooklyn have never been so littered with so many sad party people very literally all dressed up with no place to go. But Greenpoint--the neighborhood that never says die, ecological disasters aside--is giving the giant warehouse party another go tonight,...
Out of tragedy comes comedy—at least it does in the best possible scenarios. And such is the case with Brooklyn’s favorite tragicomic waterway, the Gowanus Canal, which has inspired a souvenir shop that's just a hop, skip, and a whiff away from the toxic superfund site. The Gownanus Souvenir Shop, run by residents Ute Zimmermann and Joel Beck, will have a soft-opening this weekend and sell Canal-inspired gifts and art, made by more than 30 local makers-of-all things....
As summer 2015 transitions in our minds from a bundle of recent memories to a dull, aching nostalgia, we’ve likely taken quiet moments to lament that which we didn't manage to do while the weather was still kind of pleasant. Things like trips to Hudson or Cold Spring—predictable, maybe, but very relatable. Then there is Christopher Swain, the environmentalist who attempted to swim the length of the “toxic cocktail” that is the Gowanus Canal on April 22, 2015—Earth Day—but failed to complete...
When you first set eyes on Steven Hirsch's spellbinding photo series, Gowanus: Off the Water's Surface, it's hard to believe that the pictures are something from earth, let alone Brooklyn. The swirling, intersecting colors look like a cross between an impressionist painting, a Martian landscape, and a visualization of an acid trip. But they are, in fact, just the result off light playing off the toxic accumulation of sludge off the Gowanus canal, a waterway...

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