Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Magnificat Gowanus: Environmental Toxic Sound Video by Artist/Activist Susan Handler

It's Halloween today in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus. 
What better day than today to post a link to Magnifacat Gowanus?

Magnificat Gowanus is the "Environmental Toxic Sound Video" by Artist/Environmental Activist, Susan Handler that explores the toxic Gowanus Canal in artistic/sonic depth shall we say.  This sound video is not only very creepy;  it is unfortunately now true!

Susan Handler co-founded SCRAM in Florida several years ago after her young daughter was partially paralyzed by the spraying of this Malathion in her community.  
SCRAM (Sarasota/Manatee Citizens Rally Against Malathionfought the spraying of the highly toxic pesticide MALATHION in Florida (a dangerous pesticide used for mosquitos for several years) eventually winning the battle!!!

Susan Handler and Triada Samaras recently collaborated with CG CORD members and the other CORD Co-Founders to create Scarring Our Water:  an a community artist/activist project that highlighted the chemicals in the Gowanus Canal and was exhibited on Governors Island in an outdoor exhibition where 100,000 people visited that year.  See LINK

Happy Halloween!



With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........