Here are some alarming images of the Gowanus Canal, ALREADY flooding into the Lightstone Development Site and elsewhere along the Gowanus Canal from Gowanus artist, Margaret Maugenest taken at 10 AM today.
Please remember, as you view these images, that the hurricane had not hit the canal in full force yet.
As we said at this blog yesterday, this area is designated as "Zone A" in NYC. It is (obviously) a floodplain and has been evacuated for the second CONSECUTIVE year due to a hurricane.
Does this look like a good place to put 700 units of new housing?
We don't think so either.
Is the Gowanus Canal a highly contaminated, Federally funded "Superfund" site as well?
One of the most contaminated places in the country in one of the highest density residential areas????Yup.
"As a result of years of discharges, storm water runoff, sewer outflows and industrial pollutants, the Gowanus Canal has become one of the nation's most extensively contaminated water bodies." EPA LinkCORD