Friday, November 2, 2012

HOW will the Gowanus Canal post-Sandy flood mess be cleaned? Is it safe???

CORD recently received an email and photograph from a fellow neighbor in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus who writes,

"This is a picture of the residue left as the canal waters receded."

She also sent in the accompanying image above of Second Street and the Gowanus Canal.  She continues,

"This is a picture of the residue left as the canal waters receded.  People were out walking their dogs across this sheen as I took the photo! We live six doors up from Bond on 2nd. Our sump pump worked hard to keep sewage water out of the house but it's now in our front yard. Neighbors below us fared worse with major flooding in their 
basements. They worked hard yesterday themselves to clean out. Heaven knows what was in that water. Was anyone out testing it I wonder? Continue here.

What will become of all the potentially toxic garbage left on Bond St?  We were aghast that our escape route was under toxic waters and wondered why isn't PS58 an emergency shelter? The population of the area seems to warrant it.  I also question how can developers and city officials can in good conscience think it's acceptable to build 700+ residences at this site when they cannot adequately protect and inform the ones who live here now."  Elisabeth K.

Her words and image verify what CORD has been saying all week:  This is simply an unacceptable condition for our  community!  Do you have a story and/or image to share?  Please write to use at and we will try to share it.

In the meantime please do everything you can to continue to contact all of our elected and other city officials that and to tell them that these unhealthy and unsafe conditions along the Gowanus Canal corridor are completely unacceptable and that we need to find the proper solutions to clean up this environmental mess ASAP!

New York City Councilman Brad Lander 

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz  
Brooklyn Borough President
Marty Markowitz

(718) 802-3700

New York State Assemblywoman Joan Millman


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........