The lecture is being held at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop, located at 543 Union Street and is being hosted in partnership with Brooklyn Brainery.
Alexiou possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the Gowanus Canal. He is an engaging speaker who brings the history of the neighborhood alive with amazing wit and insight.
Don't miss this event. It's bound to be a fascinating evening.
The cost of the class is $15. Your ticket includes a glass of wine
Gowanus: The Past and Future of Brooklyn's Curious Canal
Thursday, March 17, 7:00-8:30pm
at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop
543 Union Street in Gowanus
Lying at the epicenter of one of Brooklyn's most rapidly gentrifying (and expensive) neighborhoods is a toxic waste site and open sewer: That's right, it's the Gowanus Canal.
This waterway is mostly famous for its stench and as a repository for dead bodies, but did you know that the Gowanus's story begins before Brooklyn was its own city, or colonization itself.
While raw sewage still flows into it today (thank the limited foresight of 19th-century urban planning!), did you know that Gowanus hosted beds of delicious and locally-sourced foot-long oysters? Or even though toxic coal tar now lines its floor, much of the building materials that made brownstone Brooklyn passed through its waters.
This class is for anyone who’s read about the Gowanus but wants to know more abouthow it got there, how it got so polluted, and what is next for this post-industrial neighborhood poised at the brink of yet another evolution.
Sign up for the lecture here.