"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Friday, January 28, 2011

Giant Balloon Helps In Grassroots Mapping Of The Gowanus Canal






Though it may have been one of the coldest days of the season, Professor Liz Barry and a group of students from the New School gathered at the shores of the Gowanus Canal last Saturday. They braved the element in order to take part in an experiment called "Grassroots Mapping Gowanus Project." The students sent up fairly large-sized Mylar balloon outfitted with a small camera high above the waterway to obtain aerial images of the canal. The purpose is to map the Gowanus and surrounding area in order to document its revitalization, now that it has been declared a Superfund site.

Reporter Mike Weiss of the Brooklyn Eagle was there and has a full report in this week's paper: D.Y.I. Mapping Of The Gowanus



Michael Brown said...

Nice photos Katia, but they should all know that this data is publicly available from the City. it's part of a package called Bytes of the Big Apple, and last I checked, was free to academic users. They have 3, 1 and 0.5 meter geocoded aerial photos and orthographic images as well.

Katia said...

Thanks, Michael,
I'll check it out.