Tuesday, February 09, 2016

This Morning's High Tide Brought Polluted Waters Of The Gowanus Canal Dangerously Close To Lightstone's Residential Building

Photo of the Lightstone Project at 365 Bond Street on the shores of the Gowanus By Mark Karwowski
He calls the picture: "double eyesore' because of the reflection in the water
Photo taken from Carroll Street Bridge 
 This morning at high tide, the polluted waters of the Gowanus were level with the base of Lightstone Group's  second building currently under construction at 363 Bond Street and Carroll Street.  The mechanics for the Carroll Street bridge in the foreground were totally submerged.
 More flooding.  Looking at 363 and 365 Bond Street
Looking at the Union Street Bridge this morning at high tide

Friend and local resident Mark Karwowski walked over the Carroll Street Bridge this morning at high tide and took the photos above of the 700-unit Lightstone Group construction site at 363 and 365 Bond Street at the edge of the canal.
As you can see, the level of the water was extremely high. This is, of course, not the first time that the the Gowanus Canal have risen to this level.  It merely illustrates what local residents have said for a long time…the area is prone to frequent flooding and is, perhaps, not the best place to bring more residents, especially given the warnings about Global Warming.
We all know by now that when the Gowanus Canal floods, local residents don't just have to deal with water in their basements.  After all, the canal is an EPA Superfund and its waters are highly toxic.

Karwowski, who is a member of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus, also took the photo below from the 9th Street Bridge this morning, showing an oil sheen on the water of the canal.

And my friend C. captured this image of a goose swimming in the canal yesterday.  How very sad.


Anonymous said...

Gowanus NIMBYs: I'm living here, but it's too dangerous for anyone else to.

Anonymous said...

There is definitely frequent flooding. That is why NEW development is critical for the infrastructure; it is built to tolerate that flooding. The old buildings are not; the people who live in them are the ones who should worry - not the other way around.

Margaret said...

1:01 are you being snide? The flooding issues are real. So far, there is not much residential use along the actual shores of the canal.This area, by the way is also a hurricane evacuation route. Putting dense residential development along the canal shores is foolish. So is calling people who address this foolish land grab NIBY's.

Anonymous said...

I am sure once these units fill up with canal goop, The Lighthouse Group will surely be supportive and help these tenants. Yuck & yuck.

Anonymous said...

this is getting tiresome.. so just in in case you haven't noticed, gowanus isn't the only potential storm impacted community.. There's about 8 million of us stuffed within a mile of the shoreline all over this city..

Anonymous said...

1:12 in case you haven't figured it out, this blog covers the nabe, not the entire city. It may be tiresome to you, but Gowanus, unlike the rest of the shorelines around, is heavily polluted.