From the depths of the Gowanus Canal...

From the depths of the Gowanus Canal...

Yesterday afternoon, the EPA dipped their toes—or, more accurately, a 100,000-pound hydraulic excavator—into the depths of the Gowanus Canal, and began removing the decades of debris that has accumulated there.

Looking into those dark waters, we’ve all wondered what lies beneath. This week we'll start to find out: from sunken vessels, to discarded tires and bikes, and at least one very wet art project. (For more detail, here is a fact sheet from the EPA.)

Here on dry land, we are moving forward to answer questions about the Gowanus Canal area by coming together to shape its future. This Thursday evening, the NYC Department of City Planning will hold a kick-off meeting to introduce their Gowanus neighborhood planning study (or “PLACES” study), which will build upon the ground work our community laid together through the Bridging Gowanus community planning process.

I hope you can join us for the kick-off meeting this Thursday evening:

Kick-Off Meeting: Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study with the NYC Department of City Planning
Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm
PS 32 – 317 Hoyt St, at Union St
More information here (under “How can I get involved?”)

During the first hour of the meeting, you will have the opportunity to speak with staff from the NYC Department of City Planning as well as other City agencies who will work with us. Then, beginning at 7:15 pm, there will be a presentation about the neighborhood planning study process, also known as a PLACES study.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday evening, and continuing to work together as a diverse community—of long-time and newer homeowners, tenants, NYCHA residents, business owners, environmental activists, artists, affordable housing advocates, and more— to shape the future we want for the Gowanus neighborhood.

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