Even though it’s tough to see Gowanus at this scale, you can see the purple outline around the canal and several manufacturing sites along Gowanus Bay.
This is a photo of the Gowanus Canal Dredgers boathouse along the Canal near 2nd Street, a group of committed canoers who brave the polluted waters of the Gowanus for recreation.
This photo (taken by Ben Haber) is from the Berlin Summer School exchange program between Humboldt University in Berlin and the CUNY Graduate Center. My research group (partially shown) compared the Gowanus Canal and Media Spree redevelopment projects. From the left: Young-Hwan Byun, your’s truly, Mathias Nagalein and researcher who led us on a walk along the Media Spree, Ingo Bader.
In May of 2011, Neil Smith and I led a walking tour through the Gowanus Canal area. Here, we are stopped on the Carroll Street Bridge, discussing the production of nature. This walking tour was part of a Future Farmers exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum, which was accompanied by many “on your feet” trips around the city.
There is a muskrat in the Gowanus Canal!