Toxi City: Exploring Brooklyn's Industrial Legacy

March 22nd

Posted in Brooklyn Navy Yard,Brownfield,Williamsburg by Robin on April 19, 2009

Nina Young joined me for a tour of some of Williamsburg’s toxic sites. We started at the waterfront.


Brooklyn Navy Yard 13 Acre Parcel

Then went on to the site of the Nassau Works Manufactured Gas Plant now occupied by the Department of Sanitation. The major structure on the site now is a salt storage facility.


Rutledge Station
We stopped at a housing development that was built on the site of a former holding tank. There was a group of children playing outside. This little girl was very curious about us.

Skillman Station
At another former holding station, we found a wedding banquet hall. From the street, the building looked like an ordinary brick warehouse. Inside, the rooms are the elegant stuff of bridal fantasy.
Skillman Street Station
This site, at 630 Flushing Avenue, was remediated by Pfizer. it is now a parking lot.


Return to the Navy Yard-October 17th

Posted in Brooklyn Navy Yard by Robin on November 8, 2008

rm_20081017_4523-11Water and Work’s first trip the navy yard was during torrential rain. We were invited back on October 17th. Building 128 was a warehouse and also used to build ships.