Toxi City: Exploring Brooklyn's Industrial Legacy


Brooklyn Bridge to Red Hook

Posted in Brooklyn,Brooklyn Waterfront,Dumbo,Red Hook by Robin on January 25, 2010

This is iconic Brooklyn. I started by walking out onto the bridge.

And then down into Brooklyn Bridge Park one of the few places where the public is invited to the edge of the water along Brooklyn’s edges.

The park has become a favorite spot for wedding photography. This hummer limo was parked on Washington Street while the wedding party took photos at the base of the Manhattan Bridge.

Tremendous progress is being made on the south side of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Furman Street.

Red Hook.

When you cross Degraw, the scale changes and you are in a neighborhood where people live.

There is a little bit of shipping left in Brooklyn.

It is not all ruins.

These old wharves, right outside Ikea, part of Erie Basin are part of the brownfield site called U. S. Dredging site. Ikea cleaned up its portion of the site. 25 additional acres are underwater.

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Gravesend

Posted in Brooklyn Waterfront,Brownfield,Gravesend by Robin on June 29, 2009
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There are two sites on Shore Parkway on the state’s remediation list. One is considered remediated. It now appears to be Mercedes Benz dealership. The other is a petroleum bulk storage owned by Bayside Oil, 1776 Shore Parkway. A fortuitous number.

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I like how the traffic arrow works here suggesting that things are flowing out of the site. In fact there is a petroleum plume on the southwest side of the storage tank.The tank is under the man-made hill to the right of the area in this second photo.

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Then I walked over to Calvert Vaux Park. It was hot and although the map promised Gravesend Bay, it was not to be seen when I entered the park.
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In one direction, you can see the tip of Coney island, in the other the Verranzano.
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