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.



Posted in Brownfield,Dumbo by Robin on June 25, 2009
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I went to find the site of the Front Street Station, a brownfield site, and another site, the Plymouth Street Holder that despite being an historic gas holder site is not designated as a brownfield.

There appears to be a warehouse directly on the spot where the gas holder stood on Front street.


A second holder was on the other side of the block that now fronts on the Farragut Houses. On the corner of Front Street and Gold is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple. I talked to the monk there. He told me he had been there for 20 years.


Across the street is a brand new condo apparently with people now living in it.

Down Gold Street is the site of another historic gas holder site, Plymouth Street Station. This block is partially occupied by Con Ed and partly residential. The foot print more or less matches exactly the footprint in 1898.

Across the street is the Hudson Avenue Generating Station.