Saturday, March 3, 2018


Under Trump, the Great Gowanus Canal Superfund Cleanup Gets More Uncertain (WNYC)
The almost two-mile long waterway snakes through three Brooklyn neighborhoods, posing an “unacceptable ecological and human health risk,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which declared it a national Superfund site in 2010.
But that long-awaited cleanup is launching just as the E.P.A. under Trump moves toward a more industry-friendly approach, according to former E.P.A. employees and local activists monitoring the massive project.

SL Green, Kushner are selling their Gowanus development site to a familiar face
(The Real Deal)
The two companies bought the 140,000-square-foot parcel at 175-225 3rd Street, across the street from Whole Foods, for $70 million in 2014. One source told Crain’s that RFR is rumored to be paying $120 million. SL Green owns 95 percent of the property and Kushner the small minority stake.
Observers expect the city to rezone Gowanus, potentially making the site a lot more valuable. But Kushner’s ownership stake, and the firm’s ties to the White House, could have complicated matters.

Why Isn’t de Blasio Doing More About the Buses? (Village Voice)
If the mayor really wants to help the city’s underserved residents, he should look no further than our roadways.

The rise and fall of the American SRO: When America's Basic Housing Unit Was a Bed, Not a House (CityLab)
In New York, an 1892 guide to the city claimed that when it came to housing,  "Every individual caprice and purse can find something to suit." 

Gunman opens fire on mob-linked Brooklyn restaurant, leaves bullet holes in fa├žade (NYDN)
"In 2008, restaurant owner Joseph (Marco Polo) Chirico, a reputed Gambino soldier, was busted in a sweeping mob indictment ... Then-Borough President Marty Markowitz and his predecessor, Howard Golden, wrote letters of support on his behalf."

New York Needs Gordon Matta-Clark Now More Than Ever (CityLab)
A new retrospective at the Bronx Museum highlights the legendary artist’s ability to bring disparate communities together in the spirit of radical creation.

Spring & Summer Programs at Freshkills Park 

March News & Programs - American Littoral Society

The Love Triangle: Dora's Return to Tompkins Square Park (Laura Goggin Photography)

The Amsterdam School: Expressionism and Experimentation (Municipal Dreams)
Municipal Dreams travels abroad for the first time this week, thanks to this fascinating account by Ben Austwick of pioneering social housing in Amsterdam.  

East End Snowmen Of Yesteryear (Spitalfields Life)
While languishing in my bed with a chill these past few days, I have been watching the snow falling outside and recalling the transient souls of those long-gone East End snowmen of yesteryear that I was able immortalise with my camera

The Map: London, 1851: The landmarks of Victorian London, stitched onto a fashionable leather glove (History Today)

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