Thursday, January 24, 2008

Forgotten NY Comes to Gowanus

FNY Gowanus

The inimitable Kevin Walsh and Forgotten NY have turned their attention to Gowanus with a brand new web page. Here's a sample:
Way back in November 2005 I went wandering about the part of Brooklyn that's not quite Cobble Hill and not quite Park Slope, that was dangerous in the 60s and 70s and just safe enough now, along Third Avenue between Pacific and Union Streets. The area really doesn't have a name, so I usually call it what it was called in the past: Gowanus, after an Indian tribe or chief. Indeed Mohawk Indians formerly made this neighborhood their home. A stroll along Third Avenue stirs up a lot of ghosts and memories, from the old ballpark where the Brooklyn Superbas, Bridegrooms or Dodgers played (they had a lot of nicknames when they played at Washington Park before Ebbits Field opened) to the office of Edwin Litchfield, the man who dredged the Gowanus Canal, to some of the old places here. Like much of Brooklyn, this area is poised for a lot of change.
The page includes some great pics from a couple of years ago.

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