Public Place Site Cleared as Work Moves Quickly
While preliminary work on the Public Place site between Smith Street and the Gowanus Canal only started last week, work crews have already denuded the site of trees and vegetation and it would appear that some digging has started. Neighbors have been concerned about whether the site will be monitored for any possible airborne contaminants, although many of the toxins left behind by the manufactured gas plant that once occupied the site are deep underground. Council Member Bill de Blasio sent a letter to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development last week with a long list of questions about monitoring the work, but it's unknown if there has been any response. The extent of the work is very visible from the F and G trains as it travels on the Culver Viaduct down into the Carroll Street Station.