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Gowanus Canal

Diving into the Gowanus

by George Bodarky
Gowanus Canal
f.trainer, flickr

When it comes to murky waters, it doesn’t get much murkier than Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal.  In fact, the waterway was once dubbed “Lavender Lake” for its purplish chemical hue.  The Environmental Protection Agency designated the 1-point-8 mile canal a Superfund site in March 2010.  On this week's Cityscape, we're learning all about the Gowanus.

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