Who would want to live on the shores of a Superfund site? Maybe the better question is, who would want to own a place on one?
Toll Brothers killed their plan to build a new housing complex on the Gowanus Canal two years ago when the U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency decreed the canal was toxic, despite protests and counter-proposals from the Bloomberg administration. That is why the news earlier this month that the Lighthouse Group was going to develop the site was so surprising. But part of the developer’s secret appears to be hundreds more units and renting them rather than selling them.
The seven-year roller coaster ride that has been Whole Foods’ Brooklyn saga may be taking another nose dive. The blissful ride started in 2005, long before Brian Williams had ever heard of Brooklyn. It slowed to a snail’s pace in 2007 and then completely halted in 2008 in the midst of the grotesque Gowanus Canal’s Superfunding. New York State was nice enough to clean up the property and set Whole Foods back on track in 2010.
The whole ordeal has left us twisted and nauseous from the bureaucratic and communal ups, downs, and loop-de-loops. (Or maybe the toxins are making us nauseous.) Regardless, Whole Foods might be one rubber stamp away from approval, but the Gowanus locals are not succumbing without one last fight.
You’re welcome, Toll Brothers.
The big-time developers fumed, along with the mayor, when the Environmental Protection Agency decided to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site last year. Playing a game of Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Toll threatened to pull out of a big 447-unit development on the Read More
Brownstone Brooklyn’s foodies (is that redundant?) can finally rejoice. No longer will they have to settle for the Trader Joe’s on Atlantic or trek all the way out to the Fairway in Red Hook for the finest produce and prepared foods. Lo, Whole Foods is finally coming to Brooklyn’s fair shores.
Those aren’t Read More
on the waterfront
Until the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico summer, the secret oil spill under Newtown Creek was considered to have been the largest in U.S. history, worse even than the Exxon Valdez disaster.
And yet because the spill happened over decades, with oil leaking into the ground from refineries on the creek bordering Read More
on the waterfront
It used to be the outerboroughs were entirely ignored, even by the people living in them. But now that Brooklyn has gotten so darn hip and with-it, it gets almost as much—if not more—attention than its more famous sibling across the East River. So what about Queens?
That is what Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Read More
In the wake of the EPA’s decision to designate the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site, pro-designation activists celebrated the morning of the event with jubilant emails and phone calls.
“We did it!” whooped Linda Mariano, a member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (F.R.O.G.G.), in a phone interview on Tuesday. “I Read More
In a blow to the Bloomberg administration, the long-polluted Gowanus Canal has been named a “Superfund” site by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, a move officials fear will squash city planners’ visions of a new residential neighborhood sprouting along the waterway.
The Superfund status is intended to give a legal process to round up the Read More