The Gowanus Canal of contemporary Brooklyn invokes notions of seedy crime, toxic sewage, and abandoned industry, but the area has not always been defined by such conditions. In Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal (NYU Press, 2015), author Joseph Alexiou traces the canal's history through the Revolutionary War, several waves of immigrants, its frenzied rise as one of America's paramount industrial centers, and the widespread environmental degradation that followed. Join Joseph Alexiou and Hannah Frishberg, a reporter at the popular Brooklyn-based publication Brownstoner, for a conversation about how gentrification is again transforming this dynamic urban landscape and toxic waste site into a reinvigorated center of post-industrial chic. Reception and book signing to follow!
Free for Museum members; $16 for adults; $12 for seniors and students.
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