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Green-Minded: From The Pages Of PGA Green

The Gowanus canal is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. In March of 2010, it was added to the EPA’s list of national Superfund sites, areas designated for cleanup of hazardous substances. Completed in the late 1860s, the canal served as an industrial artery for New York Harbor, and was home to manufacturing plants and mills that flooded the canal with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), often used as coolant in heavy machinery. It’s a desolate area, even more so when it’s juxtaposed to its Brooklyn neighbors, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. But seen through a flawed lens, the area surrounding the canal is a mystical place where you’d see the Zennist protagonist from a Jim Jarmusch film, wandering through a locked off wide shot.


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