Walk the Gowanus with a Local Author

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Taught by Joseph Alexiou

Joseph Alexiou the author of Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal (NYU Press, Oct 2015). A freelance writer and editor, he is also licensed New York City tourguide, Francophile, and an avowed history nerd.

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Have you ever wondered where the Gowanus is, or for that matter, what's in it (raw sewage)?  Intrigued by Brooklyn's unique industrial neighborhood, but afraid of stumbling into toxic waste? Fear not!

Joseph Alexiou, licensed NYC tourguide and author of Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal, will lead a walking tour of one of the most important post-industrial waterways in America. Highlights will include: the natural origins of the Gowanus, particularly the tidal estuary and salt marshes; discussion of iconic Gowanus architecture still-extant and sadly removed; the key role the waterway played during the Revolutionary War, the industrial revolution and cleanup of its present-day pollution! Also you'll learn about the renewed hip neighborhood including its funky businesses and new real estate development. 

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