Little Venice: The Future of Gowanus?
Yes, just when you thought that Lantern couldn't get any more super than it already is, the Environmental Protection Agency has just designated part of our neighborhood a superfund site
. We have our offices about half a mile away from the Gowanus Canal
, one of the most polluted waterways in New York City
Actually, this is good news, since the designation will mean that the polluters will have to pay for the mess they caused in over one hundred years of pouring gunk into the Gowanus. It's also curtailed some of the rampant over-development of our area, an issue of much controversy
Perhaps by the time it's all done, the Gowanus will be clean and will change its name to Little Venice
. This is probably going to take at least ten years. So, until then, the advice will have to remain contradictory: hold your nose and don't hold your breath.