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Author Joseph Alexiou with his new book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. Photo montage courtesy of Joseph Alexiou


Joseph Alexiou, NY writer and guide has written a new book “Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal”, which explores how the once tidal estuary of Gowanus creek served as a vital waterway for transport, from the earliest Dutch Settlers through the industrial age.


Hamilton Avenue Bridge spans the Gowanus Canal. Photo by Mitch Waxman


The book highlights the historical changes to the Canal and the neighborhood that it surrounds over the past 150 years, focusing on how long forgotten nineteenth-century movers and shakers who shaped the foundations of modern-day Brooklyn, turned the Gowanus CanalĀ an industrial dumping ground.


Photo by Mitch Waxman


Come meet the author! Joseph will be one of our special guest speakers on WHC’s Hidden Harbor Tour of Gowanus Bay on Sunday, October 25 from 2pm-4pm. His book will be available for purchase on board.

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