Our first site visit at the Gowanus tomorrow — Thursday Sept 7

Tomorrow we meet at the Carroll Garden side of the Gowanus Canal at the point that Douglass Street meets the Gowanus Canal at 10:40 AM.

The attached map shows the meeting place (in red circle) and how you would reach the meeting place from Smith Street subway stations. The closest subway stops are the Carroll and the Bergen stops on the F/G line on Smith Street The walk from either of the Smith Street stations is about 10 minutes. You can also take the train to Atlantic Avenue -Barclay Center – but the walk from there is much longer. Union Street Station is also an option but check whether the trains are running/stopping at the station ahead of time; Nevins 2/3 stop and Dekalb a little beyond are also options.

In class yesterday, we viewed various types of street environments in neighborhoods surrounding the Gowanus: shopping streets like Smith street in Carroll Gardens and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope and streets lined with uniform brownstones and trees in both neighborhoods as well as in Boerum Hill. We discussed how streets change as one gets closer to the “Gowanus Houses” and to the canal.

Please notice these streets, how the environment changes and how the ground slopes on your way to our meeting point.

Due to time constraints, we need to start promptly. At 10:40 we will proceed from the meeting point to explore the canal and its surroundings at different locations. Bring your sketch book and soft pencils for sketching and note taking, your phone or camera for picture taking as well as rain gear and umbrella. If you have any problems reaching the site, please email me at ajoelson@citytech.cuny.edu or call 917-676-4656. Prof. Almeida can be reached at 401-580-3423.

looking forward to a productive, interesting and fun visit!!!

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