Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal
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An intelligent and impressive debut.” Susan Shapiro, author of The Bosnia List "Alexiou's narrative is well-researched and moves along in a confident and lively mannerThe author presents an unusually well-defined case history of the interaction of the private and public sectors generating growth and prosperity through a unique piece of urban infrastructure at a terrible environmental cost that still has not been fully addressed."- Kirkus Reviews . In his skillful hands, the canal provides an incisive and entirely unexpected way of understanding Brooklyn—and, more broadly, American cities—from native peoples through factory owners, speculators, gangsters, brow
Litchfield, Alexiou recalls the forgotten movers and shakers that laid the foundation of modern-day Brooklyn. The story of the Gowanus, like Brooklyn itself, is a tale of ambition and neglect, bursts of creative energy, and an inimitable character that has captured the imaginations of city-lovers around the world. . Yet its true origins, man-made character, and importance to the city have been largely forgotten. Now, New York writer and guide Joseph Alexiou explores how the Gowanus creek—a naturally-occurring tidal estuary that served as a conduit for transport and industry during the colonial era—came to play an outsized role in the story of America’s greatest city. From the earliest Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam, to nearby Revolutionary War skirmishes, or the opulence of the Gilded Age mansions that sprung up in its wake, historical changes to the Canal and the neighborhood that surround it have functioned as a microcosm of the story of Brooklyn’s rapid nineteenth-century growth. Highlighting the biographies of nineteenth-century real estate moguls like Daniel Richards and Edwin C
Joseph Alexiou is the author of the sixth edition of Paris for Dummies and a licensed New York City tourguide. His writing has appeared in the New York Observer, Gothamist and New York Magazine’s Daily Intel.
SMART, SARDONIC, HILARIOUS HISTORY OF THE CURIOUS CANAL! Joseph Alexiou's impressive new book "Gowanus" is an informative, funny, fantastic colloquial history - everything you didn't think you wanted to know about Brooklyn's (disgusting) Curious Canal somehow rendered engaging, real, relatable. A triumph!. A truly fascinating look at the history of Brooklyn Who would have thought that a history book about an industrial area would make for a fun read? I've always enjoyed reading about the history of New York, and what I found on the internet only whetted my appetite for more about this sometimes morbidly fascinating w. fun, and informative sthread I'm only 50 pages in and already I've learned so many interesting things about my neighborhood. This book is really well written, fun, and informative. I love the period illustrations that accompany it, and learning about how the area was built up. Genuinely an in