Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sailing Along the Gowanus Canal

The Gowanus Canal is perhaps one of the most infamous bodies of water in New York City. Along its banks, where factories and warehouses comprised one of Brooklyn's maritime hubs, now sits artist lofts, auto body shops, machines shops and industrial waste zones. The water, which stood stagnant for more than 30 years, now shows signs of life, as is the surrounding Gowanus neighborhood, which is on the verge of some major development. Unfortunately, the water that flows thought the Gowanus Canal still has an unexplainable toxic smell and its color is blue green.

Sitting just north of the Union Street Bridge sits the sailboat Fat Cat. While I can't make out what particular type of boat she is, its quite impressive that a sailboat makes its home port here. In particular, because the skipper must clear four bridges, including the historic Carroll Street Bridge to get to open water. That must be one dedicated sailor or crazy Brooklynite. In either case, we're giving props to the Fat Cat and its unique home in the Borough of Kings.


At Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:36:00 PM, Anonymous Dennis said...

I found your link in our referrer log. Sailing in Brooklyn! That rocks! A few years ago, I lived in Atlanta, GA. One of my close friends had a 22' boat up on Lake Lanier. I'd go sailing with him often, even in the winter! His boat was a Tanzer 22 (http://www.tanzer22.com/), it reminded me of a VW Westfalia Bus.

At Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:18:00 AM, Blogger avon by the sea said...

...I wonder, does the skipper have to step the mast down to get under the bridges?

At Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:19:00 AM, Blogger avon by the sea said...

...I wonder if he has to step the mast down to get under the bridges.


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