If you've noticed all those maps showing how much of Brooklyn would be underwater in the case of a hurricane or, well, global warming, there's a reason. Significant parts of South Brooklyn were underwater before landfill made them above water. Red Hook blogger Callalillie looked at some old maps and found huge portions of Red Hook and Gowanus were underwater or marshland until they were filled in. How much? The map above combines a 1776 water and tide diagram and a late 1800s map overlayed on the present day. (The dark stuff? That's originally underwater or swamp.) An 1896 Brooklyn Daily Eagle article quotes someone complaining about Red Hook waterfront development saying, "The water front has been ruined." Plus ça change, plus c'est la mâme chose, as they say.
· Why Your Basement Floods [Callalillie via Gothamist]
· Beware the Wall of Water, Maybe [Curbed]