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From Bat Caves to Bridges, a Video Tour of Gowanus Oddities

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How much do you really know about Gowanus?both the canal and the neighborhood? Everyone and their dog knows that the canal is polluted, but did you know that dozens of the flowering trees alongside the waterway grew from seeds that were used as packaging hundreds of years ago? Or that the Carroll Street bridge is one of four retractile bridges left in the country? We recently took a walking tour with Joseph Alexiou, a licensed Gowanus tour guide who is writing a book about the canal's history, and he opened our eyes to the watery neighborhood's most interesting buildings and locales, from the eccentric to the historic. Here now, we have a mapped out video tour of the 17 spots we hit.

· Summer on the Gowanus archives [Curbed]
· Gowanus Canal coverage [Curbed]

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1. Former ASPCA Building

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233 Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

2. Gowanus Canal Tunnel Flushing Pump Station

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201 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

3. Water Supply Distribution Setting

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Nevins St & Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

4. Proteus Gowanus Gallery

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543 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

5. Union Street Bridge

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Bond St
Brooklyn, NY

6. Empress of China Tree

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7. Carroll Street Bridge

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8. Third Street Bridge

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9. Bat Cave

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187 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

10. Coignet Stone Building and Whole Foods Site

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3rd Ave & 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

11. Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club

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12. The Green Building

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452 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

13. Gowanus Grove

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400 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

14. Unpaved President Street

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15. Coal Pockets

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16. Oil Barrels Over Taken by Nature

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Union St & Bond St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

17. Washington Park

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3rd Ave & 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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1. Former ASPCA Building

233 Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

233 Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

2. Gowanus Canal Tunnel Flushing Pump Station

201 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

201 Douglass St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

3. Water Supply Distribution Setting

Nevins St & Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Nevins St & Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

4. Proteus Gowanus Gallery

543 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

543 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

5. Union Street Bridge

Bond St, Brooklyn, NY

Bond St
Brooklyn, NY

6. Empress of China Tree

7. Carroll Street Bridge

Carroll Street, between Nevins Street and Bond Street

8. Third Street Bridge

3rd Street, between 3rd Avenue and Bond Street

9. Bat Cave

187 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

187 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

10. Coignet Stone Building and Whole Foods Site

3rd Ave & 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

3rd Ave & 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

11. Gowanus Canal Dredgers Canoe Club

2nd Street at the Gowanus Canal

12. The Green Building

452 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

452 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

13. Gowanus Grove

400 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

400 Carroll St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

14. Unpaved President Street

President Street, between Bond Street and the Gowanus Canal

15. Coal Pockets

2nd Avenue at the Gowanus Canal

16. Oil Barrels Over Taken by Nature

Union St & Bond St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Union St & Bond St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

17. Washington Park

3rd Ave & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

3rd Ave & 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11215