Graffiti on a warehouse by the Gowanus Canal on March 10, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, by the Carroll Street Bridge wasn't visible until another building was demolished.
I am finally realizing what we are losing in this mad conversion from old New York to the condominium-crazy developers of the Gowanus Canal.
Gowanus in the 2000’s was a neighborhood everyone said was on the verge of big things. We all knew the changes were coming, but it still felt like the Wild West surrounded by elite Brooklyn. There were Gowanus natives and the new artists taking advantage of huge space that landlords were holding onto for the prospect of a huge payday.
Each time I have returned since the pandemic, the landscape is different. It is ugly. Blue walls line the curbs, cutting off the views of destruction behind. Empty lots with construction equipment stand beside iron frameworks, monstrous apartment buildings rising in place of the one-and-two story brick warehouses that so defined the neighborhood.
The amount of graffiti and murals lost to gentrification is mind boggling.
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