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Gowanus Whole Foods Open For Business in Its Way

October 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Oh, Gowanus Whole Foods. So many people had high hopes of grilled free range chicken pick ups and so many others hoped that you never dug a toxic whole into the parcel of toxic muck that your corporate real estate people saw fit to buy. Most recently, Brownstoner reported that an unnamed source “close” to the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation was saying the project will never happen. (Which makes sense given the state of the economy and the fact that there are other Brooklyn sites that would be far less expensive to develop and face far less community opposition.) The site, however, continues its grand tradition of opening itself to public tours of the toxic territory either via its falling fence or a sometimes (okay, rarely) open gate. Our street walking correspondent Max Casey smelled this problem from a mile away and knew we’d dig the pic. Perhaps, given the lush vegetation on the site, they could turn into a Jardin Botanique Toxique? For the record, it’s been nearly two years since the official “groundbreaking” at the site. Never take those “groundbreakings” to the bank, friends.

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