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Brown sticky stuff surfaces in Gowanus neighborhood

Written by
Ned Hepburn

It's no secret that the Gowanus canal is full of shit. Literally. It's one of the most polluted bodies of water in America; it even has gonorrhea! So, hey! Fancy a swim? 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Gowanus, Brooklyn

Having said that, the neighborhood surrounding the canal is one of the toniest neighborhoods in New York City. Nearby Carroll Gardens boasts some of the most fancy real estate in the country, and the Gowanus neighborhood itself is transforming from an industrial place that you wouldn't want to walk around at night to a bourgeois paradise complete with high-price lofts and boutiques. But there's something bubbling back up, Ghostbusters 2-esque, into the neighborhood's conscience: that of the Gowanus Canal itself.

It's starting to bubble up in drains and sewage systems after heavy rainfall, ruining the delicate noses of Gowanus's new inhabitants. Several business–including the popular Bell House–have been threatened by the brown goo and it's potentially poisonous after-effects. 

Considering that there's going to be numerous high-rise buildings being constructed in the area, that brown sticky poo goo problem is about to get much, much worse. 

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