Look | A Celebration for the Gowanus Canal as It Turns 100
Friday, June 24, 2011 - 03:12 PM
The Gowanus Canal, one of New York City's most fetid waterways, celebrated its 100th anniversary this week and was feted with a flushing ritual and small parade of residents.
The canal, nicknamed "the Lavender Lake" for its cocktail of hazardous pollutants, was designated a Superfund site by the EPA last March.
But locals drifted down their odorous waterway on Tuesday, tossing white lilies from canoes and celebrating a century, for better or worse, of living near the Gowanus Canal.