Look | A Celebration for the Gowanus Canal as It Turns 100
Friday, June 24, 2011
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.