Look | A Celebration for the Gowanus Canal as It Turns 100

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. 

Linda Mariano, talking the role of Miss Gowanus 2011.

( Courtesy of Lesley Unruh )

Local residents celebrating the centennial of the Gowanus Canal.

( Courtesy of Lesley Unruh )

Local residents celebrating the centennial of the Gowanus Canal.

( Courtesy of Lesley Unruh )

Local residents celebrating the centennial of the Gowanus Canal.

( Courtesy of Lesley Unruh )
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