THE NEWTOWN CREEK
The Newtown Creek located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is the oldest continuous industrial area in the United States and also the site of one of the largest oil spill in US-history, a culmination of decades of oil leakage. In 2010, the creek was declared a Superfund site by the US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"). However the clean up is still in its preliminary stages and it remains highly polluted with the creek bed coated with old tires, car frames and seats.
THE GOWANUS CANAL
The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York, has been named “one of the most contaminated places in America”, poisoned with industrial pollutants and pumped full of raw sewage. The canal was also declared a Superfund site in 2010 and a clean up has just commenced in mid-October 2017.
Currently in production, an eight-part video series will document the state of both waterways and will interview experts and sustainable leaders in Brooklyn.
See below the first video, a portrait of Ken Butler, a man who for 40 years, has been transforming the objects he finds on the streets of New York into incredible one-of-a-kind instruments.