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Gowanus Talks presents Gangs of Gowanus: 150 years of Locally Organized Crime

Join historian and author of "Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal", Joseph Alexiou, for a Sunday series of lectures and Q&A ranging from bootlegging booze to the state of everyone's favorite mysterious canal. 

SUN 7/15 at 3pm: Gangs of Gowanus: 150 years of Locally Organized Crime

Before the Cosa Nostra established its first Sicilian embassy, the Black Hand—a loosely organized Irish gang—controlled the docks of Brooklyn. But before battling on the piers, the the kids from Red Hook Point to the Gowanus Creek owned the streets. So the question is, are you a Pointer or a Creeker? The wrong answer could get you a rock in the face.

UPCOMING TALKS:

SUN 8/19 at 1pm: Remember the Marylanders: The Battle of Brooklyn in Gowanus

We often forget that largest pitched battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in the middle of Park Slope, but we only tend to remember our victories! Learn here the exciting and tragic story of 6,000 (mostly untrained) American Patriots versus 25,000 British and Hessian soldiers—how the Gowanus Creek played a pivotal role in their survival—and what George Washington said when he watched it all from the top of Brooklyn Heights. 

SUN 9/16 at 1pm: Toxic Shock: What's Going On in the Gowanus Canal

You know it's polluted, but you don't know how polluted. What is it, toxic waste? Or is it that it used to be a sewer? The answer, in short, is extremely polluted, with both toxic waste and raw sewage that continue to pollute this former industrial shipping lane at levels that will make your head spin. What is the EPA doing to clean up the canal? What is NYC doing about it? Find out the answer to all of these questions and more at this final installment of GOWANUS TALKS.