After Complaints From Red Hook, Contaminated Sludge From Gowanus Canal Will Not Become Glorious Sludge Island

Photo by Anna Merlan
Do not ever swim in here.
In 10 years or so, the fragrant banks of the Gowanus Canal may smell less like supercharged sewage, while the waters might lose their pus-addled-Ninja-Turtle hue. The Environmental Protection Agency announced its final plans yesterday to clean up the canal, a process that's expected to take around a decade and cost $506 million. As part of the cleanup, hundreds of thousands of pounds of black, sludgy contaminated sediment will have to be dredged up and put someplace else.

But after complaints from Red Hook residents, a plan to put the sludge over there has been scrapped. That dashes the hopes of controversial developer John Quadrozzi Jr., who once dreamed of turning some of that sludge into a giant new landmass. It's a weird story.

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Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Get 'Giant Electrical Outlet' to Plug Into

We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the official terminology), but today Bloomberg will announce the agreement, which will supply cruise ships with power and thereby be much more environmentally friendly, as far as giant cruise ships go.

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Gun-Toting, Violent Mugger Loose in Brooklyn

Scumbag armed mugger in Brooklyn
‚ÄčCops believe the same armed mugger struck twice in Brooklyn in the early morning hours last Saturday, March 19. They don't have him, but they finally released what they say are photos of him. At 3:30 that morning, the robber came up to a 63-year-old at a bus stop near Sullivan and Van Brunt Streets in Red Hook, showed a gun, demanded money, took it and fled in a dark-colored SUV. At about 5 a.m., he walked up to a couple in their 30s in Windsor Terrace and demanded money. He smashed the woman in the face with his gun, took her purse, and fled in a dark-colored SUV.

Cops say he's 6-2 to 6-4, 220 pounds. Somebody catch this scumbag, please. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.