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The Eagle sign is no Kentile sign, but we are fond of it as a local landmark. As the Kentile and Eagle factories are defunct, there will come a day when these vestiges of old Brooklyn fall apart. Gowanus will have a little less personality.

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After eight years of discussions, disagreements, and resubmissions, the Board of Standards and Appeals has approved Whole Food’s proposal for a 58,000 square foot store at the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street. The Gowanus is the barrier on the lot’s other long side. Nothing will grow here, except for a few weeds, because of the contamination.

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The Gowanus Canal, our local Superfund site, sprouts several watery arms along its length – this picture was taken at the end of one, at Third Avenue. The chain link on the bridge here is small-gauge, so people can only throw tiny objects in the water. The Kentile sign is to the left of the setting sun.

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View from the Third Street Bridge

The area by the Ninth Street Bridge over the Gowanus Canal feels busy and industrial, and view from the Union Street Bridge further on is fairly pastoral. It’s what’s in-between that you have to worry about. A funky aroma hovers over the canal around Third Street. You won’t hold your breath and run up the street, but you will remember, in case you forgot, “Oh, that’s right, SUPERFUND!”

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The Kentile sign, when you can see it, is a point of orientation when you’re moving around the flat streets of Gowanus. My tour of the area was interrupted by that black van. Every time I took a picture, it mysteriously appeared. I got photobombed by a vehicle?

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Taken from the 3rd floor of a building across the street, this is the closest I’ve been to the Kentile Sign. It’s ironic that it’s endured as a landmark for this part of Brooklyn, since the factory closed down in the late 1980’s.

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Yesterday was clear and practically balmy, in the 60’s; a nice day to enjoy the view from the Smith and 9th Street subway platform.

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