Directed by Max Kutner, 2013, 21 min
Friday 9/20 @ 6:30pm – 67 West St.
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A Brooklyn mystery of sorts–an elegant two story structure built in the Italianate style stands alone, surrounded by acres of empty lots in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Long abandoned and seemingly forgotten, the building is revealed by historians and preservationists as the former offices of the Coignet Stone Company–a landmark built in 1873 and the first known concrete structure in all of New York City. This forlorn, majestic building becomes our entry point for a brief history of the Gowanus area– from marshy farmlands to center of industry, a steep decline into a foul-smelling toxic wasteland, and now a developer’s dream (except for that toxic part)–an empty stretch of Brooklyn, ready for re-zoning and re-building and surrounded by the affluent areas of Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.