Unearthing the Past at Gowanus Houses

Unearthing the Past at Gowanus Houses

NYCHA’s Sandy Recovery to Resiliency staff had a history lesson that got a little dirty when they teamed up with urban archaeologist Dr. Joan Geismar for a dig at Gowanus Houses on April 5. Dr. Geismar met with the team to explore the grounds at Gowanus Houses and make sure there was nothing significant buried underground that would be bothered by upcoming Sandy Recovery work at the development.

The area around Gowanus Houses stretching from Carroll Gardens to Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus and Fort Greene was the site of the largest battle of the American Revolution, appropriately called the Battle of Brooklyn. Fought on August 26, 1776, the battle was the first major effort of General George Washington. Dr. Geismar made no major archeological discoveries, though the crew did find a buried section of wall.

Gowanus Houses experienced major damage during Superstorm Sandy. Recovery work at Gowanus includes a full roof replacement, installation of stand-by generators, restoration of the development’s common areas and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and more.

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