Wed, Aug 4, 8:30-10pm
On The Mary A. Whalen Tanker, Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook (Pedestrian entrance at Pioneer & Conover) ()
Hop aboard the Mary A. Whalen for the screening of Lavender Lake. Serious stench treated with a light hand. The Gowanus Canal, opened in 1866, was once hailed as "one of the shortest and most important waterways in the world." It became one of the dirtiest and in 2010 was given Superfund status.
The 1998 documentary “Lavendar Lake,” directed by Cobble Hill resident Allion Prete, describes with much warmth and humor the Gowanus Canal, the life and work along it and the community’s dogged efforts to clean it up.
The film captures classic local characters and venues (the activist funeral director Buddy Scotto, Monte’s Venetia room); and a tanker similar to the Mary Whalen, the Jet Trader has a staring role. The canal was once dubbed "Lavender Lake" thanks to the India Ink factory which leaked into the water in the era such things were allowed. Over a century of raw sewage, industrial discharge, dumped corpses, and a failed flushing tunnel have fouled the waterway, though condo developers are on the horizon. A classic film that always prompts cheers and hoots from the audience.
Seating will begin at 8:30, and the movie will start at 9.