An endless torrential downpour did nothing to dampen the spirits of Greeters and our leader Joan, as we sloshed along 3rd Street in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Both are former industrial neighborhoods now gentrified. In Carroll Gardens, beautiful landscaping, million dollar brownstones, and a soon-to-be-built Whole Foods were evidence of that gentrification.
Today Carroll Gardens is a mecca for families because of its beauty and proximity to Manhattan, although some of its industrial past still haunts the area. The Gowanus Canal, one of the city’s most polluted waterways, has yet to be cleaned up.
Next we went into the offices of BRIC (Brooklyn Information and Culture), which presents the annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival every summer. Since 1979, more than 2,000 artists from different countries have performed for over 3,000,000 people – and it’s free! BRIC also offers low-cost Media Education Courses such as TV production and editing, to keep up with ever-changing technology.