Red Hook Marshland
Ikea plans to turn this 22 acre site in Red Hook into its largest store in North America. The site, between Dwight and Columbia streets along the Erie Basin, is the former home of the New York Shipyard, five historic Civil War-era buildings and Todd Shipyard's currently active graving dock, which dates from the 1930s.

The Preservation League of New York State named the Graving Dock at the Erie Basin, Brooklyn, and its associated structures one of New York State’s most threatened historic places. Community activists sued to try to stop the project, but in July of 2005, a Manhattan state court judge allowed demolition to continue, finding that "the graving dock is usable but underused,” and that the site is “in large part, in disrepair and abandoned.” Read more about it here, here and here.

The huge concrete blocks in the multi-acre site at the corner of Columbia and Halleck streets trace the outlines of its former industrial use. Now, tall reeds and marshland have asserted themselves. Stands of reeds sprout between concrete and metal pilings. Sea birds alight on the small marshy pond in the middle of the shipyard. The concrete blocks have become museum walls for some of the best graffiti artists in the city.

I showed this series of work at Sputnik in Fort Greene in June 2006, as part of the Big Art Show.
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