Category Archives: brooklyn

ATLANTIC SLAPDOWN by Peter Nolan Smith

Last Saturday my landlord extended me a late afternoon invitation to join a family excursion to the beach. The streets of Brooklyn were sweltering in the sultry heat and my only other water option was a long soak in my tub. My answer was quick and to the point. “Gimme five minutes.” Within 4 I […]

Brooklyn Tony ON MATH 101

A Math teacher asks her class: “If there are 5 birds sitting on a fence and you shoot one of them, how many will be left?” She calls on Brooklyn Tony. He replies, “None, they will all fly away with the first gunshot.” The teacher replies, “The correct answer is 4, but I like your […]

Gowanus Swimming Hole

Several weeks before my departure to Thailand Jocko Weyland told me about his project to provide the Gowanus Canal with pools by filling dumpsters with water. The idea was radical in both concept and location. The cost was minimal thanks to contributions to Macro-seas from a construction company with a surplus of dumpsters. Jocko showed […]

Danny Tinneny RIP

Danny Tinneny owned a lot along the Gowanus Canal, which the 64 year-old gave to the extreme real estate developer Macro Sea rent-free for their Dumpster Pools and Glassphemy projects. “To tell you the truth, when they first came here, I thought they were nuts,” he said of Jocko Weyland and his partners. And they […]

Gowanus Dumpster Pool

In the summer of 2009 Macro Sea filled two dumpsters with water and opened the Gowanus Canal swimming hole. Jocko Weyland, one the the minds behind the pools, invited me to the opening and I planned on leaping off a nearby roof into the water. Jocko didn’t think this was a good idea. “It’s not […]