The New York Preservation Archive Project presents a screening of "At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd", a documentary by Max Kutner explores the evolving character of Gowanus, Brooklyn and the evocative New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company Building, an architectural folly on the Gowanus waterfront. Constructed in 1873, the building at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street is the first cast stone structure in the United States and a designated city landmark that spent most of its time since 1960s in a state of abandoned neglect.
Through archival materials and interviews with historians, activists, artists, photographers, and local residents, the 20-minute film (trailer) presents a comprehensive account of the past, present, and future of the Coignet Building and how a community looks to the future while fighting to preserve the past.
The documentary will be preceded by the a short called “The Waterfront” by Lexi Krupp & Chloe Williams that is being shown at EFFY 2018 (Environmental Film Festival at Yale) featuring members of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. We promote canoeing one of the most polluted canals in the country to increase environmental awareness but after two decades of advocating for cleanup, our community now faces development pressures and a Superfund designation that should improve our water quality, but may also change our neighborhood’s character forever.
Discussion will follow after the two films so we invite you to attend and join the conversation!