Stinky Brown Goo Moves Indoors in Gowanus


A stinky brown goo that residents say smells like “rotten eggs,” “poop” and “barf” is oozing out of toilets and sinks of homes and businesses in the Gowanus area. Streets in the area have flooded for years during storms, but recently the problem has moved indoors and is getting worse, according to a story in The New York Post.

The problem is common during heavy rains, which we had last week, and is likely related to sewer overflow.

“Just yesterday, I had to pull a drain out because there was a foaming goo coming out of it,” the owner of the Brooklyn Colony bar on 4th Avenue near Carroll Street told the Post. “It overwhelmed the whole bar. I think it was sewage. The smell was horrible.”

Residents said they are concerned the 700-plus luxury units Lightstone is adding to the area will make the problem worse. The city said it is investigating the cause to see if it is anything other than “heavy rain in short duration” and therefore something it can fix.

Stinky Brown Goo Bubbling up From Drains Around Gowanus Canal [NY Post]

4 Comment

  • The local politicians seem to be only planning for the future when current residents, particularly the poorest and least advantaged in public housing, have grime invading their homes (and businesses). Plug Gowanus, don’t Bridge!

  • there is no way i could ever (ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever) live in gowanus without a check valve on my main sewer. seriously, that’s insane. does it take a genius to realize all sh!t runs downhill?

  • In plumbing parlance; the “city” is backing up into these building’s sewer pipes. That Lightstone development is going to make things a hell of a lot worse for all Gowanus residents. Nothing short of a billion dollar, 10 year overhaul of every sever and the creation of overflow and treatment sites,going to fix this problem. And in case you haven’t seen a sewer replacement project, it looks a lot like building a new subway line – and that is going to tie up traffic for 10 years. This is why the city is not offering any solution, Gowanus is just not worth it to them.

  • There are other neighborhoods that have the same issue- so it’s not necessarily Gowanus-centric. Red Hook and then that Queens nabe that was in the news with that early spring rainfall. Maybe Howard Beach?