Learn About a Time When Tidal Mills Made Brooklyn Move

Mills along the Gowanus as they were before the Revolutionary War. Illustration via New York Public Library

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    While they have disappeared from the landscape, there was a time when the tide mills of Brooklyn provided the grinding power for the borough’s food production.

    You can learn more about this largely forgotten bit of technological history with “Brooklyn’s Forgotten Sustainable Energy: Tide Mills,” a discussion by archaeologist Alyssa Loorya, historian Eymund Diegel and the Gowanus Dredgers. The location is apt, as mills once captured the power of the moving tides of the Gowanus creek to grind wheat for flour production.

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    Gerritsen’s Mill in present-day Marine Park in the late 19th century. Image via “Historic Homesteads of Kings County

    The discussion takes place on Wednesday, January 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse at 165 2nd Street. For more information visit the Gowanus Dredgers website.

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