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So, no, kayaking on the Gowanus is not going to be as scenic as boating off the coast of Maine, or even one of Brooklyn's other cleaner bodies of water, like the East River.
Yeah, when the East River is an example of a cleaner body of water, you know that things aren't so good.
Which is why the Gowanus Canal is officially a Superfund site!
So kayak while you can on its stagnant, green waters. Someday it will be all cleaned up and there will be no challenge in boating down that.
Disqualified if your boat springs a leak due to being slowly eaten away by toxic fumes.
Wear a life-jacket!