A report produced by Raber Associates for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1984, provides some of the best scholarly research into Brooklyn's water front including Atlantic and Erie Basins in Red Hook.

Broadly, the subjects covered in the report are:

Part 1: Introduction, Scope, and Methods

I. Introduction
II. Investigation Methods

Part 2: Cultural Background and Reconnaissance Project Area Assessment

III. Present Project Area Environments
IV. Amerindian Resource Possibilities
V. Overview Of Euroamerican Development
VI. Types Of Waterfront Structures In Reconnaissance Project Areas
VII. The Warehouse Pier And The Erie Basin
VIII. GrainĀ· Handling In The Port of New York: The New York State Barge Canal Terminal At Gowanus Bay
IX. Conclusions And Recommendations

The Red Hook WaterStories team is still mining the report for information to be included as various waterstory articles but the entire draft report is here as searchable PDFs.



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This Item is related to Item: Erie Basin - A History of its Early Years
This Item is related to Item: New York State Barge Canal Grain Elevator, built 1922
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  • Draft Report. Cultural Resources Investigations in Brooklyn Reach 1: New York Harbor Collection and Removal of Drift Project. By Michael S Raber, Principal Investigator, Thomas R. Flagg, transportation historian; Charles Parrott, historical architect; Roselle E. Henn, historical anthropologist; Jed Levin, historical anthropologist; Ernest A. Wiegand, prehistorian Conducted for the New York District, U.S. Corps of Engineers, May 1984. Contract No. DACW51-84-C-0004

    Photographs were taken by Thomas R. Flagg, photographer, September 1985.  See 2nd PDF for descriptions
    See also: "New York State Barge Canal, Grain Elevator Terminal, Henry Street Basin, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY," Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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