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Address: 543 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Cross street: Nevins St)
Neighborhood: BoCoCa / Red Hook     Book: Brooklyn
Website: observatoryroom.org
Art Galleries Science meets art, part of the Proteus Gowanus art complex.

    
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Atlas Obscura Lecture At Brooklyn's Proteus Gowanus Observatory
Posted by:  Sarah Enelow
Sunday, September 30, 2012
On Friday night, while everyone else was seeing Jay-Z, I went to the Proteus Gowanus Observatory to hear an Atlas Obscura lecture on 19th-century English executions and the handling of criminal corpses. Maybe the observatory was ever so slightly smaller than Barclays Center, but still, it was almost full! Did you know that for particularly heinous crimes, the English would not only execute you, but publicly hang your body in a metal cage called a gibbet? Proteus Gowanus was the perfect venue for this talk, reminding me of City Reliquary and the Coney Island Museum in its intimate size, quirkiness, and local focus. Look out for other Atlas Obscura events--they're not afraid to go head-to-head with Barbara Streisand.

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