Atlas Obscura Lecture At Brooklyn's Proteus Gowanus Observatory

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Business/Location: Observatory
Address: 543 Union St
City: Brooklyn
State: NY
Zip Code: 11215

Posted by:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Courtesy Atlas Obscura
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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