If you thought the only toxic garbage coming out of 50 Kent this year was that horrible 90s fest, you’re sorely mistaken. It turns out that the lot, perhaps most famous for housing our beloved Smorgasburg, “contains a ‘significant’ level of coal tar,” according to DNAinfo.
Long before Pauly Shore was making self-depreciating jokes about Encino Man in between sets from Smash Mouth and Coolio, 50 Kent was home to a gas plant that left behind a different kind of waste. Waste even more harmful to residents than half-baked, corporate-backed 90s nostalgia: coal tar, which has been known to increase risks of cancer, particularly in early childhood. [Read more…]