The Fire Department of New York tweeted today that there's a "large amount of a thick unknown substance arising from the street" in Brooklyn, conjuring up memories of the pink slime from the 1989 film "Ghostbusters II."
The relatively ambiguous tweet left many to wonder just what it was coming out of the ground on 23rd Street. John Carney of CNBC's NetNet blog tweeted at the FDNY: "Pics or it didn't happen."
After Michael Roston of the New York Times reported that the police scanner says the ooze was just oil, the FDNY tweeted it was “1000 gallons of water mixed with oil.”
Well at least it’s not the harbinger of Vigo the Carpathian and no one will be mentally enslaved to construct his castle of pain, but what is it? Why is oil rising from the bowels of Brooklyn?
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The FDNY says a water main break “effected a transformer feeder line,” but there’s a lot more in the ground in Brooklyn than meets the eye.
In a 2007 article in New York Magazine, Daphne Eviatar wrote of ten million gallons of toxic goop trapped in the Brooklyn aquifer that slowly creep up to the surface. The mix of gasoline, solvents, and associated poisions is part of a underground lake of spills and waste dumped by oil companies for over a century.
Now I bet you wish it was just Vigo’s pink slime.