neighborhood guide

Gowanus

An industrial, gritty neighborhood that’s changing quickly.

Gowanus is inherently defined by the Gowanus Canal, the industrial waterway that runs through the middle of the neighborhood, flanked by old warehouse buildings and construction sites. This former manufacturing district is changing quickly, though. Many of the warehouses are now home to loft apartments, and unique attractions like the Proteus Gowanus Gallery, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, and OddFellows Ice Cream Co. call the neighborhood home. The once-quiet stretch of 3rd Avenue now boasts a smattering of bars and restaurants, and a Whole Foods store opened recently on the border of Gowanus and its next-door neighborhood of Park Slope. Changes are even in store for the canal itself: it’s now a designated Superfund site and in the process of a decade-long cleanup process. Photo courtesy of Adam Lerner via Flickr.

Stories from Gowanus

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Upcoming Events

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Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours: Williamsburg Launch

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - January 29 @ 11:00 pm
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The Game of Jewish Life

January 15 - February 22
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Jewish Children’s Museum Brooklyn NY United States
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All-Day Access Pass

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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New York Water Taxi Brooklyn NY United States
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Coney Island Tours

January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Tom’s Coney Island Brooklyn NY United States

Getting Here

R train between Union Street and Prospect Av

F,G trains between Smith-9 Street and 4 Avenue

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