neighborhood guide


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.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 23

The Game of Jewish Life

February 13 - March 23
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Every day until Feb 22, 2018
Jewish Children’s Museum Brooklyn NY United States
Fri 23

Brooklyn Music School Announces 2018 Mid-Winter Break and Spring Break Academies

February 19 @ 8:30 am - April 6 @ 6:00 pm
Brooklyn Music School Brooklyn NY United States
Fri 23

The Brobot Johnson Experience

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - March 24 @ 8:00 pm
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Every week until Mar 17, 2018
The Bushwick Starr Brooklyn NY United States
Fri 23

14th Annual National Black Writers Conference

March 22 @ 1:10 am - March 25 @ 1:05 pm
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Every day for 4 days
Medgar Evers College Brooklyn NY United States

Getting Here

R train between Union Street and Prospect Av

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

Nearby Neighborhoods

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  • Flatlands
  • Fort Greene
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