Right on the Gowanus Canal, some say this Brooklyn neighborhood is up-and-coming, but it is not as gentrified as other Brooklyn areas can be. For now, Gowanus is a serene residential neighborhood heavily influenced by industry. It has been a center of shipping activity for over a century, and is the location of many industrial manufacturers. It is the home of both the ‘buy local’ and textile revolutions. This neighborhood does have its share of gems, though, from shopping to dining and everything in between.
The Vibe
Still has an industrial feel, but families are still found, and it is getting much more ‘hip’.
Bragging Rights
Buy a home brewing kit at Brooklyn Homebrew.
Old warehouses, both empty and repurposed, pre war buildings, and brownstones.
Best Kept Secret
Experience some local flavor at Canal Bar.
By Day
Residents going about their business, or renting canoes to float on the “Lavender Lake”.
By Night
Dine at Monte’s Italian Restaurant, the city’s oldest Italian eatery, peruse one-of-a-kind art pieces at Proteus Gowanus, or spend the night at one of its many cocktail lounges.